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Consultant Profile: Katie Gillespie « Ferrymead Outlet Page

Personal Details

 

Travel Specialist

kgillespie@hot.co.nz

+64 3 376 4027

987 Ferry Road
Ferrymead Village
Christchurch

Why ME?

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  • London London
  • New York - NYE New York - NYE
  • Las Vegas Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon Grand Canyon
  • Salzburg Salzburg
  • Sienna Sienna
  • Venice Venice
  • Geneva Geneva
  • St Ives St Ives
  • Guatemala Guatemala

Where on Earth do you still want to go?

  • South America
  • Alaska
  • Caribbean Cruise

Useful Apps & Gadgets for Travel

  • House of Travel App
  • Google Maps
  • Weather Apps

HOT Awards & Qualifications

  • Bronze Sales Award 2015
  • Silver Sales Award 2008
  • Bronze Sales Award 2007
  • National Certificate in Travel Level 4
  • Bachelor of Arts (History and Classics)

What I always take on holiday

  • Copy of my passport on my emails
  • Multi power point for my travel adapter
  • Cotton clothes - especially in hot countries!

Where I've Been

 

Favourite Holidays

 

Hawaii

Hawaii would have to be my favourite Pacific destination. It has a good mix of sand, surf, shops, restaurants and bars. Honolulu buzzes with atmosphere but for a more laid back experience Maui is the place to go. Hiring a car is a must do so you can explore the island. The snorkelling is amazing on Maui - so many beautiful fish and even turtles! There are a few places where you're very likely to see them. Hawaii has something for everyone!

Thailand

I love Thailand! Last year was my third time back and each time there's always something new and different to discover. Bangkok is a crazy, hectic city with lots of temples to explore. An evening in Bangkok isn't complete without a few cocktails at a rooftop bar.
Each island is so different but they all have something for everyone. We island hopped from Phuket to Koh Phi Phi to Koh Lanta and then flew over to Koh Samui. Phuket and Phi Phi are great islands for some nightlife and things to do whereas Koh Lanta and Koh Samui have a more relaxed feel. The hotel pools are amazing and most of them have a pool bar where you can enjoy happy hour while paddling. Days can be spent out on the water, exploring regions such as Phang Nga, where snorkelling or kayaking trips are a must for any water baby. 
Thailand is one of my favourites, and I'd return in a heartbeat.

Ireland

A few years ago I lived in Dublin. I absolutely loved Ireland. It’s such a magical country and I made the most of my spare weekends by seeing the country. If you’re short on time then Paddy Wagon Day trips from Dublin were a great way to sight see. I was sent to Cork to work so got to know that city well too. Trips away included: the Ring of Kerry, Belfast City, Westport and climbing Croagh Patrick (such a difficult yet rewarding feat!), Cavan, Antrim, Sligo, Derry, Killarney and the Wicklow Mountains.
My highlights included Galway for St Patricks Day. I felt I should’ve experienced St Paddy’s in Dublin from a Dubliners perspective but every tourist possible descended on Dublin for that weekend so myself and some friends headed to Galway for a more local experience. Was a fantastic way to celebrate the national Irish holiday.
Dingle Peninsula was another highlight. The National Geographic once called it “the most beautiful place on earth”. Dingle is arguably one of Ireland’s more charming towns with many intimate and cosy pubs. If you’re lucky enough during your time in Dingle, you may spot Fungie the Dolphin, who has frequented the harbour area since 1984!

Morocco

While living in the UK, myself and some friends headed to Morocco for a mini break. We arrived into Marrakesh, which is an old fortified city packed with vendors and their stalls. Amazing place to get lost in! From there we headed to the Sahara Desert via the Atlas Mountains. We spent the night under the stars in a Bedouin camp and then headed across the desert on a camel to a village. From there we visiting Fes, Rabat and Casablanca. In Fes, you can see a great deal by just wandering around. In the maze-like medina are the colourful leather-dying pits. Lots of leather to be bought here! Casablanca is home to the 3rd largest mosque in the world.
In all, Morocco was an amazing trip filled with lovely cuisine, interesting culture and great shopping!

Croatia

I headed to Croatia to join up with a sailing group. We boarded a yacht in Split and started our 7 day sailing adventure!
Sailing around Croatia is a fantastic way to travel as the days were spent relaxing – reading, eating, drinking and swimming. In the late afternoon we’d pull into an island and the evenings were spent sightseeing, eating and partying!
We spent one of the days in Dubrovnik, which is an amazing walled city with its’ stunning architecture, cobblestoned streets, cute boutique shops and hidden bars and restaurants.
I absolutely loved Croatia and would say this would have been one of my favourite holidays!

New York and Las Vegas

New York is a magical destination - especially at Christmas and New Year! We left London for freezing New York to spend New Years in the Big Apple. We were fortunate enough to find our way to the heart of Time’s Square to see the ball drop and to celebrate the arrival of 2012! We spent 6 days in NYC which almost wasn’t enough as there was so much to do. The days were spent sightseeing, shopping, eating and iceskating(!!). The evenings were spent at Broadway shows, restaurants or hidden speakeasies in Greenwich Village.
From there we headed to Vegas. I love Vegas! It’s like a Disneyland for adults. You don’t have to be a gambler to love it…we only spent 10 minutes on the pokies. A Cirque du Soleil show is a must do – the Beatles “Love” was fantastic. Musical superstars often do a resident act at Caesars Palace and I was fortunate enough to see Elton John perform. A trip to Vegas isn’t complete without a trip to the Grand Canyon. One of the most memorable things I’ve done was a helicopter trip to the bottom of the Canyon with an evening flight over the Las Vegas Strip.

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