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Personal Details

 

Travel Consultant

brigidm@hot.co.nz

3-375-0813

148 Langdons Road
Christchurch

Why ME?

Image Gallery

 
  • Hippos Okanvango Delta Hippos Okanvango Delta
  • Wine Glass Bay Tasmania Wine Glass Bay Tasmania
  • Flying in Okavango Flying in Okavango
  • On Safari - Botswana On Safari - Botswana
  • Chobe National Park Chobe National Park
  • Lake Titicaca - Uros People Reed Boats Lake Titicaca - Uros People Reed Boats
  • Lions - Botswana Lions - Botswana
  • Cesky Krumlov Cesky Krumlov
  • Tented Accommodation - Africa Tented Accommodation - Africa
  • Elephant - Chobe National Park Elephant - Chobe National Park

Where on Earth do you still want to go?

  • Croatia
  • Ireland
  • Alaska
  • China

Useful Apps & Gadgets for Travel

  • Torch
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Pack as lightly as possible

HOT Awards & Qualifications

  • NZQA Level 4

Where I've Been

 

Favourite Holidays

 

2014 Peru

Another first for me as I had never been to South America before and Machu Picchu had definitely always fascinated me.
The scenery from the train as we followed the river in to Aguas Calientes was magic.
Rising at 4.30am to make the first bus up the hill and trek up to The Sungate you couldn't help but marvel at what the ancient Inca's had created in this remote
paradise.
Our guide made this place come alive with her stories about the Gods.
Luckily I was not plagued by any altitude sickness but we did all do as instructed and rest on arrival and take a drink of the local cocoa tea.
We sampled some fantastic Peruvian Cuisine even the local guinea pig.
For the shoppers amongst us Cuzco provided hours of entertainment bargaining for Alpaca garments, scarfs and other momentos.
We also travelled across Lake Titicaca and did a homestay on the remote island of Armantani stopping onroute to visit the reed people “Uros” who live on the lake on their bed of floating reeds.
Enjoying a short sail across a section of the lake in a reed boat.
 
We stopped over in Santiago and enjoyed exploring the old and new parts of the city including the famous fish markets and had a great day travelling out thru the winelands and down to Valparaíso
And Vina Del Mar.

2013 Cotswolds,Devon & Cornwall

I had long wanted to explore these areas and convinced my husband that hiring a car and freewheeling it was the way to go.
We started in the lovely village of Bourton on the Water and spent a couple of nights based there exploring nearby villages
and market towns before heading off down south with our list of "must visit villages”.
This was our first foray into the unknown world of B & B's and winging it, no nights were spent in the car although Bath
probably tested us up until the local information centre saved us and found us a superb Guest House a short stroll from the baths.
Mousehole, Lime Regis, St Ives ,Port Issac so many great little seaside villages and some great gardens thrown in as we made our way down and across the bottom to fly out of Gatwick
and onto Budapest but that’s another story. 

2013 Tasmania

I always loved the photos of Wineglass Bay in the glossy travel brochures so took the opportunity in December to meet my son who was working in Australia
And do a two day tramp along the Peninsular in Freycinet National Park, certainly not the groomed trails of the Able Tasman but Wineglass Bay first thing in the morning after a night in the pup tent
Was a feel good moment unlike discovering that one of us had not packed the gas cooker the night before!!!
I enjoyed moving on from the Pup tent and rye bread and peanut butter sandwiches to the culinary delights of Frogmore Creek Winery near Hobart and had a lovely lunch.
Experienced the famous Salamanca Markets in Hobart and even got time to appreciate some art at MONA an impressive Museum of old and new art located on the peninsular
Within the grounds of Morilla Winery , the most unusual feature being that the majority of the building is underground .

2012 Africa

This was my first African adventure
 
One of the many highlights in Botswana was experiencing sunset on the river in Chobe National Park
watching so many different animals come down to drink at the water’s edge while we floated down, drink in hand observing them
in their natural environment.
Staying in the Park at Chobe Game Lodge also meant that when you rose early for a 5am game drive you were the first
in the park before any other vehicles arrived as the gates to the park didn't open until 6am.
Flying into the Okavango Delta is also etched in my memory, the slight initial nervousness of flying in by tiny plane
was more than offset by the experience of being in this remote part of the world experiencing the sights and sounds.
I can still hear those hippo's grunting away in the lagoon all night as we lay in our comfortable tented accommodation.
After Botswana we flew down to Capetown and enjoyed Tabletop Mountain by day and the waterfront area by night and a fantastic day exploring the winelands
and its produce travelling out to Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.
Sadly the sea was too rough to visit Robben Island or for the adventurous on our trip to do the shark cage dive but they say it’s always good to leave something for when you return.

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