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Personal Details


International Travel Consultant


192 Papanui Road
Merivale Village


Why ME?

Image Gallery

  • Family time in Samoa Family time in Samoa
  • Feasting in Japan Feasting in Japan
  • Tanah Lot, Bali Tanah Lot, Bali
  • A feast from the Fruit and Flower Markets - Nice, South of France A feast from the Fruit and Flower Markets - Nice, South of France
  • On Safari in Kruger National Park On Safari in Kruger National Park
  • Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh Castle – Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Guvia Marina -  Corfu, Greece Guvia Marina - Corfu, Greece
  • The Sound of Music Tour – Salzburg, Austria The Sound of Music Tour – Salzburg, Austria
  • Venice, Italy Venice, Italy
  • Farmers Gardens in Hoi An, Vietnam Farmers Gardens in Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Cu Chi Tunnels Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Cu Chi Tunnels Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

Where on Earth do you still want to go?

  • South America
  • Antarctica
  • Canada
  • Morocco
  • Africa
  • Mongolia
  • Sri Lanka

HOT Awards & Qualifications

  • Cabin Crew 2006 - 2009
  • Luxury Motor Yacht Stewardess 2011
  • International Travel Consultant HOT Shirley 2012 – present
  • House of Travel Silver Sales Award 2014
  • House of Travel Silver Sales Award 2015
  • House of Travel Silver Sales Award 2016

What I always take on holiday

  • Passport
  • Camera
  • Jandals
  • Cork Screw – a must in France and Italy!
  • Togs
  • Eye mask & ear plugs
  • Big socks for those long flights.

Where I've Been


Favourite Holidays


Japan - June 2019

In June 2019 I was invited to go on a Wendy Wu educational to Japan which was just wonderful! We started in Tokyo which was a little crazy and then made our way to Hakone, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Koyasan before a short stop on Osaka on return to Tokyo. It was an excellent opportunity to see the many different sides to Japan and experience the rich culture. Definitely a place to visit in the Spring or Autumn due to the beautiful colors of the trees! Kyoto was a highlight and I loved trying the different food and local specialties all over. The Onsen was an interesting experience but one you must try while there! 

Samoa - June 2018

A return to Samoa in June 2019 was for a different type of trip - this time for a family holiday with a 9 month baby in toe! I have a new respect and understanding for what it is like to travel with young ones! We stayed at the Saletoga Sands Resort and Spa and it was excellent. This time we didn't venture out - just took advantage of the resort facilities and relaxed by the pool and on the beach. A very relaxing holiday (well as relaxing as it can be with a little one) and I definitely look forward to returning again one day for some more relaxation, swimming and excellent fresh fish!!

South Africa - May 2016

An opportunity came up to go on an educational trip to South Africa so I jumped on it! Two weeks visiting such a beautiful country had many highlight but the two fvourites were two nights on the Rovos Rail luxury train from Pretoria to Cape Town and 3 nights on Safari in Kruger National Park. Seeing the animals in their own environment while out on Safari was something I will never forget and highly recommend it!

Fiji - February 2015

It was time for a Tropical Holiday to Fiji! A night in Denarau at the Hilton upon arrival was a great way to kick off the relaxing before heading off on a three Night Captain Cook Cruise and five nights on Treasure Island. A great way to experience Fiji a few different ways. If you like a good fish dish, I highly recommend trying the local dish, Kokoda (was part of my daily diet whilst on holiday!)

Bali - August 2014

A holiday to Bali was in need to farewell a cold Christchurch Winter. 10 Nights was a great amount of time away, split between Ubud and Nusa Dua.
Again - Great food! Good shopping and just a lovely place to do as little or as much as we felt like. A cooking class in Ubud and a Surfing lesson in Kuta were highlights along with the best seafood lunch ever in Jimbaran Bay. A great place to go to soak up some sunshine and experience another culture. A very relaxed and memorable holiday.

Singapore & Vietnam - March 2014

An opportunity came up to go to Singapore and Vietnam so of course I snapped it up! Flying Singapore Airlines was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed being able to go for a swim in Terminal 1 between flights to get some fresh air and to freshen up before the next leg of the journey. A visit to Raffles Hotel and a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar was a great experience and of course I will be going back to Singapore for more shopping and sightseeing in the near future.
Vietnam was extremely interesting with their amazing food, history and culture to experience. A highlight for me in Hoi An was a cycling tour and visit to the famers gardens where we also received a delicious lunch and the most amazing foot massage.
Ho Chi Minh City was full of history and culture - and very hot! A visit to the Cu Chi tunnels was not to be missed and gave greater understanding of what went on during the war.
I will definitely be going back!

USA April 2013

Late April I was back off to the USA to do a Globus Tour around Canyon Country in the South West. Starting in Phoenix, Arizona we made our way up to The Grand Canyon where was had a couple of nights on the South Rim to explore. While there I took advantage of an optional helicopter trip from the South Rim to the North rim to check out the spectacular views. Zion National Park was definitely a highlight and somewhere I would love to go back and explore in more detail - its like something out of Bambi! Las Vegas was our last stop where there was time for shopping and exploring along The Strip. Las Vegas was a really fun place to visit and I will certainly be going back again for a longer length of time in the future to watch some of the many amazing show they have.

Samoa - November 2012

I was lucky enough to go on a Famil trip to Samoa for a week to check out the local sights. My favourite spot that everyone must visit is the To Sua Trench which is a big salt water swimming hole connected to the ocean. Access to this is via a long ladder leading down to the water.  Not for the faint of heart! Swimming with and feeding the Turtles on Savaii was also a major highlight and something I highly recommend doing. Samoa is a great place to hire a rental car and explore, or sit back, relax and swim. Their local Fiafia nights put on at  the resorts are also pretty fun – just avoid sitting in the front row if you don’t want to be pulled up on stage!

The cultural village in Apia was also really interesting where we saw a traditional tattoo being done, learnt 101 uses of one coconut and watched some fire dancing just to name a few of the things on offer.

Luxury Yacht Experience - 2011

I worked on a luxury yacht in the South of France which meant I was able to spend six months sailing around the Mediterranean while getting paid! After the yachting season was over, I embarked on a journey around Eastern Europe travelling by train from city to city for 3 months. The Sound of Music Tour in Salzburg was a high light as was skydiving in Prague. After Europe I spent a month in the UK to catch up with friends with the hope of experiencing a ‘White’ Christmas….it never snowed. On the way home I stopped off in Thailand for a month to enjoy the amazing food and beaches on Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Samui. The Bai Pai Cooking class in Bangkok was a highlight and I still love to cook what we learnt to make most weeks.

USA/Europe 2009

2009 was the beginning of my travelling adventures where I worked in a USA Summer Camp in New Hampshire for 3 months as a hiking counsellor. After camp I spent 3 weeks travelling from the East Coast to the West Coast before flying onto the UK and Europe. Horse riding though Monument Valley was one of the most memorable days of the tour and running along the road exactly where Forrest Gump stopped running in the film was a pretty good photo opportunity. Going to a Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park was also a highlight – although I was more excited about the Cracker Jacks than the actual game!

My first trip to Europe was a bit of a whirl wind with 1 or 2 nights in each place. Ireland was one of the favourite places I visited - You can’t go past a good Irish Stew and the awesome live music!

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