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House of Travel Lakers Invercargill

House of Travel Lakers Invercargill

36-40 Kelvin St
Otago / Southland

P+64 3-214-3500
F+64 3 214 3509

Weekdays: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm

Winner - 2013 New Zealand Retail Travel Agency of the Year

Winner - 2017 and 2018 House of Travel ‘Best Large Office in New Zealand'

Tony & Tracey Laker opened House of Travel Lakers in March 1999, and have grown the business into Southland’s largest travel company, and also one of the largest in New Zealand.

House of Travel Lakers operates a holidays division, as well as specialised departments for corporate travel, groups & tours, and conference organising.

Since opening, House of Travel Lakers has won many travel awards, including top South Island outlet for Air New Zealand, Top Customer Service Award for House of Travel, and the New Zealand Retail Travel Agency of the Year, chosen from all travel agencies and all brands nationwide.

House of Travel Lakers has the expertise, the passion, and the people to ensure you a truly unforgettable travel experience.

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HOT Lakers Invercargill highlights

House of Travel Lakers Invercargill won the ‘Best New Zealand Travel Agency Retail: Single Location' at the 2013 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards. The process required House of Travel head office to nominate just one of their outlets nationwide to represent the overall group in this category, and they chose us. There were only thirteen finalists nationwide from all travel agency brands, and this was reduced to a final five after a voting process by airlines, coach companies, cruise companies, and other travel suppliers as to who they considered to be the best five agencies. The owner of each of the final five agencies then had to make a presentation to an Australian/New Zealand judging panel, who voted House of Travel Lakers Invercargill the overall winner.

We were extremely excited and proud to have won this award, and a very big thank you to all of our customers who have supported us over the years.

Lakers Invercargill Team 

March 2019 - House of Travel Lakers Invercargill wins major award for 2nd year running.

Nearly 800 members of the House of Travel Group attended the company’s annual Awards Conference in Auckland recently, and on the night House of Travel Lakers Invercargill was presented with ‘The Best Large House of Travel Office’, which is chosen from over 75 House of Travel offices nationwide.

House of Travel Lakers Invercargill also won this same award last year.

We would like to thank all of our customers for their wonderful support which has made it possible to win this award, and we look forward to aiming for three in a row at next year’s conference.

We also won:

> Top selling House of Travel Office for The Travel Corporation (Trafalgar, Insight, AAT Kings and Contiki Coach Tours, and Uniworld River Cruises

> Top selling House of Travel for Avalon River Cruises

> Top selling House of Travel Office for Qantas

> Best Escorted Group for our 2018 ‘Eastern Europe & Baltics’ Tour 


Now you can get all of your overseas money requirements at our brand new in-store Travelex Foreign Currency Booth, only the second one to open in a House of Travel office in New Zealand. 

We're Southland's one-stop shop for fantastic airfare and holiday package deals, travel insurance, travel accessories, and  now in-store overseas money requirements.

Travelex Currency Exchange

Upcoming Events


2019 House of Travel Lakers Southerners Escorted Tours
The stress-free way to travel, all personally escorted by House of Travel Lakers

Lion in the South African Savannah

South Africa with Victoria Falls Extension

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Northern Italy

Rhine River Cruise and Northern Italy

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Mountains and Lakes in North America

Canada and Alaska including the Calgary Stampede

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Castle in the UK countryside

England, Scotland and Ireland by coach and cruise

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European Christmas Market

European Christmas Markets River Cruise

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Queensland countryside

Outback Queensland Farming Tour

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Cherry Blossoms in Japan

Rugby World Cup Farming & Footy Tour

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HOT Lakers Invercargill staff

Billy Ballantine
Travel Consultant

I have travelled the world working on cruise ships & personal holidays - experienced the full spectrum from Backpacking to Luxury: river cruising, coach tours, independent travel. Use my expertise & let me help you plan your trip of a lifetime.

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Caitlin Brookland
Travel Consultant

My passion and desire to travel sparked from a young age. After finishing studying Tourism at Otago University, I couldn’t wait go out and explore the world. I have now lived in 3 other countries and travelled to over 20 different countries.

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Jenna Boult
Travel Consultant

I became interested in travel when I was 14 years old and travelled to Japan. I love the experience of being immersed in a foreign culture that's completely different. This sparked my desire to travel further and to get involved in the travel industry.

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Jenny Gauthier
Office Manager

Travel has always been my passion – My interest was sparked when I was young, I was very fortunate at the age of 11 years to have my parents take me around the world, from that moment I knew what my career path was going to be.

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Pia Lemin
Travel Consultant

Having been in the Travel industry for over 25 years, I have travelled to some amazing places around the world. I enjoy working in the groups department, where I can use my knowledge and ideas to create amazing itineraries for our clients.

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Quinton Holland-King
Travel Consultant

Sailing the globe is a dream, for me I did it as a job - exploring many parts of the world. I worked in Aoraki Mount Cook, Sydney Australia and then sailed the seas working for Princess Cruises, that's where I embarked on a long career at sea as a Purser.

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Rebecca Shaw
Travel Consultant

From my first family holiday to the U.K. nearly 15 years ago I have had a love for travel, and now I get to be immersed in the industry everyday by making travel dreams a reality.

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Tony Laker

Tony & Tracey are born & bred Southlanders who opened House of Travel Lakers Invercargill in March 1999, meaning we will be celebrating 20 years in business next year.

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Our Groups Team

Pia has been in the Travel Industry for 25 years, and with House of Travel Lakers for 13 years. Starting in the Leisure team, she now works full-time in the Groups department, organising our Escorted Tours and Group travel.

Julie has been with House of Travel Lakers for 14 years, and after taking some time out to have two beautiful children is back working part time in Groups.

Sheree has been with House of Travel Lakers for 4 years, and along with Tony helps to organise and manage conferences and events, also assisting in Groups as needed.

Book your sports, school or special interest group with us
House of Travel Lakers operates the only specialised Groups Department in Southland, run by expert staff who know how to get you the very best deals. Give us a call to find out all the benefits of booking your group with us, including taking advantage of the buying power of Southland’s largest Travel Agency. 

Conference & event organising
House of Travel Lakers Invercargill operates a specialist Conference Department, organising and overseeing events within New Zealand and offshore. Being a Travel Agent means that not only can we organise your entire event, but also handle any flight requirements your attendees may require. Give Tony or Sheree a call for today for a full list of references, and all the details of how we can make your event the best ever.

Laker House of Travel Groups Team – Julie, Pia & Sheree (L-R)
Laker House of Travel Groups Team – Julie, Pia & Sheree (L-R)


Lakers HOT is proud to support Hospice New Zealand.

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HOT Lakers Invercargill staff travels

really enjoyed Ankor Wat in Cambodia: great people, history and the unexplored feel of the jungle.

latest adventure was the Sunshine Coast Australia. An action packed 5 days included a visit to Australia Zoo, kayaking, swimming with the seals at Underwater World and a day trip to Fraser Island.

has recently escorted a tour to South Africa where his group went to the All Black game at Ellis Park Johannesburg, checked out the wildlife at Kruger National Park, and travelled down the country to Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The wildlife was incredible, but another real highlight was the cablecar ride up Table Mountain in Cape Town, the ride up is amazing and the views from the top are simply stunning.

has just been to San Francisco and Las Vegas. Her highlights in San Fran were biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and a Champagne Harbour Cruise of the Bay. The Cirque du Soleil Show at the Bellagio Hotel in Vegas was amazing, the outlet malls were fantastic for shopping, and if your young or young at heart,check out the pool party at the MGM’s ‘Wet Republic Pool’, awesome!

has recently been to Japan where Kyoto was a favourite with the little tea houses and laneways being exactly how you imagine Japan to be. She was even lucky enough to see a real life geisha. Getting out of Tokyo and into the countryside was a surprise, the landscape was comparable to Switzerland and even NZ. The Japanese people were extremely polite and courteous people, and travelling in their country is very pleasant experience. She was also recently in Bali where she enjoyed a 35km mountain bike starting at Mt Batur through orange orchards and little villages, finishing amongst the rice terraces of Ubud. Teresa loves the food in Bali, with the hardest part being deciding between Nasi Goreng or Mei Goring… rice or noodles…


“When in Sydney, take the ferry from Circular Quay for lunch at the historic Doyles Seafood Restaurant at Watsons Bay”
 - Tony Laker, HOT Lakers

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