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House of Travel Lakers Invercargill

House of Travel Lakers Invercargill

36-40 Kelvin St

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

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. 

At the latest House of Travel ​annual ​awards function, attended by owners and staff from all 72 of House of Travel offices nationwide, House of Travel Lakers Invercargill was awarded;


> Air New Zealand voted us ‘Best Travel Agency in the South Island’

> Top Selling Office for Globus & Cosmos Coach Tours

> Top Selling Office for Trafalgar Coach Tours

> Best Escorted Group of the Year for our 2016 South Africa Farming & Footy Tour

If you are looking at taking a ​coach ​tour or ​river ​cruise of Europe, Britain, USA and Canada, South America, or any other destination, trust your arrangements to our expert team that sell more coach tours and river cruises than anyone else in New Zealand.


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

Cruising Information Evening

Ascot Park Hotel

Thursday 03 August, 7.00pm

We will be covering all the information, hints & tips, and recommended itineraries for worldwide cruising on Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Holland America, and Princess Cruises. This event will be hosted by Mark Richardson from Cruise Holidays who we work with closely
Call us for your free invitation


2018 Southerners Tours Launch Evening

Ascot Park Hotel

Thursday 31 August, 7.00pm

Join us for all the information about next years ‘Southerners Tours’, the stress-free and fun way to travel, all personally escorted throughout by House of Travel Lakers  

Call us for your free invitation


Come in-store and meet some of the Silver Ferns

In-store at House of Travel Lakers Invercargill

Friday 01 September 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Come on in for an autograph, a photo, and a chat about their game against the Australian Diamonds two days later


Contiki Information Evening

In-store at House of Travel Lakers Invercargill

Monday 04 September, 7.00pm


World Travel Expo

Ascot Park Hotel

Sunday 24 September 10.30am – 3.00pm

Southland’s largest travel event. If you are travelling anywhere in 2018, you can’t afford to miss the Expo.

Amazing deals, fantastic travel talks, expert advice from over 40 airline, coach touring, cruising, river cruising, adventure travel, independent travel, youth travel, and much more.        

fully escorted tours

The stress-free and fun way to travel, escorted throughout by House of Travel Lakers.

Our 2017 Southerners Tours are:

  • World of Wearable Art Tour to Wellington: Departs 22 September, Escorted by House of Travel Lakers  click here for a tour flyer

  • Switzerland, Austria and a Greek Islands Cruise: Departs 30 July, Escorted by Tony & Tracey Laker SOLD OUT

  • Southern USA Farming Tour: Departs 12 November, escorted by Tony Laker

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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Christine Gibb
Retail Consultant

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Jo Beddard
Groups Manager

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Nicola Milne
Travel Consultant

With My Love Of Travel & Helping People, Makes Me So Passionate About My Job. The Best Feeling Is Building Relationships With My Clients & Sharing The Excitement When Creating Their Dream Holiday. "A Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With A Single Step"

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Pia Lemin
Travel Consultant

I enjoy creating itineraries for my clients that are both memorable and value for money. I like to share my knowledge and ideas and feel privileged to have long lasting Relationships with my clients.

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Teresa van Tilborg
Travel Consultant

Planning a memorable holiday is an exciting experience, I consider myself privileged to be part of the process with so many people.

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  • We’ll most definitely be in touch with you re our plans for next year. We would particularly like to thank you for your outstanding service & professionalism. We didn’t give you a lot of time to put things together for us – we are truly grateful & have been mentioning you/HOT Lakers to whoever we talk to.
    Thanks so much for helping us to create some lifetime memories. Really appreciated.
    Take care & kindest regards

    ~ Paddy & Mike

  • In early 2008 our family was in need of a new Travel Agent. We approached Tony Laker in the hope that he might be able to provide us with an agent with the experience, flexibility, imagination and humour to deal with our travel aspirations. What a great decision that turned out to be for us, Lakers do a great job

    ~ Alison Broad

  • I have travelled extensively over the past 10 years ,and have always found the staff at Lakers exceptionally helpful and also very diligent with their travel bookings for my family and I. I have always, and will continue to recommend House of Travel Lakers to any prospective traveller.

    ~ Ross

  • Hi Jo, Just a quick email to say thanks for all your work in ensuring our travel and accommodation and transfers were all in order. We are all back now and really appreciative that all the travel arrangements went to plan - outstandingly well thanks. We look forward to continuing to work with you in the future, and you can be proud again of the service the Lakers team provide.

    ~ Rex Capil

  • Hi Tony,

    I have finally made it back to Perth last night, after driving from Queenstown to Mt Cook, Arthurs Pass, Greymouth, Westport, St Arnaud and Blenheim. Then on to Wellington and Auckland, so it has been an action packed week since leaving to conference.

    I thought that your organisation of the BDO Australia/New Zealand Conference was first class, and the evening functions were “World Class”.  I have been to a large number of conferences in many parts of the world over a long number of years, and none have been better than this one.  The venue, decor, food and entertainment on the final night was exceptional.  I recall you saying on the bus going to the function that you were proud of what you had put together, and well you should be – it was excellent!!

    I meet and work with a wide range of people and businesses and will promote you wherever I can.

    It has been a pleasure to meet you.

    ~ Brian Aitken, Senior Advisor BDO

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 Julie a call for today for a full list of references, and all the details of how we can make your event the best ever.


Lakers HOT is proud to support Hospice New Zealand.

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HOT Lakers Invercargill staff travels

Ranee has recently been to Oman, her best adventure was an overnight in Wahibi Sands Desert where she got to go dune bashing in a 4WD!

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

recently spent time in Paris, loved wandering through the streets and gardens, eating macaroons and the great views from the top of the Arch de Triomphe. Watching the traffic going around the roundabout below is very entertaining!

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 not long returned from doing a 19 day Topdeck European Winter Getaway. Heaps of highlights along the way, but eating pork knuckles and drinking steins at the Hofbrauhaus in Berlin, and the awesome fairy-tale gothic castles all over Prague were truly memorable.

has been to Singapore, which he loved. Exploring the street markets in Chinatown and tasting the local delicacies was great fun, and his biggest surprise was the Gardens by the Bay, which has the world’s largest man-made waterfall and breath-taking views from the skyline walkway. It’s a must-see attraction in Singapore even if you’re not a gardener at heart.

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