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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
E lakers@hot.co.nz

Hours:
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

WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE BEEN VOTED THE ‘NEW ZEALAND RETAIL TRAVEL AGENCY OF THE YEAR!!!
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.

HOUSE OF TRAVEL LAKERS INVERCARGILL OPENS IN_STORE FOREIGN CURRENCY BOOTH

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

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.        

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Southerners
fully escorted tours

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


Our 2018 Southerners Tours are:

  • Great Cities of the USA & Caribbean Cruise: Departs 12 May: Escorted by Tony Laker ​Click here for a tour flyer
  • Southern USA Coach Tour & Mississippi River Cruise: Departs 21 May: Escorted by Jo Beddard Click here for a tour flyer
  • European Coach Tour Adventure & Mediterranean Cruise: Departs 14 June: Escorted by House of Travel Lakers click here for a tour flyer
  • Canada & Alaska including the Calgary Stampede: Departs 04 July, Escorted by Jo Beddard click here for a tour flyer
  • Eastern Europe Coach Tour & Scandinavian Cruise: Departs 26 July, Escorted by Tony & Tracey Laker 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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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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Here's what our
customers have to say
85%
85% of customers who book with House of Travel Lakers (Invercargill) rate us 5/5


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.


Hospice



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!

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

Jo
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!

Pia‘s
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.

Tony
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.

Christine
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!

Nicole
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.

Nick
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.

Teresa
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