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Personal Details

 

Travel Consultant

ruthv@hot.co.nz

26 Brandon Street
Wellington

Why ME?

For the past 16 years I have traveled Africa, North American and Australia with children and teenagers. I love travel and exploring new places.

Image Gallery

 
  • Halong Bay Sunset Halong Bay Sunset
  • Halong Bay Halong Bay
  • Hanoi Skylikne Hanoi Skylikne
  • Meekong River Boats Meekong River Boats
  • Sapa Sapa
  • Pearl Village Pearl Village

Where on Earth do you still want to go?

  • New York - I'm yet to get to the East Coast of the USA
  • South East Asia
  • South America

HOT Awards & Qualifications

  • HOT Wellington Rising Star Award 2019
  • Certified Fiji Matai Specialist
  • Certified Aussie Specialist
  • Certified Hawaii Destination Specialist
  • Captain Cook Cruises Accredited Agent

Where I've Been

 

Favourite Holidays

 

A Swedish Wedding

The arrival of a wedding invitation sparked this 3 week visit to Sweden Norway and London.  It was the first time we had taken our sons to any Eurpoean destinations.  We self-drove Sweden and Norway which allowed us to get well of the beaten track.  Stockhom is possibly my favorite city in the world and we had 5 days there with perfect Swedish summer weather before heading to London for a four day stopover the high point of which was the Harry Potter Experince at Warner Studios.

California and The American Southwest

The American Southwest is a favorite destination for my family.  The wide open spaces, butes and canyons provide a spectacular backdrop for a great road trip.  We started in LA with Disneyland before heading off on 4 week road trip which took us to Las Vegas, Joshua Tree National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, Tuscon, and New Mexico before heading back to California and driving the coast from San Diego to San Fransisco before heading back To LA for 3 nights in Hollywood.  I think everyones favorite part of the trip was the 5th generation mexican cantina we found in Las Cruces which had been frequented by Billy the Kid.

Exploring Vanuatu

A week long famil to Vanuatu in November 2019 gave me an opportunity to really explore and experience Vanuatu and what it has to offer.  I loved snorkeling in the crystal clear waters and relaxing at the fantastic resorts we got to stay at.  A real high point was a trip to Tanna Island where we did the night tour to the volcano.  The 4-wd trip to the volcano was an experience in itself, riding on the back of the ute across the island through the jungle. There is nothing that quite describes the feeling of standing on the rim of an active volcano as it explodes literally beneath your feet.

Vietnam North to South

We spent 14 fabulous day exploring Vietnam.  Travelling from North to South make great sense in this long skinny county.  We organised our itinerary through Wide Eyed tours who were fantastic to deal with.  Highlights of our trip were trekking in Sapa, kayaking in Ha Long Bay and the scooter tour in Hue which included the last imperial palace.  We were a group of 11 with our youngest traveler 11 years old. With out exception everyone loved the trip.  We are already planning our return having barely scratched the surface of what this fantastic destination has to offer.

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