A group of Travel Counsellors agents recently experienced the very best of New Zealand on a five day ‘mega-fam’ organised by New Zealand Tourism.
Olivia Glover, Paayal Chandra, Danielle Catrupi and Lara Burgermeister joined 400 other travel agents from all over Australia on the familiarisation tour designed to showcase the highlights of New Zealand. With the group divided up to follow different itineraries, Travel Counsellors agents got to experience the diversity of New Zealand by enjoying a range of culinary, cultural, historical and outdoors experiences.
Olivia Glover of Mt Evelyn, Victoria travelled to Waitomo, Rotorua and Hamilton. “Visiting Hobbiton (the village movie set from The Lord of the Rings trilogy) was a major highlight! I learnt so much about New Zealand on this trip, with the training day in Auckland providing so much useful information that will help me sell New Zealand trips to clients in the future,” comments Olivia.
Lara Burgermeister of Berwick was very impressed with her stay at the Langham Hotel in Auckland. “This beautiful hotel has a fantastic location as it’s within walking distance of most of Auckland’s harbourside attractions. The Langham’s signature restaurant has by far one of the best buffet offerings I’ve ever experienced. It was especially great for gluten-free or dairy-free dining as all meals were clearly labelled,” Lara comments.
Lara also enjoyed time in Christchurch, where bike riding and dining in some of Christchurch’s restaurants allowed her to see how this resilient city has recovered from the devastating earthquake of 2011. Lara counts seeing whales, dolphins and baby fur seals in Kaikoura as another highlight of the trip.
“I can only rate my experience in New Zealand as 10 out of 10. This country is right on our doorstop and has so much to offer. It has some of the most diverse and stunning landscapes and the food and wine are amongst the best in the world. I encourage everyone to begin planning their New Zealand holiday today,” says Lara.
Managing Director, David Hughes comments, “Familiarisation trips like this offer Travel Counsellors agents a chance to experience popular destinations and enhance their already strong sales skills. We are proud that we offer so many opportunities for our agents to go on trips like this so that our agents not only have the chance to increase their extensive travel knowledge further, but also to help their ability to sell the destination in the future.”