Our travel consultants have the in-depth, personal knowledge that's only gained by actually having been there (we've covered all seven continents).  Meet the team and learn about some of their most enjoyable travel destinations below:

  • Tim Cox

    Born & raised in the UK, music was my first love; travel came later but I made up for it by taking off three separate years to explore the world. I spent much of that time in Asia & the Middle East as well as further afield. I’m always keen to see the world from other people’s perspectives so my travels have taken me to places such as North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Cuba & Nicaragua.


    Favourite destination: It depends whether I’m dreaming of food, people, culture or scenery but Cuba, Laos, Burma & Syria are all places I dream of heading back to one day


    Next trip: Our travels these days often involve a trip back to England to see the family so that’s the next one, but we like taking our children to places we’ve loved that we know they’ll enjoy too. They thought Malaysia, Singapore & Vietnam were great so next might be Cambodia, Laos or Burma... or perhaps Sri Lanka or Borneo for somewhere completely new.

    T: 04 494 6459

    E: timc@adventuretravel.co.nz

  • Kathy Twydle-McDonald

    I’ve loved travelling ever since I worked my way around the world on cruise ships, in my early 20s. I’ve travelled to many countries over the last few years, and love getting off the beaten track a little, to get to experience how the locals do things. I enjoy trying local delicacies too – especially street food! I’m also a big advocate of seeing wildlife in its natural habitat, so my travels to Southern Africa and the Arctic have been absolute highlights!

    Favourite destination: My favourite destination has to be Spain. There’s such a variety of scenery, incredible food, and there’s a vibrant culture with welcoming locals. It’s easy to travel around by train, bus or car, with great walking and biking opportunities as well. Plus, who can argue with having a siesta every afternoon!

    Next trip: My next trip will be incredible! I am setting off on a three week safari covering just about every inch of Uganda. My first stop is a rhino sanctuary followed by a hike up Mount Morungole to spend time with a local tribe - the Ik tribe. I will also be involved with chimpanzee habituation and embark on a trek to see gorillas in their natural habitat. While this could mean a five to six hour trek it will be worth every second, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And, to complete my incredible adventure I have booked three nights in Bangkok to eat, rest and unwind before returning home. I can't wait! 

    T: 04 494 6455

    E: kathyt@adventuretravel.co.nz

  • Yvette Park (nee Pini)

    I love the adventure of travelling to somewhere I haven't been before. Learning about different cultures, meeting amazing people, new taste sensations and breath-taking sights. I love getting lost in new places, you never know what you'll discover. 


    Favourite destination: There are too many to mention. Vietnam, Tibet, Italy, Tanzania to name a few - I love the people, food, culture and of course the wildlife in Tanzania. The icebergs of Argentina and Patagonia were also incredible. 


    Next trip: I'm heading to South Korea! South Korea was never a destination at the top of my list but after some research and the discovery of a great airfare I couldn't resist.

    The itinerary is a mix of sight-seeing, free-time, food and outdoor activities. I'm looking forward to learning about the countries fascinating history and culture with multiple UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the must-see list. I have also planned a trip to the largest seafood market, a day exploring Mt Sorak - a stunning jagged mountain range, and an afternoon wandering through a traditional Hanok village in Jeonju. Oh and don't forget some R&R in Jeju - the go-to holiday destination full of waterfalls, volcanic rocks and beautiful coastlines.

    I have learnt so much about South Korea while planning my trip and can't wait to share my hints and tips with clients on my return! 

    T: 04 494 6473

    E: ypark@adventuretravel.co.nz

  • Pip Sutton

    I caught the travel bug when I was 18 – a one-year trip to the UK turned into ten years. I was lucky to work in travel in the UK, and saved my pennies for big trips away. Highlights include travelling for a year in Eastern and Southern Africa, and working as a scuba diving instructor in Honduras. After taking a break to raise my two sons, I’m loving being back and working at Adventure Travel.

    Favourite Destination: Africa will always hold a special place for me - it was an amazing adventure with wonderful people and experiences. I especially loved the Okavango Delta – just 3 of us camping out and walking among the wildlife – no crowds there! Fiji is also a favourite – friendly people, easy to get to, and great if you love being on/in/under the water. The Yasawa islands are so relaxing!


    Next Trip: I have had an amazing year of travel, in October I took my 13 year old son to Singapore and Tokyo where we sampled delicious street food and explored Tokyo for the first time. Then, in April I took my two sons on an African safari, travelling through Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. It was incredible to visit the places I had been to and loved as a backpacker in my twenties, I had always dreamed of taking my boys to experience Africa too.

    So what's next? There are so many options! I want to cycle Sri Lanka, explore the Amazon and see the wildlife in the Galapagos - so watch this space. 

    T: 04 494 7182

    E: pips@adventuretravel.co.nz

  • Melissa Itadani

    I love travel, exploring new destinations, experiencing different cultures and food. My first big trip away was to Japan where I taught English for a year and lived in a small village called Shirakawa-go, a very traditional village with thatched roof houses. One of the highlights of living in Japan was the opportunitiy to explore the many incredible ski fields - my favourite would have to be Washigatake in Gifu.

    Some of my travel highlights are travelling through the Rockies in Canada, a family road trip in Germany, a tour in Italy and a 'Golden Triangle' tour of India.

    Favourite Destination: My favourite destination would have to be Italy. The history, scenery and food are incredible, it's also a very easy country to travel around making for a stress free getaway.  India is another wonderful destination, the delicous food, history and colourful culture took my breath away. 

    Next Trip: A family trip to Japan, we tend to go back every two years or so to visit family - how lucky are we! Morocco and Spain will be my next new destinations to explore.

    T: 04 494 7180

    E: melissai@adventuretravel.co.nz