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Maree Thompson

Lovely to meet you

From the first travel I did as a teenager I have wanted to travel the world, experience the food, absorb the culture and learn the history!!!

I have always been passionate about creating the ultimate holidays and feel that makes me the best planner of your holidays that I can be!! 

I had been selling travel for over 20 years when I felt something else was needed and to the leap to be the retail manger of House of Travel Papamoa. I feel I have never looked back and enjoy leading a fantastic group of people!!

I love my job!!! I love the fact that no one holiday is ever the same and also thrive on a challenge of a complex itinerary, round the world flight or something out of the norm. 

I think the benefit you get with me is the experience I have had planning and travel and the places I have travelled. 

I have travelled extensively and in particular done a lot around New Zealand, Australia, South Pacific Islands, USA and Europe and find that travel opens your mind to another world full of new experiences, new tastes and an appreciation for life in general. 

I have a rule that every trip I do I need to pick one unique thing to do on holiday that is un-usual or you would not do on another holiday .... I have been hot air ballooning, have been on a segway tour, have helicoptered out to an island etc.

My Travel Tips

* I am a bit of a IT geek so always travel with an adaptor that has USB ports for my IWatch, iPhone and iPad. 

*Have a store of great apps that help with travel, packing, maps, closest toilet etc.!!

*Always keep in touch with your travel agent so they can keep you up to date with deals that are out for your next holiday.

*Cash passports are a MUST as safe and easy way to travel. 

The best holidays are definitely created together so would love to get you in for an appointment and have a discussion about your travel dreams.


My favourite holiday memories

  • Tokyo
    Tokyo Maree Thompson

    A reluctant participant initially honing around the streets of Tokyo dressed as Mario and Luigi was an experience not to be missed. 

  • Paris
    Paris Maree Thompson

    The love of doing something you would never do in a place you may only ever get to visit once. 

  • Fiji
    Fiji Maree Thompson

    The perfect sunset and so close to home!!

  • Orlando
    Orlando Maree Thompson

    Who wants to be a big kid ….. And have Christmas with Mickey ….. Count me in!!

  • New York
    New York Maree Thompson

    Nothing beats walking in the Christmas markets in New York freezing cold wishing for snow!!

Creating better holidays 

Whatever your travel dreams, I will work with you to create the best holiday possible. The holidays I specialise in include:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking Walking
  • Coach Touring
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Disney Holidays
  • Family Travel
  • Group Travel
  • Luxury Travel
  • Road Trips
  • Train Journeys

My Travel Passions

Cruising - Tried this for the first time approximately 25 years ago and have been hooked ever since. Have done double digits in Ocean cruising and also River cruised Asia and Europe. Absolutely passionate about matching the best cruise for the right person as very important to get right!!!

Disney!!! - I am a big kid at heart and have done Disneyland (7 Times), Disney Florida and Disney Paris...You also don't need to be an adrenalin junkie as so much more than roller coasters and not just a place for kids!!!

Weird and wonderful Itineraries - If you have something complicated, an itinerary that needs some help to put in the right order to make sense, flights that need an experienced person to put together then I am the one to help make it happen!!

Some of the destinations I have explored

ASIA: Bali, Indonesia | Hong Kong | Japan | Malaysia/Borneo | Singapore | Thailand | Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos  
AUSTRALIA: Brisbane, Queensland | Gold Coast, Queensland | Hobart, Tasmania | Melbourne, Victoria | Sunshine Coast, Queensland | Sydney, New South Wales 
NORTH AMERICA: Canada | Caribbean | Hawai`i | Mexico | USA
SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina | Chile | Peru 
SOUTH PACIFIC: Fiji | New Caledonia | Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Samoa | Vanuatu 
UK/EUROPE: Austria | Belgium | Czech Republic | Denmark | Germany | Hungary | England | France | Italy | Netherlands | Norway/Finland | Scotland | Spain/Portugal | Switzerland 

What my customers have to say

  • Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value Visited Maree from House of Travel Papamoa who was stunningly brilliant with all our travel plans and bookings. Maree went beyond all our expectations and we will be recommending her to all our friends and family.
  • All I can say is .... Thank you Thank you Thank you! I cannot express how grateful I am to have had Maree at Papamoa House of Travel look after all my travel arrangements during the uncertainty of the unstable and changeable world environments we are all currently living in. Maree quickly identified my sense of urgency to travel home to QLD, listened with empathy and went above and beyond to fulfil my request. Maree removed my fear, she was in total control, keeping me informed every step of the way. I am now on my way home! Thank you Maree, your kindness and genuine ability to connect to customers is what the world needs more of. You are amazing.
  • We have used HOT Papamoa for a number of overseas trips since 2015. Maree has been great to work with right from planning to sorting out the details. Nothings an issue, she'll steer you in the right direction with advice and you have a laugh doing it. Hopefully there will come a time when we can travel a bit further so we'll be back to Maree again.
  • My go to travel/booking agent for over 10 years ... My contact there, Maree Thompson goes above and beyond ... Can not rate her highly enough ... 10/10+
  • Maree’s knowledge and attention to detail is unsurpassed. We were kept informed of the slightest alteration every step of the way, and her communication with us was magnificent. Maree just seemed a genuinely lovely woman who is sooo enthusiastic about her job 𝒂𝒏𝒅 customers…..and that’s why she’s booking our next holiday already!

My travel stories

Christmas in the USA

Wow there is nothing like a Xmas in USA and being in a totally different hemisphere!!....

Awards & qualifications

  • Cruise Line International Association
  • Blue Lagoon Cruises Specialist
  • Tahiti Specialist
  • Aussie Specialist
  • Fiji Specialist
  • Outrigger Resort Specialist
  • Anaheim Specialist
  • Disney Specialist
  • Hawaii Specialist
  • New York Destination Expert Training
  • Rail Expert
  • USA Discovery Programme
  • Tourism Ireland
  • Visit Britain
  • Las Vegas Specialist
  • Floria Specialist