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Anna O'Dell-Smith

Lovely to meet you

Having travelled extensively I thoroughly enjoy immersing myself in the rich culture of any country I am fortunate enough to visit. Travel is my passion and I love helping clients create an unforgettable experience that is uniquely their own. 

I genuinely believe that travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. I enjoy being part of each and every journey. No day is the same in the life of a travel consultant and I relish the challenge that this represents. I am flattered by the number of clients who have come back to me time and time again. 

Having travelled to nearly 50 countries, my bucket list is still never ending. I have backpacked my way through the world in my youth as well as enjoying five star luxury in more recent times. I have definitely felt richer from each and every experience. Travel is a way of life, I love what I do and that passion and enthusiasm always translates into the work I put into my clients plans. 


My favourite holiday memories

  • Italy
    Cinque Terre

    In 2017 I spent 2 weeks travelling through Italy. 

  • Chile
    Chile Anna O'Dell Smith

    Chile and in particular the Atacama Desert is absolutely spectacular. I loved everything about my trip here, the people, food, wine, landscapes and adventure!

  • Greek Islands
    Greek Islands

     I loved exploring the quieter town streets and seeing the black, red and white sand beaches in Santorini!

  • China
    China Anna O'Dell Smith

    Getting to see the great wall was an absolute bucket list thing for me. On this trip, I then travelled by train from China through Mongolia to Russia which was one of the most unique and amazing travel experience I have had to date.

  • Egypt
    Egypt Anna O'Dell Smith

    I spent 3 weeks in Egypt around 12 years ago and it is absolutely still a highlight! The overnight trains were an "experience" but the Pyramid, Valley of the Kings and Abu Simbel (to name a few) were incredible to see!

  • Cruising
    Cruising Anna O'Dell-Smith

    Cruising is a wonderful way to see the world for any age group - there is something for everyone - be it on the river or the ocean! It also allows you to visit some trickier locations with ease, you unpack once and all your meals, accommodation, entertainment and transport included. 

Creating better holidays 

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

  • Coach Touring - Touring - While there is a perception it is a group of 50 following a guide with a flag, I have had some fabulous experiences as part of a guided tour, seeing and experiencing local hidden treasures I wouldn't have been privy to otherwise!
  • Small Ship Cruising - Cruising is a wonderful way to see the world for any age group - there is something for everyone - be it on the river or ocean! It also allows you to visit some trickier locations with ease, you unpack once and all your meals, accommodation, entertainment and transport is included!
  • Family Travel - Family holidays - having become a parent in 2020 I now have a new appreciation for making things as easy as possible for a family holiday. We are taking our 3 year old to Europe for the first time in a couple of months so I am sure to have some tips and tricks (or lessons I have learnt) when we return!
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Couples Travel
  • Disney Holidays
  • Group Travel
  • Luxury Travel
  • Safaris
  • Solo Travel
  • Train Journeys

Some of the destinations I have explored

ASIA: China | Malaysia/Borneo | Mongolia | Singapore | Thailand | Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos
AUSTRALIA: Adelaide, South Australia | Brisbane | Gold Coast | Hobart Tasmania | Melbourne, Victoria | Sunshine Coast | Sydney New South Wales
MIDDLE EAST: Dubai, UAE | Egypt/Jordan | Turkey
SOUTH PACIFIC: Fiji | Samoa 
UK/EUROPE: Austria | Belgium | Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | Germany | Hungary | Ireland | England | France | Italy | Greece | Netherlands | Norway/Finland | Poland | Russia | Scotland | Spain/Portugal | Turkey | Wales

What my customers have to say

  • Anna O'Dell Smith, proactively penciled flights for a trip I am planning when she saw them come on sale saving me over $500. Anna is very prompt with all of her communications and I trust her advice. I also used Anna for a trip to Europe last year she was fantastic then too :)
  • I have booked with her over the last 4 years and everything goes perfect. Could not be happier.
  • Anna O'Dell always responds promptly, knows the destinations able to get great prices and keep an eye on deals for the destinations and times when we want to travel.
  • Anna at HOT Ferrymead, always goes above and beyond to do whatever she can to make our flights as comfortable as possible, as well as find accommodation that suits our budget and requirements. Thank you Anna for your excellent customer service.

My travel stories

Postcard from Italy


In 2017, I spent two weeks travelling through Italy. Being my second trip to this beautiful country it was fantastic to get the opportunity to visit some different area's that I hadn't yet had the chance to see. 

We spent a fantastic few days in Rome and DEFINITELY recommend the skip the line passes for the Vatican and Colosseum. The Sistine Chapel was absolutely incredible and absolutely blew me away!

Postcard from the Greek Islands

In my 20's I spent some time island hopping round the Greek Islands which was so fantastic, my husband, daughter and I are heading back...

Awards & qualifications

  • New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4
  • Cruise Line International Association
  • Blue Lagoon Cruises Specialist
  • House of Travel Silver Sales award 2017
  • House of Travel Gold Sales Award 2018
  • House of Travel Silver Sales Award 2019
  • House of Travel Rookie of the Year 2016
  • House of Travel Bronze Sales Award 2016
  • Travel Agents Association New Zealand Rookie of the Year