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Melissa Wallace

Lovely to meet you

Because I’m addicted to travelling, I decided that this is what my career must be! 

With over 25 years travel experience, starting with Air New Zealand, then into the retail travel consultancy, I have also worked in Adventure market. 

I love inspiring new travellers into more than just a sitting on a beach.  I love putting together itineraries and organising self-drive canal boating holidays, as kiwi’s love to be independent, this is an awesome way for likeminded couples/ groups of friends or families to catch up and enjoy the scenery whilst cruising down a canal in France. 

I have been lucky enough to experience a couple of European River Cruises and absolutely understand why unpacking once is the way to go!  I also have experienced at walking and cycling firsthand and loved going through little towns and eating local cuisines.

So, if you need a travel consultant to make your dream come true, contact me.  I am based in lovely Kerikeri, Northland, but with today’s tech, I’m more than willing to help you if you live elsewhere.


Creating better holidays 

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

  • 18yr-30 Something Travel
  • Cycling
  • Golfing
  • Hiking Walking
  • Skiing
  • Adventure
  • Coach Touring
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Disney Holidays
  • Family Travel
  • Group Travel
  • Road Trips
  • Safaris
  • Solo Travel
  • Train Journeys

My travel passions

Italy - I adore Italy, there are so many hidden gems to explore, keep wanting to go back. I have driven, used public transport which is awesome! And walked part of the Pilgrim from Pisa to San Gimignano. Amalfi Coast is incredible, best to base yourself in Sorrento and then use the ferry system to explore to coastline. 

France- France, food, wine, culture. 

Prague- Prague and then experiencing River Cruising from Nuremburg to Luxemburg for a 7 night cruise. I am a converted river cruiser, the best way to unpack once and truly see Europe in a relaxing and carefree way.

Amsterdam to Bruges by Barge- Amsterdam to Bruges by Barge, with cycling each day to visit the sights each day. Travelling with guide and other like minded travelers.  This was incredible, my daughters were with me and we still talk about it 6 years later.  Beautiful countryside, a must see and do... e-bikes are a cool option too.

Some of the destinations I have explored

ASIA: Singapore | Israel | Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos
AUSTRALIA: Brisbane, Queensland | Gold Coast, Queensland | Melbourne, Victoria | Sydney, New South Wales
NORTH AMERICA: Canada | Hawai`i | USA
SOUTH PACIFIC: Fiji | Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Tahiti 
UK/EUROPE: Austria | Belgium | Czech Republic | Germany | Hungary | England | France | Italy | Greece | Netherlands | Poland | Scotland | Switzerland 

My travel stories

Postcards from Vienna

Vienna has ton's of history, Mozart has this garden and memorial in his honor, and they still play his music today. 

Postcards from Budapest

Budapest holds a special place in my heart, this is where my dad and family come from, they escaped the Hungarian Revolution and had their own adventure before arriving in NZ.  

Postcards from Italy

I am very fond of Italy, and get very excited helping my clients plan the very best holiday.  I have been to Italy for work and pleasure, flying Emirates up to Bologna is a great airport to start, and situated between Venice and Florence. 

Postcards from Rarotonga & Vietnam

Vietnam is truly incredible, everything is so cheap, lots of styles of travel from adventure to romantic and golfing getaways.  The people are lovely, the cities can be a little rough round the edges, but the service you receive is a must visit, I'm going back with my family one day!

Netherlands and Belgium by Bike & Barge on the Magnifique II

Amsterdam is a place to visit, so much to explore.  Not all hotels are accessible by road, the train system is so easy and is right in the centre of Amsterdam.  

Awards & qualifications

  • Tahiti Specialist
  • Fiji Specialist
  • Hawaii Specialist
  • Visit Britain