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Petra Otte

Lovely to meet you

Having spent 40+ years, 30 owning my own HOT outlet here in the heart of Wellington, in this exciting and ever changing industry you could say that extraordinary resilience is at the top of my skite sheet given the many and varying challenges that have faced travellers over the years.

My clients and colleagues describe me as a passionate people person, who endeavours to get the best out of a traveller's investment.

It is important for me to be inclusive of everyone within a travelling party, to hear the voice of each traveller, and ensure everyone's wishes are met.

Having been to all continents bar Antarctica which is high on my list, I have also travelled in all styles from budget overland backpacking to luxury cruises which allows me to relate to all clients and work with you for what is best for you. 


My favourite holiday memories

  • Japan
    Japan Petra Otte

    I was privileged to have the chance to visit Japan, a country of SO many contrasts, beauty and in a class of it's own. 

  • Pacific Island Cruise
    Pacific Island Cruise Petra Otte

    Our extended family Pacific Island cruise with 3 generations celebrating my parent's Golden wedding anniversary. So much fun and so much to do for all ages - highlight was seeing the kids pushed outside their comfort zone such as "walking the plank." Brilliant stuff! 

  • Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka Petra Otte

    Sri Lanka with our teenager few years back - a couple of very diverse Sri-Lankan mother and daughter pics! Another one of those countries that just has it ALL! Fab people, wildlife, history, beaches incredible scenery - gotta go folks. 

  • Africa
    Africa Petra Otte

    I have been lucky enough to travel to both Southern and Eastern Africa. During my times in Africa, I have experienced a range of travelling styles from backpacking to staying in the more luxurious game lodges and would love to work with you to maximize your time and investment. There is a saying "You leave Africa but Africa NEVER leaves you" - a must do, life changing experience!

  • Greek Islands
    Greek Islands Petra Otte

    I've personally been to a number of the Greek Islands from Santorini to Paros and Samos and love that each is so different. I have also had the privilege of looking after a number of WWII commemorative tours which of course included in depth visits to the beautiful island of Crete where they love meeting their beloved Kiwis!

  • South East Asia
    South East Asia Petra Otte

    What can I say about South East Asia but GO! Each of these countries offers something quite unique, has culture, history and not to mention the most amazing food and they are so affordable!

  • Cruising
    Cruising Petra Otte

    Having done more than my fair share of cruises, from travelling on a 3.5 star extended family cruise covering three generations of our family to the more high end Silversea small ship luxury cruise from Copenhagen up and into the most stunning fjords off the Norwegian coast down to Hamburg last May/June. 

Creating better holidays 

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

  • Adventure
  • Coach Touring
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Couples Travel
  • Family Travel
  • Group Travel
  • Luxury Travel
  • Road Trips
  • Safaris
  • Solo Travel
  • Train Journeys

Some of the destinations I have explored

AFRICA: Botswana/Namibia | Kenya | Serengeti | South Africa | Zimbabwe/Zambia/Mozambique 
ASIA: Bali, Indonesia | China | Hong Kong | India/Nepal/Bhutan | Japan | Malaysia/Borneo | Singapore | Sri Lanka | Thailand | Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos
AUSTRALIA: Adelaide, South Australia | Brisbane | Gold Coast | Hobart, Tasmania |  Melbourne, Victoria | Perth/Kimberleys, WA | Sunshine Coast | Sydney, New South Wales
MIDDLE EAST: Egypt/Jordan | Turkey
NORTH AMERICA: Hawai`i | Mexico | USA
SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina | Bolivia | Brazil | Peru 
SOUTH PACIFIC: Fiji | Niue | New Caledonia | Norfolk Island | Rarotonga, Cook Islands | Samoa | Tahiti | Tonga 
UK/EUROPE: Austria | Belgium | Denmark | Germany | Ireland  | England | France | Italy | Greece | Netherlands | Norway/Finland | Scotland | Spain/Portugal | Switzerland | Turkey 

What my customers have to say

  • Excellent professional service as always. I would never travel overseas without using Petra at House of Travel. Communications are superb and I know if I had a problem with any travel local or out of the country, it would be dealt with quickly, and solutions provided. Grateful thanks to Petra and her HOT team
  • Petra and her team are amazing. We have just done our first big trip back to the USA since Covid. Petra helped us with all our flight booking requirements and promptly contacted us when there were schedule changes which needed urgent attention. As a result we had seamless travel throughout the US. We did have a slight issue with some seating arrangements on the first part of our journey but Petra went into bat for us and it was all sorted quickly and to our satisfaction. Nothing was a problem and I am so glad to have her and her team behind us whenever we travel. Highly recommended.
  • I recently had to travel overseas. Petra was very helpful and supportive all the time. I had to change one of my flights when I returned to NZ and even though we were in lockdown Petra was very attentive to my emails and helped me and my partner to go back home safely. I have booked my trips with House of Travel for the last few years with both Chloe and Petra and they have always provided a high quality service, they are so friendly and professional. I am really happy that they didn't close down., I would highly recommend House of Travel!
  • We couldn't speak highly enough of the fabulous profesional service we recieved from Petra. Petra was "on the button" all the way in a somewhat changing climate, gave us great advice over a number of areas, always willing to look at options and all done with quick but full responses and delivered with such enthusiasm and warmth. We thought we had worked with excellent agents previously ..... Petra is out in front by miles. Needless to say a seamless trip from departure to arrival.

My travel stories

Postcard from Japan

Was privileged to have the chance to visit Japan, a country of SO many contrasts...

Awards & qualifications

  • New Zealand Certificate in Travel Level 4
  • Cruise Line International Association
  • Blue Lagoon Cruises Specialist
  • Fiji Specialist
  • Hawaii Specialist