We are passionate New Zealander travel planners, committed to ensuring that visitors from the US experience the very best that New Zealand has to offer.
Whether traveling by car, motor-home or on an escorted coach tour, we want you to enjoy the most spectacular scenery, culture and wildlife that New Zealand offers.
For the adventurous, we love to get you off the beaten track a little, to experience some parts of New Zealand that many visitors simply don't get an opportunity to see or experience.
The combination of our competitive rates, our personalized service and our in-depth knowledge of New Zealand will ensure you have some great stories to share with your family and friends when you return home.
So that's what we are all about, that's what we are passionate about, a vision created by travel industry veterans and company founders Lindsay Barron and Jerry Bridge.
Work with real New Zealanders to create your vacation of a lifetime
After a successful 45 year career in travel, Lindsay felt it was time to leave the large corporate travel company he had co-founded and return to what he calls “The Ground Floor” to do what he always enjoyed most – interacting with customers and co-creating great New Zealand vacations.
New Zealand Vacations.com, a website designed specifically for travelers from the United States, provides a way for him to share his incredible knowledge of New Zealand and to work with customers to make sure they really get the vacation they are dreaming of.
Lindsay’s philosophy is to place the customer at the heart of the planning process and to truly understand their vacation needs and dreams.
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Another highly experienced New Zealand travel expert with a background in retail travel, Jane has been described as “the ultimate travellers advocate” sharing as she does Lindsay’s passion for making sure that customers needs remain at the heart of the travel planning process.
Jane is a proud resident of the South Island of New Zealand “There are so many 'off the beaten track' places in New Zealand that visitors simply don’t get to see and it’s these special hideaways and experiences that my customers usually enjoy the most" she says.
"New Zealand Vacations is not simply a website” she adds “rather it’s a hybrid of good old fashioned customer interaction with all of the benefits that access to the internet provides.
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After traveling to all corners of the world, in 1989 Jerry founded his first travel business called ‘Bridge the World’ based in London, UK, selling worldwide flights and holidays. By the time he sold the business in 2002 his company had achieved an annual turnover of close to USD100m and employed 150 staff.
In 2004 he launched his second travel company 'Bridge & Wickers’ this time specializing in tailor-made luxury holidays to Australia, New Zealand and Canada.
Soon afterwards he met his Kiwi wife-to-be and as a result made the move to his new home in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. Commuting between Wellington and London was never going to be a realistic option!
His love of New Zealand and the knowledge he has built up over many years as a New Zealand specialist is something he now shares with the customers of New Zealand Vacations.
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Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Katie lived and worked in London for 10 years, working as a travel consultant and selling New Zealand vacations at some of the UK's largest travel firms.
Katie is keen to share her knowledge of New Zealand especially with those who are traveling with children (she has two youngsters of her own).
She has traveled extensively around both the North and South islands of New Zealand, including visits to what she describes as her favorite places of all, the Catlins and Stewart Island.
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