We are passionate New Zealanders and New Zealand travel planners, committed to ensuring that visitors from North America experience the very best that New Zealand has to offer.
Whether traveling by car, motor-home or on a guided coach tour, we want you to enjoy the most spectacular scenery, fascinating culture and unique wildlife that has made New Zealand so popular with international visitors.
From our offices in Santa Barbara, California and New Zealand, we offer a highly personalized service and with our in-depth knowledge of New Zealand, we'll make sure you'll 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
For over 30 years, Lindsay explored every nook and cranny of his home country of New Zealand, mostly in search of that perfect surf break or remote hiking trail. After a long career in the New Zealand travel industry, in 2007 he moved to the US where he met and eventually married Santa Barbara architect Susan Sherwin.
His knowledge of New Zealand is without equal in the North American travel industry and in recognition of this,Tourism New Zealand has granted him the highest category "Gold Status" as an official New Zealand travel specialist.
His career in the travel business has been built around a passion for creating unique vacations for those who want to experience the very essence of New Zealand - it's history, art, people, culture, food, wine and magnificent scenery.
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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 customer's needs remain at the heart of planning their New Zealand vacation.
Jane is a proud resident of Christchurch, in the South Island of New Zealand.
“As well as our most famous landmarks, like Milford Sound and Rotorua, there are many off the beaten track places in New Zealand that visitors simply don’t get to see" she says "and it’s these special hideaways and experiences that my customers often tell me were the highlights of their visit".
"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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