You can never recapture your personal time so it is important it is right the first time!
I work closely with you to build an itinerary that suits your needs, time frame and budget. I make all the travel arrangements you need from international flights to domestic flights at destination, accommodations, tours, car rentals, travel insurance and I can even arrange for dinner reservations in Sydney or your own private helicopter tour of Milford Sound in New Zealand!
I take the stress out of the planning process so you don’t waste your valuable time doing research and dealing with the details. I’m at your service during the planning process, while you are at destination if needed and after you return so I can hear about your experience. I want to hear your stories!
My goal is that you depart on your journey knowing that every detail has been taken care of so you can travel with confidence and enjoy your journey to the fullest, and that you return relaxed and inspired!
About the name Manawa Journeys!
Manawa is actually the Maori word for “heart”. The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and New Zealand happens to be my favourite country to visit and it holds a special place in my heart. And the word “Journey” because I believe it is about the journey and not the destination.
“Follow the path of the heart and discover it’s only the Journey that matters.”
I’m a firm believer that travel is a great way to discover the many wonders of the world and more importantly the wonders within yourself! I’m passionate about travel and all the wonderful things the world has to offer, whether it is amazing scenery, colourful culture, the people, spiritual connection or mouth watering cuisine paired with just the right wine! I just want to share this with everyone and that is why I love to design travel experiences for you built around your passions and what you feel connected to.
Photography is also big part of who I am as love to take pictures of the world around me and it all started with my travel experiences. Whether, it is the most delicate leaf, a sea lion in the Galapagos or the incredible scenery which lies around every corner in New Zealand I feel compelled to record it and share it!
I have a long background in the travel industry which started with being a flight attendant with a charter airline in Montreal, and then variety of roles (Check In, Gate Agent, and Baggage Agent) with Canadian Airlines at the Ottawa Airport. After Canadian merged with Air Canada, I took some time off and had my children and eventually returned to the work world as a travel agent, which I’ve been doing for close to 6 years now. I guess you could say travel kind of stuck with me!
I have had the opportunity to experience many different destinations. Here are some of the countries I have visited some multiple times: New Zealand, Australia, Ecuador/Galapagos, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain and Italy.
I am a Kiwi Specialist, Aussie Specialist, Peru Specialist and Ireland Specialist.