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Tessa is about to head up our brand new Taupo office ... and here's what she has to say ...

"Imagine a truely care free trip which starts from the moment you make contact, via email or in my office! I can handle all your travel arrangements effortlessly and accurately, every time.

"From knowing when is the best time to travel, to suggesting hidden gems and must-see activities, I would love the opportunity to share my knowledge with you and help create your perfect overseas experience.

"Going 'the extra mile' is my personal motto, and I plan to exceed your expectations in creating the perfect itinerary for you, be it for your quick getaway weekend, or that extensive once in a lifetime itinerary!

"I have been fortunate to be a part of the travel industry since 2003. My passion for travel and the desire to create the perfect  experience, unique to you, is what sets me apart from others. As well as retail, I also have experience with Conference & Incentives, Sporting Tours, Corporate travel, school & wedding parties.

"My own journeys have included travel extensively through Asia, the Pacific Islands and Australia, both personally as well as having led over 100 groups off shore through these incredible destinations.  So if you want a travel specialist who offers the personal approach and touch, please make contact with me for your next adventure! "


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BRANCH:  Dunedin

WHAT SORT OF TRAVEL INSPIRES YOU? Outdoors, cruising etc. Cruising and lots more cruising.



YOUR BEST TRAVEL TIP: For the best holiday ... Just Add Water





WHAT’S YOUR BUCKET LIST DESTINATION FOR THE FUTURE? Hate the phrase bucket list, so do not have one.


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Travelling excites Rochelle today just as much as it did when she was first lucky enough to land her dream job as a travel agent in 2007.

Rochelle loves to explore and learn about new destinations and to share her experiences with her clients. She prides herself in putting in the extra effort to ensure clients' travelling

experiences are enjoyable. She loves encouraging people to travel to new and exciting destinations that they sometimes wouldn't have ever dreamed of travelling to.

Rochelle has travelled to America, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bali, Vietnam, the Philippines, Rarotonga & Aitutaki, Fiji, Tahiti, extensively throughout Australia many times & cruised with P&O. They say if you have the passion and do what you love, you will never have to work a day in your life!


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Having lived and travelled extensively in Europe for several years I can share my knowledge of the many delightful secrets and special places off the beaten track that the continent holds.

My favourites include Venice... Rome... the Balearics ....

I was fortunate enough to spend 5 years living in Italy travelling extensively throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

I specialise in all facets of travel, and I am passionate about sharing the knowledge of my own unique experiences and tailoring my client’s needs to exceed their expectations, creating something special and memorable.

Sharing the love and dreams of travelling with my clients, we quickly become friends, and it is my privilege to turn their dreams into reality.

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My dream…is to make your travel dream a reality.

Meet Mehul Thakkar who is based in Wellington

Whether it’s to visit family or friends overseas, travel on business, a romantic getaway, an adventure trip, a cruise or just a getaway….let me help make the trip an experience of a lifetime. Passionate about the industry I gain the most satisfaction from planning a trip that builds on your lifetime of memories.

Having travelled extensively around the world I have the knowledge and experience to help you plan that trouble-free holiday on a budget that works for you. I know where to go to find the best value-added deal. I will research options and come back to you with a plan that will make your dream trip a reality. I am also happy to share the tips and tricks of the trade to make your trip especially enjoyable. 

What’s on your list? Give me a call – you tell me your experiences and aspirations and I’ll tell you mine! Even you if need general travel information, give me a call and I am more than happy to discuss the best or suitable option with you.

Taking care of all aspects of your travel in one place, saving you time searching in numerous places and booking in 5 different places – choose a total service option – a ‘one stop shop’ for all your travel needs:

  • Airfares & Airpasses
  • Accommodation
  • Rental Cars
  • Coach Tours
  • Sightseeing
  • Cruises
  • Insurance
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Rail Tours

You can contact Mahul on:

E: mehul.thakkar@mondotravel.co.nz

T: +64 21 292 3480


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Kel has been organising and escorting groups to sporting events worldwide for the past 40 years! The Melbourne Cup is a personal favourite, and he can't wait to accompany the next group to his 37th Cup event!

So what makes Kel's Melbourne Cup tour package so special? It's the passion, for starters, as well as being accompanied by the legendary Des Coppins, both of whom go the extra mile to ensure tour members have an enjoyable and memorable experience.

In fact, Kel recalls with much delight, one particular tour. He often receives requests to accommodate solo travellers who prefer to share a room and generally tries his best to match up age and personality. On this trip, at breakfast after the first night, Kel was approached by one such tour member who asked "where the hell did you find my room mate?". When Kel dug deeper, it turned out the room mate snored horrendously. Kel offered to find him a single room, but he said he'd give it one more night and see how things went.

After breakfast the following day, Kel approached the gentleman and asked how his night had been. His response had Kel in fits: "No problem. i think i have sorted it." Kel dug deeper and the explanation was: "Being a bit of a night owl, I stayed out longer than my room mate. When I let myself into the room, my room mate was in bed reading. I  went to the bathroom and got myself ready for bed ... but before turning my bed light off, I lent down and gave my room mate a peck on the cheek and said 'sleep well, dear'. Well, I slept like a log but I don't know about him - he must have been awake all night because i never heard any snoring!"

While the Melbourne Cup race is obviously the big drawcard, these tours do include a lot more! This year, just some of the tour highlights they have lined up include:

  • Friday night - Welcome function with drinks and nibbles 
  • Saturday night - Drinks after the races
  • Sunday - Full day tour to Racing stables and luch at Dingley Hotel owned by former well known jockey Gary Willets 
  • Monday morning - Sporting Tours Social Bowls Tournament  and in the evening Cup Eve Dinner
  • Tuesday - Drinks an nibbles after the races
  • Wednesday - A choice of 2 full day tours to either Kyneton Races or Wine Tasting
  • Thursday - Farewell function with drinks and nibbles

At this stage, there are a mix of folk from all ages booked into the tour, including horse trainers, horse owners and everyday racegoers.

And you may just be on a winning streak if you take the advice of Des' good friend, Brett Davison. Brett is a leading Australian racing tipster, and both he and Des will offer their tips for picking a winner. In fact, their tipping sheets are given to tour members on the bus trip to the racecourse each year. Over the years, they have picked many winners at very lucrative odds!

The tours are always fun, action packed and thoroughly memorable ... will you be on the next one? If you're keen, get in touch soon as spaces are limited!



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With a travel background spanning four decades ... and a passion for fishing going back even further ... the man at the helm of our Bay of Islands offce is Peter Barry

Going under his alias of “Phat Buoy”, Peter has spent the last ten years providing sportfishing adventures to enthusiasts from New Zealand and around the world.

Utilising the latest technology, Pete’s crew are not office bound; they are usually out in the field undertaking R&D programs (i.e. they’re out fishing), ensuring only the very best sportfishing destinations and product is delivered to their fishing buddies everywhere.

If you're keen to take on some sportfishing, whether that's partaking in a tournament or on a private charter, get in touch with Peter ....

Ph: +64 021 434 220

Email: bayofislands@mondotravel.co.nz

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David is based at Mt Eden office, and boasts over 25 years experience in the travel industry. He has worked in a variety of positions, lending to his impressive skill set and a wealth of knowledge.

His career has seen him working within and owning travel agencies across the United Kingdom & New Zealand. He has experience in corporate and retail travel, luxury cruises, sporting groups and also was a tour operator.

David's extensive travel experience across numerous destinations means he is uniquely capable of giving expert advice­, whatever your requirements.

Drop into the store, give him a call or fire him an email to arrange a visit to your home or office. He will help make your next holiday picture-prefect!

Ph: (09) 630 2435 
Mob: 027 477 6619 
Email :david. boyce@mondotravel.co. nz



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Sean is based at Mt Eden and says:

"What I love most about travelling is the excitement. Counting down the days until departure, experiencing what you see on a postcard in real life, and sampling the local cuisine (drinks mainly) is what made me want to work within this industry.

"I have worked with larger group tours, family holidays and solo travellers, and I pride myself on the fact that I have coordinated at least one trip to every corner of the world.

Do feel free to touch base with Sean directly by calling in to: 4/433 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, Auckland 1024

You can also ring him on 09 630 2435.

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"My travel agent life began in 1969. My major travel to the UK and Europe was by sea, so I have been selling berths on ships since then; back in the day when NAC as our domestic carrier, before Air New Zealand took over. Then there was the coming of the 747 that saw the demise of the line voyages of all the major shipping companies.

My passion has always been sea voyaging and cruising, and now also includes self-drive canal boats and river boats. I love river boat cruising in Europe, Asia, and America.

I cover all the major cruise companies. If there is anywhere in the world that has a boat floating on it, then I can probably get you a cabin. Budget to 5 Star, there is always a cruise to suit your mood or budget.

Booking the correct cruise will ensure you get great value for your money and a very nice holiday to boot.

My other great passion is rail travel, and I see this as good compliment to cruising as they both allow you space to relax and enjoy the travelling.

If being on water isn't your thing, I also offer you land-based holidays, coach touring and adventure style travel.

I look forward to helping you plan your next incredible journey - by land, sea or air.

--Murray Patterson

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