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LaVonne Markus-Stillwater,MN

100% Recommend this agent

New Zealand Specialist

New Zealand
New Zealand

As a New Zealand Specialist, I have been fortunate to visit New Zealand twice. I have spent time on both the South and North Islands of New Zealand. After arriving in Christchurch we were able to see the improvements that have been completed since the earthquake and the vibrancy of the city. From there we stayed at the Hermitage Hotel at Mt. Cook, visited Wanaka, a great location to stay and very close to Queenstown. Then we were on to Queenstown and all it had to offer. This is the adventure capital of New Zealand for almost anything you can think of. I went jet boating on the Shotover Jet Boats - what an adrenaline rush. We stayed in Te Anau which is a great location for access to Doubtful South, Milford Sound as well as many other activities. Milford Sound is a must see as you visit sites along the way such as Mirror Lakes and the Chasm. The cruise on Milford Sound has spectacular views, waterfalls and seals. On the North Island, we visited the glow worms at Waitomo Caves and took a tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set for The Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films. Visit my blog to see more about my trip to New Zealand. I have been arranging trips to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific with Travel2 (Qantas Vacations), with great success. Travel2 is a tour operator whose agents are a great asset in assisting with setting up air, hotels and tours as well as making sure that everything fits together correctly. They also offer suggestions of things to do and see as well as more efficient ways of traveling and fulfilling the client's needs. My clients have all been extremely happy with the product that Travel2 offers. Consider making a stopover in the Cook Islands, Tahiti or Fiji on your way to or returning from New Zealand.

My Travel Stories

North Island of New Zealand

After traveling to the adventurous South Island of New Zealand, I was excited to learn more about the cultural side of the North Island. I just returned from a week exploring the Maori Culture on the North Island, as well as wine, olive oil, food, beaches, adventure and more. We took a wine/olive oil...Read more.

My Reviews

14 of 24 people found this review helpful
Best Travel Agent
Very Professional, Easy to work with, close to home that I can stop by with any questions.. Knows what is going on with my travels and keeps us updated with any changes...
When we had to cancel our cruise in 2014 due to a emergency medical situation, she was on top of things, making it easy to make other arrangements which was a very big help...When we rebooked the following year, she was right there making the arrangements for us. We enjoy working with her and will continue to do so.....
By  kobe  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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19 of 34 people found this review helpful
Viking Rhine River Cruise is a "Bucket List" trip.
Lavonne makes everything seamless. Arrangements are quick and easy. We can always contact her quickly and get results, if we have any questions or concerns.
By  Tom  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Rhine Valley ~ Germany ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 7 people found this review helpful
A fabulous trip
LaVonne spent lots of time with me helping me plan our trip. She was very patient and gave good advice when I was confused or unsure of something. I had a small problem with a reservation while in Scotland. I emailed LaVonne, and she took care of it for me. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for an agent.
By  Barbara  from  Stillwater. Mn
Traveled to  Ireland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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7 of 11 people found this review helpful
The all inclusive resort exceeded our expectation
LaVonne did a great job finding a great resort in a very short time frame. Everything went super smooth from beginning to end.
By  Lombo  from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Isla Mujeres ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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10 of 17 people found this review helpful
A carefree trip
LaVonne was a pleasure to work with. When we stopped in at Travel Leaders we kind of knew what we wanted but weren't sure of everything we had to do to get our trip booked. We explained to LaVonne what we wanted and she took over from there. She showed us our options, explaining them all, and made all the necessary bookings. All our flights got us where we needed to go, our land tour went off without a hitch and the cruise was a great way to end our 2 week adventure. We looked at booking our trip online but there were questions we couldn't find answers for. LaVonne had all the answers and even gave us ideas on excursions to take. We walked out of there feeling great knowing our trip was finally booked and everything was in place for a great trip. Thank you Lavonne for a great trip; 2 weeks of fun, adventure and relaxation. We couldn't have had such a great time without your help!
By  mnmrxmas  from  Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • New Zealand
  • Queenstown
  • Bay of Islands
  • Auckland
  • Milford Sound

Travel Specialist:

  • Luxury
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Historical Sites
  • Luxury Cruises

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  • Travel2
  • Globus
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises


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