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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

16 of 27 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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9 of 14 people found this review helpful
Special trip for our Anniversary.
Always there for our questions, pleasant and knowledgeable to work with.
By  Shari  from  Stillwater, Mn.
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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12 of 20 people found this review helpful
Worry-Free Honeymoon
Lavonne did a great job of helping us pick the right trip for our honeymoon, and all travel logistics ended up being absolutely seamless.
By  Courtney L  from  St. Paul, MN
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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12 of 20 people found this review helpful
Aloha! Great trip
Lavonne Markus was a pleasure to work with. She is very efficient. She always answered every email and phone call.We often stopped in the office with requests, and she happily accommodated us. We enjoyed our excursions with Shore Trips, which she recommended.
By  Croix girl   from  Stillwater, MN
Traveled to  Hawaii ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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21 of 38 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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Destination Expert:

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

Travel Specialist:

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

Top Travel Partners:

  • Travel2
  • Globus
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Big Five Tours & Expeditions

Certifications/Awards:

  • Travel Leaders Certified Leisure Travel Specialist
  • Aussie Specialist
  • Kiwi Specialist
  • Travel Leaders Luxury Specialist

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