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Meet Our Team

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Tanya Roddam 

Managing Director // Senior Travel Consultant & Tour Host

You would be hard pushed to find anyone who cares more about your holiday or tour than Tanya.  Tanya's number one focus is customer satisfaction and you can be sure she will give you time, attention, and a friendly service. 

Specialist Areas - Luxury Cruise & Travel - River & Ocean Cruise – Expedition Cruise - Great Rail Journeys - Tours & Hosted Tours - VIP Concierge Travel Planning

Specialist Countries/Areas: Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Scandinavia and other Europe, United Kingdom, West Coast USA, Alaska, Canada, Southern Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Maldives, Thailand, Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Turkiye (Turkey), South Pacific & New Zealand, Australia.

 

Tanya's attention to detail and friendly approach is something our repeat travel clients and tour guests often comment on.

 

Tanya has a vast amount of experience in working in a variety of roles within the industry, from airlines, tour operators, travel agencies, and travel events management for special groups such as the round the world yacht race.  Having also lived and worked in the Middle East and Europe, Tanya has a wealth of experience and knowledge that she can draw on to ensure your travel, cruise or tour plans become a trip of a lifetime.

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Fiona Mitchell-Robb

Senior Travel Consultant 

Fiona has worked in and out of the travel industry her whole career and we are so pleased to have her re-join our travel team her in Kapiti.

 

Specialist Areas: Active Adventures, Biking & Walking Holidays, Winter Sports, Water Sports and Family Multi-Generation Holidays, Safari Holidays.

Specialist Countries/Areas: Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Europe, Ireland, Vietnam, South East Asia, South Pacific, Australia & New Zealand

 

Fiona has lived and worked is Canada, USA and Europe and is always eager and willing to share her knowledge and experience, ensuring you get the holiday you are looking for.

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Leigh Bartlett

Senior Travel Consultant 

Leigh is travel mad and has been in the industry her whole working career.  Her travel knowledge is vast, with her flight booking know-how outstanding and our travel clients just love working with her.  

 

Specialist Areas: Complex Flight Bookings, European/UK Holidays, South Pacific Travel, River & Ocean Cruise Holidays, Specialist Group Bookings, Multi-Generational Family Holidays.

Specialist Countries/Areas: United Kingdom, Europe, Ireland, USA, Canada, South Pacific, Australia & New Zealand, Africa

 

Leigh has a wealth of experience hosting tours, including having hosted touring groups visiting from the UK to New Zealand to follow the Rugby World Cup and various Lions tours. 

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Kerri Taylor

Office Manager & Tour Co-ordinator

Kerri has always been a passionate traveller and has a myriad of experience and knowledge in business administration and travel to pass on.

 

You will find Kerri working hard behind the scenes running our travel & tours office supporting the directors with planning & operations of both our domestic and international hosted tours, along with the day-to-day business operations.

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Peter Roddam

Director // Tour Host

Peter’s number one focus has always been and always will be people and quality – you and our product. Whether you are lucky enough to be on a tour that Peter himself will be hosting, or with another YOURTours Host, you can be assured that he will be involved operationally from start to finish, ensuring that you get the very best of service, quality and experiences.

 

Peter stated he couldn’t possibly spend all of his time in the office designing and planning tour itineraries as much as it gives him amazing pleasure.  Being out and about (ideally somewhere fascinating), talking to people and groups, sharing stories, learning from each other and sharing best industry practices is what brings him the most joy, which in turn helps inspire his creative side.

Peter is a well-known within the travel, tourism and hospitality industry internationally and is also a certified International Tour Director, having gained his qualification in America with the International Tour Management Institute (ITMI). He has the honour of been awarded Fellowship status from the Institute of Hospitality, for his continued dedication to the industry and people development globally.

 

Peter says  ‘At YOURTours our aim is to provide an opportunity for more and more people to access and enjoy the beauty of hosted small group travel, and the lifelong memories and friendships that come hand in hand with each and every tour.  We really do become a family.’

Specialist Countries/Areas: Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, Alaska Cruising, Canada, Africa, Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Thailand, Turkiye (Turkey), Scandinavia.

 

 

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TOUR HOSTS 

Guests on our YOURTours small group tours are always accompanied by one of our own YOURTours Hosts.  Our hosts are there to support you throughout your holiday experience, and that includes even before you travel! 

 

All our guest's individual requests are sent through to our YOURTours Hosts as soon as we know about them, and behind the scenes, your host will be planning and researching well before you travel to ensure you get the experience you are looking for. Whether you are looking for somewhere to purchase new glasses on tour or want to look up someone you stumbled across on your family tree investigations, our hosts are there doing their very best to accommodate.  

 

During the tour our YOURTours Hosts are working in ‘real-time’ with our airline partners, local guides, drivers, and hoteliers to ensure plans run smoothly and that our groups are getting the very best possible of service at all times. They are also a point of contact for guests 24/7 and obviously a great travel companion too. 

 

YOURTours Hosts are all well-travelled industry professionals and handpicked by us for their skills, professionalism, and of course personality.  Their duty of care to our guests is our priority and that's why we tend not to enlist well-known household names to accompany our tours, but our own YOURTours people, people we know, love, and wholeheartedly trust.

 

We are very proud of our passionate team of YOURTours Hosts.

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Mavis Sager

Tour Host

Mavis began her career in the Hotel industry, followed by time with Air New Zealand and 3 years working in the U.K. for charter airlines as Customer Service Manager.

 

After completion of an intensive Tour Manager training course in London, Mavis toured Europe extensively as a Tour Manager. Upon her return to New Zealand Mavis completed further training with Atlantic and Pacific Travel, escorting London Shoppe tours from New Zealand to London visiting Los Angeles, Singapore, Tokyo, and Vancouver.

 

Mavis enjoyed travelling the world with her husband and also had the opportunity of living in both California and the U.K.  Her interests include singing, photography, and art.  She is presently involved with the local Operatic Society singing at functions, variety, and charity shows.

 

Mavis is always available to help and with her first-hand knowledge and experience of many destinations is able to offer invaluable advice.  Above all she has the outstanding attribute of being a people person.

 

If you want a “Trouble -Free” holiday why not join Mavis from “Take- off” to “Touch – Down” you will be well looked after.

Kaari Martin

Kaari Martin

 Tour Host

A 3-month tour travelling independently through Europe, opened Kaari’s eyes, heart and spirit giving her a passion for worldwide exploration.  She is well travelled, having explored different cultures and destinations including 10 European countries, New Zealand, Morocco, Tahiti, Cook Islands, Thailand, Mexico, Canada and 40 of the 50 states in the US, with Alaska being her all-time favourite. 

 

Along with her travel experiences, Kaari graduated from the International Tour Management Institute, making her an exceptionally experienced International Tour Host.  Kaari's ultimate goal, is to ensure that her guests have the experience of a lifetime and create memories that will brighten every day going forward.

 

Kaari quotes the words of Oscar Wilde "Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets"

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Diane Ashburner

Tour Host

Diane is a travel professional with a rare combination of talent, customer service and dedication. After spending many years in the corporate world, business took her to live in Dominican Republic and China where she was involved with an international school and escorted student sports teams throughout Asia, and was President of an international women’s club as well as a fully certified ITMI Tour Director. 

 

She has managed many tours within the USA and has vast knowledge of the Antebellum South from extensive travel along the Mississippi River, which also feeds her love of blues and jazz music and local cuisine. Her expertise extends to Nashville, New Orleans, Memphis, St Louis, California, Canada and the Northwest, including sailing the Columbia River. Diane assists as Tour Manager with a steamboat cruising company during peak travel season. 

 

She has in-depth knowledge of Asia, and in particular, China, where she lived and traveled extensively for 9 years. 

 

Diane’s focus is on offering guests an exceptional travel experience tailored to interests and exceeding expectations. 

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Dan Kemper

Tour Host

Dan's passion has always been travel, which lead to him attaining his certificate as a Masters International Tour Director with the International Tour Management Institute.

 

Dan is committed to bringing cultures together by showing our similarities rather than our differences and enjoys nothing more than applying his knowledge of the local area and hospitality to ensure a fully immersive travel experience for our guests.

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Is This You?

Travel Consultant or Tour Host

Would you like to join our travel team? We are on the lookout for an experienced Travel Consultant who has a passion to pass on their travel knowledge and is looking to join a small, friendly and professional team, if this sounds like you, please send us your CV today in confidence to tanya@yourtravel.co.nz.

Now we are travelling with our group outbound again, we are also looking for additional tour hosts to join our team in hosting both our domestic and international small group tours.  If you have the experience or passion and have worked in events, hospitality, logistics, tourism or travel and think this sounds like you, please send your CV to tanya@yourtravel.co.nz outlining your experience and why you would like to work for us hosting our tours.

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