Ilona nieuw zeeland doubtful sound


From an early age, I had a fascination for Australia and New Zealand and so, as soon as the opportunity presented itself, I travelled to Australia. Eventually, I actually ended up living there for a number of years. I stayed with a great Australian family in the beautiful, Glasshouse Mountains in South Queensland.

Visiting the spectacular, Kangaroo Island

"One of my favourite memories in Australia was driving through the beautiful Fraser Island with my Australian family."

Whilst there, I took every opportunity to travel through Australia and was able to really get to know this amazing country. From beautiful coasts and tropical islands to impressive mountain areas and the real Outback. Nature has not only made a deep impression on me, but also the locals with their wonderful “no worries” mentality.

Sampling local wine in Australia
Taking a scenic flight in New Zealand

Eventually, I bumped into a Kiwi (New Zealander) with who I am now engaged too. Because of him and through my travels with TravelEssence, I also got to know beautiful New Zealand very well I really feel this country will one day be my forever home.

Even though I have travelled extensively, these two countries have made the most impact on me and I am certain they will be your favourites too. I am looking forward to getting to know you better and make your dream holiday to Australia and New Zealand a reality!

Exploring the treasures of the underwater world
Ilona deeding red deer in the beautiful, Awakari Valley

All the things you love

and none of the things you don't

Our local knowledge makes the difference for your bespoke holiday through New Zealand or Australia. Your journey Down Under starts here.