Kaikoura 30
Host 8 Walkabout Adventures Brandon 5
Maori Bums Uncoated Fotograf
Host 8 Walkabout Adventures Juan 32 1
Kaikoura 30
Host 8 Walkabout Adventures Brandon 5
Maori Bums Uncoated Fotograf
Host 8 Walkabout Adventures Juan 32 1
Your dream holiday carefully crafted with our Travel Experts

Why choose us?

Are you tired of cookie-cutter holidays that fail to capture the essence of your dream getaway? TravelEssence offers a unique experience, specialising in fully custom-made holidays tailored to your every desire.

At TravelEssence, we believe that each traveller is unique, with their own individual tastes, interests, and preferences. That's why we go above and beyond to create custom-made itineraries handcrafted just for you.

By opting for a fully custom-made holiday with TravelEssence, you are free to shape your itinerary according to your wishes. Our experienced travel specialists work closely with you, taking the time to understand your aspirations and preferences. With their expert guidance, you can unlock hidden gems, uncover off-the-beaten-path treasures, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

TravelEssence specialist Kieran visiting Doubtful Sound New Zealand
Feel free to ask your travel specialist, Kieran anything!
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Our local knowledge makes the difference

Our travel experts either come from or have lived in Australia and New Zealand. We visit our properties often to ensure quality and provide advice so that everything is as we promise. We work with them directly and pay your accommodation hosts before you arrive.

With our extensive knowledge and expertise, we carefully curate each aspect of your holiday, ensuring it aligns perfectly with your desires. Whether you want to explore breathtaking natural landscapes, delve into vibrant cultural experiences, or simply relax and unwind in luxurious surroundings, we have you covered.

Make the most of your time Down Under

  • Take advantage of our local knowledge
  • We highly recommend booking early. This is to ensure that you will get the best value for money, and also the best choice of our hand-selected accommodations and activities.
Attend our live and information presentation to learn more about travelling Down Under

Personalised advice

We understand that planning a holiday can be overwhelming, and that is why we take care of every detail. From arranging transportation and accommodation to suggesting the best activities and attractions, we handle all the logistics, leaving you free to immerse yourself in the experience.

Moreover, our local knowledge and connections allow us to offer you exclusive access to remarkable experiences that are often missed by traditional tour operators. Whether it's savouring a private wine tasting in a boutique vineyard, embarking on a guided hike through pristine wilderness, or joining a cultural event that brings you closer to the heart of a destination.

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service throughout your holiday. Our dedicated support team is available 24/7 to assist you, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience from start to finish.

  • If you wish, we can plan every detail of your trip in advance for you, from A -Z!
  • Travel with the knowledge that we are there for you every step of the way. From the moment we meet till you arrive safely back home.
  • No hidden costs – All travel costs are visible to you in advance
Travel specialist Michiel, sharing his local knowledge

Small-scale accommodations. Big personalities.

We have driven through Australia and New Zealand for the most outstanding small-scale accommodations. Accommodation with character and quirk, with local hosts who have a love and passion for their local area and information to share. These are often destinations in themselves. Places you have to yourself, to relax in the wide-open landscapes, with views over mountains and coast, forests and lakes. Places where you feel you have a slice of paradise all to yourself.

Embracing sustainable tourism practices, we are committed to protecting the environments we explore. Our carefully chosen accommodations and experiences reflect our dedication to responsible travel, offering an authentic connection with the local communities and landscapes you encounter.

  • Our hosts know and love their local area and are happy to share their local tips with you. This allows you to discover the local gems away from the crowds.
  • Enjoy over 2000 hand-selected accommodations
  • We have direct contact with ALL of our hosts
  • Take advantage of our special rates
  • We pay your hosts before you arrive
A place where the beach is your backyard

Away from the mainstream, experience Australia and New Zealand through the eyes of the locals.

Our local hosts love to share their homes with you. Their little slice of paradise. And will welcome you with warmth and friendliness. Aussies and Kiwis are world-renowned for their hospitality. Full of personality, they love nothing more than to tell stories and show you around. Don’t be surprised if you arrive as a stranger and leave as friends!

With over 2000 small-scale accommodations and activities, our local knowledge and experience, your journey Down Under will be a class of one.

Andrew Morten
Meet the locals | Australia holiday
Our hosts cannot wait to share their special part of the world with you

Stay at unique small-scale accommodations in special locations

From the rare and remote to the colourful and quirky, we have carefully selected accommodation that becomes an unforgettable part of your journey. Whether you would like to experience a treehouse in an ancient rainforest, or camp under the Milky Way in a traditional ‘swag’. A cottage in the vast wilderness or a villa on a tropical island, we have found it.

Luxury safari tent | Australia luxury holiday
Away from the mainstream, it's a place to really experience Down Under

Travel with peace of mind

By choosing TravelEssence, you can travel with security and feel completely at ease.

  • A local network Down Under
  • A 24/7 emergency number
  • In operation since 2006
  • Ingrained sustainability in all facets of your holiday
Australian | Australia holiday
Be welcomed by our friendly local hosts Down Under

We will bring you safely to your destination – In the air and on the ground

Benefit from our many years of experience in planning trips to Australia and New Zealand when booking flights and car rental.

By choosing to travel with TravelEssence, your holiday is CO2 Neutral. Committed to making travel more sustainable, TravelEssence offsets all carbon emissions from our customers' flights, road travel, and business operations.

  • We will find the best flights and fares for you
  • Quality comes first – we will never sell you cheap flight tickets that hide expensive additional services such as baggage surcharges.
  • With TravelEssence, you avoid one-way fees when booking rental cars. We will plan your travel route in such a way that this is minimised or even avoided.
  • Drive more affordable with extended off-season rental car rates and significantly lower comprehensive insurance.
  • Drive your rental car to places that are usually not allowed. We have negotiated special rental car conditions so that you can also drive your vehicle on routes that would otherwise be prohibited if you were to book online yourself.

Contact us now to start planning your dream holiday to New Zealand and Australia. Or feel free to join one of our informative online presentations to learn more.

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Ready for the holiday of a lifetime?

Discover a world beyond ordinary

At TravelEssence, we specialise in crafting custom-made holidays that take you off the beaten path and create memories to last a lifetime. We believe in connecting with the heart and soul of a place, introducing you to the locals who call it home. Engage in conversations with fascinating individuals who will share their stories, traditions, and way of life, leaving an indelible mark on your journey.