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About Us

Kate Lawry

Journey South founder Kate Lawry has a love of travel that she has passed on to all of her clients over the years, empathizing and understanding their needs, and having deep connections to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Kate has 30 years’ experience in the industry, having stepped into it on leaving school, and never leaving it since.

Many years spent building itineraries in the United Kingdom and the United States for people heading “down under” meant she developed a deep understanding of what people expect when they want to embark on a personalized, luxury vacation to this far part of the world.

She established Journey South on moving to New Zealand herself several years ago. Her one-on-one contact with operators throughout New Zealand and Australia means she has up to date, first-hand knowledge of new attractions and experiences luxury travelers to these countries are seeking.

Kate understands travel is a deeply personal experience, as varied as the clients she looks after- she goes to great effort to provide her clients with personalized itineraries that match their travel desires.

No request, from swimming with sharks in South Australia to catching crayfish for lunch on a remote New Zealand beach, is considered impossible.

Kate knows the true value of travel is best captured in the John Steinbeck quote:

“People don’t take trips, trips take people”

Her pleasure is seeing her clients’ pleasure on returning from a trip full of new experiences, faces and landscapes.

You can contact Kate directly via email at kate@journeysouthtravel.com

Jo Bird

Jo Bird spent a couple of years in her twenties traveling and working in Australia before moving her family from the UK to settle in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
With a passion for Napier, rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake in the Art Deco Style of the time, you'll find her dressed in the style of the era dancing in the streets to Big Band Jazz along with visitors from all over the world each year drawn to the towns Art Deco week.

She spends her weekends either off the beaten track with her son fishing for trout in one of the beautiful Hawkes Bay Rivers or pedaling along the many cycle tracks in Hawkes Bay heading out to one of the wonderful wineries for lunch.

Her favorite place in New Zealand is the Abel Tasman National Park, a wilderness reserve at the north end of the South Island with its walking trail winding through Native forest winding over ridges and unspoilt golden beaches. Kayak along its turquoise waters to see fur sea colonies, little blue penguins and bottle nose dolphins. In Australia, her most memorable trip was to the Northern Territory.

"Don't miss the opportunity to take a tour of Kakadu National Park, a biodiversity nature reserve encompassing wetlands, rivers and sandstone escarpments and home to salt water crocs, flatback turtles, and Aboriginal rock paintings dating back to prehistoric times. Make sure to try some Barramundi for dinner while there!"

Read what our clients have to say about their adventures, and about Journey South Travel's services.

Wow, you guys, we are having the time of our lives... Everywhere we’ve been there has been interest in how we chose our tour and I have been mentioning the outstanding adventure you have set up for us... You two are really fantastic planners. So we’re spreading the good news about Journey South all over Australia so far!

The tours you arranged...all had great guides and were wonderful days.
Inette and Ida

Good Morning Kate. We just wanted to check in and tell you what a wonderful time we are having! We have decided you are a genius!
Kati and Jim

Kate did an excellent job planning our recent honeymoon to Fiji and New Zealand! We were craving adventure and she absolutely delivered.
Luke and Lauren

...It's been an incredible trip, we have loved every minute of it.
Pam and Cara

It was a wonderful trip and it all went so smoothly...
F and W Harrington

Send everyone to this Island and this hotel! The surroundings are beautiful...
Melody Barksdale

Kate is a very knowledgeable and intuitive travel counselor. She dedicated herself to our itinerary as if it were her own.
Marie Holcombe

[Kate] created a well-organized itinerary which included so many highlights for a first tour to Australia...
Linda Henricksen

Journey South (Kate) was invaluable to our trip. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions of things to do in each location as well as general hints. Making all the transfers was invaluable—no lost time or stress...
Ron & Sandy Knight

Kate...skilfully turned our wishes into a delightfully detailed itinerary which came off seamlessly.
She created a delightful mix of accommodations...sent us to both remote, off the beaten track locations as well as major tourist attractions... worked with us interactively to tailor the trip to fit our requests.  We kept in touch throughout the trip, and helped us resolve alterations in our schedule. 
Preston & Judy Somers

Thank you for everything! The Trip was amazing. We really hope to use you again in the future.
David Hood

...The trip was fabulous. Your coordination of all the logistics was flawless. Wendy and I hope to be able to have another opportunity to enjoy the beauty and friendly people in both New Zealand and Australia....
For now we will have to enjoy our 2000 pictures of koala, kiwi, and kangaroo.
Dale M. Bearman, M.D.

Hi Kate,
The trip was incredible and loved by all. It was the perfect diverse itinerary with each of our destinations uniquely different and the respective tour selections and guides excellent. Every component of the trip executed with precision - the hotels, transfers, tours, etc.
Ken Bell

Kate was amazing suggesting off the beaten path things as well as tourists things to do in Australia. Everything worked like clockwork and the tours were fun and quirky, especially the one in Melbourne about hidden lanes and alleys. Thank you again for an amazing trip.
Karey McKenney


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