Matt has since undertaken many adventures in the Australasia region covering most destinations between Cape York and Broome to Tasmania, Margaret River, most of New Zealand and many Pacific Island nations.
His extensive knowledge of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific have further been enhanced through over 20 years’ professional experience in organising travel to the region for Australian and British specialist travel companies. This knowledge, passion and attention to detail means nothing is ever left to chance when organising your dream journeys.
Having travelled to all 7 continents and lived in Australia, Brazil and the UK, different landscapes, cultures, tastes and rhythms of the world are what life is all about to Tim. The key to organising your perfect journey is specialist travel knowledge, and Tim’s got it in spades. So when you combine Tim’s vast experience with his desire to share some of the world’s most spectacular destinations with you, you can be sure you’re in good hands.
Using London as a base, Ben was able to explore much of Europe, with the most memorable trips being welcoming a New Year in Talinn, chartering a yacht with friends in Croatia, travelling around France for Rugby World Cup 2007, and driving from Sarajevo to Belgrade.
Having married a Kiwi, Ben recently took his young family on a road trip from Christchurch to Auckland and is keenly planning his next visit to Tauranga and Hawke’s Bay.
Rosemary’s love of travel and adventure was inspired from watching the Indiana Jones movies far too many times as a child. After studying Classical and Art History at University in Christchurch, she headed for Europe and the UK where she could indulge her passion for intriguing history, bustling cities and fantastic food markets. From cruising the Norwegian fjords, to kayaking in Alaska; from haggling at the souk in Cairo, to dancing the tango in Buenos Aires, Rosemary has over 15 years’ experience in the travel industry and has visited all 7 continents, with an expedition to Antarctica fulfilling a lifelong dream.
With a passion for small ship cruising taking her around the world, Rosemary rates island hopping in Hawaii on an expedition yacht as a must-do holiday. Swimming with turtles, watching spinner dolphins from the ship and night snorkelling with manta rays makes for an exhilarating adventure. One of her highlights closer to home was a week spent on a catamaran discovering the Great Barrier Reef and learning to dive.
Rosemary rates Niue and Vanuatu as her favourite Pacific Islands, for their ultra-friendly and laid-back approach and the incredible snorkelling opportunities. And as a proud South Islander, she has explored almost every inch of New Zealand independently and rates the West Coast and the Caitlins as her two special places to visit, with plans to head to Stewart Island this year to tick off her last remaining piece of New Zealand to discover.
Tiffany’s favourite travel memories in Australasia include exploring Western Australia’s Coral Coast and Karijini National Park, Kangaroo Island and many adventures in Fiji.
With her first overseas trip at just one month old, Hilary was raised to have a passion for travel. Her career in travel started over a decade ago when she left her hometown of Washington, DC and moved to London to work as an Africa travel specialist. A few years later she moved again, this time all the way down under to Sydney, continuing her career in travel and also completing a Master of International Business along the way.
Hilary has made the most of her time living in Australia and enjoys a mix of city, coastal and country getaways each year. Her highlights to date have been visiting the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest in Tropical North Queensland, driving the length of the Great Ocean Road, and hiking in Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park. Across the Tasman, Hilary has self-driven around New Zealand’s North Island which included Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua and Matamata, and hopes to get to the South Island very soon. She also has expert knowledge of the Hawaiian island of Oahu having visited several times, as well as Vanuatu’s Efate and Espiritu Santo which hold a special place in her heart as she organised her own honeymoon there.
Hilary’s extensive destination knowledge, organisational skills, and boundless enthusiasm for travel allow her to design seamless, tailored itineraries to bring her clients’ holiday dreams to life.
Luke has lived, worked and travelled extensively throughout the world and these experiences give him the perfect opportunity to use his expert knowledge for the benefit of his clients.
Luke began his career in the travel industry back in 2004 with a ski company in London. After several years of travelling in Europe and North Africa, he spent some time backpacking through South East Asia before moving to Canada.
Luke has extensive knowledge of New Zealand, and is the Eclipse Travel expert when it comes to NZ skiing. He is well travelled throughout Australia and has spent time in Tonga – which has given him a taste to explore more of the South Pacific.
A self described travel enthusiast, Alisha’s travel ‘to do’ list is forever growing – the more she travels, the more she wants to see! She is an expert in Pacific Island travel, with her favourite trips being to Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.
As part of our Christchurch team, Alisha is always out exploring the South Island and can give you expert advice on the huge range of adventure and activities on offer here – and can often be found tasting some of the excellent seafood and wine on offer!
Alisha loves helping people realise their own travel dreams and living vicariously through others’ experiences. Getting to know her clients and what’s important to them is something she really enjoys, and she loves adding tailored suggestions and hidden gems to her clients’ itineraries for something different and special.
One of her favourite parts of working in travel is hearing peoples’ stories and experiences, as every experience is so different – there is no universal truth or one size fits all option when it comes to travel! She says that there is nothing more satisfying than a client popping in after their journey with tales to tell of the adventures they have had.
Blake’s love of the natural world has taken him to all 7 continents. He has worked in the travel industry since 2010, taking time off only to work as a scuba diving instructor and of course to travel more. He has lived on the coast of Mexico and the Red Sea in Egypt (among other places) and has had the chance to explore many regions in depth – both on land and underwater.
Blake is an expert in diving holidays and has extensive knowledge of the South Pacific islands. He has travelled across most of Australia and has fond memories of self-driving through NZ’s South Island. He is always happy to have a chat about travel and help you plan your next adventure!
Having recently planned and hosted her own wedding Fiji, Shae has good knowledge of the islands and the range of accommodation on offer. One of her favourite travel experiences was a recent trip to the spectacular Cook Islands that left a real impression on her. No matter where you are planning to visit, you can be sure that you will always be looked after when planning your dream holiday with Shae.
Lara’s first time leaving her hometown Christchurch was when she was 21 years old to visit Sao Paulo Brazil, and from then she had the wanderlust. Having travelled to all 7 continents, Latin America and Africa many times, Lara’s 10 years experience working in the travel industry and specialist knowledge is at your disposal when planning the adventure of your lifetime!
Lara has many years’ experience selling Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and gets a real kick out of helping people plan their perfect itinerary.
Jessica was 16 when she went on her first overseas adventure and discovered her passion for travel. Since then she has travelled to six continents, over 35 countries and the wish list is never ending. Her goal is to try and fill every page of her passport by exploring new and exotic destinations, especially those that are still up-and-coming.
Jessica began her career in travel after a trip through New Zealand which led to her apply for a job with a travel wholesaler. From there she has worked in both wholesale and retail travel, with great experience selling holidays throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Her passion lies in getting to know people and helping tailor-make holidays specifically for them.
For Jessica, helping others plan their holidays and see their excitement build as a trip comes together is what she loves so much about being in this industry.
The atlas has always been the most prized book on the shelf for Tig, an avid travel addict since a young age. She took her solo trip to the UK at 14 and since then she’s visited 60 countries in 15 years. After university she booked a one-way ticket overseas, backpacking the length of South America before living in the USA and the UK for three years.
In 2014 Tig fulfilled a lifelong dream to be an overland leader like her Dad was in the 1970s. For four years she led groups around South America, from Colombia down to Ushuaia and up past Rio to the less travelled Guianas – clocking up over 160,000km on the road. The best bits according to Tig? The majesty of Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the fascinating daily life of an 8-day Amazon river boat trip and the indescribable chaos of Rio Carnival!
Now the proud owner of an awesome niece and nephew, she’s decided it’s time to unpack her backpack, buy furniture and settle down in Sydney. Despite this the travel to-do list remains full – next up is Iran, Uzbekistan and Botswana and hopefully one day Antarctica.
Camilla started out with Eclipse as an intern back in 2014, moving into our product team in 2019 after heading up our Reservations and Administration team. After finishing school, she jetted off to the UK for 12 months working as a teacher’s assistant in Birmingham and this is where her love affair with travel began.
She made the most of her holidays while over there, making sure she travelled to a new destination each school holiday and eventually ticking off most of the must-visit countries in Europe: France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Turkey and Ireland.
Camilla has also been lucky enough to visit the USA, Vietnam, Botswana, Argentina, Bali, Antarctica and of course, our friends across the ditch. Her latest trip to South America took her to the Galapagos Islands and the Ecuadorian Amazon, two destinations which were high on her bucket list.
When asked what her favourite destination thus far has been she said “Hands down, Antarctica. It’s hard to put in to words how magical it is. You just have to go there and see it for yourself”. Camilla’s keen attention to detail and passion for the industry and destinations will ensure that you trip is seamless and a true adventure of a lifetime.
Originally from Slovakia, Lenka lived in London for 4 years before moving to Australia. She always dreamt of being a travel agent – imagining the excitement of planning holidays and learning about different destinations around the world.
Since starting in the travel industry 10 years ago, she hasn’t looked back. It was after her first trip to Africa that she decided to specialise in this incredibly diverse continent and she joins the Eclipse team with 5 years of African travel experience.
Her first trip to Africa took her to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda- where she got to meet the amazing mountain gorillas. On subsequent trips to Africa she has explored South Africa and Zimbabwe. When asked, the thing Lenka loves most about Africa is that the experiences you have there are like nowhere else in the world. “You get to see amazing wildlife up close (sometimes closer than you would like!), experience some interesting cultures, meet lovely locals and see some wonderful and unique landscapes.” Next countries on Lenka’s Africa list would be Botswana, Namibia and Madagascar!
Whether it’s your first trip to Africa or you are already hooked and looking to discover another part, Lenka looks forward to sharing her passion with you and helping you plan your next unforgettable adventure.
Vivien was only 18 years old when she left her home country Germany to go backpacking around Australia, New Zealand and Thailand on her own. From this moment travel was no longer a side factor in her life, it became a passion. She decided to stay in Australia to complete a diploma in tourism and when she got her first job offer from a travel wholesale company based in Sydney she realised very quickly that she can now call Australia her new home.
She started as a Documentation Consultant, proceeded to be a Reservations Sales Agent and finally got promoted to Product Specialist. In 2016 Vivien realised it was time to tick off a lot of destinations on her bucket list before her daughter would start school, so she took her back then 4-year-old daughter and they travelled 6 months around the globe. Her highlights included the Capilano Suspension Bridge National Park in Vancouver, the biggest Rodeo on earth – the Calgary Stampede, the beautiful scenery of Banff and Jasper, the Niagara Falls in Toronto, a Disney Cruise in the Caribbean (Bahamas, Jamaica & Mexico), enjoying the beach life in Miami, cruising around the Greek Islands, driving around Italy with a campervan, a desert safari in Dubai and of course her absolute favourite destination South America where she travelled on her own. Vivien spent 6 weeks in South America and absolutely fell in love with it and realised she will need to come back as 6 weeks are way to short! Highlights included a Galapagos cruise, the salt flats in Bolivia, mountain biking the death road – the world’s most dangerous road, hiking the 5-day Inca Trail and climbing up the breathtaking Rainbow Mountain in Peru. Vivien has travelled to many countries and she joined us because she has an absolute passion for the destinations we specialise in and can mirror herself in Eclipse Travel!
Aya’s first solo trip was the big move from Japan to Australia at the age of 16, carefully planned over a year with a lot of help from her supportive family. Over two decades later, Aya considers Australia her home.
Aya’s curiosity has driven her to see the world as long as she can remember. Once something spikes her curiosity, she finds a way to see and experience it for herself. This has led to many adventures in Africa, Asia, Europe, North & Central America, the Middle East, and the South Pacific Islands.
Her travels were inspired by a love of the ocean and nature, which grew even more while travelling on a 100-day round the world cruise as an interpreter for local guides. Aya then spent some time in South East Asia exploring beneath the sea as an underwater filmmaker, dive guide, and scuba diving instructor, before moving to South Africa for the life-changing experience of encountering true wildlife.
Aya takes great pride in her work ensuring Eclipse Travel clients experience a seamless journey from start to finish, so that they can focus on the important things, and make the most of their adventures.”
Kannika originally hails from Cambodia, and discovered her interest in travel after her first short trip to the Gold Coast. Inspired and driven by the amazing experience, it ignited her desire to explore the world and pursue a career in travel and tourism. After the completion of her study in tourism management, Kannika took a major first step into her travel career as she joined us in our accounts and product team.
Her love for travel and nature has led to visiting several countries including Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Argentina and Chile. Her most memorable trip to date was her trip to Patagonia, Chile. The jaw-dropping scenery of the vast mountain ranges to the turquoise lake was so mesmerising that she describes it as being like a scene from a beautiful painting. She has so many places on her bucket list, but next would be Peru, Iceland and one day, Antarctica.
Kannika’s love for travel combined with her impeccable organisational skills will ensure your next adventure runs like clockwork.