Barbara's wanderlust started after finishing university when she visited Asia and Australia for the first time. She was struck with Asia's culture and by Australia's diverse natural beauty. After three months exploring she returned to the UK for a short period. However, she could not keep her adventurous side muted for long and took the decision to return to Asia, living and working in Japan as an English teacher.
Since then her travels have taken her around the world, including visits to Canada, Costa Rica and the South Pacific Islands before settling in Australasia, calling New Zealand and Australia home for over three years. Whilst in New Zealand, she was lucky enough to live in Wanaka, in the Southern Alps, and Milford Sound in Fiordland, as well as travelling extensively around the country, experiencing an array of amazing sights and attractions that this beautiful country has to offer. In fact, her passion for the outdoors meant New Zealand was the perfect playground for hiking, cycling, caving and kayaking.
On her return to the UK, Barbara pursued her passion for travel by starting her career as a travel agent. After many years in this field she took the next step and joined Audley so she could focus on her specialist destination of New Zealand and share her expertise to design your perfect trip.
I'll never forget when…
My most memorable experience is without a doubt swimming with wild dolphins in Kaikoura.
I was lucky enough to see hundreds of dolphins and swim amongst them in their natural surroundings, with the stunning mountainous backdrop of Kaikoura in the distance. The staff were incredibly knowledgeable and reassuring throughout the whole experience, which was ideal as I am a little wary of the sea.
The town is perfectly located for this type of wildlife viewing, allowing these tours to operate all year round.