Great Tour Experiences - Charmaine Edwards
Great Tour Experiences - Charmaine Edwards
Great Tour Experiences - Charmaine Edwards

Prime Minister John Key & Charmaine

Great Tour Experiences - Charmaine Edwards
Great Tour Experiences - Charmaine Edwards
Hi, I'm Charmaine Edwards, Great Tour Experiences is my business. I have been forging a career in the travel industry since 2004. Now is the time I branch out on my own using all my experience. I specialise in Educational Tourism, particularly Music, Performing Arts, Geography, Earth and Sciences, Sport, Adult Special Interest touring and much more. I will be working directly with major tourism industry operators to provide exceptional personalised service and information.

Business Profile – Great Tour Experiences

Destinations:             New Zealand, USA, UK and Europe
Our Tours:                 Music, Bandwagon, Performing Arts, Earth & Science, Geography and Adult Special Interest Tours
What’s Included:       Costing, Quality Airlines, First Class Coachlines, Itinerary, Travel wallet, Assistance,
(My Dad and friends call me Charlie and some of my clients do too)
I had worked in a family-owned tour and travel company that had been around for 30 years prior to its recent sale (my parents finally retired). I was lucky to be a major part of its success for the past ten years, where I specalised in group travel as the Office and Product Manager and finally as the Director of Performing Arts. 
I am committed and passionate about what I do and love working with people and getting them the most amazing experiences out of their travel. I always seek feedback from my groups on their return and take onboard even the smallest of detail, this ensures my clients that I have their interests at heart and is part of my repeat business success.  
I fix those rare unexpected problem’s when they arise, such as the need to change an itinerary on a Sunday when the road to Milford Sound in New Zealand was closed because of heavy snow.
I needed to find a way to get two different groups accommodation at Queenstown when the town was theoretically full. Changing bookings like that is no mean feat, but it is possible, due to the respect and closeness I have with all my suppliers and operators in New Zealand. 
By starting my own business I now have the freedom to work from home giving me the opportunity to dedicate that extra time to work closer with my clients and ensure I can provide basically a 24/7 support framework. 
I am someone who thrives on helping with the planning of tours, and if you have never travelled before, I will provide that extra support through the whole process to get you there. To me, you need to make memories, have fun and make new friends on your travels. 
I continue to work closely with other professional Tour Operators, and suppliers in New Zealand and the USA, this means I can provide that extra help with your tour when and if needed.
I grew up in New Zealand and moved to Australia when 17. I married an Australian and we have three sons now 21, 24 and 27 who now enjoy travelling the world.  (I am proud of them and my husband, they are all members of the Rural Fire Service and involved in some sports and community associations). 
I understand the many issues that teachers and parents need to address to organise a smooth and seamless tour. I have organised 100’s of tour groups and know how to work through their needs and what makes a good tour happen.
Call me to talk about your travel plans or just email me with your requirements and I will get back to you. 
I work with Group Tours…
  • School Educational groups
  • Music Bandwagon Tours North Islands or South Islands
  • Earth & Science – on-site tours outside the Classroom, North Island – Fire (White Island) South Island –  Ice (stunning glaciers)
  • Geography
  • Performing Arts -Music, Dance – including the USA
  • Teachers Familiarisation Tours
  • Study Tours for Music,
  • Earth & Science and Geography,
  • Adult special interest tours
  • Sport Tours
  • Supporters Tours
I am an endorsed Tourism New Zealand Expert, and have excellent industry associates I work with in the USA, Europe and the UK. Group touring is my business, however, if there is only one, two or small numbers, generally I will get another very experienced Travel Agent to contact you to assist.
 There is a great difference between a retail Travel Agent and a true Group Tour Operator who handles tour groups both inbound and outbound to countries around the world. Movements to and from Australia and New Zealand are my speciality. I am a receptive tour operator for SYTA.
Where I’ve travelled:
Nearly every nook and cranny of New Zealand, also Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Disneyland, Nashville, San Francisco, New York, Toronto and Orlando. I have cruised the Pacific three times and holidayed in Fiji.  I still have plenty of places I would like to go and see. For now I am putting my own business first, my time to travel more will come. Meantime I have you my clients to take care of.