Paul Garry (USA), May 2019

We spent 5 weeks in Australia and New Zealand. We literally went from Queensland in the North all the way down to Tasmania in Australia and visited both the north and the South Island of New Zealand.  If you are thinking of doing a trip like this, you MUST use this trip planner and her travel company. Her planning was meticulous. Every single flight connection, every single guide she selected, every single hotel met our needs perfectly.  In fact some of our accommodation were among the best I have ever had. What set our trip planner apart was that she listened carefully to what I wanted and she found accommodations and activities which met my goals.  She was an exceptional partner with which to work and she was helpful not only in the planning but she also provided assistance when we were there.  Specifically some of our tours were weather dependent.  When I asked her to help monitor whether an excursion was going due to weather she gladly pitched in to help. She is not one of those travel agents who once receiving payment, thinks she is done.  Rather, she is available to help with issues whenever they arise.  Now I should point out that the cost of the trip was not cheap.  However, she stayed pretty much on budget and as we both agreed, with some of our accomodations, you get what you pay for.

There were many.  Our stay in Sydney was a highlight. Our trip planner arranged for a private cruise around the harbor which was special.  We were also able to get tickets to a dance performance at the Sydney Opera house which allowed us not only to see the structure but to enjoy it as it was intended. She also encouraged us to get tickets for the Sydney Opera Company performance of West Side Story which was a treat.  Other highlights were our stay on Lord Howe Island (a slice of heaven), snorkeling in/on the Great Barrier Reef (the company she suggested was superb), the helicopter ride, The Lodge (a MUST), Uluru staying at and getting to see the Bruce Munro installation, the Lodge in Rotorua NZ, Trekking on the Franz Josef Glacier in NZ, whitewater rafting on the Shotover River in NZ, the MONA museum in Tasmania and the Seafood seduction cruise in Tasmania. I could go on but I think you get the idea. There was a lot that we packed into the 5 weeks we were there and much of it was memorable.

Jane (USA), May 2019

Dick planned a very memorable vacation, every excursion and every step of the trip was impeccably planned!  We had a multi generational family on this trip, so accommodating ages 6 to 66 wasn't easy!  Dick sat down with me before we commenced any planning to discuss our family needs, likes, wish list, etc.  He hit every single thing on the wish list and gave us some excellent suggestions that we would have never known about or considered!  From a beautiful yacht trip in the Whitsunday Islands to rainforest adventures in Port Douglas and a camel ride in Uluru, our whole family had an amazing trip, definitely one to remember for a very very very long time.  Dick was very patient with us and our constant questions and he was very responsive to all questions when we were traveling in country.  Thank you Dick and Journey Earth!  We have already recommended your services to others!

Leo & Mira Eisenberg (USA), April 2019

Mira and myself would like to send you a super great thank you for the wonderful trip you designed for us.

We enjoyed every minute of it. Unfortunately there was not enough time to see a lot more in nearly one month.

Mira had a tremendous experience during her incredible photography shooting! The weather could not have been any better. I myself learned an incredible number of things regarding both cultures as well as the people in both countries.

IT WAS A LIFE TIME EXPERIENCE WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

We can not stop talking about this great trip. In fact a good friend of mine and wife will be contacting you as they are planning to go to Australia.

Again many thanks, good wishes from Mira and myself

Sam Slotoroff (USA), April 2019

Journey Earth (specifically Penny Webster) put together an amazing trip for us.  They were extraordinarily helpful in all aspects of our honeymoon: planning/logistics leading up to it and then throughout the trip itself as well.  Our trip involved several stops around Australia followed by New Zealand.  

Our trip required several revisions, due to changes in time off from work, preferences in what we do and see, and just overall timing and pace we desired for the trip.  Journey Earth worked with us every moment of the way, never any pressure to lock it down and pick something.  The flexibility and ability to talk and email back and fourth continually for what ended up being a few months to ensure we ended up with the final result we wanted was amazing.

Would not change a thing as far as dealing with Journey Earth, they were amazing and we would use them again.

Eliezer Basse (USA), April 2019

Penny Webster at Journey Earth was absolutely amazing.  She listened to what we were looking for, made recommendations of places to visit, and gave us tour options in each location, based on our interests, so we could choose.  She made all the accommodations to our specifications, and most importantly was on top of every detail before and during our trip.  A couple of minor glitches that occurred on site (not of her doing), she intervened and corrected immediately.


We travel frequently and to many places around the world.  This was one of the most organized trips that we have taken, and high on the list of great trips.


We highly recommend her and Journey Earth for those planning a trip to New Zealand and Australia, as we did.

Gregg Saur (USA), March 2019

I can not say enough great things about Dick Webster and Journey Earth. We started planning our dream vacation to New Zeeland & Austraila about a year ago. Once finding Dick and his company Journey Earth over the internet, he called me and we had about a 60 minute interveiw on what we would like to do on our vacation. He wanted to know things like if we were outdoors people or museum people, did we like going to great winery's and breweries or city shopping, are you looking for 2 star or 5 star accommodations. Once completing this interview and learning our likes and dislikes he sent us a very professional and detailed outline of our vacation.  We reviewed and after a couple small tweaks came up with the perfect plan that would meet our vacation goals. A couple weeks prior to leaving for our vacation Dick sent us with amazingly detailed documentation of our vacation and a App that made following our vacation plan extremely simple.

Once we were on vacation, Dick sent us texts to make sure we were loving our vacation. I have never had a travel agent show so much care. We had issue with one tour due to weather and was cancelled. We were sad as it was going to be a vacation highlight. We contacted Dick and he quickly worked with the tour companies and was able to switch dates so we could make our cancelled tour the next day. He achieved this within 30 minutes on a Sunday morning.

Journey Earth and Dick Webster are truly the most amazing and professional vacation and travel planners you will ever work with.

Thomas Murphy (USA), March 2019

It was a fantastic trip made possible by the recommendations, coordination, and follow up by our agent, Dick Webster, at Journey Earth.

Our lodging accommodations were excellent, Peppers Beacon, The Hermitage, Bendemere, Orari, Chateau Marlborough, QT, and M Social.  The breakfasts were fabulous. 

Highlights included:  The kayak float down the Pelorus with Shane at Eco Pelorus, Mt Cook day hikes of the Hooker River valley, Dart River (Funyaks, although the kayak was cancelled due to weather), golf at Jacks Point ( although expensive), and, in Auckland, a ferry ride to Waiheke Island. Unfortunately weather cancelled our scheduled fly-cruise to Milford Sound which was disappointing. 

The other scheduled events, gondola in Queenstown, Whale watch in Kaikoura, Wine tasting in Marlborough, were all very enjoyable too. And we had the flexibility to sightsee and dine according to our schedule. 

Details made a big difference:  interIslander plus lounge on the ferry from Picton to Wellington, driving maps, directions, times and distances from city to city, City details and other information provided in the AXUS App were great surprises to the overall package.