Katie.jpgWhat is your name and where do you work? 

I am Katie Schmit, owner of Travel By Katie LLC and am located in Boise, Idaho. 

What is your favourite place in New Zealand?  

It is really hard to pick…Canterbury or Queenstown are my top two.

Why is it special to you?

Canterbury is so comfortable and the type of landscape I love – a patchwork of farmlands.  The region is so beautiful, the drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura was peaceful and quiet.  The TranzAlpine train as it passes by the Waimakariri is dramatic. It doesn’t always get the attention some of the other regions do, but Canterbury just feels like home to me.  

Queenstown – it really is one of the most special areas in the world with so much to offer and stunning views.  From the Dart River to wine tasting to skiing…it is a great all-season and all-person destination.  There really is something for everyone. No one comes home from Queenstown without giving it the highest of regards.

Do you have a favourite time of year to visit? 

Spring and autumn are stunning and my favourite times to go.  The weather is mild and there are a few less people around.  

What do you see as New Zealand’s unique selling points – the “must-dos” when creating itineraries for your clients? 

Everyone loves the wide open space and natural beauty New Zealand has to offer.  The Kiwi spirit is amazing and everyone falls in love with the people on their trip. It is something that is hard to explain until you experience it, then travellers get it and want to come back for more of the lovely hospitality and lifestyle. 

Which aspect of the 100% Pure New Zealand Specialist Programme do you find most useful? 

The qualified leads from being a Gold level specialist and having a listing on newzealand.com (Tourism New Zealand’s consumer site) are really great! 

The conversion rate from sales lead to client is high and I find the quality of the leads I am receiving to be quite good.  Not only are the booking New Zealand, they are referring their friends to me to book New Zealand and are coming back for other destinations and trips.

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