Our Team

 

 
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Donna Holmes - managing director

For the past 4 years I have been managing Playaway Tours and have now had the opportunity to take over the helm. I have had a career in travel for over 26 years dealing with groups in the UK, US and New Zealand. I have spent most of my life living overseas and this gives me a unique opportunity to enhance client’s overseas adventures. I believe that everyone should experience life to the fullest.  Whether this be through travelling or taking time to enjoy family and friends. During my travels I have taken groups of various sizes to many special events and exotic destinations. So why not tour with us to some exciting destinations around the world and leave all your worries behind.

 

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liz harris - tour manager

Liz Harris had a very successful career in travel in Christchurch for over 20 years and of course has conducted business, escorted tours and enjoyed many holidays all around the world. More recently Liz turned her hand to other business ventures and now is able to offer her people skills and organisational talents to our clients. Professionalism, a caring and enthusiastic attitude and a great desire to rediscover the world ensures that Liz will prove to be an excellent tour manager. Liz says, "it is my top priority to make your tour run smoothly and to help you pack as much into your holiday as possible."

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robyn mccollum - tour manager

Robyn has travelled extensively and the the only continent she has not been to is Antartica (yet!). For more than 12 years she travelled around the world to recruit students to study in New Zealand government and tertiary programmes. She worked in the United Kingdom and loves meeting people and experiencing new places and cultures. Robyn makes friends very easily due to her bright personality and her worldly experience and logistical skills have equipped her well for providing the care and attention that Playaway clients expect.

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Kerry Bartlett - Tour Manager

I am an experienced tour guide, having taken numerous tours for school, social and sports teams over the last 20 plus years. Specializing in Sporting teams/Food tours, I have taken tours to Australia, Asia, South America, Hong Kong and a major tour of 120 around Europe(England/France/Spain/Wales). Organisational strengths coupled with a sense of excitement and a love for food ensure a tour guide to compliment the fantastic Playaway tours

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marguerite martini de cordero - tour manager

32 years ago Marguerite left New Zealand to travel the world. Eventually she arrived in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where she married and has lived since. She has been a business owner, is a fluent Spanish speaker and is confident with communicating with people from many countries. She has now returned to Christchurch not long before the first of the earthquakes. Although she still has her home in Mexico, Christchurch is now where she lives and she enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

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Anne Koorey-Ward - Tour Manager

Hello I am Anne. As your tour guide I will endeavor to bring your destination to life, ensuring you have a safe and memorable experience. From the buzz of daily life as we travel around sightseeing to the tranquil moments relaxing in our hotels, I will be focused on making sure that you maximise your time to enjoy your surroundings.  

I have worked in nursing and management roles for over 50 years, and am a passionate traveller. Over the years I have also spent time living abroad and bringing up my family in several European countries. I will be making sure that your daily needs will be my top priority.

I would like to take you to places that offer a view of the local life and the history, and I would hope our days together would be an adventure.