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Melissa Lonsk New York, NY Luxury Travel Agent
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Tzell Travel Group
Australia, New Zealand, Australia & New Zealand
Family Vacations, Wine Country Vacations, Adventure, Couples & Romance, Groups
Certificates & Awards
New Zealand Gold Specialist, New Zealand Pure Gold Specialist, Aussie Specialist

Melissa Lonsk

New York, New York Travel Agent
Australia and New Zealand Travel
Feeding the Kangaroos in Tasmania
Feeding the Kangaroos in Tasmania

As both a certified New Zealand Gold Specialist and a Certified Aussie Specialist, I know how to plan a trip that will maximize your experience on the other side of the globe. Traveling to Australia and New Zealand is often a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, so it is understandable that people often try to pack in too much. I spent a month in each country and still didn't see all there is! It's my job to help you sort through the myriad of options and prioritize the experiences that you would most enjoy. Talking about what is on your bucket list and why often sparks a new suggestion that ends up being your favorite part of the vacation! 

In my travels throughout Australia and New Zealand, I explored the major attractions and discovered many off the beaten path wonders. I help you select the best experiences based on your interests, time, budget, etc.. I’ve also formed relationships with local tourism boards so that I am always up to speed on everything from post quarantine plans to local restaurants. Plus, as a Tzell travel advisor, I can get you the best deals at a wide variety of accommodations.  

I also can help you select that best type of tours and transportation for your travel style, from chauffeur-driven cars to camper vans and everything in between (hiking and kayaking are excellent options too). I know the distances and where it is best to travel by rental car, bus, train or plane. "How do you feel about driving on the left side of the road with a stick shift?" and "no, those roads are often closed at that time of year" are some of the more common things I say when reviewing an itinerary created by a client. Let my knowledge and connections work for you to save you time and spare you stress.

From festivals and cultural dinners to food trucks and vineyard tours, Australia and New Zealand are paradise for foodies and wine lovers. Luckily, you can work off those extra calories with all of the incredible active adventures around every turn. There are so many amazing wildlife experiences and incredible hikes, it can be difficult to choose your next adventure. I use my experience and connections to match you with the outings that best fit your fitness level and dreams. And as an expert on both countries, I can connect you with the latest and greatest restaurants and experiences, right down to my favorite gelato vendors. My contacts, love of the destination and attention to detail will ensure your trip to Australia or New Zealand is all you dreamed of and more.

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Certificates & Awards

New Zealand Gold Specialist
New Zealand Pure Gold Specialist
Aussie Specialist


22 of 43 people found this review helpful
Reviewed By ADujets - Wayne, NJ | Traveled to Punta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
Always A True Joy To Work With
I’ve been working with Melissa for years & she always exceeds my expectations, whether the trip is as complicated as a 2-week tour of India, or as simple as 2 nights in NYC. This trip was me & my husband’s first with our 1-year-old, challenging because of our specific needs for the baby & because of the complicated & fast-changing travel restrictions due to Covid. After finding the perfect location, our trip was derailed by a volcanic eruption 1 week before we were set to travel. In 1 day Melissa booked us an entirely new trip in a new location so we could keep our travel dates. She found us cheaper airfare to the new location & stayed with the same resort chain which had our dream room! Our trip was amazing, & although it wasn’t our first choice for a destination we had a great time & wouldn’t have changed a thing. We will absolutely continue to work with Melissa on future trips. She’s always able to translate our specific (& sometimes outlandish!) wish lists into the perfect trip.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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