Sarah Southcombe


Based in - Red Beach, Auckland

About Me

Hi, I’m Sarah, your Personal Travel Manager.

I have been in the travel industry for 28 years and I became a travel manager so that I can offer you a personalized service.  At the moment it is a strange world we are living in, masks,  restrictions, tests and very limited travel options.  BUT saying all this it is a still a beautiful world and we want to see it.

So if you would like to discuss current available options please do not hesitate to contact me.   As a travel manager we are up to date with all the Covid movements.  On top of the world is always New Zealand and the beauty that it offers!

To start planning your next trip, you can email me at or call me on 021503234.


Helping you plan your holiday is what I love to do. Offering suggestions you may not have considered.  Travel is a true passion and I love every minute!

What I can provide for you?

  • Expert Travel advice – saving you time and money!
  • Attention to detail… I would treat it like my own trip
  • A passion for Family Travel
  • Competitive pricing
  • Group travel
  • A stress-free planning process

Recommended Destinations

So many places to choose but these are some destinations that I particularly love

  • Tahiti – in an overwater bungalow of course
  • Rarotonga, Samoa , Fiji
  • Asia – my particular favourites are Thailand & Cambodia & India
  • Hawaii 
  • Europe, goes without saying. So many countries to visit and all offering different things

Special Interests

Matai Specialist

Vanuatu Specialist

Family Holidays

Group Travel

Visiting friends and family

Corporate Travel

Sports Groups

Northland Holidays 

Places I Have Traveled

New Zealand

Los Angeles


New Caledonia



Sydney, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

Queensland, Australia

Adelaide, Australia






New York













Cook Islands



Abu Dhabi

My Special Offers & Inspirations

Scenic Eclipse II – New Zealand Summer 2024/25

Scenic Eclipse II – New Zealand Summer 2024/25

We are excited to announce the launch of the new 2023/24 Worldwide Discovery Voyages and PLUS Scenic Eclipse II will sail into New Zealand waters for the very first time in summer 2024/25, register now! The Scenic Eclipse fleet sets the standard in ocean cruising in...

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The World Awaits. Be Curious with Viking Cruises

The World Awaits. Be Curious with Viking Cruises

Join Viking, with an open heart and a curious mindWhen we travel, we seek to enrich our hearts and minds. We are curious and eager to learn. To learn more about ourselves and understand the world around us. At Viking, they embrace this curious spirit. Viking immerse...

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Antarctica 2022 & 2023 Early Bird with Intrepid Travel

Antarctica 2022 & 2023 Early Bird with Intrepid Travel

Ever dreamed of exploring the ends of Earth? Cast off to the extremes of the globe and discover great white landscapes full of icy inlets and frozen coves – all from the comfort of purpose-built polar vessels. Experience the rush of unique polar activities – from...

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Ladies Long Weekend Rarotonga 4 nights from $993.00pp

Ladies Long Weekend Rarotonga 4 nights from $993.00pp

SMALL GROUP TOURS - based on a minimum of 6 passengers. Ideal for a group of friends to have a special time relaxing in tropical surroundings It’s typical that women deny themselves gifts or a breather and often spend their time giving to others instead. With this...

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My Videos


Jean Lewis

All the best with your new Company, I wish you all the best.

Feel so lucky to have you as my Personal Agent, it is so comforting to be able to just ring you at the drop of the Hat,

And you take care of everything. 


Jean Lewis

Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM Te Akau Racing Stables & Stud

Simon you have always been amazing and a trusted, special friend. 

Your nimbleness averted a disaster with our son-in-law this week and for that, and numerous other exceptional support, we are truly grateful. 

I will speak with David but I am actually hugely confident he will be happy to "go with you" - I certainly am! 

Best wishes and keep in touch with your new exciting developments

Helen Lee - Contest Manager & Executive Officer - Brass Band Association of NZ

“I also use Simon to book travel for our international adjudicators. He always provided a fast and efficient service and fantastic back-up service when disaster strikes as it did a few years ago with an airport bombing in the UK. Simon was able to make new travel arrangements immediately so that our adjudicator arrived in the country in time for our contest.”

Sheran Hancock - FYNZPB Director

"I was first put in touch with Simon by a friend who was involved with Brass Bands at a high level back in 2010. We first used Simon when we took the Foundation New Zealand Youth Pipe Band to Australia in 2010.
Simon took care of all of the travel and accommodation arrangements for us. Our trip was extremely successful and we could not fault any of the arrangements made by him.

We used Simon again in 2014 when we toured Canada and the United States of America. Again excellent service with regards to travel, accommodation and sight seeing opportunities.
Simon is sympathetic to our needs and is prepared to run with our ideas.
At the end of the day we got excellent value for our money."

Anna Bowron, Executive Officer, New Zealand Secondary Students Choir.

I have been booking flights through Simon Hocking for our international representative choir tours for several years. He works extremely hard to find the best possible fares, and his communication and response to any requests are nearly always immediate. He sorts any problems effectively and with no fuss. I feel I can trust him to achieve the best possible prices and routes for our large touring groups - in our cost-sensitive, charitable organisation this is very important. I really enjoy working with Simon and I would definitely recommend him.

Phil Muir, Regional Principle, Westmount Education, Northern Region

I have been working with Simon Hocking and his team at House of Travel since 2010. In that time we have organised trips to Cambodia (4 times), Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Australia. Trips have included humanitarian aid work, leadership and music tours. Groups have all been 20 + students and staff. I have also arranged personal bookings through Simon. Our trips have been quite complicated at times, requiring massive flexibility and taking us to places off the beaten track. I have always had the confidence that Simon and his team would accommodate our changes as well as put together the best itineraries at the best price. Each trip I have tendered out to multiple parties and HOT has always come out on top price-wise. Best connections, best itineraries, excellent communication and we have always had magnificent, safe, life-changing (for the better!) expeditions. When I booked a personal trip back in 2011, we had some major problems in a third world country to do with local service and flights. We were at the end of a long trip through a number of countries and just wanted to get home. Despite the 12 hour time difference, despite it being Easter Weekend, despite the poor communication in a third world country Simon’s ability to fault fix and get us back on track rapidly and at no cost was legendary. I cannot speak highly enough from both a personal and group perspective. Great support, best trips, great value – what more can anyone ask for.

Robert Aburn, Senior Master Christ's College, Christchurch

It has always been a pleasure to work with Simon and his outstanding team of international agents to plan tours to Europe and the UK for the Christ's College Chapel Choir. Simon is our agent for domestic and international tours and is a details man who ensures nothing is left unturned. When there are issues, these are dealt with confidently and with due respect even when we are on the other side of the world.

We spend a lot of time developing our tours and ensuring we get the best value for $ for the boys and their parents. As a result the three previous tours have both been musically and life changing experiences for the boys and a real joy for the staff to lead.

The ability to experience performing in some truly outstanding venues as the Vatican in Rome, St Marco in Venice, La Sacrada in Barcelona and La Madeline in Paris to name a few is a credit to Simon's ability to open performance opportunities that few other agents are able to offer.

While Simon is an experienced travel operator he fully understands the demands of touring musicians and their needs. I have confidence in Simon's ability to create opportunities for our students.

Robert Aburn, Musical Director, New Zealand Male Choir

Simon and his team have arranged three tours for the New Zealand Male Choir in my time as Musical Director. These have been to the UK and through Europe, and more recently through Canada. His attention to the needs of the choir in arranging accommodation and rehearsal spaces is of paramount importance. I have appreciated Simon's ability to navigate around performance dates and to negotiate hotel and work around other constraints touring throws at the organisers.

Recently on the Canadian tour he was able to arrange a superb mixture of accommodation and to ensure the choir included some great R&R opportunities such as the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer train trip from Banff to Vancouver and a trip to Vancouver Island be included.

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