G’day and welcome,
Introducing myself to you is a bittersweet moment. I am saddened to tell you that my dear friend, colleague and mentor, Mary Lou Serr, the original owner of Australia New Zealand Down Under Travel passed away after a valiant battle against cancer in 2003. When her time was growing short, Mary Lou requested that I combine the business she had so carefully built and tended with my own company, Australia 2000 Travel.
I am a 5th generation Aussie who has lived in USA for twenty-nine years. For eighteen successful years I have owned and managed Australia 2000 Travel in Birmingham, Michigan, where we arrange luxury trips for the discerning, independent and small group travelers who wish to explore the traditional and out-of-the-ordinary destinations of the glorious South Pacific. Three times each year I return to a selection of the counties of the South Pacific specifically to establish and maintain relationships, find new activities and accommodations, handpick private guides and to visit family and friends. Like Mary Lou, I have always considered it a privilege to help our clients plan trips that provide opportunities to see the usual from unusual perspectives – to interact one-on-one with the locals and to become immersed in the grandeur of my beautiful homeland.
I am aware that many of you who are revisiting this website are past clients who have come to expect exceptional service and carefully planned tours of Australia & New Zealand from Mary Lou and her staff at Australia/New Zealand Down Under Travel. Many visitors will have come to the site as the result of a referral. To each group I wish to assure you that the same level of knowledge, caring and customer service continues in the experienced hands of my staff.
I invite you to explore the Australia 2000 Travel website and hope that it will encourage you to place your South Pacific Adventure in our caring hands.
I look forward to helping you plan your spectacular, fun filled vacation in the Lands Down Under.
Karen Hardy Hodgson
Australia 2000 Travel Australia New Zealand Down Under Travel