WHO ARE DOWNUNDER JOURNEYS?

Travel is an experience investment, the right itinerary matters.

OUR STORY

With owners born and bred in Australia and New Zealand you can be assured we know what we are talking about when we offer South Pacific travel advice.  We take great pleasure in creating tailored adventures for our clients wanting to visit our homelands. To ensure our itinerary recommendations are the best they can be, we regularly visit home to work with travel partners.  It's a cliche to say we love our jobs, but the reality is that we live to travel and explore and it's our pleasure to help people visit the South Pacific.    

 

Complimentary itineraries
We do NOT charge booking fees

We do it all!

We can book your land, air, cruise, accommodation and activities.

Customized itineraries

Each complimentary itinerary is tailor made to suit your budget, travel dates and interests.

Travel specialists

We are a team of Kiwi's and Aussies helping clients experience our homelands for 30+ years.

 

MEET THE TEAM

We have the best jobs, no doubt about it!

 

MANDY - OWNER/DIRECTOR

I was born in Adelaide, Australia.  I have been selling travel for over 30 years.  Being from Australia when I moved to the USA, selling travel to my homeland was a simple choice. I had the knowledge to help others experience the place I grew up in and visited on so many occasions.

What is your travel history?

I have traveled the world since I was 17 years of age, continuously, so there are not that many places yet I have not been, travel opens up your eyes, I would rather spend money on travel than on personal effects.

 

Favorite travel memories?

Small boat cruising in Croatia, awesome adventure.  Africa viewing the wildlife, being able to sit and watch a hungry male lion and it’s family feed at a waterhole.

Mandy Buttenshaw

What “must pack items” do you always take on a trip?

I always travel with phone and laptop, but then I always work whilst I am travelling.  I like to keep in touch with my clients if they need me and my biggest hate is packing a suitcase.

You can follow Mandy on her adventures here:

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Instagram @aussie_global_traveler

KOREN - OWNER/DIRECTOR

I am New Zealander now based in the USA.  I needed to book a trip and a friend of mine recommended Mandy at Downunder Journeys. Fast forward to today, well over a decade later and I’m now working with Mandy. I still use Mandy to book my trips!

What is your travel history?

While we have moved for work relocations to Australia, Thailand and the USA we have had many opportunities to experience life and cultures where we live and on our travels.  We often pack up the family and head off on holidays to new places either in the country we are living or overseas, also back home to NZ and Australia to see family and friends.  There’s many places we’ve been but so many more to see. We favor cold places with mountains as we love to hike. ​​

Koren

Favorite travel memories?

I'd say our trip to Nepal.  We went when our kids were 5 and 9 and hiked up to Poon Hill in the Annapurna region.  We had low expectations of the kid’s ability to walk uphill for days so we arranged for sherpa’s to help walk/carry/lug them up the mountain.   Embarrassingly our kids were a lot taller and bigger than the sherpa’s. 

What “must pack items” do you always take on a trip?

Stretchy pants, sneakers, my iPad, a backpack, camera, sunscreen, sunglasses and snacks. My iPhone! Packing light is always my goal but I like to be prepared for most things so it's a fine line between packing exactly what I need and too much.

 

You can follow Koren on her adventures here:

Instagram @korens_kaptures

KEMI - SOUTH PACIFIC SPECIALIST

I'm originally from Texas but have lived in the Seattle area for the last 18 years. The Pacific Northwest is gorgeous but I’ll always be a Texas girl at heart.  I have been working my way through my travel bucket list, my latest loves being Western Australian and European River Cruising.

What is your travel history?

I’ve been a travel agent for over 25 years and have been primarily concentrating on Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands as a South Pacific wholesaler. I’ve traveled throughout the European and North American continents including Alaska and Hawaii. Cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Bermuda. Cruising is an easy way to see the world!

Kemi

Favorite travel memories?

​​There have been many. Growing up, I’d also been told of my Irish heritage. So, I planned a trip to Ireland for my husband, daughter and myself. A week before we departed, I found out that we are actually Scottish. Nevertheless, our Irish driving holiday was indeed very special and Scotland is now very high on my bucket list.

What “must pack items” do you always take on a trip?

​E-bags! I have five different colors to keep myself organized. I’ve had trips where I needed business attire, winter coat and swimwear all in one suitcase!

MARISSA - TRAVEL SPECIALIST

I met Mandy in 2009 on a group trip to Australia and from then on I have had a passion for travel and made it a part of my future career. I joined the team to pursue my passion and help others experience the same beauty and excitement that started my travel dreams. 

What is your travel history?

I first traveled internationally when I was 13 years old and have not stopped since. I have loved learning about different cultures, trying new foods, and having new experiences in beautiful places. I have not been everywhere yet but I continue to explore and learn of new amazing places. 

Marissa

Favorite travel memories?

  •     Walking with young lions in Africa and horse back riding with zebra and giraffe. 

  •     My husband and I going on our honeymoon to Italy and staying on the coast of Sorrento

  •     Scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef 

What “must pack items” do you always take on a trip?

 My must pack items are snacks since I never like to get hungry and my reusable water bottle to fill up wherever I go.