Matt McMillan
Matt’s thirst for adventure developed from an early age as his family holidays progressed from camping trips within Australia to backpacking holidays in South East Asia. After completing his studies, his desire for new adventures took him to both North America and Europe where he has lived and travelled extensively before Latin America and Africa became his passions.

Matt has since undertaken many adventures in the region covering most destinations between Mexico and Cuba to as far south as Argentina and even Antarctica. Within Africa he has covered South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe with plans for further exploration later this year.

His extensive knowledge of Latin America and Africa have further been enhanced through over 10 years professional experience in organising travel to the region for Australian and British specialist travel companies. This knowledge, passion and attention to detail means nothing is ever left to chance when organising your dream journeys.
Tim Farquhar
Tim Farquhar
Having worked for a number of years in financial markets, Tim came to the realisation that there was more to life than numbers and spreadsheets. So he joined the travel industry to combine his passion for travel and adventure with helping others achieve their travel dreams.

Having travelled to all 7 continents and lived in Australia, Brazil and the UK, different landscapes, cultures, tastes and rhythms of the world are what life is all about to Tim. The key to organising your perfect journey is specialist travel knowledge, and Tim’s got it in spades. So when you combine Tim’s vast experience with his desire to share some of the world’s most spectacular destinations with you, you can be sure you’re in good hands.
Karen O’Dwyer
Travel Consultant
A seasoned traveler, Karen has been to all seven continents and over 60 countries worldwide and is keen to share her passion and experience with her clients. In her role as Adventure Travel Consultant, Karen will be helping her clients bring their dream holidays to life. Over the years Karen has visited almost every distant nook and cranny of the globe and loves to tell you all about her trips – whether it’s safaris in Africa, Polar expeditions, wildlife sightings, cultural exchanges, and maybe a wine or 2 at the same time. When asked her favourite experiences she says “Antarctica especially South Georgia, Russian Far East Arctic with over 53 polar bears, the Galapagos Islands (with wildlife experience only comparable to Antarctica), and seeing the Gorillas in Rwanda”. Get comfortable as you will be in for a treat with Karen’s tales and skills in organising your perfect adventure.
Mauricio Zarzar
Mauricio Zarzar
Travel Designer
Mauricio is the latest Peruvian to join Eclipse Travel and comes to us after years of working in the hospitality industry in some of South America’s best hotels. His passion for travel and excellent customer service will ensure you experience a wonderful trip to South America! Mauricio’s favourite destination is Patagonia, but has a large bucket list including Iguazu, Antarctica, Colombia, and the Lake district in Chile/Argentina. When asked he says he is “interested in music, snowboarding, travel, and fooooood haha”. A native Spanish speaker, Mauricio is also fluent in English, and professes to speak some basic German.
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Steve Arnold
GM, New Zealand
Steve joined us at the very beginning to design our brand and website, and we haven’t been able to get rid of him. With a strong background in Design and IT he has come in quite useful. Based in Christchurch, he heads up our NZ team.

Steve’s favourite destinations to date are tied between Patagonia, the Galapagos, and the Ecuadorian Amazon (Napo), all for the amazing and different experiences they offered. If he had to pick one country he would choose Peru for its rich cultural history, and he says if he had to pick one city to recommend, he offers Rio de Janeiro as a city that ticks all the boxes.
Tiffany Chek
Tiffany Chek
Sales Team Leader
Tiffany joined the Eclipse team during a “mid-life crisis”. She had heard rumours that there were actually people out there that enjoyed their jobs and wanted to be one of those people. So after having worked in the banking industry for a number of years, she decided to put her real passion of travelling and planning holidays to good use.

Tiffany fell in love with Latin America during her 4 year stint living in Chile and her extensive knowledge of the area stems from travelling extensively throughout South and Central America in that period.

In recent years she has been lucky enough to experience unforgettable trip to the Antarctic Peninsula, Patagonia, the Atacama Desert, Cuba and Panama so will enthusiastically share these experiences with you.
Camilla Campbell
Reservations Consultant
Camilla heads up our reservations and administration team and has recently returned from a luxury safari in Botswana. In recent years she completed her Tourism Management degree and her passion for travel and attention to detail will ensure you have a flawless trip on your next adventure with Eclipse Travel.
Shae Doherty
Travel Consultant
Shae is a true travel expert having completed several in depth trips to the regions we specialise in. in recent years she completed a 6 month holiday in Africa and Europe however it was Shae’s 12 month visit to Central and South America where her love for travel was born. Since she has worked with Eclipse she has further enhanced her expertise with an expedition to Antarctica, a deluxe cruise in the Amazon and a few weeks exploring South Africa’s most impressive game reserves.

Shae not only has extensive knowledge of Latin America and Africa but enjoys inspiring people by sharing her first-hand experiences. Her thorough knowledge of these regions can also be attributed to having worked for over 10 years in the travel industry. With a particular passion for Patagonia, the Galapagos Islands and all things Africa you can be sure that you will always be looked after when planning your dream holiday with Shae.
Kannika Dy
Accounts & Reservations Coordinator
Kannika originally hails from Cambodia, and discovered her interest in for travel after her first short trip to the Gold Coast. Inspired and driven by the amazing experience, it ignited her desire to explore the world and pursue a career in travel and tourism. After the completion of her study in tourism management, Kannika took a major first step into her travel career as she joined us in our accounts and product team. Kannika’s love for travel combined with her impeccable organisational skill will ensure your next adventure runs like clockwork.
Lara Dalrymple
Travel Consultant

Lara’s first time leaving her hometown Christchurch was when she was 21 years old to visit Sao Paulo, and from then she had the wanderlust. Having travelled to latin America and Africa many times, Lara’s experience and specialist knowledge will assist you in planning the trip of your lifetime!

Spanish speaking Lara says she tries to get away to some new exotic destination at least twice a year. Countries that she has travelled extensively through include, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Cuba, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia just to name a few. Next destination on her list is Patagonia.

Anton Clasquin
Travel Consultant
Zimbabwean born Anton got his sense of adventure from a young age. After completing a business degree he embarked on two years of working and travelling abroad, which is when he realised the travel industry was where he belonged. Anton’s passion for South America began after spending 6 months teaching English in Chile and experiencing the amazing culture and beauty of the continent. The Galapagos, Iguazu Falls and the Atacama Desert rate among his favourite sites in South America. He has also travelled through Central America and safaried through Africa. Anton will help make sure your itinerary lives up to and surpasses your expectations.
Jacky Zhou
Reservations Consultant
Jacky joins us full time having worked as an intern while completing a degree in Business Management, majoring in Tourism. Originally from China, Jacky has called Australia home since age 7. He says his love of travel was peaked when climbing Mount Fuji and breaking above the clouds to witness the most unforgettable sunset, adding he loves the feeling of seeing new things. When asked next destinations he would like to travel, Patagonia is at the top of the list. Jacky is fluent in Cantonese.
Blake Powell
Travel Consultant

Blake’s love of the natural world has taken him to all over the globe. The first time he left Australia to travel, he didn’t come home for almost 2 years!

Blake has worked in the travel industry since 2010, taking time off only to work as a scuba diving instructor and of course to travel more. He has lived on the coasts of Mexico and Egypt’s red sea (among others places) and has had the chance to explore many regions in depth – both on land and underwater. As an animal lover, Blake is lucky enough to have swam with whales and sharks, but recalls having somersault competitions with sea lions in the Galapagos as his most fun underwater experience.

Having travelled all the way from Chile to Colombia, Blake rates the deserts of Chile and Bolivia, the jungles and mountains of Peru and the coast line of Colombia as some of the most stunning places on Earth. While Mexico may always be at the top of Blake’s list, he has some high expectations for Brazil which is next in sight.

Blake’s first hand knowledge and passion for travel will have you visiting all the places on your bucket list as well as exploring some hidden places you’ve never heard of!

Helen Baker
Product Executive
Helen joined the travel profession in 2010 after deciding she wanted a change following a successful career in the insurance industry. She quickly progressed up through the ranks at several leading agencies until we luckily secured her services late 2016. Helen’s product knowledge and sourcing and relationship management skills as well as her pricing, sales, & reservations background make her the a perfect fit in her role as Product Executive. Having travelled to North America, Australia and the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates, Helen is planning on ticking off Machu Picchu and Galapagos in 2017 and hopes to cross Antarctic off the list next year along with the Amazon.
Leanne Dunhill
Reservations/Sales Support

Leanne has always been passionate about travel so it was inevitable that she decided at an early age to obtain her Diploma in Travel and Tourism in her hometown of Solihull in the UK. Since then her desire to explore and experience new places and cultures has never diminished and has ultimately led her to settle in Christchurch, New Zealand. Leanne is fortunate enough to have visited all 7 continents, but rates her recent visit to the Subantarctic Islands and the Ross Sea region of Antarctica as the most significant. This she says, is mainly due to the wonderful wildlife in the region which she particularly enjoyed observing at close quarters.

Her favourite places in the world (so far) are Argentina and Macquarie Island. Next on her bucket list is Cuba! Leanne’s passion for wild places combined with her keen eye for details will ensure you have a worry free trip on your next Eclipse Travel adventure.

Lenka Spisakova
Travel Designer

Originally from Slovakia, Lenka lived in London for 4 years before moving to Australia. She always dreamt of being a travel agent – imagining the excitement of planning holidays and learning about different destinations around the world.

Since starting in the travel industry 10 years ago, she hasn’t looked back. It was after her first trip to Africa that she decided to specialise in this incredibly diverse continent and she joins the Eclipse team with 5 years of African travel experience.

Her first trip to Africa took her to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda- where she got to meet the amazing mountain gorillas. On subsequent trips to Africa she has explored South Africa and Zimbabwe. When asked, the thing Lenka loves most about Africa is that the experiences you have there are like nowhere else in the world. “You get to see amazing wildlife up close (sometimes closer than you would like!), experience some interesting cultures, meet lovely locals and see some wonderful and unique landscapes.” Next countries on Lenka’s Africa list would be Botswana, Namibia and Madagascar!

Whether it’s your first trip to Africa or you are already hooked and looking to discover another part, Lenka looks forward to sharing her passion with you and helping you plan your next unforgettable adventure.

Ben Janeczko
Marketing Consultant
After completing his Bachelor of Tourism, Ben started out his career in travel working for Tourism Australia, where he was lucky enough to travel to all corners of the country. He moved to London with the job a few years later after visiting Europe as a solo backpacker, and ended up promoting Australia to the UK and Europe for over seven years. Upon returning to Australia, Ben worked for Destination NSW on backpacker campaigns and more recently as their food and drink specialist. For the past two years Ben has worked as a PR & marketing consultant for a range of travel, food and drink clients. Using London as a base, Ben was able to explore much of Europe, with the most memorable trips being welcoming a New Year in Talinn, chartering a yacht with friends in Croatia, travelling around France for Rugby World Cup 2007, and driving from Sarajevo to Belgrade. Ben once travelled to Belgrade, Serbia to attend the Eurovision Song Contest final. This was a bizarre cultural experience in many ways. Ben has also visited China (Great Wall, Beijing, Shanghai) and Vietnam on a number of occasions, as well as Thailand and Sri Lanka for friends’ weddings. Ben is really looking forward to going on safari in Tanzania and visiting the winelands around Cape Town for his honeymoon at the end of this year. Next on the bucket list is Mexico, Cuba, the US again (Dallas, Boston, Chicago), Peru and Patagonia!
Michelle Pham
Product Coordinator
After an initial three month internship with us, Michelle has returned to become an official member of the team. Nearing the end of her double degree in Tourism and International Studies, we have managed to sway Michelle towards a career in the travel industry. Michelle says her love for travel developed when she packed her bags, boarded a 24 hour flight to Montreal and lived among the Quebecois culture for a year. From her travels through East Coast of North America, and covering most of Western Europe, her definition of la Vie en Belle consists of sipping on sangrias in Barcelona to hiking Calanques in Southern France. Now a Product Coordinator at Eclipse, Michelle is working with new destinations that she can hardly pronounce, and working closely with the team to ensure our customers experience the bang for their adventure.
Rosemary McNoe
Business Development Manager

Rosemary’s love of travel and adventure was inspired from watching the Indiana Jones movies far too many times as a child. After studying Classics and Art History at University in Christchurch, she headed for Europe and the UK where she could indulge her passion for intriguing history, bustling cities and fantastic food markets.

From cruising the Norwegian fjords, to kayaking in Alaska; from haggling at the souk in Cairo, to dancing the tango in Buenos Aires, Rosemary has over 15 years’ experience in the travel industry and has visited all 7 continents, with a recent expedition to Antarctica fulfilling a lifelong dream. With a passion for small ship cruising, Rosemary is planning her next voyage to the Arctic and Iceland and also has Namibia and Uganda land adventures on her never ending list of must-visit destinations.

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