Putting the WOW into travel

Cindy Bakewell

Like so many Kiwis, I was born with a travel bug. Growing up in Levin, working at my family’s small grocery, I always felt destined for the travel industry. Right out of school, I made my dream come true and went to work for the airlines. Over my decades long career I’ve worked for Malaysia Airlines, Continental Airlines and Air Australia in just about every capacity you can imagine. I even did a stint as an airport manager in Cairns, Australia (a role requiring the skills of a diplomat, a drill sergeant and a systems engineer!).

Along the way, I found my passion for customer service. For me, it comes down to two things:

  • Problem Solving

  • Making People Happy by Exceeding Expectations

I founded Cindy Bakewell Travel to do both. My Virtuoso connections and experienced airline background give me the tools to create extraordinary travel experiences that run smoothly for my clients. My biggest thrill comes from providing travel that exceeds expectations. I find that’s often achieved in the details – like a stateroom filled with flowers, or “I Love You” written in seaweed on a private beach. More than anything, I want my clients to travel knowing they have someone in their corner making sure everything is perfect. My clients have the comfort and security of knowing that I’m a member of TAANZ, IATA and Virtuoso.

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I’m always looking for ways to add WOW to your holiday. Every client’s wow is different – I take the time to get to know you so I can plan an extraordinary custom itinerary around what matters to YOU (with a few delightful surprises along the way).

Cindy Bakewell Travel

When it comes to experiencing the best in travel, it’s all about who you know. As a Virtuoso affiliated travel advisor, my clients can enjoy exclusive perks and benefits, including hotel upgrades, complimentary breakfasts, spa treatments and more. Virtuoso is partnered with over 1,800 of the world’s best luxury hotels, cruise lines and tour operators – that means you have access to preferential treatment, boutique properties and extraordinary adventure experiences not available to the general public.

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…Cindy’s passion and extensive experience bring a personal touch to travel plans and first-class service at economy rates.

Cuba and St Lucia - The Gray Family

…Everything was organised, I flew to New York was picked up by a shuttle at Newark airport and transferred to my hotel. Seven nights of wonderful excitement in New York including two theatre nights was just out of this world. From there my journey took me through Niagara Falls ( a nice drenching under the falls) Washington DC, and its museums, the Grand Canyon (by helicopter) and a drive along the Pacific Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco (in a Chevy Camaro). Not once on this 25 day journey did the planning and organisation put in by Cindy fail in fact everything worked amazingly well…

USA Sights

… Cindy Bakewell is an amazing lady and a fantastic travel broker. She organised a bucket list trip for my husband and I this year. We went to the Master’s golf in Augusta and then Las Vegas, we had a tight budget and she made everything we dreamed of come true. It was the most incredible trip. She was a massive help when my elderly father was trying to get to Coffs Harbour in Australia for my brother’s birthday, and the flight was cancelled out of Auckland once he was there. She went above and beyond to help out in a stressful situation…

US Masters - Vicki, Morgie and John

I was looking to organise a family trip for my son’s last dying dream wish. His wish was to go to America and experience everything from Disneyland to Universal Studios, from LEGOLAND to San Diego Zoo, through to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. There was a lot to organise from transfers, accommodation, theme parks and just generally making sure the whole itinerary worked taking into account my son getting tired towards the end.

Cindy did a fantastic job of organising the whole trip, everything went perfectly without a hitch, I couldn’t have asked for anything better…

“Jack’s Dream” - Kirsty Taylor – Jack’s Mum

… Cindy came round and talked to us as a family about what we wanted and what our budget was. We threw a few ideas in to a “wish list” like island hopping and other excursions and asked her to come back to us with options. She gave us a number of options and included all the day trips and excursions we had asked for within our budget. Nothing was a problem with Cindy, she was awesome!…

Hawaii Family Holiday - The Davy Family

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