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Bryce Read

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Bryce has travelled the world extensively and has shared his expertise as a Travel Agent for the past 25 years. In partnership with his eclectic top tips and personal must dos, Bryce uses his favourite sights, unique accommodation spots, and food and wine experiences to create travel itineraries of the highest level for his clients. He’ll also carefully select the best airfares, hotels, custom-made excursions, tours and cruises across the globe to form inspired holiday packages unique to each traveller. Bryce works closely with you to create your perfect, once-in-a-lifetime custom holiday to your requirements. He believes it’s important to seek out the most memorable experiences and grasp the opportunities that come your way. So, what are you waiting for?

As an independent broker, I work for you and am here to turn your dream holiday into a reality – no matter your style, timeframe, or budget.


The Travel Co. (formerly OE Travel) have been trading and helping people travel since 1998. We are independent brokers who work for you to find the best solution to your travel needs according to your style, timeframe and budget.


We will always source the best travel arrangements for your needs. As a stand-alone operator within Travel Managers Group we are not aligned to any one supplier or airline so are free to secure what suits your needs, not what makes a sales budget or target. We are TAANZ bonded.


We won the “Outstanding Achievement” award from the Travel Managers Group in 2014, also gaining Top 10 status (from over 200 fellow brokers). In 2015 we were awarded the Fiji Air prize for achievement, we know the Pacific!


The Travel Co. are brokers working with New Zealand’s largest travel brokerage – The Travel Managers Group Limited. We source all travel products and can make any travel arrangements for you. Use our experience to make yours better.

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Paige Devereux
Paige Devereux
Bryce arranged a fantastic trip for my husband and I around the west coast of the USA including LA, San Fran and Seattle. We also went inland to the Yosemite National Park which was stunning and to Alaska to watch the northern lights - staying in glass roof 'igloos'. We ended our trip in Vancouver, Canada snowboarding in Whistler for a few days. Bryce managed to fit so much into our holiday and we ticked off all of our must-do's. And within our budget! We also stayed at incredible hotels organised by Bryce, the best being Fairmont Chateau in Whistler.
Jackson Van Interiors
Jackson Van Interiors
Take any worries out of organising your trips and just enjoy knowing everything is planned to perfection.
Chloe Williams
Chloe Williams
Bryce has been our Family travel 'go to Guy' for many years. He does a great job, attentive and thorough. We have recommended him to our friends. He always provides ample options and sticks to the budget but also goes above and beyond and provides extra's for comparisons. Looking forward to being able to get out about into the world again and will definitely be calling Bryce!
Ben Pearson
Ben Pearson
Bryce is a fantastic travel agent and definitely someone who you want in your corner. I've always counted on Bryce to give us a great experience, even at short notice.
Jessica Barr
Jessica Barr
Goes above and beyond when planning holidays. Gives lots of options to accommodate budget. We go through Bryce everytime we plan a holiday.
Stuart Matheson
Stuart Matheson
Bryce made planning the Sth Island Holiday easy and took all the stress out of hiring cars and just made the holiday great. Definitely will use your services again as the world opens up Cheers Stuart and Jacqui
Vanessa Graham
Vanessa Graham
Bryce is knowledgeable and friendly and was able to help me put together a trip in NZ fitting to a budget, whilst meeting some specific requirements. I would recommend Bryce for any trips you may be planning, be it local or further afield as he knows all the good spots to check out!
Steve Fitzhugh
Steve Fitzhugh
Bryce helped me plan a trip round the South Island. I was really impressed at the level of detail he went to, to make sure every transition, accomodation and activity worked really well together. Thanks Bryce
Bryce Read
Bryce Read
Great advice and friendly tips as well as an amazing itinerary that met and exceeded expectations!

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Travel Co was approached by clients who were going to Australia to visit family, but they also wanted to travel across several states for some unforgettable experiences. Bryce worked closely with them to create a holiday package that incorporated some of the top tours and accommodations in Australia. 

Their trip started in Adelaide, where they went straight to a private winery tour in the Adelaide Hills straight after landing. This experience is completely customisable, and customers can choose which types of wine they’d like to taste, or they can select to taste gin or craft beers instead. They can also choose to have lunch at the coast or a vineyard. 

The clients requested to stay somewhere central, so they could catch up with family during office hours. Bryce booked them into the beautifully restored Hotel Treasury Adelaide. The hotel is recognised by UNESCO and reflects Adelaide’s architectural beauty. 

It’s also surrounded by incredible landmarks such as the Town Hall, Victoria Square and the General Post Office and is perfectly placed for shopping within walking distance of Adelaide’s Central Market, the southern hemisphere’s largest covered food market, and Rundle Mall. 

After a few days in Adelaide, their next stop was Coonawarra and the Limestone Coast wine region for a private two-night adventure. Highlights included accommodation at the historic Delgattie Estate, lunch at the Royal Oak Hotel (Australia’s oldest hotel, built in 1848), exclusive winemaker behind-the-scenes talks and tours, a Mayura Station Wagyu dinner (one of Australia’s biggest exporters of Wagyu beef), and soaking in the local flora and fauna. As this tour was just for them, it was very flexible and they could amend as they wanted during each day.

Enroute to Darwin, they were transported on one of the most iconic train trips in the world – The Ghan – which departs Darwin and calls into Alice Springs and Uluru. The Ghan has luxury sleeper cabins with the best of Australian food and beverages onboard. After arriving in Darwin, The Travel Co had organised a rental car for the clients, which they used to visit family and stay for seven nights at a resort on the water’s edge. Their final stop was Brisbane, where they spent a week catching up with family before heading back home. 

The Travel Co can help put together a package that offers you a unique experience close to home. Make the most of visiting family – Bryce will put together an itinerary that not only ensures you spend time with your loved ones but also that you have a trip to remember forever!


A retired couple visited The Travel Co after the company was recommended to them by friends as ‘experienced specialists of South East Asia’. The couple had planned to visit Vietnam and take a boat trip on the Mekong and were open to suggestions. 

Travel consultant Bryce met with them to understand what they wanted out of their trip, if there were any regions of interest, what their thoughts were on the level of cultural immersion and interaction, and what their accommodation needs and provisional budgets were.

Based on the information gathered, Bryce signed them up for an exclusive group tour visiting Vietnam and Cambodia. The tour was a good mix of guided activities and free time and included local guides throughout Vietnam, boutique level accommodations and – best of all – it supported local communities. 

As Bryce has over 20 years’ personal travel experience, he suggested adding Laos to the itinerary because he was drawn to its unspoilt wilderness on his visits. The couple accepted his recommendation, and this leg was added to the trip. 

After the holiday, the couple returned with a glowing testimonial: “Every day was wow – we said it surely can’t be more wow tomorrow, but you know what? It was!”. When asked if Laos was worth adding to the itinerary, they said “Absolutely, 100%, not a moment of regret”. 

It’s okay if you’re not sure of where you want to go. An idea and vision are all you need to have the perfect holiday planned. The Travel Co will make suggestions to help make your trip one to remember. 


The Travel Co’s clients got in touch because they wanted to make their dream of travelling across the USA a reality. They asked for two things: to stay at iconic boutique hotels and to have typical all-American experiences as they take in the sights and visit old friends.  

The Travel Co started the clients’ journey by flying them to Houston where they stayed at the iconic Sam Houston Hotel, a building built in 1924 and which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Next was Chicago, in the classy Ritz Carlton with a view of Lake Michigan. They also had the opportunity to indulge at restaurants specialising in the areas classic Italian Steakhouse, handmade pasta and house-dried meats.  

After, they headed to New York by train in Business Class and stayed at the eclectic Smyth Hotel in Tribeca, one of New York’s original residential neighbourhoods. To truly immerse themselves in New York culture, they had front row seats at the New York Yankees game at the Yankee stadium and attended the men’s quarterfinal at the US Tennis Open in Flushing Meadows. 

The Travel Co then organised to have the clients fly from central Manhattan to the north of Canada by private helicopter so they could catch up with friends for a few days. On the way back home, they stopped over in Tokyo where they stayed at the Park Hyatt Hotel, which was made popular in the movie ‘Lost in Translation’. They also visited Kyoto on the bullet train, and enjoyed the old imperial capital and cultural heart of Japan while staying at traditional ryokan accommodation and experiencing the onsen baths. 

The Travel Co understands flexibility is important when it comes to travel plans. Whether you’re looking to visit friends while fitting in some sights, or you’re looking to visit different continents, Bryce will work with you to create a fully customisable itinerary tailored to suit your budget and needs.


“So much to do with so little time” is a saying true for many travellers, especially if they’re planning on settling down and starting a family. This was certainly the case for a Travel Co client that had a list of 19 things they wanted to see across the East Coast of the United States of America and Canada over the Christmas and New Year period. 

While it may seem like a big task, Bryce got to work to help the clients bring to life their dream itinerary. After only five hours, he had compiled a 16-page itinerary that included 18 of the activities the client wanted to do.

In the USA, their adventures included staying at the iconic Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, travelling through the backcountry via the Grand Canyon, exploring Route 66, Yosemite National Park and Joshua Tree National Park, visiting Sin City itself – Las Vegas, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and flying to Seattle to explore the cities space highlights.

As for Canada, they started their trip with a sightseeing tour in Vancouver and stayed at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, which was built in the roaring twenties and has been meticulously restored, a beautiful art deco property. They then headed to Whistler for a skiing trip and stayed at one of Canada’s most spectacular properties, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. 

Not only were The Travel Co able to construct a three-week itinerary packed full of activities based on the customer’s bucket list, but also booked a direct flight back home, so no backtracking. Nine months later, the clients had their first child – another goal ticked off the bucket list!

No matter what your travel goals are, or what stage of life you’re in, The Travel Co can help you craft the perfect adventure. Everything will be taken care of – all you need to do is bring your passport and enjoy your trip away.

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