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•New Zealand


•Cook Islands
•Costa Rica
•South Africa

Ashley, a Tucson native, began traveling in college with her first international trip to Brazil. Falling in love with the people, food, culture, and travel experience, she was hooked. During her senior year at the University of Arizona she studied in Orvieto, Italy where she was able to travel all over the country (and continent). Upon graduation she has been teaching middle school and high school Latin at a local school. Using her knowledge of students, travelling, and history, she has planned and escorted several group trips for students including Italy, Spain, Canada, and Washington D.C. She spends her spring breaks, summer breaks, and fall breaks travelling both nationally and internationally. When she’s not traveling she enjoys exploring the city of Tucson with her friends.

What Our Customers Are Saying
Nancy is a delight to work with!
"When Nancy said she was an expert, she wasn’t kidding. Every detail worked the way it was supposed to work. She got us to all of the places we thought we should go, and then added things we never would have thought of, and would have missed dearly had we not gone there. Nancy is a delight to work with, and is someone we know we can count on to make our travels special.
Kathy and Jerry Barkan, Partners
Your Piece of History, LLC

We couldn’t have been happier!
"I have had the pleasure of having Nancy Purdin of New Zealand Explorations arrange personal trips for me for more than 10 years. My wife and I used her to
arrange our recent trip to New Zealand to do some wine tasting and to
experience the local cuisine. We could not have been happier with the outcome.
Nancy’s planning far exceeded our expectations.
Will Cosby
DVP, Western Divison
The Hertz Corporation

Our Expertise
With over 30years in the travel industry, we’ve been fortunate to have traveled the world. From many visits to New Zealand and the entire Pacific Rim, to jungle excursions in Central America, to safaris in South Africa, we have done it all. We can take you to those off-the-beaten path places most don’t know about, and can give you the experience of a lifetime.

About Nancy
Nancy startted her travel career over 30 years ago in a highly sophisticated and large travel agency in Little Rock, Arkansas called Poe Travel. After spending 8 years there as the manager of their international department, she traveled to Arizona, then Colorado, and then finally back to Tucson to start her own travel company in 1988.

From those many years in the travel business has emerged a passion for her favorite places in the world. When asked for her “favorite” place, there’s not an easy answer. New Zealand in oh-so-many ways fits that bill, but she also loves Australia, Fiji, Belize, Costa Rica and South Africa, having traveled to all many times. She lived in Germany for 3 years and traveled extensively throughout Europe and goes back from time to time to renew her love for that part of the world as well. Nancy believes that travel is an adventure, meant to broaden your mind and your heart, and hopes all she helps with their travel arrangements comes back with renewed appreciation of the world we live in.


Although new to the travel industry, Debbie is not new to cruising. She’s been to Alaska’s Inside Passage, Mexican Riviera, Eastern Caribbean and the Western Caribbean aboard Princess, Norwegian and Carnival cruise lines. She enjoys creating a fabulous vacation, whether it be just for a cozy couple of two or a group celebrating a special occasion.

Debbie has lived in England and several Air Force Bases in the United States and believes that brought on the desire to travel. She’s been living in Arizona since July, 1971, and calls Tucson home.
She likes to ride a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, and keeps busy by volunteering and fostering for two dog rescues.