Indulgent holiday or something out of the ordinary?

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Hi travellers,
In the mood for an indulgent weekend away? Ever wondered what it would be like to spend the night in a teepee or an old jailhouse? Whatever accommodation you’re into, you’ll find it on Travelbug.
This month you’ve got the chance to win two tickets to Waiheke Island’s EcoZip Adventures! Read on to find out how to win and start exploring hotels, motels and more for your next mini-break.

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Two EcoZip Adventures tickets to be won! 

Be in to win two tickets to EcoZip Adventures on Waiheke Island, valued at $238. See the sights from three giant, state-of-the-art flying fox ziplines and an eco-immersive forest walk. Suitable for nature lovers of all ages.

To enter, email us the name of the Waiheke Island listing you’ll find further down in this newsletter.

Enter to win EcoZip tickets




Time to indulge…








Chatterley Manor Peppers Bluewater Resort Hereweka Garden Retreat
Christchurch Lake Tekapo Dunedin
From $220 From $110 From $280









Chic Vacation Homes The Dome The Martinborough Hotel
Waiheke Island Napier Martinborough
From $129 From $300 From $150




Jailhouse? Caravan? Wagon? Take your pick!








Jailhouse Accommodation Wacky Stays Warwick House
Christchurch Kaikoura Nelson
From $33 From $199 From $139









Classic Caravan Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort The Woolshed
Martinborough Taupo Cambridge
From $80 From $85 From $165




Five upcoming events around the country

1 Christchurch Arts Festival

27 Aug–20 Sep, Christchurch

2 New Zealand Fashion Week

28–30 Aug, Auckland

3 Gay Ski Week QT

29 Aug–5 Sep, Queenstown

4 The Food Show

4–6 Sep, Wellington

5 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

10 Sep, Rotorua



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Wherever you end up travelling to over the next month, take it easy and we’ll be back in touch soon with more inspiring getaway ideas.

Cheers,

Daniel & the Travelbug team

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New Zealand Destinations

International Destinations

NORTH ISLAND
Auckland

Northland

Paihia

Coromandel

Bay of Plenty

Rotorua

Waikato

Hamilton

Gisborne

Ruapehu

Lake Taupo

Taranaki

New Plymouth

Hawke’s Bay

Napier

Wellington

Manawatu-Wanganui

Palmerston North

Wairarapa

Martinborough

SOUTH ISLAND
Nelson

Marlborough

Picton

Blenheim

West Coast

Christchurch

Canterbury

Hanmer Springs

Kaikoura

Fiordland

Queenstown

Lake Wanaka

Otago

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Phuket

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Get $10 off every booking throughout July and a chance to win a family pass to Tamaki Maori Village


 
 
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Hi travellers,

With snow falling thick and fast, this is the time to book your ski holiday if you haven’t already. Whether you’re skiing at Turoa, Whakapapa, Mt Hutt, Treble Cone or Coronet Peak, we’ve got heaps of great ski accommodation on Travelbug.

Plus all bookings made in July get $10 off, so it’s a great time to book your Travelbug holiday.

If you’re planning a trip to Rotorua sometime soon, our friends at Tamaki Maori Village are offering one of our lucky readers a complimentary family pass. Read on to find out how you can win.

 

 

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See you later booking fees

 
To celebrate the removal of our booking fees, we’re giving you $10 off every booking you make in July (simply enter the discount code NOFEES during the booking process).

Plus, you’ll go in the draw to win back the value of your booking (up to $1,000) in Travelbug credit.

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Skiing in the north?

 
 


 






The Hobbit Motorlodge Tussock Grove Hotel Waimarama Fishing Lodge
Ohakune Ohakune Turangi
From $32 From $142 From $295
 


 
 
 


 






National Park Backpackers The Powderhorn Chateau The Old Courthouse B&B
Ruapehu Ohakune Ruapehu
From $28 From $240 From $120
 


 
 

 
 


 

… or hitting the southern slopes?

 
 


 






St Arnaud House Rakaia Villas Kinloch Lodge
Nelson Lakes Mt Hutt Queenstown
From $185 From $295 From $35
 


 
 
 


 






Cardrona Hotel Dairy Private Luxury Hotel Arrowfield Apartments
Wanaka Queenstown Arrowtown
From $185 From $465 From $250
 


 
 

 
 


 

Win a family pass to Rotorua’s famous Tamaki Maori Village

 




 


 

Treat your family to an authentic, cultural experience they won’t forget. The team at Tamaki Maori Village are offering one of our lucky readers a complimentary family pass worth $280. Located in Rotorua, this unique experience offers an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling and hangi feasting.

To go in the draw to win, email us the name of your favourite Rotorua listing on Travelbug. Get your entry in before Wednesday 22 July and we’ll notify the winner on Friday 24 July. Terms and conditions apply*.

 

 

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Take care out there folks and enjoy the snow!

Daniel & the Travelbug team
www.travelbug.co.nz

 

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*Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not redeemable for cash. Beverages are not included. Reservations are required as show demands vary, voucher can only be used once. Payment will be required if any other guests are attending.

 
 


 
 
New Zealand Destinations

 
International Destinations

 
NORTH ISLAND
Auckland

 

Northland

 

Paihia

 

Coromandel

 

Bay of Plenty

 

Rotorua

 

Waikato

 

Hamilton

 

Gisborne

 

Ruapehu

Lake Taupo

 

Taranaki

 

New Plymouth

 

Hawke’s Bay

 

Napier

 

Wellington

 

Manawatu-Wanganui

 

Palmerston North

 

Wairarapa

 

Martinborough

SOUTH ISLAND
Nelson

 

Marlborough

 

Picton

 

Blenheim

 

West Coast

 

Christchurch

 

Canterbury

 

Hanmer Springs

 
Kaikoura

 

Fiordland

 

Queenstown

 

Lake Wanaka

 

Otago

 

Dunedin

 

Southland

ASIA/PACIFIC
Singapore

 

Hong Kong

 

Bangkok

 

Bali

 

Phuket

 

Fiji (Nadi)

 

Tonga

 

Rarotonga

 
AUSTRALIA
Sydney

 

Melbourne

 

Gold Coast

 

Brisbane

 

Perth

 
EUROPE
London

 

Paris

 

Rome

 

Venice

 

Florence

 

Barcelona

 

Edinburgh

 
USA
New York

 

Honolulu

 

San Francisco

 

Los Angeles

 

Miami

 

Vancouver

 

Las Vegas

 
 
 


 
 
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If you’re planning to travel anywhere in New Zealand between now and September, and want a great deal on your accommodation, you’re in luck.

Our Super Sale started today. Participating operators all around the country are offering up to 60% off accommodation if you book through Travelbug.

This offer ends at midnight on 18 May, so get in quick!

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Travelbug Awards 2015 – Announcement

Hi folks,

It’s time to announce the annual Travelbug Awards. As they’re a little late this year, I’ll cut right to the chase – please join me in congratulating the team at IBIS Wellington who have taken out the top Platinum award!

And, in case you’re new to Travelbug, these Awards are one of the ways in which we recognise New Zealand accommodation operators who have done an outstanding job over the last 12 months in terms of number of bookings and the quality of their guest reviews.

So, well done to all of the operators who have won a Travelbug award this year and thank you to all of the Travelbug customers who placed a review. Your effort keeps other travelers well informed.

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Travelbug Awards 2015 – Press Release

Top result for IBIS Wellington

It was a close competition this year, but IBIS Wellington came up trumps, taking first place in the Trade Me Travelbug awards. This means that IBIS was rated higher by guests than any other commercial accommodation provider listed on Travelbug across the country.

“It’s an award to be hugely proud of, especially as it’s a competition between all of Travelbug’s listings nationwide”, says Trade Me’s Head of Travel, Daniel Bridges.

IBIS Wellington’s Hotel Manager, Colin McClean, said the news of the win was very well received and he’ll be celebrating with his team to congratulate them all on living up to the company’s values of always putting the customer first. “We’re absolutely delighted with this win and look forward to striving to win it again next year!” says Mr McClean.

Leith Valley Touring Park in Dunedin earned a Best in Region award this year, showing the increased quality and popularity of holiday parks.

It’s not all about luxury hotels

Like last year, we’ve seen a wide range of accommodation types do incredibly well in the Travelbug awards.

The Cambridge Hotel in Wellington deserves a special mention here. Famous for their free Kiwi BBQ on Wednesdays and a breakfast menu that features $3 eggs on toast, this heritage backpacker has won a Platinum award for the fourth year in a row!

“We’ve been in the business of providing excellent value for money for some time now and we love it. We have a lot of repeat guests so we know we have the right model of environment, service and value for money!” says The Cambridge Hotel’s General Manager Finnbarr Kerr-Newell.

Wellington takes the lead, again

For the second year running, Wellington has claimed more Platinum awards than any other region.

In the ‘Top Reviewed’ award category, properties in Canterbury and the Wairarapa gained the highest number of 100% ‘thumbs up’ ratings from their guests.

What travelers really want

The three things that we see consistently in reviews by travelers is that people place a high value the simple things – friendly staff, clean rooms and comfortable beds. This is across the board for all accommodation types. “As a member of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand, who are tasked with providing an amazing visitor experience as part of the Tourism 2025 framework, we’re really proud of the calibre of hotels, motels, lodges and backpackers that we have on our site and this year’s awards prove that the standard of accommodation that they’re providing is second to none”, says Trade Me’s Daniel Bridges.

The roll of honour

Total Travelbug winners in each category:

Platinum Property (14 winners)

Gold Property (72 winners)

Best in Region (18 winners)

Best in District (62 winners)

100% Guest Rating (267 winners)

Top 5 Travelbug Platinum winners:

Ibis Hotel, Wellington

High Street Living Motel, Picton

Aaron Court Motor Inn, Hamilton

Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North

Greerton Motor Inn, Tauranga

Travelbug Platinum Award winners:

Ibis Hotel, Wellington

High Street Living Motel, Picton

Aaron Court Motor Inn, Hamilton

Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North

Greerton Motor Inn, Tauranga

The Cambridge Hotel, Wellington

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Queenstown

Astelia Apartment Hotel, Wellington

Abel Tasman Stables Accommodation, Abel Tasman

Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Wairakei Resort, Taupo

Quality Hotel Parnell, Auckland

Shoreline Motel, Napier

The Victoria Hotel, Dunedin

Travelbug ‘Best in Region’ award winners:

Leith Valley Touring Park, Dunedin

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park Wairarapa, Masterton

Central Park Motel, Whitianga

Parkside Lodge, Napier

Suncourt Hotel & Conference Centre, Taupo

Timandra Motel, New Plymouth

Abel Tasman Stables Accommodation, Abel Tasman

Leisure Inn, Rotorua

Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Queenstown

Ossies Motels and Chalets, Ohakune

Heritage Highway Motel, Hokitika

Greerton Motor Inn, Tauranga

Mediterranean Motel, Kaikoura

Distinction Hotel, Palmerston North

Aaron Court Motor Inn, Hamilton

High Street Living Motel, Picton

The Thorndon Hotel Wellington – by Rydges, Wellington

Oakwood Manor, Auckland Airport

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Contact: Head of Trade Me Travel, Daniel Bridges, Email daniel@trademe.co.nz,
Ph. 021 896 186

About Travelbug:

Travelbug is part of Trade Me. We provide an easy way for Kiwis to book accommodation throughout New Zealand. For the largest number of hotels, motels and more, local support from a Wellington based team, and a website that lets you compare prices over 10 days, visit travelbug.co.nz.

The annual Travelbug Awards have been running for five years and are highly regarded in the industry. There are five award categories and to win an award, a property needs to have met criteria for booking numbers, number of reviews placed and quality of reviews.

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Hi travellers,

There are lots of amazing travel options in store for you this month, including last minute bookings for ANZAC weekend, a special steam train excursion, some luxury destinations for those of you in the mood for something a little different, and a deal on rental cars! But first, a competition…

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Last minute ANZAC weekend bookings

There’s still time to book a weekend away over ANZAC weekend. Check out these great options:









Decks of Paihia The Cove – Lake Taupo Southpacific Motel
Paihia Taupo Whangamata
From $175 From $160 From $144









Joya Garden & Villa Studios The Hermitage Hotel BreakFree The Point
Nelson Aoraki Mount Cook Village Queenstown
From $90 From $245 From $99




Featured activity: Steam Incorporated, Paekakariki







If you’re looking for something special to do on ANZAC Day and happen to be near Palmerston North, Steam Incorporated are running a special excursion from Palmy to Wellington. It also coincides with the opening of the new National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

Book your steam train excursion today




In the mood for a little luxury?

Have a look at these beauties:









The Sounds Retreat Azur Lodge Tihi Retreat
Picton Queenstown Rotorua
From $750 From $1265 From $850




Great deal on rental cars

If you need a car to go with your accommodation, book one now through our Rental Cars facility and pay a special low deposit from only $20. Offer ends on 30 April, so be quick! Terms and conditions apply*.




Events for your calendar

1 The Great NZ Food Show

22–24 May, Hamilton
2 Sleeping Beauty on Ice

From 16 June, Christchurch and more
3 Queenstown Winter Festival

19–28 June, Queenstown
4 Ohakune Mardi Gras

27 June, Ohakune
5 Disney on Ice – Dare to Dream

29 July, Wellington
 

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That’s it for another month. Happy travels and we look forward to receiving your feedback in our survey!

Cheers,
Daniel and the Travelbug Team

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*Terms and conditions: Reduced Deposit applies to bookings made at least six weeks in advance of pickup. Outstanding balance taken four weeks before pickup. Offer ends 30 April, 2015. Deposit amounts vary depending on the car type and total price of car, are non-refundable and will be clearly illustrated on screen during the booking process where applicable. All prices shown in $ are in currency NZD.


New Zealand Destinations

International Destinations

NORTH ISLAND
Auckland

Northland

Paihia

Coromandel

Bay of Plenty

Rotorua

Waikato

Hamilton

Gisborne

Ruapehu

Lake Taupo

Taranaki

New Plymouth

Hawke’s Bay

Napier

Wellington

Manawatu-Wanganui

Palmerston North

Wairarapa

Martinborough

SOUTH ISLAND
Nelson

Marlborough

Picton

Blenheim

West Coast

Christchurch

Canterbury

Hanmer Springs

Kaikoura

Fiordland

Queenstown

Lake Wanaka

Otago

Dunedin

Southland

ASIA/PACIFIC
Singapore

Hong Kong

Bangkok

Bali

Phuket

Fiji (Nadi)

Tonga

Rarotonga

AUSTRALIA
Sydney

Melbourne

Gold Coast

Brisbane

Perth

EUROPE
London

Paris

Rome

Venice

Florence

Barcelona

Edinburgh

USA
New York

Honolulu

San Francisco

Los Angeles

Miami

Vancouver

Las Vegas


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