Easter, ANZAC Day & school holidays


 
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Hi there,

With the year now in full swing, it’s easy to let time slip by and forget to plan for important events. Easter is two weeks away, ANZAC Day isn’t far behind and the school holidays are just around the corner too. There are plenty of reasons to get out and about and enjoy all of the things this amazing little country has to offer!

Read on to find out how to win this month’s giveaway, what events you’ll want to put in your diary, and get inspired for your next trip away.

 

 

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Win a night for two at Jet Park Hotel, Auckland

 


The award-winning Jet Park Hotel & Conference Centre is perfect for those flying into, or out of, Auckland Airport, or for those who just need a night away close to home. 

Book a stay during the autumn or winter school holidays and you’ll save 10%! To go in the draw to win a night for two at Jet Park, simply tell us how long you can park your car when you stay one night or more.

 
 

Enter to win!

 
 


 
 

 
 


 

School holidays – fun for the whole family

 

It’s not too late to book a family getaway in time for the next school holidays. Check out these family-friendly options in some of NZ’s best holiday spots.

 


 

Sea Spray Suites

 

The Sea Spray Suites are ideally situated in subtropical Northland. Being handy to family-friendly restaurants, cafes and the ferry terminal, you’re right in the hub of Northland with access to a spectacular array of adventures throughout the beautiful Bay of Islands.



 

Leisure Inn Rotorua

 

The Leisure Inn’s central location is perfect for checking out all the local attractions. Stunning natural scenery and geothermal wonders make Rotorua the ultimate destination. After a day’s exploring, you can relax in their heated swimming pool and spa!

     


 

Grand Mercure Nelson

 

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is the perfect place to escape everyday life and relax in the old world charm of a village atmosphere. With views stretching across the Waimea Inlet to the mountains of Kahurangi National Park, it’s located just a short drive from the heart of Nelson.



 

Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak

 

For those looking to get out of town and in touch with nature, Swiss-Belresort Coronet Peak is located near hiking and biking trails. It’s only 1km from the Shotover River Jet area which offers a range of adventurous activities for the whole family.

 


 
 

 
 


 

Know someone who needs a holiday?

 
You can help by giving them a Travelbug Gift Voucher. These vouchers are the perfect way to help make someone’s travel dreams a reality, and with Easter, ANZAC Day and school holidays all coming up, there couldn’t be a better time.

All you have to do is choose how much you want to spend, write a personalised note and we’ll take care of the rest. 

 
 

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Events you won’t want to miss

 
 
1 Camp Gallipoli, 24 & 25 April, Auckland
2 The Food Show, 1–3 May, Christchurch
3 Wellington Jazz Festival, 3–7 June
4 Queenstown Winter Festival, 19–28 June
5 Salute, RNZB, 24 & 25 June, Napier
 


 

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Underground treasures of the world

 

For those of you who prefer to go off the beaten track, check out these hidden gems:

 
Hidden restaurants of Paris
Underground Sydney – the VIP way
Treasure in the London Underground
Secret bars of America
Food havens: the best kept secrets in Tokyo
 
 
 


 
 
 


 

Featured activity: Beachcomber Cruises, Marlborough

 




 


 

If you’re heading down to Marlborough any time soon, take the opportunity to check out Beachcomber Cruises for a guaranteed fun day out. They offer a range of different cruises through the stunning Marlborough Sounds and Queen Charlotte Sounds. You can combine it with a walk along one of the best tracks in the world, or simply soak up the atmosphere with their "Lunch ‘N’ Cruise" option. What’s more, they cruise 364 days of the year!

 

 

Book your Beachcomber Cruise today

 
 


 
 

 
 


 

Last but not least, if you’re looking for something to do while you plan your next Travelbug adventure, try making these ANZAC biscuits by Annabel Langbein. They won’t disappoint!

That’s it for this month folks. Have a happy Easter and we will be in touch with more travel news soon. 

Cheers,
Daniel and the Travelbug Team

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Ruapehu

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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

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ASIA/PACIFIC
Singapore

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Bangkok

Bali

Phuket

Fiji (Nadi)

Tonga

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Merry Christmas from Travelbug
 


 
 

Hi travel lovers,

Hard to believe it’s the middle of December already, but we’re just 14 sleeps from Christmas and for many of you a relaxing summer break.

This month we’re thrilled to launch gift vouchers, and we’ve got fun travel stories, great summer events and more. Plus, we’ve got a sweet giveaway, so put away that wrapping paper, grab an eggnog and have a read.

But if you haven’t booked your summer accommodation, you better get cracking. It’s looking like the busiest summer season NZ has seen in a while!

 

 

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Gift vouchers now on Travelbug

 
Always stuck for the perfect gift for your loved ones? Well, be stuck no longer: Travelbug gift vouchers are here!

Whether you’re looking for a small stocking filler or something a bit bigger, why don’t you give the gift of travel this year? You’ll be the toast of the family.

They’re really easy to buy, just head to the gift voucher page, fill in the details and you’re done!

 
 

Grab a gift voucher today

 


 


 
 

 
 


 

Win a night at Park Regis Auckland + A Whale & Dolphin Safari + Airbus tickets

 

Park Regis Auckland
Our biggest city has so much to offer this summer, and we’re offering one lucky person the chance to explore the City of Sails this coming January with a prize valued at $600.

To be in with a chance to win a night for two at Park Regis Auckland plus a Whale and Dolphin Safari plus return tickets on the Airbus Express, you just need to tell us the name of their breakfast restaurant.

 
 

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Top summer events around NZ

 
1 Summer in the Square, Auckland, 10-20 Dec
2 Jetsprints, Mt Maunganui, 24 Jan
3 Nitro Circus, Wellington, 24 Jan
4 3-6-12 hr Bike Race, Queenstown, 17 Jan
5 The international Akaroa Music Festival, 9-25 Jan
 

 

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The international Akaroa Music Festival

 


 
 
 


 
 

Don’t miss out on our ho-ho-hotel deals!
 

It’s not too late to get one of our sweet Christmas sale deals including a 5-star Secret Sale Auckland hotel from just $129 per night, Kingsgate Hotel Wellington for just $99 including breakfast and many more!

Don’t miss out on our 12 days of Christmas facebook promotion – a new deal is live at 12pm each weekday.

 
 


 
 
 


 

 

Airbus Express – easy airport transfers

 


Airbus Express is Auckland’s 24 hour airport to city bus service with a direct service to/from the city stopping near most major city hotels and hostels. Airbus terminates at the Downtown Ferry Terminal next to Britomart for easy onward travel by bus, train or ferry.

Tickets are available from Airbus ticket kiosks (located at Auckland Airport), i-Sites (Auckland Intl. Airport & Princes Wharf), from the bus driver (Cash only) or online at www.airbus.co.nz

Book before 31 December and get 15% off two or more adult fares – just use the discount code TRADEME14 when you book.

 

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Travel stories from around the world

 

Here are some of our favourite nuggets from around the interwebs this month:

 
Abandoned ghost towns of the world – who doesn’t like a good scare?
Top travel destinations in 2015 – Myanmar, Mykonos and more!
The 10 least visited countries in the world – you’re sure of peace and quiet
Kiwi boutique lodges on ‘world’s best’ list – awesome luxury here in NZ 
Leave the kids behind: adults-only resorts – not "that" kind of adults only…
 


 
 

 
 


 

Featured activity – EcoZip Adventures, Waiheke Island

 

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Book EcoZip Adventures on Travelbug
 

If you’re looking for something different to do this summer, you should definitely try Waiheke’s coolest activity: EcoZip Adventures. With glorious views over vineyards, the Hauraki Gulf and 800-year-old native forest, this trip will not disappoint.

We headed there as a team recently and had a blast. With a wonderful mix of Kiwi hospitality, adrenalin-pumping action and native forest walk, this is an activity with something for everyone. Highly recommended!

 

 

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Well that’s it for this month. Don’t forget to book a room in our ho-ho-hotel sale before the end of Sunday 14 December, and make sure you buy Mum a Travelbug voucher!

Have a wonderful festive season, stay safe on the roads and we’ll see you in January.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Daniel and 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

 

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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Kia ora and happy spring!

Our HQ is in Wellington where spring has sprung with vigour. All around this wonderful country, daffodils and lambs are appearing and everything feels fresh. There’s no better time to get out and about, so in this issue we’re stoked to announce the addition of rental cars to Travelbug.

We also offer a giveaway, some cool events to head to, and we tell you our favourite choices for a Labour Weekend roadie. As it is time to book your summer break, we also feature holiday parks and the award winning Mercury Bay holiday park.

 

 

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Rental cars now live on Travelbug!

 
Need to pick up a car at Auckland Airport? How about New York’s JFK airport? Or Paris’ Gare du Nord? We are thrilled to have launched rental cars on Travelbug.

Now you can book all the major car brands including Hertz, Budget, Avis, Thrifty and many more on Travelbug with great deals. I’m so excited I’m going to book a car, I think I’ll need one at Montego Bay in Jamaica – from just $80 for a day!

 
 

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Head away for Labour Weekend

 

Are you thinking about a wee road trip for the long weekend coming up? Here are three great options for a roadie:

1. If you’re heading out of Auckland why not try the glories of the Coromandel Peninsula? There are stacks of accommodation options, historical sites and hot water beaches – more than enough fun stuff to fill a long weekend.
2. If you live in the capital and you haven’t done a ‘Rapa roadie, you’re missing out. Get over the Rimutaka hill to Martinborough, Greytown or even Lake Ferry and enjoy the wonders of wine, great food and relaxation. 
3. Live in Christchurch? Treat yourself to a drive through the Arthur’s Pass across to Kumara Junction. From there the glorious West Coast is all yours. Hokitika, Greymouth, Punakaiki and more!

 


 
 

 
 


 

Win a night at BreakFree The Waterfront, Queenstown

 


BreakFree The Waterfront offers uninterrupted views of Lake Wakatipu from every window. Is there a better way to unwind after a day in the Alps, than to retreat to the cosy comfort of your fully self-contained apartment and watch the world go by?

To be in with a chance to win a night in a 2-bedroom apartment, you just need to tell us how far away from the lake they are. Easy!

 
 

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How to find a sweet rental car deal
 

As I may have said already, we’ve now got rental cars on Travelbug. With rates from Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Hertz and more worldwide, you’re sure to find a great deal. 

To find the best deal, look out for a few key features and have a look at this Auckland airport search as an example. Read the reviews left by previous renters, look for the deals (3-day rates start to get really cheap) and watch for the inclusions. Some companies offer great added extras like free collision damage waiver, free cancellation and even free additional drivers. 

So next time you need a car – anywhere around the world – book with Travelbug and save!

 
 


 
 
 


 

Focus on: holiday parks

 

They used to be called camping grounds, but now they’re so much more. Holiday parks are possibly the greatest place to spend a good old Kiwi summer holiday and there are 140 parks all around NZ to book on Travelbug.

We asked our friends at the Holiday Parks Association to name their top five reasons why holiday parks are great, and here’s what they said:

 
Great family choice – with open spaces, plenty to do and a range of accommodation, holiday parks are fun and family friendly. Many holiday parks provide facilities to keep children entertained and busy.
Not just tents – from tent and caravan sites, to fully equipped motel units, holiday parks provide accommodation options to meet any requirements.
Authentic Kiwi experience – a holiday park is much more than just a place to stay; it is an authentic New Zealand experience. Many families choose to return every year to the same holiday park where they enjoy a special relationship with other guests and the environment.
Meet new people, or old friends – holiday parks are a great place to meet new people, and enjoy the company of like-minded travellers from New Zealand and around the world.
Great locations – our holiday parks can be found in highly desirable locations on lakes, beaches and rivers throughout NZ. Many have their own unique sights and activities both inside the park gates and outside.

 


 






 
Mercury Bay Holiday Park, Whitianga
 

Helena and Craig Stratford from the Mercury Bay Holiday Park in Whitianga won the Holiday Association of New Zealand’s top prize this year, so I gave them a call and asked them what makes them so special.

"Obviously we are!" said Helena, and from talking with her for a while I’d have to agree. Helena reckons their guests get a warm welcome and feel comfortable and safe. "We’re a small park, so people don’t feel ‘lost’," she says.

The Stratfords left a life in Wellington for the Coromandel five years ago and ended up managing the park (not something they planned on) and have never looked back. Guests at their park tend to be relaxed, easy-going and enjoy socialising and it is the sort of park where people return year after year. This year they’ve got one couple returning for their 40th year! 

If you’re keen on a camping trip in the gorgeous Coromandel, this park seems like a great choice. And what’s the hottest camping accessory this year? Craig reckons a beer fridge but Helena says LED tent lights with remotes are all the rage.

 
 


 
 

 
 


 

Top October events around NZ

 
 
1 The Dire Straits Experience
2 The Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival
3 Pink Star Walk
4 Armageddon
5 Lorde NZ Tour
 


 

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Thanks for reading, as you can tell we’re pretty thrilled that spring is here and summer is on the way.

So go on, have fun booking worldwide cars and Labour Weekend roadies. And do make sure you get to one of our amazing holiday parks this year, you’ll have a blast.

Cheers – Daniel and the Travelbug team

 

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Travelbug and BookIt first to accept China Union Pay online in NZ

New Zealand tourism operators can now be better prepared for the growing number of Chinese tourists as Trade Me’s booking engine, BookIt, on Thursday becomes the first local online booking engine to accept payment via China Union Pay cards.

China Union Pay is the leading card scheme in China, with more than 3.1 billion cards in circulation. Nine out of every ten credit cards issued in China is Union Pay branded.

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Win this winter! Winter getaways, winter giveaways & winter events…

 
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Happy July everyone,

The snow has been falling and the ski fields are open so there are happy ski operators all around the country. This month's newsletter is wall-to-wall winter with a photo comp, great places to stay for a romantic winter getaway and more.

Plus, back by popular demand is a 'Find Trevor' competition. So grab a hot chocolate, settle in and enjoy!

 


 

 


 
Winter photo competition – win a $500 voucher!

Send in your New Zealand winter snaps and the best will go in the draw to win a $200 Travelbug voucher. Make sure they are nice, crisp and interesting, and you could win enough for a wonderful night away anywhere in NZ.

Here's a winner from a previous compettion. Think you can do better? Send in your winning snap today.

Email us your photo to go in the draw. The draw will take place on Friday 1 August and the winner will be advised by email.

Send us your snap today



 


 

 


 
Super ski field accommodation

When you've been hitting the slopes all day, the last thing you want is a bad night's sleep. Below are four cracking choices for post-slope slumber that we think you'll enjoy.

 


 



Skotel Alpine Resort



Swiss Belresort Coronet Peak



Cardrona Hotel



Terrace Downs Resort

 


 

 


 
Win a night at a VR hotel



VR Hotels are driven by giving people the freedom to create their own personal VR. Guest rooms are stylish and comfortable, VR people are friendly and upbeat and VR pricing represents great value for money.

To be in with a chance to win a night at the VR Hotel of your choice, find Trevor the Travelbug in the photos of one of the VR Hotels and email us where he is.

Find Trevor and win!

 


 

 


 
Winter snuggle-spot

Like the song says, "baby it's cold outside". Are you looking for a spot to take your beloved this winter? Try one of these places around New Zealand which all have fireplaces and cosy spots to enjoy a sneaky cuddle to help warm up your winter.



Bushland Park Lodge & Retreat

Whangamata
This looks like the very definition of cosy, with a roaring fire and an outdoor private clawfoot bath.



Atea – Seaside Hideaway

Waiheke Island
Not just "the perfect place to go when you just don't want to be found", but the ideal Waiheke snuggle-spot.



Mangapapa Petit Hotel

Havelock North
Historic homestead? Check. Luxury suites? Check. 12-course degustation dining? Check. Suits you!



Riverrun

Wanaka
Private and tranquil with roaring fires, luxury furnishings and a gorgeous setting. What more could you want?

 


 

 


 
Winter football extravaganza

 


 


 


 

If the big global soccer event (we can't name it) got you excited, you should be heading to Auckland (23 July), Wellington (26 July), or Dunedin (22 July) to enjoy the atmosphere at the Football United Tour.

The mighty Wellington Phoenix will be taking on Premier League sides West Ham and Newcastle, and Sydney's Newcastle United. It's the first time two Premier League sides have played here in this sort of event, so be part of the action.

There are a few rooms left in each city, so secure your room before it's too late.

Book your football accommodation today

 


 
 


 
Events for the chilly months

Whether you're a fan of the snow or not, there are loads of events over the next couple of months that will have you embracing this season, no matter what the weather Gods bring.

NZ Art Show (25 – 27 Jul)
Disney on Ice (30 Jul – 2 Aug)
The Food Show (31 Jul – 3 Aug)
NZ Alpine Nationals (17 – 18 Aug)
DNA Gay Ski Week QT (30 Aug – 6 Sep)

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Thanks for reading our winter-themed newsletter. Make sure you send us your winter snaps to be in to win. Until next time, stay warm, stay dry and stay safe.

Cheers,

Daniel and 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

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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