New gift vouchers, a ho-ho-hotel sale, a giveaway and more!


 
 
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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!

 

 

Book your summer spot today

 
 


 
 

 
 


 

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.

 
 

Enter to win

 
 


 
 

 
 


 

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
 

 

Book your event beds now

 
 


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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.

 

Book your transfer now

 


 
 

 
 


 

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

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!

 

 

Book your EcoZip Adventure

 
 


 
 

 
 


 
 

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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Rental cars launch, a giveaway and hot holiday parks!


 
 
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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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Our guide to Auckland, 20% off Accor hotels & more!


 
 
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Hi everyone,

It’s on with the show in Auckland this winter. Why not treat yourself to a night out or a weekend away?

With 20% off Accor hotels in Auckland, you’ll be able to splash out. Dine at one of Metro magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants in Auckland for 2014, splurge at the city’s most stylish shopping districts, watch the All Blacks test match at Eden Park, or see the latest designer collections at New Zealand Fashion Week.

There’s plenty more on the events calendar too – catch a concert, discover the city’s buzzing arts scene or dress up for a night at the theatre.

We’ve also got the chance for you to win an Auckland break and the chance to see Andrea Bocelli, so grab a cuppa and have a read.

 


 
 

 
 


 

What’s on this winter

 


 

Cirque du Soleil – 22 Aug – 28 Sept

 

Cirque du Soleil is back with a spectacular new show under the Big Top at Alexandra Park. Totem follows the journey of the human species in a spellbinding performance of dazzling acrobatics that will have you on the edge of your seat.



 

All Blacks vs Australia – 23 Aug

 

Catch the All Blacks at Eden Park on 23 August as they take on our Aussie rivals in the second Bledisloe match of 2014. Get your friends and family together for another nail biting game – there’s nothing like being there.



 

New Zealand Fashion Week – 25-31 Aug

 

Soak up the glitz and glamour of New Zealand’s biggest fashion event. See the latest collections from some of our top designers and pick up beautiful clothing and accessories over Fashion Weekend, with more public events than ever before.

 

 

Check out more Auckland events

 
 


 
 

 
 


 

Up to 20% off Accor hotels in Auckland!

 

Save up to 20% with Accor hotels in Auckland this winter – that’s one hot deal.

Whatever you’re looking for, Accor has you covered with city centre, fringe and airport locations and accommodation ranging from 5-star luxury or modern convenience, to budget-friendly options. With this saving, you’ve got more to spend on the fun stuff while you’re there!

 

 

Book now and save 20%

 
 


 
 

 
 


 

Win an Auckland break to see Andrea Bocelli

 
Andrea Bocelli, the world’s most beloved tenor, will be performing one New Zealand show only at Auckland’s Vector Arena in September.

Enter the draw
and you could win a double pass to the show, plus accommodation at Mercure Auckland.

 
 

Enter the draw here

 


 


 
 

 
 


 

Retail therapy

 

Update your winter wardrobe with a shopping spree at one – or more – of Auckland’s best shopping precincts.

 


 

Get to Britomart

 

Britomart is home to the flagship stores of many of New Zealand’s top designers, including Karen Walker, Trelise Cooper and WORLD, as well as up-and-comers. Get delicious health and beauty goodies from the likes of Bobbi Brown, M.A.C. and Jo Malone, find the perfect shoes or check out the city farmers’ market on Saturdays.



 

Check out Ponsonby

 

Browse the boutiques in Auckland’s hippest suburb. Ponsonby’s stylish shops offer everything from the latest fashion and accessories to upmarket homeware and interiors. Refuel afterwards with a coffee, chilled wine or lunch at one of the great cafés and restaurants lining Ponsonby Road.

     


 

Splurge in Parnell

 

Parnell village’s shops offer a range of high-end fashion, exquisite jewellery, leather handbags and gorgeous gifts. With a number of galleries, Parnell is also a great place to choose a unique piece of art to take home with you.



 

Shop in Newmarket

 

With so many shops, Newmarket covers every style, every age and every budget. Designer boutiques carrying the latest season’s collections and affordable fashion favourites combine in Newmarket. As well as fashion, you’ll find footwear, interiors, furniture, beauty products and much more.

 


 
 

 
 


 

Jeremy Corbett’s top 5

 
Find out what Kiwi comedian Jeremy Corbett loves about the place he calls home, from climbing volcanoes and exploring the islands in the Hauraki Gulf to the city’s fantastic cafés, restaurants and bars.

 
 

Read Jeremy’s top 5

 


 


 
 
 


 
 

Auckland is a true wine destination
 

What better way to spend a few hours than sipping on fine wine overlooking the vines? Boutique wineries and vineyards dot the beautiful landscapes of Auckland’s four wine regions, including Waiheke Island, New Zealand’s very own ‘island of wine’. Join a wine tour for group tastings or explore at your own pace and indulge in a long, lazy lunch.

Find out more

 
 


 
 
 


 

Metro Top 50 Auckland Restaurants

 


When it comes to dining in Auckland, you’re spoilt for choice. If you’re having trouble deciding where to go, take a look at Metro magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants in Auckland for 2014.

There’s something for everyone, from five-star eateries to cosy cafés. Spanish tapas or succulent seafood, fancy or casual, city centre or wine country – this Top 50’s got them all.

 
 

Check out the Top 50

 
 


 
 

 
 


 
 

If you’re an Aucklander, hopefully this has inspired you to see more of your amazing region. If you’re not an Aucklander, you should check out the variety that our biggest city has to offer. 

Whatever you do, stay warm and dry and we’ll catch you next month.

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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