Travelbug Awards 2014 – and the winners are….

It’s that time again, time to announce the winners of the Travelbug Awards for another year. If you’re new to the world of Travelbug, it’s worth me taking some time to tell you why they matter. If you’re not new, then please feel free to skip down the page to the media release that details the winners. Spoiler alert – SKYCITY Auckland won the premium award. Read more…

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Hi everyone,

We are now halfway through January, the end of the school holidays is nearing, and we still have some pretty sharp accommodation deals on offer. There are also some excellent family-friendly activity deals throughout the country, and a special family giveaway for one of Christchurch’s leading activities.

The Auckland and Wellington anniversary holidays are upon us, so we’ve profiled some popular getaway destinations to make the most of the long weekends.

See this week’s sweet deals

 


 

 


 

Anniversary weekend getaways



Whitianga

Pohutakawa-lined beaches are synonymous with the Coromandel, and by late January the crowds are thinning out. This seaside town makes a great base to explore the region and is a stone’s throw from Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. Boat and snorkelling trips leave daily from Whitianga too.



Taupo

New Zealand’s largest lake is a summer hotspot you’ll enjoy, whether it’s fishing, boating, soaking in hot pools, a round or two of golf, or hiking the Tongariro Crossing. Consider taking a boat tour to check out the Maori rock carvings too, either on a sailboat, steamboat or catamaran – oh, the options!



Wairarapa

Aside from great food and wine, Wairarapa has a load to offer. The coastline of the Wairarapa is rugged and beautiful, the coastal village of Castlepoint enjoys a safe swimming beach, Pukaha Mount Bruce is home to the only white kiwi in captivity, and no trip is complete without a visit to the Tui Brewery.

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Secret sales for January



Wellington 4.5-star hotel from $112




Hamilton 4-star hotel from $67




Auckland 5-star hotel from $134




Rotorua 4.5-star hotel from $112


 


 
 


 

Travel trends for 2014

Grab a cuppa and brace yourself for some travel trends set to hit in 2014:

Travel + Leisure 20 travel trends of 2014
Lonely Planet best value travel spots
CNN Traveller’s top 10 ethical travel list
House of Travel’s top foodie destinations
Yahoo! Travel’s value destinations of 2014


 


 
 


 

Win a tram, gondola and punting triple pass



Welcome Aboard have just unveiled their latest activity. The Triple Pass includes three iconic Christchurch attractions: the Christchurch tram, Christchurch gondola and punting. A Triple Pass ticket allows unlimited hop-on hop-off travel on the tram for one day, a return gondola trip, and a 30 minute punt ride.

Travelbug has a family pass worth $130 up for grabs. Just email and tell us the name of the river that Welcome Aboard punt on, and you’ll go in the draw to win! Enter by 26 January.

Enter here

 


 

 


 

Summer activity specials



Kids go free with Southern Discoveries

Southern Discoveries run some amazing specials for kids over the school holidays, including kids travelling free on a selection of Milford Sound cruises! If taking the kids to one of NZ’s most iconic attractions is on the cards, then book and travel by 6 February to get the specials.



Book in advance and save with Thrillseekers

Fancy some cheap thrills? If bungy, rafting, quad biking or jet boating are your thing, then Hanmer Springs may need to be on your travel plans. Book online to enjoy any of these activities and save 10% by booking a week in advance with Thrillseekers.



Book online and save 20% with GrayLine

Think you know Auckland? Well for the month of January, premium coach tour operator GrayLine are offering 20% off Auckland city tours! Choose from tours taking in Kelly Tarltons or the Sky Tower, or indulge in a bit of wine tasting on Waiheke with GrayLine.

Nab the best accommodation deals with our secret sales!

 


 

 


 

That’s all from us for now. Enjoy the rest of the month ahead and here’s to an excellent 2014!

The Travelbug team

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