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…
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Win a night at Park Regis Auckland + A Whale & Dolphin Safari + Airbus tickets
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.
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.
Featured activity – EcoZip Adventures, Waiheke Island
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!
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.
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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.
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.
It’s April, which means Easter is knocking on our door. With Easter comes chocolate and a chance to get away around New Zealand, so this month we take a look at places to go and things to do, with a vaguely Easter-y theme. Have a wonderful month and enjoy the last of the warm weather!
Chocolate and Easter go together like, well, chocolate and Easter. There’s an exciting boutique chocolate industry growing all around New Zealand, as well as some cool chocolate events from the big companies. Here’s our pick of some of the best, so make them part of your trip when you visit these corners of Aotearoa.
Our team has been hard at work improving the booking experience on the Travelbug mobile site. From your phone you can search by current location and filter to find the best place to stay. You can also login using your Facebook or Trade Me account to save yourself faffing around with entering your details.
And all the great deals are there so whether you need a room for tonight or for your Christmas break, try out our mobile site!
The Whittaker’s Big Egg Hunt is in full swing across the country. The eggs are listed on Trade Me, so have a look – there are some cool designs by great artists, and all the proceeds go to Starship. If you want to win a heap of chocolate – more than one human needs – take a selfie with one of the eggs and flick it through to the team at Trade Me before Good Friday.
We’ll have a chuckle and then send the winner a big ol’ choccy hamper.
With Easter and ANZAC Day falling so close together this year, a few days of annual leave gives you a 10-day break. Make the most of this chance and stay somewhere interesting. Here are a few options for weird and wonderful accommodation on Travelbug.