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.

 
 

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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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Eggstravaganza, a giveaway & chocolate travel

 
 
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Hi there,

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!

 

 

Find a great Easter break on Travelbug

 
 


 
 

 
 


 

Find Trevor and win!

 
StayWell Hospitality Group launched into the NZ market in December 2013 with five hotels between Auckland and Dunedin. Book a stay by 20 April at any of their hotels and save 25%!

To be in with a chance to win a night at the NZ StayWell hotel of your choice, find Trevor the Travelbug in the photos of one of the Staywell hotels and email us where he is.

 
 

Find Trevor at one of these hotels

 

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Chocolate travel – it’s a great way to see NZ

 

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.

 
Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, 12-18 July
Wellington Chocolate Factory
Silky Oak Chocolate, Napier
Makana Confections
Bennetts of Mangawhai
 

Wellington Chocolate Factory
 
 


 
 
 


 

Our mobile site is better than ever

 
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!

 
 

Check out our mobile site

 

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Join The Big Egg Hunt!

 

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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.

 
 

See the Whittakers Big Egg Hunt auctions

 
 


 
 

 
 


 

Stay somewhere eggcentric this Easter

 

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.

 

Old convent

 

Get thee to a nunnery

 

Whether you want to solve a problem like Maria, or just stay in an amazing place, this old convent will suit you just fine.


Woodlyn Park

 

Planes, trains and hobbit holes

 

One of our favourites. After you’ve caved and rafted in Waitomo, rest up for the next day’s action in one of these wacky rooms.

     

Circa60

 

Get your retro on in Martinborough

 

Martinborough is cool anytime, but this place takes cool to new heights. Make sure you take your martini supplies.


Mudcastle

 

Claim your throne in this mudcastle

 

Want to act out your own personal Game of Thrones? Try this castle on for size. I’ll be Jon Snow, you can be Joffrey!

 


 
 

 
 


 
 

Thanks for putting up with the awful puns. Have a great April, a wonderful Easter and get out around this gorgeous country of ours!

Cheers,

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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Cricket, dodgy decisions and fake travel reviews

There are two things that confuse me at the moment: why the Indian cricket team still don’t allow the decision review system (DRS) and why sites like Trip Advisor still allow unverified reviews. Both are examples of not using systems that exist to make things better for everyone. An unusual subject link, but bear with me.

Twelve months out from the 2015 Cricket World Cup, and with India touring New Zealand at the moment, I recently watched the highlights of NZ’s glorious victory over Australia at Eden Park at the 1992 World Cup. As I watched, I was taken aback at some of the poor decisions the players had to put up with. The most glaring examples were a dodgy LBW decision and a run out that I’m sure would these days be adjudged “not out” by the third umpire. here you see Dean Jones just making his ground before Ian Smith smashed the stumps:

Out or not? Hard to say with no third umpire...

Out or not? Hard to say with no third umpire…

 

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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…

New year, new short breaks …

 
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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.

Find more deals

 


 

 


 

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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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)

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Arrowtown and Wanaka – hidden gems of New Zealand

Last month I visited Arrowtown and Wanaka for the first time. All for work but it was hard to miss the amazing scenery and even in meetings, spectacular views were found from almost every office window.

 

Arrowtown is a charming riverside town steeped in gold mining history. Well-preserved cute cottages and overhanging shop fronts reminiscent of an old western town is the main drawcard but the best way to explore this area is to hire a bike from Arrowtown bike hire and discover both the town and surrounding nature at a leisurely pace.

 

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Hello New Zealand!

A long weekend is finally upon us, and summer is just around the corner – sweet!

Now is the perfect time to plan that summer holiday break, or nab a last minute long weekend deal. Whether it's a camping ground in the far North, or a motel in the deep South, we have you covered. In fact Travelbug has the greatest range of New Zealand accommodation bookable on one website.

This month we unveil some cool functionality designed to make bookings even easier. Plus, we showcase a handful of New Zealand's award winning tourism activities. And if you are after a secret hotel deal for the whole family, you are in luck!

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Plan your trip with our shortlist feature, save that shortlist across any device and share it with friends. Easy!

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Secret sale deals – book by 31 October!


Auckland from $109

Auckland from $109


Awesome family deal! Sleeps 2 adults & 2 kids, includes breakfast and a free drink. Close to Eden Park and the Zoo – valid for travel till 31 May 2014.


Wellington from $112

Wellington from $112


This 4.5-star hotel has great reviews, is super central and easy to get to for those travelling in and out of the capital. Deal valid for travel till 26 Jan 2014.


Rotorua from $104

Rotorua from $104


With free parking and free Wi-Fi, this 4.5-star Rotorua hotel is a bargain! Kids stay free too. Super handy location. Deal valid for travel till 31 May 2014.


Queenstown from $102

Queenstown from $102


This 4.5-star Queenstown hotel is five minutes' walk to all the action. Parking is $10 per night. Deal valid for travel till 27 Jan 2014.

 


 
 


 

This month's quick travel reads

How to take better travel photos
What is the world's best passport?
Top Halloween alternatives for travellers
The reclining airline seat debate
Five top history roadie stops in the North

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Spirit of Queenstown


Visit the Southern Discoveries website

Premier tourism operator Southern Discoveries are launching daily Scenic Cruises. These will go from Queenstown, across Lake Wakatipu, to Mt. Nic (Mt. Nicholas Station High Country Station) on their new, luxurious catamaran 'Spirit of Queenstown' on 1 November.

Experiences on offer at Mt. Nic will include high country walking, 4WD Musterer's Safari into the back country and a unique woolshed experience. Adults from $55.

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Summer activities for the Kiwi roadie

Each month over summer we aim to bring you some of New Zealand's most iconic and interesting tourism experiences products. Think you have seen it all? Think again!



Ulva's Guided Walks, Stewart Island

Stewart Island, abundant with bird and marine life, is a must do for wildlife enthusiasts. Ulva Goodwillie owns Ulva's Guided Walks; she is a direct descendant of the first Maori people of the island. In fact she is named after Ulva Island where the walks take place! Ulva's Guided Walks include half day walks, and full day experiences that include kiwi spotting in the wild. Rates start from $125 per adult.


Sail Barbary Cruise, Lake Taupo

Sail Barbary Cruise, Lake Taupo

Sail Barbary run tours to the iconic Maori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupo. And, to our knowledge, are home to the only floating cinema on New Zealand's waters. Rumour has it that Errol Flynn won the Barbary in a card game in the 1930s! Rock carving cruises start at $35 per person, with BBQ dinner cruises from $55 and movie cruises (from 1 December onward) at $65.

 


 

 


 

Congrats to our recent competition winners, Adrienne from Christchurch, who won a fantastic summer break in Hawke's Bay and Chris from Dunedin, who won a night at the newly opened Heritage Christchurch.

That's all for this month. Stay tuned though for some amazing competitions and deals next month. We are feeling extra generous in the lead up to Christmas! Have an awesome long weekend.

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