Our guide to Auckland

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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?

Dine at one of Metro magazine’s Top 50 Restaurants in Auckland, splurge at the city’s most stylish shopping districts, watch an 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.


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.

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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.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.


Daniel and the Travelbug team


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. 

Daniel and the Travelbug Team

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