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.

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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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Introducing Travelbug login and secret summer family deals

 
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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!

Check out this week's sweet deals

 


 

 


 

Login with Trade Me or Facebook & make booking easier

Our brand spanking new login feature lets you create a profile and save time each time you book by not having to fill in all those pesky fields.


New Travelbug login feature

 


 

You can save payment details, and mobile bookings are now a breeze on our mobile site.

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

Best of all, you don't have to create a new profile or remember another password, because you can login using your Trade Me account or your Facebook account to save even more time!

 


 

 


 

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.

Visit the Southern Discoveries website

 


 

 


 

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.

From 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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Tipping in New Zealand – why don't we do it more often?

Close your eyes and imagine you’re at an Auckland hotel. You’ve just checked out, and a nice hotel employee piles your bags onto a trolley, takes them outside, waves over a taxi and helps you get your stuff into the car. Before you get in the taxi do you a) thank him sincerely and give him a smile, or b) slip a few bucks into his hand for his efforts?

Two recent events have brought tipping onto my radar. The first was our Travelbug survey in which we discovered that 85% of Kiwis don’t tip hotel staff. The second was my recent trip to Las Vegas where I was tipping willy-nilly and anyone who was even slightly helpful had money thrust at them. I think at one point I may have even tipped a guy who helped me fix my glasses.Big tip

In New Zealand, tipping simply isn’t habit. I think for a while, brochures even told tourists arriving into the country that tipping wasn’t required in New Zealand. But how common is it, and how common should it be? Read more…

Why we don’t use rack rates on Travelbug

Why rack rates can rack off

You’ve seen them I’m sure, rates displayed for accommodation bookings on websites named ‘rack rates’. Everywhere you look these days there’s another daily deals website or online travel agency offering accommodation deals with a hefty discount. 50% is common, 75% is regular and I’ve even seen 90% discounts being touted. In many cases the comparison prices being used are elusive at best and sometimes just plain non-existent.

Before I get stuck in, though, this post isn’t a criticism of accommodation operators that use ‘rack’ or ‘full’ rates. It makes sense that they set a ceiling price for their product, and there are instances in which a rack rate does actually get charged. This blog is a criticism of third party websites, offering a service like Travelbug, that use these full rates to define price comparisons.

At Travelbug, we don’t use ‘full rates’ or ‘rack rates’ to compare sale rates. We think that for accommodation booking websites like us they are misleading and here’s why: Read more…

The 10 best places to stay in New Zealand

We know that everyone – including New Zealand Prime Minister John Key – loves a good Top 10, so we took a look through the more than 15,000 accommodation reviews on Travelbug and dug out the ten top places to stay. We used a combination of the number of reviews, the review percentage from the last 12 months and the number of bookings (and some secret sauce calculations), so these places are both popular and highly-rated, like Daniel Carter. Read more…