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.

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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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Ski steals, food fests and win an iPad mini!

 
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Rightio, we are in the thick of winter now and the ski fields are off to a roaring trade – Mt Hutt and Treble Cone both have 3+ metre bases! We have some sweet all-inclusive ski packages on offer this month.

And if the cold isn't your thing, there are some half price hotel deals going in Australia currently. We've listed five of our favourite foodie events in and around Aotearoa over winter and spring. But wait, there's still more – you could win an iPad Mini simply by telling us a bit about your travel patterns.

Cheers!

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Australia sale – up to 50% off. Book by 28 July!


Sydney

Sydney from $192

Fancy 30% off at this super central Sydney 4.5-star aparthotel? Valid for weekday travel. Amenities include outdoor pool, spa & fitness facilities. Book by 28 July. Valid for travel until 17 October.


Noosa

Noosa from $154

Stay three nights in a one or two bedroom deluxe apartment in Noosa and save up to 50% throughout the week and 28% in the weekends! Book by 28 July. Valid for travel until 17 October.


Gold Coast

Gold Coast from $173

Stay three nights in the 'GC' and save 40% at this 4.5-star aparthotel. Enjoy sweet facilities like an indoor & outdoor pool, spa tub, gym and sauna. Book by 28 July. Valid for travel until 17 October.

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Secret sale deals – book by 31 July



Queenstown 4.5-star from $113


This Queenstown 4.5-star hotel is a steal at $113 for select nights in July, and $131 throughout the ski season. Free parking is included too.



Auckland 4.5-star from $119


An inner-city 4.5-star hotel for $119, with 95%+ positive reviews and just a short stroll to the waterfront. Valid for bookings till 31 August.



Wellington 4.5-star from $125


This Wellington 4.5-star hotel is a great base for work or play. Rates from $125 on the weekend and $132 during the week. Valid for bookings till 31 August.



Rotorua 4.5-star motel from $99


This 4.5-star Rotorua motel offers free parking, continental breakfast and a duo spa bath, all for under $100 – sweet! Valid for bookings till 31 August.

 


 

 


 

Fill in our Travel survey and be in to win

You could win an iPad Mini (16GB, Wi-Fi only) by completing our July travel survey and helping us learn more about how Kiwis book travel.

It should take just a few minutes, so fill it out and be in to win.

Complete the survey and enter the draw


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Five awesome foodie festivals

Eat your way around New Zealand over the next few months! Here are a handful of our favourite foodie events on offer:

Visa Wellington On a Plate – 9-25 Aug
Street Eats – 10 Aug, Auckland
Kaikoura SeaFest – 5 Oct, Kaikoura
Akaroa French Fest – 11-13 Oct, Akaroa
Summer FAWC – 1-10 Nov, Hawke's Bay

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Ski packages in the south


Queenstown long weekend

Queenstown long weekend

Package includes three nights with breakfast at the 4.5-star Kawarau Hotel (the closest hotel to the Remarkables), two 2-day NZSuperpasses valid for skiing and riding at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. From $489 pp.


Methven bargain break

Methven bargain break

Package includes two nights accommodation in a double ensuite room at Breckenridge Lodge and 2 x adult 2-day NZSuperpasses valid for skiing and riding at Mt Hutt. Valid till 4 October.


Snow Excuse packages

Snow Excuse packages

Already got digs? Snow Excuse have the slopes covered, from 3-day beginner ski packages with lessons, gear and transfers, to 7-day ski passes to all the slopes in the Southern Lakes.

Sweet August Queenstown hotel deals

 


 
 


 

Quick travel reads

Planning (or dreaming) about travelling to Europe? Make sure you are clued up before you leave home. Here are a handful of light reads that will go nicely with a cup of tea…

London tube etiquette
World's leading beer festivals
London's foodie hotspots
Tips for travelling around Spain
20 of the best European holiday bargains

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Love the snow?

A number of ski areas around NZ have teamed up to make it easier to hit the slopes. With all the great snow around, there's never been a better time to get out there for the first time, or to give it another go! 

Check out the site, lovethesnow.co.nz and go into a draw to win an awesome weekend for four to Queenstown and Wanaka that includes almost everything! Competition ends 2 August.

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That's all from us – stay tuned for some super, exclusive deals over the coming weeks.

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Napier

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Ski specials, discounts in the Coromandel & some sweet giveaways

 
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Ahh May. It's one of those months: the days are shorter and the temperature is dropping, but not enough to ski – yet. We are past the glut of public holidays and have winter to look forward to.

It's not all doom and gloom though! This month we have some sweet deals in the Coromandel (a brilliant spot to escape the winter blues), great ski packages in the South Island, and we celebrate the re-opening of another Christchurch hotel.

You've also got another fortnight to nab some sweet secret sale deals, and Queen's Birthday is just a few weeks away.

Have a great weekend ahead!

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May Secret Sale deals – book by 31 May


Wellington from $89

Wellington from $89


This Wellington 4-star hotel is an ideal location for business travel or a weekend getaway. Room only from $89.


Queenstown with breakfast from $109

Queenstown – $109


This 3.5-star Queenstown hotel offers lake view rooms, free parking and a full cooked breakfast from $109.


Rotorua with breakfast from $99

Rotorua from $99


100% positive reviews, this 4.5-star Rotorua motel offers continental breakfast, duo spa bath & free Wi-Fi from $99.


Dunedin with $20 dinner voucher from $85

Dunedin from $85


This Dunedin Central City 3-star hotel offers free parking and a $20 discount on dinner at the restaurant from just $85.

 


 

 


 

Save 20% on accommodation in the Coromandel

We've teamed up with the great guys at Destination Coromandel to celebrate the onset of winter, and what better place to escape it. Coromandel has topped the Travelbug poll of Kiwi's favourite getaway locations for the past two years.

We have ten properties on Travelbug offering a 20% discount for stays of two nights or more until 31 August. From lodges and resorts to holiday parks across the Coromandel, we have you covered. Just enter "CORO" in the discount code box when booking these properties.


Wairua Lodge, Whitianga

Wairua Lodge, Whitianga

Rates at this firm favourite, just 12km from Whitianga, include breakfast and use of the Treetop bath house and night sky spa pool. 100% positive Travelbug reviews too.


Hot Water Beach Holiday Park

Hot Water Beach Holiday Park

What a way to warm up over winter! Choose from dorm, cabin or villa style accommodation at the TOP 10 Holiday Park. (And don't forget your spade.)

 


 

 


 

Win a road trip in the Coromandel

Who doesn't like a roadie? Our friends at Destination Coromandel have a winter road trip to give away. Simply pick your favourite road trip of the six on offer and you are in to win! Whether fishing, a boys weekend, a romantic getaway or a family trip appeals – the Coromandel has everything you could want.

Now's as good a time as any to visit. Less people, great deals and a temperate climate make it the perfect time to escape.

Plan your Coromandel road trip


Plan your Coromandel road trip

 


 

 


 

Rendezvous Christchurch reopens – win a night away


Rendezvous Christchurch

A warm welcome awaits you at the reopened Rendezvous Christchurch, located just moments away from historic New Regent Street which also recently opened. Book their Rediscover Christchurch deal and you will save 10% off their best available rate. Even better, you could win a night including breakfast and a bottle of wine!

To enter, let us know how much you would be charged at Rendezvous Christchurch for the internet. Find out here!

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Ski deals in the South Island


Snow Excuse

Snow Excuse – South Island ski deals

Snow Excuse has some incredible deals this winter, from beginners packages to deals for the "hard core". Packages include transport, airport shuttles, lift passes in Queenstown & Wanaka, and in most cases rental kit. Starting from $359 per person.



NZSki ski pass and accommodation packages

NZSki have paired up with accommodation providers to offer some sweet deals for all levels of budget. Starting from only $319 for two nights & two days skiing at Mt Hutt, or $540 for five nights accommodation & four days skiing in Queenstown.


Methven Travel

Methven Travel – to and from Mount Hutt

Mt Hutt had a good dumping of snow last week so fingers crossed a good season beckons! The guys at Methven Travel have great rates for transport to and from Christchurch, but also return shuttles from Methven to Mt Hutt. Shuttles from $20 per day.

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Featured activity – The Denniston Experience

We are pretty lucky here at Travelbug to work in an exciting industry. Each month our aim is to unearth an activity to showcase something that is a little out of the ordinary.

The West Coast and mining go hand in hand. But for most of us non-coasters, the industry is unknown to us. The Denniston Experience launched last year, a 2-hour tour that takes visitors into an original 1880's coal mine where visitors are allocated a role to play – 1880 styles. The experience includes a guided tour into an original 1880's coal mine, plus a train journey to the ghost town of Denniston.

If pioneering history is of interest, then this tour 25 minutes north of Westport will hold a lot of appeal.

 


 
 


 

And that's all for May. Have a great weekend ahead – keep warm and keep an eye in your inbox over the coming weeks for some sweet Queen's Birthday deals.

Cheers from the team at Travelbug.

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Northland

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Coromandel

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Rotorua

Waikato

Hamilton

Gisborne

Ruapehu

Lake Taupo

Taranaki

New Plymouth

Hawke”s Bay

Napier

Wellington

Manawatu-Wanganui

Palmerston North

Wairarapa

Martinborough

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Nelson

Marlborough

Picton

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