Drum roll please… no more booking fees!

Get $10 off every booking throughout July and a chance to win a family pass to Tamaki Maori Village


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Hi travellers,

With snow falling thick and fast, this is the time to book your ski holiday if you haven’t already. Whether you’re skiing at Turoa, Whakapapa, Mt Hutt, Treble Cone or Coronet Peak, we’ve got heaps of great ski accommodation on Travelbug.

Plus all bookings made in July get $10 off, so it’s a great time to book your Travelbug holiday.

If you’re planning a trip to Rotorua sometime soon, our friends at Tamaki Maori Village are offering one of our lucky readers a complimentary family pass. Read on to find out how you can win.

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See you later booking fees

To celebrate the removal of our booking fees, we’re giving you $10 off every booking you make in July (simply enter the discount code NOFEES during the booking process).Plus, you’ll go in the draw to win back the value of your booking (up to $1,000) in Travelbug credit.

Terms and conditions apply.

Book now and save






Skiing in the north?








The Hobbit Motorlodge Tussock Grove Hotel Waimarama Fishing Lodge
Ohakune Ohakune Turangi
From $32 From $142 From $295









National Park Backpackers The Powderhorn Chateau The Old Courthouse B&B
Ruapehu Ohakune Ruapehu
From $28 From $240 From $120




… or hitting the southern slopes?








St Arnaud House Rakaia Villas Kinloch Lodge
Nelson Lakes Mt Hutt Queenstown
From $185 From $295 From $35









Cardrona Hotel Dairy Private Luxury Hotel Arrowfield Apartments
Wanaka Queenstown Arrowtown
From $185 From $465 From $250




Win a family pass to Rotorua’s famous Tamaki Maori Village







Treat your family to an authentic, cultural experience they won’t forget. The team at Tamaki Maori Village are offering one of our lucky readers a complimentary family pass worth $280. Located in Rotorua, this unique experience offers an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling and hangi feasting.

To go in the draw to win, email us the name of your favourite Rotorua listing on Travelbug. Get your entry in before Wednesday 22 July and we’ll notify the winner on Friday 24 July. Terms and conditions apply*.

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Take care out there folks and enjoy the snow!

Daniel & the Travelbug team
www.travelbug.co.nz

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*Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not redeemable for cash. Beverages are not included. Reservations are required as show demands vary, voucher can only be used once. Payment will be required if any other guests are attending.


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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!

 

 

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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.

 
 

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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
 

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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!

 
 

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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.

 
 

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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,

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Ruapehu

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Taranaki

 

New Plymouth

 

Hawke’s Bay

 

Napier

 

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Manawatu-Wanganui

 

Palmerston North

 

Wairarapa

 

Martinborough

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Hanmer Springs

 
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cheers from the team at Travelbug!

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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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