Top destinations for your next getaway

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Hi there,

Need a little pick-me-up while waiting for some warmer weather to kick in? Check out our top six holiday destinations, perfect for a lazy getaway over Labour weekend.

And, if you haven’t already, it’s time to start planning your summer holiday. If you’re keen on something affordable, great for groups and near the beach, one of our holiday parks might be just what you’re looking for.

 

 

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Plans for Labour weekend? 

 

Here are our top six holiday destinations from last month – check out what all the fuss is about.

 


 
 
 


 

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Millbrook Resort Manuka Lodge Belle Mer Apartments
Queenstown Ohakune Mount Maunganui
From $265 From $195 From $265
 


 
 
 


 

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Riverrun Booklovers Cottage The St James
Wanaka Waiheke Island Hanmer Springs
From $380 From $345 From $199
 


 
 

 
 


 

Roll on summer!

 

There are plenty of options that are all great value for money. Ranging from camp sites to cottages, there’s something for everyone.

 


 
 
 


 

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Picton Top 10 Holiday Park Opunake Beach Holiday Park Orongo Bay Holiday Park
Picton Opunake Russell
From $22 From $25 From $42
 


 
 
 


 

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Pounawea Accommodation Centre Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park Lake Taupo Top 10 Holiday Resort
North Catlins Queenstown Lake Taupo
From $13 From $55 From $60
 


 
 

 
 


 

Upcoming events

 
 
1 World of Wearable Art

23 Sept–11 Oct, Wellington
2 NZ Burlesque Festival Tour

16 Oct, Dunedin
3 Armageddon

23–26 Oct, Auckland
4 Bay of Islands Food & Wine Festival

24 Oct, Paihia
5 Soul Fest 2015

26 Oct, Auckland
 

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Thanks to everyone who entered our EcoZip competition last month. A big congratulations to Trevor from Auckland who will find himself winging his way through the forest at EcoZip Adventures very soon!

Happy holiday planning, see you next time.

Cheers,
Daniel & 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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Indulgent holiday or something out of the ordinary?

Ever thought about staying in a jailhouse or teepee? Now’s your chance!


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Hi travellers,
In the mood for an indulgent weekend away? Ever wondered what it would be like to spend the night in a teepee or an old jailhouse? Whatever accommodation you’re into, you’ll find it on Travelbug.
This month you’ve got the chance to win two tickets to Waiheke Island’s EcoZip Adventures! Read on to find out how to win and start exploring hotels, motels and more for your next mini-break.

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Two EcoZip Adventures tickets to be won! 

Be in to win two tickets to EcoZip Adventures on Waiheke Island, valued at $238. See the sights from three giant, state-of-the-art flying fox ziplines and an eco-immersive forest walk. Suitable for nature lovers of all ages.

To enter, email us the name of the Waiheke Island listing you’ll find further down in this newsletter.

Enter to win EcoZip tickets




Time to indulge…








Chatterley Manor Peppers Bluewater Resort Hereweka Garden Retreat
Christchurch Lake Tekapo Dunedin
From $220 From $110 From $280









Chic Vacation Homes The Dome The Martinborough Hotel
Waiheke Island Napier Martinborough
From $129 From $300 From $150




Jailhouse? Caravan? Wagon? Take your pick!








Jailhouse Accommodation Wacky Stays Warwick House
Christchurch Kaikoura Nelson
From $33 From $199 From $139









Classic Caravan Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort The Woolshed
Martinborough Taupo Cambridge
From $80 From $85 From $165




Five upcoming events around the country

1 Christchurch Arts Festival

27 Aug–20 Sep, Christchurch

2 New Zealand Fashion Week

28–30 Aug, Auckland

3 Gay Ski Week QT

29 Aug–5 Sep, Queenstown

4 The Food Show

4–6 Sep, Wellington

5 A Midsummer Night’s Dream

10 Sep, Rotorua



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Wherever you end up travelling to over the next month, take it easy and we’ll be back in touch soon with more inspiring getaway ideas.

Cheers,

Daniel & 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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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

 
 

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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.

 
 


 
 
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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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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Secret deals & seasonal savings at YHA properties

 
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Travelbug August newsletter
 


 

Spring is around the corner, and we have some super sharp deals on offer to celebrate. None better than 20% off two-night stays this spring at 24 YHA properties.

You still have a few days to make the most of our secret sale deals this month, including a 5-star Rotorua hotel from $93. And our friends at Thrillseekers Hanmer Springs are offering 10% off their tours if booked online.

We also have sweet deals around some of this year’s biggest concerts and festivals. Have a great week ahead!

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Save 20% at 24 YHA properties this spring


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Think YHA is just dorm rooms for international backpackers? Think again!

With over a quarter of all YHA rooms in the country having an ensuite, the YHA network offer a great alternative to motels and hotels with the benefit of sweet facilities like full kitchens, library exchanges and BBQ’s in some of the most scenic spots nationwide.

Travelbug is delighted to team up with YHA this spring to bring the best rates to Travelbug users. Simply book a two-night stay and save 20% off the rate at one of 24 properties. Just enter YHA20 in the discount code box when booking and save for all stays from 1 September – 20 October 2013.

Save 20% at 24 YHA properties

 


 
 


 

Got your concert tickets? Then nab a sweet room deal!

There are some amazing concerts taking place over the next six months, whether you have ‘Bieber Fever’ (team Travelbug are a tad old for this one), are a huge fan of ‘The Boss’, or are super excited about the return of the Big Day Out to NZ. Getting the ticket is one thing, but getting an accommodation deal you can be smug about is another. Get in quick before the prices close to the venues rise big time in the weeks ahead.

Justin Bieber, 23-24 Nov, Auckland
Fleetwood Mac, 4-7 Dec, Auckland
Leonard Cohen, 17-18 Dec, Wellington
Big Day Out, 17 Jan, Auckland
Bruce Springsteen, 1 March, Auckland


 


 
 


 

Secret hotel sale! Get in quick – deals end 31 August



Wellington – $89


4-star hotel



Paihia – $75


3.5-star hotel



Auckland – $115


4.5-star hotel



Rotorua – $93


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Featured activity – Thrillseekers Adventures, Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Springs thermal pools are world renowned and Kiwis love them too, but the region is home to lots more than just relaxing mineral pools. Thrillseekers Adventures offer a dose of adrenaline with a bungy, jetboating, rafting, quad biking, shooting and paintball – the perfect way to mix things up with all that relaxing. Book any of their activities online and save a further 10%.

See Thrillseekers Adventures


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Travel stories from around the globe

We are a friendly bunch it seems, with three NZ cities voted amongst the 20 friendliest cities according to Conde Nast Traveler. Queenstown even snuck into the top five! Kiwis also voted Mitre Peak in the Milford Sound as one of the top ten landmarks worldwide.
Te Papa made Lonely Planet’s list as one of the ten finest freebies throughout the globe. Go New Zealand!

The world’s finest freebies
The world’s friendliest & unfriendliest cities
Take a chance on the ABBA Museum
How to avoid the latest travel scams
Top 10 landmarks as voted by Kiwis

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Exclusive Hollyford Track walk – from $1 reserve!


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Hollyford Track have teamed up with Trade Me Cool Auctions to offer the opportunity to bid on an exclusive departure on the world famous Hollyford Track for you and up to 15 of your friends! This includes accommodation, gourmet meals, helicopter, coach and jetboat transfers from Queenstown.

With a RRP value of over $28,000 this is an amazing opportunity. Available dates are 9 or 27 of November, or 1 or 13 December in 2013.

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Queenstown comes up trumps


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Thanks to the 8,000 Kiwis who entered our Travelbug survey last month. We had some interesting results through, which we’ve compiled in a handy wee blog post. Queenstown topped the poll for the favourite NZ spot to travel to over winter, with Coromandel coming in second.

Results show a 45% jump in the number of Kiwis who want internet included in accommodation room rates, versus last year’s survey.
Congrats to Donna S from the Hutt Valley who won the iPad mini!

See this year’s survey results

 


 

 


 

Make a weekend of it in the Waikato this spring

Head to the Waikato during August and September, and make a weekend of it with great events such as All Blacks vs Argentina, Gallagher Great Race, Country Music Awards, Fringe Festival and Stan Walker.

Check out all the events on offer, plus accommodation, dining and activity deals at the official Hamilton Waikato Tourism site.

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That’s all from us in August – have a great week ahead and stay tuned for some sweet September deals, including a few birthday exclusives, care of 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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5-star hotels versus backpacker hostels

Back in the “tink” days (two incomes, no kids), it was 5-star accommodation all the way baby! A lot of my friends chose to backpack their way around the world and for them it was a great option, they got to meet lots of new people and experience things that you would only if you were willing to go with the flow – all on a shoestring. But I’ve always been quite accustomed to my creature comforts and fortunate enough to be able to support my high maintenance preferences.

Eagles Nest, Russell

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Announcing our Winter photo competition winners

In the Travelbug newsletter last week we had a photo competition, looking for the best winter photo snaps. Since then winter really hit Kiwis hard with big snow falls up and down the country including my very own Wellington suburb of Brooklyn.

Because of the timing of the newsletter, we probably missed many of the millions of amazing photos that were surely taken early this week, but we got some fantastic shots nonetheless.

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