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October Newsletter

 


 

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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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!

Check out this week’s sweet deals

 


 

 


 

Save 20% at 24 YHA properties this spring


YHA Arthurs Pass

YHA Hole in the Rock

YHA Logo

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


5-star hotel

 


 

 


 

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.

Check out Hamilton Waikato Tourism


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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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