South Island ski deals & the Coromandel

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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!


Two Coromandel gems

We want 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.

Check out these two beauties below!

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.)

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.



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.


Cosy up in Wellington this winter – events, exhibitions, activities and more!

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It’s all about Wellington this month…

As the weather cools, the cultural calendar fires up in the Capital. Book your winter city break and visit three incredible exhibitions canvassing the best of pop art, impressionism and Kiwi creativity.

July also sees the best of world cinema at the New Zealand International Film Festival, the Royal New Zealand Ballet present The Vodafone Season of Swan Lake and the international rhythm sensation, STOMP perform.

Match world class art and performance with New Zealand’s finest bars, cafes and restaurants, and you’ve a recipe for a hot winter city break.

This week’s sweet deals

Save $20 off at Wellington hotels this July!

Save $20 on 2 night hotel stays in July!
Travelbug has joined forces with some of Wellington’s leading hotels, offering an exclusive deal – $20 off the best rate for any two-night stay in July at 19 participating hotels!
Just enter wellinjuly in the discount code box when booking and save $20 off the best rate! This sharp deal is for travel till 31 July and ends 7 July.

Book your Wellington break this July

Snow and ski specials

5 star hotel and 3 days skiing from $919pp

South Island ski fields cranking into a great start of the year and the rates look sharp. Like 5 nights with breakfast at the 5-star Hilton Queenstown, including a 60 minute massage at this hotel’s spa facility, and 3 days of skiing on Coronet Peak or the Remarkables from $919 per person!

2 nights and 2 days at Mt Hutt from $319pp

Mount Hutt opened last week. Methven is only an hour from Christchurch and makes an ideal base for a ski holiday on the cheap. Like 2 nights & 2 days from $319 per person! Avoid rental car costs and book airport transfers with Methven Travel, or Snowman Shuttles from around Christchurch.

3-day lift pass, ski gear + more from $499pp

Already bagged a great deal in Queenstown care of Travelbug – cool! Then consider adding on a full ski package with Snow Excuse. Including ski/board & boot rental, ski passes and transport to and from the fields, plus in some cases lessons & airport transfers! 3 day deals from $499 per person.

Queenstown hotel deals

June secret sale hotel deals – book by 30 June

Queenstown 4.5 star hotel from $146 through the ski season

Queenstown – $146

4.5 star hotel with rates available right through the ski season. It’s a goodie with over 95% positive reviews.

Rotorua 4.5 star motel with brekkie from $99

Rotorua – $99

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

Auckland 5 star from $150

Auckland – $150

Inner city hotel with 4 restaurants and 5-star Qualmark rating. Great facilities on offer, parking is additional.

Wellington 4.5 star from $112

Wellington – $112

4.5 stars and over 95% positive reviews. Save $20 on 2 night stays in July with the “wellinjuly” discount code.

Chill-out in the Capital of cool this winter

As the weather closes in, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Cosy up in Wellington this winter, where you’ll be served international exhibitions, world cinema, show-shopping theatre and hearty cuisine.

Warhol: Immortal, Te Papa (1 Jun – 25 Aug)
C-A Musical (6 Jul – 3 Aug)
Colour & Light: Impressionism from France & America (13 Jul – 12 Jan)
STOMP (30 Jul – 4 Aug)
Visa Wellington On a Plate (9 – 25 Aug)

Credit: Claude Monet, Cap Martin, near Menton, 1884, oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection.

Win the value of your booking back on Travelbug!

Been planning a trip around NZ in 2013? With so many sweet holiday spots on our doorstep we can’t say we blame you!

We have a super simple giveaway this week. Book any New Zealand travel for 2013 on Travelbug before midnight Sunday 30 June and you are in the draw to win the value of your booking back in Travelbug credit. Super easy! The winner will be notified by phone or email by 5pm, Tuesday 2 July. Get booking!

Featured Wellington activities

Wellington film locations

Lights, camera, Wellington

Discover movie-making magic on a tour of the Middle of Middle-earth with Wellington Rover Tours, Wellington Movie Tours or behind the scenes at the world famous Weta Workshop.


Zealandia by night

Pack the puffer and book yourself a night exploring our country’s natural heritage by torch-light in the magical Zealandia sanctuary valley. You might even spot a kiwi! Find out more and book now.

Putting chains on your car

Skiing for the first time this winter and driving to the fields? Chances are you will need snow chains in your car. Whether required or not it’s advisable to carry them, just in case conditions turn, you want to be able to get up or down the hill safely.

The better the conditions the more likely chains are needed. The mountain will put out signs indicating where and when you need to fit chains too – read the signs for recommendations.

Chains are easy to install, but there are a few tips that make this process super easy. Save time and check out this quick YouTube clip to ensure you aren’t “that guy” on the hill this year. Chains are rentable with hire cars and in most ski towns.

And that’s us for today. Congratulations to Amber L from Wanganui, who won a $2000 ski holiday to Queenstown through Travelbug earlier this month.

Stay tuned, as we may just have a super sharp 72-hour sale on offer within the next couple of days – will keep you posted.

Cheers from the team at Travelbug!

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