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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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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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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).

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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!

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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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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! 

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Travelbug May Newsletter

 


 

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.

Check out July hotel deals in Queenstown

 


 
 


 

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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Taranaki

New Plymouth

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