Travel Deals


If it’s accommodation, flights, tours or activities you’re after, we may just know a sneaky discount to save you some dollars…. read on…


Kiwis are serious about their summer holidays and with the whole country on vacation suddenly accommodation options are few and far between! Not to worry, AA  TOURISM still have plenty of good options at late notice and best of all with hefty discounts!

Who ever said backpackers don’t do luxury? After trotting around the world, the weary traveller needs to rest his or her head on a silk pillow every now and then. But five-star doesn’t come cheap… or does it? Check out GRAB ONE ESCAPES for deals on luxury packages, resorts and hotels.

Join YHA NEW ZEALAND to get access to a range of activity, travel and accommodation discounts to keep yourself entertained! A YHA membership card gets you deals everywhere from Auckland to Otago, for such thrilling experiences as kayaking the Milford sounds, sky diving, and swimming with seals, as well as handy things like car rentals. Biking or tramping your path around NZ? Then you should know that YHA are greenie lovers! Pull up to one of their hostels without the aid of a vehicle and be rewarded with up to 25% off! Check out this special offer and other discounts.

Rumour has it you like to sleep around… so why not become a NOMAD. Buy a ‘Mad Nights’ pass valid for 7 nights at any of New Zealand’s eight NOMAD’S BACKPACKERS for just $175 and have the flexibility to stay where you want, when you want.

Sleep around for cheaper when you base jump for ten nights with BASE BACKPACKERS in Australia and New Zealand! The pass allows you to travel flexibly, staying up to three nights in each Base hostel. Sound good? Check this deal out and more!

Looking to book a big holiday on a not-so-big budget? Check out WOTIF for fantastic accommodation discounts nationwide that will ensure the rest of your stay in New Zealand isn’t too much on the stingy side.

Travelling with your mates? Visit snowy Mt Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain to experience some of the most breathtaking sights the South island has to offer. MT COOK BACKPACKER LODGE is offering beds in their quad rooms, with ensuite, priced from just $34 p/night. Have a close up encounter with the Tasman Glacier- New Zealand’s largest glacier- by day, and wind down at the Chamois Bar & Grill by night. Explore this deal and others at Mt Cook Backpackers.

YWCA Auckland Hostel is perfectly placed in the heart of Auckland City, only a few minutes walk from the centre of town. Base yourself here and take advantage of all that makes Auckland such a vibrant place to visit. YWCA Auckland Hostel, 103 Vincent Street, Auckland.


Fiji is a fabulously affordable destination this summer, especially when you fly with FIJI AIRWAYS Fiji’s international airline. Deals begin from as little as $220 one way so check out what they are offering today – you might be getting in touch with friends and family to let them know Christmas dinner has a new location.

Visitors to Nadi Bay can now explore its beautiful tourist attractions from the sanctity of popular beach resort SMUGGLER’S COVE BEACH RESORT for even less! Relax and enjoy sun, cocktails and beautiful Asian/ Pacific cuisine. Enquire about Smuggler’s Cove’s newest addition, the luxurious yet affordable “Beach Wing”.


You can sleep around for cheap in Australia too! Base jump for ten nights with BASE BACKPACKERS in Australia and New Zealand with a cheap as pass allows you to travel flexibly, staying up to three nights in each Base hostel. Sound good? Check this deal out and more!

Earn your stripes, literally, when you save on fares with low budget airline TIGER AIRWAYS. The wallet friendly Asian airline announced new routes to and from Australia earlier this year and is now offering a Stripes Privilege card, allowing high fliers access to specials and promotions.

Summer in Australia and New Zealand is all about the summer concerts. Become a YHA AUSTRALIA member to cash in on discounted tickets to WOMAD Adelaide and the Backwater Blues and Roots Festival. Music, drinks and sun – it’s a winning combination.


AIR NEW ZEALAND are out to impress. One way deals to Auckland ex Kerikeri, Kapiti Coast, Gisborne, Wellington, New Plymouth, Blenheim or Palmerston North are from $79! Check out details on their website.

10pm too late for you? GRABASEAT – offers cheap flights every 24 hours for budget conscious travelers. Tip- if you’re traveling often, make Grabaseat your browser home-page and stay up ‘til midnight, every night, to make sure you can get your hands one of Grabaseat’s $1 flight specials. What’s more, Grabaseat regularly offers Australian and Pacific Island deals too as well as rental car hire and accommodation and some outstanding international flight specials. Keep your eyes peeled daily, and check out Air New ZealandGrabaseat.

And in the other corner, meet JETSTAR – now Air New Zealand’s one and only domestic flights challenger! Check out their Hot Fares section daily for great domestic and international deals. Last time we checked they were offering flights Auckland to Wellington for only $45… this is getting crazy.

As summer approaches airlines and travel agents are pulling out some wickedly low prices. EMIRATES is making a statement  currently offering a range of fares to Europe and Australia at competitive prices.  Sports fan? Check out ‘Emirates Live’ packages complete with tickets, accommodation and airport transfers for all the biggest events. Game, set, match.

For comprehensive travel packages, great service and some seriously competitive discounts on add-on such as insurance, visit your nearest FLIGHT CENTRE to ensure your international travel plans come together smoothly. Don’t trust New Zealand weather for new years? Pop over to Fiji or why not the Gold Coast at some of the most reasonable prices on offer!

New Zealand is certainly missing the competitive prices of VIRGIN AIRLINES Pacific Blue which kept prices way down low for domestic travel. But never fear, as Virgin is still flying international routes, and offering cheap fares daily to our Aussie neighbours’ shores and return flights to far flung destinations such as LA. Check out their best fares section online.

Hop aboard for less when you book one of QANTAS special travel deals. Domestic flights within Australia and international holidays are on the cards, when you subscribe to the airline’s Red e-deals.

There’s no time like the present to grab a deal from the student focused folks at STA TRAVEL. Students should check out the deals at STA travel to save on flights, accommodation and travel passes. Anyone who is either a student, a teacher or is under 26 can enjoy the special prices and service at STA- always worth a look if you’re backpacking with a budget! If the prospect of flying on the cheap to destinations such as Buenos Aires, Sydney or Thailand tickles your fancy, then it’s time to whip out the plastic and book online. STA TRAVEL currently have some real money saving sales going on for transportation, tours and more!

To compare domestic flight prices within New Zealand, look no further than the handy HOUSE OF TRAVEL Cheap Deals search link that will filter your itinerary according to price across the major domestic airlines, saving you valuable net surfing time. These guys are all over flights to Australia at the moment from as little as $155 to Sydney!

Alternatively, take a quiz at WEBJET. Like the House of Travel website, this helpful travel filter offers deals on flights and accommodation domestically and internationally!

Do you fancy scooting off to Singapore? Yes! Singapore’s SCOOT Airline offers weekly flights from Sydney to Singapore from AUD219.

Not to be missed is UNITED TRAVEL. Well up with the play this travel agency is keeping competition fierce matching House of Travel’s cheapest deals.  Their latest? Return flights to LA or San Francisco from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch for $1399 pp. Hard to pass up!


The weathers heating up and the ocean is calling, it’s time to try your hand at surfing! RAGLAN SURF SCHOOL  has an awesome reputation and the area is known for some of New Zealand’s best waves. Call them up and ask for their summer specials. Surfs up!

Its one of those things that just has to be done. Bungy jumping – invented in New Zealand for the mad thrill seeker. The rush of allowing an over friendly worker to attach a string to your legs and then jumping off a very, very high platform is entirely popular in our country, and after trying it you will realize why. With locations strewn across the country AJ HACKETT BUNGY are the guys to hook you up and they’re even willing to throw in a deal. Check out their hot deals and combo page.

Check out what the ABEL TASMAN has to offer with a range of specials and deals for that area. Whether you’re a ‘scenic cruiser’ or a ‘sea kayaker’ these guys will be able to hook you up.  Call the friendly Reservations Team at the Abel Tasman tourist centre to book on 0800 223 582.

Look forward to a screamer of a weekend with these new deals from AUCKLAND JET BOAT TOURS.  Boaties can now hit the waters from just $85 for adults or $45 for children.

Visiting the City of Sails? I you’re heading to the big city lights of Auckland you can save a whole lot on activities if you purchase an AUCKLAND MULTIPASS. This great deal gives you entry to many popular tourist traps including Kelly Tarltons Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World, Rainbows End Theme Park, and also includes a journey to the main observation deck of the Sky Tower and a cruise to Rangitoto Island with Fullers – all for the mad price of $125 for an adult or $70 for a child!


You’ve got to be in it to win it. Hire from MIGHTY Campers to be in with a chance to win the cost of your trip back! Each month one lucky winner is drawn to be refunded their booking. With an awesome range of vehicles at handy locations, we think it’s the best way to get around this summer.

Visit WAIHEKE ISLAND for less with Fuller Ferry deals. ‘Wheels on Waiheke’ gets you a return ferry ticket from Auckland and a day’s scooter or car hire for just $99.

Use OODLES to ensure you get the cheapest transport available when visiting New Zealand. And if you visit a lot, make sure you sign up for their “VIP cloud” to compare your loyalty deals with a range of providers including Air New Zealand.

Kick off your jandals with KIWI EXPERIENCE. Jump on the ‘Buzzy Bee’ for $499 and save 56%! The perfect way to see New Zealand this summer if your short on time travelling from Auckland – Queenstown. Check out this amazing deal and more.

Are you looking for excitement and an unforgettable experience? Only STRAY stops in stunning and remote locations like the edge of Abel Tasman National Park and Raglan, what’s known as the best surf beach in New Zealand!

If you’re looking to take a road tour so you can cruise New Zealand at your own pace but looking to keep options cheap, keep an eye on GRABASEAT CARS daily. Thanks to Air New Zealand, you can hire rental cars at ludicrously low prices nationwide.

Want to ensure you get the best price for car rentals when you take a Kiwi rad trip? Compare a range of rental prices at VROOM VROOM VROOM.

Looking to finally make it down to the South Island? Travel from Wellington to Christchurch on TRANZSCENIC’S Coastal Pacific, including an Interislander passage from $129pp. Conditions apply.

When roadtripping, keep an eye out for JUCY RENTALS. These guys definitely have the hook ups with the locals with heaps of ‘Juicy Deals’. Right now drive with Juicy and pay for one person at Auckland Sea Kayaks, the second is half price!

If you’re considering a motorhome holiday  UNITED CAMPERVANS and companion fleet ALPHA CAMPERVANS will give you 7 beautiful Days of Freedom absolutely free when you book and pay for 14 days,  plus another Day of Freedom for every 2 paid days over the first 21 days. You’ve got until July 31, 2014.

ESCAPE RENTALS want you to travel this summer with some of the best deals we have seen for peak season! Escape Rentals is offering 10% discount on a limited number of campervans for departures occurring throughout April, May, June and July 2014.

INTERCITY COACHLINES presents New Zealand’s most flexible trip based bus pass that’s sure to put smiles on backpackers’ dials. Buy a special FLEXITRIP pass, and be free to travel throughout the country on your own itinerary, hopping on and off as you please over a period of twelve months. This is one heck of a deal for the restless traveler- Pay only $496 for up to 30 trips!

Hiring a car or campervan can get pretty expensive if you’re planning a long drive, so booking early with MAUI CAMPERVANS will really pay off. Get up to 25% off winter travel with their Premium Pack – book before 31st August 2014, travel by 30th September 2014.

So you fancy a road trip- but with petrol prices sky rocketing, taking the car will put a dent in your cash flow. Bussing is a cheap and easy away to get around New Zealand- it is only a wee country after all! Check out the $1 fares and interesting day trips on the NAKED BUS website and find out how long it takes to drive the length of Aotearoa; the “land of the long white cloud”. For those planning multiple journeys, NAKED BUS has a variety of passes from 5 to Unlimited Trips that has a hard-to-beat price ( and offers a variety of backpackers accommodation starting from $15 a night (

And a sneaky wee tip for you, most bus companies offer $1 fares on every bus trip. You will have to have some serious forward thinking but nothing beats a bus trip for less than a cup of coffee.

Daily Deals

For some of the best discounts on activities, treats and gear around, visit daily deals aggregator DEAL SHRIMP at midday every day. Check discounts of up to 90% from a range of providers around the country on things like hotels, sports, eating out and goods.

Money might not make us happy, but bargains certainly do! Visitors to New Zealand may find it worthwhile to keep an eye on websites that offer special voucher deals daily on things like activities, accommodation and other necessities. After all, who knows when you might need a cheap haircut, half price meals, or an impromptu skydive? Grab some fantastic deals with both hands on the GRAB ONE website. Anything from health appointments to accommodation, to beauty specials and concert tickets have been known to pop up on this site, which updates daily at noon.

Take a look at GROUPY for some unbeatable deals around the country. Find everything from activities to accommodation and start saving!

Social Life

Check out the following websites to find out what’s hot and happening in the major city centres in New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. Keep updated on your destinations and learn more about tourist attractions, travel tips and local information to ensure that you make the most of your experience down under. Many of these websites offer helpful links to partner websites where you can learn more about where to find accommodation, transport and a social scene. Try EVENTFINDER and WOTZON too, for to the minute information on gigs and concerts in your area. Happy travelling!



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A bunch of enterprising Kiwi students foresaw the iPhone ‘app’ era and came up with a brilliant idea that’s sweeping the gig-going nation. They created an app 1 NIGHT that downloads tickets to selcted events to your phone, so you don’t have to print out a ticket or face the panic of forgetting it as you stand in line… ever again! To find out how it works and see the range of discounted gigs and events on offer.

Extra Specials

LONE STAR restaurants are great for a quality dining experience inspired by the wild, wild west. The great service, bar and bustling atmosphere always makes for a great night out, but a great night can be even better when a Grab a Meal voucher gets you a sweet discount at Lone Star restaurants nationwide. Check the site every morning for meal and drink deals that even the most cash strapped backpackers won’t turn their noses up at.

LONELY PLANET has gained its reputation as the backpacker’s bible for good reason. If you’re off to do some globe-trotting, arm yourself with a Lonely Planet guide. Travelling to several countries? Check the website out now and get three guides for two!

SKYPE users can enjoy internet anywhere in the world with the addition of a new service that allows WiFi connections to be charged to skype accounts at over half a million hot spots worldwide!


We would like to invite you to keep us updated with any current and upcoming deals, promotions and offers for backpackers and independent travellers.

By making [email protected] a regular contact for information of this kind, we can work together to make sure travellers are making the most of their experience and the amazing travel deals up for offer.


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