New newsletter now online: Winter in New Zealand

Pic: Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Pic: Cardrona Alpine Resort.

Our latest newsletter is now online featuring all the sweet things winter brings to New Zealand.

Not only are the winter months in NZ a great time to get your boarding/skiing legs pumping into action, but it’s also a great time to see world class events such as the world heli championships, the North Face Freeski open, some gnarly BMX action and even a Jaffa race down the steepest street in the world – we kid you not! (Jaffas are orange coated chocolate balls made by Cadbury).

For all this and more check it out here.


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February newsletter: 2013 festivals and events in Australia and New Zealand

Hot off the press is our newsletter roundup of festivals and events happening in Australia and New Zealand in 2013.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of them:


Drag queen, Sydney Mardi Gras - www.visitedplanet.comSt Kilda Festival – Head to one of the hippest parts of Melbourne for this week long free street festival featuring Australian artists and talents.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – Plenty of razz and dazzle hits Sydney for this event celebrating all kinds of sexuality. It in the parade on the first Saturday in March with floats, parties and performances. Continue reading

5 merry Christmas ideas

Pic: Chod HoundOkay

Pic: Chod HoundOkay

Ho ho ho, happy Christmas!

The silly season is well and truly upon us. VIP Backpackers has embraced the mood with a newsletter packed with destination ideas. Here’s a preview:

So we know some of you definitely seek the cold climes at Christmas so you can ski and snowboard yourselves silly. Banff is the place to do all of that with big skies, big slopes and big fun. It also has one of the longest snow seasons in North America. If that doesn’t have you sweating to get your ticket, although perhaps that should be shivering given temperatures here tary on the cool side in winter, the mix of slopes and off-piste action will. Click to read more …
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The year round delights of New Zealand

New Zealand is a great place to visit at any time of year – that means even when it’s covered in snow or baking hot. We take a look at why!

We’re just heading into this fine part of the year now so what better place to start? In spring the cold snaps have largely gone and things start to bud and bloom across the two islands. Alpine regions like Tongariro are particularly beautiful. It’s not the ideal time for skiing anymore, although you could have some late falls if you’re lucky into September at places like Wanaka, Mt Cook, Queenstown and Christchurch. Walking trails become a lot more passable in Spring if you want to tackle a challenge like the Routeburn or Milford Track. And if you’re just heading over now to NZ it might be a good time to get work lined up for the summer – see the link below.

Base: Auckland 2 Night – Job Search Package

An excellent 2 night arrival package at “Base Auckland Central Backpackers”, including: – 2 nights multi share accommodation – 2 continental breakfasts – One way airport transfer – 12 month registration with NZ job search – Job offer guarentee – Work NZ handbook – Orientation session – Vodaphone SIM card with $5 callin credit – 24 hr contact number – Tax number application – Bank account application – Drink in the Globe bar – One hour internet access – Luggage storage at ACB

Address: L3, 229 Queen Street, Auckland .

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