Wine tasting in Australia and New Zealand with VIP Backpackers

Travelling to Australasia and fancy a dibble in the local plonk while you’re there? Well there’s no need to be a teetotaler in this part of the world as VIP Backpackers has some excellent wine tasting tours in Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading

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5 winter hostels in New Zealand

Pic: Cardrona Alpine Resort

Pic: Cardrona Alpine Resort

In our May newsletter we outlined all the fun to be had on a ski holiday in New Zealand. We also listed some of the hostels you could stay at that would give you ready access to the slopes. So you can continue to “save money and do more” here’s some more details about winter accommodation we offer near snowy places. Remember if you sign up to be a VIP Backpackers member you’ll get discounts in all these places.

NORTH ISLAND

Tongariro National Park
For access to the slopes of the incredible Mt Ruapehu look no further than Park Traveller’s Lodge and Station Lodge all within an easy drive to the action. The Station Lodge in Ohakune at the southern end of the park provides ready access to the Turoa ski field (20 minutes) but is not far from Whakapapa ski fields either (40 minutes) .  Park Traveller’s Lodge is closer to the Whakapapa ski fields which has 65 trails. If you’re not here in winter you may wish to consider the Tongariro Crossing at other times of the year, considered one of the best day walks in the world, or some of the excellent cycling and mountain bike tracks in the area. These include the Ohakune Old Coach Road, 42 Traverse and Mountain to Sea cycleway. See both hostels for details.

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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!

Spring
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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Ice cool – Queenstown winter festival underway

If you love snow, ice, fun, food, wine and plenty of action head to Queenstown in New Zealand for one of the best weeks of the year – the annual winter festival!

Action got underway for this event on the 22nd but it runs through til next week (July 1) so there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the festivities.

Action includes:
* the ice rink 10am-10pm daily
* fun run events

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6 top hostels from New Zealand

Should you wish to party, hunker down in luxury, experience the city or the countryside, New Zealand has some absolutely choice places to stay. Here are six of the coolest places to set up a base on the north and south islands.

NORTH ISLAND

Base Auckland
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Welcome to the heart of Auckland! BASE Auckland is the largest hostel in New Zealand, boasting a fantastic central location right off Queen Street. Come and experience first hand the superior facilities and great services that have made BASE Auckland world famous.

Room Types Cost Available
Large Share from $20.80 BOOK
Small Share from $22.34 BOOK
Double/Twin from $55.46 BOOK
Double/Twin (ens) from $70.87 BOOK
Family (ens) from $100.14 BOOK