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Christchurch Tram Up & Running!

Posted on 11. Nov, 2014 by .

Christchurch Trams are back running on their original loop through the city as of today. Post-earthquakes, the trams began operations on a shortened route last November and have carried over 100, 000 passengers. A year later the trams will now travel along their original pre-earthquake loop down Worcester Boulevard and along Rolleston Avenue, Armagh and […]

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Things are looking up for Christchurch

Posted on 27. Aug, 2014 by .

Lonely Planet listed Christchurch as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013 and the City was listed as number 2 on the New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2014” which is wonderful for a city recovering from the effects of a devastating earthquake in 2011. I (Frances) re-visited in June […]

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Solitude at the Bay of Many Coves

Posted on 06. Jun, 2014 by .

On a recent trip from Wellington to Christchurch, via Marlborough I was lucky enough to spend one night at the Bay of Many Coves Resort in the Marlborough Sounds. I arrived in Picton just ahead of a wet and windy weather front and while waiting for my water taxi, I watched the dark clouds descend […]

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Auckland Top 10 City – Lonely Planet

Posted on 29. Oct, 2013 by .

It’s official – Auckland’s one of the world’s best cities  Lonely Planet has just named Auckland as one of the world’s Top 10 Cities for 2014 in its ‘Best in Travel’ guide. Auckland made the list alongside Paris, Zurich, Shanghai and Vancouver. The Top 10 Cities were independently nominated by more than 500 Lonely Planet authors […]

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A Month in Paradise

Posted on 25. Mar, 2013 by .

On the 5th of February 2013 Nigel and Lida Wilson from the US decided to travel for 32 days around New Zealand on our  “Month in Paradise” self drive itinerary. Customised to suit, on their return they emailed through their feedback. We’ve received detailed feedback from past clients but at 6000+ words this one takes first prize! I’ve […]

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Business Class on Wheels

Posted on 01. Mar, 2013 by .

Don’t get lost in the crowd, travel in style on a Grand Pacific Tours Ultimate Small Group Tour. The benefit of travelling in a small group is that every aspect of your New Zealand holiday is personal. With smaller numbers, travel is at a relaxed pace, with more free time to explore at leisure.   You will travel […]

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Largest Ever ‘Calving’ on Tasman Glacier

Posted on 28. Feb, 2013 by .

Largest ever ‘calving’ on Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake Aoraki Mount Cook National Park A major ‘calving’ event on the front face of New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier has created the largest-ever iceberg seen on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. The calving – believed to have happened in the early hours of yesterday morning (Saturday February 23) […]

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3 New 6 Night Cruises Launched

Posted on 12. Feb, 2013 by .

Island Escapes have just released 3 new small ship cruises around New Zealand for the 2013/2014 summer season! With only a few places left on summer 2013 departures, Island Escapes have released next seasons small ship cruises including the all new 7 Day Marlborough Wine & Whales. This small ship cruise includes the opportunity to view the whales at […]

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New Zealand Short Breaks

Posted on 26. Jan, 2013 by .

Relaxing Journeys have just released 76 short break holidays around New Zealand. No-hassle holidays 3, 4 & 5 days long! Finally, after months of planning we have released our brand new short break holidays around New Zealand. Relaxing Journeys can now help you plan shorter stays to our wonderful country. The team at Relaxing Journeys […]

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Millbrook Named No 1 Hotel in New Zealand

Posted on 26. Jan, 2013 by .

Millbrook named No 1 Hotel in New Zealand in the Trip Advisor  Travellers’ Choice Awards 2013 Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort has been named the No 1 Hotel in New Zealand in the 2013 Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards. Millbrook was also named as one of the Top 25 Hotels in the South Pacific and Top […]

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Lake Matheson

Earlybird Kirra Tour Sale Now On!

Posted on 17. Jan, 2013 by .

Exclusive to Relaxing Journeys! the 2013/14 Kirra Coach Tour Earlybird Sale! Deposit now and pay in full by the due date (see below) & save up to $1,020 per person off the brochure price of your holiday. Applies to all departures from the 1 August 2013 – 30 September 2014. Earlybird special deals are only available to Relaxing Journeys […]

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New Zealand by Cruise & Coach with Grand Pacific

Posted on 05. Jan, 2013 by .

As the market leaders for New Zealand Luxury Coach touring, Grand Pacific Tours is proud to launch an innovative luxury holiday that gives travellers the total New Zealand experience. The 23 Day Best of New Zealand by Cruise & Luxury Coach will provide travellers with a fantastic combination of product never been offered before. Begin […]

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Shotover Jet Customers Take Thrills Home

Posted on 27. Nov, 2012 by .

New technology on board Shotover Jet’s Big Red boats means you can now easily relive the thrills of their high-speed adrenalin trip as soon as you’re back on dry land. Following an upgrade to its systems, Shotover Jet can now deliver a take home DVD ‘Jet-Cam’ pack to you in the time it takes you […]

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New-look TranzAlpine

Posted on 27. Nov, 2012 by .

KiwiRail Scenic Journeys’ TranzAlpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth celebrates 25 years of operations this week with the introduction of its new centrally heated, air-conditioned carriages on the route. They feature un-tinted, non-reflective, panoramic side and roof windows to capture the views and allow better photography. Each saloon carriage also offers GPS triggered journey commentary […]

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Kirra Coach Tours – Exclusive Seat Sale!

Posted on 22. Nov, 2012 by .

Kira Tours Hot Seat Sale. Exclusive pricing on select tours and departures. These deals are subject to availability and all departures are ‘Guaranteed’ to depart! Exclusive to Relaxing Journeys – the leaders in NEw Zealand coach touring with a lowest price guarantee worldwide! 23 Day All New Zealand Ultimate – Save up to $1,160 per couple! – […]

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Who is the top selling travel agency & travel consultant for Grand Pacific worldwide?

Posted on 30. Oct, 2012 by .

Congrats to Kirby O’Connor who was today awarded ‘Top Consultant Worldwide’ for Grand Pacific Tours. Kirby is pictured here with Barry Watts (from Grand Pacific) after being presented with her award. Kirby started with Relaxing Journeys 2 years ago and is one of our guided coach touring specialists. Relaxing Journeys were also awarded ‘Top Agency Worldwide’ for Grand […]

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Winter & Summer New Zealand Coach Sale!

Posted on 08. Jul, 2012 by .

Take advantage of unbeatable prices on coach tours around New Zealand this month. Secure your place now on one of 2,000 guaranteed departures. Relaxing Journeys sell more coach tours to New Zealand than any other company in the country – why? It’s an unbeatable mix of world-beating pricing and the dedicated service provided by our consultants […]

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6 Day Bay of Islands Cruise & FREE Heli Flight

Posted on 11. Jun, 2012 by .

5 adventure-filled nights watching dolphins play, fishing, visiting the “Hole-In-The-Rock”, Waitangi Treaty House, Rainbow Warrior’s final resting place – it’s the Ultimate Bay of Islands Adventure! Step aboard the ‘Island Passage’ for what promises to be the awesome cruising   experience of a lifetime! A Bay of Islands Cruise that not only lets you explore   these […]

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12 Day Southern Magic

3 New Low Cost Small Group New Zealand Tours Launched!

Posted on 21. May, 2012 by .

Relaxing Journeys are continually adding new tours to our range of small group tours that we can confidently recommend to vistors to our amazing country. This week we highlight three new adventure based small group experiences that showcase the best of the North & South Islands of New Zealand. We have a special launch offer […]

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New Zealand Returns as the Home of Middle-Earth

Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by .

Fans of Middle-earth had their first taste of the stunning New Zealand scenery that will be featured in the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey today, with the first trailer previewing the December 2012 theatrical release. The soaring mountains, lakes, rivers and plains that first caught the attention of the movie-going public in The […]

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New Zealand by Motorhome – December Specials

Posted on 29. Nov, 2011 by .

There are a myriad of websites out there that provide motorhome or campervan rentals, so how do you choose who to book with? Is it with the company with the cheapest price? If that’s what you are looking for, then Relaxing Journeys have a best price promise! Our prices are transparent, what you see is […]

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Appellation Central Wine Tours Wins International Award

Posted on 05. Nov, 2011 by .

Queenstown based premier wine tour company Appellation Central Wine Tours has received an International Best of Wine Tourism Award in the Wine Tourism Services category. Their win followed a jury meeting of the Great Wine Capitals (GWC) Global Network in Mainz, Germany last week. GWC judges said Appellation Central Wine Tours won the award thanks […]

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Two New Adventure Cruises Added

Posted on 25. Oct, 2011 by .

Relaxing Journeys are continually adding new tours and cruises to our range of tours that we can confidently recommend to vistors to our amazing country. This week we highlight two adventure based experiences that showcase the best of the Bay of Island and Queenstown. 2 1/2 Hour Ocean Adventure Experience the Ocean Adventure that the […]

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The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

Posted on 27. Jul, 2011 by .

New Zealand was a latecomer to making wines but has more than made up for it. Today, New Zealand wines receive international acclaim and New Zealand winemakers work all around the world. Our wines are what are known as ‘cool climate’ wines where the long growing season produces subtleties and nuances in the flavours. The […]

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121 New Zealand Day Tours & Counting

Posted on 27. Jul, 2011 by .

Experience the scenery, world famous guided walks, mountain scenery, prisitine rivers & lakes, and snowshoeing just to name a few of our newly introduced day tour trips around New Zealand. You can add any of these experiences to your self drive tour or just book them individually before you arrive in New Zealand. It’s painless, cheaper […]

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Christchurch Earthquake

Christchurch Quake Updates

Posted on 13. Jun, 2011 by .

Update 13th June 2011 – More Tremors in Christchurch The largest tremor today, a 6.0, struck at about 2.20pm. The first shake hit at 1pm and was a magnitude 5.5 quake, but there have been other minor earthquakes over the afternoon. The first earthquake to hit Canterbury today struck near Darfield, but the remaining quakes […]

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Jim and Joan Bowman in Milford Sound

New Zealand Touring Reviews

Posted on 03. May, 2011 by .

We receive a lot of feedback from past clients and sometimes the comments we receive just hit the spot.  Jim and Joan Bowman recently finished a coach tour of New Zealand with Grand Pacific that we help organise. Have a read…. Dear Georgie, We’ve been home now for three weeks, enough time to go through […]

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Millbrook Named World’s Best Golf Resort

Posted on 20. Apr, 2011 by .

Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort has been named the world’s best golf resort by Australia’s Luxury Travel magazine. Millbrook has taken out top place in the magazine’s 2011 Gold List Award for overseas golf resorts, ahead of strong New Zealand and international contenders. Last year Millbrook came fourth in the awards, which are decided upon by […]

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Overnight Cruise in Bay of Islands for $NZ 249pp!

Posted on 06. Apr, 2011 by .

An all inclusive overnight cruise through the picturesque Bay of Islands for $249pp (twin share)! Your overnight cruise includes: Ocean view cabin with private en suite Buffet dinner and cooked breakfast Complimentary activities: snorkelling, kayaking, island walks Valid for bookings made and travelled this month only (April 2011). So hurry! To book the cruise click […]

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Positive Signs Emerging From Christchurch

Posted on 01. Apr, 2011 by .

A new day spa has opened in Christchurch in what many are interpreting as a sign of confidence in the city’s ability to recover from last month’s quake. The new Linden Leaves Day Spa is the first of its kind in New Zealand and has opened in the Chateau on the Park hotel, opposite Hagley […]

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Blog4NZ

Posted on 23. Mar, 2011 by .

Blog4NZ is a grass-roots effort on the part of the international travel blogging community to promote all that is good about travel in New Zealand, Canterbury and Christchurch. It is a worldwide blogging event that is running from the 21st to 23nd of March — the one-month anniversary of the quake. Following the devastating earthquake […]

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The Hobbit Begins Filming

Posted on 22. Mar, 2011 by .

Production has commenced in Wellington, New Zealand, on “The Hobbit,” filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s widely read masterpiece. “The Hobbit” is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with […]

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Rugby World Cup 2011

Christchurch Loses RWC 2011 Hosting Rights

Posted on 16. Mar, 2011 by .

Tournament partners have today reluctantly decided that Christchurch will be unable to host the seven matches scheduled to be played at Stadium Christchurch and these will be rescheduled to be played at other venues in New Zealand. The decision was unanimously supported by Tournament owners the International Rugby Board, the New Zealand Government, the New […]

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Doubtful Sound Cruise

Doubtful Sound One of World’s Top 7 Cruises

Posted on 15. Mar, 2011 by .

Doubtful Sound in Fiordland has been picked by American travel website AOL Travel, as the place to experience one of the world’s top seven “unbelievablys scenic cruises”. AOL Travel writer, Janna Grabber rated it as“ breathtaking” along with cruises in Antarctica, Alaska, the French Riviera, French Polynesia, Maine’s Penobscot Bay and the Norwegian Fjords. “Fiordland […]

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Earlybird Campervan Specials Released!

Posted on 02. Mar, 2011 by .

All Inclusive Summer Special. Pay the Standard Rate and receive the All Inclusive Rate with upgraded inclusions! Available for bookings made by 31 May 2011, vehicles picked up between 20 October 2011 and 31 March 2012. Conditions apply. All of the normal United & Alpha Standard Rate inclusions plus ….. FREE Comprehensive Insurance Cover with Zero Excess […]

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