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Winter & Summer New Zealand Coach Sale!

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

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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3 New Low Cost Small Group New Zealand Tours Launched!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Quake Updates

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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New Zealand Touring Reviews
Jim and Joan Bowman in Milford Sound

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

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!

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

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

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

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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Christchurch Loses RWC 2011 Hosting Rights
Rugby World Cup 2011

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 One of World’s Top 7 Cruises

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!

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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Self Drive Tours of Middle Earth

Relaxing Journeys have just introduced 3 new self drive tour itineraries for fans of the Lord of the Rings movies. Our itineraires are perfectly suited for those wanting to explore Middle Earth at their own pace, and include a comprehensive travel compendium, including Lord of the Rings Location Guidebook, maps, vouchers and travel guides to help […]

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Motorhomes & Campervans on Sale!

Finally, you can now book your motorhome or campervan holiday to New Zealand with Relaxing Journeys! It’s taken us a while, but we didn’t want to rush into it and we had to find a partner that we were confident would provide our clients with top of the line service.  The freedom of travelling by motorhome & […]

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