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Shotover Jet Customers Take Thrills Home

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

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!

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?

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!

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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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 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 than booking direct […]

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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 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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