Read on for great deals as seen in Backpacker Essentials!

South Island

Oamaru Penguins Package

Want the best penguin viewing in all of New Zealand? Stopover in the small coastal town of Oamaru. After exploring the town’s historic heart, head to the beach as rare Yellow-eyed Penguins waddle home after a hard day’s fishing. For a double dose of cuteness, zip over to the Blue Penguin Colony for front row seats to see the town’s famous, and the world’s smallest, penguins bunk down for the night. Package includes:

  • 1 night at YHA Oamaru
  • Visit to Yellow-Eyed Penguins at Bushy Beach Reserve
  • Entry to Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
  • Coastal views photo op at Oamaru lookout
  • Pre and post penguins town and historic precinct tours
  • Transport

Email YHA Oamaru or ring 03 434 5008

Priced from NZ$75 multi-share per person and $166 per private room. Exclusive to YHA members. Valid to 31 March 2015.

Queenstown Freefall 

Ever wanted to jump out of a perfectly good plane 15,000ft up for the ultimate IMAX experience? Harness up with your qualified jumpmaster and freefall at an exhilarating 200kph above some of New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery. Package includes:

  • 2 nights at YHA Queenstown Central or Lakefront
  • 15,000ft skydive with NZONE Skydive
  • Free gift for YHA members (NZ$15 value)
  • Free WiFi at YHA and the dropzone
  • Return transport to/from dropzone

Email YHA Queenstown Centralor ring 03 442 7400
Email YHA Queenstown Lakefront
or ring 03 442 8413

YHA Queenstown Central: from $507.40 per person multi-share, and from $640.60 p.p. private room.

YHA Queenstown Lakefront: from $489.40 p.p. multi-share, from $592 private for members. Non-member prices are available. Valid until 12 February 2015.


North Island

Rotorua Thermal Wonderland

Hot foot it to Rotorua. This deal combines two of the city’s best geothermal parks, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland and Waimangu Volcanic Valley, with their witches cauldron of steaming lakes, mud pools, hissing geysers, bubbling mud pools and mineral pools in an artist’s palette of colours with names like Devil’s Ink Pot, Emerald Lakes and Champagne Pool. Package includes:

  • 2 nights at YHA Rotorua
  • Morning at Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, afternoon at Waimangu Volcanic Valley
  • Rotorua highlight city tour
  • Transport
Raglan locals have a secret: their surf breaks are worldclass.
So, what better place to learn to surf? Join YHA
Raglan’s in-house Solsurfer Surf School for expert tuition in
a small group and experience the waves Raglan surfers bunk
work for. You’ll stay in one of New Zealand’s top eco lodges
set on ten acres with epic views. Package includes:

 Email YHA Rotorua or ring 07 349 4088

Priced from $164 per person multi-share and from $374 for two in a private room with ensuite bathroom. Exclusive to YHA members. Valid to 12 February 2015.