Deals

Read on for great deals as seen in Backpacker Essentials!

South Island

Christchurch Canyoning

Jump, slide, abseil, zip, flip and swim through Tui Canyon, a narrow gorge with rock slides, waterfalls and deep pools surrounded by native forest. The canyon is a hop, skip and a one hour drive from Christchurch. This canyoning adventure is perfect for novices and beginners. Package includes:

  • 2 nights at YHA Christchurch 
  • 3 hour Tui Canyon Tour with
  • Big Rock Canyons Wetsuit and technical gear
  • Morning tea and dinner in the lodgeFREE GoPro movie of your tour
  • Transport to/from Tui Canyon

Email YHA Christchurch or ring 03 379 9536

Priced from NZ$249.30 per person multi-share and from $357.75 per person private room. Minimum four people for tour. Valid to 3 December 2014.

Take a Punt and Tram in Christchurch

Take in Christchurch’s landmarks at your own pace with this great-value package. Ride onboard one of the city’s famous heritage trams, and sit back on your handcrafted flat-bottomed boat as your punter glides you along the willow-lined waters of the Avon River. Package includes:

  • 2 nights at YHA Christchurch
  • One all-day hop-on, hop-off tram ticket
  • 30 minute punt on the Avon River

 Email YHA Christchurch or ring 03 379 9536

Priced from NZ$81.30 NZD multi-share or $171.75 per person private room. Valid to 3 December 2014.

Akaroa Dolphin Swim

See some of the world’s smallest, friendliest and rarest dolphins frolic in Akaroa Harbour, a short 90 minute drive from Christchurch. Depart the historic French township of Akaroa by jet boat, take a dip with Hector’s Dolphins, and top it off with NZ’s freshest fish ‘n chips. Package includes:

  • 2 nights at YHA Christchurch
  • Two hour dolphin cruise and swim with Black Cat Cruises
  • Free Akaroa fish ‘n chips

 Email YHA Christchurch or ring 03 379 9536

Priced from NZ$196.30 per person multi-share or $286.75 per person private room. Valid to 3 December 2014.

Christchurch Vintage Peddler

One of the best ways to explore the Christchurch central city is by pedal power. This deal is for those folks who enjoy the finer bikes in life. Choose from a fleet of vintage bikes and let your self-paced, self-guided adventure begin. Package includes:

 

  • 1 night at YHA Christchurch Rolleston House
  • Half day vintage bike hire including helmet and lock

Email YHA Christchurch Rolleston House or ring 03 366 6564

Priced from NZ$49.20 multi-share or $111.30 per person private room. Valid to 3 December 2014.

 

North Island

Surf's up in Raglan

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:

  • 2 nights’ multi-share with YHA Raglan
  • 1 beginner group surf lesson including transport to the break
  • Unlimited board and wetsuit hire for the duration of you stay
  • 2 in-house café hot drinks (espresso coffee, hot chocolate or tea)
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Raglan township at the beginning and end of your stay
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 Raglan or ring 07 825 8268

Priced from NZ$144 per person (triple-share caboose). Upgrades to private caboose, Earth Dome or self-contained cottage available. Valid to 30 November 2014.

Hike Lord of the Rings Territory

Walk in the footsteps of wizards, dwarves and hobbits. Tongariro National Park is not only New Zealand’s oldest National Park and a dual World Heritage Site, it’s home to some of the country’s best short, scenic and day walks, including the lauded Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Lace up your hiking shoes and pack some layers before tackling some short walks from Whakapapa Village. Then conquer the Crossing and discover old lava flows, craters, emerald green lakes, volcanic vents, panoramic views and tussock slopes leading to forest bushline. Package includes:

  • 3 consecutive nights at YHA National Park
  • Transport to Whakapapa Village
  • Transport to and from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing 

 Email YHA National Park or ring 07 892 2870

Priced from NZ$99 per person multi-share. Exclusive to YHA members. Valid to 3 December 2014.

Volcanic Skiing in Ohakune

Carve up the slopes of the North Island’s Mt Ruapehu – one of few ski fields in the world on an active volcano and home to some of New Zealand’s most awesome terrain. Rest your aching muscles in YHA Ohakune’s outdoor spa or in front of the fire. Package includes:

  • 2 nights with YHA Ohakune
  • One-day gear rental: ski, boots and poles or snowboard and bindings
  • Espresso or hot chocolate for each day of your stay
  • Use of YHA Ohakune’s a drying room and outdoor spa pool 
 

 Email YHA Ohakune or ring 06 385 8797

From $80 per person multi-share for non-members and $74 p.p multi-share for members. Valid Sunday – Thursday nights only until 31 October 2014.

Wellington go wild

Step into New Zealand's native bush for this nocturnal sights and sounds experience. Serenaded by evening birdsong, you'll be guided through Zealandia, the valley sanctuary for New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and insects. Listen for the ghostly echo of the ruru (morepork), and the scritch-scritch of the tree wētā and try to spot a kiwi foraging on the forest floor, gloworms shining or kaka (parrots) coming in to roost. Zealandia is a 10 minute drive from YHA Wellington. Package includes:

  • 1 night multi-share with YHA Wellington
  • 2.5 hour night tour at Zealandia

Email YHA Wellington or ring 04 801 7280

Priced from NZ$99 per person in a 4 share ensuite room. Valid to 31 October 2014. For YHA members only.