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If talk of borders opening (or all this rain!) has started you dreaming about an overseas trip, think about supporting one of our awesome local travel agents. These experienced professionals can help you every step of the way.

And if things don't go to plan, you'll have a Taupo local to call on to help you out like Evelyn and the team at Flight Centre Taupo, Megan and co at House of Travel, or Steve and Julie from YOU Travel NZ.

#supportlocal #lovetaupo

Local Businesses have donated small gifts to our Christmas Advent Tree appeal !!

Christmas is a sacred time of the year and it is known as the time for giving !!
It’s been a rough year and we all want to show everyone some love by giving away prizes throughout the month of December EVERY single day !!

We have letters A-Z !! One letter will be drawn daily until we run out of letters (first day being letter A on November 30th) works just like an advent calendar except with letters

All you need to do is
✅tag someone to nominate or yourself !
✅ like and share this post
Your name will remain in the draw until we reach the last letter

Please Share. Tag and like as many business pages as you can !!

Merry Christmas Everyone ❤️🎄

A - Best Carpet & Commercial/Residential Cleaners Taupo
B - Beautiful crystal
C - Crystal Dream NZ
D - F45 Training Taupo
E - Em’s Edible Bouquets
F - Feast Cafe
G - Great Lake Roofing
H - House of Travel
I - Adore beauty
J - The Collective Taupo
L - Lil Something
M - Hair Mechanix & Co
N - Smart Fogging Solutions NZ
O - Out Of The Box Printing
P - Pink Glove Cleaning Taupo
Q - HQ Melts
R - Piccolo Cafe Taupo
S - Suncourt Indian Taupo
T - 4Schaw Photography
U - Jillybeans gardening and landscaping service
V - Jumpers Taupo
W - Tarns Sweet Treats����
X - Krystle M. Coaching
Y - Kemps General Store Taupo
Z - Zest Cafe

Some businesses would let me tag them
Next MIQ ballot is tomorrow. Phone us if you need to hand to sort your flights. 07 3772700
The team from House of Travel got a front row seat for the PRADA Cup 2021 final yacht racing on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour, thanks to Emirates.

The very excited delegation enjoyed the Emirates Team New Zealand VIP hospitality on land and on the water...
Discover the silent Sounds, spectacular scenery and Stewart Island of the south

Explore the rugged reaches of the South Island on this six-day trip with Intrepid, beginning and ending in Queenstown. Make your way to the shores of the South Island’s biggest lake and sail the silent waters of glacier-carved Fiordland National Park with an unforgettable cruise on Milford Sound. Cross to the sometimes forgotten corner of Otago – the rugged cliffs of the Catlins – to hike to coastal caves, then span the gap to untouched Stewart Island to explore the wilderness, listening out for the call of the kiwi. Crafted to give the right amount of active adventure and time to relax, this is the perfect southern getaway.

Why you'll love this trip

•Soak up the silence of Milford Sound on a cruise across its waters – you’ll be left speechless by the hundreds of tumbling cascades and deeply forested mountains.

•Explore the Cathedral Caves of the Catlins, an untamed coastal wilderness home to rugged cliffs, dense forest, and spectacular hidden waterfalls.

•Cross the Foveaux Strait to unspoilt Stewart Island, a haven for hikers and birdwatches and the place to spot a wild kiwi.

•Enjoy two days to explore the wilderness of Stewart Island, cruising the bays and inlets to spot penguins and seabirds and walking along its forested coastal tracks.

5 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Private vehicle, Ferry

Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities
• Milford Sound - Cruise
• Milford Sound - Leader-led walk to Milford Lookout
• Milford Sound - Walk to Mirror Lakes and Lake Gunn
• The Catlins - Leader-led walk to Nugget Point Lighthouse
• The Catlins - Leader-led walk to Cathedral Caves
• Stewart Island - Leader-led orientation walk

Priced from $2147.00pp - Departures Dec 2020 - March 2021
• Stewart Island - Leader-led Dark Sky briefing
Check out the latest Taupo Hack from Megan at House of Travel Warning - this hack may cause feelings of hunger 🤤 Check it out here:

Spread the word. Support local. Love Taupō 💚

#lovetaupo #exploreyourbackyard #taupohacks #supportlocal #backyourbackyard
WOOHOO! 🎉 Louise took home a massive prize on Friday morning and we still have MORE to give away!

She won the ultimate Taupo District package that included
- A $500 gift basket form The Merchant of Taupo
- One night in the Presidential Suite for two at The Hilton Taupo
- An original acrylic painting from Wildwood Gallery
- A $250 Taupo shopping spree and a beautiful $250 suitcase from House of Travel
- A $300 Pure Fiji Treatment from Skin Sanctuary Day Spa and Beauty Therapy

Fill out our entry form below to see what five businesses you can win from and we could be ringing you on Friday! 😍
Theo, the House of Travel Hospice bear has had life pretty good recently, making his way around Sri Lanka and the Maldives ✈️🌴☀️

Theo travels for those who can’t and brings joy to those less fortunate by ticking off the bucket list items for them.
The HoT Taupo team are putting together a book called 'The Adventures of Theo' to bring awareness to Hospice and to hopefully get a few laughs from others!
Did someone say tropical holiday?

We are so blimin grateful to House of Travel for the amaze prize of a Rarotongan holiday for two we won on Friday night at the Taupo Business Chamber Awards. What a great night celebrating the local Business Community.

Just as well we can work from a sunlounger, cocktail in one hand, laptop in the other.

#theadminangels #flexibleworking #affordableexpertise

One lucky person coming to the Business Awards tomorrow night will win - 5 NIGHTS FOR 2 in RAROTONGA for 2 - thanks to House of Travel

🏆🏆Extra excitement on top of finding out who all our award winners are! Only one more sleep! 🏆🏆

Last lunchtime workshop is underway with one-on-one mentoring sessions all afternoon.

Thanks to our sponsors Strettons and House of Travel for supporting us at this event today.

Congratulations to everyone involved with this year's Stella Awards! It looked like a spectacular night ⭐

Special mention to our friends at M21 Meats, Rafting New Zealand, House of Travel, Diamond Laser Medispa, KEFI, Chris Jolly Outdoors Wairakei Resort Taupo & Indian Affair Restaurant Taupo! Well done to your amazing teams!!

We specialise in New Zealand and International travel.

Operating as usual

Home 17/05/2022


Filling out the New Zealand Traveller Declaration can be a a challenge. It could take a couple of minutes to upload your negative test…or it could result in a lengthy phone call and a conditional approval from the helpline.
But don’t panic, there are workarounds in place to get you on the plane!
Here’s some tips:
1. Start your form before you leave and remember Kiwis don’t need to enter their vaccination details. Write your application reference number down; and then all you need to do (once you have your negative pre-departure test result) is upload a photo of the test and submit.
2 If you are getting your RAT at the airport pre-departure allow plenty of time, just in case.
3. If possible, use a web browser such as Chrome to upload the negative test result as the on-line system continues to be ‘hit and miss’ using Safari (one person can upload their test fine, the person sitting next to them cannot). The Safari issue is something the govt is aware of and is working on.
4. If you are having some challenges uploading your test result, find out what time check-in closes for your flight and call the NZTD helpline.
If all else fails uploading the result & check-in is about to close, the NZTD customer support staff can issue a conditional approval and you can just manually show your test result.
5. Once your NZTD is approved you will need to show the airline check-in staff a screen shot of the emailed PDF.
If you need help in New Zealand, ph 0800 359 269; if you are in Australia, ph 1800 359 269; and if you are calling from overseas, ph +64-4-931 5799.
See more details 👉

Home Complete your New Zealand Traveller Declaration before travelling to New Zealand by air.


All the hot travel deals you need | AM

Kiwis are travelling and the hot spot is Hawai’i! Find out why Hawai’i is the place to go with House of Travel’s Paula Watson appearing on AM on Three this morning.


Potential holiday getaways for Kiwis! | AM

Find out where Kiwis are travelling to and the hot spots for your winter getaway with House of Travel’s Katrina Cole appearing on Three this morning.
AM Three

Lena's Story - we'd probably be stuck in Brazil right now 07/03/2022

Lena's Story - we'd probably be stuck in Brazil right now

A safety net is only important when you fall. For Lena having the HOT team support her home was critical – keeping her a step ahead with insider knowledge guaranteed a safe return from South America during a time of chaos. Read Lena’s story for more.


Lena's Story - we'd probably be stuck in Brazil right now We honestly don't know what we would do without House of Travel, because if we didn't have them, we'd probably be stuck in Brazil right now.”

Luke's Story - I like that they are a local travel company 04/03/2022

Luke's Story - I like that they are a local travel company

Luke is ready to take flight and supporting a New Zealand owned company is super important. But more important is someone who really cares and delivers the perfect holiday for Luke – not a cookie cutter in sight! Read more on why Luke trusts House of Travel to get it right.

Luke's Story - I like that they are a local travel company There are two things that are hugely important to Luke. Sharing the experience of travel with family and friends – the food, the culture - and supporting a local travel company in order to do it.


Travelling is back on the cards for kiwis! | AM

Borders are open, self-isolation is gone! Find out all you need to know with House of Travel’s Brent Thomas appearing in AM on Three.
AM Three


📣 NEW – plan and book your dream holiday virtually from the comfort of home! We have a treasure trove of ideas to make better holidays than you’d ever imagined! Make your video appointment with one of our highly experienced team today.

Jo's Story - I could ask for a submarine trip 25/02/2022

Jo's Story - I could ask for a submarine trip

Jo knows there’s nothing we wouldn’t do to enrich her life. Whether it’s reconnecting with her Irish heritage or a submarine trip to Antarctica – read Jo’s story to find out more:

Jo's Story - I could ask for a submarine trip Jo wanted to see the world, but just as importantly she wanted to see family in Ireland who she’d never met before.

House of Travel updated their information in their About section. 22/02/2022

House of Travel updated their information in their About section.

House of Travel updated their information in their About section.

David's Story - they gave us so many ideas 22/02/2022

David's Story - they gave us so many ideas

Holidays are precious, David doesn’t want ordinary he wants extraordinary. Making our customer’s holidays unforgettable is our jam. Read David’s story to find out how we always go the extra mile.

David's Story - they gave us so many ideas Sometimes we hear back from our customers about how a trip went. It’s always rewarding to know we’ve made a big difference to what is often the trip of a lifetime. This is one such story.

Hannah - House of Travel is a Safety Net 17/02/2022

Hannah - House of Travel is a Safety Net

The path of true love never did run smooth, but most of us love a happy ending. Find out more about Hannah’s true love. Matchmaker is our second name.

Hannah - House of Travel is a Safety Net We’ve shown Hannah some amazing parts of the world in the past, but now with borders opening up again and House of Travel expertise giving her the confidence to travel, she can’t wait to fly overseas again.

TAKE A MATE& save on flights to Europe with Qatar Airways 13/02/2022

TAKE A MATE& save on flights to Europe with Qatar Airways

Europe for 2 in 2022? Rekindle your love affair with Europe or re-connect with loved ones. Don’t miss Qatar Airways amazing companion fares from $1655pp or business class from just $6349pp. Who needs an excuse? There’s never been a better time to make up for lost time! Hurry sales end Tues 15th Feb

TAKE A MATE& save on flights to Europe with Qatar Airways EUROPE FOR TWO IN 2022! Itching to see the grandkids or missing the memories of a European Summer holiday? Make your dreams a reality with Qatar Airways ‘Take a Mate’ companion fares to European destinations such as Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Vienna and more - on sale now! Economy Class From Auckla...

Max- You'd be nuts not to use them 09/02/2022

Max- You'd be nuts not to use them

Getting Max home safe, helping him navigate a bustling Costa Rican airport at 2am, then allying parental fear hours later as his flight suddenly loses altitude. All in a day’s work for our team. Read Max’s story to find out why more travellers wouldn’t go anywhere without House of Travel. We’re there every step of your journey….

Max- You'd be nuts not to use them Max, 19, was in Barcelona on a Gap year when the first news of a virus sweeping Europe was announced. His parents wanted to pull him out immediately, but everyone in Spain had the same idea.


🥂Congratulations to Nadine Marsh who is our winner of our Explore Expedition Cruises competition! Well done Nadine - please contact us on Messenger to claim your prize. ⛵


After two years of being grounded, we’re fizzing about the news that MIQ free travel will soon be back for fully vaccinated Kiwis! We’ve been overwhelmed by Kiwis wanting to reconnect and make up for lost travel time with amazing holidays.

Given much of the world are already travelling, we’re seeing many of our favourite experiences and destinations filling up fast, so even if you’re not planning to travel until 2023, it’s definitely not too early to start booking your travel plans now.

The exciting news from last week's announcement is:

1. From 28 February 2022 fully vaccinated NZ citizens and residents will soon be saying G’Day Australia, and can return home to self-isolate without any MIQ requirement.
2. And from 14 March 2022 fully vaccinated NZ citizens and residents can return home to self-isolate from anywhere in the world without the need to MIQ!
We know there’s a lot to get your head around, so if your wanderlust has been re-ignited the best place to start planning your travel is with our highly experienced team. With our treasure trove of knowledge, we can answer all your questions on what you need to do, where to go, when to book, what Covid-related travel insurance is available and more questions than you’d even know to ask!

And we’ll be with you every step of the way, so you can plan, book and travel with absolute confidence.

Give us a call or come instore, we’d love to help plan your dream holiday – it's better together.

[email protected] 073772700


The House of Experience

We’re fizzing about the news that fully vaccinated NZ citizens and residents will soon enjoy MIQ free travel in 2022!

If your wanderlust has been re-ignited then our highly experienced team are ready to make your travel dreams a reality. Find out why other travellers trust House of Travel with their precious travel plans

Ready, set go - the world is waiting… for you!


📣**BE IN TO WIN** 🛶 Extend your summer - enter our COMPETITION for your chance to WIN a Two Night Hauraki Gulf Weekend on the Water Cruise in Auckland ⛵. To enter:

1) Follow House of Travel + Explore Expedition Cruises
2) Tag a friend who you would take with you if you won

Hurry, competition ends Friday! Full T&C’s here

Be Inspired! Visit for Explore Expedition Cruise deals.

Photos from House of Travel's post 22/12/2021

📣CRUISE FLASH!📣 Brand new super yacht Island Escape has government approval to cruise New Zealand waters this summer January – March 2022. Be the first to enjoy this luxury superyacht experience – departing Auckland for Nelson on 12th January from only $8950pp share twin. Fiordland including Stewart Island cruises also available. With 32 guests this is super luxury yachting, not cruising! ⛵⛵⛵


Why We Travel

Ever had a “Shiver shake moment” when travelling? House of Travel cruise guru Jeff Lecky explains his “shiver shake moments” and what more than 5 million Kiwis a year are missing out on. Discover the magic of cruising through Jeff’s eyes.

Southern Lights by Flight 09/12/2021

Southern Lights by Flight

*******************BUCKET LIST ALERT!******************


Witness the world's most remarkable natural light show. The Southern lights...also known as the Aurora Australis!

Many people spend a small fortune to fly to Norway, Canada or the Arctic Circle to see the Northern lights, but did you realize that you can see the same phenomena on a flight departing from Christchurch New Zealand

Join Viva Expeditions & Aurora hunter and astrophysicist Dr Ian Griffin & a team of expert astronomers and fly into the night, to witness one of the world’s most magical natural phenomena. Take off onboard an Air New Zealand Dreamliner, you will head south over the Southern Ocean towards Antarctica, aiming for latitudes of 62 degrees south where the Aurora Australis is brightest. We will take you far away from light pollution, high above the clouds and weather systems to see a magical and unforgettable display with uninterrupted view of the southern lights. Along the way you will see constellations, stars, and planets as you have never witnessed them before.

Throughout the flights you will receive a full in flight catering service in both business and economy classes. Expert astronomers will provide information on route about how an aurora is created, as well as pointing out their favourite night sky objects. They will instruct you on how to photograph an aurora and we will have a photographer onboard to assist on how best to use your cameras.

26 & 27 March 2022
02 & 03 April 2022
24 & 25 September 2022

Economy Limited View $1545.00
Economy Wing $2295.00
Economy No Wing $2495.00
Economy Sky Couch $7890.00 ( per 2 people)
Premium Economy $4995.00
Business Premier $6795.00
Business Premier Plus $7995.00

Phone us today on 073772700 or email [email protected] to secure your once in a lifetime trip!

Southern Lights by Flight Witness the world's most remarkable natural light show. The Southern lights...also known as the Aurora Australis by Flight! Join Viva Expeditions & Aurora…


House of Travel

***Preservation Inlet Cruise - Multiple Dates Available***

An ultimate voyage of discovery, an exploration of five of New Zealand’s southernmost and seldom visited fiords; Chalky and Preservation Inlets as well as the stunning Doubtful, Dusky and Breaksea Sounds. A hidden gem of New Zealand, this is definitely a cruise of a lifetime.

Day 1
Your tour commences with your flight from Auckland to Queenstown (other ports on application, extra changes may apply). You will be met at the airport and then transferred to Te Anau for your overnight stay before commencing your Preservation Inlet Cruise tomorrow. Dinner tonight is included at the hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau—1 night

Day 2
This morning you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to the Manapouri Visitor Centre where you will begin your cruise across Lake Manapouri, coach over stunning Wilmot Pass to Deep Cove, Doubtful Sound. Board the Milford Wanderer and cruise out of Doubtful Sound with a 3-hour sea passage to Breaksea Sound to conclude the day.
Accommodation: Milford Wanderer – 6 nights

Day 3
Cruise through Acheron passage to Dusky Sound and visit the S**g Islands and Sportsman Cove. In the afternoon visit Luncheon Cove, the site of New Zealand’s first European and sealers settlement. Optional guided walk (2.5km) over predator free Anchor Island.

Day 4
Start the day with a visit to early conservationist Richard Henry’s house site on Pigeon Island. Cruise Facile harbour, site of NZ’s first known European ship wreck. Cruise through Earshell Cove and the narrow channels of Resolution Island to The Basin for a walk or some kayaking.

Day 5
Visit Pickersgill Harbour and Astronomers Point - named and used by Captain Cook during his five week stay in 1773. You have a 3-hour sea passage to Chalky Inlet. Take a walk on the beach at South Port visiting the old sawmill site. Anchor at North Port near the rusting hulk of the 1800s government steam ship “Stella”.

Day 6
In the morning visit the town site of Cromarty and the mining relics of Te Oneroa with the option of a 5km return walk to Puysegur Point Light House in afternoon.

Day 7
Visit Tarawera smelter’s reclining brick chimney and the site of NZ’s first operational whaling station at Cuttle Cove. Take in the golden beaches of Spit Island.

Day 8
Helicopter from Weka Island Barge to West Arm of Manapouri – flights commencing from 11am. Cruise across Lake Manapouri to complete your journey at the Real Journeys Manapouri Visitor Centre. From here you will be transferred to your accommodation in Te Anau. Dinner is included at the hotel.
Accommodation: Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau—1night

Day 9
This morning you will be transferred to Queenstown Airport for your flight from Queenstown to Auckland.

Call us today to book your spot on this fabulous NZ cruise

House of Travel Taupo 073772700 or email [email protected]

House of Travel We specialise in New Zealand and International travel.


House of Travel

Are you a admirer of car classic cars? Then this is the tour for you!

Classic Cars of the South Tour

Departs Wednesday 06 – Tuesday 12 April 2022 (7 Days)
​The tour that all car lovers dream of! This special interest tour around the South Island showcases thousands of classic cars and vehicle memorabilia. We visit a wide variety of both public museums and private collections including classic cars, tractors, trucks, motorcycles and aeroplanes, while touring our beautiful countryside at the same time.

Call us today at House of Travel Taupo 07 3772700 or email [email protected]

House of Travel We specialise in New Zealand and International travel.

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