4 days ago

Border update from Buzz at the House of Travel

House of Travel Hobsonville

Hello
It’s been wonderful to catch up with many of our customers over the past few weeks and to be back creating holiday experiences to two destinations that have always captured the attention of Kiwi travellers – the beautiful laid-back Cook Islands and the wonderfully diverse experiences on … View more
Hello
It’s been wonderful to catch up with many of our customers over the past few weeks and to be back creating holiday experiences to two destinations that have always captured the attention of Kiwi travellers – the beautiful laid-back Cook Islands and the wonderfully diverse experiences on offer across the ditch in Australia.


As vaccine rollouts progress and the world begins to tentatively travel again, I thought it may be of interest to share some first-hand travel experiences from the House of Travel team and updates on the travel landscape more generally.

Firstly, travel is certainly more complex, the government requirements, forms and app downloads can be challenging to navigate – our customers have certainly appreciated the assistance we can provide to help make this easy.



Australia

The Australian bubble has proved popular with many families reconnecting with family and loved ones initially and as the winter encroaches we’re busier with those keen to head away to warmer climes. What has come as a surprise is that popular Australian holiday experiences in 2021 are selling out! The Australian government has done a lot to encourage Australians to travel domestically including offering over 800,000 half price domestic airfares and the Australian domestic market has snapped them up. With the Australian Government taking a cautious approach to re-opening further international travel borders – as we have seen in New Zealand we expect that there will be more Australians travelling domestically than normal well into 2022.

If your travel goals include Broome and the Kimberley, Tasmania, Darwin & the Red Centre, Great Barrier & the Tropical North or epic rail journeys like The Ghan and Indian Pacific please talk to us now, even if you don’t plan to travel until 2022 – we are starting to see popular dates fill already by the Australian domestic market for 2022 with much of 2021 completely sold out!

The Gold & Sunshine Coasts are buzzing over weekends and accommodation providers are reporting that Christmas/New Year bookings have been very strong so come and have a chat sooner rather than later if you’re thinking of heading over.

We’ve had a few customers asking what the travel experience to Australia is like now, here’s a report back on the airport experience from our founder Chris Paulsen after his recent trip to the Gold Coast:

“Other than no queues, the check in and arrival process at airports was similar to pre- Covid but don’t expect all the stores and food outlets to be open in airports. Check in is non touch and departure cards are not needed. Not everyone was wearing masks in the airport when departing but mask wearing on board is compulsory but can be removed to eat and drink. Australian airports insist on masks being worn in the terminals. Children under 12 do not need to wear a mask. Make sure you check opening days/hours of restaurants as some are still operating on reduced times and definitely pre-book popular restaurants during the weekends – or you may be disappointed. The great news is the Gold Coast is alive again, restaurants and bars are busy, people are out and about enjoying the sunshine and the environment-things are back to normal."





The Cook Islands

Our regular travellers to the Cook Islands know popular accommodation options always fill fast. Villa options have been the first to be snapped up and it’s hard to find options during July especially over school holidays. Beautiful Aitutaki has been popular with 60% of our customers adding an Aitutaki stay to their Rarotonga holiday. With limited rooms available, I recommend you book early to avoid missing out. October and November are one of our favourite times to visit the Islands with our flexible booking options it’s a great time to secure your slice of paradise today.



Here’s what Danielle one of our first Hotties to touch down in the Cooks since borders opened had to share about her experiences (Hotties is what we call ourselves in House of Travel – HOT J):

The flight on the 789 Dreamliner was full. Breakfast was served. In the Cooks you must wear your mask while you wait in customs and through baggage claim. Families with young kids are prioritised as it can be a long wait. Resort restaurants are all open, some small food stalls and restaurants have limited operating days or hours, but the majority are open.

The whole island is now vaccinated. The market was busy and was nice to see the locals being supported. All sorts being sold, I bought some lovely local made chutneys and home baking treats, a painting, a dress for daughter and a fresh coconut to drink. The supermarket in town was busy and prices were reasonable, a camembert cheese was $5, a litre of uht milk $3, and a bag of chips $3 but lots of options for self-catering. With rental car places it's a lot quicker if you have pre-booked than turning up with just one staff and waiting!”



When you’re ready to travel Mike (Buzz) , Samantha and Talita will be waiting to help. As a locally owned and operated business we really appreciate your continued support.

225 Hobsonville Point Road , Hobsonville Point. 09 416 0700 hobsonville@hot.co.nz

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49 days ago

Australia and the Cooks are now quarantine free!

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We are your local New Zealand owned and operated Travel agents. In Hobsonville we have over 50 years combined travel industry experience between the three of us. We'd love the opportunity to help plan and book your next journey plus we provide all the required support in an ever changing … View moreWe are your local New Zealand owned and operated Travel agents. In Hobsonville we have over 50 years combined travel industry experience between the three of us. We'd love the opportunity to help plan and book your next journey plus we provide all the required support in an ever changing global landscape. hobsonville@hot.co.nz 09 416 0700 corner Hobsonville and De Havilland Roads.

196 days ago

Poll: Please help us plan our marketing for 2021.

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209 days ago

House of Travel Hobsonville wins 2019 Top Travel Agency Award

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Although 2020 hasn’t been the year we’d all hoped it would be (massive understatement) HOT Hobsonville have just been awarded Top Shop based on our 2019 sales and customer service. This is a huge achievement for us and I wanted to share this awesome news with you. We love being part of the … View moreAlthough 2020 hasn’t been the year we’d all hoped it would be (massive understatement) HOT Hobsonville have just been awarded Top Shop based on our 2019 sales and customer service. This is a huge achievement for us and I wanted to share this awesome news with you. We love being part of the community and are committed long term to staying where we are; local and open to serve your travel needs whether they be domestic or (fingers-crossed) international once it is safe to do so.
Even for short domestic travel holidays we are constantly being told by new clients “we wouldn’t normally book with a travel agent but we are glad that we did”.
A very special thanks to all the people who have supported us over the last few years and continue to do so. We’d also like to extend a welcome those we haven’t met yet. Please give us a chance and know you’re booking with one of the best agencies in New Zealand.

(Picture is of Mark (CEO) , Buzz (Owner Operator of HOT Hobsonville) and Jayne (Head of Retail)

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Owner operated ✅

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Thousands of satisfied clients ✅

09 416 0700 Hobsonville@hot.co.nz

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253 days ago

Our doors are open.

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We are so excited to be in Level one and back in-store after many weeks working at home!! Please keep supporting local businesses like ours. It means the world to us 💜 and you'll benefit from our many years of travel industry experience while we work together. Currently we have been booking… View moreWe are so excited to be in Level one and back in-store after many weeks working at home!! Please keep supporting local businesses like ours. It means the world to us 💜 and you'll benefit from our many years of travel industry experience while we work together. Currently we have been booking amazing domestic travel for our established and new clients. Hobsonville House of Travel is a local Kiwi owned and operated business. We are also TAANZ bonded which keeps our clients funds separate to our operating accounts. We look forward to hearing where your next adventure will take you.
Local ✅
Kiwi Travel Company ✅

TAANZ Bonded ✅

Domestic travel guru's ✅

Owner operated ✅

Bricks and Mortar Store ✅

Thousands of satisfied clients ✅

09 416 0700 Hobsonville@hot.co.nz

225 Hobsonville Point Road

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376 days ago

Holidays @ Home

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Did you know that House of Travel Hobsonville also specialise in domestic travel? Why not give us a chance and help support a local business. #supportlocal You have nothing to lose !

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495 days ago

World Wide Travel Sale

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We have some amazing discounts and worldwide deals just launched. Some interesting travel plans we've been making this week are Maldives, Seychelles, Japan , Vietnam and Turkey.
#houseoftravelhobsonville #supportlocal

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529 days ago

Discover India with Mary Lambie. **Exclusive**

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Set your 2020 off with something Epic !!
This very inclusive Hosted journey departs Auckland on the 14th October 2020. Singles, couples and friends welcome.

Pop in , Email hobsonville@hot.co,nz or call 09 416 0700 for a copy of the brochure.

Highlights of the tour include:

• A fun and sociable… View more
Set your 2020 off with something Epic !!
This very inclusive Hosted journey departs Auckland on the 14th October 2020. Singles, couples and friends welcome.

Pop in , Email hobsonville@hot.co,nz or call 09 416 0700 for a copy of the brochure.

Highlights of the tour include:

• A fun and sociable experience hosted from Auckland with Mary Lambie

• A combination of Deluxe and unforgettable Luxury hotels. Plus a touch of Glamping

• All breakfasts and carefully selected, unforgettable dinners are included while in India

• Rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk market

• Visit to Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India built of red sandstone

• Salaam Baalak Trust City Walk aims to make the story of

the children of the street heard and to give us a view of

their world through their eyes in Delhi

• Enjoy the langar for lunch in Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

• Sunset and sunrise boat ride on river Ganges in Varanasi

• Visit Taj Mahal - the epitome of love and one of the seven wonders of the world

• Explore the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort

• Traditional evening in Jaipur, followed by dinner at Darikhana with spectacular roof top Mehrangarh Fort views

• Enjoy the guide cycling tour in by lanes of Jaipur city and explore the flower market

• Walk in the beautiful organic gardens followed by lunch

• Jeep Safari to Bishnoi Village in Jodhpur

• Ride a Rajasthani Camel through the desert

• Visit Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in Rajasthan overlooking the Blue city of Jodhpur

• Enjoy the heritage walk of the Old City in Jodhpur

• Enjoy your stay in tented accommodation at the sand dunes

• 5-star Roof Top farewell party overlooking the Arabian Sea

$7949 per person based on twin share inclusive of flights.Single supplement is only $175 per day. Please contact us for all the details and T's and C's which are list on the brochure.

542 days ago

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.

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From everyone at House of Travel Hobsonville

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558 days ago

Did you know we have plenty parking around the back of our store?

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Just look for Visitor parking off Kanuka Road.
Our back door has a small round House of Travel Hobsonville Sticker on it. Or wander around the front and enjoy the sunshine.

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564 days ago

Have a good weekend !!

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Julie has updated our board with another art work.
What would you like to see more of on our blackboard?

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