Hot deals: Fiji's beaches waiting for you

By Victoria Bartle

Under $1000 for two


Choose your favourite travel buddy and spend seven nights in Fiji. Your buddy gets to travel for just a fraction of your fare. And, you can either go budget-style or pay the extra for a boutique-style resort holiday.

The package comes with return airfares flying with Freedom Air, which means you can fly out of Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington or, for $40 more each, from Christchurch.

The prices start at $699 for you and from $199 for your travel mate.

There's a middle-of-the-road option which includes a little island-hopping in the Yasawas over the seven days for which you will pay around $1000 and your buddy, $500, or if you both prefer the luxury of a Coral Coast resort, you will pay from $1299 and $799 for your travel partner.

This package is exclusive to House of Travel and available for sales until July 8. You must complete your travel by October 31 this year. Surcharges and airport taxes are not included.

Contact: House of Travel, freephone 0800 838 747.

Under $500

Gold Coast

A Gold Coast winter break for seven nights with return airfares to Brisbane will cost you $469 a person, sharing a double, and travelling between August 1 and September 10 this year.

The accommodation is at Broadwater Keys Motel, which features a good-sized swimming pool, undercover parking, a barbecue area and a self-service laundry.

This is a three-levelled (no lifts) motel.

Airport taxes and surcharges are not included and you must book by July 4.

Contact: Lionworld Travel, freephone 0800 277 477 or email

Under $1200


Experience the North of Wales on a seven-day Great Little Trains of Wales tour, priced from $1190 a person, twin-share. (Airfares are not included.)

The rail travel is by steam-train on a scenic route, as guests of the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways, Llanberis Lake Railway and the Talyllyn Railway.

Departures are until September and include six nights' accommodation, dinners and breakfasts and some excursions.

Contact: House of Travel, freephone 0800 838 747.

Under $700


Book a week's stay at an apartment at 51 Kensington Court, London, and get three days of free sightseeing for a family of four.

Kensington Court, only a minute's walk from Kensington Palace, is an early Victorian house with 11 apartments featuring fully-fitted kitchens - giving you the option of eating out at the many local restaurants or saving money by cooking for yourself - and a daily maid service.

Staying in one of the apartments for a week costs from 272 ($694) per person.

For stays until the end of September a family of four staying there will get a three-day London Pass, worth over $400, providing free admission to more than 50 London attractions, including London Zoo, Kensington Palace, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle, plus discounts at restaurants, shops and bus and river tours.

Contact 0044 20 79372030

Under $200


If you love the movies, Wellington is the place to be next month for the Wellington Film Festival and special accommodation packages are available throughout the two-week event. The festival runs from July 15 and 31.

Twin-share rooms are available at the Mercure Hotel in central Wellington for $169.50 a night, a daily saving of $55 on the usual cost. This accommodation deal is available until September 30.

Contact: Octopus Travel, freephone 0800 448 846.

Under $150 for four

Lake Taupo

Make the most of the early winter snow at the Whakapapa skifields in the Central North Island with three of your closest friends, staying at Oreti Village, Lake Taupo.

A 35-minute drive from the mountain, Oreti Village's special rates are less than half-price. Four people can get a loft apartment for $145 a night, instead of the usual $300. These rooms have lake views, a kitchen and private balcony and you can warm up after playing in the snow by making use of the property's tennis court at no extra charge.

Contact:, freephone 0800 441 092 or book on-line at



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