Hot Deals: Stay over for flower power

By Victoria Bartle

UNDER $150

Auckland

A night's accommodation in Auckland's Skycity Hotel and a full-day ticket to this November's Ellerslie Flower Show are on offer for $135 a person, twin-share.

The deal is on sale until the day before the four-day show opens on November 15. Other accommodation options are available and travel to Auckland can also be arranged in time to attend the show.

Contact: House of Travel, freephone 0800 838 747.

UNDER $400 FOR TWO

Fiji

Pay for three nights' accommodation at Naigani Island Resort in Fiji, and you can stay for five nights, with daily breakfasts part of the package.

Usually $130 a night, the tariff works out at $78 a night - and two people can share the room.

This accommodation deal is available until September 30. Naigani Island Resort is a three-star resort in the Kora Sea, about 90 minutes from Suva, and is set in 220ha of tropical gardens, edged with white sandy beaches, where guests can use kayaks, snorkelling gear and play volleyball.

Contact: Octopus Travel, freephone 0800 448 846 or book on-line.

UNDER $5500

Fiji

Want to take your kids on holiday for nothing and pay only for you and your partner?

The idyllic waters of the Yasawa Islands in Fiji can be the family playground aboard one of the Blue Lagoon Cruises' seven boats.

Book by August 16 and get return airfares for the family and two Blue Lagoon Cruise cabins for two adults and up to three children for $5489. This seven day, six-night cruise can be taken any time before December 9, including during school holidays.

All meals are part of the package, as are cruise activities and shore excursions. Drinks are extra.

Contact: travel agents.

UNDER $155 FOR TWO

Germany

Berlin's annual Musikfest is held between September 1 and 17 this year. Be there to soak up the culture and enjoy some of the world's greatest orchestras, including the Philadelphia, Cleveland, Birmingham and Berlin orchestras.

Twin rooms at the historic Franke Hotel in central Berlin come with cold buffet breakfasts, and are priced from $153 a room a night.

Flights to Berlin can be arranged separately.

Contact: Flight Centre Hotels, freephone 0800 326 654 and Flight Centre, freephone 0800 747 474.

UNDER $16,500

Tahiti-Britain cruise

Cruise from the Tahitian Islands to Britain, leaving from Papeete on March 18 and arriving in Harwich, England 62 nights later (May 16).

The World of Discovery cruise ship calls into exotic ports along the way where passengers can spend quality time exploring. Ports of call include Chile, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Panama, Honduras, Cuba and the Azores.

Prices start from $16,395 a person, twin-share for an inside cabin or $19,095 for an outside cabin.

The airfare to to Papeete is free.

Contact: House of Travel, freephone 0800 838 747.

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