Hot deals: Historic B&B

By Victoria Bartle

Under $160

Get into the history of Martinborough with a night for two in The Old Manse Boutique Bed and Breakfast. A deluxe queen room is $150 a night - down from $210.

Contact:, 0800 441 092
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Under $300

Carmel by the Sea on Australia's Gold Coast has two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments for $285 a night. This deal is for a minimum of two nights booked.

Contact:, 0800 441 092
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Under $1300

Have five nights in Tahiti - with return airfares included - from $1289 a person, twin-share. Pay by September 13. Travel must be completed by December 5. Airport transfers and taxes included. Cash, cheque or Eftpos.

Contact: Itchyfeet Travel, (09) 353 2626.
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Under $2600

Deals for two nights in Sydney and five nights in tropical North Queensland - all in five-star accommodation - are on offer from $2579 each, including return airfares from Auckland or Wellington. From $2609 from Christchurch. Book by January 25 and travel between selected dates.

Contact: House of Travel, 0800 838 747
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Under $2900

Cruise Europe for Christmas on crewed canal boats. Book this month to receive a discount of $370 each. Mid-range cabins cost around $2875 a person, twin-share, and fares cover gourmet meals with dinner wine, plus sightseeing. The seven-night cruises between Budapest and Nuremberg depart during December.

Contact: and ask about the Amadeus Waterways specials.

Under $3900

Silversea Cruises have reduced their prices by up to 50 per cent. A seven-night Monte Carlo to Barcelona journey in mid-May is reduced to $3898 a person.

Contact: Alicia Styles: (09) 921 5312

Under $4000

Celebrate the 55th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest. Join one of five treks converging at Thyangboche Monastery for celebrations with Peter Hillary and other climbing greats.The 12-day trek from Kathmandu, departing 23 May, costs $3990.

Contact: World Expeditions 0800 350 354
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