Hot deals: Southern retreat is the total package

By Victoria Bartle

Under $100
Birds Ferry Lodge is the ultimate hideaway, 17km from Westport, on the South Island's west coast. A night for two in the Garden Room is discounted from $250 to $194 and includes cooked breakfast. Holistic massages are on offer, or choose to take a fully guided tour of the area, go bike-riding or simply relax with views of the Tasman Sea, the Paparoa Mountains and native forest.

Contact: Wotif.com, 0800 441 092 or book online at www.wotif.com/hotelW16175.

Under $600
Stay for four nights in Samoa at Aggie Grey's Lagoon Beach Resort and Spa, and pay for three. Priced at $519 each, twin or double-share, you'll get a Deluxe Ocean View room, full buffet breakfast daily, a 15-minute introductory Polynesian massage and return airport transfers. If you want a family holiday, children under 12 years get to stay, play and eat for free when sharing a room with adults. Maximum of two adults and two children to a room. Book by February 29 and travel by July 31.

Contact: Aggie Grey's Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa, 00 685 45 611
On the web: www.jasons.com/hotdeal

Under $750
With a whole raft of transtasman flights frequently on offer, wine lovers should consider a three-night autumn sojourn to Sydney, which comes with a Hunter Valley Wine-taster Tour, all priced from $729 each, twin share. Stay at the Shangri-La Hotel in a Deluxe Darling Harbour View Room, and be taken to the Hunter Valley for a two-course lunch and vineyard visits. Flights from New Zealand can easily be arranged for you.

Book by March 30. Travel between April 1 and June 30.

Contact: House of Travel, 0800 838 747
On the web: www.houseoftravel.co.nz

Under $750
Pay $750 for two people to spend three nights at Whitianga's Beachfront Resort on the Coromandel, and you'll be given a $50 voucher towards dinner at one of the local restaurants.

The self-contained beachfront unit has enough room for up to two more people, for an extra charge of $50 each. Water sports equipment is available for free use, as is a spa pool and barbecue. Bookings must be for March, with the exception of Easter. You must mention the "beachfront breakaway offer" when booking.

Contact: Beachfront Resort (07) 866 5637
On the web: www.jasons.com/hotdeal

Under $900
Four nights at the Sebel Vanuatu and return flights from Auckland with Air Vanuatu are priced from $898 a person, twin share, for travel before March 18. Daily breakfast and airport transfers in Vanuatu are included. Book by March 7.

Contact: Holiday Shoppe, 0800 808 480.
On the web: www.holidayshoppe.co.nz

Under $900
Niue for eight nights with return airfares on Air New Zealand from Auckland, plus bicycle hire and two days' car hire, is priced from $889 each, twin share.

Book by February 29 and travel by March 31. Airport departure fees are not included.

Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 354 448
On the web: www.flightcentre.co.nz.

Under $2100
Indulge in luxury with four nights at the Banyan Tree Bangkok. This package starts at $2094 each, twin share, and includes return flights from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch or Queenstown, with Qantas, via Australia. Travel between April 1 and June 30, and book by March 4.

Contact: Holiday Shoppe, 0800 808 480.
www.holidayshoppe.co.nz

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