Hot deals: Rail rapture on Orient Express

By Victoria Bartle

Under $200
Poolside studio rooms are down to $195 a night from the usual $260 at Rarotonga's Sunset Resort.

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

Under $300
Spend two nights at Sugarloaf Lodge, Matakana - a short drive north of Auckland - for $239 each, twin-share, and get cooked breakfasts each morning, pre-dinner drinks and canapes in the evenings and a bottle of Matakana wine to take home.

Contact: House of Travel, 0800 838 747
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Under $1200
Return airfares from Auckland to Noumea and four nights at Le Surf Noumea are priced from $1153 each, twin-share - but you must book by close of business this Thursday. Travel by August 31.

Contact: Holiday Shoppe, 0800 808 480
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Under $2600
Five nights in Dubai's Hawthorn Hotel Deira and the return airfares from Auckland are $2519 each, twin share, for bookings made by close of business this Thursday. Travel between this Friday and June 30.

Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 354 448
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Under $2800
Wake to breakfast in Paris at the Victoria Hotel this October. Priced from $2785 each, twin-share, for two nights' accommodation, the return flights are from Wellington or Auckland. Book by close of business this Thursday, May 15. Travel between October 11 and 18 or between October 24 and 31.

Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 354 448
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Under $3100
Explore Valencia in Spain on foot, on a $27 hop-on, hop-off bus, or with a bicycle tour, priced from $53. The long dried-up Turia River bed has been transformed into seven kilometres of green-belt cycling tracks that link all parts of the city.

Three nights' accommodation with daily breakfast in a three-star hotel is priced from $375 each, twin-share.

Airfares from Auckland and back are priced from $2640 each for travel between September 1 and October 31.

Contact: House of Travel, 0800 838 747.
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Under $3500
Travel by rail from Singapore to Bangkok on the Eastern and Oriental Express - a two-night and three-day journey that includes all meals, tea and coffee and some sightseeing tours.

Packages are priced from $3409 a person, twin-share in a Pullman Compartment. Book and travel by December 30.

Contact: Holiday Shoppe, 0800 808 480.
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