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The number of whales visiting Niue often outnumbers the tourists, so unfettered by the holiday-making crowds is this South Pacific isle. Caving enthusiasts deem Niue as home to some of the most spectacular and extensive cave systems in the whole of the South Pacific. Seven nights' accommodation and return Air New Zealand flights to Niue from Auckland are priced from $989 each, twin-share, for holidays taken between January 25 and March 28. From Wellington or Christchurch, the package price starts at $1149 each. Book by December 23.
Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 427 555.
Feeling like doing something spontaneous in 2014? Try racing off to Bolivia, in time for a January 5 departure of an 11-day tour which will take you exploring traditional markets and winding village streets and on to a three-day, off-road expedition on the Uyuni Salt Flats.
Reduced from $1750, this tour is now $1400 per person, which does not include flights from New Zealand to South America.
Contact: G Adventures, 0800 333 307.
Ten nights in Thailand at Phuket and Khao Lak, with the return airfares to get you there from Auckland, are priced from $2125 each, twin-share. You'll stay at the 4.5-star Merlin Beach Resort in Phuket, and three nights at the 4-star Khao Lak Merlin Resort, with daily breakfasts. Transfers from Phuket Airport and between the two resorts are included. This package starts at $2559 for travel from Wellington and from $2645 for travel from Christchurch. Book by January 15. Travel between April 23 and July 1 or between July 10 and August 31.
Contact: House of Travel, 0800 838 747.
When in Rome
Explore Rome and stay three nights at Hotel Rimini, where breakfasts are part of your holiday - as are return airfares from Auckland with Thai Airways - all from $2459 each, twin-share. Book by January 15. Travel between January 16 and March 31.
Contact: Harvey World Travel, 0800 088 804.
Catch a flight from Auckland to Honolulu and board the Pride of America for a seven-night cruise that takes in Kahului, Hilo, Kona and Nawiliwili. All main meals and entertainment on board are part of the package, as are four nights' accommodation in Honolulu once the cruise is over. Package prices start at $3799 each, twin-share, and include the Hawaiian Airlines return flights from New Zealand. Book by December 31. The cruise departs from Honolulu on June 7.
Contact: Cruiseabout, 0800 855 444.
Ferry good deal
Imoova.com (previously Standby Cars) is offering luxury campervans going from Christchurch to Auckland that include a free, pre-booked ferry ticket for the vehicle. To kick off the road trips, Imoova.com have 30 relocation deals available at $1-a-day with five days to do the trip and another 200 available for $5-a-day with four days. Travel on fixed days. From December 20 until January 3 there are two, four and six berth motorhomes from major car and campervan suppliers available. Most of these campervans come fully equipped with crockery and cutlery, linen, duvets and bath towels.
Hunter Valley lights up
The Hunter Valley Gardens near Sydney are gorgeous at any time, but every evening until January 26 (except Christmas Day), 1.5 million lights turn the grounds into a festive fairyland. Every Tuesday and Thursday AAT Kings has a tour to the gardens which includes a barbecue dinner at the Hunter Resort and the services of a knowledgeable driver/guide. It departs Sydney at 4pm and costs $225 (adult) and $113 (child). Phone 0800 500 146 or ask your travel agent.
The Mangapapa Petit Hotel near Havelock North is a landmark homestead built in 1885, which has been carefully renovated to provide modern amenities while retaining the elegance of its era. The hotel's Spring Special is on offer until the end of January and includes accommodation in the best available suite of the day, plus breakfast and free wi-fi. It costs $220 per night (Sunday-Thursday) or $320 (Friday-Saturday) for two adults. A minimum two-night stay applies. Phone 0800 441 092.
Stars of Norway
Cruise the Netherlands and Norway, including the Norwegian Fjords, on a twelve-night cruise on the Celebrity Constellation. Harvey World Travel is offering accommodation in an Ocean View Stateroom from $2989 per person twin share, with a bonus of either a free beverage package or a US$300 (approximately $360) on board credit per stateroom. The deal is valid until February 28 for the cruise departing Amsterdam on June 26. Phone 0800 80 80 40.
Amazon in style
Adventure World's Aqua Amazon Expedition is a luxury river cruise that includes the Pacayana Samiria Reserve, a remote rainforest reserve that boasts abundant wildlife such as macaws, sloths, monkeys, river dolphins, iguanas, turtles and more. The cruise includes three nights' accommodation in a suite with private facilities, transfers to and from vessels, meals and beverages, the entrance fee to Pacaya Samiria, and guided excursions. Prices start from $3325 per person. Phone 0800 899 111.
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