One of the 'must dos' in Hong Kong is to sample what is arguably the finest dim sum at the famous Luk Yu Tea House. Opened in 1933, the Tea House embodies the elegance of old Hong Kong with stained-glass murals, marbled booths, rosewood furniture and brass spittoons. Yum cha is best experienced mid-morning or mid-afternoon, outside the rush hours when every seat is reserved for regular customers. Get to Hong Kong from Auckland, return, with four nights' accommodation, priced from $1899, each.
Book by October 7. Travel between March 8 and 16, next year. flightcentre.co.nz
Set sail on a 10-night cruise aboard 'Nautica' and visit Italy, Spain and France. This package is priced from $3419 each, twin-share, in an Ocean view Stateroom. Included are all meals and entertainment on-board, port charges, fees and gratuities, and free Internet use.
The cruise departs from Rome on May 16.
Book by December 31. Air travel to Italy from New Zealand is additional. harveyworld.co.nz
Play it again
Get a double dose of school holiday fun with the "Instant Replay" deal from Hukafalls Jet, Taupo. After one thrilling fully paid ride to the base of the thundering falls, you can jump straight back on the next trip and do it all again for just $19. They also have some great combos, including a scenic cruise, tandem skydiving, rafting, bungy jumping and a helicopter ride.
Taste of China
Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has savings of up to 25 per cent for advance bookings at its six stunning properties in China. Take advantage of these short getaway deals and experience the fascinating contrast of the ancient and modern world at Four Seasons in Beijing, Shanghai, the Shanghai at Pudong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hangzhou at West Lake.
Subject to terms, conditions and availability. fourseasons.com
Take me away to Marseilles
Set sail on a 10-night cruise on board the Nautica, sailing along the magnificent coastline of Italy, Spain and France from Rome to Marseilles. Prices start at $3419 per person twin share, in an Ocean view Stateroom, including all meals and entertainment on board, port charges, fees and gratuities. As a bonus you get USD$375 (approx. $445) on board credit per stateroom and free internet.
Valid for sales until December 31, for the cruise departing Rome on May 16, 2014. harveyworld.co.nz
Not so hot
This season expedition cruise and adventure company Aurora Expeditions will offer passengers the chance to snorkel in Antarctica alongside penguins, seals and whales. This incredible experience is available on selected cruises, including the Weddell Sea & Antarctic Peninsula cruise departing February 28, which is currently offering a ten per cent discount.
Voyage prices start from US$7200 (approx. $8590) per person and Polar Snorkelling is US$975 (approx. $1165) per person. auroraexpeditions.com.au
The Best of the USA package from Student Flights wraps four hot US cities into one tour, providing two weeks of fun in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.
Prices start at $4,479 per person, twin share, and include thirteen nights hotel accommodation, selected sightseeing, local transport and an experienced tour guide. Airfares not included.
Valid for sales until November 15 for travel on selected dates in 2014. studentflights.co.nz