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Up and away
Climb into the basket of a hot air balloon at 5 o'clock in the morning, and you'll get to see the sunrise over the hills and the lush hinterland of the Gold Coast.
Accommodation for five nights, a ticket for the balloon ride and return airfares to Brisbane from Auckland, are all priced from $1169 each, twin-share. This package starts at $1189 each for travel from Wellington and from $1159 each if you're travelling from Christchurch.
Book by January 31. Travel dates are between May 21 and July 8 or from July 25 to September 23.
Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 427 555 or www.flightcentre.co.nz
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It takes in so much of the country that, the seven-day "Irish Highlights" guided tour is known as the fast-track to Ireland. Departures begin in April from Dublin and heads to the southern side of the country, stopping at Limerick, Waterford and the Ring of Kerry.
Bookings made by February 25 can be discounted by up to 7.5 per cent. This tour starts at $1750 each twin-share.
Contact: your travel agent or Trafalgar, 0800 872 325 or www.trafalgar.com
Seven nights on Queen Victoria as she cruises through the waters of Europe is priced from $1351 each, twin-share, and departs from Venice on September 10.
You'll be taken through the canals of Venice, explore the beaches of Corfu and Sicily, the charms of Dubrovnik and finish your holiday in Rome.
All onboard main meals and entertainment are included, as is a US$150 onboard credit for each Stateroom. Book by March 31. Airfares to Venice from New Zealand are additional.
Contact: Cruiseabout, 0800 855 444 or www.cruiseabout.co.nz
The fortnight-long "Spanish Spree" is a tour especially designed for 18 to 35-year-olds, and is priced from $3269 each, twin-share.
Departing from Madrid, this tour is by air-conditioned coach and the package price covers accommodation and breakfasts, four dinners, one domestic flight in Europe and selected activities and sight-seeing - including a visit to the most visited monument in Spain, La Sagrada Familia cathedral, which is still under construction after more than a century.
Book by February 29. Travel on selected dates between July 4 and August 8. Airfares from New Zealand to Spain are additional.
Contact: Student Flights, 0800 255 995 or www.studentflights.co.nz