Hot Deals: South pause

Get to know a little more of New Zealand before planning an overseas holiday by booking a 12-day "Inspiring Journey" to the less-travelled corners of the South Island. The itinerary includes the wild and pristine natural wonderland of Stewart Island, the spectacular vistas of Mt Cook, and boating on the still waters of the Milford Sound. Book this tour by July 4 to save 5 per cent. Priced from $5950pp, the journey includes "hand-picked" accommodation, luxury transport, many meals, airport transfers and an experienced travel director and driver guide. The tour is limited to 20 guests.


Deal of the week

Safari style

Spend a full week touring Kenya's open plains of the Masai Mara, the shimmering pink waters of Lake Nakuru, and the savannah grasslands of Amboseli. Wildlife is abundant throughout. Priced from $2825pp, twinshare, this tour departs from Nairobi on Tuesdays and Thursdays between May 3 and June 23. Book by May 31.

Take Pride

Home-made food, a small and friendly crew and enough accommodation for just 38 passengers, the MS Krilo Pride is a "boutique" way to explore the Dalmatian Coast and its islands. Lounge on the sunbeds, swim and snorkel in the crystal clear sea then step ashore to explore the rich culture and history of Croatian ports. A seven-night package is priced from $775pp, twin-share, for departures on June 26, July 3 and July 10.

And, if you book and pay in full by May 31, two people can travel for the price of one. Flights fromNew Zealand are additional.

Monkey business

Sloths, howler monkeys, scarlet macaws, squirrel monkeys and white-faced capuchins live in the exotic Coiba National Park. It is a UnescoWorld Heritage Site and on the itinerary of a seven-night cruise from San Jose, Costa Rica to Panama City this November.

Priced from $4439pp, twinshare, you'll have a Master Stateroom aboard Safari Voyager. Meals, drinks, and fees for national parks and reserves are included. The cruise departs on November 5 and November 19. Book by July 31.

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