Ensure you're aboard new cruise ship Viking Sun for its inaugural five-continent cruise - a 140-night journey priced from an eye-watering $88,759 each, twin-share, that includes business class flights from New Zealand to get you on board in time for its departure from Miami on December 15 next year. You'll cruise from Havana to Sydney and from Hong Kong to London. Cruise package luxuries include land excursions and a beverage package that allows you virtually all drinks on board, dining in all the liner's restaurants, bar one, and free, unlimited Wi-Fi connection. Your accommodation is described as a "Deluxe Verandah" cabin. Book by June 30 this year and receive hundreds of dollars' worth of ship credits to spend on board in the cruise-liner's shops and spa, or on the optional land excursions.
Contact: Hello World, 0800 80 80 40 or helloworld.co.nz
Deal of the week - First through the doors
Imagine checking into a luxurious hotel, so new, you'll to be the first to open the door into one of its new suites - and the first to lie down your head upon those pillows.
The capital city's newest hotel, Sofitel Wellington, is at 11 Bolton St, and opens this Friday - July 1. It is the first new hotel to be built in Wellington for more than 15 years. What was once the office building of the New Zealand Apple and Pear Board, has been extended upwards and is now 129 luxurious and stylishly-decorated rooms over 14 storeys.
Nestled between the city's botanical gardens and the landmark Beehive building, the hotel's guest rooms are beautifully appointed in vintage gold and bronze tones, and the bathrooms feature indulgent rain showers. Room rates start at $225 a night.
Contact: book on accorhotels.comor
Explore the parks
Explore some of America's best National Parks, including Kings Canyon, Sequoia and Death Valley on an eight-day "California's Great National Parks" guided tour from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Priced from $3975 each, twin share, savings of up to 10 per cent can be made by booking before October 27.
Departures begin in April next year.
Contact: your own travel agent or Trafalgar, 0800 484 333 or trafalgar.com
Take the family
Created hundreds of thousands of years ago from sand drifting off the east coast of mainland Australia, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and is the only known place where rainforest grows on sand. The surrounding waters are home to the often-sighted dugong, dolphins, manta rays, sharks and migrating humpback whales.
Holiday on the Sunshine Coast, with return airfares to get you there for seven nights in a one-bedroom apartment, from $775 each, family-share, from Christchurch; from $779 from Wellington or from $785 each from Auckland. Travel from Auckland and Christchurch must be booked by July 4; travel from Wellington, booked by July 5. Travel between July 29 and September 16 or between October 11 and 27. The accommodation is based on two adults and two children aged between two and 11.
Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 427 555 or flightcentre.co.nz
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