High life in Italy

Casa Angelina

is a boutique hotel on Italy's Amalfi Coast, currently offering special accommodation packages to Kiwi holiday-makers for October. Perched on a cliff-top in a village in Campania called Praiano, the hotel is 10 minutes' drive from Positano and 15 minutes from Amalfi. The hotel politely states "children from 12 years of age are welcome".

Book your stay by October 15 for a minimum of two nights between October 1 and 27 this year. Your room rate will be discounted by 10 per cent. The room rates start at €380 (about NZ$592) a night for a Classic Room with lateral sea view, buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, a return shuttle bus service to Positano and use of the hotel's gymnasium and sauna. You'll also have access to La Gavitella Beach — via an elevator and 200 steps.

Contact: Your own travel agent or The Unique Tourism Collection by e-mailing info@uniquetourism.com.


Thai getaway

On a quiet white-sand beach in Khao Lak Thailand, "Beyond Resort" is strictly adults only. Its all-villa accommodation is perfect for complete, peaceful relaxation. Return Malaysian Airlines airfares from Auckland and seven nights' accommodation come with airport transfers in Thailand, daily breakfasts, seven massages, two dinners at the resort, a Thai cooking class and NZ$40 for each couple to spend. This package starts at $1699 each, double-share. Book by July 31. Travel between July 24 and August 31 or between October 15 and 31. Travel dates later in the year or into 2018 are available on request.

Contact: Our Asia on 0800 802 742.

Go mad in Melbourne

Take in the sights, shop, and sample the cuisine of Melbourne with a three-night stay at the Ibis Melbourne Swanston St, in the trendy suburb of Carlton. Wander the aisles of stalls in the Queen Victoria Market, choose from the scores of restaurants lining Lygon St, and discover speciality shops in the alleyways and historic malls in the inner city. This package is priced from $609 each, twin-share, and includes return Qantas airfares from Christchurch. The price starts at $669 for travel from Auckland and from $689 from Wellington. Book by August 9. There is a variety of travel periods available from July 24 to late September or in January next year.

Contact: helloworld on 0800 303 132.

Cruise through Holland

A fascinating river cruise through the waterways of Holland with Avalon Watereways will take you to the well-known sites, but also to some that are well off the beaten path. With departures available from April 7, the seven-night cruise begins in Haarlem and sets out for Amsterdam. A Deluxe Stateroom is priced from $3961 each, twin-share, and your package includes a $1000 air credit for each couple, all meals while cruising, sparkling wine with breakfast and regional wine and beer with lunches and dinners. Local guides will take you sight-seeing on land, and the cruise is overseen by a professional cruise director. There is complimentary Wi-Fi on board, and your port charges and gratuities are built into the cruise package price. Travel by September 27. Flights from New Zealand are additional.

Contact: House of Travel on 0800 838 747.

Around South Australia

Take a short break across the Tasman for a five-day South Australia round-trip from Adelaide, which takes you through the Barossa Valley and Kangaroo Island. Priced from $1275 each, your transport, accommodation and many of your meals are included.

Contact: Your own travel agent or AAT Kings on 0800 456 100.


A 12-month Wi-Fi security subscription

Mobile devices are our best travel companions, but unless you take the right security precautions they can cause major travel headaches.

It's wonderful accessing travel itineraries, bank accounts, and social media from your mobile device — but using unsecured WiFi connections in an airport, cafe or hotel, can expose your most sensitive information to the wrong sorts of people.
Open WiFi networks represent an opportunity for cybercriminals to steal bank and credit card details, passwords that can lock you out of critical accounts, such as email or messaging, and even critical business data.

Symantec, the world's cybersecurity leader, has developed Norton WiFi Privacy, a digital subscription service which enables you to take charge of your public WiFi security and privacy while away on holiday or business travel. One click turns on a Virtual Private Network (VPN), giving you online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public internet connection. The service makes your public WiFi connections private and secure by encrypting your information, so you won't have to worry about your private data being spied on.

Norton WiFi Privacy lets you connect safely and privately with your PC, Mac or mobile device anywhere you travel.

We have two Norton WiFi Privacy 12-month subscriptions to give away, valued at $139.99 each, so you and a friend can each protect up to five devices while you're travelling.

To be in to win, go to our Facebook page and find the Norton WiFi Privacy post. Like our page, then tag a friend. The winner and their friend will both win a 12-month subscription.

Competition closes on Monday, July 24, 5pm.


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