Deal of the week
Adventure in the Outback
Take a last-minute trip across the Ditch and save up to $423 on selected December, January and February departures of an 11-day Outback Adventure. Beginning in Alice Springs, the trip explores Kings Creek Station, Uluru, Wycliffe Well, Devils Marbles, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Kakadu National Park before ending in Darwin. Now priced from $1696 each, the trip includes 10 nights' accommodation, transport, sightseeing, many meals and the services of an experienced trip manager.
Contact: your own travel agent or Contiki, 0508 266 8454.
A full-size Venetian gondola and, quirkily, even bathtubs are Venice's Libreria Acqua Alta's answer to protecting its book collection from the city's rising waters - the "vessels" simply rise with the rising tides. See for yourself on a Wonders of Italy tour, priced from $3375 each, twin-share. The tour departs from Rome on selected dates between July 29 and August19 next year. Ten nights' accommodation with daily breakfasts are included, as are a selection of other meals, activities and fees to attractions.
The itinerary covers Cassino, Sorrento, Isle of Capri, Assisi, Verona, Venice, Milan, the Italian Lakes, Pisa, Florence, and more, before returning to Rome. Book this Trafalgartour by the end of this month (November 30).
Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 427 555.
Sail around Hawaii
It's proudly the only cruise that sails four Hawaiian Islands in seven days, yearround. The Pride of America cruise is priced from $4079 each, twin-share, for its March 24 sailing - a round-trip from Honolulu. Your onboard accommodation is a Balcony Stateroom. All main meals and entertainment on board are included, as are taxes, fees and gratuities. Book by the end of this month (November 30) Airfares from New Zealand are additional.
Contact: House of Travel, 0800 713 715.
Three nights in Melbourne
Return Air New Zealand airfares from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to Melbourne and three nights at the Ibis Hotel in the inner-city's Little Bourke St, are priced from $869 each, twin-share. This package's price is based on Sunday night to Friday night stays. Travel by December 17, or next year on selected dates from January 29 to March 31.
Contact: helloworld, 0800 303 132.
Follow a trade route
Spices weren't the only things exchanged on the colonial trade routes; there were experiences, knowledge and culture, too. Soak in the atmosphere and sights on a 19-night cruise from Dubai to Singapore. Priced from $8289 each, twin-share, on board Azamara Quest, for a Club Veranda Stateroom, all meals and entertainment on board are included, as are beverages ranging from beer to wine and spirits. Those booking an Inside Stateroom will be given a room upgrade to a Veranda Stateroom. The itinerary from Dubai includes a day in the lesser-known cultural gem of Fujairah, Mumbai, and Sri Lanka's ports of Colombo and Hambantota. The departure from Dubai is on November 7 next year. Book by the end of this month (November 30).
Contact: helloworld, 0800 808 040
WIN: Booking.com $500 voucher
Research from Booking.com has found that 74 per cent of Kiwis are determined to visit at least one of their dream destinations in 2018.
So, what would be your ultimate bucket-list holiday to tick off this summer? Whether you want to laze on a beach in the islands or jump out of planes in Europe, tell us all about it and you could win a $500 Booking.com voucher to help you get there. With more than 1.1 million properties listed on the site and all sorts of quirky accommodations available - from castles to boats - Booking.com will make your summer one to remember.
To be in to win, go to our Facebook page (facebook.com/nzhtravel), find the Booking.com post and wax lyrical in the comments about your wildest summer travel dreams. Be sure to tag a friend you'd like to take along as well! Standard NZME terms and conditions apply.