Deal of the week

Go underground

The Grutas da Moeda in Fatima, Portugal, is a network of caves, shaped by running water over millions of years. You can visit this ancient site on a seven-day Discover Portugal small-group Back-Roads tour, which departs regularly between April16 and October 22.

Priced from $4149 each, twin-share, your accommodation is covered, along with daily breakfasts, three evening meals and a variety of activities and sight-seeing, including a cruise on the Douro River. The tour departs from Lisbon and heads for Sintra, Cascais, Nazare, Alvados, Fatima, Coimbra, Lamego, Douro Valley, and Guimaraes, before finishing in Porto. Book by March 30. Airfares from New Zealand additional.

Contact: Travel Associates, 0800 951 655.


Seeing red

Explore the heart of Australia on AAT Kings' six-day Red Centre Discovery short break and save up to 10 per cent by booking and paying by March 27. This tour begins with a guided exploration of Uluru and three days in thatregion before heading to Kings Canyon, Alice Springs and the MacDonnell Ranges. Departures available from this April to March next year. Prices start at $1782pp and includes accommodation, transport, many meals and an experienced driver-guide.

Contact: your own travel agent or AAT Kings, 0800 456 100.

Blue lagoon

There's no need to touch the stones of Craigh na Dun to go back in time —a13-day Highland Trail tour, inspired by the Outlander stories, traces the footsteps of the story characters Claire and Jamie through the Scottish Highlands from Edinburgh to the ancestral home of Clan Fraser and Doune Castle. Departures begin this May and the package starts at $4250pp, twin-share. Payments made by April 27 will be discounted by 5 per cent.

Contact: your own travel agent or Trafalgar, 0800 484 333.

Slow boat to Sydney

Take the long and luxurious way to Sydney—by sea. A 12-night cruise from Auckland aboard Celebrity Solstice, departing on November 20, is priced from $2659pp, twin-share. Cruise to the Bay of Islands, Tauranga, Wellington, Dunedin, Dusky Sound, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. You will stay in an Oceanview Stateroom, and all main meals and entertainment on the ship are included, along with a free beverage package and a US$300 Onboard Credit. There are room upgrade and savings options. Book by April 4.

Contact: helloworld, 0800 808 040.

Beach life

Four nights in Noumea, staying at the Casa del Sole Apartments, plus return Aircalin airfares from Auckland, are priced from $1163pp, twin-share. The apartments offer panoramic views and are close to the Baie des Citrons andashort walk from the beach at Plage de l'Anse Vata. There is a wide variety of travel periods available from April through to the end of March 2019. Book by March 31 next year.

Contact: helloworld, 0800 303 132.