We bring you some of the best travel deals going - both in New Zealand and abroad. Bookmark this page and check back each week for all the latest specials.
Tee off in Thailand
The seaside resort of Hua Hin in Thailand is known for its stunning golf courses and fabulous spas, and a package from Our Asia combines both experiences. It offers four rounds of golf at four different courses, including transfers, caddy and cart, a one-hour massage for two people, return flights, transfers, and eight nights' accommodation at the Veranda Resort & Spa Hua Hin, Prices start at $3299 per person, twin share. Bookings must be made by December 20 for travel January 16-April 30. Phone 0800 802 742.
A little bit country
Experience the majesty of the Mississippi River on a 13-day journey available through Travel Associates. The trip includes a seven-night cruise from New Orleans to Memphis, as well as two nights' pre-cruise accommodation in New Orleans and three nights' post-cruise in Memphis. Prices start at $10,595 per person, and include airfares from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch into New Orleans and out of Nashville, many meals, selected sightseeing and transfers.
Valid for sales until December 9 for travel April 17-29. Phone 0800 951 655.
Enjoy Vanuatu's friendly people, scenic coastline, and lush, forested interior on a holiday package from Flight Centre. Starting from $939 per person, the deal includes return flights, seven nights' accommodation with daily breakfast, one $100 food and beverage credit per booking plus return airport transfers. Valid for sales until December 9 for travel January 15 - March 29. Phone 0800 427 555.
High times in Tibet
Adventure World's ten-day Tibet Trailblazer encompasses remarkable cultural and scenic highlights such as Jokhang Temple, Potala Palace, and of course, the Himalayas and Mt Everest. Prices start from $3325 per person and include nine nights' accommodation, meals, transfers, Tibet travel permit, Mt Everest Nature Reserve pass, and specified sightseeing with an English-speaking local guide. Phone 0800 899 111.
Silly to miss it
Book the "Silly Season Special" at Martinborough's Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa, and for $195 for two people, you get a studio room, a bottle of Palliser Methode Traditionelle, continental breakfast provisions, 10% off spa treatments, and use of the pool and gym. It's available Sunday - Friday until January 31. Phone 0800 441 092.
Cruise for seven nights from Rome to Lisbon on board the elegant mid-sized ship Insignia on a deal available from Harvey World Travel. Prices start from $2395 per person, twin share in an Ocean View Stateroom, with a bonus of US$100 (approx. $120) shipboard credit per stateroom. The special is based on the cruise departing Rome on June 17 and is valid for bookings until December 31. Phone 0800 80 80 40.
Western Australia's capital of Perth can boast a comprehensive 'menu' of beaches, ranging from a secluded spot frequented by sea lions on Carnac Island to calm Swan River beaches and wild and woolly surf beaches where life-guards patrol and watch over surfers at Scarborough on the Indian Ocean.
Pack your togs and book three nights in Perth, which include daily continental breakfasts and return airfares from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Priced from $1349 each, twin-share, travel is on set dates throughout February and March. Book by December 9. The package price is based on double-share accommodation on weekend stays which include Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 427 555.
Taste of Tartan
Fly to Edinburgh from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch with Virgin Atlantic, and pay from $1785 each, return. And, if you plan to fly from Christchurch, deduct $10. Book by close of business, tomorrow; December 4. Travel between January 20 and June 12 or between September 1 and November 30.
Contact: Harvey World Travel, 0800 088 804.
Go on safari from Nairobi to Zanzibar with a tour designed to help you spot 'the Big Five' of African wildlife in Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This 10-night tour is discounted from $2400 to $2040 for the March 13 departure, next year. Accommodation is in 'simple hotels' and camping.
Contact: G Adventures and type the trip code DKNZ into the search box, or phone 0800 333 307.
Herald Travel has an Icebreaker his-and-hers giveaway to take you into summer.
Icebreaker has released its World's Greatest T-shirts range featuring designs by top Kiwi designers. The classic Tech T is a lightweight, odour-free T-shirt made from 100 per cent merino wool. Icebreaker merino wool clothing is ideal for summer because it regulates temperature, breathes to prevent overheating and clamminess, is soft and non-itch against the skin, and resists odour for days - sometimes weeks.
To go in the draw, send us your top tip for the best summer spots anywhere in the world. We'll print a selection and draw a winner for the his-and-hers kits. Email your name, address and sizes for both him and her to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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