Under $250

Spend a five-star night at Peppers Bluewater Resort in Tekapo and receive a bottle of wine and a cheese platter when you come in from the cold. Warm up with a hearty cooked breakfast, also included, before you leave. Priced from $249 a night for two people, this "Wot a Wine Deal" package usually costs $349. Book now for stays taken by October 10.

Contact: Wotif.com, 0800 441 092
On the web: wotif.com
Under $500

The Auckland to Sydney leg of the latest world cruise by Dawn Princess has been reduced to $495 each, twin-share. Departing on August 31, the crossing to Sydney takes three nights.

Contact: Your travel agent or Princess Cruises, 0800 543 178
On the web: princess.com
Under $ 1200

Fly return from Auckland to Rarotonga and spend five nights at Moana Sands Beachfront Hotel in a Beachfront Studio, priced from $1139 each, twin-share. The deal includes transfers in Rarotonga, daily tropical breakfasts, two days' car hire and a cocktail voucher for two from Paw Paw Patch Restaurant. Book by July 31. Travel between August 1 and March 31.

Contact: Our Pacific, 0800 500 598
On the web: ourpacific.co.nz
Under $4000

Return airfares from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to the Maldives, plus seven nights' accommodation, are priced from $3749 each, twin-share.

Flights are with Singapore Airlines. Stay one night at Male, then six nights on Kuredu Island. Buffet breakfasts and dinners are included daily, as are seaplane transfers and a sunset cruise. Book by July 25. Travel between October 5 and 31.

Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 427 555
On the web: flightcentre.co.nz