Helloworld has some great accommodation deals for Rarotonga. A four-night stay at Edgewater Resort and Spa, with late check-out, flights and transfers will cost only $899pp, twin-share, with an upgrade to a beachfront room from only $99pp. The adults-only luxury Crown Beach Resort and Spa also has a four-night deal, with late check-out, flights and transfers from $1389pp twin-share. You'll also get a bonus $240 resort credit per room per stay. Check out our A-Z of the Cook Islands.


What a pearler

A four-night stay at the four-star Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort in an ocean-view room, and the return airfares to get you there from Auckland with Air Tahiti Nui, are priced from $1899pp, twinshare, or from $2087 each from Wellington or Christchurch. Book by March 31. Travel by December 14 or between January 15 and March 31 next year.

Camels and cruising

You don't have to go too far to ride a camel into the sunset. Stunning Cable Beach in Broome is famous for its 22km stretch of white sand and pristine ocean vistas.


Here you can venture off into the sunset on board the camel train, a unique experience that is complemented by watching the sunset across the Indian Ocean, and if you time your journey for low tide you can see 130 million-year-old dinosaur footprints at Gantheaume Pt. Cruiseabout has a 17-night cruise holiday on board Sea Princess from $2309pp ex-Sydney, twin-share. Includes all on board main meals, entertainment, an A$240 on board credit per cabin and government and port taxes.

Depart Sydney and make your way to Brisbane, Yorkey's Knob, Alotau (Papua New Guinea), Darwin, Kimberley Coast, Broome, and Geraldton, before finishing in Fremantle. Valid for sales until March 19, cruise departs Sydney on August 28, 2016. Airfares are additional.


Cruise paradise

Seven-night Tahitian Affair cruises in Tahiti-more like a private yacht-style cruise with friends. From $5950pp includes Papeete airport/hotel transfers, one pre-cruise night in hotel, Papeete to Bora Bora return domestic flights, seven-night luxury cruise through four of French Polynesia's Leward Islands, spacious accommodations with private en suite, all meals on board, all beverages including beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks and filtered water, use of water sports equipment, fishing, island tenders and shore excursions. Simply add your international airfare.


History and holiday

Whether you're looking for an escape that simply involves a beach and a book or you want to fish, dive and explore an island paradise steeped in history, the Solomon islands have much to offer. Packages of seven-night accommodation and return flights from Auckland start at $2499 pp, twin share.


Deal of the week

Flying high

Pack an overnight bag (think "luxury destination and dining") and take a spectacular flight from Auckland along the east coast and over the Bay of Islands, landing on the 2400ha Kauri Cliffs - a luxurious lodge with its own golf course and day spa, near Matauri Bay. You'll stay in a deluxe suite and dine in luxury, before being whisked back to Auckland by helicopter the following day. This package for two is priced from $6990. For more Northland golfing holidays.


Fly from Auckland to the Kauri Cliffs in a helicopter to a luxurious lodge with its own golf course.
Fly from Auckland to the Kauri Cliffs in a helicopter to a luxurious lodge with its own golf course.

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