Keen climbers consider Mt Yarigatake the Matterhorn of Japan - and it's there to ascend when you head on a 12-night adventure that includes hiking Mt Fuji - the country's tallest mountain peak. You'll also explore Zen gardens, the Shinto temples of Kyoto and the frenetic pace of Tokyo. Priced from $5625 each, twin-share, this tour includes all breakfasts, four dinners, all transport and a variety of activities, plus your guide. Book by July 31 and travel between August 1 and 15 this year.

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Snapper's dream

Yosemite National Park is just a few hours' drive from San Francisco, so you can start your day in the city and be in the wilderness well before the day is out.

The park is a photographer's dream, with its memorable rock formations, dramatic cliffs and the tallest waterfalls in America. Return airfares to San Francisco from Auckland and four nights accommodation with daily breakfasts start at $1759pp, twin-share (or from $1919pp from Wellington or Christchurch). Book by close of business today - March 29. Travel between November 4-30 (which happens to be the best time to see black bear cubs).
Be in quick


Hawaiian Airlines will fly you from Auckland to Los Angeles, return, from $989 on selected dates this year if you book by April 30.
Spirit of Tahiti

Step away from New Zealand's winter for a luxurious 10-day escape in Tahiti that includes seven nights aboard a sailing ship named Wind Spirit. This package, priced from $5999pp, includes your return airfares to Papeete and three nights accommodation there before Wind Spirit embarks on her August 5 sailing. All meals and entertainment onboard are included, as is the equipment for water activities. Book this package by April 8. The five-star Windstar Cruises vary in price and depart every week.
Circuit sightseeing

Treat that special petrolhead in your life with a trip to the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, a must-do for die-hard MotoGP fans. The Phillip Island circuit is blessed with breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views and is one of the fastest, most fluid tracks on the calendar. Three nights, including accommodation, flights and an Official General Admission ticket for the Sunday are priced from $975pp ($1045pp out of Wellington and $1115pp from Christchurch) per person, twin share. Upgrade options are available.
Triple the fun

See so much more of the Cook Islands by adding Aitutaki and Atiu to your itinerary when you head to Rarotonga. A three-island combo package is priced from $2699 each, twin-share, and gives you nine nights' accommodation, shared evenly between the three islands. Return airfares with Virgin Airlines from Auckland are included, as are daily tropical island-style breakfasts. Various travel periods are available.
Contact: Our Pacific, 0800 500 598 or
Rainforest retreat

Plan yourself a tropical break before the winter arrives. Tucked between the rainforest and beach, on beautiful Langkawi Island in Malaysia, the Andaman Resort is a top spot to relax and be pampered. Return flights from Auckland and seven nights in a deluxe rainforest room is priced from $2099pp.
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