Fourteen days on a small group journey ensures you experience the essence of Vietnam, from its fascinating culture and exciting foods to meeting the charming locals and seeing ancient relics and historic sites. Priced from $4569pp, twin-share, this package includes return Air New Zealand flights from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch to Vietnam, a night's accommodation there before the tour begins, three internal flights and two nights on a cruise. Daily breakfasts and a number of other meals are also included. The tour, at this package price, departs from New Zealand on June 18. Book by April 29.

Alternatively, for $4769, tours also depart on July 30, August 13 and 27, September 10 and October 8.

Deal of the week: Ready, set, adventure

Channel your inner James Bond by taking off in a helicopter in Auckland City, that will whisk you off to South Head on the West Coast, where quad bikes and an off-road adventure awaits you.

You'll embark on an exhilarating safari over some 30km of forest tracks, alongside lakes and beaches, and over farmland, which will eventually lead you to Muriwai Beach. This adventure is priced from $735pp for a group of six people. Helmets, goggles and wet weather gear is supplied for the two-hour quad-bike adventure.
Contact: Heletranz, (09) 415 3550or email


Five-star Fiji

Five-star family-share accommodation in Fiji for five nights, plus the airfares to get you there, are priced from $1569pp, from Auckland or from $1729pp for travel from Wellington or Christchurch. And, you'll be whisked off from Nadi's airport to your hotel in a private car. This "Red Label" Fiji family package is for a one-bedroom Garden View suite, which comes with a FJ$300 food and beverage voucher.

Book by April 29. Travel from August 1 to September 25. The family package is based on two adults travelling with two children, aged between 2 and 11, and flying with Air New Zealand. This package also allows entrance into Auckland International Airport's Emperor Lounge before the flight to Fiji.
Contact: Ask about the 'Red Label Fiji Family' package.

Malay medley

A cultural fusion of Malay, South Indian and Chinese influences await those who book an 11-day highlights trip of Malaysia - an exclusive journey that includes transport in a private car with your own knowledgeable driver. The itinerary will have you hiking through tea plantations to jungle waterfalls, strolling the white-sand beaches of the Perhentian Islands and exploring historical Malacca.

Spot jungle wildlife from treetop hideouts in Teman Negara National Park, savour the flavours to be found in Penang's open-air food stall markets, and get into the vibrant and modern groove of Kuala Lumpur. Priced from $2765pp, twin-share, this package includes 10 nights' hotel accommodation, activities and entrances fees, many meals and local, English-speaking guides.
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