Deal of the week: See the Outback in luxury
Travel through the typically hot and dry Australian Outback to the tropical Darwin at Top End in the air-conditioned comfort of a luxury coach. Couples who book a 2019 departure by April 30 can save up to $750. The Outback Adventure tour departs from Adelaide and travels through the Red Centre, Darwin-bound. The 14-night itinerary includes the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park. The discounted price begins at $7175pp.
Contact: Your own travel agent or AAT Kings, 0800 456 100 or aat.kings.com
Courtside at the Aussie Open
The Australian Open is the first of four annual tennis majors; this event held over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne. Preceding the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, it features men's and women's singles; men's, women's and mixed doubles and junior's championships, as well as wheelchair, legends and exhibition events. Get yourself a one-day Ground Pass to be courtside at the Australian Open and three nights' accommodation at City Tempo, from $289pp, double-share.
Book by December 12. Travel between January 20-24 or between January 27 and February 3
Contact: helloworld travel, 0800 303 132 or helloworld.co.nz
Swim with whales
If you plan your arrival to Niue to coincide with the annual migration of magnificent humpback whales, you may get to swim with them. A seven-night stay in an Ocean View Room at Matavai Resort starts at $1199pp, twin-share, withavariety of dates available — including from July to October when the humpbacks cruise into Niue's waters. Return Air NZ airfares from Auckland are priced from $539pp and, for children, from $459pp. All taxes included. An additional $10 each way is charged for travel on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Daily breakfasts are included, a $300 resort credit comes with the room, five days' rental car hire and a half-day orientation tour.
This package must be booked by March 25.
Contact: Our Pacific, 0800 500 598 or ourpacific.co.nz/niue
Tailor your Rhone cruise
An eight-day cruise along the Rhone, priced from $6050pp, twin-share, allows passengers to choose how they would like to experience it. Select from Active or Classic or Discovery and your journey will be tailored to suit. Options include culinary walks toacooking class, going wine-tasting or bike-riding, exploring a palace or fronting up foraghost tour.
Book and payadeposit by April 2 to receive an air credit of up to $3600 per couple, to go towards your flights.
The cruise departs from Lyon on selected dates between May and September.
Contact: your own travel agent or Avalon Waterways, 0800 000 883 or avalonwaterways.co.nz
The beauty of Bangkok
The Grand Palace in the heart of Bangkok is a complex of
spectacular buildings and sacred sites; home to The Temple of The Emerald Buddha, which is solid carved jadeite. Three nights in Bangkok with return airfares from Auckland are
priced from $1165pp, twin-share; from $1379pp for travel from Wellington and from $1435pp from Christchurch. Your four-star accommodation includes daily buffet breakfasts.
Book by March 25. Travel between May 20 and July 31.
Contact:Flight Centre, 0800 427 555 or flightcentre.co.nz