Deal of the week: Resort life at Amoa

Five nights at Amoa Resort on Samoa's island of Savai'i and return Air New Zealand fares from Auckland are priced from $1449pp, twin-share. You'll stay in a Deluxe Bungalow, though you can upgrade to a Poolside Villa by paying an extra $179pp. This package includes daily continental breakfasts, transfers to the island, a two-course dinner and a variety of cultural activities. Book by October 29. Various travel periods are available.
Contact: Our Pacific, 0800 500 598 or

Five-star relaxation

Reflections is a rooftop bar in Phuket where the service is five-star and the ambience relaxed and romantic. Return airfares to Thailand for a Phuket holiday, staying for eight nights at the five-star Vijitt Resort Phuket in a Prime Pool Villa, are priced from $4585pp from Auckland or Wellington. Travel from Christchurch starts at $4865pp.
Private airport transfers in Thailand and daily breakfasts are included in this package. Book by October 25. Travel periods are on selected dates in May and June next year.
Contact: Travel Associates, 0800 951 655 or

Opera on the Harbour

Experience the joy and heartache of the immensely popular Handa Opera performance of La Traviata on Sydney Harbour next autumn. Two nights' accommodation and an A-Reserve ticket to La Traviata are priced from $559pp, twin-share.
Travel between March 27 and April 26.
Book by November 30 this year. Flights from New Zealand to Sydney are additional.
Contact: House of Travel, 0800 713 715 or

Soak up the sun

A newly-designed European trip harks back to classic train travel. You'll begin the nine-day tour by catching a train from Rome to Barcelona via La Spezia, Nice and Montpellier. Along the way, you'll get to soak up the sun-kissed coastal beauty of the Mediterranean.
There'sapesto-making lesson arranged for you, an e-bike outing through Nice and a hike through the colourful towns of the Cinque Terre. Priced from $2400pp for bookings paid in full by the end of this month (October 31), departures are on set dates next year.
Contact: your own travel agent or Contiki, 0508 266 8454 or


If you like parmigiana. . .

A laid-back and relaxed travelling pace is key on an eight-night tour of Cinque Terre, Milan, Genoa and Parma. The Northern Mediterranean journey ensures you'll experience local foods, visit a prosciutto factory and parmigiana cheese maker and dine one evening on an island. Bookings made by the end of this month (October 31) are eligible for more than $1000 in savings on flights or up to 10 per cent discount off the trip, which will start at $2875pp.
Contact: your own travel agent or Trafalgar, 0800 484 333 or

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