Deal of the week: Hit the road in the spectacular Kimberley region

Armed with a well-designed itinerary and your accommodation all organised for you, take the (rental car) wheel on this three-night journey through the Kimberley region in Western Australia. The trip heads along part of the Gibb River Rd to some of the most spectacular gorges in the Kimberley, including Bell, Galvans, Windjana, and Geikie Gorges. Departing from Broome, you'll cover more than 1000km over four days and experience the gorges, a wilderness camp, Derby, Tunnel Creek and Fitzroy Crossing. Priced from $1419pp, twin-share. Book by January 31 next year and travel between May 5 and September 27. Contact: helloworld Travel, 0800 303 132 or

Homely pleasures in Russia

A Contiki Best of Russia tour will take you from St Petersburg to Moscow over eight days — and if you book and pay in full by December 18, the package price is discounted by 20 per cent, making it $1984pp, twin-share. Highlights include Peterhof Gardens, known as the Versailles of Russia; one of the world's top art collections at the Hermitage Gallery, and eating traditional food in the homes of locals. There are seven nights' accommodation in hotels and hostels and many meals are included. Contact: your own travel agent or Contiki, 0508 266 8454 or

Partner up by Danube

See the best of Germany and Austria while cruising along the Danube on a luxurious cruiser that will call in at several ports. Highlights include Regensburg, Linz, Vienna and the charming towns of Melk and Krems.Afree "happy hour" on board every day, three main meals a day and several land excursions are part of this package. Discounted by 30 per cent if you book by January3for selected departures in 2020, prices start from $3099pp. Contact: your own travel agent or Ubyuniworld, 0800 484 333 or

Perfect package for golfing buddies

If golfing's your bag, a five-night stay on Denarau Island in Fiji comes with unlimited golfing for two. Priced from $1799pp, including return Air New Zealand fares from Auckland to Nadi, this package is perfect for any keen golfer. You'll stay at The Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa in an Ocean Breeze King Room. Book by November 29. There are various travel periods to choose from. Contact: Our Pacific, 0800 500 598 or


Tantalising Thailand

A 10-day small-group tour in Thailand will take you to lush tropical locations where you'll taste local foods, visit colourful hill-tribe villages, visit an elephant rescue and conservation centre, ancient temples and, of course, shop. Priced from $2675pp, twin-share, the package includes nine nights' accommodation with daily breakfasts, transport, activities and entrance fees. Departing from Bangkok, the tour heads to Kanchanaburi, Ayuthaya, Sukhothai and H'mong Lodge, before finishing in Chiang Mai. Book by the end of November for selected departures between May8and September 25. Airfares from New Zealand can also be arranged. Contact: Travel Associates, 0800 951 655 or

Delight in San Francisco

A must-visit location in San Francisco is Pier 39, where there's fresh seafood, interesting shops and street performers — there's even the delightful experience of seeing some of the "locals": sunbathing sealions.Afour-night San Francisco holiday with return Air New Zealand fares from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, is priced from $2389pp, twin-share. Daily breakfasts are included. Book by November 25. Travel between July 29 and August 23. Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 427 555 or

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