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Bali is back with packages via Aus, and the best travel deals going

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At the gates of Bali. Photo / Provided

SPRING IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC

Bask in the South Pacific sunshine and join expert local guides to explore beautiful Niue and Rarotonga in late spring. Round-trip Air New Zealand flights from Auckland, most of your meals and all breakfasts are included with seven nights’ accommodation (four in Niue, three in Rarotonga). A private charter flight between the two islands is also covered in the package price of $4256 per person, sharing. The Pukekohe Travel-exclusive trip departs from Auckland on October 18 and returns on October 25. When booking, you can choose which destination you want to go to first. Contact: Pukekohe Travel, 0800 785 386, [email protected] or pukekohetravel.co.nz/escorted-tours/south-pacific-islands/rarotonga-niue.html

Great Ocean Road Lookout.  Photo / Provided
Great Ocean Road Lookout. Photo / Provided

THE DRIVE OF YOUR LIFE FROM OZ

Book yourself a Great Ocean Road and Beyond adventure and you’ll find your rental car waiting for you at Melbourne Airport. This seven-day, six-night itinerary takes you to Geelong and its stunning views over Corio Bay, then on to the coast of Warrnambool, from where you can take day trips to the 12 Apostles, Port Fairy and meet Maremma dogs. Exploration of Port Campbell, beachfront accommodation in Lorne, a soak in the award-winning mineral waters of Peninsula Hot Springs and a ferry ride to Sorrento are also pre-arranged for you. Prices from $1,249 per person, twin room, book by August 31. Flights from New Zealand are extra.
Contact: House of Travel, 0800 713 715, or houseoftravel.co.nz/hot-deals/deals/ast-mlb-great-ocean-road-beyond-hot226ngorb

Cruise from Oz to New Zealand.  Photo / Provided
Cruise from Oz to New Zealand. Photo / Provided

ROYAL ROMANCE ON THE OCEAN

Sleep aboard the Queen Elizabeth in a balcony cabin from $3,605 pps, twin, as she sails away from Melbourne Harbor on Valentine’s Day February 14. Each stateroom comes with a bonus onboard credit of USD 450. Upgrades to a Penthouse Suite start at $6419 per person and come with a US$660 onboard credit. Queen Elizabeth is heading to New Zealand waters, calling at Dunedin, Lyttelton, Wellington, Auckland and Fiordland National Park. Airfare from New Zealand to Melbourne is extra. Gratuities of USD 12 to USD 14 per person for each night are payable on board. Contact: Travel Associates, 0800 915 655, or travel-associates.co.nz/luxury-nz-cruise

Helicopter flight at Stonyridge, Waiheke Island.  Photo / Provided
Helicopter flight at Stonyridge, Waiheke Island. Photo / Provided

CELLAR DOOR BY CHOPPER

Take a helicopter ride to Waiheke Island and enjoy wine tasting at one of the island’s best-known wineries, Stonyridge. Billed as an “ultra-premium red wine specialist”, the vineyard is nestled in a north-facing valley with the Veranda café offering views of olive groves, vineyards and the sea. Albany, taking the scenic route over Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands. You’ll have 1.5 hours to enjoy a wine tasting and two-course lunch, before your return flight. Otherwise, stay longer and return to Auckland on your own by ferry. Prices start at $450 per person. This package is available until September 30.
Contact: Heletranz, (09) 415 3550, [email protected] or heletranz.co.nz

At the gates of Bali.  Photo / Provided
At the gates of Bali. Photo / Provided

BALI IS BACK WITH QANTAS

Qantas return flights and seven nights’ accommodation in Bali are priced at $1,979 pp, double from Auckland, from $2,089 pp, double from Wellington, from $2,079 per person, in duplicate from Christchurch. You will stay in a Premium Garden View Room at the five-star Melia Bali, Nusa Dua. Daily breakfasts, round-trip private airport transfers, free Wi-Fi and other bonuses are included. Book before August 22. Different travel periods are available in November, February and March. Flights go through Sydney or Melbourne.
Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 427 555, or flightcentre.co.nz/bali-ex-akl or flightcentre.co.nz/bali-ex-wlg or flightcentre.co.nz/bali-ex-chc