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Castles, coastline and Co. Galway in our top travel deals

The five-star Ashford Castle in County Galway, Ireland. Photo / Provided

CASTAWAY AT RIVER BIRCHES LODGE

Ski, fly fish, hike, soak – or do little more than relax in luxurious tranquility at the River Birches Lodge in Turangi, where you’ll be surrounded by birdsong by day and the sound of the ruru (morepork) at night. A “Couples Dream Outdoor Escape” package is available until the end of next month (October 31) for the lodge chalet, which can accommodate a couple or two. Priced at $3,460 for two nights, inclusions range from in-room massages to a half-day guided fly-fishing excursion for two, and a welcome bottle of New Zealand sparkling wine.
Contact: River Birches Lodge, phone (027) 202 1608 or email [email protected] or see riverbirches.co.nz/specials/luxury-cottage

Spicers Sangoma Pool in New South Wales.  Photo / Provided
Spicers Sangoma Pool in New South Wales. Photo / Provided

NSW ECO ESCAPE

The natural serenity of the Blue Mountains is sure to soothe if you’re feeling a bit frazzled. Spicers Sangoma is a luxurious eco-retreat surrounded by giant boulders and Australia’s ubiquitous eucalyptus trees. Less than an hour’s drive from Sydney, you can take in panoramic valley views from the retreat’s infinity pool, pamper yourself at the day spa, and explore mountain hiking trails. Four days of car hire from Sydney Airport, three nights in a Bush Suite, and all food and beverages, are priced at $2,799 per person, sharing. This starting price applies to stays from Sunday evening to Tuesday evening between October 4 and November 1 or between November 4 and November 30. Flights from New Zealand are extra. Book before September 30.
Contact: House of Travel, freephone 0800 713 715 or see houseoftravel.co.nz/hot-deals/deals/sdy-ast-blue-mountains-jenolan-caves-tour-hot234dbms

Relax in Rarotonga.  Photo / Flight Center, provided
Relax in Rarotonga. Photo / Flight Center, provided

COAST AND CASTLES IN CO. GALWAY

Spend three nights at five-star Ashford Castle on Ireland’s west coast – a 13th-century castle converted into a luxury hotel in 1939. Priced at $1,529 per person, with a full Irish breakfast each morning, your room includes €85 hotel food & drink credit. A 30-minute drive from Galway, the castle offers activities ranging from golf and fishing to falconry and cruising along the coast. Airfare from New Zealand is extra. Book before September 30. Travel on pre-selected dates in March and April next year.
Contact: Travel Associates, freephone 0800 951 655 or visit travel-associates.co.nz/irelandcastle

The urban skyline of the southern Gold Coast in Queensland.  Photo / Provided
The urban skyline of the southern Gold Coast in Queensland. Photo / Provided

COTE D’OR HIGHLIFE

Voco Gold Coast at Surfers Paradise is a hotel close to the beach and even closer to the bustling town. A five-night family getaway package is available from $599 per person for bookings made by September 31. There is a luxurious on-site spa, two swimming pools and a gymnasium. Your family will stay in a Standard Ocean View Room on the top floor and enjoy bonus inclusions ranging from daily breakfast, unlimited entry to the SkyPoint Observation Deck and credit $50 purchase at Harbor Town. You will also receive a Privileges Dining Card and local experience passes.
Contact: My Queensland, freephone 0800 654 180 or visit myqueensland.co.nz/package/voco-gold-coast-5-nights-standard-ocean-view-high-floor-room/

Relax in Rarotonga.  Photo / Flight Center, provided
Relax in Rarotonga. Photo / Flight Center, provided

RELAX IN RAROTONGA

Unwind in the Cook Islands with a five-night stay at the four-star Pacific Resort Rarotonga. Round-trip Air New Zealand flights from Auckland and accommodation in a studio room start at $1,885 pp, double share. This Wellington and Christchurch package starts at $2045 per person. Each room has a NZD 250 food and beverage credit. Book before September 18. Travel between February 10 and March 31.

Contact: Flight Centre, freephone 0800 427 555 or see flightcentre.co.nz/rarofromauckland or flightcentre.co.nz/rarofromwellington or flightcentre.co.nz/rarofromchristchurch