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Crystalbrook Flynn is located on the coast of Cairns, Queensland. Photo / Provided

CORAL REFRIGERATOR

Just steps from the Esplanade Boardwalk, the luxurious Crystalbrook Flynn Hotel is located in the heart of the Cairns coast, with easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, lush rainforests and the shopping and hospitality of Cairns. The hotel has a glass-enclosed swimming pool that faces the Esplanade, three levels of restaurants and bars and has its own haven of beauty and relaxation, Eleme Day Spa. A five-night stay comes with plenty of bonuses, ranging from full-day excursions, discounts at the Eleme Day Spa, Privileges dining card, entry to local experiences, breakfasts daily newspapers and the use of hotel scooters. Usually priced at $1899 pp, this package now starts at $899 pp. Book before June 30. Flights from New Zealand are extra.

Contact: My Queensland, freephone 0800 654 180 or departure myqueensland.co.nz

Matariki Gifts on Waiheke.  Photo / Supplied, Cape Retreat
Matariki Gifts on Waiheke. Photo / Supplied, Cape Retreat

SEASONAL GIFTS

Book three or more nights this month at one of Stay Waiheke’s managed island properties, and you’ll receive a koha (gift) in a traditional Maori woven kete (basket) – containing all your breakfast provisions. You can take the kete home in remembrance of Te Tau Hou Māori (the Maori New Year) – Matariki, which is, from 2022, now celebrated with a public holiday. When booking a Stay Waiheke property, write MATARIKI in the comments field. Stay Waiheke offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

Contact: Stay Waiheke, online reservations by email [email protected] or departure staywaiheke.com

Luxury stay in the North Queensland Outback at Mt Mulligan Lodge.  Photo / Provided
Luxury stay in the North Queensland Outback at Mt Mulligan Lodge. Photo / Provided

OUTDOOR LUXURY

Mt Mulligan Lodge is luxury North Queensland outback accommodation at Mareeba, nestled within a 28,000ha cattle station – a prime location for spectacular nighttime sky viewing (a telescope is provided ), a 4×4 safari to Tyrconnell Gold Mine, river kayaking and paddle boarding. A three-night stay, starting at $3,485 per person, includes daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, unlimited use of paddle boards, kayaks, sky viewing telescope, an electric buggy and fishing equipment. There is a daily Outback ATV Adventure and Township Tour. Travel between September 14 and 21; September 23-12; October 14-November 9; From November 13 to December 16. Airfare from New Zealand is extra.

Contact: Travel Associates, freephone 0800 951 655 or departure travel-associates.co.nz/mtmulligan

Relax in an outdoor onsen in Queenstown.  Photo / Supplied, Destination Queenstown
Relax in an outdoor onsen in Queenstown. Photo / Supplied, Destination Queenstown

HEAVENLY DIP

Unwind with a soothing soak in a Japanese-style cedar-lined onsen hot pool, overlooking the spectacular Shotover River with a backdrop of magnificent mountains. The Outdoor Onsen Hot Pools experience includes a three-night reservation at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites. Priced at $319 per person, in a double room, until the end of this month, Express Start breakfasts are included. Stays in July and August start at $419 per person, in a twin room. Upgrades are available.

Contact: House of Travel, freephone 0800 713 715 or departure houseoftravel.co.nz/hot-deals/deals/nz-holidaysathome-queenstown-onsen-cmpdq1403

Three nights and a Redwoods Treewalk tour in Rotorua.  Photo / Provided
Three nights and a Redwoods Treewalk tour in Rotorua. Photo / Provided

WONDER OF THE WOODS

Venture into Rotorua’s beautiful redwood forest on a nighttime lights tour, the Redwoods Treewalk, during a three-night stay at the four-star Distinction Rotorua Hotel. Priced at $339 per person, in a double room, this offer is available from August 6 to 20 or from August 24 to September 7. The “Flexible Free” policy applies to changes and cancellations up to seven days before travel. Book before July 4th. Plane tickets to Rotorua are extra.

Contact: Flight Centre, freephone 0800 427 555 or check out flightcentre.co.nz/distinctionhotel