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Onsen Hot Pools: The best romantic weekends away and travel deals going. Photo / Destination Queenstown


Three nights at the beautiful, five-star Hilton Lake Taupo, plus a 10-minute seaplane flight over Lake Taupo, the local geothermal area and Huka Falls, are priced from $689pp, twin-share — daily breakfasts included. Travel from April 20-May 30. Book by February 22. The Flexible Free policy applies, allowing changes and cancellations up to seven days prior to travel. Contact: Travel Associates, 0800 951 655 or


Indulge in superb food and wine while taking in the spectacular mountain views of Queenstown, staying for three nights at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Queenstown — one of the region's newest hotels. Priced from $299pp, twinshare, this package includes a tour of Gibbston Valley Winery or an hour's luxurious soak in the Outdoor Onsen Hot Pools, overlooking the Shotover River Canyon. Your accommodation is in a Standard Room with breakfasts, a welcome drink and a late 1pm checkout. Book by February 25. Stay by April 14 or April 19-May 31. Contact: House of Travel, 0800 713 715 or


Stay Waiheke is celebrating the day of romance with a Be My Valentine four-night stay at any one of the island's participating properties — and you'll only pay for three nights. February 11-15.

Details: The choice of properties is detailed on Use the code #bemyvalentine when booking.


Climb on an E-bike for a three-hour tour of Blenheim's vineyards — part of a three-night accommodation package at the four-star Scenic Hotel Marlborough. Priced from $375pp, twin share, you'll stay in a Superior Room. The Flexible Free policy applies, allowing changes and cancellations up to seven days prior to travel. Book by February 13. Travel March 28-April 5, or April 9-14 or April 24-May 5. Contact: Flight Centre, 0800 427 555 or product/15464142


Take a family holiday in the Capital, with a three-night stay in a two-bedroom apartment at Mercure Wellington Central City, in March or May and the first half of June and pay $1199. This family rate includes a Weta Caber Workshop tour and a Miniature Effects tour. Book by February 22. Travel between March 2 and 31 or between May 2 and June 15. The apartment has full kitchen facilities, plus free Wi-Fi. The family rate is based on two adults and two children (6- 18). Contact: Travel Associates, 0800 951 655 or

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