The friendliest walking festival and travel hot deals in the world


Beekeeping with kids at Buzzstop Honey, Queenstown. Photo / Provided


Synergy Broadbeach 4.5-star apartments are considered as the only holiday destination to refresh, relax and re-energize you to explore the attractions of the Gold Coast. The hotel’s modern rooms offer ocean views and, being in the heart of Broadbeach, have convenient access to lots of shopping. Return Gold Coast Airport coach transfers and seven nights accommodation are priced from $ 599pp, twin-share-a 35 per cent savings, limited to the first 40 bookings. Fares from New Zealand are additional. Travel periods are available from August 14 to mid -September, then on scheduled dates throughout October, November, December and between February and March next year. Contact: House of Travel, freephone 0800 713 715 or check out

Take a spring break in New York with Travel Associates.  Photo / Provided
Take a spring break in New York with Travel Associates. Photo / Provided


New York – dearly known as The Big Apple – is the destination for a holiday on offer this spring and summer. Book before Aug. 31 for this accommodation deal, priced from $ 2265 for five nights at the five-star New York Marriott Marquis in a deluxe room. Travel between October 15 and November 29 or between January 8 and February 2. Fares from New Zealand are additional.
Contact: Travel Associates, toll free 0800 951 655 or check out

Game Over: Kids reign in Rremarkables Park.  Photo / Provided
Game Over: Kids reign in Rremarkables Park. Photo / Provided


Your children become VIK – Very Important Kids – when staying at the Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park, where staff strive to make the young people’s stay special, entertaining and exciting. This new program is free and available throughout the year. Because of the VIK pack at check-in, your children simply wear a VIK wristband to “unlock” discounts around Queenstown attractions. Exciting experiences range from indoor karting and laser tagging, to Clip n ’Climb and paintball challenges, minigolf, Thrillzone escape rooms, virtual reality gaming and simulators. Back at the hotel, those under 12 will stay free and eat for free at Giants Restaurant. A Family Getaway
The package includes a one-night stay for two adults and two children, which costs $ 161-a-night.

Contact: Holiday Inn Queenstown Remarkables Park, toll-free 0800 322 222 or (03) 746 7887 or check out


Dubbed “the world’s friendliest walking festival”, Waiheke Island’s festival offers a special three-day, two-night walking and accommodation package, starting at $ 650pp, double share, for a double room with en suite. A twin room with shared bathroom is $ 590pp, double share. The package is valid for stays at Kiwi House in Oneroa from November 14 to 16 and includes breakfast, picnic-style lunch and a winery platter lunch, all transport to and from the start and finish points of the day- day walks, ferry transfers and host- guides each day. The festival is from November 10 to 20.
Contact: Waiheke Walking Festival, e-mail or view this package at

Vancouver is calling.  Photo / Provided
Vancouver is calling. Photo / Provided


Air New Zealand’s return flights to Vancouver, Canada, and a five-night stay in four-star Rosedale at the Robson Suite Hotel cost $ 2445pp, twin-share. Travel from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Book until July 17. Travel between March 12 and April 21.

Contact: Flight Center, toll-free 0800 427 555 or check out; or