Tiki Taane is the headliner of Northland’s May Music Festival in the Bay of Islands. Picture/File


Vacationers wanting beachfront accommodation in Rarotonga, where the youngest are 16, can book a five-night stay at the four-star Crown Beach Resort and Spa in a one-bedroom villa (including daily breakfasts) , which includes return Air NZ fares. . From $1,849 pp, for a double when traveling from Auckland – or from $2,009 pp if traveling from Wellington or Christchurch – your room includes a NZ$150 resort credit. Book before April 17. Travel from July 25 to August 4 or from August 9 to September 30.

Contact: Flight Centre, freephone 0800 427 555 or see this link for travel from Auckland, Travel from Wellington is at and travelers from Christchurch see


Let your travel agent find the best airfares for you, then book an exotic five-night stay in the Maldives. The Meeru Island Resort and Spa is described as “unpretentious — less bling, more barefoot” and features an expansive beachfront, nine-hole golf course, and lively entertainment. The resort is a 55-minute speedboat ride from Male International Airport. Five nights from May to September 30 in a garden room are priced at $1409 per person, in a double room. A water villa with jacuzzi starts at $2059 per person, sharing.

Contact: House of Travel, freephone 0800 713 715 or see


More than 40 artists will take to the stage at New Zealand’s biggest and longest-running country music festival, taking place at seven different venues in Russell and Paihia next month. Book your accommodation now and head to the Bay of Islands in time for the three-day event, which opens on Friday, May 13. . Ticket prices start at $60.

Contact: Bay of Islands Country Rock Festival,


A three-night winter getaway to Queenstown, staying at the Rees Hotel in one of its five-star lake view rooms, is available from $789 pps, double occupancy, and includes breakfasts. daily continental breakfasts and a guided tour of the Routeburn Track, where you’ll enjoy some of the most breathtaking views on Mount Aspiring and be surrounded by native birds. Book before April 19. Travel between April 20 and June 18. Plane tickets are extra and can be arranged for you.

Contact: Travel Associates, freephone 0800 951 655 or see—routeburn-guided-walk-15680358


Fifteen percent knocked down on the price of a six-day tour of the South Island’s Southern Loop, departing April 25 and including accommodation, transport and some meals and activities en route. Now priced at $2253 pp, sharing double, the tour will take you to explore the Catlins Cathedral Caves, cruise the bays and coves of Stewart Island and simply soak up the serenity of Milford Sound . The tour starts and ends in Queenstown.

Contact: Intrepid Travel, freephone 0800 600 610 or visit