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The Best Travel Deals in Australia Right Now

Get back to travelling and save yourself a heap.

Matt Cherubino Uluru

It’s a new year, which means we all have a fresh start. Compile your bucket lists, put in your leave, and go. Travel is back in a big way, and destinations are busy organising half-priced flights and holiday package deals, so you can holiday at a bargain.

To help you navigate the deals, we’ve put together a definitive live list of the best travel deals out there, from scoring $300 off your next sailing adventure in the Whitsundays to saving half price on flights.

Best Click Frenzy Travel Deals

It’s that time of the year once again, Click Frenzy is here. And if you’re looking to finally bite the bullet and get travelling once again, you’re going to need the best travel deals Click Frenzy has to offer.

Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand just released a Click Frenzy deal that will get you very excited. During Click Frenzy, Air New Zealand is offering 10% off flights to New Zealand, the USA, or Canada. Just use the promo code FRENZY10.
Click here to book.

Qatar Airways

Save up to 10% on Qatar Airways flights to destinations across Europe, the United Kingdom, Africa, the Middle East, and America.
Click here to book

Greyhound

Get up to $150 off Whimit Travel Passes. 
Click here to book

Tangalooma Island Resort

Book a stay at Tangalooma Island Resort and get your third night free. 

Riparide

Riparide offers 25% off the per night price on over 150 escapes across VIC, NSW, and New Zealand.

Klook

Get up to 20% off all theme parks, 20% off all rail passes worldwide, and 20% off New Zealand ski passes and packages.

My Holiday

My Holiday is running a special at Naviti Resort. Get five nights in Fiji for $1,490pp with flights included and Hilton Surfers Paradise for five nights for $699pp

Hopper

Book through Hopper and get $100 off any flight to Bali, and $120 off any Hotel in San Francisco.

Kingfisher Bay

Save over 50% on a Fraser Island Escape from $599 per package.

DealsAway

Get an additional 10% off all deals, including only $1 deposits, to lock in any deal. The deals are:

  • $495 per person Bali 6-day package at five stars Movenpick Hotel and Resort in Jimbaran 
    • $2995 per person Fiji 10-day sail and stay package on Caption Cook Cruise to Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands.
    • $995 per person Phuket six-day package at the Avani + Mai Khao Phuket resort.
    • $1799 per person Queenstown 6-day package at a luxury hotel with a four-day lift pass for Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.

Frenzy Bucks

Frenzy Bucks is back. The first 100 eligible Click Frenzy members to make purchases on Click Frenzy travel totalling over $500 will score a $100 Virtual Mastercard. To enter, simply login to your Click Frenzy Account during the event and upload your proof of purchase receipts totalling over $500 to the Frenzy Bucks portal.

Best Flight Deals In Australia Right Now

Qantas

$100 Off Return Flights to NT
The deal: Use promo code TAKEOFF100 when booking on qantas.com for $100 off return flights.
When: Offer ends June 30 and travel periods are between June 1, 2022 to May, 4 2023.

Webjet

$75 Off Flights to Adelaide
The deal:
Webjet is currently offering $75 off flights to Adelaide on all airlines.
When: Travel dates are from June 15 2022 to March 31 2023.

$100 off flights to Darwin
The deal:
Webjet is currently offering $100 off flights to Darwin for 72 hours only.
When: Travel dates are May 23 to December 15, 2022.

Jetstar

$99 flights to Darwin and Uluru
The deal: Jetstar is currently offering flights to Darwin and Uluru from just $99.
When: Sale is live from June 2-6, 2022.

$50 Flights to Hobart
The deal:
Jetstar is currently offering $50 flights to Hobart to make the most of winter on the Apple Isle.
When: Tickets can be booked between late July and early September until sold out.

$299 Flights to Honolulu
The deal: Head on the trip you’ve always wanted with Jetstar’s current deal to Honolulu.
When: You’ll need to travel from early May until early June 2022.

Virgin Australia

Virgin strips off for $55 Tassie sale
The deal:
Virgin Australia is stripping back 250,000 Tasmania sale fares from as low as $55 one-way.
When: The sale fares are available now until midnight, June 1, with travel dates between July 20 and March 21, 2023.

Virgin Australia direct to Fiji
The deal: Fly from Sydney to Fiji on Virgin Australia’s new direct flight into Nadi. Flights start from as little as $499 return.
When: Travel periods are from 1 August to 8 September, and 11 October to 14 December.

The Best Hotel Deals In Australia Right Now

39% off rooms at Mitchelton Hotel
The deal: Mitchel Hotel in Nagambie, Victoria is only 1.5 hours from Melbourne and the perfect spot to get away from it all. Luxury Escapes currently has rooms for $549 (usually $898) for 2, 3, 4, or 5 night stays.
When: Book now.

Save up to $645 on a 5-night stay at Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences
The deal: Five nights accommodation at the Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences in a two-bedroom apartment from $1,999 per family. ONe day admission to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Dreamworld and Whitewater World.
When: Must travel between 16-31 May 2022, October 4 to December 8, 2022, and Febraury 5 to March 31, 2023.

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Find Volcanoes, Wine Islands, and Thrills in Auckland

One minute you're on a ferry to wine island, the next you could be bungy jumping off of New Zealand's tallest tower.

things to do auckland
Photo: Natasha Bazika

The city of Auckland is a free spirit. It is easily the most geographically blessed city in New Zealand. Within an hour, you could be tasting wines on an island, chasing more than 50 volcanoes, or leaving footprints on a black sand beach. Keep in mind, that Auckland is the country’s most populous city but certainly doesn’t feel cramped.

Instead, the city is buzzing with trendy eateries, boutique shops, quiet streets, and expansive green parks. Around every corner, you’re never too far from something beautiful to see.

From world-class wines to kickass thrills, here’s where to find what you’re looking for in Auckland.

things to do auckland

Seek the thrills

If you thought Queenstown was the home of the adrenaline rush, wait until you see Auckland. In the middle of the city, you can jump off a sky tower or a bridge, zip through the jungle, and scream on a high-octane jet boat ride. The Sky Tower, which can be seen from every corner of Auckland is more than just a landmark. Take a ride to the top and sign up for a Skywalk, where you can wander around the platform, which just so happens to be 192 metres above the ground. If that doesn’t get your heart pumping, you can always jump off it. It’s New Zealand’s highest jump, and can only be described as just like being a movie stuntman, or a superhero. 

The other iconic place to jump off of is the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Unlike the Sky Jump, this one will have thrill seekers dipping their hands and head in the ocean. It’s a 40-metre Bungy, and a great experience. Although, if you’d rather still take advantage of the bridge views, book a climb, which takes you right to the top for sweeping views of the city.

Another way to take in the city is via Auckland Adventure Jet, which takes passengers for spins and tricks on the water.

Just a 35-minute boat ride from Auckland is Waiheke Island, where thrill-seekers will find Eco Zip Adventures. Across three separate lines, you will zip high above a working vineyard and lush, ancient forest canopies, soaking up incredible views back to the city and beyond.

things to do auckland
Photo: Natasha Bazika

Sip wine on Waiheke Island

Whether you want to spend a weekend or a day, Waiheke Island is a must-visit. It’s around a 35-minute ferry ride to the island from Auckland, and once there you can hop from winery to winery. The island is quite large and the terrain is rugged, so trust the experts and book a tour with Ananda Tours. The small, family-run business is owned by Jenny who has been on the island since before the vines were planted and she’s the best person to seek out when getting the Waiheke Island experience. You can book a private tour or group tour, and they can be catered to your preferences and tastes. A few standout stops include Kennedy Point, where they produce fully certified organic Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay wines. You can also state estate-grown olive oils, which the island has plenty of. Enjoy a tasting on the deck with views of Kennedy Bay, or enjoy a picnic under the olive grove.

For the best views on the island, head to Batch Vineyard. As the highest vineyard on Waiheke, you will be treated to panoramic views of the rolling hills, blue waters, and even Auckland city. Their sparkling wine, Blanc de Blancs is a must-try.

When it comes to lunch, there are two spots to choose from. The first is Stonyridge, which is also where you can taste premium award-winning wines, including a Cabernet blend Larose‚ÄĒNew Zealand’s cult wine. The second is Mudbrick, a romantic spot, set amongst beautiful gardens with even more spectacular views, and a bar and bistro serving up some of the best dishes on the island.

things to do auckland
Photo: Natasha Bazika

Eat your way through the city

Auckland’s dining scene isn’t pretentious, but the food quality is good enough to rival the best restaurants in New York‚ÄĒbut the city doesn’t like to brag. Instead, it celebrates good food in every setting, from waterside restaurants to trendy Mexican eateries in a shopping centre.

Inca, is helmed by critically acclaimed chef, Nic Watt. Inspired by Watt’s travels to Peru, diners can expect to find Nikkei cuisine, including spicy chicken karaage, hand-pressed corn tacos filled with pork cheek and spicy tuna. You wouldn’t expect to find such a good restaurant in a shopping centre, but there it is.

Another great trendy restaurant is Hello Beasty, which is home to the famous, prawn and crab toast. This work of art starts with a slice of crispy deep-fried bread, smothered with prawn and crab mousse. On top, there are slices of wagyu, drizzled with a sweet and sour sauce. Although, there are plenty of other great dishes on the menu, including a Sichuan tuna tartare, Korean fried cauliflower, and potstickers swimming in chilli oil. Try the yuzu mandarin soda if you’re looking for something fizzy to go with dinner or lunch.

Deli De Bossi is a recent opening and already becoming a favourite breakfast spot. Apart from coffee, you can get all kinds of toasted sandwiches, filled with everything from mushrooms to hams and salamis.

Another iconic eat-hit list is Parade in Ponsonby. Here, the burgers are served in a pretzel bun and filled with chicken or beef.

Most of these restaurants are casual, but if you’re looking for something a little fancy, book a table at Kingi. Taking cues from Sydney’s own Josh Niland, the dishes at Kingi focus on sustainable seafood, caught locally by local fishermen. The blue cod wings are a must. They’re covered in burnt lime and served with a ranch sauce for dipping. The stracciatella with feijoa is also a standout dish, that’s light and a great start to a meal. Inside, the dining room is cosy with bench seats, fire heaters, and exploded brick walls.

After dinner, walk down the street and grab dessert from Miann. The flavour of the day is always chocolate, and they serve up seriously good desserts. Try the tasting platter for a piece of each pastry on the menu of the day, or pick one that is most desirable to you. Although, the tasting platter is only $23 and you’d be missing out on tasting a little of everything they offer if you didn’t get it.

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Photo: Natasha Bazika

Discover art, culture, and movie magic

One of the best ways to learn about a city or country is by visiting its top museums and galleries. The Auckland War Memorial Museum sits atop a hill in Auckland’s Domain, which also happens to be the city’s oldest volcano. This museum is one of the most important as it tells the story of New Zealand’s natural and military history. Take a self-guided walking tour to explore at your own pace. There are plenty of interactive features for the kids and adults. The museum also hosts exhibitions. An ancient Greek exhibition is currently on display and is one of the largest exhibitions the British Museum has ever loaned to Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Art lovers, spend a few hours wandering around the Auckland Art Gallery, Toi O TńĀmaki. You will find artworks from around the world, including a Picasso or two. Although, the exhibitions are a real treat. Yona Lee’s, An Arrangement of Five Rooms is an incredible installation, spanning multiple rooms, which you can sit on and touch‚ÄĒto immerse yourself in the artwork. Declaration: A Pacific Feminist Agenda, is another must-see exhibition exploring the most pressing issues of our times: climate change and resilience, tino rangatiratanga (sovereignty), activism and social justice.

While art and history museums are insightful and a great way to educate a visitor, there are some other museum types that can be a lot of fun and interactive. Weta Workshop Unleashed is a new Auckland attraction and an incredible experience you don’t want to miss. Step into the world of filmmaking, explore how horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films are made and at times feel as if you’re in a movie. Comedic tour guides will introduce you to movies that are in production and explain every aspect, from prop making to effects, and more. There are even mysteries to be solved, making it fun for the whole family. It’s truly an unmissable experience in Auckland, and one of the best, unique tours you might ever experience.

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Photo: @sidwithlens

Walk on a volcano

Erupting over 100,000 years ago, Pukekawa is one of Auckland’s oldest and most popular volcanoes. Today, the Domain parkland is the remains of the explosion crater and most of the surrounding tuff ring of Pukekawa. Most days you will see people running around the park, families picnicking on the weekend, and tourists snapping photos by the pond or under a magnificent tree, grown from an experiment conducted by the Auckland Acclimatisation Society. Enter from one end, enjoy a picturesque walk, and exit through the historic Parnell shopping and restaurant area. On a sunny day, the atmosphere is charged with romance, but even in the rain, it’s a moody, beautiful sight to see. The Auckland War Memorial Museum’s large neo-Greek architecture is also a standout, commanding top-of-the-mountain views.

where to stay in auckland

Where to stay in Auckland

If you’re looking to sleep on top of the world, you can’t beat a room in Cordis Auckland’s new Pinnacle Tower. From the pillowy-cloud-like beds, guests have sweeping views of the city from the Sky Tower to Rangitoto and Mount Eden. Enjoy a breakfast buffet in the Eight restaurant downstairs, and canapes and drinks in the Cordis Club lounge on the 14th floor. There’s also a health club, spa, and swimming pool. The hotel is within walking distance to some of the best eateries in Auckland, making it a prime option.

Although, if you’re looking to stay in the heart of Britomart, Auckland’s hub of shopping, eating, and drinking, then The Hotel Britomart is where you want to be. From its exterior of hand-made bricks to its beautifully timber-lined rooms, The Hotel Britomart does detail like nobody else. Plus, the best of downtown waterfront Auckland is just outside your front door. With 5 Green Star Design and Build ratings from the NZ Green Building Council, The Hotel Britomart is the country‚Äôs ONLY 5 Green Star hotel, and has sustainability built in from the ground up.¬†

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