The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on Air New Zealand to Auckland (returning from Christchurch), three nights at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Auckland, three nights at Holiday Inn City Centre Christchurch, breakfast daily, a flight between the two cities on Air New Zealand, hotel taxes, and fuel surcharges, from $1,499—plus about $99 in airport taxes.
When: May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 2010; add $150 for April 7, 14, 21, 28; $200 for Feb. 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24; $340 for June 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1.
The fine print: Does not include taxes of about $99 per person. Based on double occupancy; single supplement from $358. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.
Why it's a deal: We priced this multicity itinerary (L.A. to Auckland, Auckland to Christchurch, Christchurch to L.A.) on Kayak for travel in early May and found a $1,171 fare (Air New Zealand). The hotels would cost about $500 per person for the six nights of accommodations. Booking independently, you would expect to pay about $1,671 per person. This package is $1,598 with all taxes included—a savings of $73, plus you have the added convenience of one-click booking.
More There are a few optional tours available, starting at $33 per person for a Christchurch city tour.