Whilst us Brits are wondering why it’s snowing again in March, some of us are thinking ahead to next winter, and of course – where to go on holiday. Whilst last minute bookings are always going to be popular, they are generally more popular with destinations in or around Europe, or at least places that are easily accessible via short-haul flights.
For those looking to travel to Australia or New Zealand, for example, it’s probably something that is planned in advance. This gives you time to save, plan and get excited about the trip. One company we found is Austravel, who are experts in creating tailor-made holidays to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and they are offering some very appealing packages for late 2018.
“As well as having more time to look forward to a holiday, one of the most valuable reasons to booking in advance is to secure the best availability. In order to avoid any disappointment and to secure the best hotels, flight times and excursions, Austravel recommends that travellers book in advance, especially for peak times such as Christmas and New Year.”
– Katie Warburton, Austravel Destination Manager
For various reasons, Christmas & New Year are the most popular times for tourists to visit Australia and New Zealand. December – February marks Australia and New Zealand’s summer months, making it the most popular amongst tourists as well as locals. Many ex-pats are welcoming their families during the holiday season too, so it makes good sense to book sooner rather than later if you’re wishing to visit later this year, or early 2019.
What must be noted is that airline tickets are not available over 12 months in advance due to airline tickets not being released for departure dates over 12 months. Most of the major airlines that fly to Australasia tend to release seats 11 months prior to departure, meaning tickets departing around the Christmas and New Year period are now available.
15-night Christmas & New Year Holiday in Australia
Austravel is offering a 15 night New Year holiday in Australia from £3,649 per person. The offer includes five nights at the four-star Mantra Legends Hotel, Surfers Paradise, over Christmas, three nights at the four-star O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, three nights at the five star Sofitel Brisbane, over New Year. Also included is a Croc Express to Australia Zoo day excursion, 10 days car hire, four nights at the four-star Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island, a Great Barrier Reef Adventure, and a Whitsunday’s Cruise. The offer also includes return international flights from London Heathrow with Cathay Pacific. Based on selected travel in December 2018.
New Year in Sydney, Australia
Enjoy a 13 night New Year holiday in Australia from £3,449 per person. The offer includes five nights at the four-star Adina Apartment Hotel, Sydney, over New Year, a ‘cruise like a local’ luncheon cruise, three nights at the four-star Paperbark Camp Safari Tent, on a B&B basis, two nights at the four-star Old Leura Dairy, Blue Mountains, two nights at the four-star Hunter Valley Resort, 7 days car hire, and one final night back at the four-star Adina Apartment Hotel, Sydney. The offer also includes return international flights from London Heathrow with Qantas. Based on selected travel in December 2018.
Swap Autumn for Spring in New Zealand this November
Fancy an incredible 17 night holiday to Dubai and New Zealand’s South Island from £3,095 per person? The offer includes three nights at the four-star Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, on a B&B basis, two nights at the four-star Rendezvous Hotel, Christchurch, a 12 day South Island self-drive with car hire, a Wilderness Safari down the Dart River, and one night back at the four-star Rendezvous Hotel. The offer also includes a dolphin swim in Akaroa, two additional days car hire and return international flights from London Heathrow with Qantas. Based on selected travel in November 2018.
For booking information, visit www.austravel.com or call: 0808 250 4889