Mount Yasur

Bargains and bright ideas

Belinda Jackson rounds up a wide range of escapades for shoppers, temple lovers, volcano hoppers and film fans.

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Fun with Creative Holidays Cheerful Cook Islands family package. Photograph by Cook Islands Tourism 2012. SHD TRAVEL ...

Awesome fun: kids' clubs that rock

When the littlest guests are happy - mum and dad can have a holiday, too. Debbie Neilson-Hunter finds the resorts with the best options for under 12s.

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Picture perfect ... Aitutaki's lagoon is dotted with small islands.

The way back

Craig Tansley meets a guide leading a Polynesian revival.

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Matavera and Muri Lagoon on Raratonga, Cook Islands.

Cheap and full of cheer

Rejoice, oh disorganised work slaves! Bargains still abound for those who don't book their summer holidays a year ahead, discovers Belinda Jackson.

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Mayor of Mangaia welcoming visitors to his island at the airport, Mangaia

Secrets of the underworld

Mangaia island has a labyrinth of ancient caves and tunnels that lead deep below the sea, writes Craig Tansley.

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