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Australia for $1,999

United Airlines flights from New York to Sydney, domestic flights within Australia, eight nights split between Sydney (Park Regis Hotel) and Cairns (Mercure Harbourside), a Sydney Harbour cruise, and an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. When: April 1-Sept. 30. Other Gateways: For the same price, you can also depart from airports in Ala., Conn., D.C., Del., Fla., Ga., Mass., Md., Miss., N.C., N.H., N.J., Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Va., Vt., or W.Va. Details: Extra nights $95 in Sydney or Cairns. Single supplement $475. Eight nights split between Sydney and Melbourne start at $1,549, with air from the East Coast. Contact: Swain Tours, 800/227-9246, swaintours.com.

New Zealand for $1,389

Air New Zealand flights from L.A. to Christchurch (return flight is from Auckland), a 13-day Spirit 2 camper van rental (with two berths and a kitchenette), and tickets for the ferry crossing between Picton, on the South Island, to Wellington, on the North Island. When: April 1-25 ($1,779), April 26-28 ($1,599), April 29-Aug. 26 ($1,389). Other Gateways: San Francisco (add $125); Las Vegas, San Diego (add $135); Seattle (add $275). Details: Extra days with camper van from $47. Single supplement from $260. Upgrade to a Spirit 2 Deluxe (with toilet and shower) for $91 more. Contact: ATS Tours, 800/423-2880, atstours.com.

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