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Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips

August 24, 1986|JERRY HULSE | Times Travel Editor

New Zealand on $10 a night sounds like an old Arthur Frommer rerun. Only it's a deal that's offered to passengers of Air New Zealand. Hotels throughout New Zealand are cooperating in a special promotion that figures out to $10 per day per person, based on double occupancy. The offer is good through Sept. 30 for up to 10 nights. Reservations must be booked before leaving the United States. See your travel agent or call Air New Zealand toll-free at (800) 262-1234. In Los Angeles the number is (213) 642-0196.

Arizona

Motorists are offered a free booklet outlining 16 automobile trips by the Arizona Office of Tourism. Everything from a spin to Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon to a tour of Navajo/Hopi country. Some excellent maps. Background on dozens of destinations. Tells what highways to take, road conditions, mileage. Several circle tours are outlined allowing the motorist to return to the same hotel/motel/camping spot in the evening. One of these trips (Tucson West) takes in San Xavier del Bac, Old Tucson, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Another features Kitt Peak, Papago Reservation, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. For your free copy, write to the Arizona Office of Tourism, 1480 E. Bethany Home Road, Suite 180, Phoenix, Ariz. 85014.

Mexico City

A new toll-free number for 560 hotels/motels in Mexico City is operated by the Mexican Assn. of Hotels and Motels. Ring up (800) HOTLMEX for reservations, information. Besides the city's major hotels, you can book little-known hotels that offer surprising bargains. When you call, ask for a brochure that lists all 560 properties. Provides prices, star ratings. The brochure is also available by writing to the Mexican Assn. of Hotels and Motels, 342 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, N.Y. 10805.

Hostels

Thirty-six inexpensive California hostels (San Diego to the Mexican border) are named in a new publication by American Youth Hostels. If you're traveling on a budget, this is a great guide. Tells about hostels near the redwoods, Yosemite National Park, coastal communities. Several unusual properties are listed. The Pigeon Point Lighthouse at Pescadero for one. Rates from $5 to $10 per night per person. For a free copy of "Inexpensive California Hostels," send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Los Angeles Council, American Youth Hostels, 1502 Palos Verdes Drive N., Harbor City, Calif. 90710. This same source will mail you information on hosteling in other areas of the United States as well as foreign countries.

Yachts/Islands

Rainbow Adventure Holidays of Woodland Hills will put you aboard a yacht in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand or the Whitsunday Group along the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Or if you prefer, Rainbow will set you up on Australia's Dunk Island, Great Keppel Island, Bedarra Island, Brampton Island, Lizard Island, Heron Island. I spent a couple of memorable nights on Heron Island several years ago. Flew in by helicopter. Explored the lagoon, observed great ocean turtles crawling ashore to lay their eggs. Recommend it for free spirits seeking to cut the ties with crowds. Contact Rainbow Adventures, 23241 Ventura Blvd., Suite 216, Woodland Hills, Calif. 91364. Telephone (818) 702-0111, (714) 966-0256 or call toll-free (800) 227-5317. Rainbow employs New Zealanders and Aussies to help you map your travel plans Down Under.

New Museum

A note from Maxine Kates who operates Nutmeg Bed & Breakfast in Hartford, Conn. "In New England we have several reservation services. We check each home for cleanliness and hospitality, set prices. Each host is screened. Our network of B&Bs offers charming, hospitable, reasonable properties." Contact Kates c/o Nutmeg Bed & Breakfast, 222 Girard Ave., Hartford, Conn. 06105 or telephone (203) 236-6698.

Maui

You can fly round-trip to Maui, live the good life in a condominium and have a rented car for as little as $575 a week. That's the rate per person (double occupancy) being offered by The Maui Connection and Hawaiian Airlines. Accommodations range from fully-equipped studios to three-bedroom, two-bath units. The air/condo/car package includes free airport pickup and return and signing privileges at selected restaurants. The Maui Connection represents more than 500 units on the island. See your travel agent or write to The Maui Connection, Reservation Desk, P.O. Box 1746, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753. Telephone toll-free, (800) 628-4776.

Scuba Dives

A series of vacation packages for scuba divers is being booked by Aqua Adventures, a sports tour operator in New York. A total of 62 choices in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Prices start at $164 for four days, three nights. Packages include accommodations, dives. Some destinations provide meals. There's an eight-day plan on the island of Bonaire that goes for $642 for hotel, breakfast, dinner, airport transfers and unlimited day/night dives. For details contact your travel agent or Aqua Adventures, 318 Lexington Ave., New York 10016.

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