South Pacific Vacation Deal | Cook Islands and New Zealand
Rarotonga, Auckland & Queenstown from $1,869*
To Book: 888-359-2877 (M-F, 8:30am-5pm CT USA)
Permitted US Departure Dates: Now – March 19, 2019*
Starting Price Found on Select Departure Dates: September 7 – October 15, 2018*
Booking Code: BU-8639
Deal Expires: August 20, 2018
Do you long to get swept up in the grandeur of snow-capped mountains? Are you aching for a tropical island holiday, unwinding on white sand beaches with crystal blue waters?
Your travel wishlist keeps growing and your wanderlust keeps pushing, but your vacation time stays the same.
What if you could do it all?
Don’t wrench your heart in choosing between an island paradise or a sweeping mountain escape. With a well-planned vacation to the South Pacific, you don’t have to choose – you can do both!
The South Pacific is an incredibly diverse and culturally rich part of the world and we’ve created the perfect vacation package for experiencing a little bit of everything on your journey.
When you see the lagoon around Rarotonga for the first time, you will not believe your eyes. The incredible aqua hues will dazzle your eyes with their undulating clarity. Known as a “little paradise,” this island is a sparkling gem of the South Pacific.
Surrender to this tropical island paradise with 3 nights in a 4-Star adults-only resort. Set along Arorangi Beach, one of Rarotonga’s premier beaches, soft white sands and a gentle blue lagoon are right at your doorstep. Lush tropical gardens and swaying coconut palm trees frame your intimate resort. Facing west, your resort sees the full splendor of the famous Cook Islands sunsets. Settle into a hammock or lounge chair along the beach – either way you’ll have the best seats in all of Rarotonga every evening.
Wake up to a complimentary daily continental breakfast at your resort’s highly sought-after restaurant. Begin your day with freshly squeezed juice from succulent tropical fruits along with a hearty spread of cereals, jams and pastries. You’ll need the energy to explore this island!
- Discover the colorful marine life beneath the lagoon with complimentary snorkeling gear and reef shoes provided by your resort.
- Rent a scooter and feel the cool island breeze as you ride past lush trees and tropical foliage. Be greeted by warm “Kia orana’s” from the locals, a greeting wishing good fortune and a long life.
- Stroll the stalls of the local farmer’s market on a Saturday morning for some of Rarotonga’s freshest produce. Bite into sweet, juicy mangoes or try the local delicacy, ika mata, a tangy dish of raw fish marinated in lime and coconut juice.
- Learn about the history, culture and native herbal lore of the Cook Islands on a guided Rarotonga Nature Walk. Explore the lush rainforest with Pa, the local touted as “the South Pacific’s most famous experienced guide.”
- Immerse yourself in the Cook Islands’ resounding culture of beating drums, cheerful singing and dancing. Be blown away by Rarotonga’s finest dancers and musicians performing by torchlight at the Te Vara Nui Village Night show.
There’s a saying in the Cook Islands – “Kiriti maro tai” which means there’s no such thing as a stranger. After your stay in Rarotonga, the warm Polynesian hospitality of the locals and stunning natural beauty will make this island feel like home. Tropical paradise gets no better than at this “little paradise.”
But this is just the beginning of your South Pacific vacation!
Begin your New Zealand adventure in Auckland, one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations. The native Maori people named the area Tamaki Makaurau, meaning “desired by a hundred men.” After you first set foot in Auckland you’ll come to see why. Scenic coastlines, hidden coves, rich in culture and highly modern, Auckland is the perfect first stop for your New Zealand journey.
Spend 3 nights in a 4-Star apartment-style hotel, located only a short walk from Auckland’s famous Sky Tower and bustling Viaduct Harbour. Your hotel is the perfect base for exploring Auckland’s relaxed urban lifestyle and diverse scenery.
- Catch breakfast at the Elliot Stables, one of Auckland’s most vibrant eating spots in a Renaissance-style court reminiscent of a village commons.
- Stroll through Queen Street, boasting top-end designer shops and trendy boutiques for unique finds.
- Relax on the sands of Mission Bay, an inner city beach lined with restaurants and cafes, popular with locals.
- Discover the unspoiled nature of Auckland’s rugged coastlines and dramatic cliffs.
- Walk on ancient volcanic cones and craters, clad in lush green grass and wound with gentle walking trails.
You may want to take a cruise on the sparkling waters of Waitemata Harbour toward Rangitoto Island. Or set out to see some of the North Island’s spectacular coastal scenery at the Bay of Islands, a subtropical paradise of pristine bays dotted with small green islands.
Now get ready for an entirely different view of the South Pacific.
After your stay in Auckland you’ll journey into Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island. Nestled between snow-capped mountains and Lake Wakatipu, this remote town is famed as the
“Adventure Capital of the World.” Popular for bungy-jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging and boasting world-class ski destinations, Queenstown also delights in slow-paced rest and relaxation.
You’ll spend 3 nights in a 4-Star lakeside hotel, minutes from the airport and perfectly situated for exploring the town. Mingle with the locals and settle into a cozy cafe, craft brewery or restaurant lining the base of the mountains. Climb aboard the TSS Earnslaw and learn about Lake Wakatipu on this charming steamship. Take in the incredible views of the city on a Gondola cable car ride to the top of Bob’s Peak, where you can dine at the famous Stratosfare Restaurant overlooking Queenstown.
Surrounded by dramatic landscapes, Queenstown is naturally one of the world’s most spectacular adventure playgrounds.
- Hop on jet boat for a thrilling ride through Shotover River’s narrow canyons.
- Discover stunning fiords and glaciers on a day trip from Queenstown.
- Sip on wines from award-winning wineries on a day tour of the Central Otago region, known for its Pinot noirs.
- Catch a glimpse of the film locations used in the Lord of the Rings franchise around the mountains and forests along the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
An amazing South Pacific vacation experience can you show you all sides of this dynamic, culturally rich part of the world. You’ll feel like you’ve seen it all with the diverse array of experiences in tropical paradise to alpine scenery. So instead of having to choose between the beach and mountains, simply choose both. Don’t risk missing out – let us do the planning and give you an authentic and unforgettable South Pacific vacation.
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