Experience New Zealand and Tahiti Including Airfare
- 16 Days
Taking in the best of New Zealand and magical Tahiti, this Pacific escape also includes 2 free nights in Bora Bora.
This 16 day inclusive South Pacific trip pairs dynamic New Zealand with Tahiti’s most romantic island, Bora Bora.
From Papeete, board your flight to beautiful Bora Bora. This breathtaking volcanic atoll is surrounded by a natural lagoon and protected by a coral reef. With your time at leisure, enjoy some of the world’s finest snorkelling, stretch out on the sand, or immerse yourself in crystal blue waters. However you choose to indulge, Bora Bora is the ultimate South Sea Islands experience.
Touch down in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, gateway to the North Island – a geology geek’s paradise! Believed to be over two million years old, the Waitomo Caves are a major draw for visitors fascinated by their large population of glowworms and beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. You’ll have the chance to explore them on your way to Rotorua, where spouting geysers and boiling mudpools showcase geothermal New Zealand at its best.
Queenstown puts you in the heart of the South Island’s mountain landscape. Enjoy an optional scenic helicopter flight, jetboat trip or Gondola ride to take in the sights. An included day trip takes you to Milford Sound, a breathtaking, 16km long fjord carved by glaciers out to the Tasman Sea. Your onward journey to Christchurch also passes Lake Wanaka and includes a stop at majestic Mount Cook, known to the Maori people as ‘Cloud Piercer’. Spend a day sightseeing the historic town of Christchurch before you depart.
- 16 Days
Depart North America
Depart from North America on board Air Tahiti Nui bound for Papeete.
Upon arrival you will be met by your Goway representative before catching your scenic flight to Bora Bora. Upon arrival the day is free to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches. B
Bora Bora at Leisure
The days are free to explore Bora Bora. On this island of unrivalled beauty enjoy snorkeling in the famous lagoon, take an outrigger canoe to one of the deserted motu's, or explore the villages by bicycle.
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You will be transferred back to Papeete airport today to connect with your flight to New Zealand.
SkyCity Hotel Auckland is located on the corner of Victoria and Federal Streets. This hotel is located right in the centre of the city close to all major attractions and shopping. Part of the SkyCity complex which includes a casino, the hotel has 344 rooms of varying standards most of which have harbour views. This hotel is a great place to come for a leisure or business stay.
Best of Both Worlds
Your morning city highlights tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play. After being picked up from your city accommodation travel up Queen St, through Auckland's central business district, past Auckland University and through the inner city park, known as The Domain. Continue on through the picturesque suburb of Ponsonby, known for its historic buildings, before heading over the Harbour Bridge to the North Shore. Stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport. There is time for a coffee here before continuing up to the summit of Mt Victoria where there are stunning panoramic views of Auckland city and the Waitemata Harbour. Then travel back over the Harbour Bridge to Westhaven Marina, one of the largest marinas in the Southern Hemisphere.
Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo
Travel south from Auckland, through the rich farmland of the Waikato, and onto Waitomo. Here you will enjoy a guided tour through the long galleries and lofty chambers of the world famous Glowworm Caves. Your tour continues with a boat ride through the Glowworm Grotto, illuminated by thousands of tiny lights from the glow worms suspended from the cave ceiling. Following your tour there is time for lunch (included). You will then continue to Rotorua by coach.
Discover Rotorua Morning Tour
Today on your morning tour you will visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute where you can view mighty geysers, boiling mud pools, and the traditional arts & culture of the Maori People. You will also experience Rainbow Springs which is a unique showcase of New Zealand's flora and fauna including New Zealand's national icon, a kiwi bird. Last but not least, you will have a hands on experience at the Agrodome Sheep Show, giving you an animated insight into New Zealand's farming history.
This evening you will engage in a wonderful experience at the Tamaki Maori Village. Enroute your guide will instruct you on the rules and protocol for visiting Marae (meeting grounds). On arrival at the venue, nobody must enter the fortified village until thePowhiri (formal welcome) has been performed. The host tribe will send out a toa (warrior) who will challenge the guests, via their elected chief to ascertain if they come in peace. A Teka (peace offering) is placed and received by one of the visiting chiefs. At the Village, the Karanga, or "welcome call", will echo across the courtyard, followed by the Powhiri (welcome dance). You will then be able to enter onto the village grounds where the Tangata Whenua (people of the land) will demonstrate different activities such as poi twirling, hand games, weaponry displays, reciting chants and displaying activities of an era gone by.
The buffet style dinner will be held in the meetinghouse dining hall and will have everyone enjoying a succulent Hangi feast. The evening ends with the Poroporoaki, the official closing ceremony and you will be safely transferred back to your accommodation.
Rotorua to Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown
Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu, Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown boasts breathtaking views over the lake and surrounding mountains. Queenstown's largest hotel is just a 5-minute flat walk along the lakefront to the centre of town with the airport only a 10-minute scenic drive away. With 255 rooms, they have a variety of room types to suit all travelers. Most of the rooms have spectacular views over Lake Wakatipu to the Remarkables.
Discover Milford Sound Coach Cruise Coach
Travel by luxury coach on an unforgettable journey from Queenstown into Milford Sound. Located within the World Heritage Fiordland National Park, this region is rich with dense rainforest, lakes and waterfalls cascading from rugged mountain peaks. Journey through the Southern Alps via the Homer Tunnel, a 1.2km tunnel drilled through a solid mountain of rock. Upon arrival at Milford Sound, board your Red Boat vessel for a spectacular cruise where you will see the wonders of Mitre Peak, glacier scarred rock walls that rise 1,200m vertically from the sea, and waterfalls that tumble from hanging valleys and crash into the sound far below. Return by coach to Queenstown.
Queenstown to Christchurch
Depart Queenstown and travel through the rugged and beautiful landscape of Otago. Cross the Lindis Pass into the Mackenzie Country to visit Mount Cook Village at the base of New Zealand's highest mountain Aoraki / Mount Cook. Here there is time to experience an optional scenic helicopter or skiplane flight with a snow landing (weather permitting). Continue your journey with a stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapo, before continuing to your destination of Christchurch.
The Chateau on The Park
A city resort - a unique escape nestled in 5 acres of beautiful and tranquil gardens, the Chateau on the Park offers hotel accommodation in Christchurch that seems a world away from the stresses of city life. Yet just minutes away from this secluded retreat is the vibrant city of Christchurch. Whether you are visiting Christchurch for business or pleasure, the peaceful garden resort of The Chateau on the Park will provide all you need.
Depart New Zealand for North America
You will be transferred to Christchurch airport to connect with your flight to Auckland then on to North America
01 June – 31 October 2014. Travel outside these dates is available, please inquire for current pricing.
Round trip airfare on award winning Air Tahiti Nui from Los Angeles, domestic airfares with Air New Zealand – Rotorua to Queenstown and Christchurch to Auckland, airport – hotel transfers, 2 nights at Sky City Auckland, Best of Both Worlds Auckland day tour, Auckland to Rotorua with Waitomo Caves, 2 nights at Rydges Rotorua, Discover Rotorua morning tour, Rotorua Journey of Ages evening tour with dinner and Maori performance, 3 nights at Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown, Queenstown to Christchurch coach transfers, 1 night at Chateau on the Park Christchurch, meet and greet upon arrival in Tahiti, inter-Island flights, 5 nights at the InterContinental Le Moana Bora Bora Resort and Spa in a Lagoon Overwater Junior Suite including breakfast daily.
Travel insurance, items of a personal nature and drinks. Limited seats, subject to availability
Flight schedules will vary depending on travel, it may be necessary to add or remove nights depending on availability of flights. Pricing will change accordingly.
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*Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share and include international airfare from the cities mentioned above, and all taxes. For departures from other cities, please inquire. Subject to availability. Please quote Trip Code 195627 (USD) or 19682 (CAD)