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Classic South Pacific with the Cook Islands

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,300

This classic vacation showcases the Polynesian, Maori, and Aboriginal cultures of the South Pacific on a journey from the Cook Islands to New Zealand and Australia. Enjoy the beaches of Rarotonga, explore the rainforest around Auckland, tour the Sydney Opera House, and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.


This 14-day South Pacific vacation takes you from the Cook Islands to New Zealand and finally to Australia to see the wonders of the region. It features economy, moderate, or first-class accommodations depending on your preference, shared tours, and is a great introduction to the South Pacific.

Your journey begins in Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands, home to beautiful white-sand beaches, friendly locals, and some of the most comfortable weather imaginable. You’ll have a few days to relax at a resort on the island and take advantage of the proximity to the water and the beautiful landscape. One day, you’ll head on a Circle Island Tour to venture across the island in the company of a guide, learning about the Cooks’ Polynesian culture and stopping off at points of interest along the way. You’ll have another day at leisure to enjoy the island as you see fit. Snorkel through reefs, lounge on the beach, or discover nearby churches and villages on the back of a motorbike.

From the Cook Islands, fly to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand and home to two beautiful natural harbours. A Best of Both Worlds tour will showcase the beauty of Auckland and its surroundings. Start off in the morning with a city tour that takes you across the City of Sails to showcase Waitomo Harbour and landmarks like the Sky Tower. In the afternoon, venture out of town to explore the nearby rainforest, stroll along black sand beaches, and enjoy breathtaking views of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean. From Auckland, turn south and stop off at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Venture beneath the ground and explore an underground world illuminated by thousands of glowworms. Gaze upon the cave ceiling and you may think you’re staring at the Milky Way lit up in all its glory.

In Rotorua, you’ll get in touch with Maori traditions while exploring a landscape of bubbling geothermal activity. A morning tour takes you to Te Puia to see the geysers and mud pools that make Rotorua so famous, before stopping off at the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute to learn about Maori traditions. At the Tamaki Maori Village, you’ll enjoy the Journey of Ages Evening Cultural Experience, recreating Maori welcome rituals before a Hangi feast and elaboration demonstration of Maori skills and dancing.

Fly to Sydney, Australia’s largest city and one of the world’s most stunning urban centres. A morning tour explores the showstopping highlights of this beautiful city, most notably the Sydney Opera House, which you’ll explore on a tour. You’ll then have a day at leisure to take advantage of the Hop On Hop Off Explorer Cruise to cruise around town and visit local attractions like the Taronga Zoo, where you can spot cuddly marsupials like koalas and kangaroos.

Connect north to Cairns on the northeastern coast of Queensland, pitched on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest. One day, you’ll explore the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living structure, on a Quicksilver cruise. Snorkel beneath the waves to explore Agincourt Reef or opt for a helicopter flight high above to marvel at the size of the reef. The next day, venture into the rainforest. You’ll visit Kuranda, the village in the rainforest, enjoy a BBQ lunch at Rainforestation Nature Park, head on a guided tour of the rainforest aboard an amphibious Army Duck, and head on a Dreamtime Walk to discover the Aboriginal legacy of the region.

At the end of your stay, depart Cairns and head back home. Or stay longer in Australia to see all that Downunder has to offer.


 

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,300

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Day 1

Palm Grove

Set in the enchanting area of Vaima on the stunning Southern coast, Palm Grove enjoys the peace and tranquillity of one of the best locations on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Thirteen garden bungalows set amongst hibiscus and tipani flowers are complemented with thirteen beachfront bungalows set alongside the secluded beach. Sit back, relax, and find your own private piece of paradise!

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
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Palm Grove

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    Set in the enchanting area of Vaima on the stunning Southern coast, Palm Grove enjoys the peace and tranquillity of one of the best locations on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Thirteen garden bungalows set amongst hibiscus and tipani flowers are complemented with thirteen beachfront ...

    Set in the enchanting area of Vaima on the stunning Southern coast, Palm Grove enjoys the peace and tranquillity of one of the best locations on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. Thirteen garden bungalows set amongst hibiscus and tipani flowers are complemented with thirteen beachfront bungalows set alongside the secluded beach. Sit back, relax, and find your own private piece of paradise!

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bicycles
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Water sports/ Equipment
    • Watersport Activities

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Day 2

Circle Island Tour

Start your holiday with an orientated cultural circle island tour of Rarotonga. Be enlightened with a qualified tour guide sharing the local history and culture of Rarotonga as you journey around the island in an air-conditioned sightseeing coach.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 4

Auckland Airport to Auckland City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Scenic Hotel Auckland

The Scenic Hotel Auckland is conveniently located on Queen Street in the heart of Auckland's Central Business District. The hotel's superb location puts some of the city's best attractions at your doorstep, such as the Edge Entertainment Centre, Town Hall, Aotea Centre and the Civic Theatre. In addition, the hotel is a leisurely walk to the dynamic waterfront and the downtown shopping area. The hotel has 100 rooms, which has a modern apartment style, yet carry the art deco theme through in the finer details such as the eye-catching black and white artworks that complement each room.

Meal Plan Room Only
Duration2 Nights
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Scenic Hotel Auckland

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    The Scenic Hotel Auckland is conveniently located on Queen Street in the heart of Auckland's Central Business District. The hotel's superb location puts some of the city's best attractions at your doorstep, such as the Edge Entertainment Centre, Town Hall, Aotea Centre and the Civic ...

    The Scenic Hotel Auckland is conveniently located on Queen Street in the heart of Auckland's Central Business District. The hotel's superb location puts some of the city's best attractions at your doorstep, such as the Edge Entertainment Centre, Town Hall, Aotea Centre and the Civic Theatre. In addition, the hotel is a leisurely walk to the dynamic waterfront and the downtown shopping area. The hotel has 100 rooms, which has a modern apartment style, yet carry the art deco theme through in the finer details such as the eye-catching black and white artworks that complement each room.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking (Paid)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 5

Best of Both Worlds

Experience the best sights of Auckland City in the morning combined with an afternoon Wilderness Experience -- a day of contrasts. Auckland is set on 52 dormant volcanic cones and between two harbours, the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. Known as the City of Sails, it's New Zealand's largest and busiest city. The morning tour is a journey of discovery designed to explore the history and sights as well as see how Aucklanders live and play.

A 30 minute drive from downtown Auckland brings you to the Arataki Centre, the gateway to the rain forest, where the sweeping decks give breathtaking panoramic views from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Absorb the local history and admire the traditional Maori carvings that stand guard there. Head further west and experience the power of the wild and rugged west coast. Feel the black sand beneath your feet as you stroll along some of the most awe-inspiring beaches the world has to offer.

With your knowledgeable and experienced guide, your eco-tour continues on to the lush rain forest where you hear native birdsong as you walk the easy bush tracks amongst New Zealand's famous kauri trees and giant tree ferns.

Duration8 Hours
Day 6

Auckland to Rotorua via Waitomo incl Lunch

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.

Duration6 Hours

Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa overlooking Lake Rotorua. This 110 room hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from the city centre, and is situated within a unique area of immense natural beauty. The Standard rooms do not have air conditioning.

Meal Plan Room Only - Advance Purchase - Non Refundable,No Amendments
Duration2 Nights
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Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

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    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa ...

    Marrying stylish contemporary accommodation with comfortingly agreeable amenities, Copthorne Hotel Rotorua is a superb choice for the holidaymaker who wants to explore this geothermal wonderland. A wealth of sights and activities are within a short walking distance, from Rotorua Golf Club to the Polynesian Spa overlooking Lake Rotorua. This 110 room hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks from the city centre, and is situated within a unique area of immense natural beauty. The Standard rooms do not have air conditioning.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 7

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 and 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.

Duration4 Hours

Journey of Ages Evening Cultural Experience

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 the Powhiri (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.

Duration3 Hours
Day 8

Rotorua City Hotel to Rotorua Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Sydney Domestic Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Park Regis City Centre Sydney

Park Regis City Centre is an ideal hotel for leisure or a business stay. Located in the heart of Sydney, the hotel is close to Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Pitt Street, the Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall. The best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing are all within walking distance. The hotel has 122 guest rooms ranging in style and size.

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Duration3 Nights
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Park Regis City Centre Sydney

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    Park Regis City Centre Sydney



    Park Regis City Centre is an ideal hotel for leisure or a business stay. Located in the heart of Sydney, the hotel is close to Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Pitt Street, the Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall. The best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing are ...

    Park Regis City Centre is an ideal hotel for leisure or a business stay. Located in the heart of Sydney, the hotel is close to Hyde Park, Darling Harbour, Pitt Street, the Queen Victoria Building and Town Hall. The best shopping, entertainment and sightseeing are all within walking distance. The hotel has 122 guest rooms ranging in style and size.

    Facilities

    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)

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Day 9

Morning Sydney City Tour with Opera House

Sydney - set on the beautiful blue Sydney Harbour, this fast paced city of cosmopolitan character is one of the world's most beautiful places. Colonial history, stunning architecture, superb waterways, gracious harbourside suburbs and friendly people epitomise the vibrancy of this spectacular city. Some highlights of your morning tour include a guided historic 'Sydney Rock' walking tour and a guided tour of Australia's most famous building - the Sydney Opera House. You'll also see Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, affluent waterside suburbs, trendy hotspots and much more.

Duration6 Hours
Day 10

Harbour Explorer Hop On Hop Off Cruise Plus Zoo

When in Sydney do what the locals do and travel on the harbour highway. The Hop On Hop Off Harbour Explorer pass is the easy way for visitors to explore Sydney over 2 days visiting up to eleven famous harbour precincts including Darling Harbour, Circular Quay (The Rocks & Opera House), Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Luna Park, Manly, Fort Denison, Shark Island, Barangaroo, International Convention Centre Darling Harbour and Garden Island with full commentary. The round trip cruise is 60 - 90 minutes in duration with 30 - 45 minutes between vessels and you can stop off at any attraction and re-board the next Explorer with your two day ticket. Included in this pass is entry to Taronga Zoo and the Sky Safari Cable Car. Taronga Zoo is open from 9am - 5pm daily.

Duration1 Hour
Day 11

Sydney Hotel to Sydney Airport

Duration30 Minutes

Cairns Airport to Cairns City

Duration30 Minutes

Cairns Plaza Hotel

The 60 suite Cairns Plaza Hotel is located close to the city centre and offers spectacular views across Trinity Bay. The hotel's rooms are a mix of studio and apartments which all provide comfortable accommodation whether you come to Cairns for Business or Leisure. The hotel's restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner every day of the week and offers casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

Meal Plan Continental Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Cairns Plaza Hotel

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    The 60 suite Cairns Plaza Hotel is located close to the city centre and offers spectacular views across Trinity Bay. The hotel's rooms are a mix of studio and apartments which all provide comfortable accommodation whether you come to Cairns for Business or Leisure. The ...

    The 60 suite Cairns Plaza Hotel is located close to the city centre and offers spectacular views across Trinity Bay. The hotel's rooms are a mix of studio and apartments which all provide comfortable accommodation whether you come to Cairns for Business or Leisure. The hotel's restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner every day of the week and offers casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Currency Exchange
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 12

Quicksilver Cruises Outer Barrier Reef Cruise ex Cairns

For an experience of a lifetime, Quicksilver's wave piercing catamarans and friendly crew will take you to a reef at the very edge of Australia's Continental Shelf, to an underwater world that is a dazzling kaleidoscope of colour and brilliance. Agincourt Reef is a magnificent ribbon reef where you can experience first-hand the magic that is the Great Barrier Reef. Choose to dive (extra cost), snorkel, or stay dry and explore the stunning reef from the comfort of a semi-sub, just one metre underwater. Watch the fish feeding from a unique underwater viewing platform and underwater observatory, or fly in a helicopter over the reef (extra cost). Whichever way you choose; you'll bring home a lifetime of memories from this living natural wonder.

Duration7 Hours
Day 13

Kuranda Classic Tour with Train Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Rainforestation

The Classic Kuranda Experience includes the main attractions of Kuranda, but gives you more free time to explore Kuranda. You will travel to Kuranda by scenic railway and then spend some free time in the village. Wander through the many shops and local markets, which offer a full range of local handicrafts, souvenirs, and gifts.

You will then be transferred to Rainforestation Nature Park, where you will enjoy a delicious Australian BBQ lunch, a guided tour of the rainforest on board an amphibious Army Duck, and the Pamagirri Aboriginal Dance performance, followed by the Dreamtime Walk. You will learn how to throw a boomerang, see a spear-throwing demonstrations, and learn about aboriginal culture.

A guided tour of the Koala and Wildlife Park will commence at the Cultural Centre. Your coach will then transfer you to Kuranda Skyrail Terminal for the 7.5 kilometre Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey down the mountain. Your coach will then return you to your accommodation.

Duration10 Hours
Day 14

Cairns City to Cairns Airport

Duration30 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily from Rarotonga or Cairns

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 13 nights hotel accommodation
  • Transfers throughout
  • Sightseeing as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated by the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Park fees unless stated
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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