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Cook Islands and New Zealand - a prefect combination. Stay at the Pacific resort nestled discreetly on the white sands of Rarotonga and the Pacific resort Aitutaki with panoramic view of Aitutaki’s world-famous lagoon . Cook Islands a place where simple, lazy days meet luxurious evenings. Onto New Zealand and experience the cities of Auckland, Wellington And Queenstown and all they have to offer.

Inclusions:

  • Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles
  • Add-on airfares available from other cities
  • Domestic New Zealand flights
  • Round-trip flights from Rarotonga to Aitutaki
  • All ground transfer in Cook Islands
  • Lei greeting on arrival
  • 5 Nights Pacific Resort Rarotonga premium beachfront Suite (guaranteed early check-in on arrival Day 2)
  • 3 Nights Pacific Resort Aitutaki Beachfront Bunglaow (Late check out Day 9)
  • 7 Nights New Zealand boutique accommodation
  • 3 days car rental
  • Inter-islander ferry
  • Tropical Breakfast Daily in Cook Islands
  • ** Sightseeing options and packages are available **

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Depart US
Ask about our options with Premium Economy and Business class airfare.

Day 2 - Arrive Cook Islands
Receive a traditional Lei greeting on arrival before being transferred for your guaranteed early check in to the Pacific Resort Rarotonga, in a Garden Suite.

ACCOMMODATION - Pacific Resort, Rarotonga - Nestled discreetly on the white sands of Rarotonga’s most spectacular lagoon, this 64 room boutique resort offers a perfect blend of modern comforts and traditional island hospitality. A place where simple, lazy days meet luxurious evenings. Where slow-paced island life meets fast-paced nightlife. And where the friendly, gracious staff meet your every request. This is a place where you can bury your toes in the sand, or bury yourself in activities. Where you can lie in the sun, or lie in bed all morning. Where you can dance into the night on the beach, or watch the locals dance in the villages. As you’ll discover, Pacific Resort Rarotonga is situated in one of the world’s most spellbinding spots. Stretching one kilometer along the south-eastern coast of Rarotonga, Muri beach is laden with glorious white sand, fringed by palm trees and lapped by the gentle waters of a shallow, safe lagoon. And the resort itself is equally scenic. Set in six acres of lush tropical gardens, surrounded by breath-taking views and majestic mountains, Pacific Resort Rarotonga features elegantly appointed accommodation, authentic Polynesian architecture and a stunning tropical setting.

Days 3 - 6 - Pacific Resort Rarotonga

Day 7 - Rarotonga - Aitutaki
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your morning flight to Aitutaki. Once arrived you will be transferred to your resort for your first night at the Pacific Resort Aitutaki in a Beachfront Bunglaow.

ACCOMMODATION - Pacific Resort, Aitutaki - Like a siren of the Pacific, Aitutaki seduces you. This magical place in he South Pacific is home to Pacific Resort Aitutaki – Cook Islands , “Australasia’s Leading Boutique Hotel” (World Travel Awards) and member of the "Small Luxury Hotels of the World" collection. Here you will discover a seducing enclave of romance, refinement and luxury that beckons to even the most discerning traveller. Pacific Resort Aitutaki is limited to just 27 luxurious absolute beachfront bungalows, suites and villas, all with their own personal, panoramic view of Aitutaki’s world-famous lagoon and where each sunset majestically colours the ocean beyond. And even when your idyllic getaway comes to an end, the seduction doesn’t stop. When you return home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, you’ll pause every now and then to revisit your magical memories of Aitutaki. And you’ll realise that this exclusive, romantic sanctuary will hold you in its spell forever

Day 8 - Pacific Resort Aitutaki.

Day 9 - Pacific Resort Aitutaki, late departure for New Zealand
Enjoy a final day of leisure at the Beachfront Bungalow before a late night check-out and transfer to the airport for you departing flight back to the New Zealand.

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Day 10 - Cross Dateline

Days 11 - 12 Auckland
Auckland, don't think of it as a city, even though it's New Zealand's largest. Think of it as half urban, half marine - a cosmopolitan experience wrapped up in a fascinating water world and surrounded by over 50 islands. the last two nights of your trip will be at the Hotel De Brett.

ACCOMMODATION - Hotel De Brett, Auckland - The property is located centrally, in Auckland's fashion precinct of High St. It is a short walk from the restaurants and bars of Viaduct Harbour, the Sky Tower, and the Ferry Building. It is surrounded by art galleries, theatres and the Auckland Art Gallery and is within easy reach of the Auckland Museum and the shopping and restaurants of Parnell and Ponsonby. This iconic building has been stylishly reinterpreted into a 25-room boutique hotel. The famous House Bar has been meticulously restored as Auckland’s premier meeting place. A private drawing room has been created for exclusive use by hotel guests - while a glass roofed atrium and courtyard form the central focal point for guests, diners and locals to mingle.

Explore Auckland at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites:

  • Auckland City Revealed (Half Day)
    NZ's largest and busiest city is set on 48 dormant volcanic cones and lies between two harbours: the sparkling Waitemata and the brooding Manukau. The tour begins with a drive up Queen Street, past Auckland University and through Auckland Domain to Ponsonby. Head over the harbour bridge to the North Shore and enjoy a stroll on Narrow Neck Beach in historic Devonport. Re-board the coach for a trip up to the summit of Mt Victoria for stunning panoramic views over Auckland City, then travel back over the harbour bridge to Westhaven Marina. Finish with a visit to Auckland Fish Market before continuing on to the Viaduct Harbour.
  • Bush and Beach - Coast and Rainforest Tour
    Visit Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, with panoramic views from the sweeping decks extending from the Tasman Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Next, your guides walk you through Auckland’s coastal rainforest to the West Coast Beach with soft black sand, enjoy a kiwi style picnic lunch before moving onto untouched original rainforest with mature 1000 year old Kauri trees, where 70 percent of the world’s native plants are found nowhere else in the world.
  • Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise
    Board your Explore Group vessel at Viaduct Harbour, Auckland to commence an Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise. Dine on the Waitemata Harbour, an experience not to be missed in Auckland. Enjoy great sailing and as the sun sets watch the night lights of the cityscape come alive. Sail where the wind takes while enjoying Auckland's city highlights; including sailing under the Harbour Bridge and other well-known landmarks along the harbours edge. The crew's local knowledge will give you the best harbour sailing experience Auckland has to offer. Cruise concludes at approximately 2.5 hours after commencement, back at Viaduct Harbour Auckland.
  • Waiheke Island - Wine Tour<
    All day tour of three vineyards with pickup from and return to Auckland ferry or Waiheke Island accommodation . This tour includes commentated scenic tour of the Island with time to stop for photographs. One vineyard may be replaced with an olive oil visit and tasting
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Day 13 - Auckland - Wellington
This morning make your way to Auckland airport and your flight to Wellington. On arrival make your own way to The Museum Hotel, which is superbly situated opposite Te Papa, Museum of New Zealand, and Wellington's waterfront.

Accommodation - The Museum Hotel, Wellington - The luxury rooms are just a few minutes walk from the cafs/restaurants, theatres, galleries and shopping of the vibrant Courtenay Quarter. The popular beach at Oriental Bay is just around the corner. The hotel incorporates 165 classically elegant rooms, spacious studios and suites, award winning restaurant and bars, beautifully appointed and versatile function spaces and a superb collection of contemporary New Zealand art displayed in lobby and foyer areas. Stay, meet and play in luxury surroundings that offer a unique experience in Wellington, the vibrant cultural heart of New Zealand.

Explore Wellington at your leisure or consider adding one of our half day tour options, see our e-brochure or speak with an Aspire expert.

  • City Highlights "Inspiration" Half Day Tour
    This is an unforgettable journey around the city's dramatic highlights, during which clients will travel around the earthquake-scarred South Coast to see the site of the Wahine ferry disaster and the distant ranges of the South Island, overlooked by coastal houses perched on the steep, rocky hills. Enjoy views of the harbour from the top of Mount Victoria and ride the steep cable car up to an incredible, far-reaching panorama. Visit the magnificent Parliament buildings and the famous Beehive and see the gorgeous, timber-built Old St Paul's Cathedral before visiting the national museum of Te Papa to experience the extraordinary mix of Maori and European history, amid the nation's natural and cultural treasures.
  • WETA Workshop There and Back Again Half Day Tour
    Made famous by the Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Weta Workshop is world renowned for creating incredible movie props and practical effects. Begin with a behind the scenes film showcasing the company's history before a workshop technician takes you on a tour filled with real films props and working artists. See and learn about the creative process from start to finish and relive the magic of countless movies. Tour concludes approximately 2.5 hours after commencement
  • Te Papa Museum - Maori Highlights Tour
    Take an in-depth journey to discover Te Papa's taonga (Maori cultural treasures) and hear their stories for insights into Maori cultures. From historic, artistic and contemporary perspectives, this tour will enrich your understanding of what makes New Zealand's Maori culture unique. Tour concludes approximately 1 hour after commencement.
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Day 14 - Ferry from Wellington - Picton, self drive Picton - Blenheim
This morning make your way to Wellington ferry terminal for your Inter-islander ferry linking New Zealand's North and South Islands. 

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Wellington to Picton
70 km (44 miles) Approximately 1.5 hours

The passage across Cook Strait and through the Marlborough Sounds is one of the most scenic ferry trips in the world. The fast ferry makes the trip in just over 2 hours, the cruise-style ferry takes 3 hours. Both types of vessel can transport vehicles. Highlights along the way include the Red Rocks seal colony, Tory Channel, Cook’s Lookout and the beautiful coves of the sounds.

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Picton to Blenheim
29 km (18 miles) Approximately .75 hours

Marlborough is a beautiful region enjoying a year-round sunny climate. Marlborough is New Zealand's largest grape growing and wine making region. Tour the wineries in Marlborough, sampling New Zealand's internationally-acclaimed Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Hire a bike and cycle around the wineries, gathering a few bottles as you go. Or catch a helicopter for a wine tour with a difference.

ACCOMMODATION - The Vitners Retreat - Perfectly placed on Rapaura's golden mile of vineyards world-class wineries within walking distance. Soak up the ambience with superb cuisine, an extensive Marlborough wine list, and luxury contemporary accommodation. Delightful hosts and staff ensuring your stay is a memorable one. The Vintners Room  - New Zealand cuisine based around distinctively Marlborough ingreadients, open daily from 6.00pm for dinner. Built among the vines and cherry trees, adjacent to our restaurant and conference centre, this contemporary apartment complex offers one bedroom suites for up to three people.

Day 15 - Blenheim 
Explore Blenheim at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options, see our e-brochure or speak with an Aspire expert.

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    our tour guide will show you through the fabulous Marlborough wine region stopping to enjoy two fine wine experiences including Marlborough's Iconic winery, Cloudy Bay. After two wonderful wine visits the tour then departs the wine region through to the Marlborough Sounds for a lunch on the waterfront (lunch is at own cost). Depart the marina on the Malrborough Tour Company launch for a unique Seafood Cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. Take in the natural beauty of the native bush and the tranquility of the Sounds. Learn from your experienced Skipper the history of the Malrborough Sounds and the history of the pioneering families who have settled in the Sounds over 6 generations. Visit a marine farm and learn why seafood grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy a seafood tasting matched to a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. On arrival back in Havelock re-board the coach for the transfer back to Blenheim
  • Deluxe Half Day Guided Biking Wine Tour
    This guided half day tour bikes to three of Marlborough's premium wineries. You will ride along country roads, river stop-banks and through vineyards. The tour guide provides commentary throughout the tour on the wines and wineries and also the history and geography of New Zealand's largest wine region. Tour concludes approximately 3.5 hours after commencement,
  • Half Day Wine Tour
    Commence a half day Marlborough Wine Tour. The 4-5 hour tour will give you a great insight to the Marlborough Wine area. Tasting wines along the way and wandering amongst the vines. Tour concludes approximately 4-5 hours after commencement at which time hotel drop offs will commence.
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Day 16 - Blenheim to Kaikoura

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Blenheim to Kaikoura
129 km (81 miles) Approximately 1.75 hours

State Highway 1 takes you through the coastal foothills, and then out into the picturesque Awatere Valley. In the township of Seddon you'll find authentic New Zealand crafts. The Lake Grassmere saltworks is an interesting stop - the ponds turn coral pink in late summer. After the small town of Ward, the road turns toward the awesome beauty of the Pacific Coast. Just north of the Ure River is a road that leads to the walking trails of the Sawcut Gorge.

ACCOMMODATION - Waterfront Apartments, Kaikoura - This property is ideally situated on the water front. It's just a short walk to Kaikoura's town centre and the delights of its award winning cafes. Dine in the evening on your private balcony enjoying fresh local crayfish and a glass of wine, or dine at one of the many renowned seafood restaurants.  A high quality self catering seaside apartment complex that offers the ideal combination of lifestyle, location and great holiday destination. Architecturally designed and fitted to the highest standards these unique apartments offer luxurious living.

Explore Kaikoura at your leisure or consider adding one of our half day tour options, see our e-brochure or speak with an Aspire expert.

  • Whale Watching
    The vessel is a modern catamaran designed especially for whale watching. The main passenger cabin is enclosed, air-conditioned and fitted with comfortable seating, while large outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Prepare for exciting up-close encounters with Giant Sperm Whales. Clients may also see migratory humpback whales (June-July), Hector's and Dusky Dolphins, Orcas (December-March) and NZ Fur Seals, as well as plenty of bird species including Royal Albatross, Petrels and Shearwaters. Cruise concludes approximately 3 hours 30 minutes after commencement
  • Dolphin Encounter Swim
    Enjoy a tour that enables you to swim or watch the dusky dolphins in their natural habitat. A complete guided commentary is given throughout the trip. There is the opportunity to swim with the dolphins (wetsuits and snorkelling equipment will be provided) during the tour for those that have booked this option. Tour concludes approximately 3.5 hours after commencement.
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Day 16 - Self Drive Kaikoura - Christchurch - fly to Queenstown

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Kaikoura to Christchurch
184 km (115 miles) Approximately 2.25 hours

The trip south takes you along the edge of the rugged coastal ranges. From Cheviot you can detour to Gore Bay to see the fascinating cliff formations. The landscape becomes more gentle as you approach Waipara, a region known for its vineyards and olive groves. The last leg of your journey takes you past the surf beaches of Amberley, Leithfield, Waikuku and Woodend.

Return rental vehicle and depart for your inbound flight to Queensland. On arrival make your own way to your accommodation, Queenstown House Boutique B&B.

ACCOMMODATION - Queenstown House Boutique B&B provides views overlooking Queenstown Bay, and is conveniently located just a short walk from Queenstown's main center. Comprising of 15 rooms which include suites and guest rooms all with lake or alpine views and individually decorated with ensuite bathrooms. A deluxe breakfast menu is included in the lake view dining room or privacy of your room if preferred.

Day 17 - Queenstown
Explore Queenstown at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites:

  • Milford Fly Cruise Fly/Dart River Safaris Combo
    Join your Milford Sound Scenic Flights crew at Queenstown Airport, Sir Henly Wigley Dr, Frankton, to commence a full day Milford Fly Cruise Fly/Dart River Safaris Combo tour. Fly from Queenstown to magnificent Milford to enjoy a launch cruise travelling the full length of Milford Sound. Return by scenic flight landing at Glenorchy to join Dart River Safaris to journey into the untouched wilderness of a World Heritage Area before coaching back to Queenstown. Tour concludes approximately 10 hours after commencement, at Queenstown Airport.
  • Milford Sound Nature Cruise
    An on board nature guide with specialist knowledge of the region's history, flora and fauna provides detailed interpretation in English with a roving microphone. There is plenty of time available to explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery including waterfalls, rainforest and the towering peaks; and keep a lookout for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins when in season. Coach or flight transfers available.
  • Appellation Central Wine Tours
    Appellation Central offers guided tours showcasing Central Otago's fine wine and cuisine. These tours venture into the heartland of Central Otago visiting vineyards in Gibbston, Bannockburn and Cromwell. Small groups and custom fit minibuses ensure a relaxed and interactive day out from Queenstown and a great way to experience Central Otago.
  • Nomad Safari - Skippers Canyon
    A half-day heritage tour that follows the rugged and once treacherous Skippers Road. Hacked by hand into the sheer cliff sides of the Shotover River Valley. Navigate this awe-inspiring canyon and visit many historic sites such as the Skippers Suspension Bridge, township of Skippers, and the restored school house - gain a real insight into the local heritage through photos and histories of life in this tough environment.
  • Queenstown Rafting Triple Challenge - Shotover Jet,Helicopter & WhiteWater Rafting
    The Ultimate Adventure. Begin with the shotover jet, speed through rocky canyons and experience the Hamilton 360 spins. Climb aboard a helicopter for a spectacular flight into Skippers Canyon. Land at Deep Creek and meet your rafting guide, peaceful waters at first before hearing the roar of the"mother" section.
  • Zipline Ecotour
    Commence an ecotour on Queenstown's original zipline course and the perfect starter to your adventure experience. Comprised of four ziplines, starting and finishing at the top of the Skyline gondola, the tour is designed to start low and slow and gradually build your confidence as it gets progressively longer, higher and faster. All ages love the interaction this guided aerial tour has to offer.
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Day 18 - Depart for US
This afternoon make your way to Queenstown airport where you will connect to Auckland and continue onto LA.

 

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Conditions

From pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2017 for purchase by 31 March 2017. Prices are per person based on double occupancy departures from Los Angeles. Add-on fares are available from other cities. Certain black out dates apply on the accommodation and tour value add offers - check with your Aspire consultant. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.