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.
- 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)
- 8 Nights New Zealand boutique accommodation, x2 Auckland, x1 Wellington, x2 Blenheim, x3 Queenstown
- Airport shuttle transfers, Auckland, Wellington, Blenheim and Queenstown; Wellington to ferry; ferry to Blenheim
- Inter-islander ferry
- Tropical Breakfast Daily in Cook Islands
- ** Sightseeing options and packages are available **
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.
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
Day 13 - Auckland - Wellington
This morning you will be transefrred to Auckland airport and your flight to Wellington. On arrival make you will be transferred 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.
Day 14 - Ferry from Wellington - Picton - Blenheim
This morning you will be transferred to Wellington ferry terminal for your Inter-islander ferry linking New Zealand's North and South Islands. Upon arrival Picton you will be transferred to Blenheim.
Wellington to Picton
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.
Picton to Blenheim
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.
- Marlborough Icons
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.
Day 16 - Blenheim to Queenstown
Transfer to Nelson Airport for flight to Queensland. On arrival you will be transferred to the Rees hotel.
ACCOMMODATION - Showcasing breath taking panoramic lake and alpine views, The Rees Hotel Queenstown is a sophisticated Five Star hotel situated right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with its own beach and private wharf. The many unique features at The Rees Hotel include a fine dining restaurant with an award winning chef who creates exquisite menus showcasing the spectacular produce available in Central Otago, an extensive award winning wine cellar, library and courtesy shuttle to/from Queenstown town center.
Days 17 & 18 - 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.
Day 19 - Depart for US
This afternoon you will be transferred to Queenstown airport where you will connect to Auckland and continue onto LA.
Note: Peak Season December, January, February pricing - Availability very restricted, package pricing may be higher Dec-Feb period, depending on availability
From pricing is valid for departures until 31 March 2019 for purchase by 31 December 2018. 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.