Including 2 night stopover on the Cook Islands at the Muri Beach Club located on the stunning Muri Lagoon among tropical landscaped gardens. Onto New Zealand and indulge yourself with a 7 day journey from Queenstown to Blenheim via the glaciers and Punakaiki. Finish in Blenheim, home to New Zealand's finest wineries, the perfect end to your New Zealand stay.
- Round-trip International Economy airfare from Los Angeles on Air New Zealand
- Add-on airfares available from other cities
- Internal New Zealand flights
- 2 nights accommodation at The Muri Beach Club Rarotonga
- Meet & greet and airport transfers in Rarotonga
- 6 nights accommodation in New Zealand at the standard of your choice - Queenstown (3), Fox Glacier (1), Punakiki (1), Blenheim (1)
- 7 Days Thrifty car rental
- ** 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 to the Muri Beach Club.
ACCOMMODATION - Retreat, relax and revive in chic sophistication on Rarotonga's best swimming beach, where the only distraction is the location! The Muri Beach Club Hotel enjoys an enviable location on the very best stretch of beach on Muri Lagoon. Beachfront rooms have stunning views over the lagoon and the small offshore islands (motu). This perfect getaway retreat is privately owned and operated with relaxation, privacy and guest satisfaction as its mission objective. Boutique in style and service, the Muri Beach Club Hotel welcomes you to experience the real rhythm of Rarotonga.... in absolute chic sophistication.
Day 3 - Muri Beach Club, Rarotonga
The location puts you right at the heart of one of Rarotonga’s most outstanding natural features – Muri Lagoon. The lagoon is our island’s aquatic playground, for superb and safe snorkelling and swimming. With other watersports like kayaking, wind surfing, kite surfing, sailing and glass-bottomed boat rides, there’s always an opportunity to get out on the water and away from it all. Naturally, the lagoon and beach are so beautiful that just walking and lying by the water will provide you with plenty of chances to banish stress and feel completely rejuvenated.
Amenities designed to pamper include a Fine Dining Restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner specialising in Pacific Rim Cuisine. The exclusive Lagoon Lounge, large central Swimming Pool, Beauty & Spa, personalised wedding and honeymoon coordinator, Business Centre, shopping including Polynesian Jewellery and Resort Wear, Aqua-Centre, Tour Desk, Rental Vehicles and 24 hour Reception ensure every need is catered for.
Day 4 - Depart Cook Islands
Fly Rarotonga - Auckland - Queenstown - cross dateline
Day 5 - Arrive Queenstown
Queenstown is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery is inspiring and revitalizing. With such a huge range of activities in Queenstown, no two days will ever be the same. Collect your Thrifty medium automatic rental car and drive the short distance to the accommodation category of your choice.
Days 6 & 7 - Queenstown
Explore Queenstown at your leisure or consider adding one of our boutique tour options, see our e-brochure or speak with an Aspire expert.
- 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 8 - Queenstown - Fox Glacier/Franz Josef Glacier
Day 9 - Fox Glacier - Punakaiki
- Flying Fox Helihike
The fly-in, fly-out helihike combines the excitement of walking on the Fox Glacier with the thrill of helicopter flights. By flying in you are able to access and explore a part of the glacier where its forces work hardest and often create spectacular ice caves and arches. Equipped with leather boots and other equipment, you board the helicopter for your first flight over the pinnacles of the lower icefall. Here, the ice is in constant motion. Take in views of the dramatic upper icefall and Victoria Falls, which is the melt river of the hidden Victoria glacier, before landing. Your landing site on the ice is a remote and exceptionally beautiful part of the glacier. At this stage, your guide outfits you with crampons, specially designed for these ice conditions and you follow the ice steps cut by your guide as you explore the amazing formations and ice caves which are only seen here
- Fox Trail Terminal Face Walk
This is an informative and leisurely trip to the dynamic face of the glacier. It is here that the Fox River emerges from the ice and where ice collapses are often heard and seen. This trip is for people with limited time or for those who would find the walks onto the glacier too strenuous. Although you will not walk on the glacier your guide will take you to the final resting place of the ice that has travelled 12 kilometres from the base of the Southern Alps, all the way to the river valley floor.
Day 10 - Punakaiki - Blenheim
Day 11 - Blenheim
- 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 12 - Depart for US
*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.