Book a 7 day vacation package to New Zealand and get a free 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 experience the romance of the south island with a 7 day journey from Queenstown along the remote west coast before traversing the Southern Alps by train to Christchurch.
* Air New Zealand flights to New Zealand & Cook Islands
* All Internal flights within New Zealand
* 2 nights complimentary accommodation at The Muri Beach Club Rarotonga Including daily tropical breakfast, use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment
* Meet & greet and airport transfers in Rarotonga
* 6 nights accommodation in New Zealand at the standard of your choice - Queenstown (3), Fox Glacier (2), Christchurch (1)
* 6 Days Thrifty car rental
* Tranz Alpine Express rail journey from Greymouth - Christchurch
* All airport taxes and airline fuel surcharges
Day 1 - Depart US
Day 2 - Arrive Cook
Receive a traditional Lei greeting on arrival before being transferred to the Muri Beach Club.
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
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
Fly Rarotonga - Auckland - Queenstown - cross dateline
Day 5 -
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 Rental car and drive to accommodation for 3 nights stay in category of your choice:
3.5* Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Queenstown (Standard
Room incl Air Con)
4* Accommodation: Novotel Lakeside Queenstown (Guest room)
5* Accommodation: Sofitel Queenstown (Superior Spa room)
Luxury Accommodation: Remarkables Lodge Including full breakfast daily (Lodge room)
Days 6 & 7 -
Explore Queenstown at your leisure or consider adding one of our tour options - Some of our favorites:
|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.
|Dart River Safari - Funyaks
During your Funyaks full day experience you will experience NZ's most scenic jetboating experience and then float down river in their own inflatable kayak allowing plenty of time to explore the rivers hidden secrets. Enjoy a wilderness buffet lunch and exceptional guide interaction on this premium product. Funyaks is more suited towards visitors who are looking for a unique eco-experience - guests must have average fitness.
|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.
|Queenstown Rafting Triple Challenge - Shotover
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
|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
|Milford Sound - Overnight Cruise
Overnight on the Milford Mariner, a 40 metre motor vessel, leisurely cruise Milford Sound, explore points of interest and view the spectacular alpine scenery and keep a lookout for wildlife including seals, dolphins and penguins when in season. After reaching the open sea the sails may be hoisted, anchors overnight in sheltered Harrison Cove.
For more Queenstown tour options, see our e-brochure
Day 8 - Queenstown -
Fox Glacier/Franz Josef Glacier
Check into accommodation category of your choice for 2 night stay:
3.5* Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier (Standard
4* Accommodation: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef (Douglas Wing)
5* & Luxury: Accommodation: Te Waonui Forest Retreat Including Breakfast & Dinner (Double room)
Day 9 - Fox
Relax, self explore or consider adding one of our tour options:
|Half or Full Day Glacier Guided Hikes
Your guide stops to explain the unique features of the Franz Josef Glacier and its surroundings. After strapping on crampons you make your way up the terminal face of the glacier, where pre-formed tracks make exploring the lower reaches of the glacier achievable for most agile people. For the most adventurous, the full day hike takes you further into the heart of the glacier.
Combine an awesome scenic helicopter flight over the glacier with a unique guided walk amongst the ice caves, pinnacles and seracs of this pristine, alpine environment. You'll see the extraordinary colours of the ice-flow from above and then up close, on an unforgettable guided walk.
Day 10 - Fox Glacier/Franz Josef - Greymouth - Christchurch
Arrive Greymouth no later than 1pm, return rental vehicle and report for the Tranz Alpine train departure at 145pm. Departing through lush beech rain forest, your train then climbs into the Southern Alps, before descending into the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. From your carriage you’ll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland. All carriages include both one way seating and tabled group seating allowing you to experience the amazing views while enjoying the company of other passengers on-board. An open air viewing carriage allows you to get even closer to the stunning scenery and provides many opportunities to photograph your favourite spots. There’s a lot to look forward to! Our train journey sets off from Christchurch - New Zealand's largest city on the South Island. The trip is 223.8 kilometres long and takes just four and a half hours. There are 16 tunnels, and 5 viaducts, the highest being the Staircase standing at 73 metres.
Take a taxi on arrival from Railway station to accommodation (own expense)
3.5*Accommodation: Heartland Hotel Cotswold (Standard
4* Accommodation: Peppers Clearwater (Lakeside Room)
5* Accommodation: The George Christchurch (Executive room)
Luxury Accommodation: Huntley Lodge including full breakfast (Garden room)
Day 11 - Depart for
Make your own way to Christchurch airport and flights to US.
|Now - 31 March 2014||$2,449||$2,589||$3,149||$3,259|
Cook Islands accommodation for $230pp supplement
Te Vakaroa Villas, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Absolute beach front set right on Muri Beach, Te Vakaroa Villas is a remarkable gated haven, offering unsurpassed views of the remarkable Muri Lagoon and beyond the reef to the South Pacific Ocean. The contemporary designs of the six villas are sympathetic to the natural surroundings, complete with floor-to-ceiling sliders that open onto a large private patio over looking their Infinity pool and Jacuzzi – the ideal places to unwind and enjoy a tropical cocktail. A short stroll along the beach gives access to some of the island’s renowned restaurants. Guests can enjoy a fully hosted holiday or choose to be full self-catering each villa has a beautiful fully appointed kitchen. Muri Lagoon is a water playground for snorkelling, kayaking, kite surfing and swimming. Kayaks and snorkelling equipment for those who want to pull themselves away from their luxurious villa to explore the attractions of the lagoon.
Valid for departures until 31 Mar 2014. Prices are per person based on double occupancy for departures from Los Angeles based on low season. Add-on fares available from other cities. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Hotels subject to availability. Hotels subject to availability. All prices reflect a 3% discount for purchases made by cash/check. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.