New Caledonia, Niue, Norfolk Island & Tonga
Each of the four Pacific nations featured in this brochure have a strong identity, culture and history and each offers a very different holiday experience. So, which one should you pick? That depends on what you’re planning to do... If you’re keen on shopping and dining, but also want plenty of time on the beach, New Caledonia is an obvious choice. This is a place where you can browse boutiques for Parisian luxuries one minute and swim in the world’s biggest blue lagoon the next. The mix of French and Melanesian cultures is part of the special fascination here and you’re encouraged to join in and enjoy it, whether it’s a Gallic game of boules, a traditional Melanesian bougna (similar to a hangi), or an unconventional cricket match – Kanak women are passionate about this very English sport! Then again, if history is your thing, combined with a gentle lifestyle, lots of relaxation and less emphasis on sea and sand, you’ll love Norfolk Island. It’s a great place to recharge the batteries and breathe in clean island air tinged with the scent of the local pines. There’s excellent accommodation available, duty free shopping and great dining options. Be sure to put the World Heritage area high on your list of Norfolk must-dos: there’s nothing remotely like it in New Zealand and it gives a chilling insight into the days of convict transportation. Hiking, biking and golfing are popular on this island, and don’t get us wrong about sea and sand – there are some very beautiful beaches! For pure Pacifica, plenty of beach time and a great sense of tradition, you can’t beat unhurried, unspoiled Tonga. Many of the ancient customs remain intact in these peaceful islands, and you will probably make lifelong friends sitting around a kava bowl during your stay here. A Tongan holiday gives a whole new perspective on life and values, and the scenery is magic, with azure lagoons, silver beaches and palm groves. So, if you feel like stepping back in time, Polynesia’s last kingdom is perfect for you – and to discover a paradise that’s almost lost, head out to the untouched Tongan archipelagos of Vava’u and Ha’apai. Maybe you’re after something completely different, a chance to experience the Pacific’s wilder side? If so, take a long, hard look at Niue, the world’s smallest nation, on the world’s largest coral atoll. There’s just one island here, and it’s an extraordinary one, ringed by cliffs, underwater tunnels and mysterious sea caves. Don’t go expecting glitz, glamour and big sandy beaches – actually, there’s no beaches as such. Instead, go looking for unique outdoor challenges and adventures. There are plenty of these on offer, including hiking, caving, mountain biking, reef walking, swimming with dolphins and whale watching. There’ll be few other tourists, because there just isn’t the accommodation for them, so you certainly won’t need to worry about crowds. You’re going to love it! Nowhere on earth is quite like Niue. So, while all four of our destinations offer Pacific sunshine and blue seas, that’s where their similarity ends. There’s only one other thing they have in common: warm-hearted, welcoming people, proud of their culture and always eager to share it with their guests.
House of Travel Pacific Islands Brochure 2015