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he South Pacific is an idyllic location for travellers seeking not only sun, sand and sea, but also a taste of other ways of life.

Surrender yourself to island time, where the pace of life is laid-back, natural beauty is abundant and communities welcome you with open arms and warm smiles. Whether you arrive alone, as a couple, with a group of friends or with a family in tow, you'll soon find your holiday will include song, dance, colour, cuisine, adventure and exploration.

There's simply something for everyone among the islands of the Pacific. Families can enjoy fun holiday activities like snorkelling with tropical fish, swimming with dolphins and cultural displays of song and dance. A solo adventurer might explore shipwrecks and caves and hike up volcanos - all while a couple exchanges their vows in the gentle breeze and amongst breathtaking scenery. Go ahead and indulge - your dream destination awaits you in the beautiful South Pacific.

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Fiji - off the beaten track The alluring Fiji archipelago brings to mind endless lagoons, gently swaying palm trees and the most perfect blue stretching from the sky down to the sea.

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iji offers all this and more with plenty of off the beaten track adventures to give you a break away from the resorts and pools – if you dare!

Denarau, Coral Coast and the Mamanuca Islands are always bustling with tourists, so consider visiting Vanua Levu, Taveuni, the Sun and Pacific Coasts for a bewitching Fijian adventure.

FIJI’S NORTH - SECLUDED SPLENDOUR

Venture up north to Vanua Levu and Taveuni. These islands are known for being even more laid back than your average Fijian resort and they’re only an hour’s flight away from Nadi or Suva, Fiji’s main cities. Both islands are otherworldly in their beauty and leave visitors awestruck. You might say that this is the ‘real Fiji’. Smaller, intimate resorts here aim to

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amalgamate luxury with sustainable, eco-tourism values. Divers will love the Rainbow Reef, Great White Wall and Vuna Reef with their contrasting colours and abundance of sealife. Make your way to Savusavu town and visit the hot springs, used by locals for cooking root crops. Spend a day out on the water game fishing, then head down the main street and choose from a variety of restaurants and bars and see how the locals like to wind down. Enter the mists of Tavenui’s tropical rainforest and majestic mountains and discover more than 100 species of birds. Trek to Des Voeux Peak as the sun comes up for a great shot at seeing birds soar through the orange-red sky.


WATCH THE SUNSET - THE SUN AND PACIFIC COASTS

The Sun Coast, a beautiful coastal region stretching around the northern shores of Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu, will transport you back in time. As you wander its dry, dusty streets, sugar trains chug past and time stands still. Along the coast is Rakiraki, the gateway to Dolphin Island Resort with its own special New Zealand connection - it’s a sister property to Taupo’s Huka Lodge. Arrive by private boat to this exclusive, intimate accommodation and bask in the sun while you enjoy tropical cocktails, juicy papayas and mangoes, and absolute tranquillity. Glimpse Fijian culture on the Pacific Coast, just south of Suva, famous for its adventurous streak. Watch the firewalkers of Beqa Island brave molten rock and delight in singing, dancing and storytelling around a bonfire on the beach with the locals. Truly a memorable experience to behold. At sunrise, jump on a board for a spot of surfing or raft through the Upper Navua River’s breathtaking gorges amidst the shrouded rainforest. Cascading waterfalls, rapids and canyons showcase the true essence of this rugged and untouched part of Fiji.You can also soar along a 45-metre zipline above the rainforest for aweinspiring views. You might even spot a flying fox or tree frog!

residence in Albert Park, or amble through the Thurston Botanical Gardens and visit the city’s museum. For a local slice of life, head to the markets for a spot of bargain hunting. Look out for traditional tattoo designs inspired by the lines, curves and symmetry of the Tapa cloth. The art of tattooing originally spread from Samoa to Fiji, where it evolved into its own art form.

THE BEST OF THE REST

You may also want to enjoy the tranquillity of the Yasawa Islands, several hours on a fast catamaran from the coast of Nadi. Stroll, swim and socialise with locals in the village. Whilst there are some world class resorts in this region, there is a good range of simple accommodation that makes for genuine interactions with Yasawa’s inhabitants. Share in a bowl of kava with the locals and you might just make a friend for life. Jump on and off a Feejee Experience bus as it circum-navigates Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. The drivers will book your accommodation along the way plus transport you to many adventurous activities throughout the day. Try out sand-boarding, sea kayaking, waterfall swims, kava ceremonies and more, with friendly guides who will be delighted to explain their way of life.

You can also explore the Beqa Lagoon aboard a jet ski or head to Fiji’s capital, Suva. Immerse yourself in the island’s rich colonial past by visiting the president’s

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Ultimate Lei - flights & transfers, 7 days / 6 nights - 3 islands! 7 nights, flights & transfers Cruise onboard the Yasawa Flyer to explore the Yasawa Islands. This super popular package offers a great selection of islands with awesome activities to keep you entertained. We recommend the diving, snorkelling and Sawailau Caves.

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Ringed by beautiful white sand beaches and wrapped around a lagoon of pure aquamarine, it's the perfect setting for a tropical wedding, intimate honeymoon or romantic getaway. The friendly staff will have you feeling like family - you’ll find it hard to leave!

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Dolphin Private Island - Fij i Islands 7 nights, flights & transfers

This stunning 14-acre private retreat offers eight guests only the ultimate private Pacific Island experience, on an exclusive-use basis. Located just 30 minutes by boat from shore, on the tip of Viti Levu, nestled like a precious jewel in the water.

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TRAVEL: 15 Jan-31 May & 01-30 Nov 14

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*Cost based on 5 nights Matangi Private Island Resort and 1 night pre + post accommodation at the Terraces Denarau Island Fiji

*Cost based on 5 nights Dolphin Private Island and 1 night pre + post accommodation at the Terraces Denarau Island Fiji

INCLUDES All meals during your stay at Matangi Private Island Resort, FREE daily snorkelling excursions, FREE guided kayak tours & FREE guided hikes

INCLUDES All meals during your stay at Dolphin Private Island Resort, FREE daily snorkelling excursions, FREE guided kayak tours & FREE guided hikes

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WHEN TO GO

GETTING THERE

• Fiji enjoys a mild, tropical maritime climate with an average temperature of 25°C throughout the year.

• Just a 3 hour flight from Auckland and 4 hours from Christchurch to Nadi.

• The best time to travel is during the dry season May-Oct when humidity sits at a comfortable level.

•Fiji Airways operates 13 flights a week to Fiji including a weekly direct flight from Christchurch. Fiji Airways is a full service airline offering complimentary in-flight beverages, snacks, selected entertainment and checked in luggage of 23kg per person over 2 years.

• Nov-Apr is also good as there are fewer tourists around and you’re more than likely to find great deals on accommodation. If you’re travelling during this time, head to the drier regions such as the Mamanuca and Yasawa Groups. Whilst this is the wet season, showers are brief and localised. • Casual dress is perfect for both day and night. • Book at least 2 months in advance to avoid disappointment.

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• Air New Zealand operates daily direct services from Auckland and during the peak season period from July to September the schedule increases up to 13 direct services per week with a once a week direct service from both Christchurch and Wellington.

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• Nadi International Airport is 9km north of downtown Nadi.

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IMMERSE YOURSELF in the Cook Islands

A journey to the Cook Islands is the perfect island escape. Relaxation, romance, family fun and adventure…you can have it all in this tropical paradise.

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verywhere the scenery is spectacular. With turquoise blue lagoons fringed by coral reefs and stunning white-sand beaches, to craggy volcanic peaks and dense jungles, it’s all picture perfect. As Pacific explorer James Upton said: "If you've not travelled to the Cook Islands, you will never really know what beauty is." There’s a wonderful familiarity for Kiwis, many products are the same as back home and the NZ dollar is an added bonus.

A FASCINATING HISTORY

The rich cultural heritage continues today, with music, art and craft, a significant part of everyday life. Make sure you enjoy song and dance like you’re a local.

Most hotels host ‘Island Nights’ that showcase vibrant culture, or you can head to Staircase Restaurant and Bar in Avarua and watch captivated as performers twirl their hips and sing in line with local traditions.

Since the island is so small, you can circumnavigate it in less than an hour - but stretch it out and enjoy beach by beach, scene by scene. Hop on a bike or brave a scooter and drive yourself.

The allure of the Cook Islands brings visitors back again and again, so be sure to book your holiday early to avoid missing out.

When you reach the southern side of the island, be sure to take a dirtbike inroad to get to Wigmore’s Waterfall. If you’re cycling, this sparkling cascade and deep, cool pool offers a chance to escape the heat.

A MELTING POT OF POSSIBILITY

Once you arrive in Rarotonga, you’ll soon find that you are on ‘island time.’ Locals let life unfold at its own pace without hurry, so get into the tropical cadence with a lazy stroll along the beach before you head out to explore the island’s many attractions.

Organised tour groups can also lead you through the exotic jungle on a quad bike or out on a guided mountain trek. The island is naturally abundant with marine activities too. Snorkelling, scuba diving, reef cruises, fishing

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Captain Tama's

- Fun, food and friendly locals make this a cruise not to be missed! Enjoy this fun-filled tour which carries you on a journey around calm and tranquil lagoon waters aboard a glass bottom boat. Experience, up close and personal, the marine life of Muri Beach and lagoon as you snorkel and swim amongst the tropical fish before enjoying a mouth-watering barbeque fish lunch on Koromiri Island. Shrug off those inhibitions and partake in a few local traditions such as pareu tying and enjoy the cultural entertainment on offer.

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W H EN TO GO • Tropically warm throughout the year, an ideal time to travel is the dry season (May-Oct) as it’s less humid and slightly cooler with temperatures ranging 2427°C. • Book at least 3 months out from your travel date to avoid disappointment as airline seats and accommodation sell out quickly.

GETTING TH ERE • Rarotonga is just under a 4 hour flight from Auckland. • Air New Zealand operates daily direct services from Auckland to Rarotonga and during the peak season period from Jul-Sep the schedule increases to up to 12 services per week.

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• Virgin Australia fly 5 times a week nonstop from Auckland. • You’ll gain a day on your outward journey as you cross the International Dateline and you’ll lose that day again on your way back. • Once in Rarotonga there are 3-4 daily (except Sunday) scheduled air services to Aitutaki operated by Air Rarotonga, with a flight time of only 45 minutes. Some international flights into Rarotonga are timed to link up with these flights to Aitutaki.

charters and sailing experiences are just some of the oceanic activities you can enjoy in Rarotonga. Amble along to the Saturday markets in Avarua to get your dose of island culture and cuisine. Don your very own pareu (sarong), walk away with a handmade quilt or black pearl and feast upon tropical fruit. Enjoy the friendly, lively atmosphere abuzz with chatter and song. Make sure that you try the traditional island-style feast called an umukai. You’ll devour delectable meats and vegetables wrapped in banana leaves and cooked in a shallow pit by hot volcanic rock.

BEYOND PARADISE - THE OUTER ISLANDS

Rarotonga isn’t the only tropical haven worth a visit, and fortunately it’s close to a smorgasbord of other beautiful surrounding islands. Aitutaki is one such place. An untouched paradise that is less frequented by boisterous travellers, here you can find a truly authentic Cook Islands experience. It’s known as a honeymoon hotspot because couples love to come here to get away from it all. Empty expanses of bright white sand and azure waters await you, ready for swimming, snorkelling or sunbathing.

The pulse of the island starts racing when the sun goes down, head to Avarua town to the Whatever Bar & Grill or Trader Jack’s where the party really begins.

To hear some genuine Cook Islands song, make your way to the limestone coral rock CICC church in Arutanga on a Sunday and be moved by the

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MANUIA BEACH RESORT

Kiwis just love this great value for money beachfront resort, which lies nestled on the sheltered west cost of Rarotonga. With its wide range of accommodation you’re sure to find something to match your travel mood and budget, be it a romantic escape or a much needed family getaway.

With its Polynesian style bungalows, swaying coconut palms and the Beaches Restaurant and Bar with its sand floor, there’ll be no forgetting you’re staying on Rarotonga. There’s great snorkelling and swimming literally on your doorstep and the sunsets here are second to none.

6 nights + late check out, flights & transfers

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beautiful music. Climb 30 minutes to the summit of Mt Maungapu, Aitutaki’s highest peak to see the curving lagoons below. Also visit Vaipae, nicknamed the Hollywood of the Cook Islands, for some awe-inspiring dances performed to the drumbeat - and maybe you’ll even spot a fire dancer. When the sun sets, enjoy the nightlife at Coconut Crusher Bar. Other islands such as Atiu, Mangaia and Mauke offer even more unique and unforgettable experiences such as caving, bonefishing and diving.

AITUTAKI LAGOON RESORT & SPA

6 nights + late check out, flights & transfers

Stay in a beachfront bungalow only steps away from the breathtaking Aitutaki Lagoon. You’ll love the romance and seclusion staying at this unique private island resort.

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TRAVEL: 01-17 Apr & 05 May-04 Jul 14

TRAVEL: 01-17 Apr & 05 May-04 Jul 14

*Cost based on 4 nights Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa and 2 nights pre + 1 night post accommodation at the Sanctuary Rarotonga.

INCLUDES Continental breakfast daily

INCLUDES Tropical breakfast daily & a FREE his + hers one-hour Spa Hydrotherapy Package

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SAMOA - an untouched paradise

There’s truly nowhere quite like Samoa. From the moment you arrive on this idyllic nation’s shores, you will be greeted by smiles and the lively ‘Talofa’ of locals, who are ready to treat you like a treasured friend.

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he colourful culture and welcoming attitude is not all you’ll find here - Samoa is packed with natural delights like glistening turquoise lagoons, towering volcanic landscapes, blissful beaches and banyan groves, all of which offer once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for adventure or relaxation - whichever holiday type suits you. There are ten islands that make up Samoa, with Upolu (home to Apia, the nation’s capital) and Savai’i as the main two. Each island has its own unique flavour and feel - though all are equally delectable. Unlike some other crowded Pacific destinations, Samoa very much retains its untouched, pastoral atmosphere - which Samoan secret will you uncover?

unrivalled togetherness. The island’s abundance of colour is sure to leave an impression. Locals don lavalavas and formal dresses, decorate their homes, buses, fences and even rocks with bold tones. Another special and important part of Fa’a Samoa - 'the Samoan way' - are the traditions. Check out the song and dance such as the siva afi and taualuga at a unique cultural show for visitors. You’ll leave enchanted by the skill, grace and passion evident in the various dances, ranging from slow and captivating to thrilling and fast. The fabulous flavour of Samoa is most apparent in its cuisine. Food is all a part of coming together, so you may find yourself invited to a mouth-watering traditional feast called an ‘umu’. Translated to ‘earth oven’, this ritual gives you an idea of how fresh and homemade the food is - it’s cooked outside with hot rocks!

with coconut cream, bananas and juicy tropical fruits from island plantations round off a perfect meal - but not without an ice cold local Vailima beer!

AUTHENTIC ACCOMMODATION

There’s a different type of accommodation to suit every need in Samoa. For one, it’s the only place in the Pacific where you can really live like a local in a beach fale amid some million dollar scenery. That means you get to sleep right on the beach under a thatched roof on wooden posts, and let the gentle lapping of waves lull you to sleep.

Samoa also has multiple luxurious lodgings if you prefer a beachside resort complete with air con. In 2014 there will be a number of new resorts opening A CULTURE OF COLOUR AND SMILES for business across Upolu, including the stunning Visitors to Samoa quickly get used to laughter and new five star establishment Return To Paradise grins, thanks to the extremely social culture. Family, Resort and Spa. Nestled in the most spectacular friendships and community spirit are the top priority beach in the South Pacific and with Master Chef nowhere quitestructure like Samoa. From the ismoment you arrive this idyllic nation’s shores,menu, you this will Of course, seafood a specialty. During the day on Simon -There’s somethingtruly reflected in the communal Gault designing the delectable you might see men out on the rocks catching of thegreeted villages (nu’u). (fales)lively ‘Talofa’ of locals, who are ready to treat resortyou is definitely the wait. be byChurches, smiles houses and the like worth a treasured friend. yellow fin tuna, octopus, lobster and more. Raw fish and other buildings are brimming with life and an

Visitors to Samoa quickly get used to laughter and grins, “ thanks to the extremely social culture.”

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INSPIRING ACTIVITIES AND EXPERIENCES

All year round the breeze and ocean are delightfully warm, so you can always soak up the sun on the beach. Head to Satoalepai Village on Savai’i to swim with sea turtles, or set off to Aganoa Beach on the west coast for some of the most epic breaks in the Pacific. Hiring snorkel gear is a must - beneath the water’s surface at almost every beach across the archipelago there’s a glittering rainbow of tropical fish to admire.

The adventure doesn’t stop with Samoa’s natural attractions. Come in September and take part in parades and cultural showcasing for the Teuila Festival, the annual celebration of Samoan culture including the crowning of Miss Samoa. The Alo Paopao Festival, which takes place at the same time, celebrates outrigging and the culture’s boating history. Party on a boat, on the beach and on the pub crawl bus as you enjoy the sweet island beats of international and local entertainers.

When you’ve had enough of the sand and surf, head out for a walk through the rainforest and discover some awe-inspiring caves, pools and waterfalls. You can even hire a car or bike to take in more of the scenery - and find more photo opportunities!

Aggie Grey’s Lagoon Beach Resort & Spa 6 nights + late check out, flights & transfers

This beachfront resort is set amongst 224 acres of lush tropical gardens, and with activities like snorkelling, golf and a kids club, you'll have lots to keep you entertained. Its close proximity to the airport, means that you’ll be unpacked and relaxing in no time.

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Return To Paradise Resort & Spa - Brand New 6 nights + late check out, flights & transfers

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TATTOO

The Samoan tatau (tattoo) is very unique, with the traditional method of application still intact in order to keep its integrity and traditions alive. The traditional men’s tatau is the Pe’a and the traditional woman’s is the malu. The patterns and structure of the Pe’a goes beyond aesthetics – it’s a sign of bravery and more importantly a sign of service. Samoan sleeves and arm band tattoos have really taken off in New Zealand and worldwide, with Samoans displaying pride in their nation as well as sports stars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Sonny Bill Williams leading the charge. The intricate cultural motifs typically replicate the family, journey, culture and ancestors of the person being tattooed – works of art that are unique to each individual.

The name says it all! This NEW resort has a dream-like setting by a famous beach and coral lagoon - a location chosen many years ago for the romantic film ‘Return to Paradise’ starring legendary Gary Cooper. Here you will experience true tropical heaven.

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Le Lagoto Resort - Savai’i

6 nights + late check out, flights & transfers

In Samoan “Lagoto” means sunset, and sunsets don’t get any better than the ones you will experience here. Whether you’re a newcomer or a regular visitor to Samoa, the friendly staff are always on hand to advise how to get the most out of your stay.

W H EN TO GO • The most comfortable time to travel is May-Oct, during the dry season. This is also the period when major Samoan festivals are held. In September there is the Teuila Festival – a week of dance, parades, sporting matches and parties. If you plan your visit around this you’ll need to book early. • Book at least 2 months out from your date of travel to avoid disappointment. Note that a large number of Samoans jet in from NZ during the Dec-Jan holiday period, so get in early.

GETTING TH ERE

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TRAVEL: 07 Feb-31 Mar 14 $1799pp share twin for travel 01-17 Apr & 05 May-04 Jul 14 *Cost based on 4 nights Le Lagoto Resort and 2 nights pre + 1 night post accommodation at Insel Fehmarn Hotel

• A 3.5 hour flight flying Air New Zealand to Apia offering nonstop services up to six times a week with connections from across the domestic network. • Virgin Samoa fly five times a week from Auckand.

For more Samoa inspiration, visit inspireme.co.nz

INCLUDES Tropical breakfast daily & one FREE 15 minute massage per room Terms and conditions apply.

• International flights arrive at Faleolo International Airport, 15km west of Apia.

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© Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora

Dive into Tahiti's blue paradise Every morning in Tahiti and her islands, you will awaken to the sight of leafy green mountains, crystalline waters and buttery warm light.

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fficially a French nation, European chic meets with Polynesian culture here...and the outcome is absolutely delectable.

A LAND OF LUXURY AND ADVENTURE

The island of Moorea is only a short boat ride or flight from Papeete, but it feels like a whole world away.

dwellings perfect for the traveller in search of an authentic local experience and are usually in prime locations close to beautiful beaches and lagoons. You’ll soon sink into the laid-back, leisurely family lifestyle.

Tahiti and her islands is actually the broad term for the five archipelagos of French Polynesia. Of the five main islands, Moorea and Bora Bora are the most frequently visited, with their lush volcanic heartlands, forests and ferns, and thundering waterfalls.

The view is breathtaking in every direction, so grab your knapsack and venture out into the wild by car or bike. Pristine, deserted beaches, intimate villages and pineapple plantations form an inimitable tropical coastline.

A FUSION OF FRANCE AND POLYNESIA

Experience the luxury of this island utopia with a stay in an over-water bungalow, where you’ll hear the gently lapping waters right outside your window.

Overwater bungalows fitted with glass floors mean that you can gaze at tropical fish swimming in the sparkling water right beneath your feet.

Try your hand at water sports in the lagoon with a variety of snorkelling and diving experiences. Bright corals, colourful inquisitive fish and sleek reef sharks bring the impossibly blue ocean to life. Plant a kiss on a majestic manta ray, or get your heart pumping feeding the sharks!

Sumptuous breakfasts will even be delivered to your bungalow each morning. In the evening, savour in the breathtaking view with a fruity cocktail in hand.

Experience vibrant Papeete, French Polynesia’s lively capital. Here you can savour the best of France and Polynesia, especially when it comes to the food. Freshly caught raw fish marinated delectably with lime juice and coconut milk (poisson cru) pairs perfectly with sweet and sticky French crepes for dessert. Take a stroll to discover even more of these tasty delights - Papeete’s streets are full of fabulous food and flair. Be sure to wander to Le Marche where you can buy colourful floral leis and sarongs and munch on some mouth-watering fresh fruits. At night, stroll in the balmy breeze to the waterfront, keeping an eye out for Le Roulottes - food trucks that park along here every night, with live entertainment Fri-Sat. Affordable and delicious.

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Then head inland the adventurous way - on a four wheel drive tour that gives you access to the rugged, wild heart of the island. Ride through the verdant forest and witness its spectacular tumbling waterfalls and jagged cliff edges. On Moorea, you might want to stay at a pension, pronounced ‘pen-see-own’. These are family-run

TAHITIAN INDULGENCE ON BORA BORA Bora Bora is the epitome of island luxury, it’s the tropical holiday fantasy of many.

If you can tear yourself away from your idyllic accommodation, sail away on a boat cruise in the gentle breeze for an exploration of the hundreds of tiny nearby islands and lush coral gardens. Follow in the footsteps of the rich and famous like Nicole Kidman, the Kardashians, Miranda Kerr and others who have enjoyed this opulent paradise.


INTERCO NTIN ENTA L TA HITI RESORT 7 nights, flights & transfers

This is one of Tahiti island’s very best. On the lagoon's edge, with magnificent views of Moorea, and close enough to the airport that you’ll be settled in no time. Here you can also experience one of the most authentic Polynesian dinner shows.

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TRAVEL: 01 Apr-31 May & 01 Nov-20 Dec 14

MOOREA PEA RL RESORT & SPA

7 nights, flights & transfers

This gem of a resort is aptly named! Superbly located on its own lagoon, it has views of the Pacific Ocean and the bonus of being within walking distance of the Maharepa shops and restaurants. Snorkelling here is some of the best on the island.

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TRAVEL: 01 Apr-31 May & 01 Nov-20 Dec 14 *Cost based on 5 nights Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa and 1 night pre + post accommodation at Manava Suite Resort Tahiti

INCLUDES American breakfast daily during your stay at Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

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FO UR SEASONS RESORT BORA BORA

For more Tahiti and her islands inspiration, visit inspireme.co.nz © David Kirkland - Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa

7 nights, flights & transfers

Service here is second to none. Lose all sense of time at this truly blissful location! Among soaring palms the infinity pool blends seamlessly with the impossibly blue ocean beyond - its poolside cabanas are a great place to relax and recharge.

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TRAVEL: 01-12 Apr, 02-21 May, 08-22 Nov & 01-18 Dec 14 *Cost based on 5 nights Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora and 1 night pre + post accommodation at Le Meridien Tahiti

INCLUDES American breakfast daily Terms and conditions apply.

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WHEN TO GO • Jul-Oct are the best months to visit, with temperatures averaging 24°C and little rain. • The evenings are a little cooler, but trousers and a light sweater will keep you comfortable. • Nov-Mar is the more humid season, although the weather is relatively consistent and doesn't fluctuate too much.

GETTING THERE • Papeete is just over a 5 hour flight from Auckland, with all international flights arriving at Faa’a International Airport. • Air New Zealand flys non-stop from Auckland twice a week and three times a week during the Jul-Aug peak season period. • Air Tahiti Nui operates services three times a week. • Once in Papeete there are several daily flights operated by Air Tahiti to the other islands including Moorea (a 15 minute flight) and Bora Bora (a 1 hour flight). Or take a 30 minute boat ride to Moorea.

© David Kirkland - Bora Bora Pearl Resort & Spa

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Spring into action

in vibrant vanuatu Bursting with colour, taste, adventure and ‘joie de vivre’, Vanuatu provides an enchanting mix of French and Melanesian culture.

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ach one of its three blissful islands offer something different, whether it’s a glimpse into the colonial past, a chance to get to know the locals or a juicy steak good enough to rival any famous chef’s creation.

from its summit. You can even get thrillingly close to the action with a 4WD journey up the mountain.

EXPLORE THE EFFERVESCENT EFATE

For a little more adventure, dive under the surface and explore the Blue Hole. This is a snorkelling and diving spot famous for its gorgeous, multi-coloured coral and abundance of curious fish - they’ll have no qualms about swimming right up to you and give you a little peck!

Port Vila is renowned for its array of heavenly cuisine. Dozens of caf´ es and restaurants await you, serving up everything from juicy fruits and sumptuous seafood to the world famous Santo beef.

Culture and tradition also flourishes in Tanna. Many of its villages shy away from modern life and instead live as true to their ancestors as they can. Drop in on a village and see the ancient culture in action, with colourful ceremonies and community-focused values.

You can also enjoy a taste of Vanuatu’s colonial past - there is a myriad of French delicacies around every corner. Don’t forget to try the national dish, laplap, a root vegetable cake. It’s best enjoyed with a Tusker beer.

THE CHARMING AND SUMPTUOUS ISLAND OF SANTO

Efate is home to Vanuatu’s delectable capital, Port Vila. Most visitors fly straight into this seaside town, the perfect starting point for your holiday.

For a souvenir or two, saunter to the markets to strike a bargain with the charming local sellers. Open around the clock from Monday 7am until Saturday midday, the shopping never ends! Only a short drive out of town, the Blue Lagoon is a must-see. Swim in its vivid blue waters or even jump in off a swing rope. Guided buggy tours can also help you explore untouched areas - the revving engines offer plenty of speed and excitement! Get your fill of fascinating culture with a visit to Eskasup Village. Here you’ll be treated to ‘kastom’ dancing with eye-catching costumes where locals will tell stories and show you aspects of their traditional lifestyle.

THE EXPLOSIVE AND TANTALISING TANNA

The island of Tanna is a mecca for coffee lovers - it grows some of the world’s best bitter beans. What’s really extraordinary about Tanna is Mt Yasur. This is an active volcano, so here you’ll see red and orange bursts of molten lava spouting

Santo, with its perfect palms, twinkling sands and gorgeous cerulean waters, has been the inspiration for novels, sweeping musical odysseys and romance, such as James Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific”. It will enchant your senses and captivate your spirit. Champagne Beach is one of the island’s highlights. Promenade along its silver sands or dip in its glistening sapphire waters, then take a walk through the vibrant rainforest where tropical birds provide the soundtrack to your adventure. Want to dive into some history? Sink into the depths and explore the wreck of the US President Coolidge luxury liner, which sank in 1942 after hitting a mine. Nearby, float around the Million Dollar Point, where American forces dumped their surplus equipment after World War II ended. Vanuatu is simply a natural and cultural splendour. Indulge all your senses in a trip to this picturesque retreat. As soon as you get a taste of its balmy breeze and warm, welcoming waters you definitely won’t want to leave.

W H EN TO GO • The climate varies from tropical in the north to subtropical in the south, with dry rain-shadow areas in between. • The best time to travel is Apr-Dec when temperatures range from 1828°C, this is Vanuatu at its glorious best - sparkling days and pleasantly cool evenings. Light weight casual clothing and a sweater is usually sufficient.

GETTING TH ERE • Just over a 3 hour flight from Auckland. • All international flights from Auckland arrive at Bauerfield International Airport, located just 6km north of Port Vila. • Air Vanuatu flys to the nation’s capital Port Vila twice a week. • Air New Zealand operate one service a week from Auckland and up to three services a week between the Jun-Oct peak season period. • Once in Port Vila Air Vanuatu operate to 29 domestic airports including the popular islands of Santo and Tanna.

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famous for its gorgeous , “ multi-coloured coral and abundance of curious fish ” IRIRIKI ISLAND RESORT - PORT VILA

WHITE GRASS OCEAN RESORT - TANNA ISLAND

AORE ISLAND RESORT - ESPIRITU SANTO

A private island situated in Port Vila Bay, Iririki offers one of the most unspoiled settings in the South Pacific. From the moment you catch the ferry to the island you know you’re in for a relaxing holiday while still only 5 minutes away from town.

A relaxing haven for even the weariest traveller. 14 island-style bures are nestled amongst the lush and colourful gardens each with a sea view. One thing is for sure, a stay here will reward you with an experience you won’t soon forget.

Enjoy the best of both worlds - a secluded tropical island retreat surrounded by coconut plantations, with town still close by. There’s lots to do on the island, including canoeing down to the Blue Water Hole, horseriding and local villages to explore.

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New Caledonia -Vive La Difference!

W H EN TO GO

Everyone longs for the romance of France, but it’s oh so far away. Fortunately, New Caledonia offers a dose of French romanticism closer to home.

• A temperate climate with 2 main seasons – cold (Jun-Aug) and hot (Nov-Apr).

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he luxe experience is only enhanced by the island’s swaying palms and a tropical breeze. Colonial charm, Melanesian culture and captivating scenery make a New Caledonian experience truly mesmerizing. Whether you’re in Noumea, the nation’s capital, or off the mainland in the Isle of Pines, you’ll experience the true romance of the South Pacific. Vive la difference! `

• Water temperatures drop to 21°C in the cold season and average temperatures are around 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Avoid these months if you want to laze on the beach!

GETTING TH ERE

HIGHLIGHTS OF GRAND TERRE

The island of Grande Terre is home to Noumea. Wake up to a cafe ` au lait and croissant in the morning, then stroll the mouth-watering markets for some tasty tropical produce. You can even take a local cooking class yourself! Grab an Explorer hop-on hop-off pass so you can travel easily to these destinations on the bus.

• All international flights to New Caledonia arrive at Tontouta International Airport, 45km northwest of Noumea. • Air New Zealand flys to Noumea direct from Auckland twice a week. • Aircalin flys out of Auckland 2 times a week. • Once in Noumea, Air Caledonie provide scheduled services to Northern Grande Terre, Ile des Pins and to the Loyalty Islands. The domestic airport is at Magenta.

Make sure you browse the luxury boutiques where French fashion and perfumes will tempt your budget. Don’t forget the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, inspired by the indigenous Kanack architecture and bursting with art and exhibitions. A visit to Grand Terre’s surrounding lagoon - the world’s largest - is essential. Dive into the World Heritage Reef where more than 15,000 marine species occupy the underwater world. Consider a local village stay, where you can explore the rich tapestry of Kanak culture for a day or more. The Kanak women might even ask you to join in their favourite game - cricket!

INDULGE IN THE ILE DES PINS

Just a 20 minute flight from Noumea, the Ile des Pins is a romantic’s dream. Its glowing white sand and blissful waters fringed by gently pendulating palms are a holiday fantasy.

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This island is small, so rent a bike or scooter and explore. Hike 262 metres to the peak of N’Ga for shimmering panoramic views. The locals, called Kunies, will even sail you around the island’s sparkling coast on one of their traditional canoes. If you can tear yourself away from sandy shores, explore some of the shadowy and mysterious island caves. There are also remains of a 19th century penal colony for a historical insight into the nation.

CHATEAU ROYAL BEACH RESORT & SPA

LE MERIDIEN ILE DES PINS

With one of the best spots on Anse Vata, this seriously chic apartment hotel is an exciting newcomer. Since opening in 2011, it’s gained a reputation for service, style, quality and class.

The most upmarket resort on the Ile des Pins, unbeatable in terms of luxury and service. Built among coconut palms by beautiful Oro Bay, it offers a superb accommodation in an idyllic setting.

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niue-THE BEST KEPT SECRET Niue is the hidden gem of the Pacific. With flights leaving New Zealand each week, this tropical oasis is just waiting to be explored.

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iue has intimate appeal, with only one resort and a number of small self catering motels. That means your view of the gleaming ocean won’t be spoilt by high rises or swarms of other tourists.

between July-October, humpback whales regularly visit Niue. There’s no reef, so they swim right up to the shoreline and you can dive in for a dip with them. There are very few places in the world where you can swim with these magnificent, gentle giants.

chasms abundant with enchanting stalagmites and stalactites. Find your own glimmering subterranean swimming hole, or head to Avaiki, once the King’s private swimming spot that looks like something straight out of a fairy tale.

When you arrive at this inviting South Seas retreat, your flight will even be met by a welcoming party of locals who are eager for you to enjoy your authentic island stay.

You can also take a plunge with dolphins and go diving and snorkelling for a deeper look at Niue’s underwater realm. Enjoy the deserted coves and the unbelievably clear water with visibility of up to 80 meters, making Niue a diving and snorkeling paradise.

Niue is blessed with a number of spectacular walking trails, from easy to moderate, each one more spectacular than the last.

YOUR TROPICAL SANCTUARY

The teeming ocean life is one of the most alluring attractions in Niue. Should you choose to visit

Let out your inner explorer and delve deep into the heart of the island, slinking into hidden caves and

Niue is not just a natural paradise - it has a rich culture too. Time your journey with the monthly village show, where there are performances, local food, handcrafts, games and competitions. Smiling locals will happily welcome you into the festivities.

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The fishing and diving in Niue are world renowned, with “gin clear” water offering divers up to 80 metres visibility.

MATAVAI RESORT

W H EN TO GO

GETTING TH ERE

• Best to visit from May-Oct when temperatures are lower and there’s less rain, with an average daytime temperature of 27°C.

• Just over a 3 hour flight from Auckland flying Air New Zealand once a week and twice a week during the May-Oct peak season period.

• Nov-Apr is the low season when you’ll find some fantastic accommodation discounts.

• You’ll gain a day on your outward journey as you cross the International Dateline and you’ll lose that day again on your way back.

• Jul-Oct is whale watching time, so be sure to visit and swim with the giant visitors!

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Be charmed by Niue. Instead of silver sands, you’ll find mysterious sea caves and rainforest, in a world centred around the ocean. In fact ‘Matavai’ means eye on the water - an appropriate name for this clifftop resort with its sweeping Pacific panorama.

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NORFOLK island 360 degrees o

wonder

When you’re looking for a destination only a hop, skip and jump away...where you can escape the day to day chaos of life, yet still enjoy a good flat white or pinot gris – consider Norfolk Island.

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f you need somewhere to fly and flop after the Christmas craziness, leave the hustle and bustle behind and immerse yourself in a unique blend of old world charm and modern luxury, just 1.5 hours flight from Auckland. Enjoy this petite 5km slice of paradise! Now if you’re wondering what on earth you’d do to entertain yourself in such a small wee place for a week, fear not. A quick jaunt around the island will reveal there are simply gorgeous beaches to laze upon, a winery that serves up a decadent tasting platter complete with edible flowers, a chocolatier, a coffee plantation,

nature walks, horse-riding, fishing, snorkelling, museums, cyclorama and historic sites. You’ll never go hungry in Norfolk and this is where it's coming of age. In Norfolk Island, it’s not about food miles – it’s food metres. Sustainable living with produce being grown locally is all the rage on this island. Stay for a week with the direct flights from Auckland or fly via Australia mid week for shorter or longer stays. Keep an eye on Norfolk Island though, this destination has got charisma. There’s nowhere else in the world quite like her…and there’s way more to it than you think! It’s just a matter of time before everyone else finds out.

WHEN TO GO

GETTING THERE

• With a sub-tropical climate that’s tempered by the surrounding sea, it’s never blazingly hot and rarely cold enough to demand more than a light sweater.

• Only 1.5 hours flight northwest from Auckland.

• Anytime is ideal to travel, with temperatures ranging 24-28°C in summer and 19°C in winter.

• Air New Zealand operate weekly direct services departing on a Sunday from Auckland, plus two weekly direct services from both Sydney and Brisbane to Norfolk Island.

Governor’s Lodge Resort Hotel 7 nights, flights & transfers

The atmosphere of a resort, the convenience of a hotel and a top location: everything you need for the perfect Norfolk holiday. Stay in an attractive stand-alone cottage, built among sub-tropical gardens in a village-like setting.

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Norfolk Holiday Apartments 7 nights, flights & transfers

There’s space to spare in these peaceful apartments, hidden away along a quiet lane in gorgeous gardens. It’s a beautiful spot, handy to Emily Bay, Kingston and Arthur’s Vale, and an easy walk to the shops and restaurants at Burnt Pine.

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TRAVEL: 19 Jan-18 May & 25 May-29 Jun 14 INCLUDES 2 FREE nights, a half day tour per person & FREE use of a rental car per apartment for the full duration. Daily car insurance of $25 per day & petrol additional & payable direct Terms and conditions apply. Add on $160pp from Wellington or Christchurch

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South Pacif ic

Cruising

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When it comes to cruising, New Zealand is perfectly positioned to experience paradise right from our doorstep.

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popular option for many Kiwis, P&O Cruises has been cruising the Pacific Islands for over 80 years.

Roundtrip sailings from Auckland capture the highlights of the Pacific Islands and more. There is an itinerary to suit everyone, from foodies and culture seekers, to those looking for an adrenaline rush, and travellers keen to experience the unique and more rustic island way of life. Sailing out of Auckland in 2014 from May to June, the stunning Pacific Pearl brings the best of the Pacific Islands direct to you – so why not get to know her a little better? As the newest addition to the fleet, Pacific Pearl is also one of the most loved, and for good reason. Her top deck features a giant LED Big Screen (think

blockbuster movies, live sports and Wii contests) and, she has an outdoor circus area primed for acrobatic performances, loved by kids and adults alike.

celebrity chef dining experience at Salt grill by Luke Mangan where you can try the signature crab omelette or liquorice parfait with lime syrup, both delicious options.

The Dome features panoramic views and entertainment, MIX Cocktail Bar serves up premium spirits and The Orient offers a great selection of draught beer.

All this and you haven’t even got off the ship yet! No matter what your travel whim, whether you are holidaying with friends, family or as a couple, P&O Cruises offers a travel experience to suit.

Plus, families are perfectly catered for with four separate age-specific kids clubs.

With idyllic Pacific Island destinations that never fail to amaze, an onboard lifestyle that offers as much fun or relaxation as you could want and an environment where every family member can have their ultimate holiday.

For dining, sample from a la carte selections in Waterfront Restaurant, buffet options at Plantation Restaurant or casual meals from The Grill, all included in your cruise fare. For a small cover charge you can enjoy a true

It’s really no surprise that cruising is the fastest growing holiday category in New Zealand!

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paci ic island hopper

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9 nights Auckland roundtrip aboard Pacific Pearl

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Vila • Mystery Island • Lifou • Isle of Pines • Noumea

Fares are cruise only, per person in NZD, in complete interior twin room as specified, inclusive of all discounts, charges and taxes (which are subject to change). A surcharge applies to credit card payments. Valid for new bookings and may not be combinable with any other offer. Offer ends 20 Dec 13 unless sold out prior. Once this offer ends, fares may revert to a higher fare but may also be further discounted. Offers subject to availability. Supplements apply for other room categories. To be read in conjunction with P&O Cruises booking and passage conditions which passengers will be bound by.

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FAMILY FUN

in the South Pacific

For your family holiday, you need to know you’re choosing a destination with something for everyone.

© The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa - The Cook Islands

Family values are central to their culture, “ so your little ones will always feel welcomed & relaxed.” © Treasure Island Resort - Fiji

H OT TIPS * Learn the local lingo – it’s always fun to try

and the locals love it! At the very least learn to say hello, please and thank you.

* Take Mum and Dad to a traditional local

dance and song show and try some local food like taro and breadfruit cooked traditionally in an underground oven.

© Treasure Island Resort - Fiji

* Go snorkelling and get up close and

personal to many friendly, vibrant and tropical fish. If you’re old enough you may be able to learn to scuba dive in the resort pool.

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Visit a local village if you can, to learn how the locals live and play.

* Meet up with some of the local kids. Make sure to get their address so that you can write to them when you return home.

* Watch the geckos wandering the walls and ceilings of buildings – they’re fun to watch and do a great job of keeping the mozzie population down.

* 4WD Safari Tours are great fun for the whole family and you’ll get to see the best views of the island.

* Visit the local markets – fun for all ages.You might even get to buy a souvenir here with your pocket money!

* How about a day at the beach, swimming, hunting for crabs, building sand castles and flying a kite – cool fun!


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he South Pacific islands are abundant with family-friendly holiday options. Its warm climate, gently lapping lagoons, friendly locals and laidback atmosphere - not to mention its plethora of adventurous activities - mean that your family time in the Pacific will be enjoyable and memorable. Any Pacific Island nation is geared up for family fun, but here is a taste of what’s on offer.

ALL SMILES IN SAMOA

Stay at one of the many family friendly resorts on the main island, Efate. These luxurious slices of paradise are complete with kids clubs to leave the grown-ups with a few quiet moments. For sensational snorkelling, head to nearby Hideaway Island. Kids will love the marine life, bustling with enquiring rainbow fish - not to mention the underwater post office where they can collect postcards as keepsakes or to send back home!

Samoa’s lively, colourful and happy culture is perfect for children – filled with infectious laughter, song and dance that’s easy to join into. Filled with stunning scenery, there’s always plenty to explore.

The local Port Vila markets are fun for everyone, with lively and laid-back locals eager to teach your kids a few words of the local lingo. The young ones will love to get their hair braided here with colourful beads.

Cycle together along the smoothly paved roads lined with plenty of fresh water swimming pools, and stop off so you can cool down along the way. There is little traffic, so the most you’ll need to remember is to smile and wave at local villagers as they pass by.

For some holiday thrills, go on a guided buggy tour as a family, or get strapped into a breathtaking zipline above the green treetops.

Kids will also love an authentic beach fale experience. Stay in traditional-style beach hut accommodation, propped above the sand on stilts! Your kids can make their sandcastles right outside. Don’t forget swimming with the turtles, or exploring local swimming holes and lagoons.

ADVENTURING IN VANUATU

Locals with hearty laughs wearing wide smiles will welcome you to Vanuatu after your short three-hour flight from Auckland.

SAY BULA TO FIJI: A RELAXING RETREAT

Fiji has long been a Kiwi family favourite. With golden sandy beaches, temperate waters and endless sun, there is plenty to keep everyone entertained. It is the Fijians who make this experience truly memorable for the kids. Locals here have a natural love for children and family values are central to their culture, so your little ones will always feel welcomed and relaxed.

One of the best in the South Pacific for families. Delightfully set in expansive gardens on the edge of the Lagoon. Parents can sit back, relax and unwind knowing the kids are being well looked after in the Kids Club which is free for children 3-11 years.

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per family (2 adults + 2 children under 12 years) from Auckland

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Kids will also love watching the local wildlife. Lizards and geckos wander walls, ceilings and footpaths on land and a huge variety of tropical fish dart about in the ocean. Stay at an island resort and enjoy safe swimming and snorkelling at beaches and in pools, or stay on Fiji’s mainland, Viti Levu, and take island day trips for a wider variety of child-friendly experiences.

THE CHILLED OUT COOK ISLANDS

The serene atmosphere of the Cook Islands is perfect for children and parents alike. Rarotonga’s resorts operate fun and thrilling kids clubs so you can lie back in a hammock with a cocktail, or enjoy chillaxing on a soft, sandy beach while watching your kids play in the water nearby. Go scuba diving together or even embark on a glass bottom lagoon cruise where you see the marine life up close while remaining dry! A family four-wheel drive safari is a great way to see the island together and the terrain’s bounces and bumps will be hugely exciting for the kids.

A traditional Fiji song and dance called ‘Meke’ will captivate your youngsters with swinging hips and enchanting melodies. They will be eager to feast on some juicy taro and breadfruit in a lovo. This is

You could also venture out on a family hike to Papua Waterfall where your kids will love to scramble through the rich greenery and dip their toes in the beguiling pools. Be sure to take some family snaps in front of this beauty!

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Warwick Le Lagon Resor t & Spa Va nuatu 7 nights, flights & transfers

a delectable, steamy feast cooked underground, much like the hangi in New Zealand.

6 nights + Late check out, flights & transfers

This is the place to head for a fun filled family holiday with the kids. The fully supervised Moko’s Kids Club for kids 4-11 years offers an educational experience with daily activities sure to provide hours of entertainment.

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TRAVEL: 01-17 Apr, 05 May-04 Jul & 21 Jul-26 Sep 14 INCLUDES Continental breakfast daily, FREE Kids Club for children 3-11 years inclusive Terms and conditions apply.

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With an impressive tropical pool, supervised Riggers Kids Club, Meimei nanny service, a kids eat free programme (conditions apply) and interconnecting rooms available for families needing more space, this is the perfect place for a family holiday choice.

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per family (2 adults + 2 children under 12 years) from Auckland

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Swept Be

off your feet in the South Pacific

What could be more romantic than saying your vows against a backdrop of endless azure ocean, whispering palm trees and the sweet scent of frangipani blossom in the air?

© Mana Island Resort & Spa - Fiji

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urrounded by your loved ones as the ring is slipped onto your finger, you’ll say “I do” as a local sweetly strums his guitar.

© Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

makeup and anything else that you can think of. In many ways, it’s easier to plan than a wedding in New Zealand!

After the ceremony, sip on fruity cocktails, dance barefoot on the beach beneath the stars or sail off into the sunset with your loved one.

You can have your wedding on most islands in the South Pacific - Fiji, the Cook Islands and Samoa are among the most popular.

Does this sound like your kind of big day? For a memorable wedding for both yourselves as a couple and also for your family and friends, consider a magical destination wedding in the South Pacific.

YOUR WEDDING IN SAMOA

YOUR FAIRYTALE DESTINATION WEDDING

Samoa oozes romance. Tuck a delicate frangipani flower behind your ear before marrying your loved one beneath tropical trees and with the sound of gently lapping water surrounding you. Enjoy the Samoan culture with local friends eager to celebrate your love.

Not only is the South Pacific a perfectly tranquil place to tie the knot - it takes the stress out of planning the event as well. Your beautiful backdrop and decor is largely provided by the location...all you need to do is turn up.

Relish at the chance to spend time at your own private beach, strolling across soft sand and looking out to the horizon hand in hand.

Describe your vision for your perfect big day and let a House of Travel Wedding Specialist follow through with the ceremony, reception, catering, music, flowers,

Before or after your wedding, enjoy a massage in a private beach fale or watch the sunset from the end of a charming jetty, bubbling champagne flute in hand.

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t hings to remember for your dream destination wedding

Book your wedding date and resort accommodations for you and your guests as early as possible to avoid disappointment - your House of Travel Wedding Specialist will be able to help! Pacific destinations actually have much shorter waiting lists than in New Zealand - every day of the week is an option. To make the most of your sojourn to the Pacific,travel a few days ahead of your guests to settle in and finalise any last-minute details. Once you’re done partying post-ceremony with family and friends, whisk yourselves away into the sparkling sunset and enjoy the surroundings into your honeymoon.

YOUR FIJIAN WEDDING

Begin your marriage in the tropical perfection of Fiji. Walk down the aisle at one of many quaint resort churches which are air conditioned, or even right on the beach to the beat of the local lali drum and exchange your vows with an angelic island choir singing softly alongside you. Wear a dress of your choice or embrace the traditional Fijian style with a personally designed tapa. Whether you want a formal chapel ceremony or prefer beachfront nuptials, you’ll be smiling ear-to-ear for days before venturing off on your honeymoon - perhaps a boat or flight can whisk you away to another secluded island spot?

SAY ‘I DO!’ IN THE COOK ISLANDS

a romantic paddle through calm waters - Cook Island warrior at the helm - to get to your wedding location? How about a barefoot ceremony or a wedding outfit accessorised with a delicate tropical lei? Let the colourful music, dance, costumes and culture bring your special day to life with the wonderful Cook Islands touch. As your big day of celebrations draws to a close, hole up in a stunning beachfront bungalow or luxurious resort. Maybe even take the short journey to Aitutaki for your honeymoon. This secluded sanctuary gives you and your loved one plenty of privacy to enjoy the picturesque view - and fall in love with each other all over again.

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