New Zealand South Island Romance + 2nts Cook Islands

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Starting at $2799 per person
Suggested Length8 days
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This New Zealand South Island and Cook Islands vacation is a perfect romantic getaway for a honeymoon or maybe a babymoon!  We planned this trip for a recently married couple from Washington DC, they were both starting graduate school so they wanted a quick vacation before they started school.  They started their adventure on the South Island of New Zealand in Queenstown.  They chose to bungy jump, jetboat, and hike to enjoy the beautiful views on their days in there.  They had a chance to go up on the Skyline Gondola and did star gazing at night over Lake Wakatipu.  They then traveled through Haast Pass to the glaciers.  After an amazing helicopter flight to the glaciers, they relaxed in the local hot pools. Then from the glaciers, they took a romantic train ride on the Tranz Alpine Train, regularly voted the best train ride in the world,  to Christchurch, the garden city.  That night they enjoyed a romantic dinner at the Curator’s House in the botanical gardens.  To end their romantic getaway to New Zealand South Island and Cook Islands, they ended on a Muri Beach, a beautiful beach in Rarotonga, where they relaxed and enjoyed the pristine views of the ocean. Suggested Length: 8 Days

Day 1
Arrival into Auckland. A short connecting flight to Queenstown.
Collect rental car at the airport and make your way to your hotel.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the majestic Remarkables Range, Queenstown is the perfect destination all year round.
3.5-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 2
Absolute leisure to explore Queenstown.
3.5-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 3
Absolute leisure to explore Queenstown.
3.5-star hotel in Queenstown

Day 4
Drive QUEENSTOWN to FOX GLACIER along the stunning ruggest west coast.
4-star hotel at Fox Glacier

Day 5
Absolute leisure to explore Fox Glacier.
The West Coast, or ‘the Coast’ as locals call it, is a wild place of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures.
4-star hotel at Fox Glacier

Day 6
Drive from Fox Glacier to Greymouth. Drop off rental car and board the Tranz Alpine Train.
The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. Climb through lush beach rain forest from the West Coast town of Greymouth into the Southern Alps and descend onto the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Welcome to Christchurch, the ‘Garden City’. The Southern Alps provide a fantastic backdrop to this awesome city. Perched on the coast, Christchurch is the doorway to the Canterbury Plains which spread westwards towards the mountains.
3.5-star hotel in Christchurch

Day 7
Make your own way to the airport for your flight
Flight Christchurch – (Auckland) – Rarotonga

Day 6 AGAIN!
Cross International Date Line, and gain back the day you lost on the flight down.
WELCOME TO THE COOK ISLANDS!
Stay 2 nights at the PACIFIC RESORT RAROTONGA. This unequalled Muri Beach resort 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 snorkeling 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.
Stopover Special – Early Check-in upon arrival OR Day Room on day of check out.
4.5-star resort in Rarotonga

Day 7
Absolute leisure.
4.5-star resort in Rarotonga

Day 8
Board your flight back to the States.
Welcome home.

 

Dates & Conditions
Departs Thursdays
Price is per person based on 2 adults traveling together.
Subject to availability

  • Accommodation for 8 nights in Queenstown (3), Fox Glacier (2), Christchurch (1) and Rarotonga (2)
  • Car rental in New Zealand, 5 days (intermediate size, automatic) with standard insurance
  • TranzAlpine train from Greymouth to Christchurch
  • New Zealand GST
  • Meet & greet and airport transfers in Rarotonga
  • Down Under Endeavours’ 24/7 local travel assistance and support

If you are looking for a romantic dining spot, check out the restaurant No. 5, located in the Spire hotel. It’s tucked down a little laneway, which offers privacy and a feel of exclusivity. Great way to spend an evening! -Candice, Down Under Endeavours