This New Zealand and Cook Islands Vacations: Beach and Adventure package is perfect for the weekend warrior. This one was planned for a couple from Virginia who had only a week for their vacation. They wanted to have some outdoor adventures in New Zealand, but also relax on the beach.
We started their New Zealand and Cook Islands Vacations: Beach and Adventure package on the island of Rarotonga. They spent 2 nights at a fabulous resort located right on the breathtaking Muri Lagoon. They rented a scooter to explore the island’s lush interior and drive to hidden beaches, plus they had plenty of leisure time to relax by the pool. They agreed this was the perfect way to begin their trip and get into “vacation mode.”
Next for their New Zealand and Cook Islands Vacations: Beach and Adventure package, they flew to Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island. Nestled on the shore of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by the Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown offers breathtaking views at every turn. It’s also known as the adventure capital of the South Pacific and a world-renowned bungy jumping destination!
They had 3 nights in Queenstown completely at their leisure. They enjoyed lots of hiking in the mountains, a day trip to the beautiful Milford Sound, quad biking, and a boutique winery tour in the nearby Central Otago wine region.
Continuing their New Zealand and Cook Islands Vacations: Beach and Adventure package, they flew to Rotorua. This North Island town is known for its volcanic landscape, with interesting rock formations, steam vents, and boiling mud pools. They did some hiking through the geothermal wonderlands here and were able to see a traditional Maori haka dance. Then, they drove up to the capital city of Auckland. They overnighted in Auckland and had an evening to explore the trendy bars and restaurants. The next morning, it was time to say goodbye to New Zealand and begin their journey back home.