Escape the Australian winter and soak up the tropical warmth of the South Pacific. Discover the Cook Islands in the heart of Polynesia, 3000km north east of Auckland. On this handcrafted journey, we are guided through exotic landscapes by local guides and notable characters who introduce us to the ancient and contemporary Polynesian culture, people and natural beauty of the Islands. On the main island of Rarotonga, we visit colourful markets, go on an island discovery tour and enjoy history walks. We hike the renowned cross-island track and explore traditional plantation valleys. We then spend four nights on blissfully remote Aitutaki, the quintessential island paradise as noted in the book '1000 places to see before you die’. We cruise and snorkel the turquoise lagoon waters and learn about local history and culture. There are few places left in the world like the island of Atiu. Over three nights, we immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of a traditional island night with Cook Island dancers and the tastes of tropical feasts. We venture into the native jungle, explore Kopeka Caves (home to rare birdlife) and explore the island with the legendary Birdman George. With the tour starting and ending in Rarotonga, flights can be easily arranged direct from Sydney or via New Zealand.
- Escape winter and explore the islands of Rarotonga, Aitutaki & Atiu
- Walk through pristine native rainforest on Rarotonga
- Search for rare birdlife in Tupapa Valley
- Learn about ancient & present agricultural techniques
- Snorkel crystal clear lagoons, enjoy spectacular scenery & local foods in Aitutaki
- Explore lush tropical jungle, secluded coves & stunning limestone caves of Atiu Island
- Immerse yourself in the beauty, history & art of these Polynesian islands
- Feast on traditional culinary delights
- Enjoy the rich culture, dance & traditional stories of the friendly Cook Islanders
17–30 August 2018 (13 nights)
Twin share/person (ex Rarotonga)
Advanced Early Bird: A$6,495 until 24/11/2017
Early Bird: A$6,695 until 19/04/2018
Single Supplement: A$1,765 (3 nights shared facilities)
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.
Minimum Group Size: 8 guests
Gourmet, Culture, History, Botanical
Easy to Moderate: 3–10km per walking day with some challenging options (challenging options with ascent/descent - mid range humidity). Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.
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This tour is closed for online bookings.
Please contact us if you are interested in this tour.