Escape the southern hemisphere 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.