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Cook Islands - Nature & Culture - Walking Holiday

Region: Asia Pacific // Dates: 14–27 August 2020 (13 nights)
Cook Islands - Nature & Culture Walking Holiday

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.

Overview

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.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Take a winter escape to explore the islands of Rarotonga, Atiu & Aitutaki
  • Walk through local markets & pristine native rainforest on Rarotonga
  • Search for rare birdlife in Tupapa Valley
  • Learn about ancient & modern agricultural techniques that sustain self-sufficiency
  • Explore lush tropical jungle, secluded coves & stunning limestone caves of Atiu Island
  • Snorkel crystal clear lagoons, enjoy spectacular scenery & local foods in Aitutaki
  • Feast on traditional culinary delights
  • Witness dance & traditional stories of the friendly Cook Islanders

Details

Details:

14 – 27 August 2020 (13 nights)

Twin share/person (starts/ends Rarotonga)
Advanced Early Bird: A$6,950 until 17/02/2020
Regular: A$7,450
Single Supplement: A$TBA
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

Special Interest:
Botanical, Culture, History, Geology

Walk Rating:
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.

Tour Itinerary

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  • Judith Kunzlé

    Judith Kunzlé is an internationally recognised artist who lived in Rarotonga for 27 years and recently moved to California. During her time on the island, she worked as a designer for UN / government projects and the Cook Islands Natural Heritage Trust on natural history projects on Rarotonga, Atiu and Aitutaki. Her extensive knowledge of the islands, her respect for the local people together with her calm and gentle nature, will guarantee you a wonderful tour. She will be joined by local guides on each island who share their views and experiences of life on South Pacific Islands.

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