Luxury Cook Islands & Australia Vacation with Airfare - Cook Islands & Sydney

11-Day, 8-Night Vacation in the Cook Islands and Australia with Airfare and Luxury Hotels from Air New Zealand Vacations

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Self-Guided Vacation in the Cook Islands and Sydney with Five-Star Accommodations

Despite its sugar-white beaches, lush tropical foliage, and turquoise lagoons with colorful fish and coral, the Cook Islands have yet to become a major tourist spot. That’s good news to visitors of the South Pacific island chain, who can enjoy the picturesque surroundings in relative peace and quiet. On this 11-day, 8-night luxury vacation from Air New Zealand Vacations, you can experience the Cook Islands’ untouched natural beauty at your leisure, then spend a few nights in the cosmopolitan city of Sydney. The trip includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX) on Air New Zealand, accommodations in 5- and 4.5-star hotels, and daily breakfast.

To see a full itinerary, click here.

Days 1–5: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Fly to Rarotonga (flight time is approximately 10 hours and 15 minutes), then transfer to the 4.5-star Crown Beach Resort & Spa, where you will spend four nights.

Rarotonga is a speck of white sand, emerald-green mountains, and dense jungle in the South Pacific. It’s the Cook Islands’ most populous island, and tourists come for the tranquil beaches, colorful dive sites, and unspoiled jungles that shelter colorful birds. There’s also a significant Polynesian cultural presence here, which you can learn about at the Te Vara Nui village during crafting demonstrations and nightly dance performances.

In Rarotonga, you’ll stay right on the beach at the 4.5-star Crown Beach Resort & Spa. The luxury resort sits in 5 acres of tropical gardens, along a long stretch of white-sand beach overlooking a shallow lagoon. Borrow snorkeling gear and kayaks from the front desk to explore the lagoon. Your stay also includes daily breakfast and nightly turndowns with flowers and candles.

Days 6–10: Sydney

Fly to Sydney (flight time is approximately 7 hours and 15 minutes), then transfer to the 5-star Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, where you will spend four nights.

World-class museums, waterfront cafés, and high-end boutiques line the streets in downtown Sydney, located along the Tasman Sea in southeastern Australia. The city has a vibrant cultural scene—public art galleries display an ever-changing landscape of contemporary and aboriginal pieces, and there are performances by the Sydney Theatre Company all year long. Sydney is also a haven for nature lovers, with warm summers, mild winters, and plenty of parks and nature trails. Visit the Royal National Park to hike forested trails leading to spectacular lookouts and hidden beaches.

It’s easy to get around the city from the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney. The 5-star hotel is within walking distance of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour, where you can see the Harbour Bridge’s iconic steel arches. During your stay, feast on pasture-fed Tasmanian sirloin, grilled racks of lamb, and other local specialties at the hotel restaurant, Bistro Fax Restaurant & Bar. Your stay also includes daily breakfast.

Day 11: Los Angeles

Fly to Los Angeles (flight time is approximately 18 hours).

What You Get

11-day, 8-night Australia and Cook Islands tour with round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX)

All options are $3,699 per person to travel with a friend, or, to travel solo, add a fee of $999 ($3,699 + $999 = $4,698 total). Choose from five departure dates available in February and March. Click here to see all options and dates. Air New Zealand Vacations advises calling 1-855-550-8802 for availability prior to purchase.

The first 50 people to buy the deal for any date will also get a complimentary Sydney Harbour cruise and tour of the Sydney Opera House. Choose Option 1 to receive this tour—the option will no longer be available after 50 people buy the deal.

Book by: 2/27/13
Solo traveler fee: $999

Those who opt to depart on 2/24 have up to that date to book; subject to availability.

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  • Unredeemed vouchers result in gift card for future trip less 20% fee
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  • Must be 18+ to check in
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  • $999 fee req'd to travel solo
  • Visa & gratuities not included
  • Not valid for group or existing reservations.
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Getting There

  • By plane: includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles (LAX)
  • By transit: includes airport transfers in the Cook Islands and Sydney

Traveler's Tips

  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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