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I have some questions about planning a trip to Tahiti and Australia

I have some questions about planning a trip to Tahiti and Australia

May 25th, 2004, 11:23 AM
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I have some questions about planning a trip to Tahiti and Australia

Please forgive me if this has been asked before as I usually frequent the Europe board and this is my first time posting here!

My husband and I are considering a vacation next year to Australia but we want to include Tahiti or the Cook Islands and New Zealand as well. We do not want an organized tour. I was hoping that there is somewere where I could view flight/hotel packages that would include all three? If not, is the airfare between Australia and Tahiti very expensive?

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May 25th, 2004, 11:36 AM
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Check out Air New Zealand Holidays:

If you are coming from North America, it is not necessarily much more expensive to add a stop or two, compared to a round-trip fare.
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May 25th, 2004, 12:22 PM
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Welcome to the Oz/Pacific end of the board!

You're talking about covering a huge area. Australia itself is roughly the same size as mainland USA, and you want to add a couple more countries (albeit smaller ones).

How much time do you have?

I think you need to decide what you really want to see / do?
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May 25th, 2004, 12:26 PM
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Thank you both for your help! To answer your questions, we will have roughly 3 weeks to spend. As far as Tahiti is concerned, we were hoping to stop there either on the way to/from Australia for 3-4 days. The area looks beautiful, but neither of us are real "beachy" people and would probably get stir-crazy after awhile. I remember seeing a few special offers from different airlines that included a free layover in either Tahiti or Fiji (I believe). Then we were interested in spending about a week in New Zealand and the rest of the time in Australia, concentrating on a small area probably around either Melbourne or Sydney. This would be our first trip to Australia for both of us and we would be coming from the US.

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May 25th, 2004, 01:20 PM
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Tracy, a week in NZ, half a week in Tahiti/Fiji and one-and-a-half weeks in Australia is certainly a rush. If you're interested in a tropical stopover, you could consider Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef as an alternative. This would avoid the complication of dealing with a third country, albeit you may not see taht as a problem. FNQ caters for "non-beachy" people very well. There are plenty of threads on this forum to check.

A week is not really doing justice to New Zealand, but it's do-able if you confine yourself to either the North or the South Island, but not both. Self-drive is the way to go in NZ, if you feel comfortable driving on the "wrong" side of the road.
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