HOSTED GROUP DEPARTURE WITH SUPER SPECIAL SINGLE PRICES - (may be withdrawn at any time). Depart Auckland 4.30pm tuesday 30 July - return 7am saturday 10 August. Includes economy class air fares 3 nights accommodation and breakfast at Intercontinental Hotel prior to cruise and a half night hotel after.

01 February update - Porthole cabins now fully booked - limited space available in Ocean View and Balcony Suites from $8,880 share twin and $12,600 single

DISCOVER FRENCH POLYNESIA featuring 3 nights at the Intercontinental or Hilton Resorts and 7 night cruise aboard "Star Breeze" in the steps of Kupe, and Captains Cook and Bligh but in much greater comfort. Discover the history of Tupaia who accompanied Captain Cook on his first visit to New Zealand. Cruise not your thing? Look at our 7 night island Hopper by air  package including Papeete, Raiatea, and Bora Bora at the end of the main itinerary.

Longer cruises including the TUAMOTUS depart  Papeete 2024: March 28, (11 Days), April 08 (10 days), May 09 (11 days), 27 (10 days),  TAHITI AND MARQUESAS special 14 night cruise July 04, TAHITI AND TUAMOTUS August 15 (11 days), 26 (10 days), TAHITI AND THE MARQUESAS 14 days, September 26.

For a different kind of cruise join the "Aranui 5" working ship  servicing the Marquesas and Tuamotu islands with a special voyage including remote Pitcairn and Gambier Islands. See separate itinerary. 

Flights are not included as air fares are "dynamic". The earlier you book the better the fares! Timetable as at 13 December 2023.

AIR NEW ZEALAND depart Auckland every Monday and Friday at 6.40pm crossing the dateline and arriving Papeete at 1.35am monday. Air New Zealand depart Papeete 3.15am Mondays and Fridays recrossing the dateline and arriving Auckland 7am Tuesdays and Saturdays. For schedules and fares check www.airnewzealand.co.nz

AIR TAHITI NUI depart Auckland Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sundays but not every week departing Auckland 4.30pm and crossing the dateline arriving Papeete previous day at 10.15pm. Depart Papeete Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 8.25am arriving Auckland 12.55pm next day. For schedules and fares check www.airtahitinui.com

DREAMS OF TAHITI - 3 nights Intercontinental or Hilton in Papeete plus 7 night cruise including MOOREA, RAIATEA, TAHAA, BORA BORA, HUAHINE 

Package commences Papeete Mondays (Depart Auckland tuesdays with Air Tahiti Nui)

2024: "Star Breeze". February 19, 26, March 04, 11, 18, April 15, 22, 29, June 03, 10, 17, 24, July 15, 22, 29, August 05, September 09, 16.     

Itinerary: 

Day 1. Monday.  PAPEETE ARRIVE. (Air Tahiti Nui)

Arrive Papeete and you will be transferred to your accommodation.

Day 2. Tuesday. PAPEETE

Free day to explore the town and/or relax by the pool at your resort.

Day 3. Wednesday.     PAPEETE     (B)

Enjoy our included half day tour including remote villages,and beaches. Also site of the sacred Marae from which Tupaia joined Captain Cook on his voyage to New Zealand.

Day 4. Thursday.                PAPEETE DEPART         (BD) 

Free morning before transferring to "Star Breeze" around midday. Settle in and sail at 6pm. Enjoy your first dinner as you cruise to Moorea.  Some sailings may cruise to Moorea very early friday morning,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Day 5. Friday.                         MOOREA                        (BLD)  

Arrive Moorea 6am and sail at 5pm. Optional tours available - extra expense. Take a photography tour with a professional photographer, hike the majestic Three Coconut Trail. Visit dolphins in their natural habitat or enjoy swimming and/or kayaking from the "Star Breeze" watersports platform.

Day 6. Saturday.                       RAIATEA - tour included.                   (BLD)      

Arrive 8am - Sail 6am sunday. Full day to explore  Raiatea known as the sacred island and renowned as the first island settled in French Polynesia over 1,000 years ago and from which Maori started their migration to New Zealand some 800 years ago.    Tour included covering the mountains, villages and history, including Taputapuatea, the first royal marae of Polynesia.

Day 7. Sunday.     MOTU MAHAEA      (TAHAA)        (BLD)  

Arrive 8am - sail 5pm    A short cruise across the lagoon brings you to Tahaa where you will spend the day on a private island complete with white sand beaches and swaying palm trees. Enjoy a barbecue lunch and tropical drinks ashore. Optional tour of the Vanilla Plantations and sacred sites of the island. 

Day 8. Monday.        BORA BORA                               (BLD)   

Arrive 9.00am. Sail 9pm tuesday.  Two full days to enjoy one of the most beautiful and most photographed islands in the world. Optional tours ashore and time to swim and snorkel or explore some of the tiny islands in the lagoon.                    

Day 9. Tuesday.     BORA BORA                              (BLD) 

Explore the island further or relax on board and admire the magnificent spectacle of the island. Full use of water sports equipment available. Sail at 9pm. 

Day 10.  Wednesday.      HUAHINE                                  (BLD)  

Arrive 7am - sail 5pm  Optional tour of the volcanic "Garden of Eden" including the tortured landscapes, lush forests, villages, ancient temples, and sacred lake of the ancient wizard kings. 

Day 11. Thursday.         PAPEETE                                (B) 

Arrive 7am.  Disembark after breakfast. If returning with Air New Zealand early friday morning room provided at Royal Tahitien or Kon Tiki hotels until transferring to the airport just after midnight. If returning with Air Tahiti Nui 2 nights are needed. We recommend returning to Intercontinental or Hilton.

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TAHITIAN TREASURES AND MAGNIFICENT MARQUESAS  15 days. 2024: July 04, September 26.

Thursday. Papeete boarding

Friday. Papeete dep[art 9am

Saturday. Fakarava arrive 7am - sail 5pm

Sunday. At Sea

Monday. Omoa, Fatu Hiva, Marquesas. arrive 9.30am - depatrt 6pm

Tuesday. Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas. arrive 8am - sail 9pm

Wednesday. Taiohae, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas. arrive 8am - sail 2pm

Thursday. At Sea

friday. Rangiroa. Arrive 9am - sail 5pm

Saturday. At sea

Sunday. Tahaa (motu Mahaea. arrive 8am - sail 5pm

Monday. Bora Bora. Arrive 8am - sail 6pm

Wednesday. Moorea. arrive 8am - sail 6pm

Thursday. Papeete disembark.

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TAHITI AND TUAMOTUS - 11 day itinerary

Thursday. Depart Papeete 6pm

Friday.  at Sea

Saturday. Fakarova arrive 7am - sail 5pm

Sunday. Rangiroa. Arrive 9am - sail 5pm

Monday. At Sea

Tuesday. Tahaa - Motu Mahaea Arrive 8am - sail 5pm. RAIATEA ARRIVE 6.30pm

Wednesday. Raiatea sail 10pm.

Thursday. Bora Bora arrive 8am

Friday. Bora Bora depart 9pm

Saturday. Huahine arrive 8am - sail 5pm

Sunday. Moorea arrive 8am - sail 6pm

Monday. Papeete disembark.

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TAHITI AND TUAMOTUS - 10 day itinerary

Monday. Papeete depart 6pm

Tuesday. At Sea

Wednesday. Fakarava arrive 7am - sail 5pm

Thursday. Rangiroa arrive 9am - sail 5pm

Friday. At Sea

Saturday. Tahaa (Motu Mahaea) arrive 8am - sail 5pm

Sunday. Bora Bora arrive 8am - sail 9pm monday

Monday. Bora Bora depart 9pm

Tuesday. Huahine arrive 8am - sail 5pm

Wednesday. Moorea arrive 8am - sail 9pm

Thursday. Papeete disembark

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DISCOVER FRENCH POLYNESIA

Discover the fabled islands of French Polynesia in the wake of Captains Cook and Bligh but in much greater comfort.

"In the steps of Tupaia". Discover the history of Tupaia who accompanied Captain Cook on his first visit to New Zealand and visit the marae in Raiatea and Tahiti believed to be the origins of the Maori migration to New Zealand some 800 years 

HOSTED GROUP DEPARTURE WITH SUPER SPECIAL SINGLE PRICES - may be withdrawn at any time. Depart Auckland 4.30pm 30 July - return 7am saturday 10  August.

"STAR BREEZE" 

12,995 tons. 159 metres long.  312 passengers, 204 crew. Speed. 15 knots. Porthole suites - 10. Ocean View Suites - 79. Balcony suites - 58. De Luxe suites - 9

Eating places include Yacht Club cafe and library on the top deck, Star Bar, Star Grill, and the Amphora Restaurant. There is  water sports platform on the stern for easy access to the lagoons.

Independent departures excluding air fares.

Indicative tour cost per person in New Zealand dollars - prices are dynamic and availability of different cabin types varies. All prices are subject to confirmation when requesting a booking.

Including 3 nights accommodation and breakfast at Hilton or Intercontinental Resort arriving on Monday (Departing Auckland Tuesday with Air Tahiti Nui).

Super Singles - special discount available at 13 December and can be withdrawn at any time.

Ocean View cabins..        2 per room/cabin...    $8,880......       Single room/cabin... $12,600  

Balcony Suites....             2 per room/suite...    $ 9,950.....       Single room/suite      $14,600                                                                                                                                                    

Extra night at the Hilton or Intercontinental if arriving Air New Zealand early monday - $350 per person share twin. $680 per person single.

Tour cost includes:

Group departure includes return economy class air fares from Auckland to Papeete with Air Tahiti Nui and returning with Air New Zealand and an on board credit of USD100 per person.

**  Return air fares from Auckland to Papeete.

** Arrival and departure transfers in Papeete 

** 3 nights accommodation and breakfast.

**  Tour of Tahiti island - half day including history, sights, and culture.

** 7 night "Wind Spirit" cruise including all meals and use of watersports equipment while on board.    

Alternative accommodation is available  in Papeete at the 3 star Kon Tiki or Royal Tahitien hotels. Kon Tiki is opposite the cruise terminal with rooftop cafe and is our choice but it is usually heavily booked. Royal Tahitien is a 5 minute taxi ride from the centre of town with restaurant, swimming pool, and access to the lagoon. Kon Tiki is ideal if you would like somewhere to rest up between the cruise and returning with Air New Zealand. Costs reduce by $700 per person 2 per room, $1,300 single if staying at Kon Tiki or Roral Tahitien for 3 nights prior to cruise. Breakfasts are not included but can be purchased in the restaurant or from the nearby convenience store. 1 night ( no meals) is usually available for $290 twin or single.

 

Non motorised water sports are free from the  water sports platform at the stern. Snorkel, mask. and flippers will be provided on arrival and are kept by you for the next 7 days.

       

                  

Deposits and payments:

25% is payable on booking and the balance 3 months prior to departure.

Cancellation Fees:

Cancellations 4 - 3 months prior to departure will forfeit the deposit., 

Cancellations 3-2 months prior to departure will forfeit 35% of the total cost

Cancellations  2-1 month prior to departure will forfeit 50% of the total cost

Cancellations less than 1 month will forfeit 100%

We strongly recommend you have travel insurance to cover cancellation fees as well as medical expenses and baggage loss or damage.  

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Not keen on cruising ? See our Tahiti, Raiatea, Bora Bora Island hopper by air

 

 

 

 

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