New Zealand Stopovers

One of the great things about travelling to New Zealand is the huge range of stopover options available. Allowing you to visit exotic islands or some of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, it makes a lot of sense to break your journey on a long-haul flight and often involves little or no flight supplement.

Cook Islands

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Imagine 15 paradise islands scattered over two million sq km of South Pacific Ocean and hardly anyone on them! The Cook Islands lie in the heart of Polynesia, about 1,600 miles northeast of New Zealand. Along the pristine shores are dotted hideaway hotels and resorts perfect for a relaxing retreat.
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Relax and rejuvenate on these delightful islands, where palm trees, white sandy beaches and spectacular coral reefs make for a perfect setting. Fiji is made up of 330 islands, of which only 100 are inhabited. There is an excellent range of accommodation, from basic yet comfortable to five star luxury.
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French Polynesia

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Soaring mountains with moss-green peaks, vivid turquoise lagoons and clear water coral gardens, these idyllic islands are the closest thing to paradise. Join a cruise to explore the spectacular Marquesas Islands, stopping en route to meet local artisans, delve into the fascinating culture and enjoy picnics on picture-perfect beaches.
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Far East

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In contrast to the tranquil hideaways of the Pacific islands, the major cities of the Far East are a hub of activity and excitement. Renowned for their excellent shopping opportunities, high standard of accommodation and fascinating cultural experiences, a stopover here is a great complement to your New Zealand holiday.
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Midway between the UK and New Zealand, the west coast of America is an ideal place to break your journey, with Los Angeles and San Francisco providing two very individual cities while a detour to Las Vegas makes for a memorable experience. Other stopover destinations depend on airlines and connections.
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Split by three time zones and the tropic of Capricorn, New Zealand’s closest neighbour is a vast and diverse land of wide open spaces, captivating red desert, dense rainforest, iconic wildlife and some prime beach front locations. Its major cities are modern and cosmopolitan offering a range of places to stay and many activities - often on the water.
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Ian Sowerby
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