Do Luxury Adventures offer tailored vacations & holidays?

Yes we can either alter one of the packages from our website to exactly meet your requirements or simply contact us with details of your vacation and we'll tailor something special from scratch.

Are luxury Adventures itineraries for couples only?

Almost all Luxury Adventures packages are based on two people, however we can cater for singles, families and small groups. Simply contact us with your requirements. If you're planning a honeymooning you can read about where to go, what to do and how long to spend in our South Pacific Honeymoon Blog.

Do Luxury Adventures offer group packages?

Yes, if you have a family or group we can certainly accommodate you. We also specialise in incentive packages and client entertainment for corporate groups. Whether its a large or small group Luxury Adventures can organise something unique for your group.

How can we contact you while on our vacation?

You'll be able to contact your Luxury Adventures agent or representative via phone or email. So if you have any problems or a change of plans there will be someone to take care of it.

Do you offer personal concierge services & guides to escort me on my vacation, can you organise these?

Absolutely, we can arrange anything from babysitting, restaurant bookings, theatre tickets and spa & beauty appointments through to organising additional activities, groceries delivered to your accommodation or if you have a special occasion, such as a birthday or honeymoon during your time in one of our destinations we offer a gift buying service. These are just some of the requests we can fulfil. We also have excellent guides who are professional, knowledgeable and who will show you the best New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, Fiji and the Cook Islands has to offer.

Payment options?

Our preferred method of payment is by direct bank transfer (telegraphic transfer). We also accept credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners & AMEX). Please note that a 3% credit card processing fee applies to all credit card transactions.

Do your packages include international air travel?

Not unless specified. Usually our packages are land only i.e. once you reach your first destination. However if you would like a quotation for international air please let us know.

I have special dietary requirements; can these be catered for on my vacation?

All of the accommodations we utilze and recommend are able to cater for all dietary needs where necessary, including cultural & religious needs along with allergies and general likes & dislikes.

How much will a luxury South Pacific vacation or honeymoon cost?

We have written a blog on 'Whats your travel budget?' for the luxury traveller heading down under. This will give you a good understanding of the costs involved.

How long are the domestic flights in New Zealand?

The longest direct flight in New Zealand is from Auckland to Queenstown this is just under 2 hours. Shorter flights are also readily available such as the flight from Auckland to Rotorua taking only 40mins and the Christchurch to Queenstown flight only takes 1 hour. So its very easy to fly around the country making visiting multiple destinations easy during your vacation.

When is the best time to visit New Zealand?

You can visit New Zealand at any time of the year. Summer and winter temperatures vary by only about 10C (50F) over most of the country, making New Zealand an ideal holiday destination all year round. There are 4 quite distinct seasons - Spring (Sept-Nov), Summer (Dec-Feb), Autumn/Fall (Mar-May) and Winter (June-Aug). In summer there's plenty of sunshine, and activities in and around the water include fishing (saltwater, freshwater and big game) mountain biking, scuba diving, golf, wine tasting, scenic heli flights and walking. In fact just about any thing you can imagine! You'll find snow on the mountains in winter and excellent skiing. Away from the mountains, New Zealand winters are mild and temperatures generally do not fall below freezing.

Where are the International Airports located in New Zealand?

New Zealand's International Airports are at Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Most International flights will land at Auckland. Some flights from Australia also land at Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Do I need a passport or visa to enter New Zealand?

All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country. Most visitors who intend to stay for less than 3 months do not require a visa. If you want to stay longer than three months, or your country of origin does not have a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, then you will need to apply for a Visitor's Visa. Please go to www.immigration.govt.nz for more information.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. You can find more information about entering New Zealand here.

Can I use my mobile or hire one in New Zealand?

New Zealand offers global roaming, but if you're phone is not compatible you can organise a mobile phone for the duration of your trip from www.vodarent.co.nz which has a convenient pick up and drop off at Auckland International Airport.

Do I need an international licence to drive in New Zealand?

In New Zealand all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country.
Make sure your driver's licence is current. If your licence is not in English, you must bring an English translation with you or obtain an International Drivers Permit.

Is it easy to Drive in New Zealand?

It is relatively easy to drive around New Zealand with the major difference being New Zealanders drive on the left-hand side of the road. For road rules please see the New Zealand Road Code.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?

Tipping in New Zealand is not expected. However, tipping for great service is at your discretion.

What are the taxes in New Zealand?

All goods and services are subject to a 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST). This is included in the displayed price of most items.

What clothes should I take?

Dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and nightspots. Men are generally not expected to wear suits and ties, except in a few of the top formal bars and restaurants in major cities. In summer a light jacket or sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or if you visit the high country. You can expect some rain, so include a light waterproof jacket or coat. Pack warm winter clothing if visiting between May and September and remember to layer your clothing if you're heading outdoors and take appropriate atire for the conditions.

What is the climate Like?

New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are in June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30°C and in winter between 10-15°C. Below is a chart with average temperatures in the main centres.

Summer Autumn Winter Spring
Low High Low High Low High Low High
Northland 15 24 13 21 8 16 11 18
Auckland 15 23 12 20 8 15 11 18
Waikato 12 23 9 20 5 14 8 18
Bay of Plenty/Coromandel 14 23 11 20 6 15 9 18
Rotorua 12 22 9 18 4 13 8 17
Taupo/Central Plateau 11 23 8 18 3 12 7 17
Eastland 13 24 10 20 5 15 9 19
Hawke's Bay 14 24 10 20 5 14 9 19
Wanganui/Manawatu 13 22 10 18 6 13 9 17
Wairarapa 11 23 8 19 3 13 7 17
Taranaki 13 21 11 19 6 14 9 16
Wellington 13 20 11 17 7 12 9 15
Marlborough 12 23 8 19 3 13 8 18
Nelson 13 22 8 18 2 13 8 17
Canterbury 12 22 8 18 2 12 7 17
West Coast 12 19 9 17 4 13 8 15
Mt Cook Mackenzie 8 20 4 15 -1 7 3 14
Coastal Otago 11 18 8 15 4 10 7 15
Central Otago 10 23 6 17 0 9 5 17
Southland 9 18 6 15 1 10 5 14
Fiordland 9 19 5 15 1 9 4 15

How long are the domestic flights in Australia?

The longest direct flight in Australia is Perth to Cairns which is about 5 hours. Other flights such as Brisbane to Sydney or Sydney to Melbourne are only 1hr 30mins. So it is very easy to fly around the country visiting multiple destinations during your stay.

When is the best time to visit Australia?

Spending Christmas at the beach or skiing in August may seem strange but Australia's seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere - summer officially starts in December and winter in June, which is the same as New Zealand. But even in winter you'll enjoy blue skies and warm, bright days. Australia's climate and the fact that it is one of the driest continents on earth makes it a fabulous holiday destination all year round, whatever you're planning to do. In the Australian winter you can ski in the southern states one day and be diving in the balmy waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland the next. Such temperate conditions make al fresco dining, sublime days on the beach or the water, outdoor barbeques, and a huge variety of sports a way of life here. No wonder Aussies believe life is for living!

Do I need a passport or visa to enter Australia?

A valid passport is required for all people wishing to travel to and enter Australia. Everyone, except holders of Australian and New Zealand passports, require a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders apply for a visa upon arrival in Australia. All other passport holders must hold a visa before travelling to Australia.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. You can find more information about entering Australia here.

Do I need vaccinations to enter Australia?

Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from, or visited a yellow fever infected country or zone within six days before arrival. No other health certificate is required to enter Australia.

Do I need an international licence to drive in Australia?

In Australia all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country.
Make sure your driver's licence is current. If your licence is not in English, you must bring an English translation with you or obtain an International Drivers Permit and remember in Australia they drive on the left hand side of the road.

Do I need to tip in Australia?

Tipping in Australia is not expected. However, tipping for great service is at your discretion.

What are the taxes in Australia?

Currently most goods and services are subject to a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the exception of some items. This is included in the displayed price of most items.

Are there any poisonous animals in Australia?

There are many animals, fish, reptiles and insects in Australia who can be harmful. To name a few, sea animals such as jelly fish, sharks, stone fish or crocodiles, snakes and spiders. Venomous snakes, including the tiger snake, copperhead snake and red-bellied black snake are mostly found in bushland but they can also live in built-up areas. Poisonous spiders, such as the redback spider and the white-tailed spider, are commonly found in houses, sheds and garages. The danger posed by snakes or spiders is, however, extremely low. There are no lions, tigers, or bears in Australia.

Where are the International Airports located in Australia?

Australia has 11 international gateways served by major international airlines. Major international airports are Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, followed by Perth, Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin and Cairns.

What clothes should I take?

Australia is a vast country that has a range of temperate climates. In the Australian winter you can ski in the southern states one day and be snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland the next. Such mild temperatures make outdoor dining, days on the beach or the water, and a huge variety of sports a way of life here. Keep clothing light, layered and comfortable to cater for whatever you want to do. Protect yourself against the sun - don't forget to pack sunhat, sunglasses and suntan lotion. For special occasions like business meetings, theatres and formal dining, men may need a jacket and tie or suit and women a more formal dress as in most western countries.

When is the best time to visit Tahiti?

Cooled by gentle ocean breezes, the climate is ideal. Being tropical but moderate, the climate features sunny, pleasant days and an average yearly air and water temperature of 80F. Summer is from November through April, when the climate is slightly warmer and more humid. Winter is from May through October, when the the climate is slightly cooler and dryer.

Where is Tahiti and how long does it take to get there?

The Islands are located south of the equator, in the same time zone as Hawaii, and halfway between California and New Zealand. Papeete's Faa'a Airport (PPT) is under 8 hours by air from Los Angeles (LAX). From North America, nonstop flights depart LAX nearly every day on Air Tahiti Nui, Air France, or Air New Zealand. There is now also a direct flight from New York departing three times per week.

Where are the International airports located in Tahiti?

There is just one international airport in Tahiti which is Papeete. Due to the timing of international flights into Tahiti, you may find you will need an overnight stopover in Papeete before heading to one of the outer islands such as Bora Bora or Moorea.

How long are the domestic flights in Tahiti?

The longest direct flight in Tahiti is from Papeete to Bora Bora which is only 1hour 20 mins. The flight from Moorea to Bora Bora is only 50 mins and to get from Moorea to Tahiti by air is a mere 10 minutes! Exploring the islands of Tahiti is extremely easy and quick!

Do I need a passport or visa to enter Tahiti?

Every visitor to French Polynesia must have: a valid passport, a return airline ticket to their resident country or to at least two more continuing destinations and sufficient funds to cover their planned stay. For stays of up to one month, there are no visa requirements for citizens of the U.S., Canada, or Mexico. A foreigner with a residence card for the U.S. is not exempt from the above requirements and should consult the French Consulate based in the U.S. for information. Citizens of European Union countries do not need a visa for stays of up to three months; citizens of other countries should consult the French Consulate. As entry requirements are subject to modification without notice, it is advisable to check with your travel arranger before departure. Contact one of the French Consulates in North America for further details and visa information.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. You can find more information about entering Tahiti here.

Do I need vaccinations to enter Tahiti?

Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all travelers over one year of age. Typhoid vaccine is recommended for all travelers, with the exception of short-term visitors who restrict their meals to major restaurants and hotels, such as business travelers and cruise passengers. Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for travelers who will have intimate contact with local residents or potentially need blood transfusions or injections while abroad, especially if visiting for more than six months. Visit www.mdtravelhealth.com for more information.

Can I use my mobile or hire one in Tahiti?

In short you can but depending on what type of cell phone you have combined with your service provider it may not work in Tahiti. Visit: www.vini.pf for more information on the types of phones and networks that Tahiti supports. There are also rental options available.

Do I need an international licence to drive in Tahiti?

Rental cars are available at most Airports for drivers over 21 years of age with a valid driver's license. Major credit cards are usually required for drivers under 25. Because of the small size of many islands, and the uniqueness of many circle island tours, you may find renting a car unnecessary.

Do I need to tip in Tahiti?

No tipping in Tahiti is not expected. However, tipping for great service is at your discretion.

What are the taxes in Tahiti?

There is no sales tax in Tahiti. However, a special 6% reduced rate Value Added Tax (VAT) applies to all rented accommodations (hotel rooms, pensions and family stays), and room and meal packages -- both American Plan (3 meals) and Modified American Plan (breakfast and dinner). A 5% VAT is added for room tax. A 16% VAT rate applies to purchases in shops, stores and boutiques. A 10% VAT rate applies to bars, excursions, car rentals, snacks and restaurants involving meals not included in a room-meal package.

Are there any poisonous animals in Tahiti?

There are no poisonous land animals in Tahiti.

What clothes should I take?

The climate and lifestyle on the islands call for casual and comfortable clothing. Pack loose-fitting, natural fabrics. Pareus and swimsuits can be worn during the daytime at the resorts, while casual shirts and walking shorts provide the most comfort during island explorations.

When is the best time to visit Fiji?

Fiji enjoys a typical tropical climate, with a trade wind blowing across the islands to cool things down during most of the year. Maximum summer temperatures average 88°F (31°C), with the winter average not far different at 84°F (29°C). Rain can be expected at any time of year. The driest months are April, May, June and October.

What language do the locals speak?

Fiji is generally an English speaking country.

How long is the flight?

Flying west from Canada and Europe, you'll stop in Los Angeles, and some flights out of Los Angeles and Canada stop in Honolulu. Air Pacific has four non-stops and Air New Zealand has one out of Los Angeles. Flight time from LA to Fiji is 10 hrs, Auckland to Fiji 3hrs and Sydney to Fiji 3hrs 50min.

Where are the international airports located in Fiji?

Most international flights to Fiji arrive at Nadi Airport on the west coast of Viti Levu which is the main island. Fiji is served by several International airlines.

Do I need a passport or visa to enter Fiji?

Passports are required. Entry visas for Fiji are automatically granted on arrival for a stay of 4 months to most Nationals. These include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA. Other Nationals must apply for a visa before departure at their nearest Fiji Embassy. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. You can find more information about entering Fiji here.

Can I use my mobile or hire one in Fiji?

Vodafone Fiji has active GSM roaming agreements with most international networks and further information about coverage, calling and data rates can be found here.

Do I need an international license to drive in Fiji?

Car hire is limited to the main island of Viti Levu and to a lesser extent on Vanua Levu - driving is on the left hand side of the road and you will need a valid driving license from your home country.

Are there any poisonous animals in Fiji?

There are no poisonous land animals in Fiji.

Do I need vaccinations to enter Fiji?

None required except for yellow fever and cholera if coming from an infected area.

Do I need to tip in Fiji?

Tipping in Fiji is not expected. However, tipping for great service is at your discretion.

What are the taxes in Fiji?

Fiji has a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15% and hotel turnover tax of 5%. The total 20% is usually included in quoted prices unless otherwise stated.

What clothes should I take?

Dress is casual and informal throughout the Fiji islands. Visitors should bring a light tropical wardrobe including shortsleeve shirts, T-shirts, shorts and slacks for evenings. For women, summer dresses and lightweight skirts, slacks and blouses. The wraparound "sulu" (sarong) is Fiji's most distinctive form of dress for women and men. It is offensive for women to bath topless in Fiji.

When is the best time to visit the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands can be visited year round and is warm all of the time with minor variations throughout summer and winter. The winter temperatures range from 18c to 28c during May to October and in summer from 21c to 29c during November to April. Generally speaking the winter months are the best time to visit as there is less chance of rain and humidity.

What language do the locals speak?

English is spoken in the Cook Islands.

How long is the flight?

You can currently only fly from either Auckland every day (the gateway) or the United Sates once per week, at this stage you have those two choices. From Los Angeles the flight takes 9.5 hours and from Auckland New Zealand the flight is 4 hours.

Where are the international airports located in the Cook Islands?

There is only one International Airport in the Cook Islands and this is located in the capital of Rarotonga.

Do I need a passport or visa to enter the Cook Islands?

A bona-fide visitor (any person who enters the Cook Islands solely for recreation or vacation/holiday), does not require an entry permit, provided he/she possesses proof of onward passage (booked and paid) for stays of not more than 31 days. Extension permits are usually granted for visitors wanting to stay over 31 days. All visitors are required to have a valid passport, proof of onward passage, adequate financial means of supporting stay, and suitable accommodation. Applications can be made upon arrival at the Immigration Department. Extensions are granted on a monthly basis, up to 5 additional months only. A fee is payable with each application within 14 days before the expiration of the permit. Extensions are granted at two levels: Up to three months NZ$70.00 (15 years and older), up to five months NZ$120.00 (15 years and older). Children under 15 years of age are exempt from charges but must report to Immigration for official paperwork to be completed. Those wanting to stay in the Cook Islands longer than 6 months must apply for a visa from their home territory, before their arrival in the Cook Islands.

Can I use my mobile or hire one in the Cook Islands?

Yes the main parts of the Cook Islands support the GSM 900 and 1700 networks, however please check with your provider first regarding roaming and data charges as they can be exorbitant.

Do I need an international license to drive in the Cook Islands?

International driving licenses are not accepted in the Cook Islands you have to purchase one from the local police station for NZ$20. In order to get one you must be over 21 and have a current drivers license. Fill in the form and they take a photo of you and you're on your way. If its a scooter you want to ride then it's a driving test! But wait its not too bad you have to successfully navigate around the only roundabout in Rarotonga and then you'll be on your way. Remember to drive on the left hand side of the road as in New Zealand and Australia.

Are there any poisonous animals in the Cook Islands?

There are no poisonous animals in the Cook Islands.

Do I need vaccinations to enter the Cook Islands?

Standard vaccinations are recommend along with staying current on any diseases present. We suggest the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for up to date information.

Do I need to tip in the Cook Islands?

Tipping is not expected in the Cook Islands and is contrary to custom.

What are the taxes in the Cook Islands?

The Cook Islands has a VAT (Value Added Tax) of 12.5%.

What clothes should I take?

Casual is the name of the game here. Its pretty warm in this part of the world so you can leave your pullovers at home. Shorts, cotton shirts, t-shirts and linen are excellent in the heat oh and dont forget your swimming suits.