Cook Islands Holiday 2019

Amongst the most beautiful of all the Polynesian islands the archipelago of the Cook Islands is a castaway’s dream. The translucent turquoise lagoons, the white sandy palm fringed beaches and the volcanic peaks are all stunning but it is the warmth of the local Polynesian peoples that will really win your heart. Christianity arrived in the Cook Islands with the missionaries in 1821 and since then has played a dominant role in the nation’s history; come with us and enjoy an opportunity to meet the local people at church, school and within their homes whilst you relax on this glorious holiday.
Duration
9 Days
Departs
21 June 2019
From
$4,990
Brochure

TOUR INCLUDES

A Christian Tour Leader throughout your holiday

Return economy airfares to Rarotonga (Cook Islands)

Quality accommodation with private facilities

7 breakfasts
5 lunches
6 dinners

Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees included

Luggage assistance at airports and hotels

“Most enjoyed God’s wonderful creation and the good company.”

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1
Friday 21 June 2019
Flight Australia – Cook Islands

An evening flight direct from Sydney takes us through to Rarotonga, for an early morning arrival where we have arranged for the hotel rooms to be ready on arrival.

Please Note: This flight is approximately 6 hours but due to crossing the International Date Line we actually gain a day and will arrive on the Friday morning.

DAY 2
Friday 21 June 2019
Rarotonga

This morning we arrive in Rarotonga, the largest of the 15 islands that make up the nation of the Cook Islands. Our home for the next week will be the Edgewater Resort, which is nestled amongst 6 acres of tropical gardens and bordered by a white sandy beach overlooking a beautiful lagoon. At the Resort we will check in early and freshen up before a tropical breakfast and a brief resort orientation.

This afternoon is at leisure before we will enjoy dinner together.

DAY 3
Saturday 22 June 2019
Cultural Markets

After breakfast we are off to the Punanga Nui Cultural Markets, the “place to be” on a Saturday morning. Here we will have the opportunity to mingle with the locals, enjoy island food, and take in the fun atmosphere of the many stalls as well as music and a live show. With so different island products and crafts for sale - from black pearls and wooden carvings to handmade quilts and vibrant sarongs to the fragrant Ei Katu (floral head garlands) – you are sure to find a wonderful souvenir.

This afternoon is to be spent at your leisure, relax around the resort or continue to wander around Avarua, the islands main township (you can catch the island bus back when you choose – it will drop off at Resort reception).

Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

DAY 4
† Sunday 23 June 2019
Local Church Service

Today we will experience one of the highlights of a visit to the Cook Islands when we attend morning worship at the Titikaveka Cook Islands Christian Church, built in 1841 from hand cut coral blocks. Visitors are warmly welcomed to these uplifting church services where the locals “raise the roof” with their renowned beautiful singing. After the service we will join church members for morning tea and get a chance to really talk to the local people.

After lunch you have the afternoon at your leisure before we come together for a BBQ dinner at our resort.

DAY 5
Monday 24 June 2019
Island Discovery Tour / Plantation Homestead Dinner

After breakfast, we will meet our driver for our very own Circle Island Discovery Tour. This tour is an excellent introduction to the Cook Islands, and provides information on the country’s history and culture, stopping along the way at fascinating historical and ceremonial sites. Light refreshments are included on tour. We will the return to the resort for an afternoon at leisure.

Tonight we will enjoy a special Plantation Homestead dinner with the opportunity to interact with a local “Cooks” family. We will walk through the family’s plantation garden as our host explains the local flora and its many uses for the local people. We will then enjoy a delicious dinner made with the finest local organic ingredients with a touch of Asian flavour and Polynesian flair – a truly unique experience and a must for any “foodie”.

DAY 6
Tuesday 25 June 2019
Koka Lagoon Cruise

After breakfast we have a special treat for you as we join “Koka Lagoon Cruise” on the world famous Muri Lagoon. We will board a glass bottom boat and cruise around this protected lagoon to the inner reef area to view the many varieties of tropical marine life (don’t forget your swimmers, hat, sunscreen and towel)!

A sumptuous BBQ lunch is provided today along with lots of fun! This afternoon is for you to enjoy at leisure. Dinner tonight will be at the resort.

DAY 7
Wednesday 26 June 2019
Highland Paradise

This morning we visit Highland Paradise, high up in the rugged mountains of Rarotonga.

This fascinating “open air museum” boasts spectacular views, and showcases evidence of an historical lost village and the survival of the Polynesian people. Learn how the locals used the stars and “navigational stones’ to guide their “vakas” to Aotearoa (New Zealand) before meandering through the gardens of medicinal and ritual plants. After a light lunch we will return to the resort for an afternoon at your leisure before coming back to Highland Paradise in the evening; here we will enjoy an authentic night of cultural entertainment and feasting – prepare yourself for an evening of true Cook Islands fun!

DAY 8
Thursday 27 June 2019
School Visit / Return flight to Australia

This morning we will visit a Local Primary School where we have the opportunity to mingle with the school children who are known for their friendly smiling faces and wonderful curiosity about people from other countries. If you wish feel free to bring educational material for the children, such as pens, pencils, erasers, colouring in books etc.

Take the opportunity to do any last minute souvenir shopping or to soak up the relaxing ambience that is “Cook Island time” before an afternoon transfer to the airport.

We say “Aere Ra e Kia Manuia” to the “Cooks” and fly back to Australia.

DAY 9
Friday 28 June 2019
Australia

Having once again crossed the International Date Line we will arrive Friday evening in Australia.

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Location
Highlights
Cook Islands school kids
Punanga Nui Cultural Markets
Rarotonga
Edgewater Resort
Highland Paradise
Koka Lagoon Cruise
Mangaia Island
Punanganui Markets
Local Cook Islands Church Service
Beautiful Beaches
  • Cook Islands school kids
  • Punanga Nui Cultural Markets
  • Rarotonga
  • Edgewater Resort
  • Highland Paradise
  • Koka Lagoon Cruise
  • Mangaia Island
  • Punanganui Markets
  • Local Cook Islands Church Service
  • Beautiful Beaches
Experience
The CFT Difference
Travel and fellowship with other Christians.
The care of a Christian Tour Leader.
Relax. Everything is taken care of. 
Daily devotions and organised Sunday service.
Fully escorted from Australia.
Cook Islands Holiday 2019 Pricing
All Inclusive Fares
Description
Sydney International Airport
Twin PP
$4,990
Single
$5,650
Description
Melbourne Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$5,415
Single
$6,200
Description
Brisbane Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$5,415
Single
$6,200
Description
Adelaide Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$5,465
Single
$6,250
Description
Perth Domestic Airport
Twin PP
$5,715
Single
$6,500
Tour code:
CKI1963CFT
Departing:
SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE, PERTH
Departs:

Friday
21 June 2019

Returns:

Friday
28 June 2019

Category
Description
Twin PP
Single
SYDNEY
Sydney International Airport
$4,990
$5,650
MELBOURNE
Melbourne Domestic Airport
$5,415
$6,200
BRISBANE
Brisbane Domestic Airport
$5,415
$6,200
ADELAIDE
Adelaide Domestic Airport
$5,465
$6,250
PERTH
Perth Domestic Airport
$5,715
$6,500
Tour code:
CKI1963CFT
Departing:
SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, BRISBANE, ADELAIDE, PERTH
Departs:

Friday
21 June 2019

Returns:

Friday
28 June 2019

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