Discover New Zealand and Hawaii on this round the world holiday, along with stops in Seattle, the Cook Islands and Singapore. Start your trip in Seattle, where you can eat breakfast in the famous Pike Place Market and admire views of Mount Rainier from the top of the Space Needle. Next, head over to Hawaii, where you’ll explore the mountains of Oahu and the volcanoes of the Big Island before flying on to Rarotonga. Here you can enjoy the ultimate beach break in paradise, while also making friends with the wonderful locals before heading to New Zealand. Take a road trip through both islands, tasting wine in Hawkes Bay, Martinborough and Marlborough before finishing your trip in Singapore. Take a sip of a Singapore Sling and toast to your fantastic round the world holiday.
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Depart the UK from your chosen airport. Arrive in Seattle, where you can spend a few days drinking in the music, art and food of this Pacific city. Begin with a tour of the Pike Place Market, where you’ll watch the fish throwing when the first catch comes in before tasting the best coffee, pastries and cheese the market has on offer. Wander through the Museum of Pop Culture and the Olympic Sculpture Park and spend your evenings at cabaret shows, jazz bars or art galleries where Seattle can show off its artsy culture.
Next, you’ll head across the Pacific to Hawaii, to explore 2 different islands – the beautiful shores and rich history of Oahu and the volcanic landscape and clear waters of the Big Island. With 3 days to explore from your base in Honolulu, you’ll enjoy the sweeping sand and crashing surf of Waikiki Beach before learning about the historic events surrounding Pearl Harbour. Over on the Big Island, you’ll be able to explore by car, enjoying the stunning Volcanoes National Park before snorkelling among colourful clouds of fish off some of the best beaches in the world.
After exploring Hawaii, you’ll head to Rarotonga, to enjoy 8 days in Polynesian paradise with a week in the Cook Islands. Spend a few days on the mainland of Rarotonga experiencing the island's rich culture. Take part in an 'island night' to learn more about local life or hire a car and explore the island. Next, take a scenic flight to nearby Aitutaki, where we've included a cruise on the picturesque turquoise Aitutaki lagoon. Spend three nights relaxing on this idyllic and beautiful atoll.
Explore the delights of New Zealand on this 9 day self-drive itinerary through the winelands. Stay in some of our favourite boutique-style B&Bs as you embark on your journey beginning in the geothermal and cultural hub of Rotorua where you can relax among the geysers and hot springs or learn about the Maori culture. From here it’s onto Hawkes Bay for some world class vineyards and unique art deco architecture. You will also cruise through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds for pure tranquillity and delicious seafood after wine tasting in the vineyards of the area. Finish your trip in Christchurch on a punting trip to take in the best sights of the city.
We’ve included our Singapore stopover package with 3 nights’ accommodation, airport transfers and a half-day city tour. In the evening, we recommend you head down to Marina Bay to see the beautiful light shows that light up the sky. Why not book an afternoon tea at the iconic Raffles Hotel, or head up to the Long Bar to enjoy a Singapore Sling in the bar where it was created?
The Pacific Northwest is famously rainy but, in reality, this area has cold, snowy winters and mild, pleasant summers. The coast can get foggy out of nowhere but when the sun shines you’ll be hard pressed to find a nicer climate in the USA. There’s no need to plan for a constant deluge but keep an umbrella handy.
High Season in Hawaii is from December to April & June to August, winter is wetter but is a good time for whale watching and surfing. Prices around the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays are the highest with October & November being the cheapest months to visit. May and September can be a good time to visit with crowds fewer and temperatures mild.
The temperatures in the Cook Islands are generally always high, rainfall is common throughout the whole year with July being the driest month overall, on average January is the wettest month. The Cook Islands climate is tropical meaning rainfall is generally heavy but short-lived and most days will enjoy sunshine at some point.
New Zealand is a year-round destination and there is always something to see and enjoy whatever time you decide to travel. High season runs from December to February (summer), prices will be at a premium at these times and availability limited so it is advisable to book in advance. March to April and September to November can be a great time to travel as the weather is fine and the crowds fewer. Low season is May to August (winter) for most of New Zealand, this is, however, the best time for skiing and so ski towns such as Queenstown will be at their busiest.
Singapore has a tropical and humid climate all year round, the busiest (and hottest) time to visit is in the school holidays which fall in June and July so it is best to avoid visiting during this period if possible.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.