Talk of the South Pacific invokes images of sun-drenched beaches, private islets surrounded by glistening water and nights spent by the fire watching traditional dancing. The South Pacific is a place of many island paradises; however, you can also find the snow-capped landscape of New Zealand and small metropolises. There are plenty of tours available to show you both the natural wonders – snorkelling reefs, jungle treks and swimming under waterfalls – and the modern cities like Auckland.
Don't miss these South Pacific attractions
- Fijian coral reefs snorkelling cruises
- Glacier hiking in New Zealand
- Shark and ray feeding on Bora Bora
- Deep-sea fishing off Rarotonga
- Auckland and Wellington city sightseeing
You're sure to find plenty of opportunities for revelling in soft sand and warm climates when touring through the South Pacific. You might want to start with the lagoons on the Cook Islands, where you can see the marine life on a glass-bottom boat or a snorkelling tour.
Head inland on Fiji up the Navua River for a leisurely boat cruise that leads you to a traditional kava ceremony. Back to the mouth of the Pacific Ocean; on Bora Bora you'll need your swimmers on to enjoy an intimate feeding session with some friendly reef sharks and rays.
Nature and skyscrapers in New Zealand
New Zealand provides an enjoyable mix of natural and man-made attractions. If you're more in touch with Mother Nature, you can join a skiing group to take on the powdery slopes of The Remarkables, surround yourself with towering mountain ranges on a Milford Sound cruise or embark on multi-day treks on the Hollyford Track.
Cruising around the country is a great way to knock off multiple cities, with plenty of tours tailored to cruise passengers with only a short time to spare. You can explore the cities of Wellington and Dunedin on guided tours, seeing Old St Paul's Cathedral and Olveston House respectively.