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South Pacific Islands - Family Vacations

There are no Disney Worlds or other such attractions in the South Pacific islands. That's not to say that children won't have a fine time, for more resorts are making provisions for families. Kids will enjoy themselves most if they like being around the water. A family can vacation in style and comfort at resorts like the big resorts on Denarau Island in Fiji, or Shangri-la's Fijian Resort on the Coral Coast, but here are some of the best smaller establishments that welcome families. Castaway Island Resort (Mamanuca Islands, Fiji): One of Fiji's oldest resorts but thoroughly refurbished, Castaway has plenty to keep both adults and children occupied, from a wide array of watersports to a kids' playroom and a nursery. There's even a nurse on duty. Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort (Savusavu, Fiji): The South Pacific's finest family resort encourages parents to enroll their kids in an exceptional environmental education program. It keeps the youngsters educated and entertained from sunup to bedtime. Le Meridien Bora Bora (Bora Bora, French Polynesia): Most resorts in French Polynesia are designed for romance, not children. The notable exception is Le Meridien Bora Bora, which has a shallow, lakelike lagoon where children can safely swim with young sea turtles bred in the resort's conservation program. St. Regis Resort Bora Bora (Bora Bora, French Polynesia): Well-heeled children will feel right at home playing in the St. Regis's state-of-the-art HonoIti (Little Turtle) kids' club, where computers come equipped with high-speed Internet access and educational software. The Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa (Rarotonga, Cook Islands): Rising like a phoenix after years of neglect, this is now the best international-standard resort on Rarotonga. Although it caters to everyone from honeymooners to families, the children's program is tops in the Cook Islands.

Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer plus Cruise – Full Day Tour from Sydney


Sydney Outback’s Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer offers nature, Aboriginal and coastal day tours to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Located just 45 minutes north from central Sydney, it is one of Australia’s most picturesque and diverse landscapes.

Learn about Australian colonial and Aboriginal history as you make your way to your first stop for the day, the world-class West Head Lookout where you can take in incredible views of the Tasman Sea, Lion Island, Pittwater, the historic sandstone lighthouse at Palm Beach, Broken Bay, and more.

The second stop is at one of Sydney’s most significant Aboriginal rock art sites with 15 images etched into the ground thousands of years ago.  The Park is home to over 1,500 sites and this one of the most impressive of the collection.

Our third stop is Akuna Bay marina where we begin a 2.5-hour scenic cruise through pristine National Park waterways and admiring the Aussie bush landscape.  During the cruise, you will enjoy interpretation at several ancient Aboriginal sites that are only accessible by water.

A number of historical, cultural and Indigenous presentations take place during the day.

We use a 25 seat coach and 50ft power catamaran (64 passengers) for our tours and is available on a private charter basis.  Inclusions are morning and afternoon tea, onboard lunch, coffee and beverages.

Departure days are Mon, Thurs, Fri and Sat subject to availability.


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The Rees Queenstown


The Rees Hotel Queenstown is a sophisticated five-star hotel situated right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, in the South Island of New Zealand. The Rees offers a variety of spacious and luxurious accommodation options including 60 Hotel rooms, 90 Apartments and five private, 3 bedroom/ 3 bathroom Lakeside Residences, all with terraces, showcasing spectacular views across Lake Wakatipu to the alpine panorama of the Remarkable Mountain range.

The many exceptional features at The Rees Hotel include a library of rare books and art, courtesy shuttle to/from Queenstown town centre, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, movies and local telephone calls, conference rooms, a fully-equipped gymnasium, secure undercover parking, electric car-charging station and its own private beach and wharf accessing jet-boat and water taxi services. Guests can swim from our wharf or beach – but it’s not for the faint-hearted!

Our team of experienced local and international staff pride themselves on delivering professional friendly service that consistently exceeds our guests’ expectations and is a hallmark of The Rees Hotel’s reputation.

Luxury vehicle and heli transfers and services are available to guests, ski lockers and a dedicated ski concierge are available during the winter season and a fleet of mountain bikes can be hired year-round. Walking and biking trails are directly accessible from the hotel around Lake Wakatipu and into Queenstown. In-room spa treatments and babysitting services can be arranged on request and children are particularly well catered for.

True South Dining Room is the property’s multi-award-winning fine-dining restaurant. The executive chef Ben Batterbury and his team create exquisite menus taking advantage of the spectacular produce available from passionate local suppliers in Central Otago. Our sommelier can advise or match these dining delights to wines from our internationally awarded list and Bordeau Wine cellar, featuring a comprehensive collection of wine from the great houses of Burgundy and Bordeaux alongside the best offerings from New Zealand. Regular exclusive culinary events and winemaker’s dinners are held at the property each year.

Quiet, private and sophisticated, The Rees Hotel Queenstown epitomizes southern hospitality at its finest and an authentic New Zealand experience.


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There’s a word that’s heard all the time when visiting Fiji’s 333 islands – “Bula”. “Bula” can mean many things. It can mean hello or welcome, cheers or good health. “Bula” is guaranteed to be delivered and received with the warmest smiles you’ll ever see. Fijians like to be happy and they want you to be happy too. Smiling is second nature to the Fijian people and their warmth and friendliness is infectious. Whether you’re a new visitor or returning, Fiji’s islands offer different experiences that will entice any traveler. Fiji warmly invite you to cruise, dive, hike, snorkel, fish, or just simply enjoy the great physical beauty and the warmth of its people.

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New Caledonia

If you’re dreaming of a small, warm and sunny tropical island with stunning white sand beaches, sheltered clear blue turquoise lagoons and a range of restaurants all within walking distance then look no further. A blend of French and Melanesian cultures intertwined offering contrast, splendour and excitement. Comprising the Northern, Southern and Loyalty Island provinces, New Caledonia offers islands, rich in beauty and history. Enjoy the diversity of landscapes, flora and fauna, mountains and lush forests.

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Talofa lava and welcome to Samoa, the treasured islands of the South Pacific. Samoa is considered the heart of Polynesia. It has a 3000 year-old way of life called Fa'a Samoa that underpins a memorable visitor experience. Samoa is a postcard of natural beauty consisting of ten islands, each offering very distinct and different environments to explore. Blessed with stunning land and seascapes, and friendly people who are proud of their country, there are many versions of paradise to discover.

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Tahiti. The word evokes visions of an island paradise. With 118 islands boasting high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand, palm-fringed beaches, and luxuriously intimate resorts, each island paradise has something for everyone. Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Taha'a, Raiatea, Manihi, Tikehau, Rangiroa, Fakarava, The Marquesas and the other exquisite Islands of Tahiti cover more than two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands and atolls spread over five great archipelagos. Many islands are crowned with jagged peaks while others appear to barely float above the breaking waves. Spanning an area in the South Pacific as large as Western Europe, the total land mass of all the islands adds up to an area only slightly larger than the tiny state of Rhode Island.

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The Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are the secret of the South Pacific. The 15 Cook Islands lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii. No chain restaurants or brand hotels. It’s a place preserved in time yet still blessed with all the modern amenities of today like 5-star properties, wi-fi, and gourmet restaurant options. In the Cooks, adventures are everywhere if you’re looking for it, but total relaxation is always with you.

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If you’re looking for a holiday destination that is unspoilt, un-commercialised and back to basics, then Tonga is the place for you! The Kingdom of Tonga is the only remaining constitutional monarchy in the Pacific. The island nation that has almost been forgotten by the modern world has a proud historical and cultural heritage combined with a strong focus on religion. The main island is Tongatapu and home to the capital Nuku'alofa. Spend a couple of days here exploring the history on the island or take a short boat ride to one of the outer islands and sit back and relax on the white sandy beaches. The other islands of Vavu'u and Ha'apai offer you the opportunity to truly experience the remoteness, beauty and culture of Tonga. And like other South Pacific nations Tonga has been blessed with warm waters and abundant marine life, it is a great place to learn to dive, try kayaking, or do some whale watching!

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Vanuatu (previously known as the New Hebrides Islands) is an archipelago nation consisting of 83 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, north of New Zealand and east of Australia. Warm and welcoming, the local people come from over 100 villages spread across the 83 islands of the tropical archipelago. With a rich (and sometimes mysterious) traditional culture, the ni-Vanuatu people greet visitors as friends, introduce them to ‘island time’ and share their knowledge and love of the country that was officially named ‘the happiest nation on the planet’.

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Fiji’s many island resorts truly offer a little tropical bliss for everyone and is the perfect family holiday destination. If you’re looking for a holiday that not only caters for children but is actually dedicated to making their holiday fun, then Fiji is the destination for you. In Fijian culture, children are cherished and yours will have no shortage of attention from the friendly locals. With so many family friendly resorts available, most resorts have fantastic kids clubs on site, which offer organised and fully supervised games and activities; so you’re unlikely to see the kids once they’ve discovered these magical spaces and the many fun, free activities on offer there.There’s plenty to keep them entertained including Kid’s Clubs, daily activities programs, water sports and adventure trips. There are even child minding services, meaning mum and dad get to enjoy their Fiji family holiday in some peace too!


Cook Islands

Most families will love soaking up the relaxed pleasures of this South Pacific paradise, with its tropical lush mountains and coral-reefed lagoon. A day playing on the beach, snorkelling, swimming, snoozing, or just admiring the scenery from your hammock, drifts away in no time. The Cook Islands offer accommodation for every kind of family, Book a villa with two or three bedrooms, complete with full kitchen and laundry facilities and plenty of space for everyone. Or, for parents in need of some adult timeout, look at the larger resorts with Kids Clubs, providing amazing activities and total care and attention for your children every day. At kids clubs children can swim and snorkel in lagoons, study and feed the tropical fish that mill around their feet, learn to paddleboard, husk coconuts, weave placemats, have races, games, and full on fun in the sun supervised by friendly, experienced adults.


Synonymous with crystal-clear turquoise water and white silken beaches, this French Polynesian paradise has traditionally been known as a honeymooners’ destination. However, many of the luxury hotels in the region have expanded and transformed their services to become the perfect getaway for the whole family. Many resorts cater well to children and offer wonderful babysitting services and kid-approved programs or activity centres. Children also stay and eat for free (or at a discount) at many participating hotels in Tahiti. Accommodation aside, Take advantage of the beautiful outdoors for some family fun with your kids including an array of water and land activities ideal for any and all age groups. Popular kid-friendly excursions include swimming and snorkeling with marine life, exploring the terrain on a guided island safari, and hiking or horseback riding along the hillsides. With so many ways to keep the little ones entertained, parents can relax and unwind while simultaneously spending quality time with the kids and one another. Whether you want activities your kids can do separately or together with you, the possibilities in Tahiti are endless.

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