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Auckland & Rarotonga, Air/6 Nights, From $1,269

Save almost $1,000 by booking this package that combines New Zealand’s largest metropolis and the palm-studded beaches of Rarotona, the Cook Islands’ capital.

The Real Deal Multicity airfare on Air New Zealand, arriving in Auckland and departing from Rarotonga with a connecting flight; three nights each at the Rydges Auckland in Auckland and the Edgewater Resort in Rarotonga; breakfast daily in Rarotonga; hotel taxes, airport taxes, and fuel surcharges; from $1,269 per person.

When Sunday and Thursday departures Apr. 14–June 15, 2011; the starting rate is based on travel on Apr. 24.

Gateways L.A.; add $229 for Seattle; $274 for Denver; $314 for Chicago; $354 for Atlanta, Miami; $359 for Houston; $425 for New York City; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $453. Round-trip airport-hotel transfers are an additional $97 per person in Auckland and $72 per person in Rarotonga. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Tripmasters, 800/430-0484, tripmasters.com.

Why It’s a Deal According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest multicity fare (L.A. to Auckland, Auckland to Rarotonga, Rarotonga to L.A.) for travel in late April starts from $1,806, with taxes (Air New Zealand). Add about $152 per person for three nights at the Rydges Auckland and $254 per person for three nights at the Edgewater Resort in Rarotonga and you’d be paying a total of $2,212 for airfare, accommodations, and hotel taxes. For $943 less, this Tripmasters’ package covers the multicity airfare and six-night hotel stay, plus breakfast for three nights, and all taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges.

More Optional activities in Auckland include a comprehensive scenic tour of the city’s landmarks, including Harbour Bridge, Mount Eden volcano, Auckland Domain park, and the Tamaki Drive waterfront ($113 for two passengers). To arrange optional activities in Rarotonga, contact the resort’s concierge directly. Adding extra nights to the air/hotel packages is not a cost-effective option because you would lose the special airfare rate.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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