Jun 22, 2000
It's a dream destination: breathtakingly beautiful, populated with friendly English-speaking natives, far enough away to be exotic but relatively easy once you get down under. Pacific Experience (800-233-4255), a custom-tour company specializing in the South Pacific and Asia, has put together a 12-day package that includes all the highlights (trout fishing, sea kayaking, scenic helicopter rides, and more), with stays at four of the country's top hotels (Huka Lodge, Blanket Bay Lodge, Paratiho Lodge, and Wharekauhau). It's not cheap--$5,300 for lodging, meals, transfers and domestic air travel, taxes, and service. But as Pacific Experience's Tracey Carpenter points out, "For most people it's a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and they want to spend the money and do it right."
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