One airline has a special treat for travelers headed to New Zealand who have a little extra time on their hands.
Air Tahiti Nui has launched a special promotion offering travelers headed from the United States to New Zealand a three-night stopover in Tahiti.
Travelers can take those 3 days on the way to New Zealand, on the way back, or split over both periods.
“Why choose just one breathtaking South Pacific destination when you can visit two?” asked the airline when announcing the deal. “Our new special stopover invites passengers to spend 3 days and nights for free in the Islands of Tahiti on their way to or from Auckland.”
Details Of The Special Stopover
And when they say free, they mean it. Three nights of hotel accommodations at the oceanfront Hilton Hotel Tahiti are included with the deal.
Visitors interested in the deal need to act soon. Flights must be booked by October 7, and travel must take place between December 1 and March 31, 2023.
Prices begin at $999 for the round-trip flights from either Los Angeles or Seattle to Papeete, Tahiti, then on to Auckland.
Transportation between the airport and the hotel is not covered. Also, travelers will have to pay the $3 per person, per day city tax in Tahiti, as well as a $12 resort fee per room, per night at the Hilton. Other than that, all taxes and fees are covered in the deal.
There are some blackout days over the Christmas holidays for both the flights and hotel stays, so those must be worked around when booking.
A Memorable Experience
Air Tahiti Nui is aiming to make these trips a memorable experience for passengers.
“Your journey to the islands of Tahiti and Auckland starts the moment you step on-board our new fleet of Tahitian Dreamliners,” the company writes. “Enjoy our warm Tahitian hospitality and award-winning full service including a choice of meals, alcoholic beverages, in-flight entertainment, an amenity and safety kit, as well as a complimentary checked bag.”
To take advantage of the deal, bookings must be made exclusively through the airline’s call center at 877-824-4846.
For those contemplating the trip, as of September 13, visitors to New Zealand no longer need to show proof of COVID vaccination to enter the country.
The deal comes as Air Tahiti Nui begins expansion in the United States. Previously flying only out of Los Angeles, the Seattle flights are launching October 5.
“North America is a key market for our destination,” Mathieu Bechonnet, Air Tahiti Nui managing director, said in a release. So, when we decided to open a second gateway on the West Coast, Seattle was a natural answer for us.”
The flights will be the first time any planes have flown non-stop from Seattle to a Southern Hemisphere destination, according to officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
“Seattle is honored to be only the second U.S. destination for Air Tahiti Nui,” said Lance Lyttle, the airport’s managing director. “We’re excited that Seattleites will now have yet another magical destination to explore, whether that’s Tahiti itself or other nearby islands like Bora Bora or Moorea.”
The Seattle-Tahiti routes will fly twice weekly, with flights from Seattle on Wednesdays and Sundays, and return trips on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
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