The Ker & Downey Difference – South Pacific

Comprising the continent of Australia, plus the island nations of New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, French Polynesia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and hundreds of tiny far-flung islands, the South Pacific is a hotbed of cultures, beaches, and beauty.

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  • High – October to April, with December being especially desirable – $1,000 to $2,000 per person per day
  • Low – May to September – $800 to $1,300 per person per day

Regional Considerations:

  • Seasonality in this region varies greatly, but it is important to note that seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • In Australia and New Zealand, expect warmer weather November through March and the coolest temperatures from June through August.
  • New Zealand’s North Island has a Mediterranean climate, while the South Island sees a greater range of temperatures throughout the year.
  • The islands of the South Pacific have a tropical climate with warm temperatures, humidity, and rains year-round. May through November tend to be the driest months of the year.
  • Cruising is best from May to October, avoiding the cyclone and monsoon seasons.
  • September to November is when you will see the Australian wildflowers in central and Western Australia.

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The Ker & Downey Difference

  • Ride a Harley Davidson around the base of Uluru in Australia’s Red Center.
  • Guided walks through ancient aboriginal lands, where you are welcomed only with permission from aboriginal leaders.
  • Travel with a former fisherman aboard his private luxury yacht through Marlborough Sounds and the islands of Tonga, meeting the locals and tasting fresh-caught seafood.
  • Take an aerial tour of Broome’s pearling coast and the beautiful surrounding area in Northern Australia.
  • In New Zealand, helicopter to the glaciers at Milford Sound and the volcanoes at White Island.
  • Meet the artisans working to preserve Maori heritage at the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.
  • Helicopter to a private island in Papua New Guinea to visit an isolated tribal community.
  • In Australia, hike through the primeval Daintree Rainforest with an aboriginal guide.


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The destinations in the South Pacific are diverse and delightful, with ample opportunity for intrepid travelers to mix island bliss with isolated adventure, and cutting-edge modernity with centuries-old heritage. Designed to your exact specifications and working closely with partners based in their home countries, a custom journey to this region is made less daunting when working with the experts at Ker & Downey. Contact your Ker & Downey luxury travel consultant to begin planning your journey to Australia, New Zealand, and the islands of the South Pacific.