A Stopover Like No Other

Air Tahiti Nui's Best New Zealand/Tahiti Offer

Each year, Air Tahiti Nui offers an absolutely amazing deal to get us U.S. people to the other side of the world. For $1048, you can fly from LAX to Auckland, with a FREE 3-night layover in Tahiti on the way to or from New Zealand. It sounded too good to be true, but we tried it out last year. Spoiler: it was AMAZING!

The Layover

As I said, you get 3 free nights in Tahiti. The best part is that, if you want to, you can extend your layover an extra two nights for the same round trip ticket price. Our 3 free nights were at the Intercontinental Hotel. As you can see, the rooms are a delight.

Nearby is Le Lotus, the top-ranked restaurant on the main island of Tahiti. It's actually part of the Intercontinental, so it is easy to walk to.

Sunset over the island of Moorea

After our free stay,

We decided to spend the last two nights of our layover on Tahiti's most famous Island: Bora Bora. As crazy as it seems, Bora Bora exceeded all of our expectations.

This is not the worst spot to have a layover...

Of course, New Zealand was epic, as well! We got to escape the cold of winter and enjoy a few weeks of summer in New Zealand.

Air Tahiti Nui's deal allows for a trip time of 45 days, giving you plenty of time to explore the amazing sights of NZ!


Milford Sound


Skydive Paradise

Lake Tekapo

Canyoning New Zealand (Queenstown)

Lake Matheson

Abel Tasman National Park

... And that's just the South Island! With 45 days, we spent 4 weeks in New Zealand, 12 nights in Australia, and 5 nights in Tahiti. If you haven't yet, be sure to view the stories from the South Island I've already published: North Island, Australia, and Bora Bora features are coming soon! And be on the lookout for this amazing Air Tahiti Nui deal - it usually goes on sale every May or June, then sometimes again around October - just be sure to check their site!

- Phil Navatsyk