Get Inspired / Pacific Islands Welcome to the South Pacific Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Pacific Islands Welcome to the South Pacific story by: Inspire South Pacific These six nations each have their own identity, culture and history, and each offers a different holiday experience. Vanuatu retains touches of its British and French heritage but with a strong Melanesian flavour. Across its 83 islands you’ll also find coral reefs, diving, active volcanoes, shipwrecks and cascading waterfalls, which combine to create an unforgettable holiday destination. The mix of French and Melanesian cultures is stronger in New Caledonia, which means that you might be joining in a game of boules in a shady square one day and taking part in a traditional Melanesian bougna (similar to a hangi) the next. With a strong mix of Polynesian and French influence, Tahiti & her Islands offers soaring volcanic peaks and vast coral atolls, sand that’s either strikingly black or impossibly white; fabulous French-influenced food and mouth-watering fresh tropical fruit. If you have a sense of adventure and feel like stepping back in time to a slower pace, Tonga is for you. Many of the ancient traditions remain, and you may make lifelong friends sitting around a kava bowl. You won’t find the quintessential palmfringed sandy beaches on Norfolk Island but it’s a great place to recharge the batteries, breathe in fresh clean island air tinged with the scent of the local pines and boisterous ocean. Lastly there’s Niue where you will find underwater caverns, humpback whales and legendary fishing. One thing is for sure – all of these nations have welcoming people, proud of their culture and eager to share it with their guests. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The coolest new things to do in Vanuatu Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.