Samoa

The holidays you remember with the greatest affection are those where you made a connection with special people in a special place. That’s the kind of experience you’re guaranteed to enjoy in Samoa.

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27 September 2017
28 Oct 2017 – 31 May 2018
Closeouts apply: Auckland to Samoa: 17 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018, 13 - 19 Apr 2018; Samoa to Auckland: 5 Jan - 7 Feb, 26 - 30 Apr 2018
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For airfare only bookings paid with credit, debit or charge card, a fee of $6 per person per one way Pacific Island journey. Prices correct as at 18 September 2017. A booking is not completed until a booking reference number has been allocated and advised. Payment is required at the time of booking. Fares are shown in New Zealand dollars unless otherwise specified. Offer is valid for new bookings only. New deals may be released at any time. Fares from or via Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch & Queenstown include airport and government costs, for travel from points other than these, New Zealand airport departure fees are payable at the airport. Customers who purchase fares using Airpoints Dollars™ online will be required to pay the government and airport charges which are included in this fare by internet banking or credit card. Fares displayed at the beginning of the booking process exclude applicable airport and government costs which will be displayed separately once an itinerary is selected. Capacity is limited and will not be available on all flights. Child discounts not applicable. The airfare content is non-refundable, and non-transferable. Taxes on return sector will vary from those on the outbound journey. Date or flight changes to your booking are permitted at any time prior to departure by paying a $100 change penalty (plus a $35 service fee where that change is made through a Contact Centre or at the Airport) and any difference in fare if a fare upgrade is required. Cancellation/changes: Air New Zealand’s conditions of carriage, Smart Saver and Airpoints™ terms & conditions apply. See further baggage information. Connections from provincial New Zealand points requiring an overnight break in the journey will be at passengers' own expense. All promotional offers advertised on this website are correct at time of publishing, however Air New Zealand reserves all rights to modify, amend or withdraw any promotion offer advertised at any time, without further notice. TTY assistance is available for deaf and hearing impaired via NZ Relay on 0800 4 711 711.

Samoa has all the island beauty you could wish for, with impeccably blue lagoons and tropical greenery in all directions. But it’s the warm welcome that will linger in your memory. Samoa is the beating heart of Polynesia, where ancient traditions meet the modern world. Small wonder that Robert Louis Stevenson of Treasure Island fame found his final resting place in these beautiful islands.

And you’ll find that contemporary Samoa still holds the same magical pulling-power today. This is an island ideal for active holidays or lazy beach breaks, with a wide range of adventures and serene resorts to tempt all types of traveller. Its also home to the South Pacific’s most famous festival.

 

This is an island ideal for active holidays or lazy beach breaks, with a wide range of adventures and serene resorts to tempt all types of traveller.

Here are some Samoan activities and adventures to whet your appetite.

Go shopping in the Apia flea markets on Beach Road every day except Sunday. This is the place to pick up traditional carvings and fine cloths printed with motifs, colourful lava-lava, kava bowls and jewellery.

Visit the nearby Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Grave, where the great writer is buried on Mount Vaea overlooking Apia.

 

Catch the ferry to Savai’i, Samoa’s larger (but less populated) island. Check out the Savai'i lava fields with Warren Jopling of Safua Tours. Plan to stay in or near the north shore village of Manase, perhaps at the Le Lagoto Resort or in an open-air beach fale beside Manase's magnificent white sands.

If you’re visiting during September, don’t miss the Teuila Festival. It’s an awesome celebration of everything unique and joyful in this Pacific country. There really is something for everyone, including a choral exhibition, traditional and contemporary dance competitions, Chief's Fiafia Polynesian spectacular, Ailao Afi/Fire Knife dancing, Umu feasts, tattooing and carving demonstrations and the Miss Samoa Pageant.

Imagine torches flickering and soft music playing as you walk barefoot through the sand towards the assembled well-wishers. A unique occasion, made even more memorable by the setting. Later you’ll share a feast – it’s highly likely that it’ll feature seafood caught that morning.

Island weddings like these keep stress to a minimum and often these resorts offer a wedding planner who can stage-manage the entire event.

Essential information

Best time to go

Close to the equator Samoa enjoys balmy temperatures averaging 29 degrees. The best time to visit is during the dry season from May to October, so you avoid the rainy season.

How much will it cost

If you are happy to sleep in a rustic fale and eat local produce Samoa can be quite cost-effective. Imported goods are costly, as in most Pacific nations. If you visit a beach or tourist site be prepared to pay a small sum to the local village.

Health

No vaccinations are needed and the water is safe to drink. Mosquito repellent is a good idea after sundown. Travel insurance is a good idea, too.

Visas

No visa is required. Just make sure you have an onward or return ticket, and a passport valid for at least six months.

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