Aranui Offers Big Savings to Lure Kiwis to French Polynesia



To entice New Zealanders back to Tahiti in the coming months, French Polynesian cargo cruise line Aranui Cruises is offering savings of up to $3000 per cabin.


The biggest savings of $1500 per person are on offer for Aranui 5’s final two voyages of 2022 to the Marquesas Islands, departing December 3 and 17, 2022.

New Zealand guests who book a Royal, Premium or Presidential suite on these voyages before December 9, 2022, will save $3000 per cabin bringing the price of a Premium suite down to NZ$9709* per person twin share (inclusive of the $1500 per person saving).


The savings continue into the new year with $1000 discounts for every passenger who joins a long voyage on Aranui Cruises’ 125-metre mixed freight and passenger vessel in the first half of 2023.


All Aranui 5 cruises departing between January and June 2023 (except the five-day Tuamotus cruise) have been discounted with $2000 off every twin share cabin, and a $2400 saving for the Presidential Suite, when booked by December 9, 2022.

Most of the discounted voyages are Aranui’s traditional 12-day roundtrip cruise from Papeete, when Aranui 5 delivers cargo to the six inhabited Marquesas Islands while guests disembark and explore Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Ua Huka, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva and Hiva Oa including French artist Paul Gauguin’s Atuona village and the valley of Puamau. Marquesas Islands itineraries alternate between Tuamotu atolls such as Makatea and Fakarava on the journey north, and Rangiroa on the return leg. The discounted cruise starts from NZ$7486* per person twin share in a stateroom (inclusive of the $1000 per person saving).


For the first time, Aranui is also offering savings on two Discovery cruises to Pitcairn and the Cook Islands. The 11-day Pitcairn** voyage departing on February 18, 2023, and including an overnight visit to Pitcairn Island as well as calls to Hikueru, Anaa and Amanu in the Tuamotus and Mangareva and Aukena in the Gambier Islands, is priced from NZ$8492* per person twin share in a stateroom (inclusive of the $1000 per person saving).


The nine-day Cook Islands** cruise departing April 17, 2023, and calling at Aitutaki, Rarotonga and Atiu via Raiatea and Bora Bora, is priced from NZ$6693* per person twin share in a stateroom (inclusive of the $1000 per person saving).

Aranui Cruises Regional Representative Australia New Zealand Laurent Wong said he hoped to see more Kiwis island hopping around French Polynesia with Aranui now that COVID restrictions were being relaxed.


“We are so excited to be able to welcome New Zealanders back onboard Aranui 5 – they bring a wonderful energy to the ship and we have missed having them onboard these past few years,” Mr Wong said.


“With these big savings, our small ship – Aranui 5 takes a maximum of 250 guests – and the most authentic and immersive itineraries around the South Pacific, we hope we’re offering the right combination to entice travellers back to French Polynesia and back to the seas for the adventure of a lifetime.”


An Aranui 5 cruise includes shore excursions such as hikes, 4WD tours, visits to archaeological sites and local feasts, a weekly laundry service, three meals per day and complimentary French wine with onboard lunches and dinners. Aranui 5 features a restaurant, conference rooms, lounges, a library, a boutique, a swimming pool, a gym, a spa, three bars including the popular Sky bar and the first tattoo studio at sea. With local crew, cuisine and culture, Aranui 5 is the most authentic way to explore French Polynesia.


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