The most variable part of the cost of the holiday is typically the flight. Airlines are very focussed on selling direct via the web with big discounts for early, fixed bookings. Air New Zealand in particular periodically has 1-3 day Islands on Sale" specials. Our general advice is book these when you see them and leave us to sort a suitable trip. We are moving to more focus on standard departure dates, but we can always create trips to work and we have sufficient bikes to never run short.
Arriving From NZ
Air New Zealand and Virgin have a total of about 14 direct flights a week from Auckland. Fiji Airways also has several flights a week from Christchurch and Auckland via Fiji.
The Air New Zealand afternoon flights to Samoa have connections from most parts of the country. The flights arrive in Samoa about 8:30pm. The Air NZ morning flights (Usually Tue, Thu, Sat) are often on Dreamliners and very convenient for Aucklanders, but too early for a same day connection from the rest of NZ.
Air NZ afternoon flights from Apia (Tue, Thu, Sat) are nearly perfect for everyone as they get back to Auckland in time for connecting flights to almost anywhere in NZ.
Virgin's flights leave Auckland about 4pm and return about 1:30am (normally 6 days a week). They are often good value for Aucklanders and those from other centres willing to use two airlines for the trip.
Fiji Airways is a good choice for people wanting to visit multiple Pacific Islands and sometimes a backup for last minute bookings when there are no discount fares on the other airlines.
Arriving from Sydney or Brisbane
Virgin offer 4-5 direct flights a week from Australia. These are overnight flights arriving before 6am. The flights are only about 5 hours, with a 3 hour time difference and the first day becomes a bit of a write-off.
Air NZ and Virgin offer many connections from Australia via Auckland to Samoa. These take a bit longer and sometimes are a bit more expensive, but they can be at much more civilised times.