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Art & Literature In Colonial Tahiti – An Escorted Tour 2016

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Tahiti Vacations release another unique escorted tour to Tahiti, this time concentrating on Art & Literature in Colonial Tahiti.  The tour departs on the 8th of March and returns on the 13th of March 2016. 


Take a walk on the sands that Captain James Cook trod at Matavai Bay.  Savour the landscapes that inspired the paintings of Paul Gauguin.  Visit the village where Rupert Brooke lived with his Tahitian lover. Be shown over the house where James Norman Hall and Charles Nordhoff wrote The Mutiny on the Bounty trilogy and the house in which Robert Keable, author of the novelSimon Called Peter, lived.

 Tahiti, fabled island in the South Pacific Ocean, has long drawn Europeans to its shores. Adventurers, explorers, missionaries and traders were attracted to the island, were influenced by its charms and left their mark there. But also among those beguiled by Tahiti were European artists and writers, who were so inspired by the island and its people that they recorded stories and paintings in tribute to them.

From the late eighteenth century onwards men such as Samuel Wallis, George Robertson, Louis Antoine de Bougainville, Joseph Banks, James Cook, Sydney Parkinson, William Hodges, Johann Webber, William Bligh, Charles Darwin, Herman Melville, Pierre Loti, Paul Gauguin, Jack London, Rupert Brooke, Somerset Maugham, James Norman Hall and Charles Nordhoff, Matisse, Jacques Boullaire, Robert Keable and James Michener were inspired by Tahiti’s physical and human beauty. These men recorded their impressions of the island in paintings, drawings, journals, novels and short stories which are still appreciated today.

The sites associated with these artists and writers are readily observable on the conjoined islands of Tahiti Nui (“Big Tahiti”) and Tahiti Iti (“Small Tahiti”). Plaques, statues and monuments commemorate the places where these men stayed or lived while on Tahiti. The four-day cultural tour incorporates both islands, with visits to such beautiful and historically significant coastal locations as Point Venus, Hitiia, Punaauia, Papaara, Faaone, Mataiea and Tautira.

Escort for the cultural tour will be well-known New Zealand writer Graeme Lay, who has written many works of fiction and non-fiction set on Tahiti and the other islands of the South Pacific. His books include: In Search of Paradise – Artists and Writers in the Colonial South Pacific, The Cook Islands, Temptation Island, The Miss Tutti Frutti Contest and most recently the best-selling novel trilogy based on the life of Captain Cook: The Secret Life of James Cook (2013), James Cook’s New World (2014) and James Cook’s Lost World (2015).

Thoroughly familiar with Tahiti, its history and cultural associations, Graeme will provide an expert commentary on the provenance of the various locations the tour will visit, on both Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti.

The tour has been planned and organised by Mrs Lola Carter of the company Tahiti Vacations. Born and raised on Tahiti, Lola moved to New Zealand 20 years ago and has had vast experience of travel on Tahiti and the other islands of French Polynesia.

Cost is $3597pp, share twin, ex Auckland and included in the cultural tour cost are:

Airfares Auckland-Papeete-Auckland on Tahiti’s national airline, Air Tahiti Nui, transfers and five nights’ accommodation and daily breakfast at Le Meridien Tahiti,  a farewell  dinner show, escorted travel on Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti and entry to the James Norman Hall House, the Robert Keable House and the Museum of Tahiti and Her Islands. 

A pdf of the flyer is attached for the trade. The electronic version is also downloadable via our website:www.tahitivacations.co.nz.

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