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Travelling in Tonga

Wed Dec 12 2018

Away from the hustle and bustle of busy urban life, Tonga offers you a slice of heaven. Barely three hours from Auckland, Tonga is fast growing as one of the popular travel destinations in the New Zealand-Australia region. Scores of tourists drop in every year, mostly from the US and the Indian subcontinent to enjoy a short vacation in Tonga. In addition to its native and scenic beauty, availability of a good number of cheap flight options from New Zealand is another major factor that contributes to its growing popularity. You can book cheap flights from New Zealand to explore Tonga.

Here, we have explored some of the top tourist destinations in Tonga:

Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon:

The South Pacific’s equivalent of Stonehenge, the Ha’amonga ‘a Maui (Maui’s Burden) trilithon near Niutoua, is one of the top tourist attractions in the Fiji-Tonga region. It is one of the most intriguing monuments of ancient Polynesia. According to archaeologists and oral history, Tu’itatui dates back to the 11th Tu’i Tonga. The structure consists of three large coralline stones, each weighing about 40 tonnes, arranged into a trilithic gate. Imagine yourself in the ancient site with a loved one, clicking a selfie at sunset.

You may also take a walking trip northward past several langi (tombs; known as the Langi Heketa). ‘Esi Makafakinanga, one of the famous tomb structures is supposedly Tu’itatui’s backrest. It is believed that Tu’itatui used this one as a shield against attack from behind while he oversaw the trilithon’s construction.


Ha’atafu Beach:

Ha’atafu Beach is a beautiful slice of golden sand protected by a reef, well known for surfing. You may enjoy a nice slumber in the hammock or take a dip in the cool sea. Go for snorkelling at high tide in the broad lagoon, if you want to play wet-and-wild with the sea. You might also catch a glimpse of whales cavorting beyond the reef if you are lucky.

St Joseph’s Cathedral:

A vision of colonial piety above Port of Refuge, St Joseph’s Cathedral in Tonga, more commonly known as St Joe’s is Neiafu’s is a brilliant specimen of architecture. The church interiors depict the hyper coloured crucifixion scene behind the altar. The stretch of Fatafehi Rd below the cathedral called Hala Lupe (Way of Doves), named for the mournful singing of the female prisoners (convicted adulterers) who constructed it. Visitors coming to Tonga come here for a quiet moment. Fly from Auckland to Tonga and drop in St Joseph’s Cathedral, during Christmas.

Kayak Adventures:

Travelers coming to Tonga like to for guided kayaking tours that last for 7-10 days. You will surely spot pods of Spinner Dolphins, or migrating Humpback Whales. Sea Turtles poking their heads out of the shimmering shallows of Tonga’s reefs or marine birds flocking in groups are a common sight.

Backpackers taking cheap flights from Auckland or Queenstown can spend a night or two in an overnight or local homestay. Waddling through the silky waters to wild Polynesian landscapes of pristine coral atolls and aquamarine lagoons is an ethereal experience.

Whether you are planning for a family trip this Christmas, or want to spend a weekend with your friends, Tonga is the perfect travel destination. Traveling from New Zealand, many honeymooners want to spend a few days all by themselves in the peaceful and serene island of Tonga.