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Tongatapu (Sacred South)

Area: 260 sq kms | Population: 69,000

  • Largely flat with many geological and cultural attractions 
  • Myriad of beaches, coral Islands, reefs, villages
  • Dramatic landscapes
  • Numerous excellent day trips
  • Home to King George Tupou V and the sovereignty
  • Often overlooked by tourists on their way to other Islands, Tongatapu offers a great deal

Tongatapu is the Kingdoms cultural and political centre.


Getting There

Air New Zealand fly from Auckland, Apia and Los Angeles

Pacific Blue fly from Auckland & Sydney

Air Pacific fly from Fiji

Fares & Schedule

Tongatapu Photos & Blowholes








Rich Royal Heritage

Royal Palace, Vuna Road, Tongatapu, Kingdom Of Tonga
Tongatapu is the home to King George Tupou V and offers many interesting heritage sites and a unique history.  Make sure you check out the Ha’amonga ‘a Maui Trilithon (stonehenge of the Pacific) as well as the Langi (terraced tombs) and moats on the Eastern side of the island. 

Stunning Landscapes

Tongatapu's southern coastline is host to coral reefs with dramatic cliffs and blowholes
The southern coastline of Tongatapu features many fine, private beaches, caves, coral reefs and clifftops including numerous blowholes.  The most famous of these, Mapu'a 'a Vaea Blowholes, are amongst the best in the Pacific .

Off Shore Adventures

Pangaimotu Island Resort is a favourite spot on Sunday | Photo by Jessie Mitchell
There are several fine island resorts just a short boat trip from Nuku'alofa which are great for a day trip as well as a stay over.  All are great places to unwind, socialise and explore, swim and dive from.

Escape to 'Eua

'Eua is 8mins by air from Tongatapu and is an ecotourism wonderworld
Rugged, untouched and geographically quite different from the rest of Tonga, 'Eua is naturally beautiful.  For the active tourist you can trek along limestone cliffs, explore forests which are hundreds of years old and much more - all only 8 minutes by air from Tongatapu.

Arts & handicrafts

Tongatapu has several markets and a wide range of Tongan crafts
Explore the markets, visit the Womens Centre next door to Friends Cafe or enjoy one of the many cultural shows and buffets.  Tongatapu offers a wide range of Tongan food stuffs, handicrafts, carvings and arts.  

Tours & Adventures

Tongatapu has many great kayaking adventures on offer | Photo by Jessie Mitchell
There are many guided tours and self-guided tours you can enjoy. Tongatapu is mostly flat and takes 2-3 days to explore properly. Great walks, mountain biking, gorgeous architecture. Man’s history has been traced 3000 years back and the natural landscape is millions of years old.  Tongatapu is easy to discover and enjoy.



Kingdom Airpass help you see more of Tonga.  Hibicus are in abundance
With every island group offering unique experiences Chathams Pacific's Kingdom Passes will help you see more of Tonga for less.


Swim with whales in the Vava'u and Ha'apai Tonga. Image by Darren Rice

Life changing. Tonga is only one of three places in the world where you can swim with whales.  Watch the video and see why you must experience Tonga.


Vanilla that is grown in Vavau and then marketed to the world from New Zealand, a true partnership between the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand!


'Ene'io Botanic Gardens, Vava'u

Vava'u is home to 'Ene'io Botanic Gardens with a beach front cafe, garden tours, demonstrations and much, much more.  Highly recommended!

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