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Anyone else on the Grand Explorer Christchurch to Auckland 17 January 09?

19 Jan 2008 Gail Anthony asked

Gail Anthony
Hi Everyone<BR><BR>I have just booked myself on this trip. Looks fantastic and I am really excited!!<BR><BR>I am doing the Aussie Explorer beforehand and start my travels on 3 December 08 in Darwin and travelling down to Sydney. After Christmas and New year i'll then be hopping over to NZ to start this tour!<BR><BR>Looking forward to hearing from you all.<BR>Gailx
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  • 9 Jul 2008 Gail Anthony said

    Gail Anthony

    Apart from my fabulous friend Tash, is there anyone else on this trip??

  • 10 Aug 2008 Gail Anthony said

    Gail Anthony


    Looks like its just you and me and at the moment diva!!

    Come on people…. where are you fellow contikians hidding!!


  • 17 Aug 2008 Explorer1109474 said


    Hi guys my name is MJ, im goint to be starting from christchurch to auckland but will be going on the 9th!! pitty and i agree where are the rest of the contiki crew, surely there has to be more of us!!!!

  • 27 Oct 2008 Gail Anthony said

    Gail Anthony

    Not long now until this trip…

    Anymore contikians out there on this trip??

    Gail xx

  • 1 Nov 2008 Flick-grand explorer said


    Hi Gail. I am all booked for this trip and roaring to go.


  • 5 Nov 2008 Gail Anthony said

    Gail Anthony

    Yay another contikian on this trip!!

    I here NZ is fantastic for fun and adventure… and bungee jumps!!


  • 22 Nov 2008 PtboSteve said


    Hi everyone,

    I just booked 2 days ago and I can’t wait!

    Did someone say bungee jump? I’ve never tried but always wanted to.

    See you guys soon.


  • 18 Dec 2008 PtboSteve said


    You’re all very quiet. Less than 1 month to go!

  • 24 Dec 2008 Explorer1119794 said


    Hi All,

    Just booked a few days ago! Cant wait!! See you all soon, so looking forward to it!!

    Brooke x

  • 28 Dec 2008 PtboSteve said


    Welcome Brooke! Hopefully a few more of us will find the forums before we go.

    I fly out of Toronto on the 14th and arrive in Christchurch early on the 16th. It would be nice to meet up with a bunch of our tourmates early to do some exploring.

    Where is everyone else coming from?

  • 30 Dec 2008 Flick-grand explorer said


    sry 4 previous post I have changed to begin at Auckland. xo have a crazy time

  • 4 Jan 2009 Anthea said


    hey guys!

    I booked this trip a few months ago.. never knew about this though.. glad to know I wont be the only one going backwards! How long now two weeks or something? Where are you all staying the night before the tour starts? Im at the Beasleys hostel no idea where that is but I guess Ill find out! Anyone else staying there by any chance??

    So steve your canadian! im going to Canada at the end of the tour cant wait. Im flying in to nz on the 16th aswell but wont be there till 3 in the arvo.

    See ya all soon Smiler<!--graemlin::)-->


  • 4 Jan 2009 PtboSteve said


    Looks like I am staying at the same hotel on the 16th. Bealeys seems to be their favorite hotel in Christchurch.

    I think they get everyone together that night for dinner and drinks, so I will see you then for sure. I will probably be hanging around somewhere during the day if I am still standing after my 28 hour trip to get there.

    Where are you coming from?

    13 days and counting!

  • 5 Jan 2009 Explorer1119794 said


    Hi All,

    I will be arriving on the 16th early also. Leaving from Sydney. I agree Steve, it would be great to some exploring before the tour starts!!


  • 8 Jan 2009 PtboSteve said


    I think there is a get together on the 16th put on by Contiki, and according to other people it is usually around 6:00pm in the bar at the hotel. There should be a sign posted in the lobby.

    As far as doing any exploring during the day, that depends on what time everyone gets in. If you 2 don’t get in until 3ish, then maybe we can meet in the lobby around 4pm and see what we can come up with?

    Let me know and I will be there!


  • 9 Jan 2009 Anthea said


    Im coming from sydney aswell.. well canberra to sydney. 28 hours thats insane!
    sounds good to me ill be there about 4

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