08 Nov 2014 - 18 Nov 2014
Absolutely loved this trip. Photos definitely don't do New Zealand justice. Weather at Franz Josef is a little unpredictable and can be rainy/foggy. We weren't able to do the helicopter/hike options as a result, but many of us did the kayaking instead and spent the rest of the day relaxing.
Loved the Canyon Swing in Queenstown, absolute highlight. I highly recommend doing multiple jumps if you have the option! I did the K-Bridge Bungy Jump, which was a fun experience as well.
The accommodations in Lake Ohau are rad! Toga party and a hot tub. There's a lounge area by a fireplace as well. Too many cool places to cover 'em all!
Review written Dec 2014event 0.3
29 Jul 2013 - 06 Aug 2013
I booked this trip as a spur of the moment thing about a week before it kicked off, and wow... one of my better life decisions.
The South Island of New Zealand is one unbelievable place. Whereever you go the scenery is amazing, as are the people. Queenstown is a must go place for any traveller, it nearly destroyed me, it's so none stop! From partying in the awesome nightlife, and backing it up with a sneaky skydive or snowboard this place had it all.
Our tour manager 'T' was an absolute legend as was our bus driver Olly. These two lads made the trip what is was.
I only wish I had done the North Island too! ... next time!! The people I met and the friends I made is what defined this trip. Highly reccomended, I'll be back New Zealand.
Review written Sep 2013event 0.3
23 Mar 2013 - 31 Mar 2013
I have done the south island NZ previously via my own road trip so went in thinking ok I have seen a lot of the scenery is this worth it, but the experience just was so much more than I could have expected + more. Every time I come to NZ I always see such beautiful country side and have a relaxing holiday and with Contiki I have come home with amazing new friends around the world and have done things I thought I was too scared to do.
I got to canyon swing and jump of a cliff paragliding, walk on a glacier, dress up in a sheet at a toga party and the list goes on. The motto on our tour was YOLO, a phrase I used to not dig but now after the experience I understand the phrase and am living it. The tour I did joined on to a previously started Big Tiki tour but you just need to get in there and talk to people and join in as everyone was the same way when they started.
I can now tick the North & South Island Contiki's off my bucket list. Thanks to Isobel & Pumba for an amazing adventure on Sweet As Reverse :)
Check out my contiki video on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCiY691iMQc
Review written Apr 2013event 0.3