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By the time you finish one of our New Zealand backpacking trips, this land of the long white cloud will feel like home. Contiki know that a backpacker’s world travel list isn’t complete until they’ve ticked off as many countries as possible. But we’re going to let you in on a little secret: backpacking New Zealand may throw a spanner in the works. Once you go the first time, you’ll want to keep coming back again and again!

For such a small country there is an endless amount of things to see and do while backpacking around New Zealand. You can get your thrills on adventure-packed experiences like bungee jumping, glacier hiking and jet boating. Or you can ski and snowboard your way to glory at some of the best powdery mountains in the world (Queenstown is a must!).

Perhaps you want to up your Instagram feed with all the natural beauty spots like Milford Sound and the Bay of Islands has to offer?

Even foodies will be spoilt for choice as they uncover Auckland’s up and coming food scene and taste the South Island’s ice cold craft beers.

Contiki have the best backpacking New Zealand itinerary already sorted, so why not make your life easier and turn your uncertain solo trip into one of the best backpacking vacations of your life? You’ll make friends that will last forever on a Contiki, plus you get to go backpacking around New Zealand while you do it. Sounds like a win right?!

Whether you want to go backpacking South Island New Zealand, or North Island New Zealand, or both (!), we have the perfect New Zealand tour for you. Learn about Maori culture up close and personal, visit Hobbiton and visit active volcanoes like Mount Ruapehu – it’s all sweet as, bro.



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Our different travel styles are all about giving you choice. Differentiated by how many places you want to visit and how much you want included in the price, it means you know exactly what you’re getting when you travel with us.