I felt like the Contiki experience was portrayed differently to what I really got out of it. The reality is, you have to pay extra for all the real tourist attractions and sights you want to see when you visit locations. While I had studied the list of included activities, I did not expect it to be so self-sufficient. I ended up sending another NZD$1000 for activities which I had not really expected to spend. Another issue of mine was the gender split on my tour. When I started my trip, there were six males and 46 females. This was an uncomfortable situation joining the trip as I had hoped to meet some other like-minded guys like myself to get along with. The fact that there were so many females, something I gathered is a very common theme on many trips, made it challenging personally during my first 3-5 days.
One thing that I would change, is to include the new people getting on partway through the trip better. Bus games are all good and well but something off the bus needs to be done to include everyone. Many people have formed friend groups and it can feel isolating and awkward as a social traveller when you first arrive.
On a positive note, Steph and Catja were amazing on our trip and I could not praise them enough for their positive attitude and the hard work they do to make it enjoyable for everyone. I met some great people on my trip and really enjoyed the ease of travel. The accommodation was simple but was designed for what we needed so I do not have any comments to make there