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Kiwiana Panorama

(Auckland to Queenstown Winter)

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13 nights accommodation
5 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 6 nights in Lodge
Throughout your trip you’ll be getting your beauty sleep in cosy, warm beds in multi-share rooms, plus the chance to stay in funky sleeping pods that can be completely enclosed for sleeping and chilling out. Your accommodation will always be located in the heart of the action, with communal areas for you and your new best friends to relax and socialise.
17 included Meals
4 Dinner, 13 Breakfast
We'll get 17 of your meals, you get the rest. You can expect a healthy breakfast most mornings, as well as authentic fish 'n' chips and a few BBQs along the way. We'll also give you plenty of opportunities to try the best gourmet eats in NZ.
Team
Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Transport
All transport included during the trip
Included in your trip is transport around New Zealand on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.
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Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
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10 included, 23 optional that you can add
The coolest thing about travelling with Contiki is all the extra stuff included while you’re rambling around New Zealand. Ride Queenstown's iconic Shotover Jet (until Sep 2018) and experience a traditional Maori Hangi dinner and concert. Swim in Rotorua’s geothermal mud pools (until Sep 2018) and drive along the Kapiti Coast.There's just so much to do!
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Feed your adrenaline cravings - rest & relaxation is overrated! Hit Rotorua, then try the Zorb then chill out in a Polynesian spa. Have a hāngi, go cruising on Lake Taupo & head to the adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown where you’ll take a spin on the Shotover Jet! Ever tried bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging? Now's the time! Experience Queenstown's legendary nightlife before farewelling your new friends.
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Auckland
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Rotorua
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Huka Falls
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Lake Taupo
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Mount Ruapehu
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Wellington
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Picton
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Kaikoura
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Christchurch
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Arthurs Pass
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Hokitika
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Franz Josef Glacier
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Haast Pass
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Wanaka
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Queenstown
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DAY 1 - Auckland to Rotorua
Auckland
Welcome to NZ globe trotters. Time to meet your wolf-pack and start salivating over the overflowing banquet of adventure we have up for grabs here in the land of the 'long white cloud'. We'll cross Auckland's Harbour Bridge admiring the 'City of Sails' harbour before starting our journey north to Paihia. On arrival to the Bay of Island we're starting off with a dose of Kiwi history  on a guided tour at Waitangi Treaty grounds where in 1840 New Zealand officially became a nation of two communities. And because we like to give you that something extra, how about a free admission at the Treaty museum, in case  you  seek a bit more detail on Kiwi history. 
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Visit Hobbiton and take a guided tour of the set made famous by the "Lord of the Rings & Hobbt" movies
Traditional Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner
See the Bubbling geothermic mud pools
Rotorua
When you catch your first whiff of that .. 'unusual' sulphur smell, you'll know we've arrived in Rotorua. Famed for its spurting geysers, boiling mud pools & hot springs, gondola and speeding luge rides, Rotorua is a natural wonderland, and then some.  Tonight the culture will sky rocket with a traditional Maori hāngi dinner & dance performance, and perhaps best of all, the chance to get involved in the world-famous HAKA. Tongues at the ready peeps.
DAY 2 - Rotorua
Rotorua
The day is yours to roam free. Soak in a hotspring, go white water rafting, take a canopy tour of hike up a volcano – the options are limitless and the decisions are yours.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Kaitiaki Rafting
NZ$99
Mt. Tarawera Trek
NZ$149
Rotorua Canopy Tours
NZ$149
Te Puia (Maori Arts & Crafts Institute)
NZ$84
DAY 3 - Rotorua to Mount Ruapehu via Huka Falls and Lake Taupo
Rotorua
Our Rotorua adventures are (almost) at an end, but not before we stop by the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where you’ll get the chance to learn about New Zealand's national bird, kiwis. Like nice surprises? Here’s one for you - your included entrance fee goes towards the kiwi rehabilitation project, a Contiki sponsored initiative. Plus, as part of the project Treadright sponsors an incubator used to hatch eggs, so every year we get naming rights to two new baby kiwis. Cute, huh?
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Take a behind the scenes tour of the of a Kiwi conservation project at the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter
Huka Falls
220,000 litres (that's 58 000 gallons) of water gush over Huka Falls per second. Just let that sink in for a minute. Wild, right? Even wilder still is the Hukafalls Jet experience - a thrilling ride that will get you experiencing the full force of the falls and leave you with even more of a taste for adventure. A good thing really, given Lake Taupo is on the horizon. 
Lake Taupo
We'll break up our journey today with a nature jaunt to gorgeous glassy Lake Taupo.
Mount Ruapehu
Then it's on to Mt Ruapehu for some powder riding fun. Whether you consider yourself a pro, or perhaps just an aspiring ski enthusiast, this is the perfect place for you to ‘slide’ into new adventures. And yes we do make excellent puns.
DAY 4 - Mount Ruapehu
Mount Ruapehu
Known as the après-ski capital of the North island, Ohakune is a tranquil town with utterly unreal views. Spend the day bettering your skills on the slopes or generally treating yourself to all the snowy based activities on offer, then tonight snuggle down in our Special Stay ski lodge, located in prime position at the base of Mt. Ruapehu.
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See an active stratovolcano with Mt Ruapehu
See more of the sights made famous in the The Lord of the Rings
DAY 5 - Mount Ruapehu to Wellington
Mount Ruapehu
These landscapes are unique and the sights will leave you breathless. On route to the windy capital Wellington where we'll show you the sights of this city.
Wellington
As much as we've been loving the nature time, the change of scenery to New Zealand's well-cultured capital will prove an utter delights. After an orientation through the narrow streets of Wellington a night on the town will be on the cards, plus an optional dinner to start the night off as we mean to go on. 
DAY 6 - Wellington
Wellington
Galleries, cafes, shops, street performers, vintage markets -Wellington you're spoiling us. Stroll the eclectic Cuba Street, grab some sushi & pop by the Tattoo Museum where Maori moko face tattoos and modern ink collide, or hop on a quad bike to get down and dirty. 
DAY 7 - Wellington to Christchurch via Picton and Kaikoura
Wellington
So long north island! Today we're making tracks for your southern brother, darting across the Tasman via the Inter-Island ferry.
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Spectacular drive along the Kaikoura Coast and visit to a seal colony
Picton
Our first port of call on the South Island will be Picton, the gateway to wine country. Sauv blanc, anyone?
Kaikoura

Our next drive takes us through Marlborough’s wine country along the rugged east coast. Arriving in Kaikoura will see us amongst a seaside settlement known for whales & dolphins, so the camera needs to be on 110% charge as we roll around the coast. We'll stop at a seal colony, where you'll struggle not to break into a collective 'cuuuute' as you watch these guys sunning themselves on the rocks.

Christchurch
Tonight we sleep well in Christchurch, drifting off to the pleasant memories of NZ's natural beauty that seasoned our day.
DAY 8 - Christchurch to Franz Josef via Arthers Pass and Hokitika
Christchurch
Christchurch, it was short and sweet, but with with ice age action on the horizon we gots to move on.
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Christchurch City Tour
See a native greenstone carving demonstration
Arthurs Pass
Take in the beautiful scenery as we wind our way across the highest and most spectacular mountain pass across the Southern Alps.
Hokitika
In the gold rush town of Hokitika we'll watch authentic carvers get to work on green jade and take a look at traditional Maori art. Back on the coach we're coastline bound to one of the islands most jaw-droppingly beautiful spots...
Franz Josef Glacier
We'll pull up for the night in glorious Franz Josef, probably one of the most beautiful places you'll ever of clapped eyes on. A bold statement we know, but well deserved.
DAY 9 - Franz Josef Glacier
Franz Josef Glacier
This morning will be another big ol' tick off the list as we take to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier. Want to double tick the list in gold sparkly pen? We've got a heli ride over the glacier up for grabs for an ultra special experience. Satisfaction levels on high, tonight will be topped off with story swapping and crew drinks at the local. Be sure to breathe in that fresh alpine air - doesn't it feel good.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Glacier Country Kayaks
NZ$115
Ice Explorer
NZ$359
Across Country Quad Bikes
NZ$160
Scenic Helicopter Flight and Glacier Landing
From NZ$245
DAY 10 - Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
Franz Josef Glacier
Armed with a new found appreciation for frozen water, we'll hop back on the coach & start making our way to Queenstown, making a few cheeky stops along the way.
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Stop at AJ Hackett Kawarau Bridge (until Sep 2018)
Drive through Haast Pass and see Thunder Creek Falls
Haast Pass
Our first piece of NZ eye-candy comes in the form of Haast Pass, beautified by ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls. Note how the scenery changes as we roll towards Queenstown through the Southern Alps and region of Otago.
Wanaka
Intermitting our scenic drive we'll stop for lunch in Wanaka, a pretty ski resort town situated on a lake front and dwarfed by mountains. This town is fast becoming one of NZ's most popular spots, and a trip to the 'Dough Bin' for a luscious pie should be high on the list today.
Queenstown
Welcome to the adventure capital of the world. Rest up tonight - the next few days are going to be BIG.
DAY 11 - Queenstown
Queenstown
Today is yours to get acquainted with Queenstown and spend some time mulling over the activities up for grabs in the next two days. To get you warmed up, we'll be treating you to an exhilirating Shotover Jet experience (until Sep 2018), so throw those hands in the air as you fly through narrow Shotover canyons at speeds of up to 85 kph.
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Set your pulse racing with a hair raising ride on the Shotover Jet (until Sep 2018)
Tour and tasting of a Central Otago Wine vineyard and Craft Brewery (From Oct 2018)
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Group Photograph
NZ$19
DAY 12 - Queenstown
Queenstown
It's times like this that you really start to work out what sort of traveller you are. And human for that matter. You might be the one trailing through wine country and doing a spot of horse back riding, or you may be that guy that crams in a bungy jump, a skydive and a heliraft & still craves more. It's your holiday - run wild as you see fit.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Milford Sound Day Trip & CruiseMilford Sound Day Trip & Cruise (Until September 2018)
NZ$139
Kawarau Bridge Bungy
NZ$205
Nevis Bungy
NZ$275
Ledge Bungy
NZ$205
Thrillogy
NZ$420
Nevis Swing
NZ$210
Ledge Swing
NZ$165
Queenstown Adventurer Canyoning
NZ$199
DAY 13 - Queenstown
Queenstown
With our last day in adrenalin city ahead of us, this is the time to push yourself to the limits and hurl over any mental barriers you've put up around yourself. Jump into #NOREGRETS spirit and conquer those niggling fears once and for all. For those who did their dash yesterday, a day staying mellow and enjoying this beautiful region will prove more than sufficient.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Ziptrek Zipline Tour
NZ$189
Skyline Restaurant Dinner
NZ$85
Canyon Swing
NZ$215
Funyaks
NZ$359
Ice Bar Experience
NZ$20
Canyon Fox
NZ$150
DAY 14 - Queenstown
Queenstown
This morning our adventure comes to an end (sob). Hug it out with your new bff's, with plans no doubt in place for Contiki 2.0. NZ, you've been real.
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Traveled Dec 2018
Two weeks well spent. The South Island was definitely my favorite and would go back in a heart beat!
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Harneet Lamba
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Lara Goodyer
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The trip was amazing, covered a lot of ground and explored New Zealand’s highlights!
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Rebecca Treasure
Traveled Oct 2018
This trip was fantastic! Included activities were great and the optional me-time activities included a long list of items (so make sure you budget extra for those). Our trip manager knew so much about the local area and best places to eat, and our bus driver did a great job. Definitely worth doing this trip!
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Kara Duffy
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Seen so much of New Zealand. Was great
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I thought the tour was fairly good value, however I would have rather paid a bit more for the tour if it included more activities.
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Breanna Shields
Traveled Sep 2018
We went to a place called ohakune where we spent two nights. One night would suffice or even just a day stop. The other night could be spent as a group in Auckland
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Anonymous
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I like contiki but Trip manger was not very good and I know other on this trip felt the same way. One if the most unorganised unwelcome trips I have been on.
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Anonymous
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Would recommend it to anyone
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Coco Rogers
Traveled Aug 2018
Every cent was well worth spent - you get more then what you pay
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I got to see all of New Zealand
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Loved the insight into traditional Maori culture combined with the endless opportunities for that adrenaline rush.
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Jessica Vidau
Traveled Aug 2018
Definitely worth my money and my time!!! Perfectly complimented the entire trip
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Hayley Gardiner
Traveled Jul 2018
Best experience ! took me out of my comfort numerous times from jumping out of a plane, to jumping off a cliff, to falling on my **** snow boarding, to meeting friends for life.
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Oliver Baldwin
Traveled Jul 2018
Great Value for money, Even the optional extras are offered at discounted prices compared to the general public
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Aidan Shields
Traveled Jul 2018
easily the best value for money. from jetboat riding to beautiful dinners, and everything in between.
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Stanislav Shraybman
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The price for the trip was worth every penny.
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This 16 day tour was a fantastic way to see New Zealand.
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