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Kiwiana Panorama

(Queenstown to Auckland Winter)

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13 nights accommodation
6 nights in Lodge, 5 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay
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
13 Breakfast, 4 Dinner
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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8 included, 26 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 - relaxation is overrated! Kick it off in Queenstown, the adventure-adrenaline Capital of the World. Ride the Shotover Jet (until Sep 2018) & get a slice of the action! Ever tried bungy jumping, or luging? Now's the time! As you head North, see stunning glaciers, visit Christchurch, try a Maori 'hangi', cruise Lake Taupo & hit Rotorua to try the 'Zorb' or luge!
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KIWIANA PANORAMA (QUEENSTOWN TO AUCKLAND WINTER)

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Haast Pass
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Franz Josef Glacier
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Hokitika
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DAY 1 - Queenstown
Queenstown
Kia Ora and welcome to New Zealand, the land of Hobbits and an epic Rugby team, not to mention adrenalin, wildlife, surfing, beach breaks...are you hooked yet? You'll be hitting up the stunning South first, arriving into Queenstown with a free afternoon to kill. This being the adventure capital of the world though, we really doubt you'll struggle to stay entertained. Tonight you'll meet up with your Contiki Crew & fellow adventurers, no doubt swapping notes on which thrill seeking activity to tick off first.
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Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)
DAY 2 - 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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Tour and tasting of a Central Otago Wine vineyard and Craft Brewery
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Group Photograph
NZ$19
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Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 - 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
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Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)
DAY 4 - 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
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
Milford Sound Day Trip & Cruise
NZ$139
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Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)
DAY 5 - Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier via Wanaka & Haast Pass
Queenstown
Time to return our adrenalin levels to normal and make tracks to the wild (and often wet) West Coast and it's towering glaciers. But before we do, bridge bungy jump, anyone?
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Drive through Haast Pass and see Thunder Creek Falls (until Sep 2018)
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Kawarau Bridge Bungy
NZ$205
Wanaka
Enjoying 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.
Haast Pass
Our first piece of NZ eye-candy comes in the form of Hasast Pass, beautified by ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls. Note how the scenery changes as we roll away from Queenstown through the Southern Alps.
Franz Josef Glacier
Playing host tonight is the town of Franz Josef, home to some of NZ's finest natural beauty with bushlands and glaciers that almost reach the sea. Tomorrow we'll be out and about making the most of it - who's excited?
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Rainforest Retreat (or similar)
DAY 6 - 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.
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Glacier Country Kayaks
NZ$115
Across Country Quad Bikes
NZ$160
Scenic Helicopter Flight and Glacier Landing
From NZ$245
Heli Hike
NZ$439
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Rainforest Retreat (or similar)
DAY 7 - Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch via Hokitika & Arther's Pass
Franz Josef Glacier
Armed with a new found appreciation for frozen water, we hop back on the coach & start making our way back to Christchurch.
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Christchurch City Tour
See a native greenstone carving demonstration
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...
Arthurs Pass
Take in the beautiful scenery as we wind our way across the highest and most spectacular mountain pass across the Southern Alps.
Christchurch
Tonight we'll sleep well in Christchurch, drifting off to the pleasant memories of NZ's natural beauty that seasoned our day.
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The Breakfree on Cashel Hotel (or similar)
DAY 8 - Christchurch to Wellington via Kaikoura & Picton
Christchurch
It’s another jaw-dropping drive up to the top of the South Island today. The coach cuts across the Canterbury Plains to Kaikoura.
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Spectacular drive along the Kaikoura Coast and visit to a seal colony
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Wellington Dinner
NZ$49
Kaikoura

Arriving in Kaikoura will see us amongst a seaside settlement known for whales & dolphins, so have those cameras at the ready 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.

Picton
Our next drive takes us up the wild, rugged east coast and the wine country of Marlborough. Jump on the Inter-Island ferry and leave the South Island behind. Cruise through the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds, where thick forested peaks rise straight up from the sea. It’s a camera-friendly spot with picturesque inlets, remote coves and tiny beaches that dot the islands.
Wellington
We dock in the capital city of Wellington, where no doubt New Zealand's well-cultured capital will prove an utter delight. After an orientation through the narrow streets 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.
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Mercure Abel Tasman Hotel (or similar)
DAY 9 - 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. 
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Mercure Abel Tasman Hotel (or similar)
DAY 10 - Wellington to Mount Ruapehu
Wellington
We wave goodbye to Wellington and its beautiful scenery and we prepare ourselves for our next adventure – and trust us, this one is bucket-list worthy.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
See more of the sights made famous in the The Lord of the Rings
See an active stratovolcano with Mt Ruapehu
Mount Ruapehu
Known as the après-ski capital of the North island, Ohakune is a tranquil town with stupendous view.  Today you have the option to go mountain biking along one of NZ's most picturesque track, "the Old Coach Rd" or 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.
Stay
Kings Hotel Ohakune
DAY 11 - Mount Ruapehu
Mount Ruapehu
With another day to spend in Mt. Ruapehu, we definitely have lost of bucket-list worthy experiences to look forward to.That’s right, this active volcano is the perfect source of adrenaline for those who seek our incomparably unique, NO Regrets experiences. The next two days have adventure written all over them with skiing on the top of the list. 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.
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Kings Hotel Ohakune
DAY 12 - Mount Ruapehu to Rotorua
Mount Ruapehu
These landscapes are unique, and the sights will leave you breathless as we leave Mount Ruapehu behind en-route to Huka Falls.
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Take a behind the scenes tour of the of a Kiwi conservation project at the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter
Traditional Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner
See the Bubbling geothermic mud pools
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 Rotorua is on the horizon…
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.
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The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (or similar)
DAY 13 - 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 Steambox Tour
NZ$84
Stay
The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (or similar)
DAY 14 - Rotorua to Auckland
Rotorua
Famed for its spurting geysers, boiling mud pools & hot springs, gondola and speeding luge rides, Rotorua is a natural wonderland and then some. But don't let the allure of this place consume you, for there's a fun stop at Hobbiton village we must complete. Join us at our short visit at the land of 'Lord of the Rings',  before we head to Auckland. That's right, it wouldn't be a complete experience without a stop at the "Shire". 
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Visit Hobbiton and take a guided tour of the set made famous by the "Lord of the Rings & Hobbit" movies
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Giapo Chefs Table Experience
NZ$45
Auckland
This is it! And what an adventure we've had. Say your goodbyes to your new-found family as your trip ends on arrival here in Auckland. New Zealand, we’ll never forgot you.
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Charlotte Gunter
Traveled Mar 2019
Best two weeks, greatest trip manager and bus driver. Great locations and activities. See above review.
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Anna Macklin
Traveled Feb 2019
I was a backpacker travelling solo and really wanted to see New Zealand. Contiki delivered an amazing trip with a family atmosphere and very smooth organisation, thanks to our great trip manager Saul James ??. It was so nice to have everything planned for me for once! - very “cruisy”. I met some great people and made some incredible friends that I will hopefully have for life. New Zealand was absolutely beautiful and the trip add ons meant that we could experience some adrenaline along the way! I highly recommend this trip - especially for going from the North Island to the South Island! I truly enjoyed my time so much that I booked another Contiki shortly after returning from New Zealand to explore Australia. The group on our trip was around half Australians and half rest of world with a heavy girl to guy ratio. The joy of this tour is that you could book all the add ons and be super busy or you could equally do none of the add ons and have free time to explore the area. There was also the option to meet up for dinner, go to a bar and go clubbing pretty much every night as well but there was no pressure to do any of it! - was a lot of fun though. I HIGHLY recommend this tour!!!!! Loveeeddd itttt #noregrets #Saulmates #Tikitanic2019
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Anonymous
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Tash
Traveled Feb 2019
Little pricey but worth it
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Luke
Traveled Feb 2019
This was a great purchase. Definitely a good value - all the hotels were quite nice for the price we paid. I was impressed with the included activities as well.
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Alessio Rigoli
Traveled Feb 2019
Overall I enjoyed the trip both meeting new people as well as enjoying the scenery and exploring NZ.
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Harry Charleton
Traveled Feb 2019
Great value for money, a lot included in the trip aswell as plenty extra add ons, can carry on to finish in Christchurch if possible aswell! Very good trip!
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Lachlan Shipton
Traveled Feb 2019
The tour was worth the money, plus the free time add-on's were worth it as well.
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Nicholas Threadgold
Traveled Feb 2019
So many amazing things to do, and the scenery was unbelievable. Highly recommend this Contiki.
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Riley Haberman
Traveled Feb 2019
Yewwww good time. I rated it.
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Anonymous
Traveled Feb 2019
Dylan was an awesome driver who was responsible when he had to but knew how to have a good time with us! Chels was very knowledgeable and was very helpful suggesting all the best food and tourist attractions. Overall the trip was amazing with awesome people.
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Courtney
Traveled Jan 2019
As I said before, this trip had the perfect balance of inclusions and free time add ons. Our trip manager Susie and our driver Josh where absolutely amazing and I already cannot wait to go back to NZ! Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone!
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2019
I feel that I saw a lot of the country and experienced the beauty of the culture. There weren’t too many travel days and I was able to fit in a lot of optional extras without missing out on group activities or feeling over tired. A good mix of high adventure and chill out time, and a great mix of people on the tour.
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Anonymous
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The purchase was quite cheap for what I received.
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Danielle Bowen
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Great trip that will span across the whole country and make sure you see everything
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James Goor
Traveled Jan 2019
Most amazing experiences with other amazing like minded people all there to experience and have fun! Couldn’t ask for more! Loved every second of it and the Contiki guides and drivers are amazing too ??
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Amy Baker
Traveled Jan 2019
the tour was amazing and the scenery was breathtaking. the only thing to improve it would be to make the longer tour offered by Contiki should end it Queenstown. and spend the few extra days going down to go through and see the places visited after Queenstown.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2019
I had a great time on this tour. Rae was a great trip manager and got everyone involved. My only complaint is that there were multiple tours on the bus, which meant people starting and finishing in different locations. I started the tour 3 or 4 days into the tour in Queenstown and it seemed like everyone has bonded already.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2019
Great trip manager and driver, very diverse trip with a wide variety of activities. Got to tick off a lot of my bucket list items as well. Fell in love with New Zealand because of this trip!
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Anonymous
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Would’ve loved it if there had been an engaging and caring tour guide and bus driver
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