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9 nights accommodation
7 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay
Throughout your trip you’ll be getting your beauty sleep in comfy beds in cosy multi-share rooms. 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.
12 included Meals
3 Dinner, 9 Breakfast
We'll get 12 of your meals, you get the rest. You can expect a healthy breakfast every morning, as well as a traditional Maori Hangi and a BBQ or roast 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.
Your group
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.
Experiences
10 included, 14 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. Explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park and experience a traditional Maori Hangi dinner and concert in Rotorua. You'll also get to see Taupo’s raging Huka Falls, visit the magical Hobbiton, cruise along the Desert Road & Kapiti Coast and check out a seal colony on the Kaikoura coastline. There's so much to do!
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Just how much mind-boggling can be packed into a 10-day holiday? Quite a lot when you're prancing around New Zealand. We'll sojourn our way from Auckland to Christchurch, chowing fish'n'chips and Maori hāngi meals, watching geothermic mud pools boil & signing up for adrenalin rushes that will buzz on in our minds 'til we're old and grey.
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Paihia
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Huka Falls
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DAY 1 - Auckland to Paihia via Parry Kauri Park
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 Aucklands Harbour Bridge admiring the 'City of Sails' habour before starting our journey north to Paihia. 
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See the City of Sails harbour made famous by the Americas Cup
Check out Whangarei and Kawakawas famous Hundertwasser toilets
Get a dose of history with a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Tour
Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish n chips dinner
Parry Kauri Park
We'll waste no time exploring what this country is famed for - unfathomable nature. Ancient Kauri trees that stand up to 50 metres high and hold over 1000-years of history will delight a walk through the reserve of Parry Kauri Park.
-Walk through native Kauri Forest
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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The Kingsgate Hotel (or similar)
DAY 2 - Paihia
Paihia
Whether it's parasailing or a fast boat ride - today's (idyllic) list of optionals reads like a who's who of adventure. This area is filled with natural beauty and is sure to inspire your inner wild child. Make the most of the Free Time Add-On experiences on offer - tomorrow we head back to the big city vibes.
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Awesome Cape Reinga Trip
NZ$117
Carino Day Sailing
NZ$130
Discover the Bay
NZ$149
Island Adventure Fast Boat
NZ$78
Kiwi Parasail
From NZ$95
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The Kingsgate Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 - Paihia to Auckland
Paihia
Feeling salty and sun-kissed we wave goodbye to Paihia & sashay our way back down NZ in the direction of Auckland, eager to carry on seeing what else this fine country has in store. Ask your Trip Manager for a bit of intel on the local lingo around here, sure to be the best way to make you feel right at home amongst the Kiwi crowd.
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Auckland Bungy
NZ$165
Auckland Bridge Climb
NZ$130
Sky Walk Sky Jump
NZ$225
Sky Tower Sky Walk
NZ$150
Giapo Chefs Table Experience
NZ$45
Auckland
Thought we’d “done Auckland” already? Oh hell no. Today is all about discovering yet more of this energetic city, starting with a free night to explore Auckland’s great  nightlife.
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President Hotel (or similar)
DAY 4 - Auckland to Rotorua
Auckland
Laters Auckland! Today we drive through the lush farmlands of Waikato, an area that produces many of New Zealand's best Rugby players for the All Blacks, on route to Hobbiton Village. That's right, it wouldn't be a complete experience without a stop at the "Shire". 
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Visit Hobbiton and take a guided tour of the set made famous by the "Lord of the Rings & Hobbit" 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.
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The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (or similar)
DAY 5 - 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
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The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (or similar)
DAY 6 - 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?
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
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.
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Kings Hotel Ohakune
DAY 7 - 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.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
See an active stratovolcano with Mt Ruapehu
See more of the sights made famous in the The Lord of the Rings
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Kings Hotel Ohakune
DAY 8 - 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. 
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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 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.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
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
Arriving into Christchurch marks the end of our adventure (sob). Our time together has been nothing short of perfect, so don't leave it too long before coming back to hang with us for Contiki 2.0.
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Lauren
Traveled Feb 2019
Loved it! But I kind of wish I did the South Island as well... time was a factor for me!
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Jagjeet Cheema
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Great value for the all the activities we did and places we stayed
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Robert Francis Dixon
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The Northern Choice exceeded my expectations, the destinations were great and the tour manager/bus driver were very friendly
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Anonymous
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I personally think this tour was bad value for money. It included basic accomodation, bus transfers, a few included meals and tours. There were lots of fun add on activities, but some were incredibly overpriced and nothing like their advertisement. There were positives to this tour, as I got to see the beauty that the North Island of New Zealand had to offer. In saying that, I would only recommend this tour if you want to travel very quickly or don't have a lot of time. It doesn't give you much time in places, sometimes only one night which means you barely get to explore the area. This tour was not for me, but I met some great people and am thankful for the opportunity to travel in the first place.
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Optional activities were expensive but worth it
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Ravinder Cheema
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Worth it, optionals we’re the highlight but the included aspects were personally pretty good
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Kirrilly Wootton
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Could have included a few more activities within the tour, e.g. more included dinners
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Emily Angione
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Sites were amazing and there were so many things to do
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Ruby Carter
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amazingly beautiful, no where in the world quiet like it
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Sally Wilson
Traveled Jan 2019
Amazing! Loved the North Island and was given an authentic and truely board experiences
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Liz Burdis
Traveled Jan 2019
I had the absolute best time. We had the best group, driver, tour guide and New Zealand is beautiful and we had plenty of action packed activities to keep us busy, but also a few lazy days to chill. 100% will be back!
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Bianca North
Traveled Jan 2019
Loved everything there was to have tondonwithbthis trip, people, places, activities, food, accomadation, travels, the thrills and adventures, the Chur life of NZ culture and the hype of the guides and the knowledge shared between each guide and new friends along the way and the new stories to laugh about or cry about. Beste st life change going on contiki!! ***
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Dana Hill
Traveled Jan 2019
Hotels were great and service was amazing, definitely worth the money :)
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Issabella Mccosker
Traveled Jan 2019
This was my first Contiki and I absolutely loved it! Everything was so organized and everyone was so welcoming! Already looking at booking another one!
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2019
Some much on offer throughout this trip. The things that were including in the trip was a bonus because they added to the trip
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Ryan Finnigan
Traveled Jan 2019
A great trip with fantastic guides who were very informative and made sure everyone was taken care of and the trip ran smoothly. Provided there was clearer information I would of done the larger tour so I could stay with my group for longer and enjoy more of the amazing New Zealand
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Courtney Haines
Traveled Dec 2018
It was super good value and I got to see so much of the north and a little taste test of the south as well!
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Jennifer Dodd
Traveled Dec 2018
What you are paying for, effectively...is transportation and shared rooms. The music was so loud on the bus that the rides were highly unenjoyable. Could not easily converse with the person sitting next to you. Was stranded by bus driver so he could go drink one evening, compromising my safety. I am actively reviewing Contiki on as many social media and review platforms as possible to share my experiences.
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Anonymous
Traveled Oct 2018
Definatly worth the money, very organized
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Shaylee Tierney
Traveled Sep 2018
It was life changing. A trip of a life time for me!
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