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5 nights accommodation
5 nights in Hotel
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.
7 included Meals
2 Dinner, 5 Breakfast
We'll get 9 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
7 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. Visit the magical Hobbiton, explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park and experience a traditional Maori Hangi dinner and concert in Rotorua. You'll also see the Waitemata Harbour, made famous by America's Cup.
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Over 20 optional adventures & a banquet of inclusions; this is going to be a week to remember. The brave will hurl themselves down a hill in an inflated OGO ball, the more chilled will take a boat cruise around the Bay of Islands. Then we'll all compare notes of Hobbits, fish 'n' chips, the Haka over a few drinks in the city of Auckland.
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DAY 1 - Auckland to Paihia via Parry Kauri Park
Auckland
We'll cross Aucklands Harbour Bridge admiring the 'City of Sails' harbour 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 ME Time experiences on offer - tomorrow we head back to the big city vibes.
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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.
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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 - Rotorua to Auckland
Rotorua
Just as we were acclimatising to that funky smell, it's time to leave Rotorua, taking one last look at the bubbling geothermic mud pools before we flee.
Auckland
Arriving into Auckland marks the time to say goodbye to the wolf pack (sob). NZ - you've been real.
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My purchase was seamless .
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Jessica Pethybridge
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Absolutely worth every cent. Amazing trip
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Glad I did it for the experience but I wouldn't recommend it.
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Great experience...covers the best of the North Island of NZ
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Very beautiful place to go to, money well spent
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Anonymous
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False advertising a 6 day tour when it is actually a 5 day tour. We didn't get a chance to see a Kiwi bird. Hobiton should not be included in tue tour. We are not into LOTR and would have preferred to see the Kiwi hatchery instead. Far to many tour groups crammed into the one bus made it an awkward and divided group.
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Emily Stretton
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Was over priced for what was included in the trip
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Shaun Rogers
Traveled Jun 2018
It was totally worth it, got to see the beautiful New Zealand, and I now have friends that live all over the world!
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Anonymous
Traveled May 2018
A great mini-trip that showed us some of the highlights of the North. We jumped in on all of the action-packed add ons & had the best time!
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Tan Wei Ng
Traveled Mar 2018
Excellent trip manager & itinerary
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Rachael Johansen
Traveled Mar 2018
Everything was great except flight centre didn’t tell me who would be getting me from the airport, that was EXTREMELY frustrating and scary but everything else was amazing
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Kimberly Clark
Traveled Feb 2018
Not happy with this tour. Still glad for the experience. The tour guide was happy and nice i believe the structure itself is bad.
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Cory Belonzi
Traveled Jan 2018
The value for the price was fantastic.
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Bradley Thomson
Traveled Jan 2018
No I won’t tell you what I thought. That is what the star system is for
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2018
Coming from Florida it was a good value for money as we got to do a lot in a week - Nightlife (200 person pub crawl!), History (Waitangi Treaty grounds), Adventure (Island Boat Day Trip, Waka Tour), Fun Activity (O-Go!), Cool Eats (Elliott Stables), Mind Blowing Memories (The Shire)....I mean, simply incredible. The Bus Driver and Tour Guide were great also. #wow
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Anonymous
Traveled Nov 2017
Such a fun experience with super informative guides, I would love to go on another Contiki sometime in the future! New Zealand is just as pretty as I thought it would be.
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Felicity Grenfell
Traveled Aug 2017
It was overall a great tour. Knowledge of destinations by tour staff was incredible and they both went above and beyond
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Christina
Traveled Jul 2017
Boyd was an excellent tour guide, always ready to help, was very knowledgeable about New Zealand and made the whole trip so much fun! Dean (Wee-Man) was our driver, together him and Boyd made my Contiki such a unique and memorable experience.
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Anonymous
Traveled Jul 2017
Perfect for a first time traveller, saw the best of NZ for a solid price
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Carrington Lyons
Traveled Jul 2017
Great adventure around the north island, full of water activities or other opinions if not a fan of water. Loads of thing to throw your body off if you have a love for dangers activities like skydiving or bungie jumping. As well as a cultural experience into New Zealand's world
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