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The Big Tiki

(Auckland to Christchurch Winter)

4.8
175 reviews
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The one that exposes you to the soul of the land of the long white cloud

Duration
19 Days
Places
22 places

Visiting Auckland, Paihia, Rotorua, Mount Ruapehu, Wellington, Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown, Te Anau, Lake Ohau, Parry Kauri Park, Huka Falls, Lake Taupo, Picton, Kaikoura, Arthurs Pass, Hokitika, Haast Pass, Wanaka, Milford Sound, Arrowtown, Lake Tekapo

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • See the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's Cup
  • Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toilets
  • Get a dose of history with a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Tour
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

18 nights accommodation

9 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay, 7 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.

24 Meals

6 Dinner, 18 Breakfast

We'll get 24 of your meals, you get the rest. You can expect a healthy breakfast every morning, 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.

Experiences

17 included, 36 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Hurl yourself with reckless abandon down rolling hills & valleys in a giant inflated rubber OGO ball, Rotorua
- See bubbling geothermal mud pools & tuck into a traditional Maori ground-smoked hangi dinner, Rotorua
- Face your fears with a thrilling Tandem skydive in nature's best outdoor playground, Queenstown*
- Experience the exhilaration of a Harbour bridge bungy jump, Auckland*
- Take on the thrill of a hair-raising river rapids ride on the Shotover Jet boat, Queenstown*
- Live out all your LOTR fantasies with a guided tour of Hobbiton, Matamata

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Waterfalls, nightclubs, geothermic mud pools, mountains, skylines, if NZ doesn't impress you, best check your pulse. The Big Tiki from Auckland to Christchurch soaks it all up and offers an astounding list of over 70 optional activities to ramp up your trip. Skydiving anyone?

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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Winter)

17 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's Cup
  • Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa's 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
  • 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 Rotorua's bubbling geothermic mud pools
  • Take a behind the scenes tour of the of a Kiwi conservation project at the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter
  • Spectacular drive along the Kaikoura Coast & visit to a seal colony
  • See a native greenstone carving demonstration
  • Stop at AJ Hackett's Kawarau Bridge
  • Tour and tasting of a Central Otago Wine vineyard and Craft Brewery
  • Milford Sound Cruise
  • Experience rural NZ country life with a farm visit in Te Anau
  • See Mt. Cook across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau
  • See the historic Church of the Good Shepard
  • Stop at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo & Geraldine

36 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • 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
  • 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
  • Kaitiaki Rafting NZ$99
  • Mt. Tarawera Trek NZ$149
  • Rotorua Canopy Tours NZ$149
  • Te Puia Steambox Tour NZ$84
  • Glacier Country Kayaks NZ$115
  • Across Country Quad Bikes NZ$160
  • Scenic Helicopter Flight and Glacier Landing From NZ$245
  • Helihike NZ$439
  • Group Photograph NZ$19
  • Queenstown Wine Trail
  • 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
  • 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
  • Te Anau Glow Worm Caves NZ$98
  • Grand Traverse Scenic Flight NZ$340

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
Auckland
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Parry Kauri Park
2
2 nights
Paihia
1
1 night
Auckland
2
2 nights
Rotorua
via
via
Huka Falls
via
via
Lake Taupo
2
2 nights
Mount Ruapehu
2
2 nights
Wellington
via
via
Picton
via
via
Kaikoura
1
1 night
Christchurch
via
via
Arthurs Pass
via
via
Hokitika
2
2 nights
Franz Josef Glacier
via
via
Haast Pass
via
via
Wanaka
4
4 nights
Queenstown
via
via
Milford Sound
1
1 night
Te Anau
via
via
Arrowtown
1
1 night
Lake Ohau
via
via
Lake Tekapo
Christchurch
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Australian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter Australia & New Zealand. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa (if required) to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations change regularly, so make sure you stay up-to-date before you travel. See here for more info: https://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/immigration-and-visas
https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/visit
It is also essential that you have any necessary vaccinations & comply with all laws of the countries visited.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Australia & New Zealand trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in Australia & New Zealand. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it, like when you’re journeying into the bush, and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

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