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The Big Tiki

(Queenstown to Auckland Winter)

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16 nights accommodation
6 nights in Lodge, 8 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.
21 included Meals
16 Breakfast, 5 Dinner
We'll get 21 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.
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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.
Experiences
12 included, 31 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. 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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Waterfalls, nightclubs, geothermic mud pools, mountains, skylines, if NZ doesn't impress you, best check your pulse. The Big Tiki from Queenstown to Auckland soaks it all up and offers an astounding list of almost 60 optional activities to ramp up your trip. Heli tour of glaciers and a bit of cave action, anyone?
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Queenstown
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Wanaka
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Haast Pass
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Franz Josef Glacier
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Hokitika
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Arthurs Pass
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Christchurch
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Kaikoura
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Picton
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Wellington
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Mount Ruapehu
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Huka Falls
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Auckland
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Parry Kauri Park
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Paihia
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DAY 1 - Queenstown
Queenstown
Kia Ora and welcome to Queenstown. After checking in to your hotel the rest of the afternoon is yours to start discovering why Queenstown is best known as the adventure capital of the world. Tonight you'll meet up with the rest of the crew, no doubt swapping notes on which thrill seeking activity to tick off first. Let the adventure commence...
Stay
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.
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
Tour and tasting of a Central Otago Wine vineyard and Craft Brewery
FREE TIME ADD-ONS
Group Photograph
NZ$19
Stay
Jucy Snooze Hotel (or similar)
DAY 3 - 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 4 - 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 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
Stay
President Hotel (or similar)
DAY 15 - 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 16 - 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
Stay
The Kingsgate Hotel (or similar)
DAY 17 - Paihia to End Auckland
Paihia
Feeling salty and sun-kissed we wave goodbye to beautiful Paihia & sashay our way back down NZ in the direction of Auckland.
Auckland
Time to say adios to the wolf pack and re-live the dream that was the land of the long white cloud, no doubt also dreaming of what might be next in store on an upcoming Contiki adventure, Asia, adventure?
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Jesse
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Very expensive on the hold activities and going out for dinner. So mean activities to do and very expensive to do the activities as well. Some Accommodation was not as great at ALL. When I did Another Contiki in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia about 4 years ago the accommodation was a lot better. Then the Big Tiki accommodation in New Zealand that I had done now. Thank you Jesse.
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Excellent, The Big Tiki was definitely the best tour and value for money as you get the full NZ experience
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Amazing experiences with amazing people!
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Lots of included activities, accommodation was mostly great and everything on the tour was good value for money. Had a great time!
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Niamh Wyatt
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Great value for money!! :)
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Good value for money. Excellent trip
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Benjamin Thirgood
Traveled Feb 2019
The tour was a good pace and I rarely thought we stayed too long in places. I felt there were very few included activities and a lot were based on doing the optional activities or making our own entertainment (difficult in very small towns). Although nice to have a large group to travel round will, having the modular tour was quite disruptive to the group and made it difficult for people joining later to integrate
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Amberlea Scott
Traveled Feb 2019
I came in with high expectations for contiki and was let down
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Jacinta Waterson
Traveled Jan 2019
A perfect time of the year to go if you want a little bit of everything weather. While some of the commutes were long, they were always enjoyable with the beautiful scenery. The trip itself included some amazing activities that gave the trip an extra bit of flare!
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Gary Bretnall
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Simply....great trip from day one to the last day
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Jessica Edtmaier
Traveled Jan 2019
Heaps of fun and made heaps of friends!
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2019
Loved contiki, very inclusive but being a modular tour made it hard to get to know everyone.
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Elizabeth Pierce
Traveled Jan 2019
Best holiday of my life. So glad I chose this trip
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Jonathon Nowers
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An excellent showing if NZ!
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Anonymous
Traveled Jan 2019
The trip met all our expectations. We wanted to see all of New Zealand and this trip allowed us to do so. We got to see lots of sites and were given many opportunities through the extras
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Freya Alexander
Traveled Jan 2019
Because everything was amazing I have definitely made some life long friends
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Amy Gaedtke
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Well worth the amount you spend!
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Bob Thomas
Traveled Jan 2019
Contiki obviously takes the time to pick the tour guide and bus driver because Bryce Steel and John Massingham were top blokes who went out of their way to make my contiki experience amazing! Great value and great guides ??
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Madelyne Hunter
Traveled Jan 2019
The best trip I’ve done - so glad I decided to book it.
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Mark Bretnall
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Value for money, and well organised
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