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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
being on "the big Tiki" was the absolute experience of a lifetime Saul was a ripper our manager that somehow knew the best places to get a drink on the cheap and Squiddy was a great bus driver to be piloting us through NZ. I met the best group of people who ill stay friends with for ever.

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Kiwiana Panorama (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
Kiwiana Panorama (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
I am rating Contiki a four as it is a great way to travel on your own and see a lot of things in a short amount of time in a safe environment. This was my first big trip traveling alone, I wanted to just enjoy the trip, not have to think about where I was going next, how I was going to get there and where I was going to stay. The guide and driver were very knowledgeable as they were from New Zealand. The trip manager was organized, made sure everyone got on there add-on activities and was good at taking us out to local spots in the evening for good entertainment. The driver was very approachable, friendly and helpful at suggesting different places to see or things to do on your free time. If I could change anything about Contiki it would be to have more involvement with group activities at minimal- no cost. I found that everything was very go, go, go and everything involved paying for it. I knew there were add on extras, but did not realize how busy it was and the only way to experience things. If you did not have an add-on extra than you basically had to find stuff to do on your own. There were 50ish people in my group, (also had no idea groups were that large) I did not even get to know or interact with half of them because of how busy it was. Id suggest coupons for local places for discounts on food would be beneficial as cost of food was expensive and added up quickly. Most of time I went to grocery stores to grab food to take on the trip. Coming from Canada, a trip costing 3200 + Flight + extras + food all adds up quickly. The trip ended up costing me roughly another 4g on top of just the Contiki price. Recommendations for other travelers: Make sure to have extra money for free time add-ons- amazing views, scenery for days, take lots of pictures / videos but don't forget to live in the moment because it goes by quickly. YOLO #NO REGRETS, It was an AMAZING experience, I will definitely will be returning to NZ one day. I ABSOLUTE LOVED IT!
Booked from Canada

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Kiwiana Panorama (Auckland to Queenstown Summer)
loved every minute! So much support! Memories I will never forget :)
Itinerary and activities were awesome! So action packed and I wanted to do as much as possible! Trip manager and bus driver were so amazing and went above and beyond my expectations! Would definitely recommend contiki to anyone it was amazing!

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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
The Big Tiki was amazing! Our tour manager, Brit was amazing and not only showed up some amazing parts of New Zealand but gave us the best tree facts! Could not recommend this trip highly enough, particularly for solo travellers.

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Kiwiana Panorama (Auckland to Queenstown Summer)
Kiwiana Panorama (Auckland to Queenstown Summer)
My Trip Manager (Chelsea) and Driver (Al) were brilliant. Super helpful, knowledgeable and loads of fun. I thought some of the included accommodation left something to be desired but overall I think the included activities were great as we're the choice stops.

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Northern Choice (Auckland to Wellington Summer)
Northern Choice
I really enjoyed the trip itself, there were lots of activities and stops that were fun, cultural and unique to New Zealand. I made lots of friends and it was great to have everything planned for you. I will mention that you can do more than 1 optional extra activity each day, which was very dangerous to the wallet, but totally worth it!
Booked from Canberra

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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
The big tiki
This trip was absolutely amazing ! I could not fault it. Pat and Dan were the best guides I could have asked for, they had so much knowledge on all of the places we went and on the local culture, they were so helpful organising us and getting us to all activities. Dan was especially helpful with my dietary requirement, he always made sure I had something to eat and that I was looked after. There was such a great energy on the trip. I will cherish the memories I made on this trip forever.

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The Big Tiki (Christchurch to Auckland Summer)
The Big Tiki (Christchurch to Auckland Summer)
Great mix of activities and free time, beautiful scenery
Booked from Adelaide

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'Sweet as' South (End Wellington)
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Just wasn’t for me- very much focused on partying. I think I was hoping for a tour that was more focused on hiking and wilderness. Some of the stops that are mentioned on the itinerary are only toilet breaks, which I felt was misleading and disappointing. Therefore never saw these areas on foot or for an afternoon for a hike. (Arthur’s pass & Haast pass/ Wanaka lake). The main event of the tour was 4 nights at Queenstown, which was probably one or two nights too much for me, as it’s very much a tourist town. I think I was so disappointed because I had travelled such a long way to visit, hopefully someone with a similar mind set will not make the same mistake from my review!! Joanna
Booked from Bristol

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  • Reply by Contiki Support

    All of our trips are carefully curated to include a great mix of cultural and social activities to suit our guests who range anywhere between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five, and the Sweet as' South is no exception. As such, we are saddened to read that you may have felt that the overall trip did not live up to your expectations. We do understand that our travellers have many different interests and ideas for the kind of travelling they would like to experience, and so we appreciate all of the feedback that we receive and have shared your comments with our Product Development Department for their consideration. Having said this, we wish you all of the best for your future adventures, wherever they may take you.

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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
The Big Tiki
The Big Tiki was the gateway to all of New Zealand - we had the opportunity to see all the best parts of the country and the optional add-on list was extensive. The tour group size was a bit excessive and the modular style made it hard to integrate. Doubling back to Christchurch seemed unnecessary and the accommodation was average. I think Contiki tries too hard to cater to every person by allowing people to skip the first and last two days rather than making it a more consistent group. The included activities were excellent but much too brief. We had so much free time in the day that could only be filled with expensive add-ons.

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  • Reply by Contiki Support

    Thank you for sharing your comments here with us; we really appreciate hearing from all of our travellers. We're pleased to learn that you enjoyed travelling on The Big Tiki overall, however we do appreciate that there may have been certain aspects of the experience that didn't meet your expectations. While we understand that you would have liked to have had more Included Experiences, we've actually found that most of our travellers prefer to have the option of doing their own thing on any given day, and this is why we offer all of our Free Time Add-Ons. Furthermore, our detailed itineraries, including the Free Time Add-Ons and pricing, are available on the Contiki website and in our brochure, so that any prospective travellers can familiarise themselves before deciding to try a Contiki trip. Nevertheless, we've taken your thoughts into consideration, to see what potential improvements we might make in the future.

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'Sweet as' South (Reverse)
'Sweet as' South (Reverse)
Travelling to NZ was the trip of a life time and can not wait to go on the next one! The trip itself was so well organised and the recommendations were really helpful! I loved all the activities that were suggested but couldn’t do them all

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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
Best trip !
Honestly can say one of the best trips I have been on ! Amazingly well organised and the included activities were very good. A big thanks to Dan and Pat for organising it all so well and going above and beyond to make sure we made it to our activities!! The accomodation was very very good and I thought the itinerary covered everything key

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Kiwiana Panorama (Auckland to Queenstown Summer)
Had a fantastic time with great people
Awesome itinerary. Only criticism is I would have liked to know more detail before i went. I booked a couple of things for after the tour as I thought I wouldn't be able to them on it and I could have.
Booked from Adelaide

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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
Highly recommend!
Amazing value for money

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Kiwiana Panorama (Auckland to Queenstown Summer)
Booking experience
The trip itinerary and activities were really good I really enjoyed traveling NZ however I think my trip manager could have done better to bring the group together instead he kept the group in clicks and was not very welcoming to new members joining the group. I did not enjoy some of my activities being overlooked because the trip manager missed it and thought I did not want to do it even though I had made it very clear I wanted to do it this was very disappointing.

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  • Reply by Contiki Support

    All of our Trip Managers have been fully trained and carefully selected for the passion that they have for their given regions. As such, we are surprised and concerned to hear that you may not have found yours to be personable or accommodating to the group as a whole. Our travellers' enjoyment is one of our top priorities, so please be assured that these comments have been shared with their Manager for review and appropriate action. Having said this, we're still pleased to learn that you enjoyed travelling through New Zealand and that you were able to have so many new experiences.

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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
Super helpful staff!
The trip was phenomenal! All of the inclusions were a perfect was to experience what New Zealand has to offer, and my trip manager complemented this with recommendations for absolutely everything we could need! A lot of the free time add ons were encouraged that we all do as a group (such as dinners), so I’d recommend travellers account for a lot more extra spending!

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Kiwiana Panorama (Auckland to Queenstown Summer)
Amazing!
Trip manager Rae and driver WeeMan were amazing. Both so lovely, caring and organised extra group activities so that we could all spend time together! Both of them were super approachable and always there to help if we ever needed anything at all! It was a great way to see New Zealand and we were able to be immersed in the culture too! Wish I could go back and do it all again!
Booked from Melbourne Australia

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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Queenstown Summer)
Best Contiki I’ve ever done
So much to see. So much to do. Manager and Bus driver were really down to earth. So beautiful
Booked from Sydney Australia

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The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch Summer)
All the adventure with none of the stress

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The Big Tiki (Christchurch to Auckland Summer)
Big Tiki equals Big rushes and Big smiles.
The Big Tiki is by far my favourite Contiki tour that I have done! Everything about this tour exceeded my expectations. The towns we visited throughout the country all had something unique to offer! I loved that we spent 4 nights in Queenstown! This was heaps of time for us to do all of the activities we wanted to do and still explore the town! Sam was an excellent trip manager, and was by far the best trip manager I have ever had (I’ve also never seen anyone eat so much haha!). For anyone wanting to go on this trip I highly recommend it! This trip is adrenaline packed, and I definitely recommend starting in the South Island vs the North Island because of your first stop being Lake Ohau. A remote lakeside resort with little to no cell service available made for everyone to socialize with each other, and really kick started the friendships I made on this trip. Big thanks and hugs to Slink and Duncs!
Booked from Vancouver,Canada

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