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Contiki Holidays

The Big Tiki (Auckland to Queenstown - until Sept 2017) (Start Auckland, end Queenstown)

Start:
Auckland
Includes:
Auckland, Paihia, Waitomo, Rotorua, Lake Taupo, Wellington, Christchurch, Franz Josef, Franz Josef Glacier, Queenstown
Duration:
17 days
Departs:
21 July, 2017
Tour Type:
Discoverer

Feed your adrenaline cravings - rest & relaxation is overrated! Blackwater raft in Waitomo before you hit Rotorua. Try the 'Zorb' then chill out in a Polynesian spa. Try a hāngi go cruising on Lake Taupo & head to the adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown where you’ll take a spin on the Shotover Jet! Ever tried bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging? Now's the time! Experience Queenstown's legendary nightlife before farewelling your new friends.

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All prices are quoted in Australian dollars on a per person basis unless stated otherwise. Prices are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Prices may vary until full payment is received, please ask your consultant for details. Pricing will be confirmed at time of booking. Conditions apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

Day 1
(1 day)
Auckland to Paihia
Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Trip Manager and Driver over a typical -˜Kiwi’ dinner -“ fish 'n' chips -“ where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group.
Day 2
(1 day)
Paihia
Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing -“ perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.
Day 3
(1 day)
Paihia to Auckland
With our beach fix complete, it’s time to say goodbye to the paradise of Paihia & head back to the -˜City of Sails’, Auckland! On arrival, your expert Trip Manager will get you in the know with all the details you need to know (and more) on the country’s largest city. Walk on the glass platform (if you’re game) & frame up some shots as you soak up the scene. Back at ground level, you will have a chance to experience some of Auckland's great nightlife. Try K Road for some alternative vibes or Ponsonby hot spots like The Ponsonby Social Club, Chapel Bar or the Long Room for some cool beats & equally cool people, or Parnell for a taste of the true Auckland by night. the Long Room for some cool beats & equally cool people, or Parnell for a taste of the true Auckland by night.
Day 4
(1 day)
Auckland to Waitomo
Tonight, it’s a true Kiwi BBQ dinner and a visit to a typical country pub. Kick back with your friends and some of the locals. Maybe try out the local beer -“ it’s good!
Day 5
(1 day)
Waitomo to Rotorua
Day 6
(1 day)
Rotorua
Or, if chilling out is more of what you’re into, then or hit up a café for a flat white coffee or make tracks to the shops for a spending spree.
Day 7
(1 day)
Rotorua to Lake Taupo
Later, back on land, play some pool at one of Taupo’s lakeside bars.
Day 8
(1 day)
Lake Taupo to Wellington
Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner with the group in the heart of the downtown area, which has a great, lively atmosphere and plenty of cutting edge restaurants and bars.
Day 9
(1 day)
Wellington
For something different, learn about the age-old art of tattooing at the Tattoo Museum. From traditional Maori moko (face tattoos) through to colourful contemporary designs. There’s even a tattoo parlour on site if you’re game!
Day 10
(1 day)
Wellington to Christchurch
Jump on the Inter-Island ferry and leave the North Island behind. The South Island means a complete change of scenery with loads of wild nature. 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. You’ll also see some old wooden baches (New Zealand holiday houses) and boat jetties. After the cruise, it’s another jaw-dropping drive to Kaikoura, via Marlborough’s wine country. We travel on to the wild, rugged east coast and stop at a seal colony, before passing through Kaikoura. This seaside settlement is known for whales, dolphins and delicious, fresh crayfish sold from roadside vans. The coach cuts across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Day 11
(1 day)
Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier
After a leisurely start to the day we begin our journey west through stunning Arthur’s Pass, following an old trade route. The dense native forest, alpine atmosphere and crystal clear rivers give the area its pioneer feel. We’ll stop in at the former gold rush town of Hokitika on the West Coast. It’s great for a look into a traditional Maori art. Watch authentic carvers work with New Zealand greenstone (jade) and learn about the importance of this stone. You could even pick up a piece to take home. Sticking to the untamed coastline, we arrive in the Westland National Park. Franz Josef is our stop for the night, a town where lush bush land and glaciers almost reach the sea.
Day 12
(1 day)
Franz Josef Glacier
Otherwise, you can get a bird’s eye view over these icy formations and sweeping vistas in an optional helicopter ride.
Day 13
(1 day)
Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
Next up: Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. This is one high-energy destination that has something for everyone. From jet boat rides to fantastic local food, gorgeous countryside and the world’s most southern wineries, the list really is endless.
Day 14
(1 day)
Queenstown
The nightlife here is equally as awesome as its adrenalin fixes, tonight you will have a chance to visit some of the town’s hottest nightspots you're sure the start the night out right.
Day 15
(2 days)
Queenstown
Pumping at night, Queenstown is the place to hit some of New Zealand’s best bars and clubs. With cool cocktail bars, old-style pubs and plenty of clubs, there is so much to choose from.
Day 17
(1 day)
Finish Queenstown
The tour ends this morning and it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends & Contiki crew.

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