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Contiki Holidays

Kiwiana Panorama (Christchurch to Auckland - until Sept 2017) (Start Christchurch, end Auckland)

Start:
Christchurch
Includes:
Christchurch, Lake Ohau, Dunedin, Queenstown, Franz Josef, Franz Josef Glacier, Wellington, Lake Taupo, Rotorua, Waitomo, Auckland
Duration:
16 days
Departs:
22 July, 2017
Tour Type:
Discoverer

It’s not called the adrenalin capital of the world for nothing! Dive into the thrills of the South Island - from Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown's non-stop action, you’ll need loads of energy to keep you going! Continue the adrenaline rush as you head through "The Lord of the Rings" country to the North Island, packed with Maori culture, cruising on Lake Taupo, Waitomo's caves & metropolitan Auckland. NZ's two small islands definitely packed full of adventure!

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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 Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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)
Christchurch to Lake Ohau
Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, your Tour Manager and Driver over dinner. Then relax in the hot outdoor jacuzzi, or play darts at the lodge bar.
Day 2
(1 day)
Lake Ohau to Dunedin
head to some of the local night spots for a taste of how partying is really done! Ask your Tour Manager for some tips on where’s hot to head, or make your way to one of the local favourites around the Octagon -“ there’s a huge variety of places to head for a fun night out.
Day 3
(1 day)
Dunedin to Queenstown
This morning, we make our way towards New Zealand’s adventure hub, Queenstown! This place is awesome. With so many amazing activities to choose from, plus fantastic nightlife, cool people & stunning surroundings, you’re in for a few incredible days here. First though, we make a stop at the original home of bungy jumping. You can even have a go yourself if you're brave enough! 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 4
(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 5
(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 7
(1 day)
Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier
We overnight in Franz Josef, a cute alpine township.
Day 8
(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 9
(1 day)
Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch
Sticking to the untamed coastline, we 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. We travel east 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. Then it’s back to Christchurch for a chilled out evening.
Day 10
(1 day)
Christchurch to Wellington
It’s another jaw-dropping drive up to the top of the South Island today. The coach cuts across the Canterbury Plains to Kaikoura. This seaside settlement is known for whales, dolphins and delicious, fresh crayfish sold from roadside vans. We’ll stop at a seal colony before travelling 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. You’ll also see some old wooden baches (New Zealand holiday houses) and boat jetties. We dock in the capital city of Wellington - the country’s political centre and cultural core with funky shops, fringe festivals, galleries, as well as a huge amount of cool cafes and bars. Take the time to say your farewells & and swap contact details with your new travel buddies as your tour ends this afternoon in Wellington.
Day 11
(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 12
(1 day)
Wellington to Lake Taupo
Later, back on land, play some pool at one of Taupo’s lakeside bars.
Day 13
(1 day)
Lake Taupo to Rotorua
Day 14
(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 15
(1 day)
Rotorua to Waitomo
Tonight, it’s traditional Kiwi BBQ dinner and a visit to a typical country pub. Kick back with your new friends and some of the locals. Maybe try out the local beer -“ it’s good!
Day 16
(1 day)
Waitomo to Auckland
equally cool people, or Parnell for a taste of the true Auckland by night.

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