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19 day trip departing Auckland.
10 nights accommodation in a Hotel.
1 night accommodation in a Contiki Special Stay.
7 nights accommodation in a Lodge.
18 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners.
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, seafood chowder or NZ Lamb salad overlooking the Bay of Islands in Paihia.
Visit Hobbiton and take a guided tour of the set made famous by the “Lord of the Rings & Hobbit” movies.
Experience a traditional Maori cultural performance and feast on a ground-smoked hangi dinner.
See (and smell) 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.
See an active stratovolcano with Mt Ruapehu.
See more of the sights made famous in the “The Lord of the Rings”.
Tuck into coffee and cake in one of Wellington’s cafes, including a ‘Heart parcels’ brownie with proceeds going towards supporting the homeless.
Join our 2019 Changemaker Parris Quinn in handing out ‘Heart Parcels’ food to Wellington’s homeless (from Oct 2020 – selected departures).
Check out the cafe & restaurant scene in Wellington, voted the coolest little capital in the world.
Spectacular drive along the Kaikoura Coast & visit to a seal colony.
View a native greenstone carving demonstration in the goldrush town of Hokitika.
Stop at AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge.
Cruise the glassy waters of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Milford Sound.
Experience rural NZ country life with a farm visit in Te Anau.
See the peak of Mt Cook from across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau.
See the historic Church of the Good Shepard.Stop at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo & Geraldine.
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Day 1 Auckland to Paihia.
Welcome to NZ globe trotters. Time to meet your wolf-pack and start salivating over the overflowing banquet of adventure we have up for grabs here in the land of the ‘long white cloud’. We’ll cross Aucklands Harbour Bridge admiring the ‘City of Sails’ habour before starting our journey north to Paihia. 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. 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.
Day 2 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.
Day 3 Paihia to Auckland.
This morning we’ll tuck into breakfast supplied by the Eat My Lunch – every meal purchases a lunch which is delivered to schools for kids in need. Auckland. Then, feeling full, salty and sun-kissed we wave goodbye to Paihia & sashay our way back down NZ in the direction of Auckland. We’ll say sad goodbyes, but there are always more adventures around the corner.
Day 4 Auckland to Rotorua.
Laters Auckland Today we drive through the lush farmlands of Waikato, an area that produces many of New Zealand’s best Rugby players for the All Blacks, on route to Hobbiton Village. That’s right, it wouldn’t be a complete experience without a stop at the “Shire”. 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 h?ngi dinner & dance performance, and perhaps best of all, the chance to get involved in the world-famous HAKA. Tongues at the ready peeps.
Day 5 Rotorua.
The day is yours to roam free in this geothermal paradise. Soak in a hot spring, go white water rafting or hike up a volcano. The options are limitless and the decisions are yours. If you’re travelling after October 2020, we recommend the Rotorua Dawn Canopy Tour, exclusive to Contiki, where you’ll watch the sun rise, eat some breakfast and drink coffee up in the towering trees as the birds make start their morning calls. Then, you’ll get to soar 1200m through the forest on the ultimate zipline adventure.
Day 6 Rotorua to Lake Taupo.
Our Rotorua adventures are (almost) at an end, but not before we stop by the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, where youOll get the chance to learn about New Zealand’s national bird, kiwis. Like nice surprises? HereOs one for you – your included entrance fee goes towards the kiwi rehabilitation project, a Contiki sponsored initiative. Plus, as part of the project Treadright sponsors an incubator to hatch eggs, so every year we get naming rights to two new baby kiwis. Cute, huh? 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 Lake Taupo is on the horizon. Lake Taupo. Volcanic peak views & trout fishing will seamlessly slip us into quaint lake life. But don’t be fooled by the seemingly still scenery – a bungy jump or skydive are both on the menu if that adrenaline itch needs scratching.
Day 7 Lake Taupo to Mount Ruapehu.
We drive through the central plateau to the southern end of the Tongariro National Park, Ohakune is known as the aprZs ski capital of the North Island. Today you have the option to go mountain biking along one of NZ’s most picturesque track, “the Old Coach Rd”. Mount Ruapehu. Tonight we stay in a heritage listed building built in 1913 which is now a vibrant modern ski lodge, located at the base of a volcano, Mt Ruapehu with views unlike any other you’ve seen.
Day 8 Mount Ruapehu to Wellington.
These landscapes are unique and the sights will leave you breathless. On route to the windy capital Wellington where we’ll show you the sights of this city. Wellington. As much as we’ve been loving the nature time, the change of scenery to New Zealand’s well-cultured capital will prove an utter delights. After an orientation through the narrow streets of Wellington 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.