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Contiki 19 Day The Big Tiki

19 days of pure Kiwi adventure, what more could you want? Travel from Auckland to Christchurch with the opportunity to try over 70 optional adventure activities as you traverse the incredible scenery of New Zealand's North and South Islands. Sky-diving, quad biking - take your pick and go!

 Escorted coach tour
 Starts in Auckland, finishes in Christchurch
 19 days/ 18 nights
 Hotel 3 star
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Included in this tour package

Avon River, Christchurch
Auckland Sky Tower

At a glance - Contiki 19 Day The Big Tiki

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 2: Paihia. Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 3: Paihia to Auckland. Accommodation: Best Western President Hotel Auckland

Day 4: Auckland to Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 5: Rotorua. Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua to Lake Taupo. Accommodation: Lakeland Resort Taupo

Day 7: Lake Taupo to Mt Ruapehu. Accommodation: Kings Hotel Ohakune

Day 8: Mt Ruapehu to Wellington. Accommodation: Abel Tasman Hotel

Day 9: Wellington. Accommodation: Abel Tasman Hotel

Day 10: Wellington to Christchurch. Accommodation: BreakFree on Cashel, Christchurch

Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier. Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat

Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier. Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat

Day 13: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown. Accommodation: Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Day 14: Queenstown activities. Accommodation: Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Day 15: Queenstown Free Day. Accommodation: Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Day 16: Queenstown Free Day. Accommodation: Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Day 17: Queenstown to Dunedin. Accommodation: Victoria Hotel

Day 18: Dunedin to Lake Ohau. Accommodation: Lake Ohau Lodge

Day 19: Lake Ohau to Christchurch.

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Contiki 19 Day The Big Tiki - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia

Auckland to Paihia

Welcome to the Land of the Long White Cloud. Start off crossing Auckland’s Harbour Bridge admiring the ‘City of Sails’ harbour, before starting your journey north to Paihia where you will have a dose of Kiwi history, on a guided tour at Waitangi Treaty Grounds & Treaty Museum.

Your Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

Meals included: Dinner

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 2: Paihia

Paihia

Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, or get into the water sports. There is an optional Ninety Mile Beach tour with off-roading and sand dune surfing you can choose to join for an additional cost today.

Your Accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia is located on the waterfront only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. All rooms are air-conditioned and hotel facilities include restaurant, swimming pool, spa pool and sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge, Paihia

Day 3: Paihia to Auckland

Paihia to Auckland

Feeling salty and sun-kissed you'll wave goodbye to Paihia & sashay your way back down NZ in the direction of Auckland.  Discover more of this vibrant city and with a free night head out to explore Auckland’s nightlife.

Your Accommodation: Best Western President Hotel Auckland

Located in the absolute centre of Auckland City, Best Western President Hotel Auckland offers a range of accommodation options and convenient facilities, complimenting the comfort of our guests stay.

Meals included: Breakfast

Best Western President Hotel Auckland

Day 4: Auckland to Rotorua

Auckland to Rotorua

Leave Auckland this morning & make a stop at Hobbiton, the village created for the Lord of the Rings movies. After the “Shire”, you head to Rotorua where later a Maori cultural experience will be a night to remember.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast, Speciality Dinner

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 5: Rotorua

Rotorua

Take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment.

Your Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua enjoys a location that is second-to-none on the very shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa complex and just a short stroll to all the attractions in Rotorua.

Meals included: Breakfast

Sudima Lake Rotorua

Day 6: Rotorua to Lake Taupo

Rotorua to Lake Taupo

Rotorua’s been grand! But there’s plenty more to see & do, first you stop by a kiwi enclosure to learn about & see the NZ national bird before it’s on to Huka Falls. At Lake Taupo, you can opt for a cruise on the lake tonight, where you can fish, eat & party into the night.

Your Accommodation: Lakeland Resort Taupo

Lakeland Resort is situated on the beautiful shores of Lake Taupo, set amidst 2.8 acres of landscaped grounds, complete with 64 well-equipped studio units, there is The Lakeland Bar and Brasserie on site also.

Meals included: Breakfast

Lakeland Resort Taupo

Day 7: Lake Taupo to Mt Ruapehu

Lake Taupo to Mt Ruapehu

Known as the aprés-ski capital of the North Island, Ohakune is a combination of a tranquil town & stupendous landscapes. Go on a mountain bike ride to fully grasp the beauty of the scenery & in the night relax at the base of Mt. Ruapehu at a 100 year old heritage listed building - now a modern ski lodge.

Your Accommodation: Kings Hotel Ohakune

Friendly, iconic Kings is ideally situated as your base for all Mt Ruapehu experiences. With a large range of good value and comfortable accommodation. There is a bar and restaurant onsite.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kings Hotel Ohakune

Day 8: Mt Ruapehu to Wellington

Mt Ruapehu to Wellington

Check out the awesome landscapes en route to the windy capital, Wellington. This evening after an optional
dinner in the heart of the city on Courtney Place, you'll be shown the sights & nightlife around this arty city with it’s cool vibe.

Your Accommodation: Abel Tasman Hotel

What you'll love about the Abel Tasman Hotel Wellington is the warmth and personal service. What's more, the hotel is in the perfect location between The Terrace, Lambton Quay and Courtenay Place, in the very heart of Wellington's business and entertainment district.

Meals included: Breakfast

Abel Tasman Hotel

Day 9: Wellington

Wellington

Treat yourself to some shopping along Lambton Quay or have a (free) nose around Te Papa National Museum. Later on, you can enjoy some amazing street performers on Cuba Street.

Your Accommodation: Abel Tasman Hotel

What you'll love about the Abel Tasman Hotel Wellington is the warmth and personal service. What's more, the hotel is in the perfect location between The Terrace, Lambton Quay and Courtenay Place, in the very heart of Wellington's business and entertainment district.

Meals included: Breakfast

Abel Tasman Hotel

Day 10: Wellington to Christchurch

Wellington to Christchurch

Hop from the North Island, via ferry, to the South Island. Travel down the stunning Kaikoura coastline, to the charmingly English city of Christchurch.

Your Accommodation: BreakFree on Cashel, Christchurch

Situated right in the Christchurch CBD close to Manchester and Hereford Streets, BreakFree on Cashel, is within walking distance of lots of restaurants, cafes and retailers. This hotel is innovative and stylish with a unique feel throughout.

Meals included: Breakfast

BreakFree on Cashel, Christchurch

Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier

See the sights of Christchurch before you venture through the Southern Alps & along the rugged West Coast
to Hokitika where you'll see a native greenstone demonstration and carving before continuing onto Franz Josef.

Your Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat

Rainforest Retreat is centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier Village. Nestled in six acres of idyllic native bush each unit was built exclusively to the beautiful, natural environment of Westland National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Rainforest Retreat

Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier

The day is yours - so hitting the ice is a must. From walks & hikes or heli rides, to just chilling in Franz, the day is yours to enjoy your way.

Your Accommodation: Rainforest Retreat

Rainforest Retreat is centrally located in the heart of Franz Josef Glacier Village. Nestled in six acres of idyllic native bush each unit was built exclusively to the beautiful, natural environment of Westland National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast

Rainforest Retreat

Day 13: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown

Today you head through Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls. Visit lakeside Wanaka & Arrowtown before hitting Queenstown, the world's adventure capital.

Your Accommodation: Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Set on the hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Aspen Hotel Queenstown offers great facilities in this wonderful alpine resort town.

Meals included: Breakfast

Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Day 14: Queenstown activities

Queenstown

Take a ride on the Shotover Jet, then get into the Queenstown vibes. The nightlife here is awesome & you'll go to one of Queenstown's favourite night stops.

Your Accommodation: Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Set on the hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Aspen Hotel Queenstown offers great facilities in this wonderful alpine resort town.

Meals included: Breakfast

Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Day 15: Queenstown Free Day

Queenstown free day

From bungy jumps, canyon swings & gondolas to the Lord of the Rings territory, there's no shortage of things to do & the choice is all yours.

Your Accommodation: Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Set on the hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Aspen Hotel Queenstown offers great facilities in this wonderful alpine resort town.

Meals included: Breakfast

Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Day 16: Queenstown Free Day

Queenstown free day

Enjoy another day in Queenstown to experience all this amazing place has to do.

Your Accommodation: Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Set on the hillside overlooking Lake Wakatipu, Aspen Hotel Queenstown offers great facilities in this wonderful alpine resort town.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Aspen Hotel Queenstown

Day 17: Queenstown to Dunedin

Queenstown to Dunedin

Today you're off to the ‘student city' Dunedin, where you'll try the famous beer on a guided tour of Speight's Brewery.

Your Accommodation: Victoria Hotel

The Victoria Hotel is centrally located in the heart of the Dunedin city. Close to attraction such as Cadbury Chocolate World and the shopping and restaurants of George Street.

Meals included: Breakfast

Victoria Hotel

Day 18: Dunedin to Lake Ohau

Dunedin to Lake Ohau

See the world's steepest street, then it's onto Moeraki to see the huge beach boulders. Later, Lake Ohau will impress, with epic views of Mt. Cook & the Southern Alps.

Your Accommodation: Lake Ohau Lodge

Lake Ohau Lodge sits overlooking Lake Ohau with a magnificent mountain backdrop. The onsite restaurant and comfortable rooms make this a relaxing base to explore the ski field or walking and biking tracks.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Lake Ohau Lodge

Day 19: Lake Ohau to Christchurch

Lake Ohau to Christchurch

Maybe take an optional (own expense) scenic glacier flight before heading through Mackenzie Country back to Christchurch where your trip ends.

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