Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - North to South, Start Auckland, End Auckland)

New Zealand

Day 1Auckland to PaihiaKia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup. This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way. With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old. The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds. Your Tour Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands. Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Tour 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 2PaihiaWith a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins. Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages. We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region. Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery. It's your final night together on tour, so make it an evening to remember!Day 3Paihia to AucklandBack in Auckland, we'll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. It's time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm.Auckland to PaihiaSee the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's CupCross Auckland's Harbour BridgeWalk through native Kauri ForestCheck out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toiletsTuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinnerPaihia to AucklandCatch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky Tower

Travel Dates: From 23/06/2015 to 29/09/2015

3 days
FROM $384*
3 days FROM $384*

New Zealand–The Bay of Islands

Auckland

Day 1 AucklandArrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands (1B, 1D)Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal). Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night. Additional Notes: Please note: during the winter months (late April - early November) Goat Island snorkelling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time for the houseboat. As a result, there will be more time for activities on board the houseboat. Included Activities: Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)Day 3 Bay of Islands/Paihia (1B, 1L, 1D)Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.Day 4 Paihia/Auckland (1B)Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving, dolphin watching, fishing or visiting the historic town of Russell. Travel back to Auckland where the tour ends upon arrival at 6pm. Feel free to book onward travel for after 8pm. Included Activities: Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)

Travel Dates: From 01/01/2015 to 28/12/2017

4 days
FROM $399*
4 days FROM $399*

Jaffas 'n' Jandals (Joining the Big Tiki - North to South, Start Auckland, End Auckland)

New Zealand

Day 1Auckland to PaihiaKia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup. This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way. With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old. The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds. Your Tour Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands. Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Tour 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 2PaihiaWith a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins. Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages. We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region. Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery. It's your final night together on tour, so make it an evening to remember!Day 3Paihia to AucklandBack in Auckland, we'll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. It's time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm.Auckland to PaihiaSee the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's CupCross Auckland's Harbour BridgeWalk through native Kauri ForestCheck out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toiletsTuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinnerPaihia to AucklandCatch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky Tower

Travel Dates: From 05/10/2015 to 27/09/2016

3 days
FROM $450*
3 days FROM $450*

New Zealand–Best of the North Island

Auckland

Day 1 AucklandArrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. If you arrive early enough, opt to visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area. After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night. Included Activities: Sea Kayaking Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 160km)Day 3 Raglan (1B, 1D)Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local Maori, mountain biking or exploring the many trails. Included Activities: Surf LessonsDay 4 Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, opt to visit the Waitomo caves, famous for their glow-worms. For the adventurous, there is the option of ‘black water rafting’. Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village. Dine on traditional Maori food (Hangi) this evening. Included Activities: Maori Cultural Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 260km)Day 5 Rotorua/National Park (1B, 1D)Start early to walk the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect all your supplies before the hike – the transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and pick up everyone at the end. After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna is available to help ease tired muscles. Additional Notes: Please note that the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is self-guided and will be without a CEO. The trail is clearly marked. Please note that during winter months (June-October), this is an optional hike. There is an extra cost of approximately $100 for winter equipment and guide if you opt to do this activity. Included Activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)Day 6 National Park/Wellington (1B)Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa. Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town. Included Activities: Te Papa Museum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)Day 7 Wellington (1B)Depart at any time. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra. What is the Auckland Express Extra? Depart 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked a transfer that is NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected. Included Activities: Departure Day

Travel Dates: From 18/10/2014 to 31/12/2016

7 days
FROM $899*
7 days FROM $899*

East Meets West, 4 Days

New Zealand

HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Waiheke Island - Kumeu. Day 1 Welcome to Auckland. On arrival at Auckland Airport you will be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). Day 2 Waiheke Island. Begin your day with a tour of Auckland's scenic city highlights, before a break for morning tea in charming Parnell Village. Board a ferry and cruise to Waiheke Island, for a guided tour of three of Waiheke's premier wineries. Taste the wine at award-winning Mudbrick Estate. Tour the Goldie Room, Waiheke's first and most well-established vineyard, then experience their range of fine wines accompanied by a mouth-watering nibbles. Marvel at the views and stunning architecture while you sample wines at Te Whau winery. B Day 3 Kumeu. Experience New Zealand's amazing scenery and great wines. Wine tasting in Kumeu Wine Country dates back to the 1930s when families of Croatian origin established winemaking in the area. Visit the families who are still living and working in the area, making some of New Zealand's most renowned wines. Your first tasting is at Nobilo Wines, the second largest wine producer in New Zealand. Then enjoy a short morning tea stop before tempting your taste buds at Matua Valley Wines. Choose from premium wine through to the everyday offering. Travel a short distance to Soljans Vineyard. Soljans has won many awards for their wines. By skilfully marrying traditional with modern techniques, they produce stylish, richly flavoured wines. They are widely acknowledged in New Zealand as being an expert producer of methode traditionelle (bottle-fermented) sparkling wines. Enjoy lunch and a glass of wine at Soljans Winery restaurant. Next you'll have the chance to see one of the world's largest seabirds in their natural environment, the gannet. Here you get a close-up view of their behaviour without disturbing their environment. Your final tasting is at West Brook Winery. The wines reflect true varietal character and their unique regional origins. B L Day 4 Farewell from Auckland. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid For Select Departures 1 February 2015 - 16 March 2016

4 days
FROM $1,085*
4 days FROM $1,085*

Rotorua Discovery, 4 Days

New Zealand

HIGLIGHTS: Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua Day 1: Auckland - Waitomo Caves - Rotorua. Travel through the lush farmland of the Waikato and King Country regions. Enjoy a morning snack as you drive past Rangiriri, the location of an historic Maori Land Wars site. On arrival in the small town of Waitomo, tour with a local guide through the world-famous Waitomo Glow Worm Caves with their amazing stalactites, stalagmites and other limestone formations. Finish with a silent boat ride through the Glow Worm Grotto - a subterranean cavern lit by thousands of tiny glow worms. Later, travel on to Rotorua, the cultural centre of New Zealand. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel (R) or Millennium Hotel (F), Rotorua, 2 nights. Day 2: Rotorua. Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua's iconic visitor attractions. Experience Te Puia, a place of Maori culture and a thermal wonderland of impressive geysers and boiling mud pools. Explore Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which showcases native flora and fauna. You may even spot a kiwi Then enjoy a demonstration of New Zealand's agricultural industry with a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Tonight enjoy a unique Maori Hangi dinner and concert on a local Marae. B D Day 3: Rotorua - Auckland. Spend a day at leisure in Rotorua. Late this afternoon travel through forests and lush Waikato farmlands on your way to Auckland. Hotel: Scenic Hotel (R) or The Langham (F), Auckland. B Day 4: Farewell from Auckland. Your short break concludes this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Auckland Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid For Select Departures 1 February 2015 - 31 March 2016

4 days
FROM $1,195*
4 days FROM $1,195*

New Zealand–North Island Encompassed

Auckland

Day 1 AucklandArrive in Auckland at any time. There are no planned activities during the day, so check into the hotel and explore the city. Visit the Maritime Museum, walk the waterfront, or even take the ferry to Waiheke Island. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome MeetingDay 2 Auckland/Bay of Islands (1B, 1D)Depart early and travel to a local reserve with giant kauri trees. Native to New Zealand, these trees are some of the largest in the world. Learn about their importance to European settlement in New Zealand. Head to the Goat Island Marine Reserve for an included activity of snorkelling to see abundant sea life (seasonal). Continue on to the Bay of Islands and board a houseboat – your home for the night. Additional Notes: Please note: during the winter months (late April - early November) Goat Island snorkelling will be cancelled due to an earlier departure time for the houseboat. As a result, there will be more time for activities on board the houseboat. Included Activities: Goat Island Marine Reserve Snorkelling Bay of Islands Overnight Excursion Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)Day 3 Bay of Islands/Paihia (1B, 1L, 1D)Enjoy a morning of activities from our boat base. Then travel back to the mainland for a walk around the small town of Paihia. An optional visit to the Treaty House in the nearby town of Waitangi is highly recommended.Day 4 Paihia/Auckland (1B)Take advantage of optional morning activities such as skydiving or visiting the historic town of Russel. Travel back to Auckland. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 250km)Day 5 Auckland/Raglan (1B, 1L)Travel backroads to a remote conservation farm where they are using natural means to boost the stocks of traditionally farmed marine life. Farmers have created a balanced ecosystem to attract native birds and animals back to the area. After, kayak to a remote part of the harbour for a boat cruise and lunch, before heading to our lodge a few minutes drive from the famous surf and arts town of Raglan for the night. Included Activities: Sea Kayaking Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 160km)Day 6 Raglan (1B, 1D)Head down to the beach for an included surf lesson. The afternoon is open for optional activities such as bone carving with local Maori, mountain biking or exploring the many trails. Included Activities: Surf LessonsDay 7 Raglan/Rotorua (1B, 1D)Depending on the weather conditions and the desires of the group, opt to visit the Waitomo caves, famous for their glow-worms. For the adventurous, there is the option of ‘black water rafting’. Continue to Rotorua for an engaging cultural experience on the grounds of a historic Maori village. Dine on traditional Maori food (Hangi) this evening. Included Activities: Maori Cultural Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 260km)Day 8 Rotorua/National Park (1B, 1D)Start early to walk the Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek. Collect all your supplies before the hike – the transfer will drop the group off at the beginning of the self-guided trek and pick up everyone at the end. After the trek, travel to a ski lodge on the side of a mountain for the night. An on-site spa and sauna is available to help ease tired muscles. Additional Notes: Please note that the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is self-guided and will be without a CEO. The trail is clearly marked. Please note that during winter months (June-October), this is an optional hike. There is an extra cost of approximately $100 for winter equipment and guide if you opt to do this activity. Included Activities: Tongariro Alpine Crossing Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 180km)Day 9 National Park/Wellington (1B)Travel to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city. Arrive early enough for a visit to the National Museum, Te Papa. Take a short walk from our accommodation to see the sights of the central business district. Finish the day off with an optional night on the town. Included Activities: Te Papa Museum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 400km)Day 10 Wellington (1B)Depart at any time. Looking for a lift back to Auckland? Add on the "Auckland Express" and ride with your CEO back north. Ask your sales CEO or agent about this Extra. What is the Auckland Express Extra? Depart 6am and return to the Nomads Auckland hostel for around 5pm (8-9 hours driving time). If you have booked a transfer that is NOT on the last day of your tour, you must book post-accommodation through G Adventures. All services must be connected. Included Activities: Departure Day

Travel Dates: From 18/10/2014 to 28/12/2016

10 days
FROM $1,299*
10 days FROM $1,299*

Sun & Steam (Start Auckland, End Auckland)

New Zealand

Day 1Auckland to PaihiaKia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup. This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way. With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old. The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds. Your Tour Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands. Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Tour 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 2PaihiaWith a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins. Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages. We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region. Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.Day 3Paihia to AucklandWith 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 Tour Manager will get you in the know with all the details you need to know (and more) on the country’s largest city. In the city, it’s time for new views, literally...you’ll get the guaranteed best views of Auckland with an included trip up the iconic Sky Tower. As the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building, standing at 328m with views up to 80km into the distance including the Hauraki Gulf & Manukau harbour & volcanic landscape, mean you’re right where you need to be. Take in the views, walk on the glass platform (if you’re game) & frame up some shots as you soak up the scene. Back at ground level, Auckland by night goes off, so with that in mind we’ve gotten you a VIP pass at one of our favourite nightspots so you can start the night out right. Later, you could keep it moving – try K Road for some alternative vibes, 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.Day 4Auckland to WaitomoToday 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 the way we'll stop off for an included visit at Otorohanga's Kiwi House to check out New Zealand's national bird. This shy creature only comes out at night - the nocturnal enclosures at the Kiwi House mean you're guaranteed to see one. If you're lucky you'll also get to spot a tuatara - a true 'living fossil' reptile that pre-dates the dinosaurs! Next up is Waitomo and the Waitomo Caves. Famous for their incredible limestone formations and glowworms, the caves are a stunning subterranean world. You’ll see the Glowworm Grotto, where the cave roof is covered with twinkling insects. For adventure, you can head deeper into the caves in an optional activity and see them either on foot or by tubing down an underground river. 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 5Waitomo to RotoruaThis morning, we stop at the Agrodome farm show for an interactive introduction into farming and agriculture, which is New Zealand’s main industry. You’ll see sheep-shearing and watch an impressive sheepdog demo. These dogs are highly-trained and skilled at controlling livestock. For some crazy ‘Kiwi ingenuity’, try our zorbing optional. It’s an activity where you get inside a huge plastic ball and roll down a 200m hill, either by yourself or with a friend. Later, we pull into Rotorua, famous for its spurting geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and ‘interesting’ sulfur smell. Rotorua is an important hub of Maori culture. To recognise this, we have an optional authentic cultural experience, complete with a fantastic Maori hāngi dinner and traditional dance concert. Some of the foods you can try from the hāngi are sweet potato and chicken cooked on hot rocks in an underground pit – just as they have been for centuries. Listen to stories, songs and chants while learning about ancient Maori mythology and beliefs.Day 6RotoruaThis morning, get an insider look at New Zealand’s unique Maori culture & history as we tour Rotorua’s famous Ohinemutu Village with our expert local guide. You’ll learn all about the history of the Maori people, their customs & traditions, plus have the opportunity to ask questions & learn as much as possible about this amazing spot – it’s the perfect way to get in the know. With the rest of the day free to explore the way you want, you can advantage of the city's awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa treatment or massage. Our tip: With so much buzz around the amazing thermal mud treatments found here, we love picking up some products to take home as a gift (or for ourselves!). There are loads of other ways to spend your time too if adrenalin is more your thing, like getting views of the city from a gondola, then speeding down a hill on a luge, or getting a splash as you raft the Kaituna River – the options for things to keep you busy in Rotorua are endless. 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. Tonight's your last night on tour so make it one to remember!Day 7Rotorua to AucklandJump on board a transfer coach this morning and cruise back through the Waikato countryside to Auckland, so say goodbye to your new friends and swap email addresses! Please note: This transfer from Rotorua to Auckland is not operated by Contiki, but by a third party operator.Auckland to PaihiaSee the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's CupCross Auckland's Harbour BridgeWalk through native Kauri ForestCheck out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toiletsTuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinnerPaihia to AucklandSee the impressive city skyline & Sky TowerCatch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky TowerVIP entry to one of Auckland's hottest nightspotsAuckland to WaitomoEntry to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird ParkEnjoy a traditional Kiwi BBQ or pub dinner (seasonal)Waitomo to RotoruaVisit the Agrodome to see the world-renowned Sheep ShowGuided tour of the 'Sulfur City', RotoruaTraditional Maori hāngi dinner & dance performanceRotoruaLocally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village

Travel Dates: From 23/06/2015 to 03/10/2015

7 days
FROM $1,320*
7 days FROM $1,320*

Sun & Steam (Start Auckland, End Auckland)

New Zealand

Day 1Auckland to PaihiaKia Ora! Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup. This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way. With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old. The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds. Your Tour Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands. Tonight, get to know the other Contiki travellers, Tour 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 2PaihiaWith a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins. Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages. We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region. Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery.Day 3Paihia to AucklandWith 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 Tour Manager will get you in the know with all the details you need to know (and more) on the country’s largest city. In the city, it’s time for new views, literally...you’ll get the guaranteed best views of Auckland with an included trip up the iconic Sky Tower. As the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building, standing at 328m with views up to 80km into the distance including the Hauraki Gulf & Manukau harbour & volcanic landscape, mean you’re right where you need to be. Take in the views, walk on the glass platform (if you’re game) & frame up some shots as you soak up the scene. Back at ground level, Auckland by night goes off, so with that in mind we’ve gotten you a VIP pass at one of our favourite nightspots so you can start the night out right. Later, you could keep it moving – try K Road for some alternative vibes, 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.Day 4Auckland to WaitomoToday 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 the way we'll stop off for an included visit at Otorohanga's Kiwi House to check out New Zealand's national bird. This shy creature only comes out at night - the nocturnal enclosures at the Kiwi House mean you're guaranteed to see one. If you're lucky you'll also get to spot a tuatara - a true 'living fossil' reptile that pre-dates the dinosaurs! Next up is Waitomo and the Waitomo Caves. Famous for their incredible limestone formations and glowworms, the caves are a stunning subterranean world. You’ll see the Glowworm Grotto, where the cave roof is covered with twinkling insects. For adventure, you can head deeper into the caves in an optional activity and see them either on foot or by tubing down an underground river. 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 5Waitomo to RotoruaThis morning, we stop at the Agrodome farm show for an interactive introduction into farming and agriculture, which is New Zealand’s main industry. You’ll see sheep-shearing and watch an impressive sheepdog demo. These dogs are highly-trained and skilled at controlling livestock. For some crazy ‘Kiwi ingenuity’, try our zorbing optional. It’s an activity where you get inside a huge plastic ball and roll down a 200m hill, either by yourself or with a friend. Later, we pull into Rotorua, famous for its spurting geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and ‘interesting’ sulfur smell. Rotorua is an important hub of Maori culture. To recognise this, we have an optional authentic cultural experience, complete with a fantastic Maori hāngi dinner and traditional dance concert. Some of the foods you can try from the hāngi are sweet potato and chicken cooked on hot rocks in an underground pit – just as they have been for centuries. Listen to stories, songs and chants while learning about ancient Maori mythology and beliefs.Day 6RotoruaThis morning, get an insider look at New Zealand’s unique Maori culture & history as we tour Rotorua’s famous Ohinemutu Village with our expert local guide. You’ll learn all about the history of the Maori people, their customs & traditions, plus have the opportunity to ask questions & learn as much as possible about this amazing spot – it’s the perfect way to get in the know. With the rest of the day free to explore the way you want, you can advantage of the city's awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa treatment or massage. Our tip: With so much buzz around the amazing thermal mud treatments found here, we love picking up some products to take home as a gift (or for ourselves!). There are loads of other ways to spend your time too if adrenalin is more your thing, like getting views of the city from a gondola, then speeding down a hill on a luge, or getting a splash as you raft the Kaituna River – the options for things to keep you busy in Rotorua are endless. 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. Tonight's your last night on tour so make it one to remember!Day 7Rotorua to AucklandJump on board a transfer coach this morning and cruise back through the Waikato countryside to Auckland, so say goodbye to your new friends and swap email addresses! Please note: This transfer from Rotorua to Auckland is not operated by Contiki, but by a third party operator.Auckland to PaihiaSee the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's CupCross Auckland's Harbour BridgeWalk through native Kauri ForestCheck out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toiletsTuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinnerPaihia to AucklandSee the impressive city skyline & Sky TowerCatch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky TowerVIP entry to one of Auckland's hottest nightspotsAuckland to WaitomoEntry to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird ParkEnjoy a traditional Kiwi BBQ or pub dinner (seasonal)Waitomo to RotoruaVisit the Agrodome to see the world-renowned Sheep ShowGuided tour of the 'Sulfur City', RotoruaTraditional Maori hāngi dinner & dance performanceRotoruaLocally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village

Travel Dates: From 05/10/2015 to 01/10/2016

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Fiordland Experience, 5 Days

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HIGHLIGHTS: Queenstown - Doubtful Sound - Te Anau - Milford Sound Day 1: Welcome to Queenstown. On arrival at Queenstown Airport you'll be transferred to your hotel (flights anytime). Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (F), Queenstown. Day 2: Queenstown - Doubtful Sound - Te Anau. Immerse yourself in the vast and untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound. With its rugged peaks, verdant rainforest and twisting, hidden inlets, Doubtful Sound will take your breath away. Home to abundant wildlife you may see bottlenose dolphins and fur seals at play, or catch a glimpse of a rare Fiordland Crested Penguin. Your excursion into the pristine fiord of Doubtful Sound begins with a cruise across Lake Manapouri to West Arm. Then join your coach to travel the sub-alpine road through the dense rainforest. Board the catamaran Patea Explorer for a cruise through some of the fiord's most stunning scenery. When you discover Doubtful Sound you will be struck by its silence - a silence broken only by birdsong or the rushing of a distant waterfall. Its beauty and vastness will take your breath away. Later, return to Te Anau. Hotel: Luxmore Resort (R) or Distinction Hotel (F), Te Anau. B L Day 3: Te Anau - Milford Sound. Travel to Milford Sound for your overnight cruise on the Milford Mariner. Cruise the full length of the Sound to the Tasman Sea, accompanied by a specialist nature guide. The style is relaxed, allowing plenty of time to view the fiord's spectacular waterfalls, rainforests and wildlife. Anchor in a sheltered cove and explore with your expert guide in kayaks. Or simply relax on deck. After dinner why not indulge in some stargazing before retiring to your private cabin. Cruise: Milford Mariner (R & F), Milford Sound. B D Hotel: Luxmore Resort (R) or Distinction Hotel (F), Te Anau (17 May-19 Sep). B D Day 4: Milford Sound - Queenstown. Today you'll embark on your return journey to Queenstown. The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you wish. Hotel: Copthorne Hotel & Resort (R) or Millennium Hotel (F), Queenstown. B Day 5: Farewell from Queenstown. You'll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight (flights anytime). B View our great airfares, travel insurance, hotels and car hire.

Travel Dates: Valid For Select Departures 1 February 2015 - 31 March 2016

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Snow-capped mountains, sparkling blue oceans and bustling modern cities

Even a glimpse of the landscapes here reveal why a holiday in New Zealand is a must for lovers of the outdoors. If you don't really get 'outdoorsy' yourself, the fresh produce and New Zealand wine tempt many a palate if you somehow manage not to fall in love with the scenery.

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With only 4 million people countrywide, it's fabulously uncrowded. From tip to tail there are 14 national parks; several international-standard ski fields and more adrenalin than you'll know what to do with at the South Island's adventure hub, Queenstown. The hospitality throughout is warm and there's accommodation to suit all budgets from shoestring to show-me-the-way-to-the-5-star-lodge-with-a-helipad. In short, New Zealand is small but has a lot of heart. Come and see why it might steal yours.

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