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South Pacific Tours

Paradise. White sandy beaches. Cocktails with tiny umbrellas in them. If you need a break from work or uni, the South Pacific brings everything tropical and wonderful together. So many delightful islands, so little time! Take it all in with a South Pacific cruise hopping from island to island and seeing what Tahiti, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and New Zealand have to offer.

Set sail for the South Pacific

There's so much to explore in the South Pacific even if you're not on a cruise. Student Flights has heaps of South Pacific tours including Cook Island tours, Fiji tours, Tahiti tours, Vanuatu tours and New Zealand tours.

A Cook Island tour is as close as you'll get to a deserted island far away from uni exams and deadlines. Here, you can swim in one of the world's largest coral lagoons full of vibrant, colourful fish.

Or maybe you'd like to dive headfirst into everything Vanuatu has to offer. Vanuatu tourscan take you to see a shipwreck the size of the Titanic. Or, if you want to join the rest of the honeymooners, Tahiti tours are for you. The main island of French Polynesia, Tahiti is so beautiful it's hard to believe a place like this exists.

Fiji tours are great for adventure, watersports and relaxation. If you're a diver, head to Sawailau caves, which are only accessible by an underwater tunnel. New Zealand is also an adventure sports destination – think paragliding, bungee jumping or jet boat riding. If you're an adrenalin junkie, New Zealand tours are for you.

For all the goss on what's happening in the South Pacific now plus the lowdown on the best South Pacific tours and South Pacific cruises, call Student Flights. We've got amazing deals on stacks of South Pacific tours including Cook Island tours, Fiji tours, Tahiti tours, Vanuatu tours and New Zealand tours. Whatever South Pacific tours or South Pacific cruises you're looking for, give us a call on 1800 046 462 today.

South Pacific Tour Packages

  • <strong>WAS</strong> $899* <strong>NOW</strong> $764* <strong>SAVE</strong> $135*

    New Zealand - Best of the North Island, Auckland to Auckland, 7 Days - SAVE $135*

    from $764*

    • 7 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 3 nights accommodation in hostels.
    • 3 nights accommodation in basic lodges.
    • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners.
    • Transport by private bus.
    • Services of a G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
    • WAS $899* NOW $764* SAVE $135*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Rotorua - Raglan - Wellington

    Admittedly, we haven't checked the numbers too closely, but we're confident that New Zealand ranks among the world's leading producers of excitement. This quick trip across the North Island jams as many thrills as permissible by law into seven electrifying, activity-packed days. Sea kayak, learn to surf New Zealand's world-famous waves, experience Maori culture directly from the Maori themselves and more, all in a breezy week that always feels full and never feels hurried.

    Day 1 Auckland
    Arrive at any time.

    Day 2-3 Raglan
    Visit a special conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch. Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to take bone carving lesson with the local Maori.

    Day 4 Rotorua/Maori Village Visit
    Opt to go caving before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture. Enjoy a traditional 'Hangi' experience.

    Day 5 National Park
    Travel around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic World Heritage-listed national parks in the area. Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek (seasonal).

    Day 6 Wellington
    Hit the nation's capital and visit Te Papa, the national museum, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Check out some of the area's great bars and cafes.

    Day 7 Auckland
    Take an express journey from Wellington to Auckland, stopping in the king country town of Tamaranui for lunch. Tour ends upon arrival in Auckland at 7pm. Feel free to book onward travel anytime after 10:30pm.

    Ask about our great airfares
  • <strong>WAS</strong> $1135* <strong>NOW</strong> $1021* <strong>SAVE</strong> $114*

    Sun & Steam, 7 Days - SAVE $114*

    from $1,021*

    • 7 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 6 nights accommodation.
    • 6 breakfasts & 3 dinners.
    • Services of an experienced and professional Contiki Tour Manager & Driver.
    • Local charges & service charges.
    • Transport by a modern air-conditioned coach with charging facilities.
    • WAS $1135* NOW $1021* SAVE $114*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Paihia - Waitomo - Rotorua - Auckland

    Clear your schedule for New Zealand NOW - from Auckland to Waitomo and everything in between. Cross the Harbour Bridge, create your own kayaking adventure, swim with the dolphins and see the 'Hole in the Rock' while fast boating through the islands Glimpse real glowworms while black water rafting the Waitomo caves. Plus, for you culture vultures, trek through the native Kauri Forest and take in the Tribal Lands of Nga Puhi Maori. You'll have a day to chill out in the thermal pools of Rotorua too

    Day 1 Auckland to Paihia
    Kia 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 2 Paihia
    With 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 cafes 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 3 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 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 4 Auckland to Waitomo
    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 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 5 Waitomo to Rotorua
    This 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 hangi dinner and traditional dance concert. Some of the foods you can try from the hangi 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 6 Rotorua
    This 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 cafe 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 7 Rotorua to Auckland
    Jump onboard 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.

    Ask about our great airfares
  • <strong>WAS</strong> $1345* <strong>NOW</strong> $1199* <strong>SAVE</strong> $146*

    Sweet as' South, 9 Days - SAVE $146*

    from $1,199*

    • 9 day tour departing Christchurch.
    • 8 nights accommodation.
    • 8 breakfasts & 3 dinners.
    • Services of an experienced and professional Contiki Tour Manager & Driver.
    • Local charges & service charges.
    • Transport by a modern air-conditioned coach with charging facilities.
    • WAS $1345* NOW $1199* SAVE $146*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Christchurch - Lake Ohau - Dunedin - Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier - Christchurch

    Experience the best of South From Lake Ohau to Queenstown to Christchurch - it's an adventure you won't want to end. Start off on a scenic flight over Mt. Cook then head to Dunedin Later, get ready to hit Queenstown, the adventure Capital of the World. Try bungy, 4WD'ing or if it's winter, you can opt to take a day trip to stunning Milford Sound. In Franz Josef you'll hike a glacier & swim in a hotpool before your tour ends in Christchurch.

    Day 1 Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier
    Kia Ora Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Christchurch and 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 2 Franz Josef Glacier
    This morning, get physical and pull on your crampons, grab an ice-pick and head out onto the ice of either the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. On this optional activity, you'll learn about how these glaciers came about with our professional Local Guides. Otherwise, you can get a bird's eye view over these icy formations and sweeping vistas in an optional helicopter ride.

    Day 3 Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
    Relax on the coach, chat with friends and take in the stunning scenery of the Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls as we head down to Queenstown. Cruise past remote beaches and the coastal dunes of the west coast before hitting Haast Pass. Ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls give this area its unique atmosphere. There's even more scenery changes when we cross the Southern Alps and enter the region of Otago, with its golden grasslands, cliffs and hills. 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 4 Queenstown
    This morning, you'll take a ride on 'The world's most exciting jetboat' the iconic Shotover Jet Hold on tight - speeding down the Shotover River on a jetboat amongst the fierce canyon walls (so close you could probably touch them) is a thrilling experience & getting a pic to take home of the group in action is a must. Next up, legendary Queenstown This traveller favourite is world renowned as the home of action & adrenalin & needs no introduction - your time here is guaranteed to be epic, no matter what you choose to do. The nightlife here is equally as awesome as its adrenalin fixes & with VIP entry to one of the town's hottest nightspots you're sure the start the night out right.

    Day 5-6 Queenstown
    With two more days here, you've got time to try out adrenaline-pumping activities, to take it easy with a glass of local wine or beer and of course, to party - something Queenstown is known for. There's also the option to take advantage of our explore more highlight optional - your chance to experience the stunning Milford Sound. Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's gems. This slice of paradise has been voted one of the world's top destinations & is known around the world for its gorgeous waters & stunning scenery. Set in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site so get ready for the epic scenery - high mountains rise straight out of the sea and waterfalls pour down sheer cliffs into the deep, dark waters of the fiord. You'll get the ultimate angle on this natural wonder from the water when we cruise - you'll learn about this jaw-droppingly beautiful region from the on-board nature specialist. You'll get a really good look around the area and up close to its more hidden spots. You can chill out and enjoy the scenery on deck & hopefully you'll get a chance to spot seals, dolphins, whales and penguins. Choose to take a coach over, then jump on a boat & cruise this stunning spot then head back to Queenstown on the coach. Or, if you're feeling up for it, there's the option to fly back to Queenstown too. Walk around the quaint town, hit the shops or head down to the lake for beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges, fittingly called The Remarkables. Board the old steam boat, the TSS Earnslaw, for a lake cruise and see it all from the water. For adrenaline junkies, there's bungy jumpy, sky diving, jet boating, canyon swinging and quad biking. In fact there are so many adventure activities in Queenstown that you couldn't do them all in the 2 days if you tried. For those who like to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground, take an easy-going hike or push yourself with a tougher trail. 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 Queenstown to Dunedin
    It's time to jump on the coach as we head to New Zealand's student hub, Dunedin. This really is the city that looks old, but definitely thinks young Originally a Scottish settlement, you'll see references to the city's past dotted throughout the city. This afternoon arrival we'll visit the iconic Speight's Brewery for a look at how this iconic Kiwi brew is made. As you tour the brewery with our guide, learn about the brewing process of this much loved Southern Ale. You'll finish up with a few tasters so you'll discover for yourself why the locals love it so much Dunedin night life goes off, so later, why not take it up a level & 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 8 Dunedin to Lake Ohau
    Before we farewell Dunedin we'll head to the base of Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street, for a look at the sheer angle. It's time to hit the road, via Moeraki for a look at these massive boulders located right on the beach. It's hard to believe these impressive structures really are natural & they make for some pretty cool pics to show off to your mates. We jump back on the coach & head to historic Oamaru, with its cute old buildings, many of which are made out of it's own stunning white Oamaru stone. We'll stop at Benmore Dam for a look at this impressive structure & maybe spot some gliders - it's one of the world's premier spots for this pretty cool sport. Later we reach our overnight stop - a lodge by one of the South Islands stunning lakes, Lake Ohau.

    Day 9 Lake Ohau to Christchurch
    Kick start the day with a spectacular optional glacier flight over Mt Cook. Later, we'll stop off to see the intense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo, before travelling back through the MacKenzie country to Christchurch. Take the time to say your goodbyes & swap contact details with your travel mates as your tour ends on arrival.

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  • <strong>WAS</strong> $899* <strong>NOW</strong> $764* <strong>SAVE</strong> $135*

    New Zealand - Best of the North Island, Auckland to Auckland, 7 Days - SAVE $135*

    from $764*

    • 7 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 3 nights accommodation in hostels.
    • 3 nights accommodation in basic lodges.
    • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners.
    • Transport by private bus.
    • Services of a G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
    • WAS $899* NOW $764* SAVE $135*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Rotorua - Raglan - Wellington

    Admittedly, we haven't checked the numbers too closely, but we're confident that New Zealand ranks among the world's leading producers of excitement. This quick trip across the North Island jams as many thrills as permissible by law into seven electrifying, activity-packed days. Sea kayak, learn to surf New Zealand's world-famous waves, experience Maori culture directly from the Maori themselves and more, all in a breezy week that always feels full and never feels hurried.

    Day 1 Auckland
    Arrive at any time.

    Day 2-3 Raglan
    Visit a special conservation farm to learn about their methods before sea kayaking to a harbour for a picnic lunch. Enjoy an included surf lesson in one of the world's most famous surf areas, then opt to take bone carving lesson with the local Maori.

    Day 4 Rotorua/Maori Village Visit
    Opt to go caving before heading to Rotorua, notable for its geothermal activity and culture. Visit a local village to gain insight into Maori culture. Enjoy a traditional 'Hangi' experience.

    Day 5 National Park
    Travel around Lake Taupo and explore the volcanic World Heritage-listed national parks in the area. Conquer the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek (seasonal).

    Day 6 Wellington
    Hit the nation's capital and visit Te Papa, the national museum, or stroll along Oriental Parade. Check out some of the area's great bars and cafes.

    Day 7 Auckland
    Take an express journey from Wellington to Auckland, stopping in the king country town of Tamaranui for lunch. Tour ends upon arrival in Auckland at 7pm. Feel free to book onward travel anytime after 10:30pm.

    Ask about our great airfares
  • <strong>WAS</strong> $1135* <strong>NOW</strong> $1021* <strong>SAVE</strong> $114*

    Sun & Steam, 7 Days - SAVE $114*

    from $1,021*

    • 7 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 6 nights accommodation.
    • 6 breakfasts & 3 dinners.
    • Services of an experienced and professional Contiki Tour Manager & Driver.
    • Local charges & service charges.
    • Transport by a modern air-conditioned coach with charging facilities.
    • WAS $1135* NOW $1021* SAVE $114*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Paihia - Waitomo - Rotorua - Auckland

    Clear your schedule for New Zealand NOW - from Auckland to Waitomo and everything in between. Cross the Harbour Bridge, create your own kayaking adventure, swim with the dolphins and see the 'Hole in the Rock' while fast boating through the islands Glimpse real glowworms while black water rafting the Waitomo caves. Plus, for you culture vultures, trek through the native Kauri Forest and take in the Tribal Lands of Nga Puhi Maori. You'll have a day to chill out in the thermal pools of Rotorua too

    Day 1 Auckland to Paihia
    Kia 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 2 Paihia
    With 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 cafes 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 3 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 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 4 Auckland to Waitomo
    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 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 5 Waitomo to Rotorua
    This 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 hangi dinner and traditional dance concert. Some of the foods you can try from the hangi 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 6 Rotorua
    This 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 cafe 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 7 Rotorua to Auckland
    Jump onboard 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.

    Ask about our great airfares
  • <strong>WAS</strong> $1345* <strong>NOW</strong> $1199* <strong>SAVE</strong> $146*

    Sweet as' South, 9 Days - SAVE $146*

    from $1,199*

    • 9 day tour departing Christchurch.
    • 8 nights accommodation.
    • 8 breakfasts & 3 dinners.
    • Services of an experienced and professional Contiki Tour Manager & Driver.
    • Local charges & service charges.
    • Transport by a modern air-conditioned coach with charging facilities.
    • WAS $1345* NOW $1199* SAVE $146*.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Christchurch - Lake Ohau - Dunedin - Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier - Christchurch

    Experience the best of South From Lake Ohau to Queenstown to Christchurch - it's an adventure you won't want to end. Start off on a scenic flight over Mt. Cook then head to Dunedin Later, get ready to hit Queenstown, the adventure Capital of the World. Try bungy, 4WD'ing or if it's winter, you can opt to take a day trip to stunning Milford Sound. In Franz Josef you'll hike a glacier & swim in a hotpool before your tour ends in Christchurch.

    Day 1 Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier
    Kia Ora Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Christchurch and 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 2 Franz Josef Glacier
    This morning, get physical and pull on your crampons, grab an ice-pick and head out onto the ice of either the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. On this optional activity, you'll learn about how these glaciers came about with our professional Local Guides. Otherwise, you can get a bird's eye view over these icy formations and sweeping vistas in an optional helicopter ride.

    Day 3 Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
    Relax on the coach, chat with friends and take in the stunning scenery of the Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls as we head down to Queenstown. Cruise past remote beaches and the coastal dunes of the west coast before hitting Haast Pass. Ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls give this area its unique atmosphere. There's even more scenery changes when we cross the Southern Alps and enter the region of Otago, with its golden grasslands, cliffs and hills. 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 4 Queenstown
    This morning, you'll take a ride on 'The world's most exciting jetboat' the iconic Shotover Jet Hold on tight - speeding down the Shotover River on a jetboat amongst the fierce canyon walls (so close you could probably touch them) is a thrilling experience & getting a pic to take home of the group in action is a must. Next up, legendary Queenstown This traveller favourite is world renowned as the home of action & adrenalin & needs no introduction - your time here is guaranteed to be epic, no matter what you choose to do. The nightlife here is equally as awesome as its adrenalin fixes & with VIP entry to one of the town's hottest nightspots you're sure the start the night out right.

    Day 5-6 Queenstown
    With two more days here, you've got time to try out adrenaline-pumping activities, to take it easy with a glass of local wine or beer and of course, to party - something Queenstown is known for. There's also the option to take advantage of our explore more highlight optional - your chance to experience the stunning Milford Sound. Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's gems. This slice of paradise has been voted one of the world's top destinations & is known around the world for its gorgeous waters & stunning scenery. Set in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site so get ready for the epic scenery - high mountains rise straight out of the sea and waterfalls pour down sheer cliffs into the deep, dark waters of the fiord. You'll get the ultimate angle on this natural wonder from the water when we cruise - you'll learn about this jaw-droppingly beautiful region from the on-board nature specialist. You'll get a really good look around the area and up close to its more hidden spots. You can chill out and enjoy the scenery on deck & hopefully you'll get a chance to spot seals, dolphins, whales and penguins. Choose to take a coach over, then jump on a boat & cruise this stunning spot then head back to Queenstown on the coach. Or, if you're feeling up for it, there's the option to fly back to Queenstown too. Walk around the quaint town, hit the shops or head down to the lake for beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges, fittingly called The Remarkables. Board the old steam boat, the TSS Earnslaw, for a lake cruise and see it all from the water. For adrenaline junkies, there's bungy jumpy, sky diving, jet boating, canyon swinging and quad biking. In fact there are so many adventure activities in Queenstown that you couldn't do them all in the 2 days if you tried. For those who like to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground, take an easy-going hike or push yourself with a tougher trail. 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 Queenstown to Dunedin
    It's time to jump on the coach as we head to New Zealand's student hub, Dunedin. This really is the city that looks old, but definitely thinks young Originally a Scottish settlement, you'll see references to the city's past dotted throughout the city. This afternoon arrival we'll visit the iconic Speight's Brewery for a look at how this iconic Kiwi brew is made. As you tour the brewery with our guide, learn about the brewing process of this much loved Southern Ale. You'll finish up with a few tasters so you'll discover for yourself why the locals love it so much Dunedin night life goes off, so later, why not take it up a level & 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 8 Dunedin to Lake Ohau
    Before we farewell Dunedin we'll head to the base of Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street, for a look at the sheer angle. It's time to hit the road, via Moeraki for a look at these massive boulders located right on the beach. It's hard to believe these impressive structures really are natural & they make for some pretty cool pics to show off to your mates. We jump back on the coach & head to historic Oamaru, with its cute old buildings, many of which are made out of it's own stunning white Oamaru stone. We'll stop at Benmore Dam for a look at this impressive structure & maybe spot some gliders - it's one of the world's premier spots for this pretty cool sport. Later we reach our overnight stop - a lodge by one of the South Islands stunning lakes, Lake Ohau.

    Day 9 Lake Ohau to Christchurch
    Kick start the day with a spectacular optional glacier flight over Mt Cook. Later, we'll stop off to see the intense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo, before travelling back through the MacKenzie country to Christchurch. Take the time to say your goodbyes & swap contact details with your travel mates as your tour ends on arrival.

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    HIGHLIGHTS: Christchurch - Lake Ohau - Dunedin - Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier - Christchurch

    Experience the best of South From Lake Ohau to Queenstown to Christchurch - it's an adventure you won't want to end. Start off on a scenic flight over Mt. Cook then head to Dunedin Later, get ready to hit Queenstown, the adventure Capital of the World. Try bungy, 4WD'ing or if it's winter, you can opt to take a day trip to stunning Milford Sound. In Franz Josef you'll hike a glacier & swim in a hotpool before your tour ends in Christchurch.

    Day 1 Christchurch to Lake Ohau
    Kia Ora Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Christchurch and hit the road traveling through Mackenzie Country. We'll stop off to see the intense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo. Kick start your tour with a spectacular optional glacier flight over Mt. Cook, Australasia's highest peak. With views over towering Mt. Cook and a lakeside position, our overnight stay at Lake Ohau in a traditional ski lodge is all about its fantastic location. 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 Lake Ohau to Dunedin
    This morning it's time to leave this stunning area as we head towards the student city, Dunedin We'll hit the road & make a stop at Benmore Dam for a look at this impressive structure & maybe spot some gliders - it's one of the world's premier spots for this pretty cool sport. We'll also stop in at historic Oamaru, with it's cute old buildings, many of which are made out of it's own stunning white Oamaru stone. Take a peek at Moeraki, our next short stop, for a look at these massive boulders located right on the beach. It's hard to believe these impressive formations really are natural & they make for some pretty cool pics to show off to your mates. On arrival in Dunedin you'll see why it really is the city that looks old, but definitely thinks young Before we arrive into the city centre we'll head to the base of Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street, for a look at the sheer angle Then it's time to hit up Dunedin. Originally a Scottish settlement, you'll see references to the city's past dotted throughout the city. This afternoon arrival we'll visit the iconic Speight's Brewery for a look at how this iconic Kiwi brew is made. As you tour the brewery with our guide, learn about the brewing process of this much loved Southern Ale. You'll finish up with a few tasters so you'll discover for yourself why the locals love it so much There's loads of places to head out in Dunedin, from cool clubs & bars in the Octagon to the student pub vibes around George Street. So later, why not take it up a level & 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 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 Queenstown
    This morning, you'll take a ride on 'The world's most exciting jetboat' the iconic Shotover Jet Hold on tight - speeding down the Shotover River on a jetboat amongst the fierce canyon walls (so close you could probably touch them) is a thrilling experience & getting a pic to take home of the group in action is a must. Next up, legendary Queenstown This traveller favourite is world renowned as the home of action & adrenalin & needs no introduction - your time here is guaranteed to be epic, no matter what you choose to do. The nightlife here is equally as awesome as its adrenalin fixes & with VIP entry to one of the town's hottest nightspots you're sure the start the night out right.

    Day 5-6 Queenstown
    With two more days here, you've got time to try out adrenaline-pumping activities, to take it easy with a glass of local wine or beer and of course, to party - something Queenstown is known for. There's also the option to take advantage of our explore more highlight optional - your chance to experience the stunning Milford Sound. Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's gems. This slice of paradise has been voted one of the world's top destinations & is known around the world for its gorgeous waters & stunning scenery. Set in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site so get ready for the epic scenery - high mountains rise straight out of the sea and waterfalls pour down sheer cliffs into the deep, dark waters of the fiord. You'll get the ultimate angle on this natural wonder from the water when we cruise - you'll learn about this jaw-droppingly beautiful region from the on-board nature specialist. You'll get a really good look around the area and up close to its more hidden spots. You can chill out and enjoy the scenery on deck & hopefully you'll get a chance to spot seals, dolphins, whales and penguins. Choose to take a coach over, then jump on a boat & cruise this stunning spot then head back to Queenstown on the coach. Or, if you're feeling up for it, there's the option to fly back to Queenstown too. Walk around the quaint town, hit the shops or head down to the lake for beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges, fittingly called The Remarkables. Board the old steam boat, the TSS Earnslaw, for a lake cruise and see it all from the water. For adrenaline junkies, there's bungy jumpy, sky diving, jet boating, canyon swinging and quad biking. In fact there are so many adventure activities in Queenstown that you couldn't do them all in the 2 days if you tried. For those who like to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground, take an easy-going hike or push yourself with a tougher trail. 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 Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier
    Relax on the coach, chat with friends and take in the stunning scenery as we head to the rugged West Coast. Leaving the golden grasslands, cliffs and hills of the Otago region behind us, we travel through Haast Pass. See the ancient rainforests and small glaciers that give this area its unique atmosphere - we also make stop at the majestic Thunder Creek Falls. Then cruise past remote beaches and the coastal dunes of the West Coast before arriving in the Westland National Park, where lush bush land and glaciers almost reach the sea. We overnight in Franz Josef, a cute alpine township.

    Day 8 Franz Josef Glacier
    This morning, get physical and pull on your crampons, grab an ice-pick and head out onto the ice of either the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. On this optional activity, you'll learn about how these glaciers came about with our professional Local Guides. Otherwise, you can get a bird's eye view over these icy formations and sweeping vistas in an optional helicopter ride.

    Day 9 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 Take the time to say your goodbye & swap contact details with your travel mates as your tour ends on arrival.

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    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Paihia - Waitomo - Rotorua - Hanmer Springs - Christchurch

    New Zealand's the land of stunning natural beauty, action-packed activities & laid back culture. Kick off this trip in the Bay of Islands & try some sand dune surfing In the underground caves of Waitomo experience black water rafting before hitting Rotorua to try the Zorb or skyline gondola & end the day relaxing in a Polynesian thermal pool. Take ia sunset cruise on Lake Taupo, brave the Rock n Ropes course & head to the land of the Lord of the Rings, Wellington (be sure to quad bike through the bush)

    Day 1 Arrive Wellington
    Check into the Abel Tasman Hotel, then the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore. Meet your fellow travelers & Tour Manager this evening.

    Day 2 Wellington
    You've got a full day to discover Wellington - its compact centre is perfect for exploring on foot. Walk alongside the harbour or visit the innovative Te Papa Museum for a look into New Zealand history and culture. You could take a walk around New Zealand's political heart by visiting some of its government buildings. Take in the iconic 'Beehive' building & its distinctive shape, which was specially designed to cope in case of an earthquake. You could hang out on alternative Cuba Street, watch street performers or rummage through some of the surrounding retro stores. If you're hungry, try out some of the great ethnic foods you can find in this multi-cultural city, like sushi, Thai, kebabs and Italian gelatos. 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 3 Wellington to Lake Taupo
    Spot the dramatic volcanic landscapes today that were used as backdrops in "The Lord of the Rings", when we drive past World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. The park is also home to the still active volcano, Mt. Ruapehu, which doubles as NZ's biggest ski field. Continue on to the popular low-key resort town of Taupo. Here, there's some of the best trout fishing in the country and some of the most amazing long-distance views of Tongariro National Park's three volcanic peaks. Cap off your day with our optional dinner cruise out on New Zealand's largest lake - Lake Taupo - where you can have a go at fishing Later, back on land, play some pool at one of Taupo's lakeside bars.

    Day 4 Taupo to Rotorua
    On the way out of Taupo, a visit to the raging Huka Falls will impress. Tonnes of water surge over these falls at a rate of 220,000 litres (58 000 gallons) per second. It's a short drive to Rotorua, famous for its spurting geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and 'interesting' sulphur smell. For some crazy 'Kiwi ingenuity', try an optional called zorbing. 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. Rotorua is an important hub of Maori culture. To recognise this, we have an optional authentic cultural experience, complete with a fantastic Maori hangi and traditional dance concert. Some of the foods you can try from the hangi 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 5 Rotorua
    This 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 cafe for a flat white coffee or make tracks to the shops for a spending spree.

    Day 6 Rotorua to Waitomo
    This 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. 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 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 7 Waitomo to 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 - before arriving in Auckland. As New Zealand's largest and most cosmopolitan city, Auckland is 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. Here we'll show you the city spots on an included sightseeing tour before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. A VIP pass at one of our favourite nightspots awaits tonight.

    Day 8 Auckland to Paihia
    This morning we'll cross the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge. There are 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 you'll get to experience 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 9 Paihia
    With 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 cafes 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 10 Paihia to Auckland
    Head back south to Auckland today, where your tour winds up in the city centre mid-afternoon.

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    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Paihia - Waitomo - Rotorua - Hanmer Springs - Christchurch

    New Zealand's the land of stunning natural beauty, action-packed activities & laid back culture. Kick off this trip in the Bay of Islands & try some sand dune surfing In the underground caves of Waitomo experience black water rafting before hitting Rotorua to try the Zorb or skyline gondola & end the day relaxing in a Polynesian thermal pool. Take ia sunset cruise on Lake Taupo, brave the Rock n Ropes course & head to the land of the Lord of the Rings, Wellington (be sure to quad bike through the bush)

    Day 1 Auckland to Paihia
    Kia 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 2 Paihia
    With 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 cafes 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 3 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 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 4 Auckland to Waitomo
    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 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 5 Waitomo to Rotorua
    This 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 hangi dinner and traditional dance concert. Some of the foods you can try from the hangi 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 6 Rotorua
    This 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 cafe for a flat white coffee or make tracks to the shops for a spending spree.

    Day 7 Rotorua to Lake Taupo
    On the way to Taupo, a visit to the raging Huka Falls will impress. Tonnes of water surge over these falls at a rate of 220,000 litres (58 000 gallons) per second. It's only a short drive today to the popular low-key resort town of Taupo. Here, there's some of the best trout fishing in the country and some of the most amazing long-distance views of Tongariro National Park's three volcanic peaks.

    Day 8 Lake Taupo to Wellington
    Spot the dramatic volcanic landscapes that were used as backdrops in "The Lord of the Rings" films today, when we drive past World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. The park is also home to the still active volcano, Mt. Ruapehu, which doubles as NZ's biggest ski field. Next stop - the capital city of Wellington. It's 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. The peak of Mt Victoria gives an amazing overview of the windy city. Take in the sweeping views of pretty beaches, narrow streets, and weather-worn Victorian houses. 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 Wellington
    You've got a full day to discover Wellington - its compact centre is perfect for exploring on foot. Walk alongside the harbour or visit the innovative Te Papa Museum for a look into New Zealand history and culture. You could take a walk around New Zealand's political heart by visiting some of its government buildings. Take in the iconic 'Beehive' building & its distinctive shape, which was specially designed to cope in case of an earthquake. You could hang out on alternative Cuba Street, watch street performers or rummage through some of the surrounding retro stores. If you're hungry, try out some of the great ethnic foods you can find in this multi-cultural city, like sushi, Thai, kebabs and Italian gelatos. 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 Tonight's your last night together as a group - so hit the town and make it one to remember

    Day 10 Finish Wellington
    Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends this morning after breakfast.

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    • 10 day tour departing Christchurch.
    • 9 nights accommodation.
    • 9 breakfasts & 3 dinners.
    • Services of an experienced and professional Contiki Tour Manager & Driver.
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    • Transport by a modern air-conditioned coach with charging facilities.
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    HIGHLIGHTS: Christchurch - Lake Ohau - Dunedin - Queenstown - Franz Josef Glacier - Christchurch

    Experience the best of Southern New Zealand. From Lake Ohau to Queenstown to Christchurch - it's an adventure you won't want to end. Start off on an amazing scenic flight over Mt. Cook then get ready to hit Queenstown You could choose to cruise past stunning waterfalls in Milford Sound, or back on land the action is endless (& the nightlife is not to be legendary) Hike a glacier & swim in a hotpool before finishing up with some good times in funky Wellington

    Day 1 Christchurch to Lake Ohau
    Kia Ora Meet up with your Contiki Crew in Christchurch and hit the road traveling through Mackenzie Country. We'll stop off to see the intense milky blue waters of glacially-fed Lake Tekapo. Kick start your tour with a spectacular optional glacier flight over Mt. Cook, Australasia's highest peak. With views over towering Mt. Cook and a lakeside position, our overnight stay at Lake Ohau in a traditional ski lodge is all about its fantastic location. 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 Lake Ohau to Dunedin
    This morning it's time to leave this stunning area as we head towards the student city, Dunedin. We'll hit the road & make a stop at Benmore Dam for a look at this impressive structure & maybe spot some gliders - it's one of the world's premier spots for this pretty cool sport. We'll also stop in at historic Oamaru, with it's cute old buildings, many of which are made out of it's own stunning white Oamaru stone. Take a peek at Moeraki, our next short stop, for a look at these massive boulders located right on the beach. It's hard to believe these impressive formations really are natural & they make for some pretty cool pics to show off to your mates. On arrival in Dunedin you'll see why it really is the city that looks old, but definitely thinks young Before we arrive into the city centre we'll head to the base of Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street, for a look at the sheer angle Then it's time to hit up Dunedin. Originally a Scottish settlement, you'll see references to the city's past dotted throughout the city. This afternoon arrival we'll visit the iconic Speight's Brewery for a look at how this iconic Kiwi brew is made. As you tour the brewery with our guide, learn about the brewing process of this much loved Southern Ale. You'll finish up with a few tasters so you'll discover for yourself why the locals love it so much There's loads of places to head out in Dunedin, from cool clubs & bars in the Octagon to the student pub vibes around George Street. So later, why not take it up a level & 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 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 Queenstown
    This morning, you'll take a ride on 'The world's most exciting jetboat' the iconic Shotover Jet Hold on tight - speeding down the Shotover River on a jetboat amongst the fierce canyon walls (so close you could probably touch them) is a thrilling experience & getting a pic to take home of the group in action is a must. Next up, legendary Queenstown This traveller favourite is world renowned as the home of action & adrenalin & needs no introduction - your time here is guaranteed to be epic, no matter what you choose to do. The nightlife here is equally as awesome as its adrenalin fixes & with VIP entry to one of the town's hottest nightspots you're sure the start the night out right.

    Day 5 Queenstown
    With two more days here, you've got time to try out adrenaline-pumping activities, to take it easy with a glass of local wine or beer and of course, to party - something Queenstown is known for. There's also the option to take advantage of our explore more highlight optional - your chance to experience the stunning Milford Sound. Milford Sound is one of New Zealand's gems. This slice of paradise has been voted one of the world's top destinations & is known around the world for its gorgeous waters & stunning scenery. Set in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site so get ready for the epic scenery - high mountains rise straight out of the sea and waterfalls pour down sheer cliffs into the deep, dark waters of the fiord. You'll get the ultimate angle on this natural wonder from the water when we cruise - you'll learn about this jaw-droppingly beautiful region from the on-board nature specialist. You'll get a really good look around the area and up close to its more hidden spots. You can chill out and enjoy the scenery on deck & hopefully you'll get a chance to spot seals, dolphins, whales and penguins. Choose to take a coach over, then jump on a boat & cruise this stunning spot then head back to Queenstown on the coach. Or, if you're feeling up for it, there's the option to fly back to Queenstown too. Walk around the quaint town, hit the shops or head down to the lake for beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges, fittingly called The Remarkables. Board the old steam boat, the TSS Earnslaw, for a lake cruise and see it all from the water. For adrenaline junkies, there's bungy jumpy, sky diving, jet boating, canyon swinging and quad biking. In fact there are so many adventure activities in Queenstown that you couldn't do them all in the 2 days if you tried. For those who like to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground, take an easy-going hike or push yourself with a tougher trail. 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 Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier
    Relax on the coach, chat with friends and take in the stunning scenery as we head to the rugged West Coast. Leaving the golden grasslands, cliffs and hills of the Otago region behind us, we travel through Haast Pass. See the ancient rainforests and small glaciers that give this area its unique atmosphere - we also make stop at the majestic Thunder Creek Falls. Then cruise past remote beaches and the coastal dunes of the West Coast before arriving in the Westland National Park, where lush bush land and glaciers almost reach the sea. We overnight in Franz Josef, a cute alpine township.

    Day 8 Franz Josef Glacier
    This morning, get physical and pull on your crampons, grab an ice-pick and head out onto the ice of either the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. On this optional activity, you'll learn about how these glaciers came about with our professional Local Guides. Otherwise, you can get a bird's eye view over these icy formations and sweeping vistas in an optional helicopter ride.

    Day 9 Franz Josef Glacier to Hanmer Springs via 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. We travel via "The Garden City", Christchurch, for a sightseeing tour. Then it's up to Hanmer Springs for a chilled out evening.

    Day 10 Hanmer Springs 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. The peak of Mt. Victoria gives an amazing overview of the windy city. Take in the sweeping views of pretty beaches, narrow streets, and weather worn Victorian houses. Take the time to say your farewells & and swap contact details with your new travel buddies as your tour ends this afternoon in Wellington.

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