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What To Expect from an Outdoor Tour

Craving to break out into the great outdoors? Check out our range of outdoor activity tours that can take your from rivers and oceans up to the heights of the jungle and mountains.

frequently asked questions

  • Do I need pack anything special? Pack according the location, climate and activities you will be doing on the tour. If your spending much of the time outdoors then you want to be comfortable with practical clothes for the conditions.

Outdoor Tours Holiday Packages

  • Short NZ trip

    Jaffas 'n' Jandals, 3 Days

    from $305*

    • 3 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 2 nights multi-share hotel accommodation.
    • 2 breakfasts and 1 dinners.
    • The service of an experienced and professional Contiki Tour Manager and Driver.
    • Transport in modern airconditioned coach with charging facilities.
    • Sightseeing and inclusions as per itinerary.
    • Local charges and service charges

      Your Backstage Pass includes:.
    • Kiwiana Fish 'n' Chips dinner.
    • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Paihia

    Clear your schedule for New Zealand NOW - from Auckland to the Bay and everything in between. Cross the Harbour Bridge, kayak the sea, swim with the dolphins and see the 'Hole in the Rock' while fast boating through the islands Plus, for you culture vultures, trek through the native Kauri Forest and glimpse the Tribal Lands of Nga Puhi Maori. Looking for a little peace and quiet? You'll have a day to kick back beachside 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. It's your final night together on tour, so make it an evening to remember

    DAY 3 PAIHIA TO AUCKLAND
    Back 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.

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  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum & King Tut's 9kg solid Golden Mask

    Cairo Stopover - 4 Days

    from $329*

    • Breakfast daily
      3 nights - standard hotel (based on twin/double basis)
      Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 4
      Guided sightseeing of the Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza and the Egyptian Museum
      Guided sightseeing on day 2 conducted by an English speaking Egyptian tour guide, qualified in Egyptology
      All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
    Day 1, Cairo
    Welcome to Egypt and the start of your citystay! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to your hotel and overnight.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Pyramids & the Egyptian Museum
    Hello Cairo! Today, enjoy a guided visit to the famous pyramids and huge Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Whilst here, you can opt to enter inside one of the pyramids, subject to opening. Not built for the purpose of accommodating curious travellers, a visit inside one of the pyramids is hot, humid and not recommended for the claustrophobic! For a real Arabian experience, perhaps opt to hire a camel for a trot across the sands of Giza.

    We later enjoy a guided visit at the Egyptian Museum. Prize exhibit has to be the priceless funerary treasures of King Tutankhamen, including his legendary solid gold death mask. Also during the visit you can choose to visit the Royal Mummy Room, where 9 royal mummies from the New Kingdom is displayed.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3, Explore or relax
    Free day to enjoy Cairo your way. Perhaps enjoy an optional Cairo city tour or a visit to the first pyramid ever built - Zhoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara. There are also plenty of cabs available from you hotel to take you into central Cairo. Perhaps check out the bargains at Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Cairo
    Hotel check out and included onward transfer to airport.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
  • Short 3 Day escape

    Bay to Bay, 3 Days

    from $345*

    • 3 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 2 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
    • The service of an escorted services of a fully trained Topdeck Trip Leader and Driver.
    • Transport by modern air-conditioned vehicle with FREE WiFi.
    • Stunning Bay of Islands.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Bay of Islands - Auckland

    Explore the stunning Bay of Islands with Topdeck on this 3 day escape in New Zealand.

    Day 1: Bay of Islands
    Kia Ora We head north from Auckland to our hotel in seaside Paihia, nestled among the Bay of Islands. An optional 'Rock the Boat' Overnight upgrade could see you sailing among the 144 islands, stargazing from deck and sharing laughs at the cosy bar.

    Day 2: Bay of Islands
    A free day to explore this fascinating area. Optional activities include a catamaran cruise to spot dolphins, a kayak trip through mangrove forests and even sand-boarding down the Te Paki sand dunes. We can also learn about Kiwi history at Waitangi Treaty House or hike to Haruru Falls through native bush. Not bad.

    Day 3: Auckland
    Back to Auckland today where our tour ends.

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  • A great little add-on to a longer Australian adventure

    Red Centre Experience, 3 Days

    from $399*

    • 3 day tour departing Alice Springs.
    • 2 nights Camping.
    • 2 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners (Allow AUD40-60* for meals that are not included).
    • Transport by private bus.
    • Service of a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
    • Trip Style: YOLO (18 - 39 year olds).
    • Activities: Sunrise and sunset viewing of Uluru, Marla walk around Uluru and visit to the culture centre, hikes at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and King's Canyon.
    • Small group experience - maximum 18, average 12.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Alice Springs - Uluru - Kata Tjuta - Kings Canyon

    A great little add-on to a longer Australian adventure, this short-and-sweet journey to the famed Red Centre brings you close to the continent's vast heart. Watch the sun rise over iconic Uluru, explore the curious domed rock formations of Kata Tjuta and gaze up in astonished awe at the 100-metre-high walls of majestic Kings Canyon while the locals share the secrets of indigenous Australian culture. If you've come all the way to Australia, it'd be a shame to go home without coming here first. Regret nothing.

    Day 1 Alice Springs/Uluru
    Meet in Alice Springs at 5:45am and travel to the Red Centre. Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and do the informative Marla Walk around part of Uluru's base. Catch the sunset over Uluru before heading to your campground for the night. Camp under the stars of the night sky-the only way to really experience the Outback.

    Day 2 Kata Tjuta/Kings Creek Station
    Watch the sunrise over Uluru, then enjoy a walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. Continue onto Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire.

    Day 3 Kings Canyon/Alice Springs
    Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon, then stop by a camel farm for an optional camel ride en route back to Alice Springs where the tour ends upon arrival in the early evening. Feel free to book onward travel from 8pm or later today.

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  • If you've got a taste for the USA but time is in short supply?

    Trek America's New York & Niagara Falls Mini, 3 Days

    from $639*

    • 3 day tour departing New York.
    • 2 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • Services of a professional tour leader.
    • Private transportation with FREE Wi-Fi.
    • Drive through the Delaware Water Gap/Poconos.
    • Finger Lakes hiking & swimming.
    • Niagara Falls and the Maid of the Mist cruise.
    • College town of Ithaca, NY.
    • Woodbury Common Outlet Mall.
    HIGHLIGHTS: New York - Niagara Falls - Finger Lakes

    If you've got a taste for the USA but time is in short supply then our 3 day Niagara Falls tour from New York is just the ticket. Leaving the bright lights and crazy nights of New York City behind, venture deep into 'up state' New York to the thundering wonder of the incomparable Niagara Falls before a night on the shore of the Finger Lakes with it's many waterfalls and wineries.

    Day 1: New York & Niagara Falls
    Today we will head for the beautiful Delaware Water Gap on the famous Appalachian Trail. After a scenic stop in the Pocono Mountains we make our way to the spectacular Niagara Falls, where you can cross over Rainbow Bridge into Canada for a spectacular illuminated night-time view of this world.

    Day 2: Niagara Falls & Finger Lakes
    In the morning get up close and personal (and very wet) on an included Maid of the Mist boat cruise to the thundering base of Niagara falls. Then we'll make our way through wine country to the shores of the Finger Lakes, where you can hike to nearby waterfalls or go for a refreshing swim. At night you will visit the All-American, college town of Ithaca for a dinner out

    Day 3: Finger Lakes & New York
    On our return south to New York we stop for a 2-hour shopping spree at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Mall with its 228 department store, shops, bars and restaurants What better way to round off your New York/ Niagara Falls experience?

    You can choose to be dropped off at our gateway hotel or in Liberty State Park. There are several transport methods for leaving the area (including a ferry to the city) and the park itself affords great views across the Hudson to the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan. Your Tour Leader will assist you when leaving the trip. If you are planning to fly tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 21:00 hours.

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  • This part of romantic Morocco is the ideal place for trekking the Atlas Mountains

    Atlas Panorama, 8 Days

    from $699*

    • 8 day tour departing Marrakech.
    • 4 nights accommodation in a gite with basic facilities.
    • 3 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners.
    • Services of a local leader and ground staff.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Morocco

    Hidden deep in the High Atlas Mountains are the crumbling remains of the great fortress-palace of Telouet, which we visit before reaching the picturesque Tijhza Valley. After a truly stunning drive over the impressive Tizi-n-Tichka pass (2260m), we arrive at the lush and remote village of Tijhza. Staying in a simple but pleasant gite, we enjoy optional walks each day from the front door.

    Day 1
    Start Marrakech.

    Day 2
    Explore Marrakech.

    Day 3
    Drive to Animiter. Walk to Tijhza and explore.

    Day 4 - 6
    Varied daywalks through the mountains. These are sometimes altered to suit the weather and the group's abilities.

    Day 7
    Walk to Animiter; drive to Marrakech.

    Day 8
    End Marrakech.

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  • The Spice Island of Zanzibar is the perfect destination to explore and relax after one of our East African adventures

    Zanzibar Retreat, 4 Days

    from $789*

    • 4 day tour departing Stone Town.
    • 1 night accommodation at a boutique hotel Swahili House (or similar) in Stone Town, 2 nights in Zanzibari style bungalow at the well appointed Fumba Lodge (or similar).
    • 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
    • Transfers in Zanzibar.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Zanzibar

    Discover the essence of Zanzibar on these extensions. Exotic spices, turquoise waters, white sand beaches and a history ranging from slave trading to strong Arabic links characterises the island of Zanzibar, just off the Tanzanian coast. Wander the narrow streets of Stone Town, or take a dolphin watching cruise, Spice Island tour or just relax and soak up the island atmosphere.

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  • Experience the incredible sights and sounds of Africa

    Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe, 4 Days

    from $795*

    • 4 day tour departing Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
    • 3 nights accommodation at the 4-star Victoria Falls Safari Lodge including breakfast and dinner (one of which is at the Boma).
    • Return airport transfers (Victoria Falls Airport /Victoria Falls Safari Lodge).
    • Sunset cruise.
    • Guided tour of the Falls.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Victoria Falls

    Set high on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park, and minutes from the Victoria Falls by road, the multi-award winning Victoria Falls Safari Lodge prides itself on its hospitality and food, rivalled only by the location with uninterrupted views over the bush, and waterholes often teeming with wildlife during the day and night.

    Each of the 72 ensuite rooms is air-conditioned with its own terrace or balcony looking over the bush.

    Day 1: Victoria Falls
    On arrival at Victoria Falls Airport you will be met and transferred to the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. Dinner this evening will be taken at the lodge

    Day 2: Victoria Falls
    Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Falls. This afternoon enjoy a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Dinner this evening will be taken at the lodge.

    Day 3: Victoria Falls
    Day at leisure to pursue some of the many activities on offer. Dinner this evening will be taken at the Boma Eating House.

    Day 4: Victoria Falls
    Departure transfer to Victoria Falls Airport.

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Our Top 3 Outdoor Tours Holiday Packages

  • Short NZ trip

    Jaffas 'n' Jandals, 3 Days

    from $305*

    • 3 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 2 nights multi-share hotel accommodation.
    • 2 breakfasts and 1 dinners.
    • The service of an experienced and professional Contiki Tour Manager and Driver.
    • Transport in modern airconditioned coach with charging facilities.
    • Sightseeing and inclusions as per itinerary.
    • Local charges and service charges

      Your Backstage Pass includes:.
    • Kiwiana Fish 'n' Chips dinner.
    • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Auckland - Paihia

    Clear your schedule for New Zealand NOW - from Auckland to the Bay and everything in between. Cross the Harbour Bridge, kayak the sea, swim with the dolphins and see the 'Hole in the Rock' while fast boating through the islands Plus, for you culture vultures, trek through the native Kauri Forest and glimpse the Tribal Lands of Nga Puhi Maori. Looking for a little peace and quiet? You'll have a day to kick back beachside 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. It's your final night together on tour, so make it an evening to remember

    DAY 3 PAIHIA TO AUCKLAND
    Back 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.

    Ask about our great airfares
  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Necropolis of Saqqara, Egyptian Museum & King Tut's 9kg solid Golden Mask

    Cairo Stopover - 4 Days

    from $329*

    • Breakfast daily
      3 nights - standard hotel (based on twin/double basis)
      Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 4
      Guided sightseeing of the Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza and the Egyptian Museum
      Guided sightseeing on day 2 conducted by an English speaking Egyptian tour guide, qualified in Egyptology
      All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
    Day 1, Cairo
    Welcome to Egypt and the start of your citystay! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to your hotel and overnight.
    No meals included.
    Day 2, Pyramids & the Egyptian Museum
    Hello Cairo! Today, enjoy a guided visit to the famous pyramids and huge Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Whilst here, you can opt to enter inside one of the pyramids, subject to opening. Not built for the purpose of accommodating curious travellers, a visit inside one of the pyramids is hot, humid and not recommended for the claustrophobic! For a real Arabian experience, perhaps opt to hire a camel for a trot across the sands of Giza.

    We later enjoy a guided visit at the Egyptian Museum. Prize exhibit has to be the priceless funerary treasures of King Tutankhamen, including his legendary solid gold death mask. Also during the visit you can choose to visit the Royal Mummy Room, where 9 royal mummies from the New Kingdom is displayed.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 3, Explore or relax
    Free day to enjoy Cairo your way. Perhaps enjoy an optional Cairo city tour or a visit to the first pyramid ever built - Zhoser’s Step Pyramid at Saqqara. There are also plenty of cabs available from you hotel to take you into central Cairo. Perhaps check out the bargains at Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
    Day 4, Cairo
    Hotel check out and included onward transfer to airport.
    1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
  • Short 3 Day escape

    Bay to Bay, 3 Days

    from $345*

    • 3 day tour departing Auckland.
    • 2 nights accommodation in hotels.
    • 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
    • The service of an escorted services of a fully trained Topdeck Trip Leader and Driver.
    • Transport by modern air-conditioned vehicle with FREE WiFi.
    • Stunning Bay of Islands.
    HIGHLIGHTS: Bay of Islands - Auckland

    Explore the stunning Bay of Islands with Topdeck on this 3 day escape in New Zealand.

    Day 1: Bay of Islands
    Kia Ora We head north from Auckland to our hotel in seaside Paihia, nestled among the Bay of Islands. An optional 'Rock the Boat' Overnight upgrade could see you sailing among the 144 islands, stargazing from deck and sharing laughs at the cosy bar.

    Day 2: Bay of Islands
    A free day to explore this fascinating area. Optional activities include a catamaran cruise to spot dolphins, a kayak trip through mangrove forests and even sand-boarding down the Te Paki sand dunes. We can also learn about Kiwi history at Waitangi Treaty House or hike to Haruru Falls through native bush. Not bad.

    Day 3: Auckland
    Back to Auckland today where our tour ends.

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what are people saying about tours?

Having not travelled too much I wasn't sure if a tour would be be my cup of tea. Oh how I was wrong, we had an extremely packed 1 week on the west coast of USA and saw some amazing things including The Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, and the small group was filled with great people, very down to earth and loads of fun. Highly recommended!

Chris from Brisbane

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