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'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington)

'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington) - Contiki
'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington) - Contiki
Jessamy "Definitely an experience of a lifetime! Met some fantastic people, some who will be friends for life. This tour wouldn't have been the same without ... only the best tourguide in the world... Isobel Needham. What a legend. She knew everything about the places we visited, how to keep a big group entertained over long trips, and was a deadset legend. Some of her jokes I still tell people about today..."
Excellent
15 reviews
Starts
Wellington
+8 Destinations
New Zealand South Island
Ends
Christchurch
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Highlights

  • Cruise through gorgeous Marlborough Sounds
  • Ice climbing at Franz Joseph Glacier
  • Speed down Shotover River on a jetboat
  • Unforgetable night life in Queenstown
Age range
18 to 35 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Lodge
Max Group Size
50
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start in Wellington and end in Christchurch! With the discovery tour 'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington), you have a 10 day tour package taking you through Wellington, New Zealand and 8 other destinations in New Zealand. 'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

15 Reviews

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  • A
    Written on March 1, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Probably one of the best tour guide haha...love every bit of the trip. Who knows we may cross path again. Time will tell :). Keep up the good tour guide all the best.
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  • CS
    Written on March 1, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Trip was awesome, way exceeded my expectations. Tour guide susie and driver patty made it!!!
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  • GM
    Written on January 25, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    My trip was great! It met all my expectations and beyond :)
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  • EM
    Written on January 25, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    I loved every minute of my first contiki tour/ first trip overseas to NZ with Susie Ferkins as tour manager (and Pat O'Regan as driver). I wish I could do it all over again. The amazing sights, information, activities and organisation of this tour made it very memorable. I am so glad I chose to do this contiki tour - definitely no regrets.
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  • S
    Written on December 23, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Izzy was an awesome guide both proffessional and fun and a great guide for contiki.
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  • C
    Written on December 15, 2014
    4.5 - Excellent

    It was an amazing experience. Made better by Isobel!
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  • 'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington) reviewer 7
    Written on December 15, 2014
    4.5 - Excellent

    Definitely an experience of a lifetime! Met some fantastic people, some who will be friends for life. This tour wouldn't have been the same without ... only the best tourguide in the world... Isobel Needham. What a legend. She knew everything about the places we visited, how to keep a big group entertained over long trips, and was a deadset legend. Some of her jokes I still tell people about today! The trip wouldnt have been as awesome without her as our tourguide!!
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  • R
    Written on December 14, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Was an amazing tour and Isobel made all the difference! Made trips on the coach fun with stories and silly games to help us get to know each other.
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  • 'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington) reviewer 9
    Written on December 13, 2014
    4.5 - Excellent

    Isobel was amazing went above and beyond to make sure everyone had an amazing time. Would definitely travel with her again and again. Best tour guide!
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  • 'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington) reviewer 10
    Written on July 17, 2014
    4.0 - Good

    Isobel Needham made new Zealan for me. She was incredible, so fun, active and positive. I still live by things she taught us about living!
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Itinerary

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  • Introduction
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  • Day 1: Wellington to Christchurch
  • Day 2: Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier
  • Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier
  • Day 4: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
  • Day 5: Queenstown
  • Day 5 - 7: Queenstown
  • Day 8: Queenstown to Dunedin
  • Day 9: Dunedin to Lake Ohau
  • Day 10: Lake Ohau to Christchurch

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  • Accommodation

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions about this tour.

    • September 21, 2016

      I am trying to book a tour to visit New Zealand 10-12 days, but can we start the tour on Oct 29th? We are also looking to visit both North and South island.

      Unfortunately the only tours we have of New Zealand that depart on 29th October are on the following link - http://www.tourradar.com/d/new-zealand#when=29/10/2016,duration=10-14

      As you are looking to do both the North & South Island you will generally need at least 14 days.
      Are you flexible with your dates at all? If so there is a fantastic 14 day tour that departs on 30th October to see the details click the following link -
      http://www.tourradar.com/t/34723

    • September 1, 2016

      Just wondering what time does the tour finish on day 10 (looking to book flights to return to Auckland that same day).

      The tour ends at 6pm, but it is advised not book flights the same day, because the last day is still a travel day and if there are any delays you might miss your flight. So, just to be on the safe side we advice to book a flight the next day, if possible.

    • June 1, 2016

      At the beginning of the tour are we supposed to meet the group somewhere or will the tour include a hotel pick up?

      Contiki includes an extra day for their North American travellers to arrive and adjust before the tour gets started so you would actually have an additional night of accommodations at the starting point hotel. You can check in any time after 2pm and enjoy Wellington at your leisure. You'll meet with your group and Trip Leader the following morning at the same hotel.

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      'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington)

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      Location
      Wellington is the starting point and Christchurch is the endpoint.
      Hold my space
      TourRadar can request Contiki to hold spaces for you for up to 48 hours without any credit card details.
      Deposit
      TourRadar only requires a deposit of $200 to confirm this Contiki booking. The remaining balance is then payable 45 days prior to the departure date. For any tour departing before 2 January 2018 the full payment of $1,575 is necessary.
      Cancellation policy
      No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1575 for 'Sweet as' South (Start Wellington), but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
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      The following cards are accepted for Contiki tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

      Destinations

      Covering a total distance of approx 1,359 km.
      • Wellington (New Zealand)
      • 154 km
      • Kaikoura (New Zealand)
      • 151 km
      • Christchurch (New Zealand)
      • 199 km
      • Franz Josef (New Zealand)
      • 222 km
      • Queenstown (New Zealand)
      • 172 km
      • Dunedin (New Zealand)
      • 94 km
      • Oamaru (New Zealand)
      • 130 km
      • Lake Ohau (New Zealand)
      • 56 km
      • Lake Tekapo (New Zealand)
      • 182 km
      • Christchurch (New Zealand)

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