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The Big Tiki (Start Auckland, End Christchurch, Summer, 19 Days)

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The Big Tiki (Start Auckland, End Christchurch, Summer, 19 Days) - Contiki
The Big Tiki (Start Auckland, End Christchurch, Summer, 19 Days) - Contiki
Tim "I did the Big Tiki in March 2017 and could not imagine a better tour experience. This was my first contiki and first tour in general. We covered basically all of New Zealand in 20 days which is kind of amazing. New Zealand is a breathtaking place and Contiki had it set up well to see everything and book additional tours and experiences that fit your desires. Our tour guide (Susie) and driver (..."
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82 reviews
Starts
Auckland
Destinations
+18
Ends
Christchurch
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Highlights

Start in Auckland and end in Christchurch! With the discovery tour The Big Tiki (Start Auckland, End Christchurch, Summer, 19 Days), you have a 19 day tour package taking you from Auckland to Christchurch and through Auckland, New Zealand and 17 other destinations in New Zealand. The Big Tiki (Start Auckland, End Christchurch, Summer, 19 Days) includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
18 to 35 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Lodge
Max Group Size
50
Transportation
Train & Rail, Coach / Bus
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus

82 Reviews

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Good
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  • KG
    Written on April 22, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Chelsea and Nick were super! Always willing to answer questions and have fun. Personal highlight was the trip to Rotorua and the Maori hangi dinner, which was amazing!! The list of possible activities to add on to your trip was extensive also

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  • The Big Tiki (Start Auckland, End Christchurch, Summer, 19 Days) reviewer 2
    Written on February 13, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    I had the most amazing time and saw the most incredible sights. My tour manager was brilliant and worked magic, and my driver was chock full of knowledge about the country and culture. I made amazing friends!

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  • AA
    Written on January 11, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    The Best Way to symmerise this trip is that you will be in for heaps of fun, whether was it day, or night time. you will explore mountains, forests, lakes, Fjords, exotic creatures, adrenaline inducing activities, and that is all only during the day time.... Read more

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  • KE
    Written on October 1, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was genuinely the best trip I have ever been on. A true trip of a lifetime

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  • T
    Written on March 28, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    I did the Big Tiki in March 2017 and could not imagine a better tour experience. This was my first contiki and first tour in general. We covered basically all of New Zealand in 20 days which is kind of amazing. New Zealand is a breathtaking place and... Read more

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  • LD
    Written on March 28, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Contiki in New Zealand was amazing! I loved every minute of it. Everything was organised perfectly and ran smoothly. Susie our tour manager was fantastic, she knew her stuff and went above and beyond her job requirements. She was enthusiastic and helpful at... Read more

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  • The Big Tiki (Start Auckland, End Christchurch, Summer, 19 Days) reviewer 7
    Written on March 18, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    Everything was better than expected, food, accommodation and tour. Our guide was so helpful and told us everything we needed to know and was even on call for any problems we had we just had to message him. I've had a fantastic time in NZ and sad to be... Read more

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  • I
    Written on March 9, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Had the best trip of my life. Susie was amazing but she knows his already ahaha xx

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  • HW
    Written on March 6, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    Susie!!! You are a 10/10 in every way!! So organised, knowledgable, fun and caring :) your passion for nz and your job in general was incredible, it was hard to not love New Zealand when touring with you. Honestly had the best time, feeling very lucky to... Read more

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  • TM
    Written on March 3, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    My trip with Susie was so fabulous, she was so knowledgeable about her hole country and I couldn't have asked for anyone better! But there wouldn't be anyone better to be honest.

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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Auckland to Paihia via Parry Kauri Park
  2. Day 2: Paihia
  3. Day 3: Paihia to Auckland
  4. Day 4: Auckland to Rotorua
  5. Day 5: Rotorua
  6. Day 6: Rotorua to Lake Taupo via Huka Falls
  7. Day 7: Lake Taupo to Mount Ruapehu
  8. Day 8: Mount Ruapehu to Wellington
  9. Day 9: Wellington
  10. Day 10: Wellington to Christchurch via Picton and Kaikoura
  11. Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef via Arthers Pass and Hokitika
  12. Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier
  13. Day 13: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
  14. Day 14: Queenstown
  15. Day 15: Queenstown
  16. Day 16: Queenstown
  17. Day 17: Queenstown to Te Anau via Milford Sound
  18. Day 18: Te Anau to Lake Ohau via Arrowtown
  19. Day 19: Lake Ohau to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

Travel guide

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  • Accommodation

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  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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New Zealand with Contiki

Questions & Answers

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

  • What is the age range?

    Contiki operates tours exclusively for travellers between ages 18-35. They are geared towards active, budget-minded young travellers who want to meet other people from all over the world, and tend to be very popular with students and backpackers. Due to this, children under the age of 18 and adults outside of the age range are not able to participate in this tour.

  • Does this trip visit the North and South island?

    This trip does visit both the North and South Island.

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Guides who have led this tour

  • Isobel Needham
    "Well hello there, its so nice of you to visit my profile page. Im a double lucky guide as i get to work..."
  • Susie Ferkins
    "My spontaneous decision to work for Contiki was the best choice I ever made. I still pinch myself to..."
  • Nihar Vasa
    "Indian born, Filipino raised, Kiwi influenced, Aussie experienced, European roamer...World bound! :D"

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  • Annie14th May 2018
    Exactly what they say ", booking tours made easy "! I asked for their valuable experience back in 2017 and I was fully satisfied. Highly recommended!

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Location
Auckland 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 28 January 2019 the full payment of $3,039 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 $3039 for The Big Tiki (Start Auckland, End Christchurch, Summer, 19 Days), but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
Credit Cards
The following cards are accepted for Contiki tours: Visa - Master Card - American Express

Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,365 km.
  • Auckland (New Zealand)
  • 49 km
  • Parry Kauri Park (New Zealand)
  • 137 km
  • Paihia (New Zealand)
  • 185 km
  • Auckland (New Zealand)
  • 194 km
  • Rotorua (New Zealand)
  • 59 km
  • Huka Falls (New Zealand)
  • 4 km
  • Taupo (New Zealand)
  • 79 km
  • Mount Ruapehu (New Zealand)
  • 233 km
  • Wellington (New Zealand)
  • 65 km
  • Picton (New Zealand)
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