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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
+12
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 11 other destinations in New Zealand. The Big Tiki (Start Auckland, End Christchurch, Summer, 19 Days) includes accommodation in a hotel 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
Coach / Bus
Physical Rating
Active
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus

82 Reviews

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Good
5%
Average
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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. when it gets to around 9pm, it's is partying time, which includes, and not limited to: ice bars, karaoke bars, quiz nights at some bars, boat parties, unique cocktails and drinks in each town, and much more. all in all, i did really enjoy the trip, but the only negative is that the number of people touring with you can be overwhelming sometimes (52-54). another downside is that partying every night does not appeal to me directly, i would've preferred there being some evening activities such as camping during a long hike or similar activities.
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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 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 (Patty) were fantastic and consistently went above and beyond to make sure everything ran smoothly. I would definitely recommend travelling New Zealand with Contiki. If you can afford the extra time and money, do the Big Tiki as there wasn't a stop we made I wish we didn't!
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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 all times. I had an amazing 2 weeks in New Zealand and would recommend it to everyone!
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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 heading home today. It's an experience I will never forget
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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 have had you as my tour guide and friend!!! Hope to contiki with you again!!!
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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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Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  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 Dunedin
  18. Day 18: Dunedin to Lake Ohau
  19. Day 19: Lake Ohau to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

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  • Accommodation

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  • Guide

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  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

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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"

What are people saying about TourRadar?

  • Amanda15th May 2018
    Booking was really easy! The options were displayed clearly and I was able to filter. I especially liked that they recommended a travel insurer because I've never had to get travel insurance. No hassle experience and now I'm ready for my tour!

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  • Wednesday
    Oct 3, 2018
    from Christchurch
    19 Days
    Sunday
    Oct 21, 2018
    to Auckland
    Only 1 seat left
    $509
    $2,975
    -15%
    USD $2,529

    Start Christchurch, End Auckland, Reverse, Latest version

  • Wednesday
    Oct 3, 2018
    from Auckland
    19 Days
    Sunday
    Oct 21, 2018
    to Christchurch
    9 seats left
    $521
    $3,045
    -15%
    USD $2,588

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  • Wednesday
    Oct 3, 2018
    from Auckland
    17 Days
    Friday
    Oct 19, 2018
    to Queenstown
    9 seats left
    $463
    $2,705
    -15%
    USD $2,299

    End Queenstown, 17 Days, Latest version

  • Friday
    Oct 5, 2018
    from Queenstown
    17 Days
    Sunday
    Oct 21, 2018
    to Auckland
    Only 1 seat left
    $451
    $2,635
    -15%
    USD $2,240

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  • Thursday
    Oct 11, 2018
    from Christchurch
    19 Days
    Monday
    Oct 29, 2018
    to Auckland
    Only 1 seat left
    $509
    $2,975
    -15%
    USD $2,529

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  • Thursday
    Oct 11, 2018
    from Auckland
    19 Days
    Monday
    Oct 29, 2018
    to Christchurch
    9 seats left
    $521
    $3,045
    -15%
    USD $2,588

    Latest version

  • Thursday
    Oct 11, 2018
    from Auckland
    17 Days
    Saturday
    Oct 27, 2018
    to Queenstown
    9 seats left
    $463
    $2,705
    -15%
    USD $2,299

    End Queenstown, 17 Days, Latest version

  • Saturday
    Oct 13, 2018
    from Queenstown
    17 Days
    Monday
    Oct 29, 2018
    to Auckland
    Only 1 seat left
    $451
    $2,635
    -15%
    USD $2,240

    Start Queenstown, End Auckland, 17 Days, Reverse, Latest version

  • Saturday
    Oct 27, 2018
    from Christchurch
    19 Days
    Wednesday
    Nov 14, 2018
    to Auckland
    Only 1 seat left
    $509
    $2,975
    -15%
    USD $2,529

    Start Christchurch, End Auckland, Reverse, Latest version

  • Monday
    Oct 29, 2018
    from Queenstown
    17 Days
    Wednesday
    Nov 14, 2018
    to Auckland
    Only 1 seat left
    $451
    $2,635
    -15%
    USD $2,240

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Location
Auckland is the starting point and Christchurch is the endpoint.
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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 8 November 2018 the full payment of $2,721 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 $2721 for The Big Tiki (Start Auckland, End Christchurch, Summer, 19 Days), but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,345 km.
  • Auckland (New Zealand)
  • 185 km
  • Paihia (New Zealand)
  • 185 km
  • Auckland (New Zealand)
  • 160 km
  • Waitomo Caves (New Zealand)
  • 100 km
  • Rotorua (New Zealand)
  • 63 km
  • Taupo (New Zealand)
  • 310 km
  • Wellington (New Zealand)
  • 212 km
  • Hanmer Springs (New Zealand)
  • 112 km
  • Christchurch (New Zealand)
  • 199 km
  • Franz Josef (New Zealand)
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