The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch - until Sept

The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch - until Sept - Contiki
The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch - until Sept - Contiki
33 reviews


  • Stunning harbour, volcanoes of Auckland
  • Cruise the remote islands of Paihia
  • Visit Rotorua and Agrodome farm show
  • Enjoy the nature of Fiordland National Park
Age range
18 to 35 year olds
Hotel, Lodge
Max Group Size
Coach / Bus
Physical Rating
Start in Auckland and end in Christchurch! With the discovery tour The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch - until Sept, 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 (Auckland to Christchurch - until Sept includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

33 Reviews

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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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  • 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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  • RD
    Written on January 25, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The trip was fantastic and our guide Susie and driver Patty were terrific! Couldn't have asked for better!
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  • The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch - until Sept reviewer 4
    Written on January 1, 2015
    4.5 - Excellent

    Isobel had fantastic knowledge of the country. She went above and beyond with organising activities people wanted to do. She gave great recommendations and was a friendly and approachable person.
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  • C
    Written on December 28, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Isobel is the greatest tour guide ever!
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  • J
    Written on December 27, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great guide had lots if fun. I love new zealand !
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  • The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch - until Sept reviewer 7
    Written on December 27, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great holiday with a wonderful guide :)
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  • The Big Tiki (Auckland to Christchurch - until Sept reviewer 8
    Written on December 23, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Iso was half the reason the reason I got hooked on Contikis. The amazing people I met and the beautiful country that is New Zealand was the other half. Really awesome guide, great tour, and great company.
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  • S
    Written on December 23, 2014
    4.5 - Excellent

    The trip was an amazing experience with a guide who filled the holiday with laughs and great memories
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  • N
    Written on December 13, 2014
    5.0 - Excellent

    Izzy was just totally awesome! She made the trip!
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Auckland to Paihia
  2. Day 2: Paihia
  3. Day 3: Paihia to Auckland
  4. Day 4: Auckland to Waitomo
  5. Day 5: Waitomo to Rotorua
  6. Day 6: Rotorua
  7. Day 7: Rotorua to Lake Taupo
  8. Day 8: Lake Taupo to Wellington
  9. Day 9: Wellington
  10. Day 10: Wellington to Christchurch
  11. Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier
  12. Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier
  13. Day 13: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
  14. Day 14: Queenstown
  15. Day 14 - 16: Queenstown
  16. Day 17: Queenstown to Dunedin
  17. Day 18: Dunedin to Lake Ohau
  18. Day 19: Lake Ohau to Christchurch

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  • Accommodation

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Additional Services

  • Flights

  • Optional Extras
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Questions & Answers

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

  • May 1, 2016

    What is the age demographic of this tour?

    Contiki runs awesome tours for travellers 18-35 and are designed for young, active travellers on a budget.

  • May 1, 2016

    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..."

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    Auckland is the starting point and Christchurch is the endpoint.
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    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 7 January 2018 the full payment of $0 is necessary.
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    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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