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Grand Kiwi (ex. Christchurch)

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Grand Kiwi (ex. Christchurch) - Topdeck
Grand Kiwi (ex. Christchurch) - Topdeck
Jessica "I've travelled with Topdeck in Europe and the UK, both amazing trips, but I think New Zealand took the cake. Our driver, Mike, was really nice and took us to cool places to eat on our free nights while our leader, Dan, was very knowledgable about the country and helpful on deciding activities to do. The places we went were great, though wish we had had a few more days in some places. Weather a bit..."
Excellent
19 reviews
Starts
Christchurch
Destinations
+29
Ends
Auckland
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Highlights

  • Enjoy exciting activities in Queenstown
  • Cruise the Arrow River Trail
  • Enjoy crayfish tastings in Kiakoura
  • Explore Tongariro NP
Age range
18 to 39 year olds
Accommodation
Hostel, Hotel, Berth / Cabin, Lodge, Temple, Motel
Transportation
Coach / Bus, Ship
Start in Christchurch and end in Auckland! With the discovery tour Grand Kiwi (ex. Christchurch), you have a 19 day tour package taking you from Christchurch to Auckland and through Christchurch, New Zealand and 27 other destinations in New Zealand. Grand Kiwi (ex. Christchurch) includes accommodation in a hotel and hostel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

19 Reviews

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Good
16%
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  • Grand Kiwi (ex. Christchurch) reviewer 1
    Written on March 1, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was better than I expected. Extraordinary journey with a great group of people, couldn't of been better. Stacey and John were both incredible. A+++
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  • L
    Written on February 6, 2018
    2.0 - Rather poor

    Missed parts due to top deck not booking properly. Big let downed New Zealand itself was amazing. I broke my arm on tour and the guide was apparently studying paramedics. Blamed rural location for not taking me to the doctors. Seemed put out by my arm. Not professional in other ways either. Really not okay.
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  • MR
    Written on January 2, 2018
    4.5 - Excellent

    Fabulous well coordinated trip managed extremely well by the tour leader Stacey and bus driver Jon. The experiences provided in New Zealand were extremely positive and every opportunity was given to explore as much of NZ as possible in 18 days.
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  • GM
    Written on October 24, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    16 Day Grand Kiwi with Taimi as the guide. She was amazing and went above and beyond at helping us all have the best time.
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  • D
    Written on October 21, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    The Grand Kiwi topdeck trip was amazing! The whole thing was memorable and immediately missable - Taimi (the awesome tour guide with the knack for putting everyone at ease) and Chris (the cheeky bus driver), the bus/es (Maxine and Bert), the whole tour in general was amazing and everyone behind it deserves an award in my opinion - awards for pure awesomeness
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  • HG
    Written on October 21, 2017
    5.0 - Excellent

    The trip was fantastic. The guide, Taimi Maidla, was friendly, funny and super helpful. I had so much fun learning about each place we went to thanks to her knowledge and engaging way of presenting information. She helped organise extra activities and recommended stuff based on what we liked previously. She was also an all round lovely person with whom I could have a conversation with about things other than our current trip or travel itself.
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  • B
    Written on January 15, 2017
    4.0 - Good

    Amazing time in New Zealand with this tour. I have used Topdeck in the past and this one did not disappoint! Awesome tour guide -she was very organized, fun personality, and took the time to know everyone! Also, we had some great drivers as well-quite personable and great company. Did the 17 day tour from Auckland to Christchurch-highly recommend that. Was able to experience many activities, cultural experiences, and explore different towns/cities. Would have liked more time in certain areas but as expected in a tour there is lots to see and do in a short amount of time. Others travelers joined and left throughout the trip which was unexpected, makes saying goodbye hard and new introductions repetitive. Food was alright, had better lunches/dinners out in restaurants then the included dinners. Budget in lunches/dinners not included (it all adds up!) and optional activities as there was tons to do and go for it (especially in Queenstown). Overall, highly recommend!
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  • NS
    Written on January 4, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    This trip exceeded my expectations! I was lucky with good weather, an exceptional guide and amazing people on the tour. While there were certain places I personally would have liked to stay longer, on a grand tour, you can only get a taste of everything- which you certainly do. New Zealand is an incredible country and I recommend starting in the North island and then moving down to the South. There were some really long bus days- but the spectacular views and locations were worth it. Budget more thank you think for the optional activities- because once you're over there, you'll be inspired to do as much as possible. The food on the tour varied in quality and quantity (some places were generous, others clearly under catered) and while there is an attempt to cater for dietary requirements, it's not always easy. Perhaps let people know that when they join a tour, others join at different times- so while I did the full 17 days, some only did 5 or 7 or 10. This can impact on dynamics and I felt for the people joining a group that had been travelling together for over 2 weeks. Having said that, our tour guide was brilliant at involving everyone. I couldn't recommend this trip more. If you like adventure, are willing to embrace a range of activities, scenery and meet new people- do the full 17 days!
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  • MF
    Written on August 13, 2016
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great, well organized trip with an awesome tour leader and bus driver. I had the best time with the other people on the trip and the scenery/ activities were amazing. I loved this tour and highly recommend!
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  • Grand Kiwi (ex. Christchurch) reviewer 10
    Written on February 28, 2016
    4.0 - Good

    I've travelled with Topdeck in Europe and the UK, both amazing trips, but I think New Zealand took the cake. Our driver, Mike, was really nice and took us to cool places to eat on our free nights while our leader, Dan, was very knowledgable about the country and helpful on deciding activities to do. The places we went were great, though wish we had had a few more days in some places. Weather a bit annoying in the South Island but they did their best to make up for the things we missed. Would definitely recommend for solo travellers - we far outnumbered the couples.
    Topdeck commented on this review
    Hi Jessica, Great to hear and see the amazing time you had on your Topdeck Grand Kiwi trip. We welcome you back anytime ~ Topdeck.
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Christchurch to Fox Glacier
  2. Day 2: Fox Glacier to Queenstown
  3. Day 3: Queenstown
  4. Day 4: Queenstown
  5. Day 5: Queenstown (Milford Sound)
  6. Day 6: Queenstown to Ohau
  7. Day 7: Lake Ohau to Christchurch
  8. Day 8: Christchurch to Kiakoura
  9. Day 9: Kaikoura to Nelson
  10. Day 10: Nelson
  11. Day 11: Nelson to Wellington
  12. Day 12: Wellington to Tongariro
  13. Day 13: Tongariro National Park
  14. Day 14: Tongariro to Marae Stay
  15. Day 15: Marae to Rotorua
  16. Day 16: Rotorua to Auckland
  17. Day 17: Auckland to Bay of Islands
  18. Day 18: Bay of Islands
  19. Day 19: Bay of Island to Auckland

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  • Accommodation

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  • Guide

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
  • Meals

    Rated Good by past passengers
  • Transport

    Rated Excellent by past passengers
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  • Ski New Zealand - Topdeck Travel
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Location
Christchurch is the starting point and Auckland is the endpoint.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 47 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $2495 for Grand Kiwi (ex. Christchurch), but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 2,556 km.
  • Christchurch (New Zealand)
  • 163 km
  • Hokitika (New Zealand)
  • 114 km
  • Lake Matheson (New Zealand)
  • 5 km
  • Fox Glacier (New Zealand)
  • 137 km
  • Lake Wanaka (New Zealand)
  • 17 km
  • Lake Hawea (New Zealand)
  • 81 km
  • Queenstown (New Zealand)
  • 51 km
  • Mirror Lakes (New Zealand)
  • 25 km
  • Hollyford Valley (New Zealand)
  • 21 km
  • Milford Sound (New Zealand)
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