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The Big Tiki (including Bay of Islands)

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The Big Tiki (including Bay of Islands) - Contiki
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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 (..."
Excellent
75 reviews
Starts
Queenstown
Destinations
+14
Ends
Auckland
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Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Milford Sound
  • Explore the Franz Josef Glacier
  • Enter Wellington's Te Papa Museum
Age range
15 to 99 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel, Lodge
Max Group Size
50
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus
Start in Queenstown and end in Auckland! With the discovery tour The Big Tiki (including Bay of Islands), you have a 17 day tour package taking you from Queenstown to Auckland and through Queenstown, New Zealand and 14 other destinations in New Zealand. The Big Tiki (including Bay of Islands) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

75 Reviews

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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 (including Bay of Islands) 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 (including Bay of Islands) 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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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Queenstown
  2. Day 2: Queenstown
  3. Day 3: Queenstown
  4. Day 4: Queenstown
  5. Day 5: Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier
  6. Day 6: Franz Josef Glacier
  7. Day 7: Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch
  8. Day 8: Christchurch to Wellington
  9. Day 9: Wellington
  10. Day 10: Wellington to Mount Ruapehu
  11. Day 11: Mount Ruapehu
  12. Day 12: Mount Ruapehu to Rotorua
  13. Day 13: Rotorua
  14. Day 14: Rotorua to Auckland
  15. Day 15: Auckland to Paihia via Parry Kauri Park
  16. Day 16: Paihia
  17. Day 17: Paihia to Auckland

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  • Meals

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  • Transport

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  • Saturday
    Oct 27, 2018
    from Christchurch
    19 Days
    Wednesday
    Nov 14, 2018
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    $149
    USD $2,975

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  • Monday
    Oct 29, 2018
    from Queenstown
    17 Days
    Wednesday
    Nov 14, 2018
    to Auckland
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    $132
    USD $2,635

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  • Sunday
    Nov 4, 2018
    from Christchurch
    19 Days
    Thursday
    Nov 22, 2018
    to Auckland
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    $149
    USD $2,975

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  • Sunday
    Nov 4, 2018
    from Auckland
    19 Days
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    Nov 22, 2018
    to Christchurch
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    $152
    USD $3,045
  • Sunday
    Nov 4, 2018
    from Auckland
    17 Days
    Tuesday
    Nov 20, 2018
    to Queenstown
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    $135
    USD $2,705
  • Tuesday
    Nov 6, 2018
    from Queenstown
    17 Days
    Thursday
    Nov 22, 2018
    to Auckland
    9 seats left
    $132
    USD $2,635

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  • Monday
    Nov 12, 2018
    from Christchurch
    19 Days
    Friday
    Nov 30, 2018
    to Auckland
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    $149
    USD $2,975
  • Monday
    Nov 12, 2018
    from Auckland
    19 Days
    Friday
    Nov 30, 2018
    to Christchurch
    8 seats left
    $152
    USD $3,045

    Start Auckland, End Christchurch, 19 Days, Summer, Reverse, Latest version

  • Monday
    Nov 12, 2018
    from Auckland
    17 Days
    Wednesday
    Nov 28, 2018
    to Queenstown
    8 seats left
    $135
    USD $2,705

    Start Auckland, End Queenstown, Summer, Reverse, Latest version

  • Wednesday
    Nov 14, 2018
    from Queenstown
    17 Days
    Friday
    Nov 30, 2018
    to Auckland
    0 seats left
    $132
    USD $2,635
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Location
Queenstown is the starting point and Auckland 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 29 November 2018 the full payment of $0 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 $0 for The Big Tiki (including Bay of Islands), but the deposit of $200 is non-refundable.
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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,772 km.
  • Queenstown (New Zealand)
  • 52 km
  • Wanaka (New Zealand)
  • 91 km
  • Haast (New Zealand)
  • 109 km
  • Franz Josef (New Zealand)
  • 96 km
  • Hokitika (New Zealand)
  • 163 km
  • Christchurch (New Zealand)
  • 151 km
  • Kaikoura (New Zealand)
  • 154 km
  • Wellington (New Zealand)
  • 214 km
  • Ohakune (New Zealand)
  • 21 km
  • Mount Ruapehu (New Zealand)
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