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Contiki | Grand Explorer

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Location Start: AUCKLAND     End: CHRISTCHURCH 

The Grand Explorer is a mix of cities and panoramic landscapes, New Zealand - the way the world was meant to be ... a slice of heaven. Twin-Share, Single or Quad.

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15 Day Grand Explorer (18 – 35 yrs)

Depart Auckland finish Christchurch OR

Depart Christchurch finish Auckland

Depart or finish Queenstown 14 Day option deduct $120.00

Pay 12 mths in advance save $239.00

Pay 6 mths in advance save $119.00

Whats Included

Accomodation 8 nights in hotels & resorts, 5 nights in lodges & 1 night onboard cruise 

NB: Milford Overnight cruise quad-share only

14 Breakfasts (B)

6 Dinners (D)

Sightseeing tours in all major cities.

Contiki Specials

Experienced Tour Manager and Driver

Modern air-conditioned coach 

Contiki ‘Travellers Guide’ information book

Contiki document wallet


Prices based on Quad-Share

Twin share add $210.00

Single Room add $990.00)


Auckland to Bay of Islands – Kiwi Kickoff: Today will be the day awesome scenery, great fun and extreme adventure take on new meanings! Join your tour and other Contiki pioneers as we begin the Grand Explorer! View the beauty of Auckland’s famous harbour when we cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge. As we head towards the subtropical region of Northland, we’ll explore Parry Kauri Park before we check into our Resort in Paihia. In the evening we’ll get to know one another better. Resort Hotel (D)

Bay of Islands – Fun in the Sun: This day is yours to enjoy the overwhelming beauty of the Bay of Islands. How about a Catamaran cruise through the "Hole-in-the-Rock", maybe sail to a deserted island for lunch, perhaps travel along Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga at "lands end" or just relax by the resort’s pool and have a drink with your fellow travellers. Resort Hotel (B)

Bay of Islands to Waitomo – Overground to Underground: In the morning we head south, stopping in Auckland for lunch before travelling through the lush Waikato farming region to Waitomo, home of magical limestone formations and sparkling Glow-worms. (B,D)

Waitomo to Rotorua – Cool Caves, Hot Springs: Maybe take time today to visit the Glow-worm grotto or try Underground Cave Rafting before visiting the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Whakarewarewa, on our way to the thermal area of Rotorua. End the day with a swim in the lodge hot pool, before taking in an optional Maori Hangi meal and concert. Lodge (B)

Rotorua to Taupo – Thermal Wonderland: Mark today in your travel diary as the day you’ll see the "Craters of the Moon" thermal area, the raging Huka Falls and the steaming Wairakei Valley on the way to our exclusive resort beside New Zealand’s largest lake – Taupo. Resort Lodge (B)

Taupo to Wellington – The city not the boot: The mountains of Tongariro National Park provide a spectacular sight on the way to the capital city of Wellington. A scenic waterfront drive to the top of Mt Victoria acts as the perfect introduction on our guided tour of one of the largest cities on the North Island of New Zealand. Hotel (B)

Wellington at Leisure – What a ‘capital’ city: A full day to explore the country’s capital. Take your time to enjoy the amazing Museum of New Zealand, known as Te Papa ‘Our House’. Later this evening join us for a walkabout dinner. Hotel (B)

Wellington to Christchurch – Ferry tales: Board the Inter-Island ferry and do the north to south island hop through Marlborough Sound and Cook Strait to Picton. Then make sure your camera has film for the spectacular views along the Kaikoura Coastline. If we’re lucky, we’ll spot one of the many seal colonies in this area. Then, via the Canterbury Plains, we’ll head towards the city of Christchurch. Hotel (B)

Christchurch to Fox Glacier – No, this is not Switzerland: We’ll cross the Southern Alps via majestic Arthur’s Pass taking in the jade greenstone carving at Hokitika. Then we’ll journey onward to the awesome Fox Glacier on the South Island’s rugged West Coast. Hotel (B,D)

Fox Glacier to Queenstown – Nice ice. You may wish to explore the Fox Glacier with the professional guides that will be on hand to show you the beauty of this natural wonder. We’ll then journey through Haast Pass to Queenstown and our lodge high above Lake Wakatipu. Hold onto your hat – Queenstown beckons! Lodge (B,D)

Queenstown at Leisure – Too much is never enough: You will rest up won’t you? You’ll need to. The next two days are yours. Be extreme! A number of options to astound you await! White water rafting, parachuting, jet boating, or hiking are on offer. Once you’re dry and breathing again the next portion of our Contiki decathalon takes place. Yes, it’s time to experience Queenstown’s legendary nightlife. Lodge (B,B)

Queenstown at Leisure: Continued.

Or Ski Queenstown: July and August winter departures offer the chance of two full days skiing on some of New Zealand’s finest slopes. Ski equipment and lessons can be organized on arrival at your resort.

Queenstown to Milford Sound –Vertical and nautical: Need an andrenalin boost? We’ll take you to a bridge to jump off! The bungee jumping bridge provides a hair-raising, gob-stopping adrenalin rush. It is one of the options on this tour that separates the tourists from the purists. Pure fun. Pure rush. Why don’t you try it? After this, we’ll head to the amazingly beautiful Milford Sound where you’ll love the night we spend cruising on the Milford Wanderer. Overnight Cruise. (B,D)

Milford Sound to Lake Ohau – Phew … what a view: In the morning we’ll breakfast on board before heading back to the mainland. We travel past Lake Te Anau and the Clutha River to the Southern Alps, then head to our lodge at Lake Ohau which affords views over Australasia’s tallest peak, Mt Cook. Lodge (B,D)

Lake Ohau to Christchurch – Flying high: If heights don’t scare you (we saw you bungee jump two days ago), then why not take the option of a spectacular glacier flight over Mt Cook? Later, we’ll head back to Christchurch where you may join us for an end-of-tour, we-must-keep-in-touch-what-tour-are-you-taking-next, dinner. (B)

Explore New Zealand

Visit Parry Kauri Park

Sightseeing tour of Rotorua

New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, Whakarewarewa

Huka Falls and Wairakei geothermal area

View Lake Taupo

Explore ‘Craters of the Moon’ thermal area

Guided tour of Wellington, NZ’s capital

Inter-Island cruise through the Marlborough & Queen Charlotte Sounds

Picturesque Picton

coast drive including view of a Seal Colony


Drive spectacular Arthur’s Pass

Locally carved greenstone demonstration

Drive through the Haast Pass

Stop at the original Bungee Jump Bridge

Visit historic Arrowtown

Through the Homer Tunnel to Milford Sound

Overnight cruise on the Milford Sound

View Mitre Peak

View Mt Cook across glacial Lake Puk

Sightseeing tour of Christchurch

Scenic drive through these National Parks: Tongariro, Arthur’s Pass, Westland, Mt Aspiring and Fiordland





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