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Contiki’s Northern Choice

Contiki’s Northern Choice

THE ONE THAT BRINGS YOU NORTH ISLAND BEAUTY SPOTS, FROM GEOTHERMAL SPRINGS TO LORD OF THE RINGS
Traditional Maori hāngi dinner & dance performance one minute, skyscrapers & city nightlife the next. This is the sort of diversity that will keep you on your toes and round the clock ecstatic on the Northern Choice. The adventure starts in little San Fran of Wellington & concludes in the big smoke of Auckland.

TOUR TYPE: This tours is an In-depth Explorer Tour created for the culturally curious, this type of tour is all about going local, featuring experiences designed around cultural immersions. These trips are not about covering huge amounts of ground but in stead focus on a specific region or country in detail.

The Contiki Difference
Curating journeys of a lifetime is what Contiki does best. Here’s what you get when you travel with them in Australia & New Zealand.

  • Real Experiences
  • Quality Accommodations
  • The Best Team
  • Eat Local
  • Awesome People

Plus all the essentials are covered too

  • All transport included
  • Stay connected with free Wifi
  • Loads of free time
  • Contiki is Committed to sustainable tourism
  • REGION: New Zealand
  • START/END: Wellington to Auckland
  • VENDOR: Contiki

What You Get
9 nights Accommodations: 8 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Contiki Special Stay
12 Meals: 9 Breakfast, 3 Dinner
Team: Expert Trip Manager, Drive and Local Guides
Tansport: All transport included during the trip
Your Group: Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Experience: 10 included, 12 optional that you can add.

DAY 1: WELLINGTON
Wellington let’s do this, and what better place to start than NZ’s well-cultured capital. after checking in to our comfy digs for the evening, the afternoon is yours to start conquering the windy city. Coffee connoisseurs head straight to Cuba Street and hit up any of the local caffeine joints, or if the sun is shining, there’s really nothing better than the waterfront and a crisp glass of NZ wine. This evening you’ll meet up with the rest of the squad, pumped for the imminent adventure that awaits you.

STAY: Mercure Abel Tasman Hotel (or similar)
FREE TIME ADD-ON: Wellington Dinner

DAY 2: WELLINGTON
Galleries, cafes, shops, street performers, vintage markets -Wellington you’re spoiling us. Stroll the eclectic Cuba Street, grab some sushi & pop by the Tattoo Museum where Maori moko face tattoos and modern ink collide, or hop on a quad bike to get down and dirty.

Stay: Mercure Abel Tasman Hotel (or similar)

DAY 3: WELLINGTON TO MOUNT RUAPEHU
Wellington
We wave goodbye to Wellington and its beautiful scenery and we prepare ourselves for our next adventure – and trust us, this one is bucket-list worthy.

Mount Ruapehu
Known as the après-ski capital of the North island, Ohakune is a tranquil town with stupendous view. Today you have the option to go mountain biking along one of NZ’s most picturesque track, “the Old Coach Rd” or spend the day bettering your skills on the slopes or generally treating yourself to all the snowy based activities on offer, then tonight snuggle down in our Special Stay ski lodge, located in prime position at the base of Mt. Ruapehu.

STAY: Kings Hotel Ohakune
NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
– See more of the sights made famous in the The Lord of the Rings
– See an active stratovolcano with Mt Ruapehu

DAY 4: MOUNT RUAPEHU TO LAKE TAUPO
Mount Ruapehu
Wake up in the spectacular surroundings of Mt. Ruapehu with the epic views of the volcano, and you have the option this morning to go mountain biking along one of NZ’s most picturesque track, “the Old Coach Rd” before we head to Taupo.

Lake Taupo
Volcanic peak views & trout fishing will seamlessly slip us into quaint lake life. But don’t be fooled by the seemingly still scenery – a bungy jump or skydive are both on the menu if that adrenaline itch needs scratching.

STAY: Lakeland Hotel (or similar)

DAY 5 – LAKE TAUPO TO ROTORUA VIA HUKA FALLS
Lake Taupo
As we leave Lake Taupo keep an eye out for even more recognizable ‘The Lord of the Rings’ backdrops.

Huka Falls
220,000 litres (58 000 gallons) of water gush over Huka Falls per second. Just let that sink in for a minute. Wild, right? Even wilder still is the Huka Falls Jet experience – a thrilling ride that will get you experiencing the full force of the falls and leave you with even more of a taste for adventure.

Rotorua
When you catch your first whiff of that… ‘unusual’ sulphur smell, you’ll know we’ve arrived in Rotorua. Upon arrival in Rotorua we get to learn some fascinating info on NZ’s national birds, as well as watch new lives hatch right in front of our eyes! How impressed are you right now? Soak in a hotspring, go skydiving or take a canopy tour – there’s plenty of time for you to make the best of this town. Tonight we enjoy a Maori dance performance and feast on a Hāngi dinner that is sweetly roasted in the ground.

STAY: The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (or similar)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
– Take a behind the scenes tour of the of a Kiwi conservation project at the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Encounter
– See the Bubbling geothermic mud pools
– Traditional Maori cultural performance and Hangi dinner

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
– Ogo Ball
– Hukafalls Jet

DAY 6 – ROTORUA
Rotorua
The day is yours to roam free. Soak in a hotspring, go white water rafting, take a canopy tour of hike up a volcano – the options are limitless and the decisions are yours.

STAY: The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
– Kaitiaki Rafting
– Mt. Tarawera Trek
– Rotorua Canopy Tours
– Te Puia Steambox Tour

DAY 7 – ROTORUA TO AUCKLAND
Rotorua
Famed for its spurting geysers, boiling mud pools & hot springs, gondola and speeding luge rides, Rotorua is a natural wonderland and then some. But don’t let the allure of this place consume you, for there’s a fun stop at Hobbiton village we must complete. Join us at our short visit at the land of ‘Lord of the Rings’, before we head to Auckland. That’s right, it wouldn’t be a complete experience without a stop at the “Shire”.

Auckland
Arrive

STAY: President Hotel (or similar)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
– Visit Hobbiton and take a guided tour of the set made famous by the “Lord of the Rings & Hobbit” movies

FREE TIME ADD-ON
– Giapo Chefs Table Experience

DAY 8 – AUCKLAND TO PAIHIA VIA PARRY KAURI PARK
Auckland
We’ll cross Aucklands Harbour Bridge admiring the ‘City of Sails’ harbour before starting our journey north to Paihia.

Parry Kauri Park
We’ll waste no time exploring what this country is famed for – unfathomable nature. Ancient Kauri trees that stand up to 50 metres high and hold over 1000-years of history will delight a walk through the reserve of Parry Kauri Park.
-Walk through native Kauri Forest

Paihia
On arrival to the Bay of Island we’re starting off with a dose of Kiwi history on a guided tour at Waitangi Treaty grounds where in 1840 New Zealand officially became a nation of two communities. And because we like to give you that something extra, how about a free admission at the Treaty museum, in case you seek a bit more detail on Kiwi history.

STAY: The Kingsgate Hotel (or similar)

NO REGRETS INCLUSIONS
– See the City of Sails harbour made famous by the Americas Cup
– Check out Whangarei and Kawakawas famous Hundertwasser toilets
– Get a dose of history with a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Tour
– Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish n chips dinner

DAY 9 – PAIHIA
Paihia
Whether it’s parasailing or a fast boat ride – today’s (idyllic) list of optionals reads like a who’s who of adventure. This area is filled with natural beauty and is sure to inspire your inner wild child. Make the most of the Free Time Add-On experiences on offer – tomorrow we head back to the big city vibes.

STAY: The Kingsgate Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS
– Awesome Cape Reinga Trip
– Carino Day Sailing
– Discover the Bay
– Island Adventure Fast Boat
– Kiwi Parasail

DAY 10 – PAIHIA TO END AUCKLAND
Paihia
Feeling salty and sun-kissed we wave goodbye to beautiful Paihia & sashay our way back down NZ in the direction of Auckland.

Auckland
Time to say adios to the wolf pack and re-live the dream that was the land of the long white cloud, no doubt also dreaming of what might be next in store on an upcoming Contiki adventure, Asia, adventure?

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