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The Big Tiki - Starts Auckland
For 18 - 35 Young Professionals, Singles and Students

Vacation Overview

Feed your adrenaline cravings - rest & relaxation is overrated! Blackwater raft in Waitomo before you hit Rotorua. Try the 'Zorb' then chill out in a Polynesian spa. Try a hāngi go cruising on Lake Taupo & head to the adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown where you’ll take a spin on the Shotover Jet! Ever tried bungy jumping, sky diving, canyon swinging? Now's the time! Experience Queenstown's legendary nightlife before farewelling your new friends.

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Vacation Itinerary

Vacation Day 1 - Arrive Auckland
Arrive in Auckland & check into the Mercure Hotel Auckland from 2:00pm. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore! Meet your fellow travelers & Tour Manager this evening. Hotel

Vacation Day 2 - Auckland to Paihia
Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. Surrounded by volcanoes, islands and a stunning harbour, you’ll soon understand why this is the “City of Sails” and was once home to the America’s Cup. This morning we’ll crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge & take in the full-blown vistas of the harbour, Rangitoto, and other neighbouring volcanic islands on the way. With a stop at Parry Kauri Park, there’s time to walk through this famous reserve and see many of New Zealand’s ancient Kauri (a native tree). Some of the Kauri are 50m high and over 1000 years old. The final stop today is the small coastal town of Paihia. It’s the gateway to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s photogenic natural playgrounds. Your Trip Manager will point out the colonial style Treaty House at Waitangi. This is where modern-era New Zealand was born when the British Crown and Maori signed a treaty in 1840. You’ll also find out about local Maori culture as you check out the Nga Puhi tribal lands. Tonight, get to know the other 18-35 Years old trip travellers, Trip Manager and Driver over a typical ‘Kiwi’ dinner – fish ‘n’ chips – where you can eat outdoors under the night sky if the weather is good. After dinner, head out to a local music venue in Paihia with the group. Hotel (B,D)

Vacation Day 3 - Paihia
With a full free day here, you’ll really get to enjoy the laid-back, natural beauty of the Bay of Islands. Chill out, or choose from loads of activities on offer here. There’s a catamaran cruise where you can stop off at remote islands, swim and feast on a tasty BBQ lunch. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot some dolphins. Or you could use your free time to head off with some friends to learn about New Zealand’s settler history. Jump on a ferry out to New Zealand’s former capital, the pretty township of Russell. Grab an ice-cream, relax in its cute cafés and walk past some of the town’s historic cottages. We also offer you the option of a day trip to Cape Reinga, New Zealand’s most northern point where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean merge. Our Local Guide can tell you all about the Maori beliefs associated with this site. Then it’s off to the sand dunes of Ninety Mile beach and a drive through the Northland Region. Lastly, for the adrenaline-junkies, there’s a chance to go parasailing – perfect for getting views of the awesome surrounding bay scenery. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 4 - Paihia to Auckland
With our beach fix complete, it’s time to say goodbye to the paradise of Paihia & head back to the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland! On arrival, your expert Tour Manager will get you in the know with all the details you need to know (and more) on the country’s largest city. In the city, it’s time for new views, literally...you’ll get the guaranteed best views of Auckland with an included trip up the iconic Sky Tower. As the Southern Hemisphere’s tallest building, standing at 328m with views up to 80km into the distance including the Hauraki Gulf & Manukau harbour & volcanic landscape, mean you’re right where you need to be. Take in the views, walk on the glass platform (if you’re game) & frame up some shots as you soak up the scene. Back at ground level, Auckland by night goes off, so with that in mind we’ve gotten you a VIP pass at one of our favourite nightspots so you can start the night out right. Later, you could keep it moving – try K Road for some alternative vibes, Ponsonby hot spots like The Ponsonby Socia Club, Chapel Bar or the Long Room for some cool beats & equally cool people, or Parnell for a taste of the true Auckland by night. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 5 - Auckland to Waitomo

Today we drive through the lush farmlands of Waikato – an area that produces many of New Zealand’s best rugby players for the All Blacks. On the way we'll stop off for an included visit at Otorohanga's Kiwi House to check out New Zealand's national bird. This shy creature only comes out at night - the nocturnal enclosures at the Kiwi House mean you're guaranteed to see one. If you're lucky you'll also get to spot a tuatara - a true 'living fossil' reptile that pre-dates the dinosaurs! Next up is Waitomo and the Waitomo Caves. Famous for their incredible limestone formations and glowworms, the caves are a stunning subterranean world. You’ll see the Glowworm Grotto, where the cave roof is covered with twinkling insects. For adventure, you can head deeper into the caves in an optional activity and see them either on foot or by tubing down an underground river. Tonight, it’s a true Kiwi BBQ dinner and a visit to a typical country pub. Kick back with your friends and some of the locals. Maybe try out the local beer – it’s good! Lodge (B,D)

Vacation Day 6 - Waitomo to Rotorua
This morning, we stop at the Agrodome farm show for an interactive introduction into farming and agriculture, which is New Zealand’s main industry. You’ll see sheep-shearing and watch an impressive sheepdog demo. These dogs are highly-trained and skilled at controlling livestock. For some crazy ‘Kiwi ingenuity’, try our zorbing optional. It’s an activity where you get inside a huge plastic ball and roll down a 200m hill, either by yourself or with a friend. Later, we pull into Rotorua, famous for its spurting geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and ‘interesting’ sulfur smell. Rotorua is an important hub of Maori culture. To recognise this, we have an optional authentic cultural experience, complete with a fantastic Maori hāngi dinner and traditional dance concert. Some of the foods you can try from the hāngi are sweet potato and chicken cooked on hot rocks in an underground pit – just as they have been for centuries. Listen to stories, songs and chants while learning about ancient Maori mythology and beliefs. Hotel (B,D)

Vacation Day 7 - Rotorua
This morning, get an insider look at New Zealand’s unique Maori culture & history as we tour Rotorua’s famous Ohinemutu Village with our expert local guide. You’ll learn all about the history of the Maori people, their customs & traditions, plus have the opportunity to ask questions & learn as much as possible about this amazing spot – it’s the perfect way to get in the know. With the rest of the day free to explore the way you want, you can advantage of the city's awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa treatment or massage. Our tip: With so much buzz around the amazing thermal mud treatments found here, we love picking up some products to take home as a gift (or for ourselves!). There are loads of other ways to spend your time too if adrenalin is more your thing, like getting views of the city from a gondola, then speeding down a hill on a luge, or getting a splash as you raft the Kaituna River – the options for things to keep you busy in Rotorua are endless. Or, if chilling out is more of what you’re into, then or hit up a café for a flat white coffee or make tracks to the shops for a spending spree. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 8 - Rotorua to Lake Taupo
On the way to Taupo, a visit to the raging Huka Falls will impress. Tonnes of water surge over these falls at a rate of 220,000 litres (58 000 gallons) per second. It’s only a short drive today to the popular low-key resort town of Taupo. Here, there’s some of the best trout fishing in the country and some of the most amazing long-distance views of Tongariro National Park’s three volcanic peaks. Cap off your day with our optional dinner cruise out on New Zealand’s largest lake – Lake Taupo - where you can also have a go at fishing! Later, back on land, play some pool at one of Taupo’s lakeside bars. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 9 - Lake Taupo to Wellington
Spot the dramatic volcanic landscapes that were used as backdrops in "The Lord of the Rings" films today, when we drive past World Heritage-listed Tongariro National Park. The park is also home to the still active volcano, Mt. Ruapehu, which doubles as NZ’s biggest ski field. Next stop – the capital city of Wellington. It’s the country’s political centre and cultural core with funky shops, fringe festivals, galleries, as well as a huge amount of cool cafés and bars. The peak of Mt Victoria gives an amazing overview of the windy city. Take in the sweeping views of pretty beaches, narrow streets, and weather-worn Victorian houses. Tonight, enjoy an optional dinner with the group in the heart of the downtown area, which has a great, lively atmosphere and plenty of cutting edge restaurants and bars. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 10 - Wellington
You’ve got a full day to discover Wellington – its compact centre is perfect for exploring on foot. Walk alongside the harbour or visit the innovative Te Papa Museum for a look into New Zealand history and culture. You could take a walk around New Zealand’s political heart by visiting some of its government buildings. Take in the iconic ‘Beehive’ building & its distinctive shape, which was specially designed to cope in case of an earthquake. You could hang out on alternative Cuba Street, watch street performers or rummage through some of the surrounding retro stores. If you’re hungry, try out some of the great ethnic foods you can find in this multi-cultural city, like sushi, Thai, kebabs and Italian gelatos. For something different, learn about the age-old art of tattooing at the Tattoo Museum. From traditional Maori moko (face tattoos) through to colourful contemporary designs. There’s even a tattoo parlour on site if you’re game! Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 11 - Wellington to Christchurch
Jump on the Inter-Island ferry and leave the North Island behind. The South Island means a complete change of scenery with loads of wild nature. Cruise through the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds, where thick forested peaks rise straight up from the sea. It’s a camera-friendly spot with picturesque inlets, remote coves and tiny beaches that dot the islands. You’ll also see some old wooden baches (New Zealand holiday houses) and boat jetties. After the cruise, it’s another jaw-dropping drive to Kaikoura, via Marlborough’s wine country. We travel on to the wild, rugged east coast and stop at a seal colony, before passing through Kaikoura. This seaside settlement is known for whales, dolphins and delicious, fresh crayfish sold from roadside vans. The coach cuts across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 12 - Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier
After a leisurely start to the day we begin our journey west through stunning Arthur’s Pass, following an old trade route. The dense native forest, alpine atmosphere and crystal clear rivers give the area its pioneer feel. We’ll stop in at the former gold rush town of Hokitika on the West Coast. It’s great for a look into a traditional Maori art. Watch authentic carvers work with New Zealand greenstone (jade) and learn about the importance of this stone. You could even pick up a piece to take home. Sticking to the untamed coastline, we arrive in the Westland National Park. Franz Josef is our stop for the night, a town where lush bush land and glaciers almost reach the sea. Lodge (B,D)

Vacation Day 13 - Franz Josef Glacier
This morning, get physical and pull on your crampons, grab an ice-pick and head out onto the ice of either the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier. On this optional activity, you’ll learn about how these glaciers came about with our professional Local Guides. Otherwise, you can get a bird’s eye view over these icy formations and sweeping vistas in an optional helicopter ride. Lodge (B)

Vacation Day 14 - Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown
Relax on the coach, chat with friends and take in the stunning scenery of the Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls as we head down to Queenstown. Cruise past remote beaches and the coastal dunes of the west coast before hitting Haast Pass. Ancient rainforests, small glaciers and waterfalls give this area its unique atmosphere. There’s even more scenery changes when we cross the Southern Alps and enter the region of Otago, with its golden grasslands, cliffs and hills. Next up: Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. This is one high-energy destination that has something for everyone. From jet boat rides to fantastic local food, gorgeous countryside and the world’s most southern wineries, the list really is endless. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 15 - Queenstown
This morning, you’ll take a ride on ‘The world’s most exciting jetboat’ the iconic Shotover Jet! Hold on tight - speeding down the Shotover River on a jetboat amongst the fierce canyon walls (so close you could probably touch them) is a thrilling experience & getting a pic to take home of the group in action is a must. Next up, legendary Queenstown! This traveller favourite is world renowned as the home of action & adrenalin & needs no introduction – your time here is guaranteed to be epic, no matter what you choose to do. The nightlife here is equally as awesome as its adrenalin fixes & with VIP entry to one of the town’s hottest nightspots you're sure the start the night out right. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 16 & 17 - Queenstown
With two more days here, you’ve got time to try out adrenaline-pumping activities, to take it easy with a glass of local wine or beer and of course, to party – something Queenstown is known for. There’s also the option to take advantage of our explore more highlight optional – your chance to experience the stunning Milford Sound. Milford Sound is one of New Zealand’s gems. This slice of paradise has been voted one of the world’s top destinations & is known around the world for its gorgeous waters & stunning scenery. Set in Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site so get ready for the epic scenery – high mountains rise straight out of the sea and waterfalls pour down sheer cliffs into the deep, dark waters of the fiord. You’ll get the ultimate angle on this natural wonder from the water when we cruise – you’ll learn about this jaw-droppingly beautiful region from the on-board nature specialist. You’ll get a really good look around the area and up close to its more hidden spots. You can chill out and enjoy the scenery on deck & hopefully you’ll get a chance to spot seals, dolphins, whales and penguins. Choose to take a coach over, then jump on a boat & cruise this stunning spot then head back to Queenstown on the coach. Or, if you’re feeling up for it, there’s the option to fly back to Queenstown too. Walk around the quaint town, hit the shops or head down to the lake for beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges, fittingly called The Remarkables. Board the old steam boat, the TSS Earnslaw, for a lake cruise and see it all from the water. For adrenaline junkies, there’s bungy jumpy, sky diving, jet boating, canyon swinging and quad biking. In fact there are so many adventure activities in Queenstown that you couldn’t do them all in the 2 days if you tried. For those who like to keep their feet planted firmly on the ground, take an easy-going hike or push yourself with a tougher trail. Pumping at night, Queenstown is the place to hit some of New Zealand’s best bars and clubs. With cool cocktail bars, old-style pubs and plenty of clubs, there is so much to choose from. Hotel Hotel (B,B,D)

Vacation Day 18 - Finish Queenstown
The tour ends this morning and it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends & 18-36 Years old trip crew. (B)

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Vacations Prices

Starts Auckland / Ends Queenstown

Start DateEnd DateFinal PriceDeparture
06 May 2018 22 May 2018 $2,755 Definite
07 Jun 2018 23 Jun 2018 $2,755 Definite
09 Jul 2018 25 Jul 2018 $2,725 Definite
17 Jul 2018 02 Aug 2018 $2,725 Definite
27 Sep 2018 13 Oct 2018 $2,725 Definit

Start DateEnd DatePriceDeparture
03 Oct 2018 19 Oct 2018 $2,705 Definite
11 Oct 2018 27 Oct 2018 $2,705  
19 Oct 2018 04 Nov 2018 $2,705  
27 Oct 2018 12 Nov 2018 $2,705  
04 Nov 2018 20 Nov 2018 $2,705 Definite
12 Nov 2018 28 Nov 2018 $2,705 Definite
20 Nov 2018 06 Dec 2018 $2,775 Definite
28 Nov 2018 14 Dec 2018 $2,775 Definite
06 Dec 2018 22 Dec 2018 $2,775 Definite
10 Dec 2018 26 Dec 2018 $2,775  
14 Dec 2018 30 Dec 2018 $2,775 Definite
18 Dec 2018 03 Jan 2019 $2,775 Definite
22 Dec 2018 07 Jan 2019 $2,775 Definite
26 Dec 2018 11 Jan 2019 $2,775 Definite
30 Dec 2018 15 Jan 2019 $2,775 Definite
03 Jan 2019 19 Jan 2019 $2,775 Definite
07 Jan 2019 23 Jan 2019 $2,775 Definite
15 Jan 2019 31 Jan 2019 $2,775 Definite
19 Jan 2019 04 Feb 2019 $2,775 Definite
23 Jan 2019 08 Feb 2019 $2,775 Definite
31 Jan 2019 16 Feb 2019 $2,775 Definite
08 Feb 2019 24 Feb 2019 $2,775  
12 Feb 2019 28 Feb 2019 $2,775 Definite
16 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 $2,775 Definite
04 Mar 2019 20 Mar 2019 $2,775 Definite
05 Apr 2019 21 Apr 2019 $2,735 Definite
07 May 2019 23 May 2019 $2,735 Definite
08 Jun 2019 24 Jun 2019 $2,735 Definite
16 Jun 2019 02 Jul 2019 $2,735  
24 Jun 2019 10 Jul 2019 $2,735 Definite
02 Jul 2019 18 Jul 2019 $2,699 Definite
10 Jul 2019 26 Jul 2019 $2,699 Definite

*Prices not guaranted until time of booking

*Single Room available (extra cost)

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.


    • 17 nights multi-share accommodation: 14 nights in hotels, 3 nights in lodges
    • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
    • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges


  • Experienced & Professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities


  • 22 meals:
  • 17 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners


  • 1 World Heritage Site visited
    • See the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's Cup
    • Cross Auckland's Harbour Bridge
    • Walk through native Kauri Forest
    • Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa's famous Hundertwasser toilets
    • Tuck into a true Kiwiana fish 'n' chips dinner
    • See the impressive city skyline & Sky Tower
    • Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky Tower
    • VIP entry to one of Auckland's hottest nightspots
    • Entry to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
    • Enjoy a traditional Kiwi BBQ or pub dinner (seasonal)
    • Visit the Agrodome to see the world-renowned Sheep Show
    • Guided tour of the 'Sulfur City', Rotorua
    • Traditional Maori hāngi dinner & dance performance
    • Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village
    • See Rotorua's bubbling geothermic mud pools
    • Visit the mighty Huka Falls
    • View Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake
    • Dramatic drive along the Desert Road, through the volcanic landscape made famous in "The Lord of the Rings"
    • See the active volcano Mt. Ruapehu
    • Orientation tour of Wellington, including Mt. Victoria
    • VIP entry to one of Wellington's hottest nightspots
    • See more of the sights made famous in the "The Lord of the Rings"
    • Spectacular drive along the Kaikoura Coast & visit to a seal colony
    • Drive through New Zealand's largest wine growing region
    • Visit Mt. Victoria & enjoy the panoramic views
    • Drive through Haast Pass & see Thunder Creek Falls
    • Get cerebral with a visit to Wanaka's Puzzling World!
    • Explore tiny Arrowtown
    • Set your pulse racing with a hair-raising ride on the Shotover Jet
    • VIP entry to one of Queenstown's hottest nightspots





































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