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


Vacation Overview

Prepare for stunning surroundings, chilled out Kiwis & a wicked adrenaline rush! Ever tried bungy jumping, jet boating, canyon swinging or 4-wheel driving? Now's the time! Catch your breath & prepare for Queenstown's legendary nightlife. Head over to the land of "The Lord of the Rings", then cruise Lake Taupo. Hit Rotorua, try a 'hangi', or jump on a gondola. Experience a farm show then check out the black water rafting in the caves of Waitomo, all in 2 weeks!

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Vacation Itinerary

Vacation Day 1 - Arrive Queenstown
Kia Ora! Arrive in Queenstown & check into the Tanoa Aspen Hotel, then the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore. 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. Tonight, meet up with your 18-35 Years old trip Crew & fellow travel buddies! Hotel

Vacation Day 2 - 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 3 & 4 - 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 5 - Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier
Relax on the coach, chat with friends and take in the stunning scenery as we head to the rugged West Coast. Leaving the golden grasslands, cliffs and hills of the Otago region behind us, we travel through Haast Pass. See the ancient rainforests and small glaciers that give this area its unique atmosphere - we also make stop at the majestic Thunder Creek Falls. Then cruise past remote beaches and the coastal dunes of the West Coast before arriving in the Westland National Park, where lush bush land and glaciers almost reach the sea. We overnight in Franz Josef, a cute alpine township. Lodge (B),(D)

Vacation Day 6 - 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 7 - Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch
Sticking to the untamed coastline, we 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. We travel east 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. Then it’s back to Christchurch for a chilled out evening. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 8 - Christchurch to Wellington
It’s another jaw-dropping drive up to the top of the South Island today. The coach cuts across the Canterbury Plains to Kaikoura. This seaside settlement is known for whales, dolphins and delicious, fresh crayfish sold from roadside vans. We’ll stop at a seal colony before travelling up the wild, rugged east coast and the wine country of Marlborough. Jump on the Inter-Island ferry and leave the South Island behind. 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. We dock in the capital city of Wellington - the country’s political centre and cultural core with funky shops, fringe festivals, galleries, as well as a huge amount of cool cafes and bars. The peak of Mt Victoria gives an amazing overview of the windy city. Take the time to say your farewells & and swap contact details with your new travel buddies as your tour ends this afternoon in Wellington. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 9 - 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 10 - Wellington to Lake Taupo
Spot the dramatic volcanic landscapes today that were used as backdrops in "The Lord of the Rings", 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. Continue on 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 have a go at fishing! Later, back on land, play some pool at one of Taupo’s lakeside bars. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 11 - Lake Taupo to Rotorua
On the way out of 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 a short drive to Rotorua, famous for its spurting geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs and ‘interesting’ sulfur smell. For some crazy ‘Kiwi ingenuity’, try an optional called zorbing. 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. Rotorua is an important hub of Maori culture. To recognise this, we have an optional authentic cultural experience, complete with a fantastic Maori hangi 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 12 - 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 13 - Rotorua to Waitomo
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. 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 traditional Kiwi BBQ dinner and a visit to a typical country pub. Kick back with your new friends and some of the locals. Maybe try out the local beer – it’s good! Lodge (B),(D)

Vacation Day 14 - Waitomo to Auckland
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 - before arriving in Auckland. As New Zealand’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, Auckland is 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. Here we'll show you the city spots on an included sightseeing tour before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. A VIP pass at one of our favourite nightspots awaits tonight. Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 15 - Auckland to Paihia
This morning we’ll cross the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge. There are 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 Tour 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 you'll get to experience 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 16 - 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. It's your final night together on tour, so make it an evening to remember! Hotel (B)

Vacation Day 17 - Paihia to Auckland
Head back south to Auckland today, where your tour winds up in the city centre mid-afternoon.(B)

Vacation Day 18 - Finish Auckland
Say a final farewell to your new friends as your trip ends this morning after breakfast.(B)

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Vacations Prices

Starts Queenstown / Ends Auckland

Trip StartsTrip EndsPriceAvailabilityDeparture status
5 Nov 2017 18:00
21 Nov 2017 15:00
US$2649   Definite
13 Nov 2017 18:00
29 Nov 2017 15:00
US$2649 Available Definite
21 Nov 2017 18:00
7 Dec 2017 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
29 Nov 2017 18:00
15 Dec 2017 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
7 Dec 2017 18:00
23 Dec 2017 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
15 Dec 2017 18:00
31 Dec 2017 15:00
US$2715   Definite
19 Dec 2017 18:00
4 Jan 2018 15:00
US$2745   Definite
23 Dec 2017 18:00
8 Jan 2018 15:00
US$2745   Definite
4 Jan 2018 18:00
20 Jan 2018 15:00
US$2745   Definite
8 Jan 2018 18:00
24 Jan 2018 15:00
US$2745 Available Definite
12 Jan 2018 18:00
28 Jan 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
16 Jan 2018 18:00
1 Feb 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
20 Jan 2018 18:00
5 Feb 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
24 Jan 2018 18:00
9 Feb 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
1 Feb 2018 18:00
17 Feb 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
5 Feb 2018 18:00
21 Feb 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available  
9 Feb 2018 18:00
25 Feb 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
17 Feb 2018 18:00
5 Mar 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
25 Feb 2018 18:00
13 Mar 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
5 Mar 2018 18:00
21 Mar 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available Definite
21 Mar 2018 18:00
6 Apr 2018 15:00
US$2715 Available  
6 Apr 2018 18:00
22 Apr 2018 15:00
US$2675 Available Definite
22 Apr 2018 18:00
8 May 2018 15:00
US$2675 Available  
24 May 2018 18:00
9 Jun 2018 15:00
US$2675 Available  
9 Jun 2018 18:00
25 Jun 2018 15:00
US$2675 Available  
25 Jun 2018 18:00
11 Jul 2018 15:00
US$2675 Available Definite
3 Jul 2018 18:00
19 Jul 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available Definite
11 Jul 2018 18:00
27 Jul 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available Definite
19 Jul 2018 18:00
4 Aug 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available  
29 Sep 2018 18:00
15 Oct 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available  

Starts Queenstown / Ends Auckland

Trip StartsTrip EndsPriceAvailabilityDeparture status
27 Jul 2018 18:00
12 Aug 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available  
4 Aug 2018 18:00
20 Aug 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available  
12 Aug 2018 18:00
28 Aug 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available Definite
20 Aug 2018 18:00
5 Sep 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available  
28 Aug 2018 18:00
13 Sep 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available  
13 Sep 2018 18:00
29 Sep 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available  
21 Sep 2018 18:00
7 Oct 2018 15:00
US$2645 Available  

*Prices not guaranted until time of booking

*Single Room available (extra cost)


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

Accommodation

    • 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

Team

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

Food

  • 22 meals:
    • 17 breakfasts
    • 5 dinners

Inclusions

  • 1 World Heritage Site visited
  • Set your pulse racing with a hair-raising ride on the Shotover Jet
  • VIP entry to one of Queenstown's hottest nightspots
  • Explore tiny Arrowtown
  • Get cerebral with a visit to Wanaka's Puzzling World!
  • Drive through Haast Pass & see Thunder Creek Falls
  • Chill out at our legendary theme party
  • See a demonstration of traditional Maori greenstone carving
  • Scenic drive across the Southern Alps
  • 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
  • See more of the sights made famous in the "The Lord of the Rings"
  • Dramatic drive along the Desert Road, through the volcanic landscape made famous in "The Lord of the Rings"
  • See the active volcano Mt. Ruapehu
  • View Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake
  • Visit the mighty Huka Falls
  • Guided tour of the 'Sulfur City', Rotorua
  • See Rotorua's bubbling geothermic mud pools
  • Traditional Maori hāngi dinner & dance performance
  • Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village
  • Visit the Agrodome to see the world-renowned Sheep Show
  • Entry to the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park
  • Enjoy a traditional Kiwi BBQ or pub dinner (seasonal)
  • See the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's Cup
  • Catch a 360° view of Auckland with a trip up the Sky Tower
  • VIP entry to one of Auckland's hottest nightspots
  • 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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