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Ultimate New Zealand (Southbound, 21 Days)

  • Fully Guided
  • Coach / Bus
  • Christmas & New Year

Places You’ll See


  • Introduction
  • Day 1 Auckland to Paihia via Whangarei
  • Day 2 Paihia
  • Day 3 Paihia to Auckland
  • Day 4 Auckland to Rotorua
  • Day 5 Rotorua
  • Day 6 Rotorua to Lake Taupō via Huka Falls
  • Day 7 Lake Taupō to Mount Ruapehu
  • Day 8 Mount Ruapehu to Wellington
  • Day 9 Wellington
  • Day 10 Wellington to Kaikoura via Picton
  • Day 11 Kaikoura
  • Day 12 Kaikoura to Christchurch
  • Day 13 Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier via Hokitika and Arthur's Pass
  • Day 14 Franz Josef Glacier
  • Day 15 Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown via Haast Pass and Wanaka
  • Day 16 Queenstown
  • Day 17 Queenstown
  • Day 18 Queenstown
  • Day 19 Queenstown to Te Anau via Milford Sound
  • Day 20 Te Anau to Lake Ōhau via Kingston and Arrowtown
  • Day 21 Lake Ōhau to Christchurch via Lake Tekapo

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What's Included

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Where You'll Stay

Bounty Motel (or similar)

Lylo (or similar)

Sudima Lake Rotorua (or similar)

Lakeland Resort Taupō (or similar)

Kings Ohakune (or similar)

Mercure Wellington Abel Tasman (or similar)

Sudima Kaikoura (or similar)

The Breakfree on Cashel (or similar)

Rainforest Retreat (or similar)

The Village Inn Hotel (or similar)

Lake Ōhau Lodge (or similar)

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  • Upcoming departures
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  • Currency $ New Zealand Dollar New Zealand

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Today is yours to spend however you like – you can explore in your own way, or join us on an optional boat trip, vineyard tour, e-biking experience, ziplining adventure and adventure canyoning. (Safe to say adventure with a capital A lies in store for us.)

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront (or similar)

Another day, another catapult… skydive… bungy jump… Yup, there’s loads more optional activities in store for us today, so make sure you eat all your morning oats – it’s gonna be a big one. (You’re also free to continue exploring Queenstown in your own way too. We’re all about freedom here.)

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Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.

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We’re firm believers that life’s greatest experiences are made better by the people you share them with. That’s why Contiki invented group travel for young people in 1962 and we’ve spent the past 53 years perfecting it. You’ll explore amazing destinations with a group of 18-35 year olds from around the world who share your passion for adventure, good times and creating memories that define what it is to be young, wild and free.

No two travellers are the same and we know that, which is why we offer eight unique ways to explore the world. We have a number of options to choose from to create a vacation that’s perfect for you, from budget to accommodation style.

We're all about exploring the world with like-minded people, which is why we only run trips for 18-35 year olds, to celebrate being young, spirited and curious. You can expect to join a group of 18-53 awesome people from around the world on our Europe, Australia, North America and New Zealand trips, and in Asia and Latin America it's all about small group adventures with up to 25 travellers. Don't worry if you're not traveling as a couple or with a friend from home – though there are plenty of pairs, 50% of our travellers set off solo, meaning you'll have a ton of opportunities to make new friends.

With over 270 trips around the world and plenty of departure dates to work into your schedule, you'll never be short of options on where to go for your next great adventure.

About the company: Contiki are the world leaders in social youth travel. We’ve been providing amazing travel experiences for young travellers, from 18-35 years old, since 1962. Imagine how good you would be at something if you had been doing it for more than 60 years?

Everything about Contiki is deeply rooted in our core values ‘Make Every Moment Count’ and ‘We’re about people’. We don’t just talk the talk, we walk the walk and live by our brand philosophy of ‘Travel.Together.’ which means to travel with one another, the destinations we visit, the cultures we enjoy and the environment, too.


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10 Day Guide to South Island New Zealand with Contiki

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We had an amazing time and the  Contiki  New Zealand Sweet as South tour was a great way for us to get a taste of New Zealand.  They have definitely whet our appetite for more!  If you want to visit New Zealand but have a limited amount of time (1 week versus 1 month), I would highly recommend going on a contiki tour. After the tour, Jacob and I have already decided that we want to go back for a month and explore on our own!  Here’s a recap of our trip to New Zealand (you can click on the day or photo to see the full blog post with more photos & specific tips):


Before tour:  exploring christchurch  & willowbank wildlife reserve.

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Stops at Cookie Time, Geraldine, Lake Tekapo, the Church of the Good Shepherd, & Lake Pukaki

Enjoying the beer and the view at Lake Ohau Lodge New Zealand | 10 Day Guide to South Island New Zealand with Contiki.


Dunedin Railway Station


Stops in Cromwell, Kawarau Bridge original bungy, & Arrowtown.

view of queenstown from skyline restaurant | 10 Day Guide to South Island New Zealand with Contiki.


Also included Shotover Jet, the famous Fergburger, the Skyline Luge, and a McDonalds Happy Meal.

the ledge bungy | 10 Day Guide to South Island New Zealand with Contiki.


Afterwards, there was pizza at the Cow for dinner and drinks at Minus 5 Ice Bar in Queenstown.

Milford Sound Mountains | 10 Day Guide to South Island New Zealand with Contiki.


Dart River Wilderness Safari & Jetboats | 10 Day Guide to South Island New Zealand with Contiki.


Stops in Wanaka’s Puzzling World, Blue Pools, & Thunder Creek Falls.

Wanaka’s Puzzling World | 10 Day Guide to South Island New Zealand with Contiki.


Glacier hiking on fox glacier new zealand


Stops in Hokitika, Castle Hill (Narnia), & Springfield.

Castle hill narnia | 10 Day Guide to South Island New Zealand with Contiki.


We said our goodbyes and headed home. We made some great friends along the way in New Zealand, and we hope they will visit us soon & vice versa!

Farewell New Zealand, we will see you again soon!

General Tips (each individual post has specific tips for each day):

  • Ask for a hairdryer from the receptionist if not provided in your hotel rooms
  • If you ask for Lemonade = Sprite in New Zealand
  • Breakfast is always included. It’s sometimes continental or hot. Also a few dinners are included
  • Cash and credit are both accepted
  • Tipping is optional in NZ. If service is exceptional you can do 10-15%. On taxi drives you can just round up the total for exceptional service. When we first arrived we tipped like typical americans, so I’m sure we made a few people feel very happy or insulted.
  • Recommended amount for tipping the contiki tour driver and tour guide is NZD 3 per person per day (6 NZD per day for both).
  • 2 degrees simcard has a very good value for calling home
  • Bring a water bottle (these are the best travel water bottles we tested on the road).
  • Good souvenirs are pinot gris and sauvignon blancs, woodcarvings, and the native greenstone.

Have you been to New Zealand? Is it on your bucket list?

xoxo esther

Thank you Contiki for hosting our trip. All photos, text, and opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Local Adventurer possible.

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NZ is definitely #1 in our bucketlist right now!! If you don’t mind me asking, was your trip extremely expensive? Any tips on where to splurge and where to save? :)

I just found your blog and i’m in love! haha!

Hi Laura. Thanks so much for reading!! :D

Hmm I would say NZ was one of our pricier trips. Even flights out there were extremely expensive. This is the tour we took to get our feet wet with south island:

I think it’s the best way to see and do the most.

We saved on food because I didn’t really think the food was particularly amazing but splurged on all the activities. I figured it’s the extreme sports capital on the world, and how many times are you going to go and try all those extreme sports in the extreme sports capital in the world? :) When are you thinking of going?

So fun!! We went to New Zealand last year and LOVED it!!! Thankful to be part of the prayer group with you!

Hi Caroline! :) What part of NZ did you end up going to? I only went a week, and I feel like I needed to be there a month to see everything!

You guys come to NZ :D That is awesome :) I’m surprised you didn’t check out the Cadbury (chocolate) factory while you were in Dunedin. It looks as though you came to Dunedin at the right time of year though :) did you see much of the student culture in your one day in the city?

we didn’t see many students when we were there. I think we were just way too tired to go, so we wanted to just relax instead. But when other people got back, we were definitely jealous because they had such a good time and brought back chocolates we had never seen. :)

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The Best Contiki Tours to New Zealand

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Looking for an amazing Contiki tour to New Zealand ? You're in luck, as we've poured through all of the available options to find the best available. These tours are not just awesome adventures in amazing destinations, they are also your ticket to meet other travelers, enjoy the local nightlife, and make new friends to last a lifetime. Contiki is a large and well known tour operator that offers more than 270 tours around the world. The company is one of the original tour companies offering organized tours to young adults, usually in their 20's. They cater to travelers who are between the ages of 18 and 35 years old and the average age is 26 years old. The company has many years of experience offering fun and energetic tours with the interests of young adults in mind. Travelers who choose Contiki include both solo travelers (about 55%) and travelers with companions (about 45%). Contiki tour guides put a lot of emphasis on keeping the experience light, fresh, social, and fun, and helping ensure you make a lot of friends on the trip. Travelers come from around the world with more than 50 countries represented.

  • New Zealand: Sun and Steam (6 Days) 6 Days, $1185.00
  • New Zealand: Northern Choice (Northbound, 12 Days) 12 Days, $2355.00
  • New Zealand: Northern Choice (Southbound, 12 Days) 12 Days, $2195.00

What are Contiki's tours like in New Zealand?

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Here are the important factors:

  • 5 trip options analyzed
  • $138 average price per day (USD)
  • 6 to 12 days in length
  • 4.64 of 5 average rating
  • 49 people or less on average

You'll be surprised at the array of Contiki tours in New Zealand, as there is something for everyone. It's no wonder that visitors can't get enough of these tours, boasting an impressive average guest rating of 4.64 out of 5 stars. Picture yourself joining a group of like-minded adventurers, with an average maximum size of 49 people, ensuring a fantastic blend of social and personalized experiences. The average tour length spans 10 days, with tours ranging from 6 to 12 days long. With our thorough analysis of 5 Contiki tours, we've found the best. So rest assured that New Zealand has something to captivate every kind of traveler.

(All tour prices are in US Dollars before taxes, and come from a base price that is reported by TourRadar. Peak season prices can vary significantly, particularly in destinations where seasonal travel fluctuates dramatically.)

So, let's get to it and see...

The 5 Best Contiki Tours in New Zealand

New zealand: sun and steam (6 days).

  • High Quality: guest ratings are higher than average.

This fantastic voyage has a rating of 5 out of 5 stars. Discover a journey that spans 5 destinations, with notable stops in Warkworth, Paihia, and Bay of Islands. Begin and conclude your remarkable journey in the gorgeous destination of Auckland. Lasting 6 days, the maximum group size is 52 people, and it's good for guests from 18 to 35 years old. Organized by Contiki , this is a great deal because it's only $168 per day.

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New Zealand: Northern Choice (Northbound, 12 Days)

With a stellar 4.8 out of 5 rating, this extraordinary trip is the perfect choice. This trip takes you on an adventure to 10 destinations, including Taupo, Rotorua, Whangarei, and Paihia. Begin your trip in Christchurch and complete it with a memorable finale in Auckland. Guests are treated to unforgettable whale watching and sightseeing experiences. Spanning across 12 days, the trip accommodates 45 individuals, and is suitable for guests from 18 to 35 years old. Offered by Contiki , this remarkable trip is priced at just $165 per day. Don't miss out on this incredible experience.

  • Whale watching
  • Sightseeing

New Zealand: Northern Choice (Southbound, 12 Days)

This exceptional trip offering by Contiki has received a 4.8 out of 5 rating. On this 12-day journey you can unwind while also making new memories. With 7 destinations to explore, you'll get the chance to see Whangarei, Paihia, Rotorua, and Taupo, and more. Your journey starts off in Auckland and finishes in Wellington. With a group size of 50 people, it's suitable for guests from 18 to 35 years old. This remarkable trip is priced at an unbeatable $153 per day.

New Zealand: Sweet As South (Westbound, 9 Days)

  • Great Value: the daily price is lower than average for Contiki tours.

Check out this voyage that has received rave reviews, earning a stellar 4.3 out of 5 rating. Along the way, this journey encompasses 14 destinations, including Arrowtown, Lake Ohau, Ohau, and Hokitika. You'll start and end this amazing trip in Christchurch. Spanning across 9 unforgettable days, this voyage offers an intimate group experience with 50 participants, and it's great for guests from 18 to 35 years old. Brought to you by the renowned Contiki , this exceptional opportunity is priced at an incredible $128 per day - an unbeatable value.

New Zealand: Sweet As South (Eastbound, 9 Days)

This 9-day trip is ideal for guests from 18 to 35 years old. And priced at only $74 per day, it's a great value, too. This itinerary covers 14 captivating destinations, with stops in Haast, Franz Josef, Lake Tekapo, and Lake Ohau, among others. Christchurch will be both the start and end of your journey. It's offered by Contiki , a very popular company with rave reviews and knowledgeable guides.

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How much do Contiki tours to New Zealand cost?

Visitors will find a large range of terrific options for Contiki tours when planning a visit to New Zealand. The price of these specific trips can vary according to length, destinations, and travel style. The average price of Contiki tours in New Zealand based on data from 5 options is an affordable $138 per day. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in New Zealand .

And for more information on New Zealand, see New Zealand Travel Costs and New Zealand Hotel Costs .

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Unlocking Adventure: The Top 5 Best Contiki Tours for Every Traveler!

Expert travel storyteller Jordan Adkins, founder of, brings a decade of adventures across 101 countries and 450+ UNESCO sites into rich, off-the-beaten-path narratives, melding ecological expertise with genuine, seasoned travel insights. His full bio can be found here.

Is this year the time to get ticking off your bucket list destinations? An adventure with Contiki Tours could be just what you are looking for!

If you are between 18 and 35, Contiki offers out-of-this-world group tours that are great value, fun-packed, and a great place to meet like-minded fellow travelers. Wherever your wanderlust is calling you, Contiki has you covered.  So what can you expect from the best Contiki Tours? 

With sixty years in business, the Contiki team has the business of traveling down. Their travel program spans worldwide and covers the hottest travel destinations.  Contiki’s vision is to provide accessible, affordable travel options for young people looking to get out there and explore the world.  

Joining a trip with Contiki is more than just a holiday.  Become part of the Contiki community, meet your travel goals, grow your confidence, forge lifelong friends, and have a meaningful, fun travel experience.  Contiki offers the perfect place to make global connections with both your travel mates and local communities you meet en route.

All Contiki trips come complete with an expert Trip Manager who is essential for creating world-class adventures for all Contiki guests. Using their in-depth knowledge of the destination. They will give you all the info you need to dive in and make the most of every place you visit. They set the vibe for a fun, exciting journey, help you orientate to new cities, and provide any assistance you need while on the road. 

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Operating an inclusive policy, Contiki offers a fun experience regardless of your personality, previous travel experience, or individual differences.  There is something for everyone. Contiki values its diverse and vibrant community, and your trip manager is skilled at helping new groups bond and break the ice. 

Are you thinking of traveling solo? Contiki could be the perfect option.  Around sixty percent of travelers who join a Contiki tour do so solo.  Embrace the freedom of solo travel and combine it with the chance to meet a whole group of new friends.  Contiki offers the right mix of scheduled activities and space to get out and explore how you want.  

In addition to your trip manager, transport between destinations is included, and a professional, safe driver is responsible for getting the crew from A to B.  Take the stress out of the journey with all the logistics taken care of so you can concentrate on the good stuff.  

Significant expenses are all included in the trip price.  Transport, accommodation, and a range of activities are all-inclusive, making Contiki trips easier to budget, so you don’t need to stress about running out of money.

Carefully curated accommodation is provided for every night of the trip.  Accommodation choices vary depending on the trip, but rest assured all accommodations will meet the Contiki standards from centrally located city hostels, glamping or camping experiences, hotels, and Contiki special stays.  Contiki only works with the best in the business. They know what makes a great stay, and their accommodation choices reflect this.  

Contiki endeavors to make every trip a memorable experience. With a massive range of tours available, you can choose a tour that suits your needs and budget. If you travel with friends, you can request to stay in the same room as your mates.  If you travel solo and want a little more privacy, you can upgrade to a private room.  Whatever the experience you are looking for, Contiki can make it happen.  

With years in the business, Contiki knows how to provide the ultimate travel experience, from the best places to visit, to uncovering hidden gems, unique experiences, the best parties, restaurants, cultural experiences, and active adventures. Whatever you are into, Contiki has you covered with mind-expanding experiences.  

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As the world leader in youth travel, Contiki’s mission statement is Make Travel Matter.  Travel has a profound impact on the communities, the places, and the communities we visit.  By making sustainability and responsible travel the cornerstone of their vision, Contiki helps facilitate young travelers to leave a positive impact on the places they visit.  

Make Travel Matter Experiences visit innovative projects which support local people, the natural environment, and wildlife. You may visit local community projects, meet local people and artisans, learn more about indigenous cultures, or visit innovative projects which benefit the natural environment and wildlife.  These amazing experiences help educate travelers about global issues and allow a deeper connection to the destinations they visit.

Contiki has undertaken a sustainability pledge and a 4-point climate action pledge.  They have implemented a carbon calculator to determine how much carbon each trip produces and have invested in carbon offsetting to reduce the impact of their tours.  In addition, they are committed to lowering emissions on their trips wherever possible.  They have invested in their fleet of coaches, which are both modern and fuel efficient. Coach travel offers a more sustainable option than the traditional road trip. 

If you take a trip with Contiki, you can be assured they are doing everything possible to make the trip as sustainable as possible and travel responsibly.  

Contiki provides life-affirming travel for young adventurous people looking to discover what the wider world offers. So if you are ready to book an unforgettable adventure, stop dreaming and make those plans a reality. Pick your destination and get involved.  

Whatever your adventure style, vibes, or wherever you want to go, Contiki has it covered.  Read on to find out the best Contiki tours which we have sorted for you to provide the ultimate travel inspiration. 

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Eternal India

Food and wine in a french chateau, the explorer with (inca trail trek), sun and steam ( new zealand ), beaches and reefs (australia), the powder rush.

Are you ready to sharpen your sense of adventure with an action-packed twelve-day tour of India?  

Contiki offers an epic tour that takes in the multi-sensory extravaganza that is the vast, frenetic, and inspiring country of India, traveling through the Golden Triangle onwards to Mumbai and the exotic shores of Goa.  

This trip is perfect for those wanting to get out and explore India safely, socially, and stress-free. With your expert trip manager, driver, and local guides, this trip will be a breeze.   

The group will embark from the capital of Dehli in all its chaotic glory. 

Under the wing of your local guide, explore the sights and sounds of the historic district of Old Dehli, with its abundance of everything from bicycles, people, and rickshaws to street vendors selling all manner of wares.  Marvel at the ornate architecture and rich, warm colors of the red sandstone buildings before immersing yourself in Dehli’s street food scene. 

Cross over the Yamuna River into the state of Uttar Pradesh towards the city of Agra to make some serious strides on your bucket list with visits to the formidable Red Fort of Agra and the iconic Taj Mahal with its glittering white marble and luscious courtyards, gardens, and spectacular water pool and fountains.

Hit up the expansive Ranthambore National Park with the opportunity to add on a sunrise safari to spot some of the park’s incredible wildlife.  The trip includes visiting the Dhonk craft center, which provides employment and education opportunities for local people and micro-financing services.  Connect with local people here and learn more about their lives with this included Contiki Travel Matters Experience. 

Let loose in Jaipur, where you have some free time to explore.  Your group leader is full of expert recommendations, so grab your new travel crew and head out to savor the visual delights of this city with its distinctive pink-hued buildings.  Make a pit stop at Udaipur for a guided city tour, taking in the stunningly beautiful City Palace complex on Lake Pichola’s banks and the ornate Jagdish temple.  

Next, head to the mega-city of Mumbai with its cacophony of noises.  Watch as skyscrapers rise from it’s sprawling bodies and flotillas of boats sail the busy shores of the Arabian Sea. A local guide will help you experience the rush of this metropolis. Then it’s on to the beaches of Goa to embrace the sounds of the waves.  Your trip ends here, and it is the perfect spot for a farewell party to Goa’s legendary nightlife.  

With transport and accommodation covered, Eternal India provides an accessible and worry-free way to experience India’s incredible history and culture .  Immerse yourself in the amazing sights and sounds, from ornate temples to the city metropolises, lush countryside to beachside shores.  India has it all, and Contiki can’t wait to take you there. 

  • Hotel accommodation
  • Comfortable travel on a private coach
  • Services of an expert trip manager and friendly, knowledgeable guides
  • 11 breakfasts, one lunch, and one dinner
  • Orientation and sightseeing tours with local guides in Dehli, Udaipur, and Mumbai
  • Entry to the Taj Mahal and the Agra Red Fort
  • Visit the Dhonk Craft Centre community project in Ranthambore
  • Internal flight to Goa

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Treat yourself to a gourmet French chateau experience.  

Tease your palette, and meet new friends with an epic four days living in a 16th-century chateau complete with a pool, in-house chef, and bar.  Your travel group will explore the delights of the Beaujolais wine region, which has an abundance of vineyards and a rich culinary tradition that highlights fresh, seasonal produce.  

A complimentary transfer will whisk you from the station of Villefranche sur Saone to your stunning accommodation.   Settle into your well-appointed rooms and explore the sprawling grounds of this 16th-century chateau, a fantastic example of the architecture of the French Renaissance. 

Savor a locally produced wine and cheese tasting before heading for a three-course welcome dinner in a picturesque local village.  Food on, drinks on!

The next day heads out for a day trip to the gastronomical capital of France , Lyons.  Take a tour of the city’s culinary highlights with a local expert.  Your guide ensures you will hit the best spots and taste this region’s best food and wine. 

Sip spectacular wines and stop by some of the Bouchons Lyonaise, traditional, rustic restaurants that specialize in serving regional dishes.  Uncover the city’s authentic culinary heritage before returning to a fun dinner at the Chateau, making the most of your beautiful accommodation.  

Hit up a winery tour in the Beaujolais Wine Region.  Visit three wineries and sample wines, meet local winemakers, and learn more about viticulture.  Enjoy an included winery lunch with paired wines as you live the good life in France. 

Relax at the chateau as the in-house chefs prepare a farewell dinner of traditional French fare for the group to round out your foodie adventure in style.  Expect plenty of laughs, delicious food, and flowing drinks. Your trip ends the next day, but there is still time for a tasty breakfast or dip in the pool.  

This lavish tasting experience will leave your buttons straining as you enjoy an introduction to this region’s exquisite food and wine.   With accommodation and gourmet tasting experiences included, this upmarket adventure is excellent value.   

  • Three nights’ accommodation in Chateau De Cruix.  
  • Complimentary transfer from the station of Villefranche sur Saone
  • Local wine and cheese tasting
  • Moveable Feast Walking Tour of Lyons
  • Three Breakfasts in the Chateau
  • Winery visits and included lunch in the Beaujolais Wine Region
  • Three Luxurious French Dinners
  • Small Group Size for an intimate experience
  • A Few Extra Inches on the Waistline

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Embark on a journey of exploration in Peru , Argentina , and Brazil .  This eighteen-day adventure lets you experience some of South America’s finest destinations, from the wonders of the Matcha Pichu to the dynamic capital of Buenos Aires and the flamboyant streets of Rio de Janeiro.   

Soak in the complex cultures of South America, the intricate stonework of the ancient Incan civilization, and the breathtaking beauty of the densely-forested, high-altitude hills of the longest continental mountain range in the world, the Andes.  

This trip is perfect for those wanting an in-depth exploration of this awe-inspiring region. 

Begin your adventure at 11,000 feet in the city of Cusco, the historic capital of the Incan empire, surrounded by the sacred Andean peaks of Ausangate, Salkantay, and Veronica and the formidable ruins of the mighty Incan Empire.

With a local guide, you will visit the ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo to start uncovering the legacy of the Incan people and their agricultural and engineering prowess.  Those who choose the one-day Inca trek can follow some of the original Inca trails, traversing mountain paths into the clouds and taking in views of the iconic peak of Huayna Picchu and the valleys below.  

Those who choose not to take the Inca trail trek will catch a train to Aguas Calientes, a gateway city to Machu Picchu; nestled between imposing mountains and lush rainforest, the town is only accessible via train or foot.  

This location offers an early start for one of the trips, highlighting a guided tour of Machu Picchu . Located high amongst the Vilcabamba mountain range, wonder at the shifting shapes of the mist and clouds as they shroud these ancient structures. This spectacular architectural complex was abandoned in the 16th century.  

Take a rest day in Cusco with some free time.  Explore with new friends, or choose one of the optional extra excursions available. Tomorrow your journey takes you airborne to the heart of the Amazon.  

Reaching Puerto Maldonado is an adventure in itself as your plane cuts through the mountains before descending into Peru’s Amazon basin.  Then you will voyage by boat to a spectacular jungle lodge deep in the pristine rainforest of the Amazon. 

From your comfortable lodge accommodation, smash your bucket list with a two-night stay in the jungle. Take a hike to a canopy tower to take in the incredible biodiversity of this verdant paradise, kick back and relax in your bungalow as the rich audioscape of gushing water, the howl of monkeys, calls of birds, and the patter of rain wash over you.  The next day enjoy an unforgettable guided canoe trip down the mighty waters of the Amazon.

Catch an internal flight to the city of Lima.  Spend a free evening with your new travel mates in Peru’s capital.  Experience the city come alive as night settles, meander through the Plaza de Armas, the city’s main square, stroll past the illuminated facade of the cathedral of Lima, follow the boardwalk along the cliffs for a spectacular view of the cities skyline, or visit the lively neighborhoods of Miraflores and Barranco.  

On to Buenos Aires next for an epic four-night stay in this energetic Latin-American destination.  Launch straight into the good times with a hearty dinner out. Get ready to experience the fire of the Argentinian tango dancers in a wild night of romance and dancing. 

The city is yours to explore. With the help of an expert local guide, get under the skin of this diverse metropolis. Follow insider tips and craft your adventure on the tree-lined streets, party until dawn breaks or join the optional extra excursions.  

Suppose this incredible city destination wasn’t enough for you. In that case, it is onto Brazil to experience the natural wonders of the unbelievable Iguassa National Park, home to one of the world’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful collections of waterfalls.  Surrounded by tropical rainforest, this semi-circle-shaped waterfall contains multiple cascades creating a dazzling visual display.  

Finnish this adventure of a lifetime, with a multi-day stop in Rio De Janeiro with beachside accommodation.  Get ready for the time of your life.  

Check out the famous sunsets of Rio, its vibrant city beaches, and unbeatable nightlife. With an orientation tour to get your bearings, there is plenty of free time to soak in the carnival atmosphere.  

These last days pack a punch with a Contiki Make Travel Matter guided tour through the favelas and an epic boat cruise in Guanabara Bay, taking in the stunning waterside view of the city’s iconic landmarks.  Toast your mates, toast the experience, toast yourself! This is you living your best life.  

Contiki makes the journey easy with a stress-free, safe, in-depth travel itinerary.  With an expert trip manager and local guides, a driving team, accommodation, and amazing included activities, this truly is a life-changing travel experience.  

  • Expert trip manager, driving team, and local guides
  • 13 nights of hotel accommodation and 4 nights of hostel accommodation (including a 2-night stay in the Amazon)
  • 17 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Exploration of the Sacred Valley (Urubamba), including the Pisac and Ollantaytambo Ruins
  • Visit Machu Picchu with a guided tour and entry.
  • Flight through mountain terrain and descending into the Amazon Basin to Puerto Maldonado
  • Orientation tour of Puerto Maldonado, Buenos Aires and Rio De Janerio
  • Amazon jungle canopy Hike and guided canoe ride
  • Flight to Lima
  • Flight to Buenos Aires and tango and dinner experience
  • Flights to Iguassu, exploration of Iguassu National Park
  • A Contiki Make Travel Matter Experience – Guided Favela Tour
  • Visit Christ the Redeemer Statue
  • Guanbara Bay Boat Cruise
  • A full Instagram feed

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Is New Zealand on your mind this year? Contiki offers an incredible North Island mini-break.  

Make life easy and join in on this sublime roadie that heads up to the sunny shores of Paihia in the upper Northland, then onto the geothermal delights of buzzing Rotorua.  

This social tour has a maximum group size of 45 and is the perfect place to meet new friends and travel companions.  A group tour is an excellent way to make the most of your time in New Zealand and shake up your social life while getting out there and trying new experiences.  

Travel in comfort on a spacious private coach. Your expert trip manager is a fellow New Zealand enthusiast with in-depth knowledge of the best activities and scenic spots.  In short, they have your back with on-the-road support! 

Meet your group in Auckland before heading toward Paihia. Take in the views as you cruise the open road. There is a scheduled pit stop in Whangarei. Stroll around the marina, with plenty of cafes and restaurants overlooking the waterfront. It is the perfect place for a leisurely lunch.  The city has a vibrant arts scene, and culture vultures will enjoy visiting the Huderwassert art center. 

On arrival in Paihia, the group will take a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds to learn more about the history and culture of New Zealand’s indigenous people.  After a busy day, tuck into New Zealand’s classic fish and chips overlooking the idyllic Bay of Islands.  A free day in Paihia lets you explore the spectacular coastal beauty of this small town.  There are plenty of optional extras to try if you want, or kick back and do your own thing.  

Overnight in Auckland before hitting up the bright lights of Rotorua.  Here you will meet New Zealand’s national bird, the Kiwi, in a Contiki Make Travel Matter visit to New Zealand Kiwi Hatchery.  The evening sees you experience a traditional hangi dinner and Maori cultural experience.  

You have a free day to explore Rotorua , visit some of the town’s geothermal features, or get involved in some adventure sports. Your trip leader can hook you up with a raft of optional activities. The tour heads back to Auckland for your departure point.    

With included transport, cultural activities, accommodation, and a whole heap of fun, this tour offers a stress-free way to experience some of the North Islands’ premium locations and activities with a shorter New Zealand break.  

  • 4 nights of hotel accommodation and one night in a hostel
  • Private coach travel and professional driver
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Visit the Huderwassert arts center.
  • Guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty grounds
  • Fish and chip dinner in Pahia
  • Visit the New Zealand Kiwi Hatchery
  • Maori Cultural Experience and Traditional Hangi Dinner
  • Visit Auckland, Whangarei, Pahia, Rotorua

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This incredible tour offers your ultimate east coast Australian Adventure .  

Join your trip manager and travel crew for this epic adventure. With a maximum group size of 30, this trip offers the perfect blend of social and intimate.  Prepare to make some serious inroads on your Aussie bucket list as you blast along the Pacific coast from Sydney to Cairns.  

Your adventure takes in the best of the east coast and is jam-packed with visits to stunning tropical islands.  This one is all about sun, sea, sand, and fun.  

Send an incredible three nights in Australia’s cosmopolitan capital Sydney.  Kick off with a day trip to the spectacular blue mountains, with their dramatic sandstone cliffs and shrouds of blue-tinted mist. Next day enjoy an orientation tour of Sydney with your group leader, including the Opera House and Bondi Beach.  

Hop on a plane for the laid-back shores of Byron Bay.  Embrace surfer life with an included surf lesson.  Be warned. You might catch the surfing bug! With a two-night stay in Byron, you have plenty of time to get acquainted with the town’s bohemian vibes, luscious natural surroundings, and thriving art and music scene.  

Hightail it to your next amazing destination with a two-night stay in a stunning eco-camp in the unique Noosa Everglades.  Soak in the surroundings with its dense vegetation and lush wetland ecosystems.  Later experienced a Contiki Make Travel Matter experience with a visit to an 80-acre sustainable farm.  

A day trip to Fraser Island guarantees unforgettable memories.  Head out early with the team to experience paradise, from its pure white sand beaches to the coastal dune system, abundant wildlife, marine life, and verdant rainforest.  Blast down the longest sand highway in the world and dip in Lake Mackenzie’s crystal-clear waters.  There is incredible wildlife to see here.  Prepare to be blown away but its rugged, wild, and isolated beauty.  

Things get pretty tropical where you are going next, with a base in one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations, Airlie Beach.   Located in the heart of the Whitsundays, it is the perfect jumping-off spot for a day trip to the jaw-droppingly beautiful region, surrounded by the coral sea, home to the Great Barrier Reef.  This is the place for exploring this extensive coral ecosystem, its spectacular array of marine life, and crystal clear turquoise waters.

Next up is a two-night stay on Magnetic Island, home to many Australian wildlife, from koalas to wallabies and possums. Head over by ferry before enjoying a hike to watch the spectacular sunset, with unobstructed views across the coral sea; the sunsets here are literally to die for. Next morning experience a uniquely Aussie breakfast experience with a slap-up feed at Selina Koala Village set amongst native trees. A wildlife ranger will introduce you to some of the residences of the onsite wildlife sanctuary.  

The last destination on the itinerary is Cairns.  Get acquainted with traditional bush cuisine with an incredible dining experience hosted by a local chef who demonstrates the uses of native ingredients before enjoying a traditional dinner using the native game.  

Join an expert guide for a guided tour of the Daintree Rainforest, one of the oldest and most diverse in the world.  As part of this Make Travel Matter experience meet with the local Kuku Yalanji people and learn more about the history and culture of the Aboriginal people.  Next, head over to the Janbal gallery to meet with an Aboriginal artist to explore the artistic expression of Dreamtime and try your hand at creating your own masterpiece.  Spend your last day in Cairns taking in the sights or join an optional extra Great Barrier Reef cruise.  

This incredible adventure takes in the breadth of Australia’s stunning East Coast for an epic journey of beaches, wildlife, and stunning tropical destinations.  

  • 13 nights in hostels, 2 nights in an eco-camp
  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Expert trip manager, driver and local guides
  • Day trip to the Blue Mountains
  • Guided tour of Sydney, including Bondi Beach and the Opera House. 
  • Flight to Byron Bay and a surf lesson 
  • Fraser Island Day Trip
  • Flight Brisbane to Airlie Beach
  • Day trip to the Whitsundays
  • Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef.  
  • Ferry to Magnetic Island 
  • Magnetic Island Sunset Hike and champagne 
  • Breakfast with koalas on Magnetic Island
  • Train to Cairns
  • Make Travel Matter bush tucker dinner experience
  • Guided tour of the Daintree Rainforest
  • Immersive Make Travel Matter Aboriginal Art Class

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Are you craving fresh powder? Dreaming of hitting the Canadian slopes for some world-class skiing and snowboarding?

Contiki’s Powder Rush Tour offers the ultimate Canadian Ski adventure on this 9-day tour for snow lovers.  Join a maximum group of 52 other powder hounds for your best winter holiday yet.  

This trip is perfect for meeting new slope buddies, sharing snow stories, and experiencing Canada’s stunning natural beauty. Your expert trip manager will set the vibes and get the excitement going, and your expert driver will handle the logistics.

Begin this epic adventure in the pumping city of Vancouver, where snow-capped mountains meet the shores of the Pacific.  

Jump aboard the comfortable Contiki coach to trace the coastline on the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway.  Keep your eyes open because the scenery is out of this world, with epic coastal views, rugged snowcapped mountains, the winding Squamish River, and lush forested hillsides.  

With anticipation kicking in, arrive at the legendary Whistler, home to the mighty Coast Mountain range, bucket loads of snow, and an electric apres-scene.  Spend a three-night stay in North America’s largest ski resort.  With varied skiing terrain and some of the best backcountry in Canada, Whistler has something for everyone.  Contiki has local connections and can hook you up with great deals on lessons.  

You might be sad to leave Whistler’s stunning slopes but fear not; your travel crew is headed to the magnificent Banff National Park.  Jump on board a flight to Calgary before a short drive takes you to Banff.  

This place is outdoor magic in all its glory, set against the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains.  With its timeless natural beauty, the park is one of the biggest in Canada and home to next-level skiing and snowboard terrain.  

With three ski resorts in the park, you are spoilt for choice.  Banff Mount Norquay is located minutes from Banff town. It has approximately 60 runs, a terrain park, and also offers night skiing.  Lake Louise is Bannff’s most extensive area and has several terrain parks, good access to incredible back-country skiing, and amazing views of the Rocky Mountains and Lake Louise. 

Sunshine Village spreads across three mountains, has expansive views and access to the continental divide, and is located at an incredibly high altitude, benefiting from excellent snow conditions.  The choice is yours!

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, there is a wide range of activities in the national park, from hiking to dog sledding, glacier hiking, and canyoning.  Your trip manager will help you out with any advice you need.  Exhausted from all the activity? Check out the natural hot springs or get out and enjoy the town’s lively apres-ski scene.   

When packing up your gear and waving goodbye to new friends, transport is provided to Calgary for your departure point.  

This tour offers an incredible way to visit two of Canada’s premium winter destinations, meet new friends, ski and snowboard to your heart’s content, and experience jaw-dropping mountain scenery.  

  • Expert trip manager and driver
  • Eight breakfasts
  • Three-night accommodation and stay at Whistler Ski Resort
  • Flight to Calgary
  • Four Nights Accommodation and stay at Banff National Park
  • Departure Point in Calgary

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Peru travel guide

By Manasi Gadgil

Product copywriter for Contiki, Manasi is a wandering writer with an unfathomable love for life, but specifically food, music, and photography. Currently based in London.

Published on Jun 27, 2024 | 8 min

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Best time to visit peru, best things to do in peru, top festivals in peru, top museums in peru, what to eat in peru.

Intriguing history, incredible landscapes & impeccable cuisine – Peru will leave you completely captivated with the Pisco Sour life. The glorious volcanoes in Arequipa, the bustling streets of Lima, the sandstone cliffs of the Colca Canyon, the Indigenous communities of Lake Titicaca, and of course, Machu Picchu – there’s something for everyone here. So, if this breathtaking destination has caught your attention and you’re planning a Peru trip , we’ve put together a Peru travel guide with all the info you’ll need to know before you head out for the adventure of your life!

Visas: Generally, citizens of the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand don’t need a visa to enter Peru. But it’s a good idea to check if you need a visa well in advance. Check out our visa guide for some handy info.

Currency: Peru’s currency is the Nuevo Sol (or just Sol, as the locals call it). US dollars are also accepted in many places in Peru. ATMs are generally readily available in the cities. But you won’t find one parked up next to Machu Picchu… So don’t forget to take cash with you on your trip. (Like Peru Panorama !)

Altitude: If you’re planning on visiting Cusco, Lake Titicaca or Machu Picchu – you might experience altitude sickness. So please bring relevant medication & give yourself time to get acclimated to the mountains!

Tipping: Tipping in Peru is appreciated but not expected. Generally, 10-15% of your bill is customary.

Tap water: It’s probably best to avoid tap water in Peru. We recommend that you stick to drinking bottled water. Or even better, carry a reusable water bottle with you!

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Let’s get one thing straight: no matter what time of the year you’re planning to visit Peru, you’re gonna have a good time. But vague info is not what a Peru travel guide is for, so here are some details you should know about the best time to visit Peru :

  • Between May & September is the dry season which is the best time to visit Peru because you’ll get clear skies and wonderful weather for hiking.
  • The wet season is usually mid-December to March. Heads up! The Inca trail usually closes in February due to heavy rains – so if that’s on your bucket list, please plan your trip accordingly. 
  • Summer in coastal Peru – and more specifically Lima – lasts from November to March, giving you warm temps that are great for swimming.

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These are some of the must-do things, and must-see places in Peru :

See Machu Picchu

If you visit Peru, and do just ONE thing – it has to be visiting the Incan ruins at Machu Picchu . That’s just how iconic it is. You can choose to hike up to the entry point (with local guides, ofc), or opt for a relaxing train ride with lush scenery.

Sail over Lake Titicaca

Riding a boat over the world’s highest navigable lake (3657 metres up in the mountains!) is nothing short of extraordinary. You’ll be surrounded by magnificent golden landscapes, while floating over a vast blue lake. To top it all off – the boats here are pretty iconic too.

Discover the Sacred Valley

Exploring the heartland of the Incan empire is a magical experience in itself. But there’s more – you get to try local Chicha de Jora AKA ‘corn beer’, check out Andean weaving traditions, and visit the vibrant markets (and get some Peruvian souvenirs too!)

Take a Peruvian cooking class

Want a taste of what Peruvian cuisine is like? Well, there’s no better way than taking a cooking class where you’ll learn to make classic dishes from the locals in Cusco – and then of course, eat it all too!

Hike the Rainbow Mountain

There’s a literal mountain that looks like a rainbow on our planet. Why would anyone wanna miss out on seeing such a natural wonder? The best way to experience this mountain is to hike up the colourful contours of Rainbow Mountain from Cusco. 

Fiesta Into Raymi

This festival is held every June in Sacsayhuaman to celebrate the winter solstice with Incan traditions . ‘Inti’ – the Sun God is worshipped and feasting, music, and dancing are all part of the celebrations. It’s a must-see festival for sure.

Peru’s version of Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) begins at the start of November. It’s a week-long festival with varied celebrations to honour the legendary birth of one Manco Cápac –  said to be the first Inca. Wear your most vibrant outfit, because the locals certainly will.

Fiesta de la Cruz

At the start of May each year, locals parade around Peru carrying hundreds of crosses from village to village – hence the name ‘The Festival of the Cross’. The celebration is grand, with fireworks, vibrant colours and traditional wear being a part of the show.  

Qoyllur Rit’i

The Andean people really know their stars. This traditional four-day pilgrimage started as a celebration of the mid-winter disappearance of the Pleiades constellation. Today, it’s done in Sinkara Valley to honour their ancestors.

La Fiesta Candelaria

There’s a reason why it is the biggest festival in Peru. Over two weeks starting in February, you’ll see 30,000 dancers and 8,000 musicians (all dressed in traditional clothing) celebrating “Mamacha Candelaria”, the image of the patron saint of Puno. The energy is simply contagious.

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Larco Museum

Wanna know more about Peru’s history? From the pre-Columbian era? This museum housed in an 18-century viceroy building is the place to go. If you’ve got some free time in Lima , you know what to do!

The Museum of Italian Art Lima

As the name suggests, this museum is home to over 125 works of art by famous and not-so-famous Italian artists. The museum is a tribute to the country’s generous Italian community. 

Andean Sanctuaries

Back in 1995, a couple of archaeologists discovered a fully preserved mummy in ice. They named her Ice Maiden of Ampato – or Mummy Jaunita. This museum is now a research centre dedicated to her. Don’t miss it out when you’re around Arequipa.

Conjunto Monumental de Belen

The Belén Monumental Complex is located in the historic centre of Cajamarca – a remote town in northern Peru. All the buildings here are made with volcanic stones & are some of the finest examples of colonial architecture. 

Brüning Museum

This stark modernist building is dedicated to the German researcher Hans Heinrich Brüning, who amassed hundreds of Peruvian artefacts on a trip to Peru in the late 19th century.  

In simple words: they’re Ox heart skewers, not very different from your regular kebabs. Beef heart fillets are marinated in spices and red wine vinegar, cooked on charcoal and then served hot with roast potatoes and spicy sauce or peanut llajua. Smokey, and simply delicious. 

Lomo Soltado

This smoky, salty dish is made by stir-frying beef in a soy sauce mix and served with fresh fries and steamed white rice. It’s a local favourite that was inspired by the food made by Chinese immigrants in Peru. Here’s an authentic Lomo Saltado recipe if you wanna give it a shot! 

Causa rellena

Love potatoes? How about a layered potato cake? (Kinda). You’ll love Cause rellena. Layers of mash, chicken, tuna, avocado and hard-boiled egg make this one of the most comforting and indulgent dishes in Peruvian cuisine. 

Any Peru travel guide would be incomplete without the mention of this dish. Essentially just raw fish, ‘cooked’ in citrus juice, Ceviche is Peru’s national dish. It’s usually served with creamy sweet potatoes, freshly sliced onions, and corn. Refreshing and tangy, it’s a must-try Peruvian classic. 

These rings of goodness are sweet treats similar to churros. They’re served with a syrup dip and made from pumpkin, chia or quinoa instead of flour. Best part? They’re vegan! 

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Lightweight clothes: A couple of loose t-shirts and trousers should do. And layers are key – the weather changes according to the altitude and temperatures tend to drop in the Inca trail.

Camera: Believe us. You’ll be taking some seriously breath-taking photos. 

Torch: There may be some instances when there’s no electricity (especially in the rural areas). Plus, it’s always good to have a torch when you’re hiking. 

Hiking boots: An obvious one, really. You wanna be at optimal comfort when you check out the incredible mountainous wonders in Peru.

Kindle: If you’re travelling in Peru by bus, you’re gonna have a few quiet hours to yourself. So why not keep a Kindle with you and dive into a world of books? 

Bug spray: Peru’s home to some of the deadliest insects and arachnids in the world. So listen to your travel guide! But don’t skimp on your sense of adventure…

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    Join Contiki on one of 13 tours through New Zealand this season. December is the most popular month to begin your tour and Contiki have 387 trips departing between June 2024 and December 2025.

  6. Contiki Launches New 15-Day 'Real New Zealand' Itinerary

    Contiki, the leading tour operator for young adult travelers, launched a new trip to New Zealand, a 15-day "Real New Zealand" itinerary that combines the country's cultural and adventure travel experiences. The itinerary visits several places across New Zealand, including Auckland, Rotorua, the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch and Wanaka.

  7. Contiki Launches 15-Day Trip to New Zealand

    Contiki has launched another trip to its homeland, New Zealand. The 15-day trip is called "Real New Zealand", in accordance with the experiences that show travelers the authentic aspects of ...

  8. Active New Zealand (9 Days) by Contiki

    Itinerary. Start and end in Christchurch! With the Hiking & Trekking tour Active New Zealand (9 Days), you have a 9 days tour package taking you through Christchurch, New Zealand and 8 other destinations in New Zealand. Active New Zealand (9 Days) includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

  9. Ultimate New Zealand (Southbound, 21 Days) by Contiki with 1 Tour

    Ultimate New Zealand (Southbound, 21 Days), a 21 days tour from Auckland to Whangarei, Paihia and 18 destinations. Best Selection - Best Price - Trusted Payments. Shop 2,500 operators. ... Every Contiki trip makes travel easier and more social by organizing accommodation, food, experiences and transport, so you can relax and focus on exploring ...

  10. Active New Zealand (From Novemb by Contiki

    100+ reviews. 97%. Download brochure. By Contiki. preferred. USTOA. Group Tour. This trip sees you exploring magical valleys, gigantic glaciers and truly lovely lakes. You also get a 4-day stint in Queenstown - the adventure capital of the world.

  11. Ultimate New Zealand

    New Zealand Tours Contiki New Zealand Tours Coach Tours Scenic / Sightseeing Tours 18-30's Tours. Book online and enjoy exclusive savings with Global Journeys on Contiki's 21 Day Ultimate New Zealand beginning your journey in Auckland and travelling through to Christchurch. 2023 & 2024 season departures.

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    Queenstown and Glenorchy. Wakey wakey, we're up and out bright and early today to get a head start on one of the best hikes in New Zealand. Yup, today we're taking on the Routeburn Track. The Routeburn Track. 19 km of breathtaking mountain views, plus wildlife spotting, plus chatting with your crew in a truly romantic setting.

  13. Active New Zealand

    Overview. Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Contiki's 9 Day Active New Zealand. This trip sees you exploring magical valleys, gigantic glaciers and truly lovely lakes. You also get a 4-day stint in Queenstown - the adventure capital of the world. With plenty of hiking, biking and skydiving to channel your energy into, enough views to ...

  14. 10 Day Guide to South Island New Zealand with Contiki

    Recommended amount for tipping the contiki tour driver and tour guide is NZD 3 per person per day (6 NZD per day for both). 2 degrees simcard has a very good value for calling home. Bring a water bottle (these are the best travel water bottles we tested on the road). Good souvenirs are pinot gris and sauvignon blancs, woodcarvings, and the ...

  15. The Best Contiki Tours to New Zealand

    The average price of Contiki tours in New Zealand based on data from 4 options is an affordable $140 per day. If you're interested in more information about tours here, see our guide to tour prices in New Zealand. And for more information on New Zealand, see New Zealand Travel Costs and New Zealand Hotel Costs.

  16. Contiki Solo Experiences (New Zealand)? : r/travel

    I used Contiki in Nov 2014 - total of 18 days from Queenstown to Auckland (including Bay of Islands) but missing out on Dunedin. I went solo and made some good friends. There were mostly 60% Aussies, with some Americans, Canadians and Europeans. There were a fair bit of must-do activities at each destination.

  17. New Zealand: 'Sweet As' South

    Overview. Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Contiki's 9 Day New Zealand: 'Sweet As' South. Experience the best of Southern New Zealand! From Christchurch to Queenstown to Lake Ohau, it's an adventure you won't ever want to end. In Franz Josef you'll hike a glacier, then it's on to Queenstown, the adventure Capital of the World.

  18. Unlocking Adventure: The Top 5 Best Contiki Tours for Every Traveler!

    Contiki's Powder Rush Tour offers the ultimate Canadian Ski adventure on this 9-day tour for snow lovers. Join a maximum group of 52 other powder hounds for your best winter holiday yet. This trip is perfect for meeting new slope buddies, sharing snow stories, and experiencing Canada's stunning natural beauty.

  19. Contiki Launches 9 New Trips Worldwide

    Two additional new itineraries from Contiki will give travelers the chance to go from Delhi to Kathmandu on a whirlwind worldwide tour. Other new trips worth noting include a 12-day South Korean Soul with Jeju Island tour, a Real New Zealand trip that spans 15 days and a 3-day Gorilla Trek in Rwanda.

  20. New Zealand: Sun & Steam

    Overview. Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Contiki's 6 Day New Zealand: Sun & Steam. Over 20 optional adventures & a banquet of inclusions; this is going to be a week to remember. The brave will hurl themselves down a hill in an inflated OGO ball,the more chilled will take a boat cruise around the Bay of Islands.

  21. Ultimate New Zealand

    Overview. Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Contiki's 19 Day The Big Tiki. Geysers, glaciers, mountains, Maori settlements, cool cities and cooler mountain climbs: if NZ doesn't impress you, best check your pulse. The Big Tiki from Auckland to Queenstown soaks it all up and offers an astounding list of over 65 optional activities to ...

  22. Peru travel guide

    Travel Contiki. My Contiki Story; Only on Contiki; Trip Spotlight; Explore the world with . Peru travel guide. ... Visas: Generally, citizens of the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand don't need a visa to enter Peru. But it's a good idea to check if you need a visa well in advance. Check out our visa guide for some handy info ...

  23. New Zealand: Northern 'Choice'

    Book online and enjoy exclusive savings with Global Journeys on Contiki's 10 Day New Zealand: Northern 'Choice' beginning your journey in Auckland and travelling through to Wellington. 2023 season departures. ... New Zealand Tours Contiki New Zealand Tours Coach Tours Scenic / Sightseeing Tours 18-30's Tours. New Zealand: 'Sweet As' South ...