Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AUSTRALIA

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19 day The Big Tiki Bay of Islands • Auckland • Rotorua • Lake Taupo • Mt. Ruapehu • Wellington • Christchurch • Franz Josef Glacier • Queenstown • Milford Sound • Te Anau • Lake Ohau

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia This morning, meet up with your new travel crew and let the explorations begin. Cross Auckland’s Harbour Bridge and visit Parry Kauri Park to gaze in awe at the ancient Kauri trees towering 50 meters high. Then make your way to the stunning Bay of Islands to get a dose of Kiwi history with a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. (D) Day 2: Paihia Day 2 will see you waking up surrounded by some beautiful nature, in the adventure playground of Pahia. Take to the enticing glittery waters – there is no shortage of optional activities on offer including a trip to beautiful Cape Reinga, sailing trips or a parasailing experience. (B) Day 3: Paihia to Auckland Sojourning your way back down the country, arrive amongst the bright lights of Auckland once again. Here you can carry on with the theme of adrenaline activities, or save your energies for some after dark mischief making. Free time add-ons include the opportunity to tantalise your taste buds with some of the finest ice cream at Giapo’s Chefs Table Experience or leaping from the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere with the Sky Tower Sky Jump. (B) Days 4 & 5: Auckland - Rotorua After a drive through the luscious Waikato farmlands famed for producing more than its fair share of ‘All Blacks’, pay a visit to The Lord of the Rings movie set, Hobbiton. It’s then on to the boiling mud pools and hot springs of Rotorua, where you’ll enjoy a Maori hangi dinner and cultural performance. During your free day, you can choose from optional free time add-on experiences including a thrilling white water rafting trip or a visit to Te Puia with its collection of geysers and geothermal pools. (BD,B) Day 6: Rotorua - Lake Taupo After a morning spent oohing & aahing at Kiwi birds as part of Contiki’s sponsored conservation initiative, we’ll make tracks to the thundering Huka Falls where you can opt for an exhilarating jet boat ride before continuing on to the glassy waters of Lake Taupo where there is the opportunity for a cruise on the lake tonight. (B)

Day 7: Lake Taupo - Mount Ruapehu Known as the aprés-ski capital of the North Island, Ohakune is a combination of a tranquil town and stupendous landscapes. Go on a mountain bike ride to fully grasp the beauty of the scenery and in the night relax at the base of Mt. Ruapehu at a 100 year old heritage listed building – now a modern ski lodge. (BD) Days 8 & 9: Mount Ruapehu - Wellington After a final bit of sightseeing through Ruapehu, hit the road for Wellington, where the narrow streets of this metropolitan hotspot will remind you why you love a good city. In the evening after an optional dinner in the heart of the city, we’ll show you the sights and nightlife around this arty city with it’s cool vibe. Film fans then have the opportunity to take a tour to more of the filming locations from The Lord of the Rings franchise during some free time in the city. (B) Day 10: Wellington - Christchurch Leaving Wellington all whimsical and smitten, catch a ferry to the wild beauty that is the South Island. We’ll travel down the stunning Kaikoura coastline through Marlborough’s wine country, before arriving into the charming city of Christchurch. (B) Day 11 & 12: Christchurch - Franz Josef Marvelling at native alpine forests and crystal clear rivers, make your way to the gold rush town of Hokitika to watch jade greenstone being traditionally carved. We’ll then settle into an icy adoration for the glaciers of Franz Josef. Don’t miss the opportunity to upgrade your stay with a breathtaking Franz Josef Glacier Heli-Hike where you can channel your inner Antarctic Explorer on the upper reaches of the ice shelf. (BD,B) Days 13 - 16: Franz Josef - Queenstown Incredible natural scenery keeps on coming as you journey through the Southern Alps and across the Haast Pass. After a brief stop in the lakeside resort of Wanaka, you’re now ready for a HUGE injection of adrenaline. You’re at the adventure capital of the world: Queenstown. Check out OG Bungy site Kawarau Bridge and fly through canyons on the Shotover Jet. Then get ready for the nightlife. A massive range of free time add-ons are available over the three free days that you stay in this fun- lover’s paradise. (B) (D on Day 16 only)

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