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The Big Tiki Reverse


This epic trip uncovers every inch of these enchanting islands. Bungee and jet boat in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown, feast on a ground-smoked Māori 'hangi' in Rotorua, stroll wine trails, visit Hobbiton, hike active volcanoes and experie...

21 Days
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USD 2,945.00
Price per day
USD 140.00
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The Big Tiki Reverse
Age Group
18 - 35 Years
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This epic trip uncovers every inch of these enchanting islands. Bungee and jet boat in the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown, feast on a ground-smoked Māori 'hangi' in Rotorua, stroll wine trails, visit Hobbiton, hike active volcanoes and experience the otherworldly beauty of Milford Sound in an unforgettable 21 day adventure. Drastic in beauty but humble in charm, New Zealand is here to steal your heart. Get ready for the ultimate adrenaline rush.

Map: The Big Tiki Reverse (Contiki)

Short Itinerary / Route

Day 1
Christchurch To Lake Ōhau
Day 2
Lake Ōhau To Te Anau
Day 3
Te Anau To Queenstown
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Queenstown To Franz Josef Glacier
Day 8
Franz Josef Glacier
Day 9
Franz Josef Glacier To Christchurch
Day 10
Christchurch To Kaikoura
Day 11
Day 12
Kaikoura To Wellington
Day 13
Day 14
Wellington To Mount Ruapehu
Day 15
Mount Ruapehu To Lake Taupō
Day 16
Lake Taupō To Rotorua
Day 17
Day 18
Rotorua To Auckland
Day 19
Auckland To Paihia
Day 20
Day 21
Paihia To Auckland

Travel Cities (10): Auckland, Christchurch, Franz Josef Glacier, Lake Tekapo, Milford Sound, Queenstown, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Whangarei


Dining Summary

  • 6 Dinner (D)
  • 20 Breakfast (B)

Included Experience

  • Lake Ohau: Looking out at the peaks of Mt Cook across the glacial waters of Lake Ōhau... It was once a dream, but today we'll make it your reality. (You're welcome.)
  • Lake Tekapo: See the church on the shores of Lake Tekapo with a backdrop of snow-capped peaks - and get that iconic Insta pic too!
  • Lake Tekapo: We'll stop at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo and Geraldine... and watch happily on as NZ's astonishing natural beauty takes your breath away.
  • Lake Tekapo: The Dark Sky Experience combines Māori astronomy, storytelling and science together in one truly unique interactive display.
  • Milford Sound: Cruise along the glassy waters and get the kind of view people write poems about. You'll soon see why it's a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Queenstown: Get your adrenaline pumping on the World's first ever (and some would say most famous) bungy jump.
  • Wanaka: A lake town with views for days, surrounded by beech forests, alpine lakes, and wilderness glaciers.
  • Mount Ruapehu: See even more of the sights made famous by "The Lord of the Rings."
  • Mount Ruapehu: Today we'll check out Mt Ruapehu, an active stratovolcano elevated almost 2,800 metres into the air!
  • Rotorua: On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, we'll head to National Kiwi Hatchery near Rotorua to learn all about the locals' efforts to protect New Zealand's adorable national bird.
  • Rotorua: Wait til you see 'em. Wait til you smell 'em. These geothermic mudpools are a thing to behold.
  • Rotorua: A traditional Māori cultural performance, topped off with a traditional Māori feast... this ought to satisfy even the keenest of culture vultures.
  • Huka Falls: Huka falls is a jaw-jutting display of natural hydro power. Here you'll see 220,000 litres of water tumble over the waterfall... per second that is(!)
  • Auckland: With sailboats at every angle, this is a beaut view indeed.
  • Paihia: The Waitangi Treaty Grounds might just be NZ's most important historical site, marking the place where the British Crown and the Māori people signed their first accords back in 1840.
  • Paihia: A dinner of fish 'n' chips, enjoyed while overlooking the Bay of Islands in Paihia. Is this heaven? No sir, it's just salt and vinegar.
  • Whangarei: See the work of the visionary Austrian painter, architect and ecological activist who made New Zealand his spiritual home.

Make Travel Matter®

  • Te Anau: Today we’ll visit a local farm in Te Anau to support the Fairlight Foundation, which works to advance women in Agriculture. We’ll learn all about farming, as well as the Fairlight Foundation and the work that they do.
  • Hokitika: The South Island is known for Pounamu (in fact, it’s even named after the stuff.) Today in Hokitika, we’ll meet with a local Māori Guide, who’ll tell us all about the connection between the illustrious greenstone and the Māori people. After that, we’ll go and check some out for ourselves.
  • Kaikoura: On this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, we'll meet eco-warrior Sabrina Leucht, who has dedicated many years of her life to helping New Zealand's injured native birds... and is now working to establish the region's first wildlife hospital.

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