Sun & Steam

Sun & Steam

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Sun & Steam

6 Days Starting and ending in Auckland

Visiting: Auckland, Whangarei, Paihia, Rotorua

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

NRZADM24

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 45

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Walking

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Tour Overview

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 Zorb ball, the more chilled will take a boat cruise around the Bay of Islands. Then we'll all compare notes of Hobbits, fish 'n' chips, the Haka over a few drinks in the city of Auckland.

Highlights

  • Auckland: See the 'City of Sails' harbour made famous by the America's Cup

  • Paihia: Fill up on a dinner of fish 'n' chips (Kiwi style) overlooking the Bay of Islands in Paihia. This is probably what heaven feels like.

  • Whangarei: Explore the Hundertwasser Art Center

  • Paihia: Get a dose of history with a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

  • Rotorua: See (and smell) Rotorua's bubbling geothermic mud pools and visit the New Zealand Kiwi Hatchery at Rainbow Springs near Rotorua and hear about their efforts to save New Zealand's adorable national bird

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Day 1 : Auckland To Paihia Via Whangarei

Location: Auckland, Whangarei, Paihia

Accommodation: Bounty Motel (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Bounty Motel (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to the land of the long white cloud: New Zealand! Time to meet your Contiki crew and cross Auckland's Harbour Bridge admiring the 'City of Sails' harbour before starting our journey north to Paihia. We'll stop off at the stunning yacht marina in Whangarei and check out the quirky exterior of the Hunderwasser art centre, a unique architectural project dedicated to the ecological activist Friedensreich Hundertwasser. After lunch we'll hit the road again towards the Bay of Islands. We're starting off with a dose of Kiwi history on a tour at Waitangi Treaty grounds where in 1840 New Zealand officially became a nation of two communities. And because we like to give you that something extra, how about a free admission at the Treaty museum. Tonight we'll feast like the locals as we enjoy a true Kiwiana fish'n'chips as we overlook the glittering Bay of Islands.

Day 2: Paihia

Location: Paihia

Accommodation: Bounty Motel (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Bounty Motel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Whether it's parasailing or a fast boat ride - today's (idyllic) list of optionals reads like a who's who of adventure. This area is filled with natural beauty and is sure to inspire your inner wild child. Make the most of the Free Time Add-On experiences on offer - tomorrow we head back to the big city vibes.

Day 3: Paihia To Auckland

Location: Paihia, Auckland

Accommodation: Jucy Snooze (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Lylo (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast this morning, feeling full, salty and sun-kissed we wave goodbye to Paihia & sashay our way back down NZ in the direction of Auckland.
Arriving in Auckland we've got a array of awesome Free-Time Add-Ons to choose from. Adrenaline junkies, get ready for a bungee jump, climb over the iconic harbour bridge or sky jump off the Skywalk. For those who prefer to keep two feet on the ground, why not get your taste buds tingling with a multi-sensory icecream experience at Giapo?

Day 4: Auckland To Rotorua

Location: Auckland, Rotorua

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Sudima Lake Rotorua (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We'll drive through the lush farmlands of Waikato, an area that produces many of New Zealand's best Rugby players for the All Blacks. We'll visit the world’s largest kiwi bird conservation project, watch the birds roam, stand in a human-sized kiwi burrow and even visit the incubation centre where over 2,100 kiwi chicks have been born. Tonight, we’ll enjoy a traditional Māori dinner and performance (you’ll also have the chance to get involved in the world-famous HAKA).

Day 5: Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Accommodation: Sudima Lake Rotorua (or similar)

Accommodation Name: Sudima Lake Rotorua (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

The day is yours to roam free in this geothermal paradise. Soak in a hot spring, go white water rafting or hike up a volcano. The options are limitless and the decisions are yours. We recommend the Rotorua Dawn Canopy Tour, exclusive to Contiki, where you'll watch the sun rise, eat some breakfast and drink coffee up in the towering trees as the birds make start their morning calls. Then, you'll get to soar 1200m through the forest on the ultimate zipline adventure.

Day 6: Rotorua To Auckland

Location: Rotorua, Auckland

Meals Included: Breakfast

Just as we were acclimatising to that funky smell, it's time to leave Rotorua, taking one last look at the bubbling geothermic mud pools before we flee. Arriving into Auckland marks the time to say goodbye to the wolf pack (sob). NZ - you've been real.

What's Included

  • Guided Tours

    Enjoy guided tours of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Hundertwasser Art Center, and the New Zealand Kiwi Hatchery to enrich your knowledge of New Zealand's history, culture, and wildlife.

  • Cultural Experiences

    Experience a traditional Maori hangi dinner and cultural performance, including the chance to participate in the world-famous HAKA.

  • Accommodations

    Stay in comfortable accommodations throughout your journey, including the Bounty Motel, Jucy Snooze, and Sudima Lake Rotorua or similar.

  • Meals

    Enjoy various meals throughout your tour, including a special fish 'n' chips dinner overlooking the Bay of Islands and a traditional Maori hangi dinner.

  • Transportation

    Travel comfortably across New Zealand from Auckland to Paihia, Rotorua, and back, with all transportation included.

What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

  • Optional

Check out our Q&As

  • What countries does the Sun & Steam tour visit?

    The Sun & Steam tour visits New Zealand.

  • What type of transportation is included in the Sun & Steam tour?

    The Sun & Steam tour includes all transportation across New Zealand from Auckland to Paihia, Rotorua, and back.

  • Are meals included in the Sun & Steam tour?

    Yes, various meals are included throughout the Sun & Steam tour, including a special fish 'n' chips dinner overlooking the Bay of Islands and a traditional Māori hāngi dinner.

  • What are some highlights of the Sun & Steam tour?

    Highlights of the Sun & Steam tour include seeing Auckland's 'City of Sails' harbour, enjoying a dinner of fish 'n' chips in Paihia, exploring the Hundertwasser Art Center in Whangarei, a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and visiting Rotorua's geothermic mud pools and the New Zealand Kiwi Hatchery.

  • What type of accommodations are provided in the Sun & Steam tour?

    The Sun & Steam tour provides comfortable accommodations throughout the journey, including the Bounty Motel, Jucy Snooze, and Sudima Lake Rotorua or similar.

  • What cultural experiences are included in the Sun & Steam tour?

    The Sun & Steam tour includes experiencing a traditional Māori hāngi dinner and cultural performance, including the chance to participate in the world-famous HAKA.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

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Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

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First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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