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Australia & New Zealand 2013 - 2014 Inc. Diving, sailing & ski options

ONE LIFE ONE SHOT SO MAKE IT COUNT THE ORIGINAL

SINCE '62

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i’ve done almost everything I could possibly imagine. but i know there’s more.

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- dave grohl

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they say that one day your life will flash before your eyes. so you’d better make sure it’s worth watching. Memories aren’t created from the things you said you’d do. They’re built from things you’ve done. The moments captured. The world discovered. The lifetime seized. You only get one, after all. So you’ve got to make it count. A journey with Contiki is a kaleidoscope of unexpected adventures, inspiring places, lifelong friendships, brilliant stories and unforgettable memories. But most of all, it’s living life out loud, utterly and completely.

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it’s time

life moves pretty fast. if you don’t stop & look around once in a while, you could miss it. - ferris bUELler

No one wants to regret a chance not taken; to sit on the sidelines, experiencing the world through the status updates of friends. We want to get out there & see it first hand. To live it and breathe it for the very first time.

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miss a thing. That’s why we cover off all the highlights, but still give you heaps of free time and flexible options to pave your own path.

This is the original spirit of Contiki. The spirit that’s kept us taking 18-35 year olds on life changing journeys since 1962. Back when there was no Facebook, no return date & no knowledgeable guide. Just a shared sense of adventure & a beaten up old mini-van.

With our local knowledge and years of experience, it’s like having a backstage pass to all of our destinations. Escape the tourist traps & eat with the locals; skip the lines & get direct access; and ditch the camping for central hotels and unique stays. From a charming farm to a traditional Aussie swag, every night will blow you away.

Since that first trip, we’ve spent 50 years perfecting the art of living with no regrets. And to tell you the truth, we’ve gotten pretty damn good at it. The experience of travelling in Australia and New Zealand is completely unique. From wide open spaces to small local nooks, you won’t want to

Best of all, you get to share all this with a new group of friends. A group of people who share your youthful and passionate curiosity for the world; people you actually want to stay in touch with. It’s all about making every moment count. And at Contiki, it’s what we do best.

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Aus & NZ 2013/14 No Regrets It’s your time Live Aus & NZ Compare Contiki Save with Contiki Join us online 365 days of change The original since ‘62 Contiki cares

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AUSTRALIA

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Backstage Pass Team Contiki Taste Australia ME Time Make every moment count Where you stay & Getting around

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Days The Big Walkabout 25 Reefs & Rainforests 16 Beaches & Reefs 14 The Sun Seeker 10 Sunsets & Surf 12 Island & Rainforest 7 City to Surf 7 Tropical Wonder 5

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Whitsundays Sailing Outback Adventure Alice & Kakadu Rock & Red Dive to Adventure Learn to Dive Sydney New Year We Festivals

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NEW ZEALAND

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Backstage Pass Team Contiki Taste New Zealand ME Time Make every moment count Where you stay & Getting around

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Days The Big Tiki 19/17 Kiwiana Panorama 16/14 Northern ‘Choice’ 11/10 ‘Sweet as’ South 10/9 Sun & Steam 7 Jaffas ‘n’ Jandals 3 Ultimate NZ Ski 7

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Fiji & Hawaii Stopovers Want to stay longer? Got a question? Booking conditions Contiki around the world How to book

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Live AUS & NZ

queenstown

gold coast

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great barrier reef

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Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass... It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

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value

unrivalled

Everything we do, you couldn’t do for less. See More. Do more. Get More. Independent travel isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Hidden costs & taxes, incomprehensible train timetables and surprise peak seasons. It all ends up costing way more than you’d think and there’s nothing very fun about getting it all organised. We’ve done the math & compared a typical day on a Contiki Australia or New Zealand tour to a day doing the same on your own. You can’t get close to the same quality of accommodation, amazing food experiences & exclusive inclusions for the same price. What’s best, our awesome team are here to share their exclusive knowledge, to make your trip hassle-free & show you a jaw-droppingly, eye poppingly good time. It’s all part of our exclusive Backstage Pass to Australia and New Zealand.

SYDNEY, australia

travelliNg with contiki

NZ$21.00

A$17.20

Included

Eggs benedict at Mecca

Bacon, Eggs, Tomato, Toast, Coffee & Juice at Tropicana Caffe

Auckland, New Zealand Breakfast

Your daily travel

NZ$15.00

A$22.00

Discovery Day Pass (Bus/trains/ferries)

My Multi (Bus/Train/Ferry)

NZ$45.80

A$23.50

to your next destination

Based on Flexipass bus pass (30 hr pass averaging 5hrs/day on travel days)

Greyhound Pass Sydney – Cairns valid for 90 days, travelling 20 days

Guided city tour

NZ$40.00

A$49.00

All day Auckland Explorer Bus Pass

AAT Kings Sydney Sights & Bondi Beach

Two-course

NZ$42.40

A$30.90

local meal & glass of wine, beer or soft drink

At Degree Gastrobar

Una’s Restaurant 2 course meal

Accommodation

NZ$110.00

A$130.00

at a central city hotel

At Jucy Hotel

BASE Backpackers Sydney double room

Hidden taxes

Eeek, who knows?!?

Eeek, who knows?!?

Cost of travelling your own way

£143/Day

Transport

£179/Day

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how much is your time worth? Travelling on your own can be stressful. How do I get there? Where should I stay? What stuff do I need to see & how do I get tickets? There’s so much to sort & it can take up loads of your precious time. Leave the hard bits to us - we get you there, sort your accommodation, show you the main sites (& the hidden gems too) & share advice on the best things to see & do. And in today’s world, having certainty over your costs is another plus.

Included

£63/Day

Converted to £ * Prices & exchange rates validated at 14th January, 2013 at the locations stated. Actual costs may change without notice. Sightseeing cost comparison is based on similar activities of what’s included in a Contiki tour price. Contiki pricing based on 3 Day Jaffas ‘n’ Jandals p.69.

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we know how important your hard earned CASH is, so we have plenty of deals to help IT go further.

travelling again? If you’ve travelled with us before, we’d like to welcome you back with a 5% discount. Plus, we can hook you up with discounts with our sister companies as well. See p.74 for more.

2 or more Book 2 Contiki tours of 7 days or longer at the same time & get £60 off your second tour.

pay early for the best deals Book & pay early for the best deal on your tour & airfares. Don’t miss out as these discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn.

Save up to £225 Pay in full on or before 30th April 2013 & save up to 7.5%.

Save up to £150 Pay in full on or before 27th June 2013 & save up to 5%. * Pay Early Savings of £225 & £150 based on 25 Day The Big Walkabout p.24-25.

book with mates We believe in the principle of “the more the merrier”. So the more friends you can round up, the more you will save.

The facts: All these discounts apply to the land portion of you tour price only (This excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accomodation and optional activities. Your tour price does not include the costs of international flights to / from Australia & New Zealand that start or end your tour). You can combine group discounts (‘Book with mates’), multi tour discounts (‘2 or more’) & early payment (‘Pay Early’) discounts on tours of 7 days or longer. Pay early savings do not apply to bookings made within 45 days of tour departure, or bookings that already receive a 6 month or 12 month pay early discount. The pay early savings above only apply to departures on or after 31st August, 2013.

4 or more Everyone saves 5% 7 or more Everyone saves 7.5% 10 or more Everyone saves 10%, or invite an 11th for free!

GO VINTAGE.

change direction You could save up to £120 when you take a Contiki Australia or New Zealand tour with a different departure city (travel on one of the itineraries shown in reverse order, look out for the symbol above on tour pages).

In Australia, this option is available for itineraries that start from the northern cities of Darwin, Cairns & The Whitsundays. Or in New Zealand, from Christchurch. Itineraries that can be done in reverse are marked on the relevant tour pages.

Buy your next outfit at your local charity shop.

RIDE A BIKE TO WORK. Save money on transport costs (plus you’ll get fit too!)

CUT THE CREDIT. Stick a picture of your next holiday spot on your credit card. When you go to use it next, you’ll think twice.

GOT SKILLS? Why not take it to the streets & try busking.

GO BACK TO BASICS? Save money on fruit & veg & grow your own.

Got your own tip on how to save? Tell us about it at facebook.com/contiki

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JOIN US ONLINE Your journey starts well before you leave & lasts long after you return. So get the most out of your travel experience with our nifty online tools. Find out more at contiki.com

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Downlo oad our App today - It’s Free. Shout brings together the photos, videos & updates of everyone travelling on the same tour to create one epic story of your trip together. Save every moment & create a real-time timeline of your awesome travels to share with your friends back home. Find out more at contiki.com/app

Travel tools

timeline Create a shared group timeline of your travel adventures.

Chat Meet other travellers before you go on your trip & chat on the go.

View your trip itinerary, maps & more. Plus view nearby hotspots provided by Lonely Planet. Looking for a restaurant? Want to know how to say hello in Maori? Shout has you covered.

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365 days is the time it takes our precious planet to revolve around the sun. And the time in which Contiki iis s co ommit mmitt ted ed to del liiver ring i ng real change through our sustainability efforts.

A chat with cÉline Contiki: This year you travelled to Mexico with the Contiki team to work with the MAR Leadership Foundation. What was the highlight of the trip for you? Céline: It was wonderful to see the Contiki R:evolve winners not only discover the world of diving, but learn about and take active part in the conservation efforts happening on the Mesoamerican Reef. I feel there was a sense of pride – not only had they won the trip because of their own sustainability initiative, but their company was really doing something positive in supporting the MAR Leadership programme. My hope is this experience stays with them and continues to inspire them.

Contiki’s R:evolve Leaders & MAR Leaders, Mexico

Contiki: You worked closely on the 2012 R:evolve Initiative with the Contiki community. What were your thoughts on the responses for making a commitment to the change?

cÉline cousteau

Exploring our precious planet is a privilege. A privilege that also comes with responsibility & at Contiki we put that responsibility at the core of everything we do. Our R:evolve programme supports our ocean conservation initiatives & in April 2012 Contiki’s sustainability ambassador Céline Cousteau connected with Contiki team & community members to make a movement of change. The focus is on encouraging everyone to make a difference to our planet every day & really make it count. As part of the initiative Contiki selected 10 R:evolve Leaders from inside the company

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& our community of travellers. They spent 10 days in Mexico & experienced first-hand the beauty of our oceans & the need to preserve our reefs & its inhabitants through their work with the MAR Leadership Foundation, one of Contiki’s ocean sustainability projects. The end goal: to get every individual focused on their actions, & how they can count towards leaving the world a better place. Find out more & watch Céline’s documentary of the trip at:

Céline: There were a lot of good ideas submitted and my belief is all of these can and should be implemented whether a winner or not. Many suggestions were as simple as recycling and consuming less, which are always good actions to follow. There were also intricate and thoughtful strategies that started with looking at how people function and to then create a sustainability project that adapted to their lifestyle, making it easy for them to integrate the initiatives proposed. Those ideas are the ones that are really about problem solving with people’s own options, limitations, and potential in mind. Contiki: What do you think Contiki travellers can do to make a change to our planet? Céline: Every journey offers possibilities: bring your own amenities rather than open a new shampoo in every hotel, recycle everything you can, bring a water bottle, don’t take all the print outs unless you need them (or better yet just share them). Ask how you can give back to the places you visit- either to people, culture and arts, the environment, other species or in any way you can think to. You can return to places you have visited and volunteer your time to local non-profits to restore local ecosystems, support communities or otherwise donate time. As travellers, we have incredible opportunities to give back to the places we visit.

Follow Céline on twitter @celinecousteau and at celinecousteau.com

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australia

get yourself to the land ‘down under’! Visit the Red Centre & Top End, the sunny East Coast & icons of Sydney as they come to life, make your jaw drop, your eyes widen & your heart jump. The amazing beaches, bubbling atmosphere & charming locals BLEND together to serve up one of the world’s coolest holiday spots. Aussie is a natural playground packed with opportunities ready to be explored & the best way to make every moment count is with us. Grab your camera & get ready for action, with 16 amazing tours that range from 3 to 25 days, the best accommodation & ways to get your fix, your way. The options are endless, whether you’re in the Outback visiting one of our six World Heritage sites, living it up at a festival or chilling with a book on the beach.

EXPERIENCE our australia EXCLUSIVE EXPERIENCES

THE BEST GROUP SIZES

Experience some of Aussie’s best! Go 4WD-ing on sand highways, learn to surf, toast Uluru at sunset & meet some local wildlife, all included with us.

Explore Aussie with a bunch of like-minded travellers – get ready for new friends from all around the world.

THE BEST TEAM sydn sy dney dn ey

Our on-road team will get you in the know on all things Oz, so all you need to do is sit back, relax & enjoy the very best of all things Australia.

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL Get an authentic Aussie experience, with Aboriginal performances, local wildlife, or try surfing & getting up close to the incredible icons.

THE BEST OVERNIGHTS Central city hotels packed with comforts you’ll love, to beachside resorts, on boats, to the best central hostels, you’re always in the places you want to be.

ALWAYS CONTIKI Our coaches, all the time. No renting of coaches with Contiki Oz.

DELICIOUS EATS From fresh fish plucked straight from the ocean, to succulent steak, BBQ breakfasts & some Aussie only specialties like kangaroo or croc, our tastes will always impress.

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to aus From icon eye candy to endless beaches & lush rainforests to barren deserts, this sprawling country has literally got it all. Come on & see how we do it Down Under. Your

backstage pass

includes:

EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION Our overnights will really impress. Think a slice of tropical utopia at a Whitsunday Island resort, a beachfront lodge in the Daintree Rainforest or right by the beach in legendary Byron Bay. Stay in cities & it’s all about comfy, stylish, central hotels boasting the comfort you carve. We also mix it up with our Special Stay experiences like a beach-side surf camp, a swag on Kings Creek Station & a working cattle station.

EXCLUSIVE food From mouthwatering steaks in the Outback to more adventurous eats like kangaroo or crocodile (if you dare); travel with us & you’ll discover Aussie’s culinary best. We include breakfast every day, some lunches & lots of evening meals, so you get more authentic local flavours for less. Like freshly caught fish overlooking the beach at Noosa or a BBQ cooked the way only Aussie’s can. We still leave you lots of ME Time to head out & explore Aussie tastes too.

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In the end it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.

- Abraham lincoln

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backstage pass exclusive inclusions are highlighted on each tour page

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included learn to surf lesson

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TEAM Our Aussie-based team of Tour Managers & Drivers are your oracles on this great southern land. They know the destinations inside out so you get the inside scoop on every destination. They’re lifelong travellers who are passionate about making sure you have the best experience, from beginning to end. Plus they keep you in the know, from finding WiFi to the simple stuff like doing laundry, the best place to party or eat, just ask.

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And to complement our On-road team, in some destinations we keep you in the know by teaming up with Local Guides, all included as standard as part of your Backstage Pass. They enhance your trip by providing that insider’s perspective on the places you visit. Knowledge only a local can give. Having a team as big & well trained as ours means only one thing – you just need to focus on experiencing the very best of Oz.

meet the locals

meet john Tour Manager, from Tasmania

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WiFi

We’ve got WiFi on most of our coaches so keeping in touch & posting pics on the road (literally) is easy.

NO COMPULSORY TIPPING

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I’m a born & bred Aussie & proud of it. When I’m not on the road you’ll probably find me up in the sky - I’m training to be a pilot & exploring is what I live for. Australia blows your mind. You could be lying on the beach or catching a wave one day & staring out over Uluru the next. My real passion is for the Territory & the Outback; the ancient Aboriginal culture, the incredible colours & stories here. I love the experience I have in each place & helping travellers discover it for themselves.

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Australia is packed with unique local delicacies; it’s one of the highlights of visiting the land down under. Try freshly caught fish in Noosa, tasty steaks in the Outback, or crocodile & kangaroo in the Territory if you dare... with us, you can experience it all. Mouthwatering and adventurous is the name of the Aussie food game. We include breakfast every day, some lunches & lots of evening meals. We also leave some well-placed ME Time gaps for you to follow your senses & experience more of your own favourite Aussie eats. Our Australian-based team knows the local haunts like the back of their hands. They’ll share their hidden gems and secret streets, letting you uncover the food that all the locals are talking about.

included surf club dinner, noosa

included fraser isLand bbq

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included dinner, sydney

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ME

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Make the most of what time you have. Journeys are about freedom & discovery. So don’t hold back & miss a moment. See more. Do more. Live more. You only live once, but if you do it right then once is enough. ME Time is all about making the most of what Australia has to offer, ensuring you travel the way you want. We give you the freedom to experience the trip how you choose, whether it’s an adrenaline filled adventure, a cultural eye-opener or both. The sky’s the limit, literally! The options are endless & the experiences are unforgettable. It’s all about you & taking your trip to the next level. You could be absorbing the views from a hot air balloon in the MacDonnell Ranges one day, then jumping out of a plane in Surfers Paradise the next. But if heights aren’t your thing then how does how does kayaking with dolphins & whales sound? Or zip lining through the jungle in Cape Tribulation? Contiki is all about the living for the moment & enjoying everything to the fullest with no regrets. Our Backstage Pass to Australia means our Team will help you get off the beaten track, give you more options & our exclusive behind the scenes access means we can offer you the best experiences at the best prices, that Oz has to offer. Keep an eye out for the ‘don’t miss’ call outs on the tour pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per tour are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries.

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jetski, the whitsundays Cut through the ripples as you absorb the amazing Whitsundays scenery on your very own jetski.

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kayaking safari, byron bay Cool off as you paddle across the popular Byron Bay, an experience that is as refreshing as it is amazing.

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don’t count the days. make the days count.

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Zip lining, Cape Tribulation Be the king of the jungle as you zip line through the lush rain forest. Definitely an experience to get the heart racing!

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Skydiving, Cairns Push the limits and dive out of your comfort zone…and take in the views while you do it.

Bridge Climb, Sydney Climb to the top of the city’s iconic harbour bridge and take in this beautiful city from a different angle

Note: ME Time optional activities are not inc in luded in the price of your tour. They are run by 3rd party operators & on occasions, for some of the activities, travellers may be required to sign n a waiver to part r icipate. Before you leave it’s important that you check your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities & be aware aw that somee of our optionals can be physically demanding & may involve some risk.

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moment count A trip to AUSSIE is about making the most of every moment so we make sure you do. the best team, the ultimate inclusions, all included on us.

the must do’s all included Exploring the stuff you’ve always dreamt of as well as the stuff you could never have imagined; stuff you probably wouldn’t find without the inside scoop from us. It’s all included as part of your Backstage Pass, so you get value that can’t be matched by anyone else.

Discover the real Australia Included orientation talks at every stop, plus locally guided special access walking tours & delicious meals that only this great southern land can offer. Our team will take you inside the real Aussie.

Exclusive Experiences Loads of our experiences can’t be found anywhere else. Like sipping champagne beside an Uluru sunset, a day trip to incredible Fraser Island or learning to throw a boomerang with the locals. We bring this amazing country to life... like a guidebook never could.

included 4wd day trip to fraser island

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Blue mountains experience Head out of the city & into the country for our incredible Blue Mountains experience. Take a walk around the ridge of the Jamieson Valley & see the ‘Three Sisters’ as you learn about this iconic landscape.

uluru at sunset Uluru at sunset is like nothing else. Unfathomable until you are actually standing in front of it. Sip some champagne on us & have your camera at the ready.

surfing coffs harbour Surfing – an Aussie must-do. Head to the waves of Coffs Harbour under the expert guidance of our surf pros. You’ll be up on a board in no-time.

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epic experiences all included

As the world’s largest sand island, Fraser is a must visit. Jump in a fierce 4WD before cruising down Seventy Mile Beach to refuel with a gourmet BBQ (think Porterhouse steak & fresh fish washed down with a beer), then kick back in paradise at Lake McKenzie.

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In Australia, our accommodation is all about comfort, unique experiences & the best locations – each & every night. We mix it up with hotels, beachside resorts, eco-lodges, surf camps – the coolest ways to stay as you travel. It’s comfort you love & exceptional Aussie experiences to get you local.

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The best locations Stay in the heart of Kings Cross at our hotel in Sydney, a 3 minute walk to the world-famous beach in Byron Bay, or in the Whitsundays on a glorious island resort.

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Try unique experiences that are as diverse as the destinations! Fall asleep under the stars in a comfy Kings Canyon swag, get your country fix at a farmstay or right at the beach at our Surf Camp.

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THE BIG WALKABOUT 25 Days From £2959pp* £119 per day

sydney

your backstage pass includes • Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks • Alice Springs Reptile Centre experience • Alice Springs Aboriginal Dreamtime ‘Bushtucker’ tour • Uluru sunset drinks & nibbles Plus Special Stays

1 DARWIN 2 KAKADU N.P 1 KATHERINE

Litchfield N.P

Mataranka

• Coffs Harbour Surf Village • Langmorn Outback Cattle Station • Kings Creek Station Outback Bush Camp

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

Daly Waters

NORTHERN TERRITORY

Plus Domestic flight included in tour price!

3 CAIRNS

1 TENNANT CREEK

Tully

Devils Marbles

GREAT BARRIER REEF

ME Time

Townsville

Wycliffe Well

Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island) Mackay

Simpsons Gap

KINGS CANYON 1 The Olgas

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Capricorn Coast

CATTLE 1 STATION

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NOOSA 1 Brisbane

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NEW SOUTH WALES

don’t miss Trying crocodile & kangaroo in the Outback! The locals cook it like pro’s, so if you’re keen to give it a try, this is the place to do it!

ME Time optionals

Currumbin

1 BYRON BAY

GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

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great barrier reef

Get ready for the ultimate mix of landscapes, activities, friendly locals & adventure. The endless Top End, the colours of Kings Canyon & Uluru blended with East Coast beach fun is what makes this trip a traveller must.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Sydney Meet up with your Contiki Team, before we head out of the city & into the Blue Mountains to learn about this amazing landscape. Hike Wentworth Falls, before heading back to Sydney for dinner overlooking Darling Harbour. Hotel (D) Trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters Hike at Wentworth Falls Cook your own BBQ steak

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Day 2: Sydney Today we get the best views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House. Cruise to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Macquarie Street & The Rocks Ferry from Manly M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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Day 3: Sydney to Coffs Harbour Surf Village It’s out of the city & into the cool surf vibes at our Surf Village.  Surf Village Special Stay (B,D) Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’

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Day 4: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay Get yourself onto the waves in our surf lesson! This afternoon we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B) ‘Learn to surf’ lesson Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle & cool night life M Kayak tour of Byron Bay’s Marine Park & waves to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal)

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Day 5: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise We head north to Surfers Paradise & stop at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – see wombats, kangaroos & maybe cuddle a koala. Resort (B) Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Stay at a resort located right by the beach

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Day 6: Surfers Paradise With a free day, hit the shops or hit the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach & chill! Tonight, we party with VIP club entry. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches

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Day 7: Surfers Paradise to Noosa Take a peek at Brisbane before we reach chic Noosa, where we have dinner at the surf club overlooking the beach. Resort (B,D) See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall

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See the Glasshouse Mountains Dine beachside in Noosa

Day 8: Noosa to Fraser Island Stroll along Rainbow Beach before exploring Fraser Island by 4WD on this incredible day trip. Drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Bliss! Eco Lodge (B,L) Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with drinks

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Day 9: Fraser Island to Farmstay Head through the Great Dividing Range & into cattle country for a unique local overnight stay, you can even flex your skills at whip cracking!  Cattle Station Special Stay (B,D) Boat trip across Hervey Bay – spot whales (seasonal) Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride & meet the station owners

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Days 10-11: Farmstay to The Whitsundays Enjoy the beaches & watersports in paradise at Daydream Island in The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D) (B) Visit the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Stop at Airlie Beach M Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent)

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Days 10-11: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can. Choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex Sydney: EXSXD ex Darwin: EXDXD Day 12: The Whitsundays to Cairns Today, we head to Tropical North Queensland, & gateway to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Resort (B) Townsville city tour See Magnetic Island Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Pass through Tully, home to Oz’s best white water rafting

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Days 13-14: Cairns With 2 free days, experience Cairns’ best! From shopping & great nightlife to adrenaline activities & exploring the reef, you’re spoilt for choice. There’s also your chance to try some kangaroo. Resort (B,D) (B) M Whitewater rafting Day 15: Cairns to Alice Springs Today we head to the Outback! Check out ‘The Alice’, famous for its Aboriginal art. Maybe hold a snake or lizard at a reptile park. Hotel (B,D) See the MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill See the stunning Aboriginal site of Simpsons Gap See the dry Todd River which hosts the annual Henley on Todd Regatta Reptile park experience

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Day 16: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station Try ‘bush tucker’, meet members of the Walpiri Aboriginal community & learn to throw a boomerang! Later, it’s on to Kings Creek Station – go local like Aussie ‘bushies’ & sleep under the stars in a comfy swag.  Outback Special Stay (B,D) Hike through Kings Canyon to the ‘Lost City’ & desert oasis ‘the Garden of Eden’

Day 17: Kings Creek Station to Uluru Next we make tracks to Uluru. Take a walk through its neighbour – the Olgas. Lodge (B) Enjoy delicious bacon & eggs for breakfast See the 700 million year old Mt Conner & Lake Amadeus Hike through ‘Kata-Tjuta’ (The Olgas)

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Day 18: Uluru Catch the Uluru sunrise, take a walk around ‘The Rock’ & hear stories of the area & its Aboriginal rock art. Tonight, catch an Uluru sunset with a glass of bubbly. Lodge (B) Visit Uluru Cultural Centre See Uluru at sunrise & toast it at sunset

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Day 19: Uluru to Alice Springs Back in Alice, maybe burn around the Outback on a quad bike, or just sit poolside & work on your tan. Hotel (B) Indulge in a BBQ ‘Big Brekkie’

Day 20: Alice Springs to Tennant Creek Our ‘Top End’ adventure begins today – we cross the Tropic of Capricorn to Aussie’s old mining town, Tennant Creek. Hotel (B,D) Keep your eyes peeled for UFOs at Wycliffe Well Visit the ‘Devil’s Marbles’ M Dawn hot air balloon flight over the desert & MacDonnell Ranges

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Day 21: Tennant Creek to Katherine Stop at the Territory’s oldest pub, then make a splash in Mataranka Thermal Pools. Later, it’s on to Katherine & its famous gorge. Hotel (B) Swim at the Mataranka thermal pools Hear stories from ‘We of the Never Never’ Homestead

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Day 22: Katherine to Kakadu National Park Hike, walk, or take an optional boat trip to see the massive Katherine Gorge. Next up: Kakadu National Park via Edith Falls for a swim. Hotel (B,D) Visit Katherine Gorge Cool off in Edith Falls (seasonal)

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Day 23: Kakadu National Park Explore Kakadu – the increasable vast landscapes, wildlife & Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock. Hotel (B)

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See Aboriginal rock art Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Day 24: Kakadu to Darwin Take a cruise to spot some crocs & wildlife, before we head to Darwin! Get your bearings on a city tour & visit the local museum. Later, maybe try cage diving with crocs or hit the shops. Hotel (B) Wildlife cruise Guided city tour of Darwin Visit the Darwin Museum

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Day 25: Darwin Stop for a refreshing swim at Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park. Check out the incredible termite mounds & meet local Aboriginal artists before it’s time to say farewell to your travel buddies. (B) Swim in Florence Falls (seasonal)

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24 nights multi-share accommodation (23 nights for reverse itinerary): 17 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a surf village, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night at a cattle station, 1 night at an outback bush camp in a comfy Aussie ‘swag’, 2 nights in a lodge (more on p.22-23) Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37) 35 meals: 24 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 10 dinners (D) Sailing option – 37 meals: 24 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 11 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

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What’s Included:

Sightseeing tours of all major cities

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The Big Walkabout 25 days

Flight from Cairns to Alice Springs (Ayers Rock to Cairns for EXDSD)

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you choose It’s your choice - travel from Sydney to Darwin. Or save up to £120 if you travel from Darwin to Sydney (this tour will be 24 days long).

Included flights: This trip includes flights as specified on the map opposite as part of the tour price. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.74 for important info. Single room supplement (tour only) add £1595/ add £509 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add £1405/ add £449 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). EXSDD: Start Sydney 7:00am & end Darwin 6:00pm. EXDSD: Start Darwin 7:30am & end Sydney 5:00pm. ● These departures will not stay in Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

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REEFS & RAINFORESTS 16 Days From £1735pp* £109 per day

currumbin wildlife sanctuary

your backstage pass includes • Aboriginal guided experience at Mossman Gorge • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Visit the famous Blue Mountains CAPE TRIBULATION

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

Plus Special Stays

1 Mossman Gorge

• Langmorn Outback Cattle Station • Coffs Harbour Surf Village

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Port Douglas

CAIRNS 3 Tully

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Townsville

Northern Territory

ME Time

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Airlie Beach

(Daydream Island)

Mackay

QUEENSLAND Capricorn Coast

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Port Macquarie

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don’t miss

ME Time optionals

SURFERS PARADISE 2

NEW SOUTH WALES

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

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Chanel: I had the most amazing time! Contiki is a great company to travel with & I would highly recommend them to anyone travelling on their own. Visit contiki.com/reefs

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Go snorkelLing on the Reef & work on your tan in the Whitsundays. From koalas & kangaroos to a farmstay, you’ll do it local before hitting the beach, where Byron Bay & Surfers Paradise serve up some of the best sand & surf in the world.

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Cairns to Cape Tribulation Meet up with your Contiki Team & hit the road! Get an insider look at ancient Aboriginal culture & maybe try the unusual flavours offered at the local ice creamery, before reaching lush Cape Tribulation. Lodge Aboriginal experience at Mossman Gorge

Day 2: Cape Tribulation to Cairns We visit Cape Tribulation Beach & then check out the mangroves on a walk with our local guide. This afternoon it’s back to Cairns. Resort (B) Visit Port Douglas Mangrove boardwalk with our expert local guide

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Days 3-4: Cairns With 2 free days, experience Cairns’ best! From shopping, great nightlife & endless adrenaline activities like rafting, skydiving & exploring the reef, you’re spoilt for choice. There’s also a chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Resort (B,D) (B) M Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise with lunch Day 5: Cairns to The Whitsundays Visit Airlie Beach & get into its relaxed café scene before a quick ferry ride to paradise on Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Pass through Tully, home to Australia’s best whitewater rafting Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Check out Townsville on a city tour Stop at Airlie Beach

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Day 6: The Whitsundays This place is the ultimate way to relax. So take time to chill or get into some watersports & good times at Daydream Island. Resort (B) M Day sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach with lunch (weather dependent) Days 5-6: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can. Choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex Cairns: BWCWD ex Sydney: BWSWD Day 7: The Whitsundays to Farmstay Say farewell to

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paradise, as we jet through sugar cane country to our true Aussie farmstay overnight.  Cattle Station Special Stay (B,D) Visit the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride Meet the station owners & try whip cracking!

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Day 8: Farmstay to Fraser Island Head back out to the coast – we’re spending the night at the natural wonder that is Fraser Island. Eco Lodge (B) Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Boat trip across Hervey Bay – look out for whales (seasonal) Watch the sunset over mainland Australia

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Day 9: Fraser Island to Noosa Explore Fraser Island, (the world’s largest sand island no less) by 4WD. Get back to nature with a bushwalk & drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Take a stroll at amazing Rainbow Beach before reaching the chic beach town, Noosa, for dinner at a surf club overlooking the beach. Resort (B,L,D) Visit the largest sand island in the world Indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with drinks Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club & meet a local life saver

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Day 10: Noosa to Surfers Paradise Get into the chic vibes of Noosa, then stop & check out Brisbane before reaching the East Coast party capital, Surfers Paradise! Resort (B) See the stunning Glasshouse Mountains See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall Stay at a resort located right by the beach

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Day 11: Surfers Paradise With a free day, explore the way you want. With great shopping it’s the perfect place for some retail therapy, or hit the skies on a tandem skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach & chill. Tonight, get into the party capital of Oz. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches

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Day 12: Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay We’ll stop in at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see wombats, pat a kangaroo & cuddle up to a

koala. This afternoon, we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B) Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle, galleries, amazing food & cool night life M Kayak tour of Byron Bay’s Marine Park & waves to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal)

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Day 13: Byron Bay to Coffs Harbour Surf Village Get yourself onto the waves on our surf lesson! With their tricks of the trade, our pro surfer guides will have you up on a board in no time. So grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & hit the beach for the ultimate chill.  Surf Village Special Stay (B,D) Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Cross the Clarence River ‘Learn to surf’ lesson

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Day 14: Coffs Harbour to Sydney Say farewell to the surf action of Coffs as we head to the icon filled & big city buzz of Sydney. If you’re up for it, get a different view & head to the top of the Harbour Bridge. Hotel (B) Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’ See the Hawkesbury River & its oyster farms Experience Sydney’s famous nightlife M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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Day 15: Sydney Hit the streets & icons of Sydney, including the spot to see the city’s best views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House this afternoon. We’ll cruise to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim before heading back to the city for dinner & your last night on tour. Hotel (B,D) Take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Macquarie Street & The Rocks Visit The Rocks Markets (weekends) or Paddington’s chic shopping area Take a ferry from Manly where there will be time for lunch & a swim Cook your own BBQ steak

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Day 16: Sydney With the city icons ticked, it’s time to hit the country. We’ll head to the Blue Mountains & learn about this amazing landscape including the Three Sisters. Frame up some shots as you hike Wentworth Falls, before heading back to Sydney for dinner overlooking Darling Harbour. It’s then time to say farewell to your travel buddies as your tour ends at 5:00pm. (B) Day trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters Hike at Wentworth Falls

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How much & when

What’s Included:

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15 nights multi-share accommodation: 10 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a lodge, 1 night at a cattle station, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in a surf village (more on p.22-23) Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37) 22 meals: 15 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D) Sailing option – 24 meals: 15 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Rainforest adventure on days 1 & 2 Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

£ * Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £1125/ add £359 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add £935/add £299 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). BWCSD: Start Cairns 7:30am & end Sydney 5:00pm. BWSCD: Start Sydney 7:00am & end Cairns 4:00pm. ● These departures will not stay in Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

try our RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE

SAVE Pay early & save up to £155. See p.9 for details.

4 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Sydney to Cairns. Or save up to £80 if you travel from Cairns to Sydney.

the whitsundays

on days 1 & 2 Get geared up for 2 days in paradise! With huge mountain ranges & rainforest stretching right to the ocean, the lush Daintree area is where the Tropics meets the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. This World Heritage Site is packed with ancient plants & animals & is the home of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people - it’s ready to be explored & a must-do in this part of the world. Come see it with us.

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BEACHES & REEFS 14 Days From £1579pp* £113 per day

BYRON BAY

your backstage pass includes • Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks

GULF OF CARPENTARIA CORAL SEA

Plus Special Stays

2 CAIRNS Tully

Townsville

Northern Territory

• Coffs Harbour Surf Village • Langmorn Outback Cattle Station

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island)

ME Time

Mackay

QUEENSLAND Capricorn Coast

CATTLE 1 STATION 1 FRASER ISLAND 1 NOOSA Brisbane

South Australia

SURFERS PARADISE 2 Currumbin

1 BYRON BAY 1 COFFS HARBOUR

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ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

random fact It’s estimated there are 1500 species of fish, 30 species of dolphins & whales, 360 species of coral & 17 species of sea snakes in the Great Barrier Reef.

Brooke Cuthbertson: Most spontaneous, amazing thing I have ever done! I met incredible people from all around the world.

E C TI O N

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Live for sun, water, fun & adventure? The big city calls before hitting the coast - surf like a pro, chill in Byron, head to the Whitsundays & even cruise the islands on a yacht as you live the dream on Aussie’s East Coast.

Day 1: Sydney Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies this morning. We’ll head out of the city & into the Blue Mountains to learn about this amazing landscape including the Three Sisters. Frame up some shots as you hike Wentworth Falls, before heading back to Sydney for dinner overlooking Darling Harbour. Hotel (D) Day trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters Hike at Wentworth Falls Cook your own BBQ steak

• •• •

Day 2: Sydney Today we hit the streets & icons of Sydney, including the spot to see the city’s best views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House. If you’re up for it, get a different view & head to the top of the Harbour Bridge! We’ll cruise to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Macquarie Street & The Rocks Visit The Rocks Markets (weekends) or Paddington’s chic shopping area Ferry from Manly with time for lunch & a swim M Climb the Harbour Bridge

• • •

Day 3: Sydney to Coffs Harbour Surf Village It’s out of the city & into the cool surfer vibes that Oz is famous for at our Surf Village.  Surf Village Special Stay (B,D) Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’

• •

Day 4: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay Get yourself onto the waves on our surf lesson! With their tricks of the trade, our pro surfer guides will have you up on a board in no time. So grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & hit the beach for the ultimate chill. This afternoon, we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B) ‘Learn to surf’ lesson Cross the Clarence River Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle, galleries, amazing food & cool night life M Kayak tour of Byron Bay’s Marine Park

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Day 5: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise There’s time to top up your tan this morning before heading north into Queensland to Surfers Paradise. We’ll stop in at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see wombats, pat a kangaroo & cuddle up to a koala. Resort (B)

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Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals Stay at a resort located right by the beach M 4WD National Park rainforest tour

Day 6: Surfers Paradise With a free day, explore the way you want. With great shopping it’s the perfect place for some retail therapy, or hit the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach with a book & some beats, & chill. Tonight, get into the party capital of Oz. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches

••

Day 7: Surfers Paradise to Noosa Take a peek at Brisbane’s sights before we make our way to the chic beach town, Noosa, for dinner at the surf club overlooking the beach. Resort (B,D) See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall See the stunning Glasshouse Mountains Dine beachside in Noosa

• • •

Day 8: Noosa to Fraser Island Take a stroll at amazing Rainbow Beach before exploring Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island no less) by 4WD. Get back to nature with a bushwalk & drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Bliss! Eco Lodge (B,L) Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with drinks Watch the sunset over mainland Australia

• • • •

Day 9: Fraser Island to Farmstay Head through the Great Dividing Range & into cattle country for a truly unique local overnight at our Outback Station, where you can even flex your skills at whip cracking!  Cattle Station Special Stay (B,D) Boat trip across Hervey Bay – look out for whales (seasonal) Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride & meet the station owners

•• •

Visit the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Stop at Airlie Beach M Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) Days 10-11: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can. Choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex Sydney: BRSWD ex Cairns: BRCWD Day 12: The Whitsundays to Cairns Today, we’ll head to Tropical North Queensland, known for its rainforests & as the gateway to the World Heritage Listed Resort. (B) Check out Townsville on a city tour See Magnetic Island Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Pass through Tully, home to Australia’s best white water rafting

• •• •

Day 13: Cairns With a free day, experience Cairns’ best! From shopping, great nightlife & endless adrenaline activities like rafting, skydiving & exploring the reef, you’re spoilt for choice. Tonight, there’s your chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Resort (B,D) M Great Barrier Reef scuba diving for beginners & certified divers Day 14: Cairns Feed your inner adrenaline junkie or relax? It’s your choice with another free day to do what you’re into. Later, it’s time to swap emails & numbers as your tour ends at 5.00pm. (B)

fraser island

Itinerary & Sightseeing

australia

How much & when

Code: BRSCD 2013/14 Code: BRCSD 2013/14 Start Sydney

Finish Cairns

Tour Only £ pp*

Tour & Sailing £ pp*

Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

27 25 22 20 27 17 24 14 21 12 19 9 16 7 14 4

1689 1689 1689 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1649 1735 1735 1735 1735

1889 1889 1889 1849 1849 1849 1849 1849 1849 1849 1849 1849 1935 1935 1935 1935

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15 18 1 8 1 29 26 24 21 19 26 16 23 13 20 11

1735 1735 1735 1735 1735 1735 1725 1725 1725 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695 1695

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14 12 9 7 14 4 ● 11 1 ● 8 29 ● 6 27 ● 3 24 ● 1 22 ●

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4 15 18 1 8 1 29 26 24 21 19 26 16 23 13 20

13 nights multi-share accommodation: 9 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a surf village, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night at a cattle station (more on p.22-23)

Tour Only £ pp*

Tour & Sailing £ pp*

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10 7 5 2 9 30 6 27 4 25 1 22 29 20 27

1619 1619 1619 1579 1579 1579 1579 1579 1579 1579 1579 1665 1665 1665 1665

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Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37)

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17 28 31 14 21 14 11 9 6 4 1 8 29 5 26 3

1665 1665 1665 1665 1665 1665 1665 1655 1655 1655 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625

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Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

2014 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

What’s Included:

Finish Sydney

2013

2014 Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Sep Sep

Start Cairns

Beaches & Reefs 14 days

20 meals: 13 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D) Sailing option – 22 meals: 13 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

£

SAVE Pay early & save up to £145. See p.9 for details.

* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £929/ add £315 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add £739/ add £255 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). BRSCD: Start Sydney 7:00am & end Cairns 5:00pm. BRCSD: Start Cairns 7:00am & end Sydney 5:00pm. ● These departures will not stay in Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

4 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Sydney to Cairns. Or save up to £70 if you travel from Cairns to Sydney.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. byron bay

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Days 10-11: Farmstay to The Whitsundays Enjoy the beaches & watersports in paradise at Daydream Island in The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D) (B)

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THE SUN SEEKER 10 Days From £1155pp* £116 per day

fraser island

your backstage pass includes • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks Plus Special Stay • Langmorn Outback Cattle Station

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

ME Time

CORAL SEA

2 CAIRNS Tully

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Townsville

Northern Territory

Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island) Mackay

QUEENSLAND

CATTLE 1 STATION

Capricorn Coast

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Brisbane

New South Wales

Foreshore Promenade, Cairns. It’s a 4800sq-m saltwater swimming lagoon in the heart of the city.

ME Time optionals

1 FRASER ISLAND

South Australia

don’t miss

Nick: I surfed, I skydived & I sailed. I met some awesome people on this trip who I hope to visit soon. I’m already planning my next Contiki.

E C TI O N

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Sunshine & good times await! Get down on the farm, relax on idyllic island time & experience the paradise that is the Whitsundays & Great Barrier Reef. Get into the endless summer vibes the way only the Aussie’s can.

the whitsundays

australia

How much & when CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Code: BTSCD 2013/14

Code: BTCSD 2013/14

Start Finish Surfers P. Cairns

Start Cairns

Tour Only £ pp*

Tour & Sailing £ pp*

2013 Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

18 16 13 11 18 8 15 5 12 3 10 31 7 28 5 26

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Surfers Paradise Meet up with your Contiki Team & head into the bright lights of Surfers Paradise for a great night out with your new travel buddies! Resort Stay at a resort located right by the beach

Day 2: Surfers Paradise With a free day, explore the way you want. With great shopping it’s the perfect place for some retail therapy, or hit the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach with a book & some beats, & chill. Tonight, get into the party capital of Oz. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches M Vintage Tiger Month bi-plane joyflight (with acrobatic ‘loop the loops’)

••

Day 3: Surfers Paradise to Noosa Take a peek at Brisbane’s sights before we make our way to the chic beach town, Noosa, for dinner at the surf club overlooking the beach. Resort (B,D) See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall See the stunning Glasshouse Mountains Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club & meet a local life saver

• • •

Day 4: Noosa to Fraser Island Take a stroll at amazing Rainbow Beach before exploring Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island

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no less) by 4WD. Get back to nature with a bushwalk & drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Eco Lodge (B,L) Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with drinks Watch the sunset over mainland Australia

• • • •

Day 5: Fraser Island to Farmstay Head through the Great Dividing Range & into cattle country for a truly unique local overnight at our outback Station, where you can even flex your skills at whip cracking!  Cattle Station Special Stay (B,D) Boat trip across Hervey Bay – look out for whales (seasonal) Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride Meet the station owners

• • • •

Days 6-7: Farmstay to The Whitsundays Today we’ll jet through sugar cane country & into true paradise for the beaches, watersports & good times at Daydream Island in the Whitsundays. Resort (B,D) (B) Visit the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Stop at Airlie Beach M Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent)

•• •

Days 6-7: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can. Choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex Surfers: BTSWD ex Cairns: BTCWD Day 8: The Whitsundays to Cairns Today, we’ll head to Tropical North Queensland, known for its rainforests & as the gateway to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Resort (B) Townsville city tour See Magnetic Island Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Pass through Tully, home to Oz’s best white water rafting

6 9 23 30 20 20 17 15 12 10 17 7 14 4 11

Tour & Sailing £ pp*

2013 Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

27 25 22 20 27 17 24 14 21 12 19 9 16 7 14 4

1235 1235 1235 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1205 1265 1265 1265 1265

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Finish Tour Surfers P. Only £ pp*

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13 24 27 10 17 10 7 5 2 30 28 4 25 1 22 29

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2014 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

4 15 18 1 8 1 29 26 24 21 19 26 16 23 13 20

* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £619/ add £209 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add £429/add £149 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). BTSCD: Start Surfers P. 4:30pm & end Cairns 5:00pm. BTCSD: Start Cairns 7:00am & end Surfers P. 8:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

The Sun Seeker 10 days What’s Included: 9 nights multi-share accommodation: 7 nights in resorts, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night at a cattle station (more on p.22-23) Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37) 14 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) 4 dinners (D) Sailing option - 16 meals: 9 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

£

SAVE Pay early & save up to £109. See p.9 for details.

3 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Surfers Paradise to Cairns. Or save up to £50 if you travel from Cairns to Surfers Paradise.

•• • •

Days 9-10: Cairns With 2 free days, experience Cairns’ best! From shopping & great nightlife to endless adrenaline activities, you’re spoilt for choice. Then it’s time to say farewell as your tour ends at 5.00pm on day 10. Tonight, there’s your chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Resort (B,D) (B) M Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch…or stay dry with coral viewing by semi-submersible

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SUNSETS & SURF 12 Days From £1425pp* £119 per day

BYRON BAY

your backstage pass includes • Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks Plus Special Stays GULF OF CARPENTARIA

• Coffs Harbour Surf Village • Langmorn Outback Cattle Station

CORAL SEA

ME Time

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Northern Territory

Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

(Daydream Island) Mackay

QUEENSLAND

CATTLE 1 STATION

Capricorn Coast

1 FRASER ISLAND 1 NOOSA

ME Time optionals

Brisbane

South Australia

SURFERS PARADISE 2

M Kayak tour of Byron Bay’s Marine Park & waves to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal) M Vintage Tiger Moth bi-plane joyflight (with acrobatic ‘loop the loops’)!

Currumbin

1 BYRON BAY 1 COFFS HARBOUR

NEW SOUTH WALES

must do A stroll along the Noosa Coastal Track. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas chilling in gum trees or dolpins & humpback whales out at sea. Bliss.

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Port Macquarie

Nick: I seriously had the best time ever and am already planning my next Contiki!

E C TI O N

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The icons of Sydney call, before grabbing a surf board in Coffs Harbour & kicking back in beach heaven, Byron Bay. From Surfers Paradise, Fraser Island to the Whitsundays & everything in-between - it’s all about East Coast action.

Day 1: Sydney Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies this morning. We’ll head to the Blue Mountains & learn about this amazing landscape including the Three Sisters. Frame up some shots as you hike Wentworth Falls, before heading back to Sydney for dinner overlooking Darling Harbour. Hotel (D) Day trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters Hike at Wentworth Falls Cook your own BBQ steak

sydney

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Day 3: Sydney to Coffs Harbour Surf Village It’s out of the city & into the cool surfer vibes that Oz is famous for at our Surf Village.  Surf Village Special Stay (B,D) Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’

• •

Day 4: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay Get yourself onto the waves on our surf lesson! With their tricks of the trade, our pro surfer guides will have you up on a board in no time. So grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & hit the beach for the ultimate chill. This afternoon, we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B) ‘Learn to surf’ lesson Cross the Clarence River Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle, galleries, amazing food & cool night life

•• • •

Day 5: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise There’s time to top up your tan this morning before heading north into Queensland to Surfers Paradise. We’ll stop in at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see wombats, pat a kangaroo & cuddle up to a koala. Resort (B)

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How much & when

Code: SQSCD 2013/14 Code: SQCSD 2013/14 Start Sydney

Finish W’suns

Tour Only £ pp*

Tour & Sailing £ pp*

Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

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Day 2: Sydney Today we hit the streets & icons of Sydney, including the spot to see the city’s best views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House. If you’re up for it, get a different view & head to the top of the Harbour Bridge! We’ll cruise to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Macquarie Street & The Rocks Visit The Rocks Markets (weekends) or Paddington’s chic shopping area Ferry from Manly with time for lunch & a swim M Climb the Harbour Bridge

• •

Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals Stay at a resort located right by the beach

Day 6: Surfers Paradise With a free day, explore the way you want. With great shopping it’s the perfect place for some retail therapy, or hit the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach with a book & some beats, & chill. Tonight, get into the party capital of Oz. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches M Spectacular tandem skydive

••

Day 7: Surfers Paradise to Noosa Check out Brisbane’s sights before we make our way to the chic beach town, Noosa, for dinner at the surf club over-looking the beach. Resort (B,D) See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall See the stunning Glasshouse Mountains Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club & meet a local life saver

• • •

Day 8: Noosa to Fraser Island Take a stroll at amazing Rainbow Beach before exploring Fraser Island (the world’s largest sand island no less) by 4WD. Get back to nature with a bushwalk & drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Eco Lodge (B,L) Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a gourmet BBQ lunch with drinks Watch the sunset over mainland Australia

• • • •

COFFS HARBOUR

Itinerary & Sightseeing

australia

Day 9: Fraser Island to Farmstay Head through the Great Dividing Range & into cattle country for a truly unique local overnight at our outback Station, where you can even flex your skills at whip cracking!  Cattle Station Special Stay (B,D) Boat trip across Hervey Bay look out for whales (seasonal) Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride Meet the station owners

• • • •

Days 10-11: Farmstay to The Whitsundays Enjoy the beaches & watersports in paradise at Daydream Island in The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D) (B) Visit the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Stop at Airlie Beach M Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) M Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise with lunch

•• •

Days 10-11: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can. Choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex Sydney: SQSWD ex W’suns: SQCWD

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Finish Sydney

Tour Only £ pp*

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Sunsets & Surf 12 days What’s Included: 11 nights multi-share accommodation: 7 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a surf village, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night at a cattle station (more on p.22-23) Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht (more on p.37) 17 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) 5 dinners (D) Sailing option - 19 meals: 11 breakfasts (B) 2 lunches (L) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

£

Pay early & save up to £130. See p.9 for details.

* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £809/ add £275 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add £619/add £215 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). SQSCD: Start Sydney 7:00am & end W’suns 8:00am. SQCSD: Start W’suns 5:00pm & end Sydney 5:00pm. ● These departures will not stay in Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

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SAVE

3 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Sydney to The Whitsundays. Or save up to £50 if you travel from The Whitsundays to Sydney. SYDNEY

Day 12: The Whitsundays The tour ends after breakfast, so it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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£

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Tully

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Airlie Beach

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(Daydream Island)

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Itinerary & Sightseeing

* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £429/ add £145 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add £239/ add £85 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). FNSCD: Start W’suns 5:00pm & end Cairns 4:00pm. FNCSD: Start Cairns 7:30am & end W’suns 8:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

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Days 1-2: The Whitsundays Meet up with your Contiki Team & new travel buddies before heading into true paradise for the beaches, watersports & good times at Daydream Island in The Whitsundays. Resort (D) (B) M Hire a jet ski Days 1-2: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can. Choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex W’suns: FNSWD ex Cairns: FNCWD

Day 3: The Whitsundays to Cairns Today, we’ll head to Tropical North Queensland, known for its

rainforests & as the gateway to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef. Tonight, there’s your chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Resort (B,D) Check out Townsville on a city tour See Magnetic Island Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Pass through Tully, home to Australia’s best whitewater rafting

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Days 4-5: Cairns With 2 free days, you can experience Cairns’ best! From shopping, cool bars & amazing nightlife, to the endless adrenaline activities like rafting, skydiving & exploring the reef, you’re spoilt for choice. If you’re up for a night out, then your Tour Manager can tell you the best spots to head to. Resort (B) (B) M Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch M Hot air balloon flight

Day 6: Cairns to Cape Tribulation Get an insider look at ancient Aboriginal culture & maybe try the unusual flavours offered at the local ice creamery, before heading north to Cape Tribulation. Lodge (B) Aboriginal experience at Mossman Gorge.

Day 7: Cape Tribulation to Cairns We visit Cape Tribulation beach & then check out the mangroves on a walk with our local guide. This afternoon it’s back to Cairns where your tour ends at 4:00pm. (B) Visit Port Douglas Mangrove boardwalk with our expert local guide

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RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE on days 6 & 7 Get geared up for 2 days in paradise! With huge mountain ranges & rainforest stretching right to the ocean, the lush Daintree area is where the Tropics meets the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. This World Heritage Site is packed with ancient plants & animals & is the home of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people - it’s ready to be explored & a must-do in this part of the world. Come see it with us.

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City to Surf 7 days

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From £855pp* £123 per day

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SURFERS PARADISE 2 Currumbin

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Sydney Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies this morning. We’ll head to the Blue Mountains & learn about this amazing landscape including the Three Sisters. Frame up some shots as you hike Wentworth Falls, before heading back to Sydney for dinner overlooking Darling Harbour. Hotel (D) Day trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters Hike at Wentworth Falls Cook your own BBQ steak

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Day 2: Sydney Today we hit the streets & icons of Sydney, including the spot to see the city’s best views of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House. If you’re up for it, get a different view & head to the top of the Harbour Bridge! We’ll cruise to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Take a tour of Kings Cross, Chinatown, Darling Harbour, Macquarie Street & The Rocks Visit The Rocks Markets (weekends) or Paddington’s chic shopping area Ferry from Manly with time for lunch & a swim M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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Day 3: Sydney to Coffs Harbour Surf Village It’s out of the city & into the cool surfer vibes that Oz is famous for at our Surf Village.  Surf Village Special Stay (B,D) Stop in the seaside resort town of Port Macquarie Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’

board in no time. So grab your towel, sunnies & iPod & hit the beach for the ultimate chill. This afternoon, we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B) ‘Learn to surf’ lesson Cross the Clarence River Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle, galleries, amazing food & cool night life M Kayak tour of the Marine Park to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal)

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Day 5: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise There’s time to top up your tan this morning before heading north into Queensland to Surfers Paradise. We’ll stop in at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see wombats, pat a kangaroo & cuddle up to a koala. Resort (B)

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Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals Stay at a resort located right by the beach

Day 6: Surfers Paradise With a free day, explore the way you want. With great shopping it’s the perfect place for retail therapy, hit the skies on a skydive, visit Australia Zoo, or head to the beach & chill. Tonight, get into the party capital of Oz. Resort (B) VIP nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches M Locally guided 4WD national park rainforest tour

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Day 7: Surfers Paradise The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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How much & when Code: BSSBD 2013/14 Start Sydney

Finish Surfers P.

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Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec

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• Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement add £479/add £145 twin-share. Start Sydney 7:00am & end Surfers Paradise 8:00am. ● These departures will not stay in Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

6 nights multi-share accommodation: 4 nights in hotels & resorts 1 night in a surf village, 1 night in a hostel (more on p.22-23) 8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) 2 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

£

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TROPICAL WONDER 5 Days From £549pp* £110 per day GULF OF CARPENTARIA CORAL SEA

2 CAIRNS Tully

Airlie Beach

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Finish W’suns

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Finish W’suns

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Townsville

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* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £325/add £115 twin-share. Single room supplement (tour + sailing) add £135/add £55 twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). Start Cairns 7:00am & end Whitsundays 8:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Day 1: Cairns Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies, then head out & experience Cairns’ best! From shopping, great nightlife & endless adrenaline activities like rafting, skydiving & exploring the reef, you’re spoilt for choice. Tonight, there’s your chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Resort (D) M Great Barrier Reef cruise & lunch Day 2: Cairns Feed your inner adrenaline junkie or relax? It’s your choice with another free day to do what you’re into. Resort (B) M Tandem skydive M Scuba diving or quad biking Day 3: Cairns to The Whitsundays Visit Airlie Beach & get into its relaxed café scene before a quick ferry ride to paradise on Daydream Island. Resort (B,D) Pass through Tully, home to Australia’s best whitewater rafting Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park

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Check out Townsville on a city tour Stop at Airlie Beach

Day 4: The Whitsundays This place is the ultimate way to relax. So take time to chill or get into some watersports & good times at Daydream Island. Resort (B) M Sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) Day 5: The Whitsundays The tour ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

Days 3-4: Sailing Whitsundays option Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can. Choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.37 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Code: NWCWD

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See The Whitsundays on our own private yacht! This sailing upgrade option is a great alternative to spending 2 nights at Daydream Island Resort, with the chance to spend 2 days & nights oUT ON THE WATER. The Whitsundays is part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, with over 90 mostly uninhabited National Park islands, heavenly white beaches & crystal clear waters. And sailing is a great way to see it all. If you want to learn about sailing, the crew will teach you how to hoist the sails & grind the winches, but if you’d prefer to relax, sunbake & soak up the atmosphere – you can leave the hard work to them. Swim, snorkel, or laze your way around this tropical paradise. The highlight will definitely be a visit to Whitehaven Beach (weather dependant). Introductory & certified diving is also available at additional cost. The trip returns to Airlie Beach on the final morning.

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adventure sailing upgrade What’s Included: 2 nights multi-share accommodation (no single or twin-share) 5 meals: 2 breakfasts (B) 1 lunch (L) 2 dinners (D) Dedicated & professional on-board crew Snorkelling equipment

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OUTBACK ADVENTURE 11 Days From £1155pp* £105 per day

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your backstage pass includes • Alice Springs Aboriginal ‘Dreamtime Bushtucker’ tour • Alice Springs Reptile Centre experience • Uluru sunset drinks & nibbles Plus Special Stay • Kings Creek Station Outback Bush Camp 1 DARWIN 2 KAKADU N.P

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ME Time

1 KATHERINE Mataranka Daly waters INDIAN OCEAN

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

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From rugged canyons, red rocks & lush forests, to cool local characters & even cooler sights, this adventure into the ‘Territory’ will show you why Aussie’s epic red centre really is like nowhere else.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Alice Springs Meet your Contiki Team this afternoon & check out ‘The Alice’, famous for its remoteness, classic Aussie locals & Aboriginal art. Maybe hold a snake or lizard at our reptile park experience (if you’re game). Hotel (D) Catch a look at the MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill See the stunning Aboriginal site of Simpsons Gap See the dry Todd River which hosts the annual Henley on Todd Regatta Hands-on reptile park experience

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Day 2: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station Gear up to try some ‘bush tucker’, meet members of the Walpiri Aboriginal community & learn to throw a boomerang! Later, it’s on to Kings Creek Station for our cool overnight – go local like Aussie ‘bushies’ & sleep under the stars in a comfy swag.  Outback Special Stay (B,D) Hike through Kings Canyon to the ‘Lost City’ & desert oasis ‘the Garden of Eden’ Sleep under the stars in a traditional Aussie ‘swag’ M Camel ride through an outback station

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Day 3: Kings Creek Station to Uluru Australia’s pin-up icon is next as we make tracks to Uluru. Take a walk through its neighbour – the Olgas before cooking up an optional BBQ dinner. Lodge (B) Wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon & eggs, just how you like it See the 700 million year old Mt Conner & Lake Amadeus Hike through ‘Kata-Tjuta’ (The Olgas)

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Day 4: Uluru Don’t miss the changing colours of an Uluru sunrise, then if you’re up for it, take a walk around ‘The Rock’ for some close up angles & hear stories of this amazing area & its Aboriginal rock art. Tonight, toast the trip & catch a legendary Uluru sunset while sipping a glass of bubbly. Lodge (B) Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre See Uluru at sunrise Drink a toast to Uluru at sunset

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Day 5: Uluru to Alice Springs Back in Alice, maybe burn around the outback on a quad bike, or just sit pool side & work on your tan. Hotel (B) Indulge in a yummy BBQ ‘Big Brekkie’

Day 6: Alice Springs to Tennant Creek Our ‘Top End’ adventure begins today – we’ll cross the Tropic of Capricorn to Aussie’s old mining town, Tennant Creek. Hotel (B,D) Keep your eyes peeled for UFOs at Wycliffe Well Visit the ‘Devil’s Marbles’

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Day 7: Tennant Creek to Katherine Stop & ‘knock one back’ at the Territory’s oldest pub before making a splash in Mataranka Thermal Pools. Later, it’s on to the lush river town of Katherine & its famous gorge. Hotel (B) Chill out & swim at the Mataranka thermal pools Hear stories from ‘We of the Never Never’ Homestead, made famous by the book of the same name

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Day 8: Katherine to Kakadu National Park Hike, walk, or take an optional boat trip to see the massive Katherine Gorge up close.

This afternoon we’ll hit the road to Kakadu National Park via Edith Falls for a swim. Hotel (B,D) Visit Katherine Gorge Cool off in Edith Falls before heading into World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park

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Day 9: Kakadu National Park Explore Kakadu today – its variety of gorgeous landscapes, wildlife & arguably Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock & Ubirr will seriously impress. Hotel (B) See the Aboriginal rock art Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre M Scenic flight over this World Heritage Listed area

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Day 10: Kakadu to Darwin Take a cruise to spot some crocs & wildlife, before we head to Darwin! Get your bearings on a city tour & visit the local museum to learn about its historical past. With free time, spend the afternoon doing what you like – maybe take a sunset cruise (seasonal) or hit the shops. Hotel (B) Keep your eyes peeled for crocs on a wildlife cruise Guided city tour of Darwin Visit the Darwin Museum

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Outback Adventure 11 days What’s Included: 10 nights multi-share accommodation: 7 nights in hotels, 1 night at an outback bush camp in a comfy Aussie ‘swag’, 2 nights in a lodge (more on p.22-23) 14 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) 4 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

£

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2 World Heritage sites visited

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Alice Springs to Darwin, or from Darwin to Alice Springs.

HENLEY ON TODD REGATTA DAY If you are travelling on the August 18th 2013 departure, why not arrive in Alice Springs a day early for the Henley on Todd Regatta? This dry boat race on the bed of the Todd River makes for a fun day out with the locals. See www.henleyontodd.com

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Day 11: Darwin A swim in famous (& gorgeous) Florence Falls is a must in Litchfield National Park. Check out the incredible termite mounds found here too. Don’t forget to pick up a didgeridoo & meet some local Aboriginal artists before it’s time to farewell your travel buddies & swap email addresses. (B) Enjoy a swim in Florence Falls

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1 DARWIN 2 KAKADU N.P 1 KATHERINE Mataranka Daly waters

From £735pp* £123 per day

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

NORTHERN TERRITORY

1 TENNANT CREEK Devils Marbles Wycliffe Well

Ti Tree

Alice Springs

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

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Itinerary & Sightseeing What’s Included: Day 1: Darwin & Litchfield National Park Delve into the Northern Territory’s best-kept secret, Litchfield National Park & plunge into the cool pool of water below Florence Falls. Head back to Darwin & get ready for a night out on the town. Hotel See the unique, huge termite mounds See Litchfield’s rainforests & sandstone formations Enjoy a swim at Florence Falls

5 nights multi-share hotel accommodation: (more on p.22-23) 7 meals: 5 breakfasts (B) 2 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

How much & when Code: AKDAD 2013/14 Code: AKADD 2013/14 Start Darwin

Finish A.Springs

Total Cost £ pp*

Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

739 739 739 755 755 755 755 755 735 735

2013

1 World Heritage site visited

you choose

Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Oct Nov Dec

17 15 12 10 7 4 2 30 27 25

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep

22 19 19 16 14 11 9 6 3

Start A.Springs

Finish Darwin

Total Cost £ pp*

Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

10 8 5 3 31 28 25 23 20 18

739 739 739 739 755 755 755 755 735 735

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Sep

15 12 12 9 7 4 2 30 27 24

735 735 735 789 789 789 789 775 775 775

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2014

It’s your choice - travel from Darwin to Alice Springs, or from Alice Springs to Darwin.

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Apr May May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

5 3 31 28 26 23 20 18 15 13

2014 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep

27 24 24 21 19 16 14 11 8

735 735 735 789 789 789 775 775 775

Jan Feb Mar Apr May May Jun Jul Aug Sep

10 7 7 4 2 30 27 25 22 19

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share. Single room supplement add £299/add £95 twin-share. AKDAD: Start Darwin 7:30am & end A.Springs 2:00pm. AKADD: Start A.Springs 9:00am & end Darwin 6:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Day 2: Darwin to Kakadu National Park Today, hit the streets of tropical Darwin, an exotic, diverse place that combines East & West & attracts people from all over the country. Later we’ll wind our way to Kakadu National Park. Hotel (B,D) Darwin city tour See Darwin Harbour & the East Point Military Reserve Visit Darwin Museum, home to the Cyclone Tracy display Wildlife cruise to see crocodiles & native birds

Day 5: Katherine to Tennant Creek Chill out with a refreshing swim at Mataranka before stopping & ‘knocking one back’ at the oldest pub in the Territory. Tonight, stay in Tennant Creek surrounded by million-acre cattle stations & local Aboriginal communities. Hotel (B,D) Swim in the Mataranka thermal pools Visit Elsey, the historic ’We of the Never Never’ homestead Visit Daly Waters – famous outback pub

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Stay in the ‘true blue’ Aussie outback town of Tennant Creek

Day 6: Tennant Creek to Alice Springs Experience the age-old, mythological Devils Marbles rocks before crossing the Tropic of Capricorn & arriving in Alice Springs where the tour ends & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B) Maybe sight a UFO in Wycliffe Well! See Aboriginal art & didgeridoos in Ti Tree’s local art gallery

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Day 3: Kakadu National Park Be stunned by the ecological ‘jewel’ of Kakadu & its variety of superb landscapes, abundance of wildlife & arguably Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art found at places like Nourlangie Rock. Hotel (B) Walk & see the Aboriginal rock art Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre M Scenic flight over this World Heritage Listed area

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Day 4: Kakadu National Park to Katherine Continue on, via Edith Falls, to the lush river town of Katherine. On the way, stop & walk, or take an optional boat trip for an up close experience with dramatic Katherine Gorge. Hotel (B) Visit mighty Katherine Gorge & see the sheer rock walls & wildlife M Locally guided cruise of beautiful Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

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6 Days

Rock & Red 6 days backstage pass

From £699pp* £117 per day

Inclusions • Alice Springs Aboriginal ‘Dreamtime Bushtucker’ tour • Alice Springs Reptile Centre experience • Uluru sunset drinks & nibbles NORTHERN TERRITORY

KINGS CANYON 1 The Olgas

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Day 2: Alice Springs to Kings Creek Station Gear up to try some ‘bush tucker’, meet members of the Walpiri Aboriginal community & learn to throw a boomerang! Later, it’s on to Kings Creek Station for our cool overnight – go local like Aussie ‘bushies’ & sleep under the stars in a comfy swag.  Outback Special Stay (B,D) Hike through Kings Canyon

to the ‘Lost City’ & desert oasis ‘the Garden of Eden’ Sleep under the stars in a traditional Aussie ‘swag’ M Quad-bike adventure

Day 3: Kings Creek Station to Uluru Australia’s pin up icon is next as we make tracks to Uluru. Take a walk through its neighbour – the Olgas. Lodge (B) Wake up to the smell of fresh cooked bacon & eggs, just how you like it See the 700 million year old Mt Conner & Lake Amadeus Hike through ‘Kata-Tjuta’ (The Olgas)

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ULURU

ME Time optionals

Places visited Nightstops Special Stay night

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time. M Helicopter flight over Kings Canyon

How much & when

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Alice Springs Meet up with your Contiki Team & explore the Outback’s unofficial capital, ‘The Alice’, famous for its remoteness, classic Aussie locals & Aboriginal art. Maybe hold a snake or lizard at our reptile park experience (if you’re game). Hotel (D) Catch a look at the MacDonnell Ranges from ANZAC Hill See the stunning Aboriginal site of Simpsons Gap See the dry Todd River which hosts the annual Henley on Todd Regatta Hands-on reptile park experience

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Day 5: Uluru to Alice Springs Say farewell to Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park as we head back to Alice Springs. Maybe take a quad bike adventure, or just chill out pool side & relax in the sun. Hotel (B) Indulge in a yummy BBQ ‘Big Brekkie’

Day 6: Alice Springs Choose to take an amazing optional hot air balloon flight this morning, then say farewell to your new friends. (B) the outback

Code: AEDAD 2013/14 Code: AEADD 2013/14 Start A.Springs

Finish A.Springs

Total Cost £ pp*

2013 Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Dec

22 20 17 15 12 ▲ 9 7 4 2 30

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep

27 24 24 21 19 16 14 11 8

Start A.Springs

Finish A.Springs

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27 25 22 20 17 14 12 9 7 4

715 715 715 725 725 725 725 699 699 699

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699 699 699 765 765 765 749 749 749

2014

Day 4: Uluru Don’t miss the changing colours of an Uluru sunrise, then if you’re up for it, take a walk around ‘The Rock’ for some close up angles & hear stories of this amazing area & its Aboriginal rock art. Tonight, toast the trip & catch a legendary Uluru sunset while sipping a glass of bubbly. Lodge (B) Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre See Uluru at sunrise Drink a toast to Uluru at sunset M Ride a Harley Davidson around Uluru

Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

28 26 23 21 18 15 13 10 8

May May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

3 31 28 26 23 20 18 15 13

715 715 715 725 725 725 725 699 699

Jan Feb Mar Apr May May Jun Jul Aug Sep

10 7 7 4 2 30 27 25 22 19

699 699 699 699 765 765 765 749 749 749

2014 Jan Feb Mar Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep

5 2 2 30 27 25 22 20 17 14

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Plus Special Stay • Kings Creek Station Outback Bush Camp

Single room supplement add £289/add £99 twin-share. AEDAD: Start A.Springs 1:30pm & end A.Springs 9:00am. AEADD: Start A.Springs 12:00 noon & end A.Springs 9:00am. ▲ This tour ends in Alice Springs on the Henley on Todd Regatta day. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

What’s Included: 5 nights multi-share accommodation: 2 nights in hotels, 1 night at an outback bush camp in a comfy Aussie ‘swag’, 2 nights in a lodge (more on p.22-23) 7 meals: 5 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

1 World Heritage site visited

HENLEY ON TODD REGATTA DAY If you are travelling on the August 18th 2013 departure, why not arrive in Alice Springs a day early for the Henley on Todd Regatta? This dry boat race on the bed of the Todd River makes for a fun day out with the locals. See www.henleyontodd.com

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CONTIKI & DIVING CHOOSE FROM 2 GREAT DIVE PACKAGES

• LEARN TO DIVE (BEGINNERS) • DIVE TO ADVENTURE (CERTIFIED DIVERS)

One of Australia’s must do’s is diving the Great Barrier Reef. If you’ve never dived before or if you’re more experienced – exploring the Reef is hard to beat. With 2 great dive packages there’s something for everyone. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef on the planet, a natural wonder of the world & a World Heritage site with 400 different types of coral & 1500 species of fish – so it’s pretty amazing. If you’re up for it you can even dive at night & see a whole different side of this amazing spot. Our diving experiences are not to be missed & are available with tours that start/finish in Cairns. Tours include Reefs & Rainforests (p.26-27), Beaches & Reefs (p.28-29), The Sun Seeker (p.30-31), Island & Rainforest (p.34) & Tropical Wonder (p.36).

PADI (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) is the largest dive education company in the world - prodivecairns.com

What’s Included: 2 nights twin-share accommodation on boat 7 meals: 2 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) & 2 dinners (D) Transfers from Cairns accommodation to boat 11 dives incl. 2 night dives (weather permitting) Dive & snorkelling equipment Dive insurance

Visit contiki.com/dive-adventure

DIVE TO ADVENTURE 3 DAYS From £449pp* £150 per day

Important Info: You must hold a minimum of an ‘open water dive’ certificate to take this trip. Some taxes are payable directly to Pro Dive at the end of the course incl. the Environmental Management charge at a cost of A$60. If you’re staying at an alternative hotel to Rydges Esplanade Resort prior to your dive trip, you’ll need to inform Pro Dive in order to arrange your transfer on day 1 (prodivecairns.com or 07 4031 5255). Safety dictates that you can’t fly or go to an altitude of 300m+ within 24 hrs of your last dive (approx. 12:00noon). A 3 day snorkeling package is also available at a cost of £399 plus A$60 EMC payable locally – see contiki.com/snorkel. Course is open age.

What’s Included: 4 nights accommodation: 2 nights in a hostel (multi-share), 2 nights on a dive boat (twin-share) Transfers from Cairns accommodation to training centre & boat 7 meals: 2 breakfasts (B), 3 lunches (L) & 2 dinners (D) PADI ‘Open Water’ certificate & manual Log book & Scuba equipment Important Info: An Australian diving medical certificate is needed. It can be arranged at a cost of A$55 on Day 1. Some taxes are payable directly to Pro Dive at the end of the course incl. the Environmental Management charge at a cost of A$60. If you’re staying at an alternative hotel to Rydges Esplanade Resort prior to your dive trip, you’ll need to inform Pro Dive in order to arrange your transfer on day 1 (prodivecairns. com or 07 4031 5255). Safety dictates that you can’t fly or go to an altitude of 300m+ within 24 hours of your last dive (approx. 12:00noon). Package is open age.

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Dive to adventure package This 3 day live aboard dive & snorkelling adventure will show you the very best of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. It’s also unmatched for value – you’ll participate in up to 11 dives over 16 exclusive dive sites. Day 1: Cairns to the dive boat An early pickup (5:55am) this morning & it’s off to the dive boat & out to The Great Barrier Reef to start your adventure. The sites you’ll visit have been selected for their variety & quality of coral & marine life as well as great visibility. Boat (L,D) Day 2: Dive boat Today gives you the opportunity to explore this World Heritage listed underwater playground, but also to relax & really

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LEARN TO DIVE 5 DAYS From £665pp* £133 per day

enjoy yourself diving & snorkelling. Back onboard, it’s good fun with your fellow divers, stories, shared experiences, great food & a spectacular sunset. Boat (B,L,D) Day 3: Dive boat There’s more diving or snorkeling in different areas of the reef today & later, return to Cairns in the late afternoon where there’s an included transfer back to your hotel. (B,L)

Tour code: CDTA

Learn to Dive package This 5 day course takes you to 9 of the Great Barrier Reef’s best dive sites & features 2 days of classroom & in-pool training, then it’s on to the live aboard boat for some actual reef diving. There’s also plenty of time to snorkel, relax & just enjoy the reef experience too. Days 1-2: Cairns The first 2 days of the course are spent at Pro Dive Cairns modern training centre learning the theory & practical skills of scuba diving. Each day finishes around 5:30pm. Hostel Days 3-4: Cairns to the dive boat The next 3 days & 2 nights are spent living onboard a premium dive vessel. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in 9 dives on a variety of our 16 exclusive dive sites on the outer Great Barrier Reef. Your first 4 dives

will complete your open water certification & then as a certified diver you are able to take up to 5 more recreational dives. One of these dives is a guided night dive! These extra dives will be a highlight of your course & a truly memorable experience. Boat (L,D) (B,L,D) Day 5: Dive boat to Cairns Return to Cairns in the late afternoon where there’s the option to join your new mates & crew for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L)

Tour code: CLTD

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australia

SYDNEY NEW YEAR

Sydney New Year 4 days

4 Days From £975pp* £244 per day

HARBOUR BRIDGE FIREWORKS

Itinerary & Sightseeing Spend New Year's Eve in Sydney Sydney’s New Year's Eve celebrations are one of the most spectacular in the world, centred around the city’s famous harbour. With the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop, you’ll see some of the most incredible fireworks ever, as you ring in the New Year in Sydney. To top it off, the streets are filled with a young, fun crowd & all the bars, clubs, lounges & pubs are absolutely pumping. During the day, there’s loads to explore. Hit Bondi Beach, chill at some of the city’s fantastic restaurants, indulge in some incredible shopping – the options are endless. This tour gives you a few days in this cool city so you can start the New Year Contiki-style!

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Sydney

ME Time optionals

Day 1: Sydney This afternoon check in to the hotel. Later, meet up with your Tour Manager & group & get to know your new travel buddies over a drink & dinner. Hotel (D) Day 2: Sydney With sightseeing this morning you’ll get to see all that Sydney has to offer, including some of its eastern beaches, like Bondi. Tonight, get ready to ring in the New Year from a different angle, as you board a Sydney harbour cruise. See a light show & the city’s famous fireworks explode across the sky, complete with drinks & tasty nibbles. There’s even an on-board DJ so you can dance the night away! Hotel (B) M Climb Sydney’s most famous icon, the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 3 nights triple-share centrally located hotel accommodation (more on p.22-23) (essential to pre-book at bridgeclimb.com) Day 3: Happy New Year! Today is yours to chill out. Have a late ‘recovery’ lunch then later in the afternoon you could venture to Bondi Beach

to soak up some sun & get into the buzzing vibe of this sunny city. Hotel (B) Day 4: Sydney Your New Year’s adventure ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

4 meals: 3 breakfasts (B) & 1 dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager Harbour cruise to watch the New Year fireworks, with drinks, nibbles & a DJ Half-day guided sightseeing tour of Sydney including Bondi Beach Local taxes & service charges

How much? Tour code: SNYED

Shopping: Crown St. in Surry Hills is perfect for finding unique vintage threads. Eating: Newtown is packed with authentic Vietnamese joints to satisfy your cravings. Partying: Darlinghurst is the spot, from cute bars to clubs there’s endless variety.

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Start Sydney

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2013

2014

Dec 30

Jan 2

Tour £ pp*

975

* Price above is triple-share. Twin & single supplements available. If you are travelling solo, we can set you up with a same sex roommate at no extra charge. Tour starts at 5:00pm, check in from 3:00pm.

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Aussie’s festival scene goes off & being a part of the action is a must. want to watch the world’s hottest bands at Splendour in the Grass? then do it Contiki style.

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July 2013* * Date not confirmed at time of print. Check contiki.com/splendour for dates & prices. Don’t miss Australia’s hottest 3 day annual music, arts & youth culture festival in northern New South Wales, Australia. This event is always a sell out – so get in quick. We make it easy with our inclusions… a ticket to the festival & accommodation… so you’re totally sorted. All you need is to get ready for good times with an amazing crew. Splendour’s unique atmosphere rocks & an unparalleled line-up of international & local bands means you’ll experience a line-up that is second to none on the Australian festival circuit.

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SINCE forever young

THE ORIGINAL

1962

The old vans have long since gone, but some things will never change. Our spirit of adventure lives on. We’re still as passionate about discovering new things as ever. Connecting young travellers is at the heart of everything we do. It’s about discovering mind-blowing places, sharing the adventures & having an awesome time doing it! “Good” has never been nearly good enough for our travellers or us. Making every trip the greatest ever, delivering awesome value, creating epic stories, lasting friendships & genuinely making every second count is what we’re all about.

29th APRIL 1962. 1 BEAT UP MINI-VAN, 12 ADVENTURERS, 12 WEEKS, 1 CONTINENT, ONE HELL OF AN URGE TO EXPLORE. CONTIKI WAS BORN.

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46 | 47 We’ve been heading out on epic adventures since ‘62. From europe, the usa to overland explorers from london to kathmandu & everywhere in between.

EUROPE SINCE 1962

1977: MATES FOR LIFE, india

1978: keeping it cool in communist russia

1979: Afghanistan ADVENTURE

1981: We said kia ora to contiki NZ

1982: SUNRISE AT our french château

1982: our american dream starts stateside & in 1991: came contiki canada

1984: we started making a splash down under

2009: contiki takes on asia

2011: Our newest crush...Latin America

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new zealand

It’s time to explore the magical land of the long white cloud. With so much to do in this beautiful country, come with us & make the most of every moment. New Zealand is full of surprises & all about pushing your comfort zone to the max. You could find yourself skiing down a mountain one minute, then jet boating under a waterfall the next. It’s the land to unleash the adventurer within. With us, you’ll experience NZ the best possible way. With 7 tours from 3-19 days, you get to decide where you go, what you do & how you do it. From the best places to stay, to the ultimate ways to feel an adrenaline rush, we’ve got it sorted. With plenty of culture & epic landscapes, New Zealand is in a league of its own. So choose your adventure & take the ride of your life with Contiki.

EXPERIENCE our new zealand LATER STARTS

MORE CHOICES

9am starts (or later) each day, & longer stops on travel days mean a more relaxed way to explore.

Want a long stay or short trip? A snow adventure or boat ride? Name it, we’ve got it. And on most of our trips you can choose the route you want to travel.

THE BEST TEAM Our On-road team gives you that essential insider knowledge that every traveller craves. See p.52

AuTHENTIC & EXCLUSIVE We love going local & getting you in the know on all things Kiwi. Like delicious delicacies & cultural experiences that you’ll only find in NZ. All included. See p.56

GIVING BACK You can choose to give back – do a beach & lakeshore clean-up or swap your plastic water bottle for a Contiki re-usable. It’s all about helping our planet.

EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION From comfy, central hotels to cool resorts or lodges, our overnights are the perfect place to un-wind. See p.58

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to NZ AN adrenaline fix in Queenstown, the culture of Rotorua, the beaches of the far North & the serene fiords, New Zealand is a must. a holiday with Contiki gives you a Kiwi experience like no other. Your

backstage pass

includes:

EXCLUSIVE ACCOMMODATION We have some eye-popping accommodation. Stay in the heart of Downtown Auckland, right by the world famous waterfront & shops, wake up to views over Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown or near the beach at a resort hotel in Paihia. Our hotels are centrally located, with fantastic facilities, comfy beds & great extras like swimming pools & WiFi.

EXCLUSIVE team We bring the real New Zealand to life – our Tour Managers & Drivers are all passionate about their home & love sharing it with you. Because we’ve got the expertise & the essential local knowledge that you can’t get from a guidebook, we get you off the tourist trails & into the heart of the true NZ.

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EXCLUSIVE FOOD Get a taste of NZ favourites when you travel, all included as part of your u Backstage Pass. From kiwi classics like fish ‘n’ chips & BBQs to authentic tastes like a Maori Hangi & concert so get the tastebuds reead a y. We include breakfast every day too, o so it’s easy to start the day of adven nture right.

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TEAM Our team of Tour Managers love New Zealand. Their passion for this country is contagious! Who could be better for showing you around than those who know it like the back of their hand? They’re extensively trained & travelled, & they know it inside out, they’ll show you all their favourite spots for partying, shopping & getting amongst it. You’ll always get the best experience possible.

& keep it easy by dropping you right at your door & unloading your bags.

Mix this with our expert Drivers who get you from A to B with ease & in comfort

In short, they’re THE business. Get ready to uncover New Zealand’s best!

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To complement our team, we pair up with Local Guides in some locations, included as part of your Backstage Pass to give you that in-depth knowledge on a destination or place. Like at Ohinemutu Maori village, where our Local Guide will get you in the know on New Zealand’s unique Maori culture & heritage.

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What started out as an amazing Contiki trip to Europe turned into my career - I love my job! I’m a homegrown Kiwi who loves music & sport - I am proud of my country & its heritage. My Maori background helps me give insight into the history & traditions of the Maori culture, plus I can teach you to speak & pronounce the native tongue! NZ truly is God’s playground... beaches, mountains, forests & rivers; it’s a beautiful place, filled with cultural & ethnic diversity. My advice? When travelling, just do everything you possibly can, it’s all about living for the moment, now.

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This little country is big on flavours & fresh eats, so we ensure you indulge in the tempting tastes on offer. From Kiwi favourites like fish ‘n’ chips & succulent NZ lamb, to big BBQs & traditional Maori Hangi meals, we’ll fast-track you to the country’s greatest tastes, on us.

On our New Zealand trips we include breakfast daily & lots of evening meals. We also leave some well-placed ME Time gaps for you to experience things on your own & let your senses take over, like legendary Fergberger in Queenstown, or a Kiwi bakery craving in Kaikoura. That’s not to say we don’t spoil you with time to try specialities too, like green-lipped mussels & crayfish, or pavlova with kiwifruit & cream – the stuff the locals love! Our team know all the best places & more & will share their local secrets to get you to NZ’s best.

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Travel is about making the most of every moment, doing what you want to do & doing it well. Memories come from great moments, so make the most out of every day & live like there is no tomorrow. ME Time is the last ingredient to a perfect trip, and we make sure you get all the time you need to explore this giant playground, your way. From jumping off a bridge in Queenstown to cruising down the Milford Sound, it’s up to you & that’s what makes your trip so unique & unforgettable. ME Time is exactly that & having those personal unique moments are just as important as experiencing the big sights. For us it’s all about taking your trip to the next level & its your call on what level that is. Get your blood pumping by white water rafting in Queenstown or Ogoballing down a hill in Rotorua. But if you’d prefer to soak up a bit of culture, tempt yourself with a wine tasting in the Wairarapa or Glacier hiking in Franz Josef. Our Backstage Pass to New Zealand means we can get you to places others can’t & offer you experiences like no other, and our behind the scenes access means you’ll get great deals & it’s all organised by us. Keep an eye out for the ‘don’t miss’ call outs on the tour pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per tour are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries.

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boat cruise, milford sound Take in whales, waterfalls & landscapes as you journey into paradise, one of New Zealand’s finest assets.

Jetboat ride, Taupo Hold onto your seat as you get to extreme speeds cruising by stunning Huka Falls.

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Bungy Jumping Queenstown The original home of bungy jumping. Let the word ‘extreme’ reach all new heights.

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Heli ride, Fox Glacier Enjoy the breathtaking experience of flying through this world famous Glacier, then jump off & explore it for yourself.

Black water rafting, Waitomo Paddle into the dark underground caves & check out the local glowworms as you drift by.

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if something scares you, it might be a good thing to try.

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moment count New Zealand serves up a kaleidoscope of incredible adventures, and we make sure you see the VERY best - the sights & experiences that’ll knock your socks off. Better than that, we also show you it’s hidden treasures & secret spots that you probably won’t find in a guidebook or on the net. it’s all included as standard with your Backstage Pass, so you get incredible value that can’t be matched by anyone else.

the must do’s all included From the must-do’s, like a Shotover Jet ride in Queenstown, a trip to the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower or an in-depth Maori cultural experience in Rotorua - see & experience New Zealand’s highlights. We cover a bunch of entry fees & we save you time too, like skipping queues in the places that count.

discover new zealand’s best

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Included orientation talks at every stop, plus locally guided tours too. Our team of expert locals will take you inside the real New Zealand like only a local can, with experiences you’ll never forget, like a Maori Hangi meal & concert, a thermal hot spring dip, native greenstone carving & a visit to New Zealand’s most famous brewery.

exclusive experiences Loads of what we offer you can’t get anywhere else. It’s about getting you closer, immersing you in the culture of each & every destination we visit. We bring New Zealand to life... like a guidebook never could.

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Ride the Shotover Jet, Queenstown Grab a lifejacket & hold onto your seat as you jet down the Shotover River at some serious speeds. Spinning turns whilst dodging canyon walls is licence to thrill, and as one of NZ’s original adrenaline must-do’s, we include it in our tours, so you don’t miss out.

Visit the iconic Sky Tower, Auckland From Rangitoto & Waiheke, to the Harbour Bridge & city, get the city’s best views from the top of Auckland’s iconic 328m Sky Tower, all included for you.

Maori cultural experiences, Rotorua Visit Ohinemutu Maori village, where our Local Guide gets you in the know on Maori culture. It gets better - a Maori ‘Hangi’ meal & dance concert will alight the senses as you try authentic local food, cooked the traditional way, underground!

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hotels, resorts & lodges Creature comforts, awesome facilities & the best locations make our NZ accommodation the best way to stay. Try sleeping amongst the rainforest at a Franz Josef lodge, a hotel in the heart of Downtown Auckland, or overlooking stunning Lake Wakitipu in Queenstown.

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Locations you’ll love We keep it easy with direct access to the places you’ll want to be. Wake up by the beach in the Bay of Islands, in the heart of a glacier village in Franz Josef, right next to Rotorua’s relaxing hot pools, or in Downtown Auckland city.

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Our hotel accommodation is a chance to truly chill, with fluffy towels & duvets, TVs & en-suites – the best places to come home to at the end of a day exploring.

Going Solo? No single supplements & no stress. We’ve got you covered with same sex room-mate matchups. Or, if that doesn’t sound like you, we’ll set you up in a ‘room to myself’ for just a small supplement. Too easy! SU D SU DIIM MA A HOT TE EL L , RO ROTORU ORU UA

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the big tiki 19 Days From £1735pp* £92 per day

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your backstage pass includes LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

• Kiwiana fish `n’ chips dinner • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland • Otorohanga Kiwibird House visit • Agrodome Farm Show • Traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance in Rotorua • Guided tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village • Hot pool swim in Hanmer Springs • Wanaka’s Puzzling World visit • Thrilling Shotover Jetboat ride • Dinner at Winnies pizza pub in Queenstown • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speights Brewery

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ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

WHY ‘TIKI’? The word ‘Tiki’ can represent good luck, great to know when you are travelling.

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M Race down a hill inside an Ogo ball M Visit Hobbiton Village from The Lord of the Rings M Fishing trip on Lake Taupo M AJ Hackett bungy jump in Queenstown M Cruise stunning Milford Sound

Christchurch

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E C TI O N

Nicky: This trip was absolutely incredible!! A great way to see New Zealand. I definitely recommend this trip – you’ll come away with no regrets! Visit contiki.com/tiki

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For one little country, there’s so much to see & this trip will uncover it all. Packed with beaches, glaciers, cities & scenery mixed with classic locals, amazing food & good times - this trip is legendary & the experiences are endless.

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Day 2: Paihia Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, visit the Maori tribal lands, or get into the watersports. Hotel (B) M ‘Ninety Mile Beach’ tour with off-roading & sand dune ‘surfing’ Day 3: Paihia to Auckland Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city spots before heading up the iconic Sky Tower. A VIP pass at one of our favourite bars awaits tonight. Hotel (B) Auckland city tour & Sky Tower entry VIP pass at an Auckland nightspot

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Day 4: Auckland to Waitomo See NZ’s iconic bird at a Kiwi House before we reach Waitomo. Get into the adrenaline activities before a BBQ dinner or roast meal tonight. Lodge (B,D) Visit Otorohanga’s Kiwi House & Nature Park BBQ or roast dinner (seasonal) M Black water rafting

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Day 5: Waitomo to Rotorua In Rotorua, we’ll show you the sights then visit a farm show, where you could even try shearing a sheep! Tonight, experience a traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance. Hotel (B,D) Agrodome farm show Rotorua city tour Maori Hangi dinner & concert

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Day 6: Rotorua Get an indepth look at Maori culture & history as we tour Ohinemutu Village with our expert guide. Later, take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village

Day 7: Rotorua to Lake Taupo Check out the famous mud pools before it’s onto Huka Falls. At Lake Taupo, you can opt for a cruise on the lake tonight, where you can fish, eat & party into the night. Hotel (B) See Rotorua’s geothermic mud pools See Taupo’s Huka Falls

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Day 8: Lake Taupo to Wellington Check out the landscapes along the Desert Road en route to the capital,

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Wellington, where we’ll show you the city sights. Then tonight it’s VIP bar entry! Hotel (B) Drive along the Desert Road & Kapiti Coast Orientation tour of Wellington VIP pass at a local nightspot

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Day 9: Wellington Chill your way today. Hit the shops along Lambton Quay or Cuba Street Mall. With some of the country’s best coffee, taking a break with a ‘flat white’ is a must. Hotel (B) Day 10: Wellington to Hanmer Springs Grab your camera as we cruise the Marlborough Sounds, before Hanmer via Kaikoura. Hanmer Springs’ hotpools are legendary – so a night at the pools is a must. Hotel (B) Stop at a seal colony & Kaikoura Relaxing hot pool swim

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Day 11: Hanmer Springs to Franz Josef Glacier via Christchurch Drive through the Southern Alps, before our stop in Hokitika to learn about NZ’s native greenstone & how it’s carved. Later, we’ll arrive in NZ’s iconic glacial spot, Franz Josef. Lodge (B,D) Scenic drive across the Southern Alps Stop at Arthur’s Pass Greenstone & carving demo Chill at our theme party

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Day 12: Franz Josef Glacier Hitting the ice is a must. From walks & hikes to heli rides, the day is yours to enjoy. Lodge (B) M Fox Glacier Guided glacier hike (gear provided) Day 13: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown Today we head through Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls. Visit lakeside Wanaka & Arrowtown before hitting Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. Hotel (B) Visit Wanaka’s Puzzling World

Day 14: Queenstown Take a ride on the Shotover Jet, then get into the Queenstown vibes. The nightlife here is awesome & we’ll take you to our

favourite nightstop. Hotel (B) Ride the iconic Shotover Jet VIP nightclub entry M Skyswing 400m above the town

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Days 15-16: Queenstown From bungy jumps, canyon swings & gondolas to the Lord of the Rings territory, there’s no shortage of things to do & the choice is all yours. Hotel (B) (B,D) M Tandem skydive Days 14-16: Ski Queenstown option Want to ‘carve up’ some of the great ski mountains around Queenstown? You can if you’re travelling in July or August! Choose to ski or board for 3 full days – we can even organise ski equipment & lessons for you. Hotel. (B)(B)(B,D) Day 17: Queenstown to Dunedin Today we’re off to the ‘student city’ Dunedin, where we’ll try the famous beer on a guided tour of Speights Brewery. Hotel (B) Stop at Bungy bridge & Alexandra Speights Brewery tour

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Day 18: Dunedin to Lake Ohau See the world’s steepest street, then it’s onto Moeraki to see the huge beach boulders. Later, Lake Ohau will impress, with epic views of Mt. Cook & the Southern Alps. Lodge (B,D) Visit Baldwin St Visit Moeraki Boulders, Oamaru & Benmore Dam

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Day 19: Lake Ohau to Christchurch Maybe take a scenic glacier flight before heading through Mackenzie Country back to Christchurch where your tour ends. (B) Stop at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo & Geraldine See the famous Church of the Good Shepherd Pick up a treat at NZ’s famous Cookie Time factory M Scenic flight at Mt Cook

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The Big Tiki 19 days

How much & when

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Auckland to Paihia Meet your Contiki Team & travel mates before heading north to Paihia – where it’s all about chilled out vibes, amazing beaches & cool locals. A Kiwi favourite of fish ‘n’ chips for dinner is the perfect way to start the trip. Hotel (D) See the iconic Sky Tower & harbour, made famous by the America’s Cup Explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park See Kawakawa’s famous Hundertwasser toilets M Fishing trip

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18 nights multi-share accommodation: 14 nights in hotels 4 nights in lodges (more on p.58-59) 24 meals: 18 breakfasts (B) 6 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

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SAVE Pay early & save up to £140. See p.9 for details.

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Auckland to Christchurch. Or save up to £50 if you travel from Christchurch to Auckland.

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share.

Single room supplement (tour only) add £849/ add £225 twin-share. NGZAD: Start Auckland 9:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. NGZCD: Start Christchurch 9:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

From £1575pp* £93 per day STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter 17 day version of The Big Tiki that starts or ends in Queenstown. • For 17 day price, deduct up to £160 from price in the price box • 17 day tour starts or ends at Tanoa Aspen Hotel, Queenstown

• Code: NDZAD (ex: Auckland) Start 9:00am/End 10:00am • Code: NDZCD (ex: Queenstown) Start 6:00pm/End 3:00pm • Twin room supp: £195 • Single room supp: £769

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MILFORD SOUND ME Time highlight optional Take a break & try something different – a day trip & boat cruise on the World Heritage listed Milford Sound. This slice of paradise is known for its gorgeous waters, wildlife like whales & dolphins & incredible scenery. For more info see the ME Time highlight optional box on p.67.

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your backstage pass includes LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

• Otorohanga Kiwibird House visit • Agrodome Farm Show • Traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance in Rotorua • Guided tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village • Hot pool swim in Hanmer Springs • Wanaka’s Puzzling World visit • Thrilling Shotover Jetboat ride • Dinner at Winnies pizza pub in Queenstown • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speights Brewery

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ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

What’s ‘Kiwiana?’ It’s a reference to all things uniquely Kiwi, its icons & traditions.

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don’t miss

E C TI O N

Hamish_1992: The Best holiday I have done in my life. Such a great time and fantastic people on the tour. Visit contiki.com/kiwiana

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If you like to mix it up, then this trip is perfect! Hit the North for a cultural fix mixed with cities, lakes & even caves! The South is all about adventure - glaciers, scenery & action at every spot, this trip will unleash the true adventurer within.

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Day 2: Waitomo to Rotorua In Rotorua, we’ll show you the sights then visit a farm show, where you could even try shearing a sheep! Tonight, experience a traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance. Hotel (B,D) Agrodome farm show Rotorua city tour Maori Hangi dinner & concert M Skyline gondola & luge rides

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Day 3: Rotorua Get an indepth look at Maori culture & history as we tour Ohinemutu Village with our expert guide. Later, take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village M Race down a hill inside a transparent Ogo ball

Day 4: Rotorua to Lake Taupo Check out the famous mud pools before it’s onto Huka Falls. At Lake Taupo, you can opt for a cruise on the lake tonight, where you can fish, eat & party into the night. Hotel (B) See Rotorua’s geothermic mud pools See Taupo’s Huka Falls

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the Southern Alps, before our stop in Hokitika to learn about NZ’s native greenstone & how it’s carved. Later, we’ll arrive in NZ’s iconic glacial spot, Franz Josef. Lodge (B,D) Scenic drive across the Southern Alps Stop at Arthur’s Pass Greenstone & carving demo Chill at our theme party

Days 11-13: Ski Queenstown option Want to ‘carve up’ some of the great ski mountains around Queenstown? You can if you’re travelling in July or August! Choose to ski or board for 3 full days – we can even organise ski equipment & lessons for you. Hotel. (B)(B)(B,D)

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Day 9: Franz Josef Glacier Hitting the ice is a must. From walks & hikes to heli rides, the day is yours to enjoy. Lodge (B) M Heli-hike tour M Fly to & walk on the glacier Day 10: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown Today we head through Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls. Visit lakeside Wanaka & Arrowtown before hitting Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. Hotel (B) Visit Wanaka’s Puzzling World

Day 11: Queenstown Take a ride on the Shotover Jet, then get into the Queenstown vibes. The nightlife here is awesome & we’ll take you to our favourite nightstop. Hotel (B) Ride the iconic Shotover Jet VIP nightclub entry M Whitewater rafting

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Days 12-13: Queenstown From bungy jumps, canyon swings & gondolas to the Lord of the Rings territory, there’s no shortage of things to do & the choice is all yours. Hotel (B) (B,D) M Bungy jumping

Day 14: Queenstown to Dunedin Today we’re off to the ‘student city’ Dunedin, where we’ll try the famous beer on a guided tour of Speights Brewery. Hotel (B) Stop at Bungy bridge & Alexandra Speights Brewery tour

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Day 15: Dunedin to Lake Ohau See the world’s steepest street, then it’s onto Moeraki to see the huge beach boulders. Later, Lake Ohau will impress, with epic views of Mt. Cook & the Southern Alps. Lodge (B,D) Visit Baldwin St Visit Moeraki Boulders, Oamaru & Benmore Dam M Scenic flight past glaciers & Mt. Cook, NZ’s highest peak

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Day 16: Lake Ohau to Christchurch Maybe take a scenic glacier flight before heading through Mackenzie Country back to Christchurch where your tour ends. (B) Stop at Lake Pukaki, Lake Tekapo & Geraldine See the famous Church of the Good Shepherd Pick up a treat at NZ’s famous Cookie Time factory

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Day 5: Lake Taupo to Wellington Check out the landscapes along the Desert Road en route to the capital, Wellington, where we’ll show you the city sights. Then tonight it’s VIP bar entry! Hotel (B) Drive along the Desert Road & Kapiti Coast Orientation tour of Wellington VIP pass at a local nightspot

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Day 6: Wellington Chill your way today. Hit the shops along Lambton Quay or Cuba Street Mall. With some of the country’s best coffee, taking a break with a ‘flat white’ is a must. Hotel (B) M Quad biking adventure Day 7: Wellington to Hanmer Springs Grab your camera as we cruise the Marlborough Sounds, before Hanmer via Kaikoura. Hanmer Springs’ hotpools are legendary – so a night at the pools is a must. Hotel (B) Stop at a seal colony & Kaikoura Relaxing hot pool swim

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Day 8: Hanmer Springs to Franz Josef Glacier via Christchurch Drive through

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How much & when

Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Auckland to Waitomo Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel mates & set out for Waitomo. On the way, see NZ’s iconic bird at a Kiwi House before we reach Waitomo. Get into the adrenaline cave activities here before a BBQ dinner or roast meal tonight. Lodge (D) Visit Otorohanga’s Kiwi House & Nature Park BBQ or roast dinner (seasonal)

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Finish C’church

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Kiwiana Panorama 16 days What’s Included: 15 nights multi-share accommodation: 11 nights in hotels 4 nights in lodges (more on p.58-59) 20 meals: 15 breakfasts (B) 5 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

£

SAVE Pay early & save up to £120. See p.9 for details.

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Auckland to Christchurch. Or save up to £40 if you travel from Christchurch to Auckland.

ogoballing

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share.

kiwiana panorama start/end queenstown

14 days

Single room supplement (tour only) add £679/ add £165 twin-share. NPZAD: Start Auckland 9:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. NPZCD: Start Christchurch 9:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

From £1339pp* £96 per day STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter 14 day Kiwiana Panorama tour that starts or ends in Queenstown. • For 14 day price, deduct up to £160 from price in the price box • 14 day tour starts or ends at Tanoa Aspen Hotel, Queenstown

• Code: NBZAD (ex: Auckland) Start 9:00am/End 10:00am • Code: NBZCD (ex: Queenstown) Start 6:00pm/End 3:00pm • Twin room supp: £139 • Single room supp: £605

£

Pay early & save up to £109. See p.9 for details.

MILFORD SOUND ME Time highlight optional Take a break & try something different – a day trip & boat cruise on the World Heritage listed Milford Sound. This slice of paradise is known for its gorgeous waters, wildlife like whales & dolphins & incredible scenery. For more info see the ME Time highlight optional box on p.67.

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northern ‘choice’ 11 Days From £1015pp* £93 per day

LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

your backstage pass includes

PAIHIA 2

Russell

• Kiwiana fish ‘n’ chips dinner • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland • Otorohanga Kiwibird House visit • Agrodome Farm Show • Traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance in Rotorua • Guided tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village • Hot pool swim in Hanmer Springs

Parry Kauri Park

AUCKLAND 1 TASMAN SEA

WAITOMO CAVES 1

2 ROTORUA

ME Time

Huka Falls

TAUPO 1 NORTH ISLAND

ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

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COOK STRAIT Picton

If a local says ‘choice!’ it means they think something is awesome.

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Places visited Nightstops Optional start/end city

Buying a pack of Pineapple Lumps! These Kiwi sweets are seriously delish & a pack to take home is essential.

M Ocean kayaking adventure to Haruru Falls M Guided tours of Ruakuri or Waitomo Caves to see the famous glowworms & rock formations M Race down a hill inside a man-size, transparent Ogo ball M Quad biking through rugged, outback bushland

Christchurch

1

don’t miss

Cricky: This is definitely a trip for those who are active and enjoy nature. As well as party times.

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Culture, beaches, cities & action - the North Island offers so much. From the endless summer vibes of Paihia, to the cultural hub, Rotorua & the ‘great lake’ in Taupo, the Northern Choice has got it all.

Day 1: Auckland to Paihia Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel mates before heading to Paihia – where it’s all about chilled out vibes, amazing beaches & cool locals. A Kiwi favourite of fish ‘n’ chips for dinner is the perfect way to start the trip & get into the endless summer atmosphere. Hotel (D) See the iconic Sky Tower & harbour, made famous by the America’s Cup Explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa’s famous Hundertwasser toilets

• • •

Day 2: Paihia Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach or even on a boat, visit the Maori tribal lands & learn about NZ’s history, or do it like the locals & get into some watersports. Hotel (B) M Catamaran sailing, swimming & snorkelling with lunch Day 3: Paihia to Auckland Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city spots before jetting up the city’s iconic Sky Tower. A VIP pass at one of our favourite Auckland nightspots will set you up for an awesome night out. We love Ponsonby Road for some of the city’s best spots to party too. Hotel (B) Auckland city tour & Sky Tower entry VIP pass at an Auckland nightspot

Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village

Day 7: Rotorua to Lake Taupo Check out the areas famous mud pools before it’s onto Huka falls - there’s your chance for a ride on the famous Huka Jet! At Lake Taupo, grabbing a bite by the water is a must. You could opt for a dinner cruise on the lake tonight, where you can fish, eat & party into the night. Hotel (B) See Rotorua’s geothermic mud pools See Taupo’s Huka Falls M Fun evening lake cruise including fishing

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Day 8: Lake Taupo to Wellington Check out the awesome landscapes along the Desert Road on route to the windy capital, Wellington, where we’ll show you the sights around this arty city. VIP bar entry means you’ll start the night out in style. Hotel (B) Drive along the Desert Road & Kapiti Coast Orientation tour of Wellington including Mt. Victoria VIP pass at a local nightspot

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Day 9: Wellington Chill your way today. Maybe hit the shops along Lambton Quay & Courtney Place or Cuba Street Mall with its street performers & cool local characters. With some of the country’s best coffee & cafés found in ‘Welly’, taking a break with a ‘flat white’ is a must. Hotel (B) Day 10: Wellington to Hanmer Springs Grab your camera for great pics as we cruise the incredible Marlborough Sounds, before hitting the road to Hanmer via Kaikoura where you can check out the cute seals. Hanmer Springs’ hotpools are legendary – so a night at the pools is the perfect way to unwind. Hotel (B) Stop at a seal colony & Kaikoura Hot pool swim

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Day 11: Hanmer Springs to Christchurch Today we’re heading to Christcurch, where it’s time to say your farewells & swap email addresses as your tour ends on arrival. (B)

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Day 4: Auckland to Waitomo See NZ’s iconic bird at a Kiwi House before we reach Waitomo. Get into the adrenaline cave activities here before a BBQ dinner or roast meal tonight. Lodge (B,D) Visit Otorohanga’s Kiwi House & Nature Park BBQ or roast dinner (seasonal) M Black water rafting through underground caves

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Day 5: Waitomo to Rotorua In Rotorua, we’ll show you the sights then visit a farm show, where you could even try shearing a sheep! Tonight, go local as you indulge in a traditional Maori Hangi & pick up some tips from the locals at a traditional Maori dance performance. Hotel (B,D) Agrodome farm show Rotorua city tour Maori Hangi dinner & concert

•• •

Day 6: Rotorua Get an in-depth look at Maori culture & history as we tour Ohinemutu Village with our expert guide. With a free day, take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B)

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BAY OF ISLANDS

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How much & when

Code: NNHAD 2013/14 Code: NNHCD 2013/14 Start Auckland

Finish C’church

Total Cost £ pp*

2013

Finish Auckland

Total Cost £ pp*

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Northern ‘Choice’ 11 days What’s Included: 10 nights multi-share accommodation: 9 nights in hotels 1 night in a lodge (more on p.58-59) 13 meals: 10 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

£

SAVE Pay early & save up to £80. See p.9 for details.

you choose It’s your choice - travel from Auckland to Christchurch. Or save up to £20 if you travel from Christchurch to Auckland.

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share.

northern ‘choicE’ start/end wellington

10 days

From £845pp* £85 per day STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter 10 day 'Northern Choice' tour that starts or ends in Wellington. • For 10 day price, deduct up to £170 from price in the price box • 10 day tour starts or ends at Abel Tasman Hotel, Wellington

• Code: NNZAD (ex: Auckland) Start 9:00am/End 10:00am • Code: NNZCD (ex: Wellington) Start 6:00pm/End 3:00pm • Twin room supp: £119 • Single room supp: £459

£

Single room supplement (tour only) add £509/ add £135 twin-share. NNHAD: Start Auckland 9:00am & end Christchurch 10:00am. NNHCD: Start Christchurch 4:00pm & end Auckland 3:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

hobbiton

auckland

Pay early & save up to £65. See p.9 for details.

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‘sweet as’ south 9 Days From £785pp* £88 per day

LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

queenstown

your backstage pass includes • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speights Brewery • Thrilling Shotover Jetboat ride • Dinner at Winnies pizza pub in Queenstown • Wanaka’s Puzzling World visit • Hot pool swim in Hanmer Springs (10 day option only)

TASMAN SEA

!

What’s ‘Sweet as’? ‘Sweet as’ also means ‘no worries’ or ‘really good’.

NORTH ISLAND

ME Time ME Time is all about flexibility & the freedom to explore on your own terms. You choose how to spend your free time; relaxing, discovering, getting a little random. Or you can choose from our ME Time Optionals. Make every moment count.

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SOUTH ISLAND Kaikoura

HANMER SPRINGS 1 Hokitika

Arthur’s Pass

FRANZ JOSEF & FOX GLACIER 2 Haast Pass Wanaka

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The local kiwi 'Dairy', filled with sweet treats & tip-top ice-cream, pick your scoops & enjoy!

ME Time optionals

Christchurch Lake Tekapo

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don't miss

E C TI O N

David Guthrie: The scenery is unexplainable... words do not do it justice, you just have to see it for yourself. Up for a bit of fun? Queenstown has everything! Visit contiki.com/sweetas

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Feed your adrenaline on NZ’s legendary South Island. When you’re not trying bungy jumping, jetboating or canyon swinging, take time to chill in hot pools, by lakes & in the rainforest. No destination is quite like the next!

Day 1: Christchurch to Lake Ohau Meet up with your Contiki Team then check out the views of Mackenzie country & Lake Tekapo. On arrival, Lake Ohau will impress, its epic views of Mt. Cook & the Southern Alps are seriously stunning. Lodge (D) Pick up a treat at NZ’s famous Cookie Time factory Stop at Lake Pukaki & Lake Tekapo & Geraldine See the famous Church of the Good Shepherd Chill at our theme party tonight M Scenic flight past lakes, glaciers & Aoraki/Mt. Cook, NZ’s highest peak

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Day 2: Lake Ohau to Dunedin Head to Moeraki for a look at the massive boulders located by the beach. Later, it’s a change of scene in the ‘student city’ Dunedin, try the city’s famous beer on a guided tour of Speights Brewery. Later tonight, maybe head to the Octagon area of town for a fun night out. Hotel (B) Stop at Oamaru & Benmore Dam Visit Moeraki Boulders Speights Heritage & Brewery tour Visit Baldwin St (the world’s steepest street)

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Day 3: Dunedin to Queenstown It’s time to hit legendary Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. On arrival, we’ll take a quick tour to get your bearings. This town goes off, so maybe grab a delicious ‘Ferg Burger’ & head into town for a night out. Hotel (B) Day 4: Queenstown Take a ride on the Shotover Jet this morning, before the afternoon is yours to get into the Queenstown vibes. The nightlife here is awesome & VIP entry will make sure you start the night out right. Hotel (B) Ride the iconic Shotover Jet VIP nightclub entry

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Days 5-6: Queenstown From bungy jumps, canyon swings, luging, gondolas & jet boat rides to the Lord of the Rings territory, there’s no shortage of things to do in this legendary town & the choice is all yours. With little shops & a stunning lakeside setting, taking a stroll through town & relaxing by the lake is a must. Hotel (B) (B,D) M Canyon swing on a giant rope across the Shotover River, 109m up! Days 4-6: Ski Queenstown option Want to ‘carve up’ some of the great ski mountains around Queenstown? You can if you’re travelling in July or August! Choose to ski or board for 3 full days - we can even organise ski equipment & lessons for you. Hotel. (B)(B)(B,D) Day 7: Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier We’ll drop into Arrowtown & lakeside Wanaka, then keep an eye out for wildlife as we head through stunning Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls before arriving in NZ’s iconic glacial

spot, Franz Josef. Lodge (B,D) Explore tiny Arrowtown Visit Wanaka’s famous Puzzling World Scenic drive through Haast Pass & see Thunder Creek Falls

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Day 8: Franz Josef Glacier The day is yours - so hitting the ice is a must. From walks & hikes or heli rides, to just chilling in Franz, the day is yours to enjoy your way. Lodge (B) M Guided glacier hike right onto the glacier itself (gear provided) M Heli-hike tour M Fly to & walk on the glacier Day 9: Franz Josef Glacier to Christchurch Today we make tracks through the Alps to Christchurch! We stop in Hokitika to learn about NZ’s native greenstone & how it’s carved, before it’s time to say your goodbyes & swap contact details with your travel mates as your tour ends on arrival in Christchurch. (B) Scenic drive across the Southern Alps Stop at Arthur's Pass Native greenstone demonstration & carving

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‘sweet as’ south start/end wellington

10 days

From £865pp* £87 per day GOT MORE TIME? We’ve got a longer 10 day ‘Sweet as South’ tour that starts or ends in Wellington. • For 10 day price, add up to £80 from price in the price box • 10 day tour starts or ends at Abel Tasman Hotel, Wellington

• Code: NSHCD (ex: Christchurch) Start 9:00am/End 4:00pm • Code: NSHAD (ex: Wellington) Start 7:00am/End 6:00pm • Twin room supp: £105 • Single room supp: £395

£

Pay early & save up to £65. See p.9 for details.

MILFORD SOUND ME Time highlight optional If you’ve done a bungy, rafted & jetboated your way around Queenstown - why not mix it up & take a day trip from Queenstown to Milford Sound. We head to this stunning World Heritage listed area, then jump on-board a boat & cruise these incredible waters to experience this slice of paradise. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins & seals amongst this incredible scenery. You can choose to take the coach back to Queenstown, or there’s also the option to fly - it is up to you. Experience it for yourself!

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queenstown

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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How much & when

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Finish C’church

Total Cost £ pp*

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Finish C’church

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‘Sweet as’ South 9 days What’s Included: 8 nights multi-share accommodation: 5 nights in hotels 3 nights in lodges (more on p.58-59) 11 meals: 8 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

£

SAVE Pay early & save up to £60. See p.9 for details.

you choose You can start this tour in Christchurch or Wellington & travel it in reverse.

queenstown

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share. Single room supplement (tour only) add £339/ add £85 twin-share. NSZCD: Start Christchurch 9:00am & end Christchurch 4:00pm. NSZAD: Start Christchurch 10:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

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Visit contiki.com/steam

Sun & STEAM 7 Days LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

From £679pp* £97 per day

PAIHIA 2 Russell Parry Kauri Park

AUCKLAND 1 TASMAN SEA

backstage pass

WAITOMO CAVES 1

2 ROTORUA

Inclusions • Kiwiana fish ‘n’ chips dinner • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland • Otorohanga Kiwibird House visit • Agrodome Farm Show • Traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance in Rotorua • Guided tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village

ME Time optionals Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time. M Catamaran sailing, swimming & snorkelling with lunch M Skyline gondola & luge rides

NORTH ISLAND

1

rotorua

Itinerary & Sightseeing

OGO BALLING

Code: NRZAD 2013/14 Start Auckland

Finish Auckland

Total Cost £ pp*

6 nights multi-share accommodation: 5 nights in hotels 1 night in a lodge (more on p.58-59) 9 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

£

SAVE Pay early & save up to £50. See p.9 for details.

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Day 1: Auckland to Paihia Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel mates before heading north to Paihia – where it’s all about chilled out vibes, amazing beaches & cool locals. A Kiwi favourite of fish ‘n’ chips for dinner is the perfect way to start the trip & get into the endless summer atmosphere. Hotel (D) See the Waitemata Harbour, made famous by the America’s Cup Explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa’s famous Hundertwasser toilets

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How much & when

2013

What’s Included:

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Day 2: Paihia Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, see the Maori tribal lands & learn about NZ’s history, or do it like the locals & get into some watersports. Hotel (B) Day 3: Paihia to Auckland Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city spots before jetting up the city’s iconic Sky Tower. A VIP pass at one of our favourite Auckland nightspots

will set you up for an awesome night out. We love Ponsonby Road for some of the city’s best spots to party too. Hotel (B) Auckland city tour & Sky Tower entry VIP pass at an Auckland nightspot

traditional Maori Hangi & pick up some tips from the locals at a traditional Maori dance performance. Hotel (B,D) Agrodome farm show Rotorua city tour Maori Hangi dinner & concert

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Day 4: Auckland to Waitomo See NZ’s iconic bird at a Kiwi House before we reach Waitomo. Get into the adrenaline cave activities here before a BBQ dinner or roast meal tonight. Lodge (B,D) Visit Otorohanga’s Kiwi House & Nature Park Traditional Kiwi BBQ or roast (seasonal) M Black water rafting in a rubber ring through underground caves

Day 6: Rotorua Get an in-depth look at Maori culture & history as we tour Ohinemutu Village with our expert guide. With a free day, take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) Locally guided tour of Ohinemutu Village M Race down a hill inside an Ogo ball

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Day 5: Waitomo to Rotorua In Rotorua, we’ll show you the sights then visit a farm show, where you could even try shearing a sheep! Tonight, go local as you indulge in a

Day 7: Rotorua to Auckland Today you’ll take a transfer back to Auckland, so it’s time to swap email addresses as your tour ends on arrival. (B) Please note: The transfer from Rotorua to Auckland is not operated by Contiki, but a third party operator.

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share. Single room supplement add £315/add £85 twin-share. Start Auckland 9:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see P.74.

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JAFFAS ‘N’ JANDALS

Jaffas ‘n’ Jandals 3 days

3 Days

backstage pass

From £189pp* £63 per day

Inclusions LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

• Kiwiana fish ‘n’ chips dinner • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland

PAIHIA 2 Russell Parry Kauri Park

ME Time optionals

Auckland

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time. M Swim with the dolphins in the Bay of Islands M Day tour to ‘Ninety Mile Beach’ with off-roading & sand dune ‘surfing’

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Itinerary & Sightseeing Day 1: Auckland to Paihia Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel mates before heading north to Paihia – where it’s all about chilled out vibes, amazing beaches & cool locals. A Kiwi favourite of fish & chips for dinner is the perfect way to start the trip & get into the endless summer atmosphere. Hotel (D)

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See the Waitemata Harbour, made famous by the America’s Cup Explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park Check out Whangarei & Kawakawa’s famous Hunderwasser toilets M Exciting ‘Fastboat’ trip through the ‘Hole in the Rock’

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What are Jaffas ‘n’ Jandals? Jaffas? A popular NZ sweet (try them!). Jandals? Kiwi for flip-flops or thongs for your feet.

How much & when Code: NCZAD/NCZCD 2013/14 Start Auckland

Finish Auckland

Total Cost £ pp*

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Day 2: Paihia Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, visit the Maori tribal lands & learn about NZ’s history, or do it like the locals & get into some watersports. Hotel (B) M Ocean kayaking adventure to Haruru Falls Day 3: Paihia to Auckland Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city spots before jetting up the city’s iconic Sky Tower. Then it’s time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your tour ends at 6:00pm. (B) Auckland city tour & Sky Tower entry

BAY OF ISLANDS

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What’s Included: 2 nights multi-share hotel accommodation (more on p.58-59) 3 meals: 2 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share. Single room supplement add £105/add £45 twin-share. Start Auckland 9:00am & end Auckland 6:00pm. ● The tour code for these departures is NCZAD only. ✚ The tour code for these departures is NCZCD only. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see P.74.

auckland

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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ultimate NZ ski 7 Days From £825pp* £118 per day

Itinerary & Sightseeing ME Time optionals

Day 1: Arrive Queenstown Welcome to legendary Queenstown! Known for its epic mountain lifestyle & cool vibes, this is the ultimate haven for those that love to ski, or those that want to learn. Tonight, meet your Ski rep & other travellers, before getting to know the group with dinner at one of Queenstown’s most popular restaurants. (D)

Look for the (M) symbol in the itinerary to make the most of your ME Time.

What’s Included: 6 nights twin-share hotel accommodation (more on p.58-59)

How much & when

8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) & 2 dinners (D)

Code: CZSKI 2013

Our expert Contiki Ski Rep 4 day ski lift passes & transfers (Transfers to & from Queenstown airport on arrival day/departure day are not included). Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

£

SAVE Pay early & save up to £60. See p.9 for details.

Start Q’town

Finish Q’town

Total Cost £ pp*

Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug

825 825 825 825 825

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* Prices above are based on maximum twin-share. For quad-share rate reduce twin price by £35. Single room supplement add £179 to twin-share price. Start Queenstown 5:00pm & end Queenstown 10:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Day 2: Queenstown It’s time to hit the slopes! Carve up one of Queenstown’s three ski fields – the Remarkables, Coronet Peak & Cadrona are world-renowned for their awesome conditions, all offering fantastic runs for beginners through to advanced skiers & riders. And over the next week you’ll try them all. Transfers & lift passes are included, too easy! (B) Day 3: Queenstown Transfers & lift passes included again today, so it’s perfect for heading up one of the mountains to improve your technique. If you’re looking for somewhere to head for dinner tonight, we love Ferg Burger for some seriously delicious treats! (B)

Day 4: Queenstown With a free day, get a taste for the endless activities in the ‘World’s Adventure Capital’. You could try Bungy jumping, skydiving or rafting & that’s just the start. Tonight, head to one of the town’s cool bars or there’s the option of dinner at Skyline Restaurant for some seriously unbeatable views. (B) M Scenic tandem skydive M AJ Hackett bungy jump Day 5: Queenstown Today it’s back up the mountain as we visit the last of the three ski fields so you can

show off your skills. Transfers & lift passes included. (B) Day 6: Queenstown It’s the final ski day & we’ll give you the choice of mountain to head back to. Tonight’s our last night, so perhaps finish off the trip by heading out with the group to a few of Queenstown’s bars. (B.D) Day 7: End Queenstown Your ski adventure ends after breakfast, so it’s time to say farewell to your travel mates. (B) Please note: Ski & snowboard equipment is available for hire in Queenstown.

why choose us? All this included... • 4-day ski passes

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• Experience all three of Queenstown’s local ski fields • Daily transfers up & down the mountain • Twin-share hotel accommodation • Loads of ME Time activities on offer • Plenty of time to experience Queenstown’s awesome apres ski scene

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We travel to experience the wonders that our world has to offer. we’re committed to ensuring they remain for generations to come. Conservation is at the heart of how we plan & run our trips. There are a bunch of ways that you can help. Learn more at: contiki.com/contikicares/you

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Oceans cover 71% of the Earth’s surface & they form the largest habitat on the planet supporting the greatest variety of life. We support marine preservation through our projects around

the world, including the Mesoamerican Reef Leadership Program (MAR) which helps young environmentalists in their handson work protecting the world’s second largest barrier reef.

Meet Cèline Cousteau, our Sustainability Partner Find out more about Contiki’s Oceans projects on p.11

treadright foundation We’re founding partners of the TreadRight Foundation Contiki believes that we have a responsibility to create memorable travel experiences without putting tourism destinations at risk, & there’s much more to that than just words on paper. TreadRight supports projects that encourage the development of tourism by encouraging initiatives which benefit a destination's

environment, natural & cultural heritage, & community. In partnership with TreadRight, Contiki continues to work with Céline Cousteau & the MAR Leaders, now for the second year. The Foundation has helped protect 3 million hectares of forest in Brazil, supported the World Wildlife Fund’s work with indigenous sustainable tourism in Australia, plus much more.

What’s more, TreadRight is committed to continuing with this support for sustainable tourism for years to come – as the primary sponsors of The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards – encouraging tourism operators to develop & share sustainable tourism practices around the world. To learn more please visit www.treadright.org.

recycling Contiki, as part of The Travel Corporation, is proud to be using 100% recycled paper for the body of our brochures. Some of the positive impacts of this include saving more than 67,000* trees per year & reducing landfill waste that produces

harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, the paper used is rated “Excellent” by the World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) environmental benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally friendly, coated recycled papers on Planet Earth.

our coaches We want you to see the world. But we also want to look after it. Coach travel has been proven to reduce congestion & cause less pollution per passenger kilometre than any other transportation option. Our modern, air- conditioned coaches are some of the best in Australia & New Zealand.

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We make sure our coaches are efficient & exceed strict emission regulations. The Travel Corporation participates in Smart Move, an initiative promoting the greater use of coaches’ worldwide & possible reductions of CO2 emissions by at least 50 million tonnes per year as a result.

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stopover ideas

break the journey on your way to & from New Zealand & australia with one of our relaxing stopover options

fiji

2 islands 5 Days From £439pp £88 per day

fiji 2 islands Relax on island time with Contiki’s 5 day/4 night Fiji package. Combining 2 nights at the Beachcomber Island Resort in the tranquil marine sanctuary of the beautiful Mamanuca Islands & 2 nights at Mantaray Island Resort in the Yasawa Islands, it’s the perfect way to chill. With fantastic island feasts, a huge range of activities, nightly live music & entertainment & the friendliest people on the planet – these islands are the perfect mix of relaxation, sun, culture & fun! Conditions: There is no Contiki Tour Manager included on any stopover packages. For twin-share accommodation, both persons must book at the same time, using the same booking reference number. Prices include appropriate taxes & service charges. Package highlights: • An endless list of watersports like kayaking & snorkeling • Great party nights • Swimming with the Mantarays (seasonal) • Diving – introductory & certified courses available (Mantaray Resort only) • A visit to traditional Fijian villages Before & after: Contiki offers great rates on Viti Levu at the Fiji Mercure Hotel before or after your island holiday.

Visit contiki.com/fiji

honolulu hawaii

2 & 4 nights From £159pp £53 per day

honolulu - hawaii Contiki has 2 & 4 night packages at The Park Shore Waikiki in Honolulu on the beautiful Island of Oahu. It’s situated across from Waikiki beach & minutes from the endless choice of shops & restaurants. Enjoy Hawaii’s perfect sunsets from the outdoor ocean view pool & sun deck! A short walk away is the Contiki Customer Service Centre, our free concierge service to make your holiday hassle-free & fast track you to the best action on the island. Conditions: There is no Contiki Tour Manager included on any stopover packages. For twin-share accommodation, both persons must book at the same time, using the same booking reference number. Prices include appropriate taxes & service charges. Package highlights: • 1/2 day sightseeing tour including the USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor & Punchbowl • Contiki Concierge Service • Breakfast voucher • Great surfing beaches (lessons available) • Amazing shopping • Waikiki’s party hot spots

Visit contiki.com/hawaii

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tour departure points & stay longer options

Look up the start city of your tour below for departure point information about where your tour starts & how to get there. There are also details on how to extend your holiday & stay longer either before or after your tour (marked below as PRE & POST). Take advantage of our specially negotiated ‘Stay Longer’ hotel rates listed below, which can be arranged through Contiki or your travel agent when you book your tour. For the most up-to-date details go to contiki.com/staylonger & contiki.com/departurepoints.

Australia ALICE SPRINGS Ibis Styles Alice Springs 10 Gap Road, Alice Springs: Nestled in the foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges, this hotel’s features include a tennis court, swimming pool & heated spa. Rooms are air-conditioned & have TV, direct dial telephone & tea/coffee making facilities. Getting there: The Ibis Styles Alice Springs is 12km (7 miles) from Alice Springs Airport. A taxi to the hotel costs approx. A$25 or a shuttle bus is available for approx. A$15. Alice Springs Departures: Start at 12:00noon: Outback Adventure, Rock & Red (AEADD version). Start at 9:00am: Alice & Kakadu. Start at 1:30pm: Rock & Red (AEDAD version). Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Quad: £45 Twin: £60 Single: £99

CAIRNS Rydges Esplanade Resort Corner The Esplanade & Kerwin Street, Cairns: Located a 15 minute walk from the heart of Cairns overlooking the Coral Sea, the resort features 3 swimming pools, tennis court, business centre, brasserie & lobby bar, & fully-equipped health & fitness centre. Getting there: Rydges Esplanade Resort is 6km (4 miles) from Cairns International Airport. A taxi to the hotel is approx. A$15 or a shuttle bus is available from approx. A$8. Cairns Departures: Start at 7:30am: Reefs & Rainforests, Island & Rainforest. Start at 7:00am: Beaches & Reefs, The Sun Seeker, Tropical Wonder. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Quad: £39 Twin: £65 Single: £109

DARWIN Travelodge Mirambeena Resort 64 Cavenagh Street, Darwin: Conveniently located, the Travelodge Mirambeena Resort rooms are all air-conditioned with TVs & in-house movies. Set in tropical surrounds, the hotel has two swimming pools, a licensed restaurant & fitness room. Getting there: The Travelodge Mirambeena Resort is 13km (8 miles) from Darwin International Airport. Darwin Airport Shuttle Service meets all incoming flights & will drop off at the hotel on request (approx. A$16). A taxi fare is approx. A$25. Darwin Departures: Start at 7:30am: Outback Adventure, Alice & Kakadu, The Big Walkabout. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Quad: £89 Twin: £109 Single: £160 (1/4/13 - 30/10/13) Quad: £70 Twin: £79 Single: £109 (1/11/13 - 31/3/14) Quad: £90 Twin: £110 Single: £170 (1/4/14 - 30/9/14)

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SURFERS PARADISE Australis Sovereign Hotel 138 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise: Located a 10 minute walk from the action of central Surfers, the hotel features a lagoon style pool with beach area, heated spa & sauna, restaurant & bar. Getting there: There are 2 airports servicing Surfers Paradise. Gold Coast airport is approx. 12km (7 miles) or 30 minutes drive south, & transfer shuttles cost approx. A$22 one way. Brisbane airport is approx. 90km (56 miles) or one & a half hours north, & transfer shuttles cost approx. A$46 one way. There is also an airport train to the Gold Coast, costing A$31.90. Alight at Nerang Station then it’s a 12km taxi ride into Surfers Paradise. Surfers Paradise Departures: Start at 4:30pm: The Sun Seeker.

SYDNEY The Holiday Inn Potts Point Corner Victoria Street & Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point: Ideally positioned in the heart of Potts Point & Kings Cross entertainment precincts with the Sydney CBD close by, the Holiday Inn features a restaurant & bar. Rooms are air-conditioned, with en suite bathrooms, tea & coffee making facilities, TV & mini bar. Getting there: The Holiday Inn Potts Point is 16km (10 miles) from Sydney International Airport. Shuttle buses meet all incoming flights & will drop off at the hotel on request (from approx A$18). Also available is the airport link rail service which travels to Sydney Central Station then change trains for Kings Cross Station – located directly under the hotel (approx. A$16.70). The taxi fare from the airport terminals to Holiday Inn Potts Point is approx. A$45. Sydney Departures: Start at 7:00am: Reefs & Rainforests, Beaches & Reefs, Sunsets & Surf, City to Surf, The Big Walkabout. Start at 5:00pm (check in from 3.00pm): Sydney New Years Eve. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Triple: £65 Twin: £85 Single: £145

WHITSUNDAYS Island Option: Getting there: Our hotel is Daydream Island Resort. From Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) on Hamilton Island, Cruise Whitsundays meets flights for a 30 minute catamaran cruise to Daydream Island, departing from the jetty located directly at the airport. The cost of this transfer is not included in the tour price but may be ticketed in conjunction with flights (approx. cost A$45). From Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) at Proserpine, Cruise Whitsundays offer a streamlined transfer with a coach connection directly from the airport to Abel Point Marina in

Airlie Beach, where a connecting ferry transfers guests to Daydream Island (approx. cost A$52). Start at 5:00pm at Daydream Island: Sunsets & Surf, Island & Rainforests. Two night sailing option: Getting there: Check in is at the Pro Sail office, shop 1, 4 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach. From Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) on Hamilton Island, Cruise Whitsundays meet flights for a 30 minute catamaran cruise to Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach, departing from the jetty located directly at the airport. The cost of this transfer is not included in the tour price but may be ticketed in conjunction with flights (approx. cost A$45). From Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) at Proserpine, Whitsunday Shuttle Service offers pre-booked transfers to Airlie Beach (approx. cost A$15). Clients should call Pro Sail on 1800 810 116 or 07 4946 7533 if they require assistance. Check in by 3:00pm at Airlie Beach: Sunsets & Surf, Island & Rainforests.

New Zealand AUCKLAND Mercure Hotel Auckland 8 Customs Street, Auckland: Situated in the centre of the city, within a short walking distance of the central shopping & tourist areas. Facilities include a brasserie-style restaurant & bar. Getting there: The Mercure Hotel Auckland is 22km (14 miles) from Auckland International Airport. The cheapest form of transport to & from Auckland Airport is the Airbus situated just outside the terminal building (approx. NZ$16pp). Other sources of available transport are shuttle vans (approx. NZ$25 pp) or taxis (approx. NZ$70). Auckland Departures: Start at 9:00am: The Big Tiki, Kiwiana Panorama, Northern Choice, Sun & Steam, Jaffas’n’Jandals. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: £60 Single: £109

CHRISTCHURCH Ibis Christchurch Hotel 107 Hereford St, Christchurch: Located in the centre of the city. An excellent base to make the most of the city sights. Amenities include a restaurant & bar. Getting there: Ibis Christchurch Hotel is 10km (6 miles) from Christchurch International Airport. The cheapest form of transport from the airport is shuttle van (approx. NZ$20 pp) or you can get a taxi (approx. NZ$40). Christchurch Departures: Start at 9:00am: The Big Tiki, Kiwiana Panorama, Sweet as South, Start at 10:00am: Sweet as South (reverse tour). Start at 4:00pm: Northern Choice tour. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: £70 Single: £140

QUEENSTOWN Queenstown Departures: Tanoa Aspen Hotel Fernhill Road, Fernhill Queenstown: The perfect place to explore the area with a great social atmosphere. Getting there: Tanoa Aspen Hotel is 8km (5 miles) from Queenstown International Airport. The cheapest transport to Aspen on Queenstown is the Connecta Bus (approx NZ$9) or shuttle bus (approx. NZ$20) or by taxi (approx. NZ$30). All accessible outside airport doors. Start at 6:00pm: The Big Tiki (17 day option), Kiwiana Panorama (14 day option) Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: £45 Single: £79

WELLINGTON Abel Tasman Hotel 169 Willis Street, Wellington: Well located in the main shopping & business area & short walking distance to the waterfront & museums. Getting there: The Abel Tasman Hotel is 10km (6 miles) from Wellington International Airport. The cheapest form of transport from the airport is the orange Wellington Link bus situated just outside the terminal & to the right (approx. NZ$7.50 pp). Get off at Courtney Place. Other forms of transport are shuttle vans (approx. NZ$25 pp) or taxis (approx. NZ$35). Wellington Departures: Start at 6:00pm: Northern Choice (10 day reverse tour option). Start at 7:00am: Sweet as South (10 day option). Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: £50 Single: £89

NOTE: • Rates are per person per night including private facilities. • Rooms are available in Australia & New Zealand for one night only. Extra nights will be on request. • Full payment is required 45 days before arrival. Cancellation within 14 days of arrival date incurs 100% cancellation fee. Any amendments incur a charge of £15. • Rates only apply to Contiki clients booking extra accommodation directly before &/or after their tour. • If two people are sharing a room, booking must be made at the same time. • All hotels are subject to availability & where necessary, we may provide an alternative on your arrival.

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got a question?

Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know: Brochure authenticity We have put a great deal of effort into producing this brochure. The information given & literature produced by Contiki has been compiled with care & is published in good faith. Sometimes, because of circumstances outside our control, we have to alter some activities due to seasonal closing or repairs to buildings, etc., especially early or late in the season. If this happens, alternatives will be arranged.

Do I need vaccinations?

What’s included? • Coach, train, ferry transport, internal flights as listed in the ‘What’s included’ section. • Accommodation & meals as listed in the ‘What’s included’ section on tour pages. • Sightseeing listed in the ‘Included highlights’ section in each tour itinerary. Unless specified, entrance fees to these locations are included. • Experienced Contiki Tour Manager & Driver.

What’s not included? • Air & ferry transfers to tour departure point. • Personal expense money. • Visas, personal insurance, medical fees. • Sightseeing, visits & entrance fees other than those specified on tour pages. • Optional excursions & activities such as whitewater rafting, helicopter flights, bungy jumping, hot air ballooning, etc. • Lunches (unless specified under “What’s included”) & some dinners.

Included flights Flights as specified on individual tour itineraries are included as part of the price. As detailed within our Booking Conditions (p.75) under ‘General’ we rely on international conventions regarding air travel and other transportation as specified. Through enrolment and payment for your tour you acknowledge and accept such. Individual electronic tickets may not be issued to you prior to travel due to the group nature of the air/flight booking. In such circumstances you acknowledge that by receipt of any applicable boarding pass and/or by boarding the aircraft you have accepted the airlines terms & conditions of travel and the application of all relevant International Conventions and applicable national and international law governing air transportation.

Will I get more information? Upon receipt of final payment, your documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. You’ll receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your tour. Your free Contiki document wallet & luggage tag* will be sent to you with your travel documents. The wallet is a safe place for your tickets & passport. * Contiki reserves the right to substitute an alternative travel accessory for the Contiki document wallet.

How much luggage can I bring? Luggage is restricted to a maximum suitcase size of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”) & maximum weight of 20 kg (44lbs) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. On tours which include Flotilla Sailing, a small bag suitable for the extremely limited luggage space is required. Your regular luggage will be stored during this time. No external metal frame

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backpacks please. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on tour. If you have your own ski/boarding equipment, you may bring one pair of boots & skis or snowboard. Otherwise, your Tour Manager can arrange these for you in Queenstown on tour. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk & baggage insurance is strongly recommended. Remember, if your tour includes a flight you are also subject to airline baggage restrictions. Note: Contiki is not responsible for any fees incurred as a result of overweight luggage.

How much money do I need? You should be able to use debit & credit cards for most items. You’ll need to allow enough money to cover lunches, some dinners, souvenirs, shopping, drinks, optional activities, entrance fees to attractions & evening entertainment. It is advisable to start your tour with some cash in your destination’s local currencies such as A$ or NZ$.

At the time this brochure went to press (February 2013), no vaccinations were necessary. However, it is wise to check up-to-date information with your travel agent or Contiki prior to departure. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route, such as antihistamines or antibiotics.

Seasonality & climate Being such a large land mass, Australia is prone to seasonal climate changes. This will mean that at certain times of the year some of our brochured itineraries may need to be slightly changed. For example: northern Australia itineraries during the wet season (December to April). Inland alpine areas of the South Island in New Zealand can be as cold as -10oC between May & October.

Do I need visas? Please read carefully. Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter Australia & New Zealand. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your tour. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a tour. Consult Contiki or your travel agent to determine any visas you require & how to obtain them.

What should I pack? Comfortable, casual clothing for day wear & ‘smart/ casual’ for dining & those nights out. Remember that in Autumn/Winter you will need warmer clothing as well as a raincoat/jacket. A pair of comfortable walking shoes is essential. For further details, please go to contiki.com/travel-resources.

me time Optional Activities WHEN DO I CHOOSE? Optionals are arranged & paid for on tour. By leaving the final decisions until then you can choose at the same time as your new friends. You’ll get great value as we get you great rates & your Tour Manager can offer personal advice. Some activities are seasonal & weather dependent as well.

HOW DO I PAY? You pay on tour with major credit cards, debit cards or cash (A$ in Australia or NZ$ in New Zealand).

Past traveller 5% discount Eligibility for this discount is based on clients having booked & travelled with Contiki (or one of our Travel Corporation sister brands, visit www.thetravelcorporation.com for details) within 5 years of their last tour. Clients must have completed a tour before they can redeem the discount on a subsequent tour booking. Only one discount can be redeemed per past traveller annually. A deposit must be received before the discount can be applied to the booking. It is not available on pre & post-tour accommodation rates & other selected products. The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any non-brochured special market promotions.

no compulsory tipping reward only excellence! Every country in the world has different tipping customs & in Australia & New Zealand, within service industries, tipping is common practice. Tipping is totally optional & only given if you feel the service has exceeded your expectations. If you think your Contiki Team have done an exceptional job then you may wish to tip them. This is entirely discretionary – it’s completely up to you. No compulsory tipping – reward only excellence!

Booking Security Contiki has been running tours for young people since 1962. It is a matter of law that tour operators must fully protect their clients’ funds under regulations specified by the European Community Package Travel Directive. We confirm that Contiki is fully complying with the law, therefore your monies are fully protected. Contiki Holidays Limited is a member of the Association of British Travel Agents under membership number Y1792. ABTA & ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel & assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct & the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ. Tel: 020 3117 0500 or www.abta.com. Contiki Holidays also holds a current ATOL Licence No. 10144. When you buy an ATOL protected air holiday package and/or flights from Contiki Holidays Limited you will receive a Confirmation Invoice from us (or via our authorised agent through which you booked)

confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.caa.co.uk. Not all holiday or travel services offered and sold by us will be protected by the ATOL scheme. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Only bookings from countries subject to the EC Package Travel Directive will receive financial protection from ABTA and the CAA.

Online check-in It is strongly recommended that you check in to your tour prior to departure at contiki.com/checkin. Checking in will save you time on your first day of tour, give you essential information & also ensure that Contiki can contact you in the unlikely event of any changes to your trip due to matters out of our control. For more information on how to get more before & after your tour see p.10.

Travel insurance Cancellation, unexpected medical expenses, injuries, theft, lost luggage or money can significantly disrupt & ruin your holiday. Contiki very strongly recommends that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, evacuation & repatriation expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before you travel. In some instances, you may not be accepted on a Contiki holiday unless you have arranged satisfactory insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages & remedies against us arising from your participation in your holiday. For insurance details, please speak to your travel agent or Contiki when you are booking your tour.

Photography credits Photos courtesy of AJ Hackett Bungy Queenstown p.6 Bungy Jumping, Photos courtesy of NZONE Skydive p.6, p.18, p.55 Skydiving, Photos courtesy of Raging Thunder p.6, p.18 Whitewater Rafting, Photos courtesy of Çapkin van AlphenCauseCentric Productions p.11 &.35 Celine Cousteau, Photos courtesy of Bridge Climb Sydney otto Holdings (Aust) Pty Limited p.18 Sydney Harbour Bridge, Photos courtesy of Mojo Surf p.23 Surfing & p.26 “Surf Board Hire” Sign, Photos courtesy of Pauls Extreme Skydiving p.36 Skydiving, Photos courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns p.36 Diving, Photos courtesy of Splendour p.45 Concert, Photos courtesy of Real Journeys p.54 & 67 Milford Sound Cruise, Photos courtesy of Fox Glacier Guiding p.54 Fox Glacier Hike, Photos courtesy of Interislander p.59 Boat Cruise, Photos courtesy of Abel Tasman Hotel Wellington p.59 Hotel Room, Photos courtesy of Explore NZ Bay of Islands p.61 Catamaran Cruise & p.69 Dolphin Spotting, Photos courtesy of Julie Salsbury p.67 Fox Glacier Hiking, Photos courtesy of AJ Hackett Bungy Queenstown p.6 Bungy Jumping, Photos courtesy of © Destination Queenstown p.70 Remarkables Ski Field Lookout, Stag on Deer Park Heights Queenstown, Remarkables Ski Field. HUGE thanks… We’d like to say a huge thank you to our Aussie & NZ suppliers, talent, friends & colleagues who helped pull together our stills & video shoot - this would not have been possible without you! A special thanks also goes out to Jonas & Quinn, John, Sara, Sam, Chelsea, Lana, Muzz & Greg, Josie, Jaynee & the General Pants Australia team. We love you!

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booking conditions

Once Contiki accepts your booking by confirmation thereof a contract is made between Contiki & you upon the terms & conditions set out below.

The following Booking Conditions, have to the extent possible, been based on the UK interpretation of the European Community Package Travel Directive.

Our Responsibilities 1. YOUR HOLIDAY RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability and at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected holiday. A contract is made between you and Contiki Holidays Limited (Registered in Guernsey No. 50681 (Contiki)) only upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our communication thereof to you or your travel agent. 2. YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION Contiki are a member of ABTA and hold ATOL Number 10144 issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, which provide for your protection in the event of our insolvency. Only bookings from countries subject to the EC Package Travel Directive will receive financial protection from ABTA & CAA. The flight inclusive holidays in the brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed in the brochure. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL certificate but all parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. For more information about financial protection and the ATOL certificate please go to: http://www.atol.org.uk/ ATOLcertificate. Any monies paid to us for non-licensable products (accommodation and packages which do not include flight elements) are protected by means of a bond held by us with ABTA. This means that if, in the unlikely event of our insolvency, the accommodation or package cannot be provided, the client will receive their money back or, if their stay has started, arrangements will be made for them to be able to continue as planned. 3. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates as of 14th January, 2013. No surcharge in respect of costs or currency fluctuations will be made within 30 days of the commencement of the land content of any holiday or once payment of the deposit of your land tour has been received. The price of your travel arrangements can be varied due to changes in transportation costs such as fuel, scheduled airfares and any other airline cost changes which are part of the contract between airlines (and their agents) and the tour operator or organiser. The price of your travel arrangements can also be varied due to government action such as changes in VAT or any other government imposed changes and currency changes in relation to an exchange rate variation. In the case of any small variation, an amount equivalent to 2% of the price of your travel arrangements, which excludes any amendment charges, will be absorbed or retained. For larger variations this 2% will still be absorbed for increases but not retained from refunds. Should the price of your holiday go down, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. In either case there will be an administration charge of £1.00 per person together with an amount to cover agents’ commission. If this means that you have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your travel arrangements, you may cancel your travel arrangements and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your final invoice. Whether you cancel or not you will also be entitled, on the terms set out in respect of major changes in clause 4.3 below, to accept an offer of alternative travel arrangements from us if we are able to do so. 4. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY 4.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 4.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, and where available, offer you a comparable alternative. Where cancellation is necessary, a minimum period of 45 days notice will be given by us unless the circumstances leading to the cancellation were beyond our reasonable control. 4.3 If an alternative is not available or acceptable you will be entitled to either a full refund of monies paid by you to us or transfer to another Contiki holiday without payment of any transfer fee. 4.4 If the change or cancellation is due to force majeure (i.e. circumstances like political unrest, war or threat of war, riots, civil strife, closure of airports or ports, industrial disputes, terrorist activity, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemic or health risk, Acts of God, adverse weather conditions or other similar events beyond Contiki’s control) we will give a full refund of any monies paid to us less reasonable expenses incurred by us in respect of your booking. 4.5 Contiki is not responsible for the cost of any other travel arrangements affected due to cancellation or the rescheduling of any holiday. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (February, 2013) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available especially where we have no direct control over it. 5.2 Contiki will do their best, at their discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours and transportation to give you good value for money. 5.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. Contiki is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations. 6. LIABILITY 6.1 When you buy a flight inclusive holiday, all monies you pay to the travel agent are held by them on behalf and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust at all times. This is subject to the agent’s obligation to pay it to us for so long as we do not fail. In the event of failure, any money held at that time by the agent, or subsequently accepted from you by them, is and continues to be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation to pay that money to us. Full payment for International flights (excluding those which are included in and not in addition to your chosen holiday) must be remitted at time of booking or within 7 days depending on the airlines ticketing deadline and is non-refundable, non-transferable and non-changeable. When you buy a holiday not including a flight, all monies you pay to the travel agent are held by them on our behalf at all times. 6.2 We will be entitled to keep for our account any interest earned on such monies.

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6.3 All monies paid by you to us through your travel agent or otherwise, whether in respect of the deposit or full payment, may be disbursed by us as and when we see fit, in respect of the services to be provided and/ or fees payable under your selected holiday. The payment of a deposit or any other monies in respect of your holiday shall be deemed to be an authorisation for disbursement thereof as aforesaid.

YOur Responsibilities 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of £60, per person per tour must be submitted to Contiki within 7 days in respect of that holiday. If a booking is made within 45 days of departure from your home country full payment is due at time of booking creation. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first installment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non-refundable deposit of £60 per person, per tour, which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.3 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will it assume any responsibility or liability if clients’ special meal requirements are not fulfilled. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the holiday price must be paid by no later than 45 days before the scheduled holiday departure date from your home country which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. When making multi-tour bookings, full payment is due no later than 45 days before scheduled departure date of the first departing tour. 2.2 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have cancelled and cancellation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.3 Tickets and other documents will not be forwarded until full payment has been received by us. 2.4 In the case of Late Bookings made within 45 days of your departure from your home country, the full cost of the holiday will be payable immediately on booking and we reserve the right to provide all travel documents at the holiday departure point. 2.5 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancellation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 Notice of cancellation must be made to Contiki or your travel agent as soon as possible. 3.2 Your deposit is non-refundable upon cancellation by you. 3.3 Upon cancellation you will be liable to pay a fee to cover the estimate of cost and expenses incurred by us in the terms of the schedule set out hereunder. This is expressed as a percentage of the holiday price and is calculated as follows: PERIOD OF NOTICE CANCELLATION FEE More than 45 days notice: ...........................................Deposit is forfeited 45-22 days ..................................................................... 25% of tour fare 21-8 days: ...................................................................... 30% of tour fare 7-1 days: ........................................................................ 50% of tour fare Day of departure: ........................................................100% of tour fare Where the percentage cancellation fee is less than the deposit, the cancellation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy which you hold, then any such charges may, subject to the terms of your insurance policy, be refunded to you by the insurance company. 3.4 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour booking, such as pre and post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.5 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 4. INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE ARRANGEMENTS These cancellation charges apply for airline arrangements made by Contiki: Before airline ticket is issued: £30 per person fee After airline ticket is issued: £45 per person fee in addition to any airlineimposed penalties, which may be up to the full value of the ticket 5. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 5.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternate departure date you may do so subject to availability and provided the new holiday date is also in this brochure. 5.2 A fee of £15 per person will be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed, unless the change increases the value of the booking. A change of booking within 45 days of departure will be treated as a cancellation and normal cancellation fees will apply (as detailed in section 3) except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value, in which case a £15 per person amendment fee will be charged. 5.3 A name change to a different person will be treated as a cancellation. 6. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 6.1 Please read the brochure carefully for those items included in the price. No allowance or refund can be made for meals, accommodation, excursions, etc. that you elect not to take, or when museums, shops, etc are closed. Hotel facilities may vary from place to place. Meals may vary in style. 6.2 Contiki’s holidays are specifically planned for those in the 18 through 35 age group. Consequently the facilities and activities on a Contiki holiday are not appropriate to persons outside this age bracket. If you have a question regarding the age groups, you are welcome to discuss this with a Contiki staff member. 6.3 Contiki must be advised of any medical conditions or physical disability requiring special attention before you book your holiday. If you do not advise us at this stage, we may refuse to accept your booking. We may also refuse you if we feel that the holiday chosen is not suitable without a suitably qualified companion. Contiki will try to help you with your requirements but cannot guarantee to do so, either on our own or our suppliers’ (such as hotels, restaurants and excursions) behalf. Many of our holidays involve getting on and off coaches, walking tours and other physical activities. Some holidays may not be suitable for you if you rely on a wheelchair or have certain other disabilities. The Company does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). Should your

disability require you to have special assistance, it is a condition of Contiki accepting your booking that you provide evidence satisfactory to us that an able-bodied person will accompany you and is able to provide any special needs or services that you may require. Contiki will not be responsible for the failure of this person to provide these services .The Company does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. The Company is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on tour, or for the quality of the care or services received. 6.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday. 6.5.1 There may be times when the Contiki Representative has to make a decision in your best interests or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed Contiki Representative and the laws of the country in which you are travelling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well being of other members on the holiday or smooth operation of the holiday itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the holiday. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travellers and any Contiki Representative have the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well being or inappropriate behaviour by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously and may result in the immediate termination of your holiday. In such event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 6.5.2 You are responsible for any costs incurred as a result of damage or excess cleaning fees related to your accommodation. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff and/or a Contiki Tour Manager as soon as it is discovered. 6.5.3 The Company may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with the Company’s terms and conditions. The Company is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a tour. Passengers agree not to hold the Company or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. 6.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or cooperating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death nor any loss, damages or claims whatsoever arising from any accident or incident, if the safety belt is not being worn at the time of the accident or incident. 6.7 It is your responsibility to have a valid passport and all visas, permits and certificates required for your selected holiday before your departure as well as any necessary vaccinations and to comply with all applicable laws. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred as a result of failing to obtain necessary visas. Any costs whatsoever regarding obtaining, replacing or changing visas whilst on tour (including accommodation, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. 6.8 You agree that our Contiki Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on holiday and that these may be used in our Group brochures and/or advertising or publicity material without obtaining any further consent or payment in respect of such photographs and/or films. 6.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Representative during the course of the holiday and if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavours to do so during the holiday, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the holiday but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. If you do not write within 42 days, your rights under this contract may be affected. If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so that we are able to reply to you in writing. 6.10.1 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to Guernsey Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 6.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 6.10.3 If you are unsuccessful in any legal action instituted against us, you agree to pay all our costs, including but not limited to, attorney/ client costs. 7. INSURANCE Contiki very strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before embarking on a Contiki holiday. Please check that the insurance covers all of the activities that you are going to be participating in. Some policies exclude certain adventure activities. This should be arranged at the time of payment of the deposit & will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancellation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages & remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the holiday. 8. ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM In the event of your withdrawal from a holiday after the commencement as a result of illness, you must obtain a medical certificate in support of any insurance claim. No refunds will be made for any absence from the tour. 9. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE: Airfares to and from your holiday destination (unless you have booked a tour and fly package), airport taxes, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Tour Managers & Tour Drivers, items of a personal nature, excess baggage and optional excursions. 10. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any holiday be cancelled or amended by you at any time on the basis of snow or weather conditions. 11. LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS Luggage is restricted to one reasonable sized, non-expanding suitcase size up to 29” x 20” x 10” (73cm x 50cm x 25cm) and the maximum weight of 20 kilos (44lbs.) plus one small hand/day bag that can go on the coach with you. No metal frame backpacks are allowed. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on tour.

GENERAL 1. CONTRACTING PARTIES 1.1 The Booking Conditions detailed herein contain the entire contract between you and Contiki. No representation, term, warranty or condition can be expressed or implied by reference to any other writing, advertisement or conversation. This contract may only be varied in writing by a duly authorised officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the tour operating company. At any time and at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international conventions, national and international law, which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol & Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road & the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage & delay to passengers & luggage. Enrolment in & payment for a tour shall constitute agreement & acceptance by the passenger of the terms & conditions set forth in this brochure which cannot be varied except in writing by an officer of the Company. 1.4 Contiki is not a carrier or hotelier nor does it own aircraft, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers and other service providers are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, and other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. Whilst we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for handicapped clients (see also 5.3 under Holiday Details & Conditions). 1.5 Please note that no airline or carrier depicted or recommended in this brochure by virtue of their endorsement of this brochure represent themselves either as contracting with any purchaser of a holiday from Contiki or as having any other legal relationship with any such purchaser. 1.6 Every effort is made to ensure brochure accuracy at the time of going to print, however Contiki cannot be held responsible for printing or typographical errors, or errors arising from unforeseen circumstances. 2. ARBITRATION Disputes arising out of, or in connection with, this contract which cannot be amicably settled, may be referred to arbitration, if the customer so wishes, under a special scheme arranged by the Association of British Travel Agents, and administered independently by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. The scheme provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on the customer in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website (www. abta.com). The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking form. Neither does it apply to claims, which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,500 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. The application for arbitration and Statement of Claim must be received by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators within eighteen months of the date of return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the Scheme may still be available if the company agrees, but the ABTA code does not require such agreement. 3. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from April 2013 to September 2014. 4. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are operated by Contiki Holidays (Australia) Pty Ltd and Contiki Holidays (New Zealand) Limited. IMPORTANT NOTICE: ABTA statement: Contiki Holidays Ltd is a member of ABTA with membership number Y1792. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist when things don’t go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For more information on ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 30 Park Street, London SE1 9EQ, tel 020 3117 0500 www.abta.com DATA PROTECTION STATEMENT Please be assured that we have measures in place to protect the personal booking information held by us. This information will be passed on to the principal and to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements. The information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs or immigration if required by them, or as required by law. Certain information may also be passed on to security or credit checking companies. If you travel outside the European Economic Area, controls on data protection may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. We will only pass your information on to persons responsible for your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary/religious requirements. (If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we will be unable to provide your booking. In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons.). Where the data might be passed on for marketing purposes, you have the right to opt out of future marketing. You also have a right of access to data held which can be obtained by writing to Contiki Holidays Limited. Picquet House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1AF, Channel Islands. FURTHER ADVICE For further advice please visit - www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo or call the ABTA Information Line Tel: 020 3117 0500 (calls are charged at local rate) This brochure was published in February 2013 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

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How to book

Call contiki or general enquiries visit your travel agent +65 6337 8166

Call: 020 8290 6422 email asia.res@contiki.com Click: contiki.com • Your travel agent will confirm by phone with the local Contiki office that there’s space Email: travel@contiki.com on the tour you’ve chosen. At the same time, your travel agent can book your hotel your local agent Visit: accommodation before and/or after yourtravel tour. • At Marketing the time of booking, you must pay to your travel agent a non-refundable deposit of UK US$200 per person per tour which must be sent to Contiki within 7 days. This payment

Contiki Services Ltd. Wells House, 15 Elmfield Rd, Bromley, Kent, BR1 1LS. is in(020) addition any deposit required your travel agent. This will be for the land Tel: 8290to6777 Fax: (020) 8225by 4222

portion only.

Brochure Hotline: Call 0870 333 4884 or Download/view: at contiki.com/ebrochures

• Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send your travel agent confirmation • The first step is to confirm that there’s availability on the tour you’ve chosen. At the of the details of the booking. same time, you can book your hotel accommodation before and/or after your tour.

••You must the balance of your fare to Contiki through travel per agent At the timepay of booking you must payholiday a non refundable deposit of £60your per person tournot less than 45 days before the departure, or at the time of booking if less than 45 days within 7 days. departure. • before Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send either you or your travel agent

LATIN AMERICA Peru, Argentina & Brazil, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands, Mexico & Costa Rica

confirmation of thetodetails of the agent booking. • We will then send your travel your travel vouchers and detailed information your holiday. The documentation be sent prior to • about You must pay the balance of your holiday will no less thanapproximately 45 days before21 thedays departure date or at departure. the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure. your • Contiki will then send you or your travel agent travel vouchers and detailed information about IMPORTANT: your holiday. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure.

By paying the US$200 deposit per person per tour, you acknowledge that you have IMPORTANT: read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.75 which make up the By paying the £60 deposit per person per tour, you acknowledge that you have read contract between and Conditions Contiki. as set out on p.75 which make up the contract and understood theyou Booking between you and Contiki. USA & CANADA Including Hawaii Stopovers

Groups & special Groups special interest&tours interest tours Whether you’re looking to organise a group tour to Europe, North America, Central Whether you’re looking to organise a group tour to Europe, North America, Central America, Latin America, Asia, Australia or New Zealand then please have a look at the America, Latin America, Asia, Australia or New Zealand then please have a look at the huge range of tours in our brochures. It is more than likely that at least one of our trips huge range of tours in our brochures. It is more than likely that at least one of our trips will fit perfectly. perfectly. As As long longas asyou youare areall all18-35, 18-35,any anydate datecan canbebereserved reserved exclusively will fit exclusively forfor your group at special reduced rates perhaps even a free trip for you. If you’re looking your group at special reduced rates - perhaps even a free trip for you. If you’re looking something completely completelydifferent differentfor foryour yourschool, school,university universityororclub club then just for something then just askask - we’ve we’vedesigning been designing and running outstanding special been and running outstanding special tours fortours years.for years.

Contiki loves the planet The text pages for this brochure are printed on 100% recycled The text pages for this brochure are printed on 100% recycled paper. paper. By doing this we’re using less trees & sending less waste to By doing this we’re using less trees & sending less waste to landfills. landfills. You can help too, by recycling this brochure when you’re You help too,it by recycling brochure you’re done. Either done.can Either pass on to a friendthis to read, or popwhen it in your recycling pass it on Easy. to a friend to read, or pop it in your recycling collection. Easy. collection.

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Contiki Holidays

ABTA No.Y1792 in New Zealand

Contiki Holidays in New Zealand

Contiki is represented in Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom and USA. Contiki is a registered trademark of Contiki Tours International Ltd, Guernsey. © Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. Printed in the Singapore. U.K Contiki provides you with holidays & experiences of a lifetime.

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