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Most companies have taglines, slogans and jingles. At Contiki, we have a way of life. It’s called #NOREGRETS. We treat every day as a new adventure. We build friendships that last a lifetime. We live every day like it’s our last and leave absolutely nothing behind. #NOREGRETS isn’t just a travel philosophy. It’s at the heart of everything we do.

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who we are, where we go & what we do #NOREGRETS Make every moment count Life’s an Adventure Our travel styles Save with Contiki Travel made easy Online tools

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The Big Walkabout Reefs & Rainforests Beaches & Reefs The Sun Seeker Sunsets & Surf Tropical Wonder Island & Rainforest City to Surf Whitsundays Sailing Outback Adventure Alice & Kakadu Rock & Red Sun, Splash & Sounds Splendour in the Grass

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The Big Tiki Kiwiana Panorama Northern ‘Choice’ ‘Sweet as’ South Sun & Steam Jaffas ‘n’ Jandals Ultimate NZ Ski

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Fiji & Honolulu Stopovers Contiki Cares Want to stay longer? Got a question? Booking Conditions Contiki around the world How to book

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This world is an amaz zing place. It’s there for you to open up, explore & make your mark. But with this incredible gift comes an amazing opportunity. The number one travel rule we live by: Don’t waste a moment or let any experience pass you by. Make every moment count. “action expresses priorities” - MAHATMA Gandhi It’s easy to believe in things, but much harder to live them. For over 50 years we’ve had some immutable truths. They’re not just words we say, they’re words we live by: Make every moment count. You only get one shot at life, but if you do it right that’s all you’ll need. We’re about people, not things. It’s people’s individuality, diversity & a little bit of craziness that makes the world go ‘round.

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Life’s an adventure. Push yourself – you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.

Do things with passion. Life isn’t just there to be lived; it’s there to be loved.

Be young, and stay that way no matter what your age. Always see the world through youthful eyes.

Tread lightly, respect our world & its inhabitants. Walk around the world, not over it.

Challenge everything. Disregard what seems impossible. Embrace change.

Be part of the story. Don’t sit on the sidelines – get involved & make your mark.

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WORDS WE LIVE BY: Adventure isn’t just something you do, it’s an attitude. It’s getting outside your comfort zone, meeting

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new people & experiencing different cultures. It’s having the courage to go further. Life’s an adventure, so live it.

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Discover our Australia with 4 ways to go, our East Coast & Red Centre adventures, mixed with festivals, diving experiences & Sydney for a New Year like no other. Stay in everything from resorts & hotels, to hostels for great ways to keep cosy.

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• Experience the worldfamous Sydney New Year celebrations

• Mix of hotels, beach & eco resorts, hostels, & Contiki’s Special Stays (multi-share) • Lots of included WiFi

• Hostel & dive boat (multi or twin-share)

• Hotel (multi-share) • WiFi available

• Hostel options or pre-set up tents in Contiki’s own exclusive area

• Trips from 5-25 days

• 3 or 5 days

• 4 days

• 5 days

• Breakfast daily • Lots of delicious included dinners

• Breakfast daily, lunches & dinners

• Breakfast daily & an included dinner

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• Tour Manager & Driver • Local Guides

• PADI certified dive experts

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• Tour Manager & Driver • Contiki Reps

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2SKi & board • Experience the snow & sights of Queenstown

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• 3-19 days

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• Breakfast daily

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• Tour Manager & Driver • Local Guides

• Expert Contiki Ski Rep

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Get amongst the festival vibe at Splendour in the Grass

Explore New Zealand with 2 ways to go. Try our mind-blowing trips, or take to the mountains of Queenstown on our 7 day Ultimate NZ Ski adventure. Keep the adrenaline pumping by day, mixed with the best ways to stay at night, like resorts, hotels & lodges.

• Long & short trips to the North or South islands – or both!

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SAVINGS You can’t do all that we do for less. See More. Do More. Get More.

When you travel independently, it can be stressful. Hidden costs & taxes, dodgy accommodation, over-inflated peak season prices, taxis & locally guided tours can all end up costing way more than you think. What’s more, you have to sort it all yourself – who wants the hassle? We’ve done the math & compared a solo traveller’s costs with a typical day on a Contiki… the savings would amaze you! You can’t come close to the same quality of accommodation, awesome food, experiences & exclusive inclusions for the same price. What’s best, our trips come with our experienced Tour Managers & Team, just for you. They are locals who know each location back to front & they ensure it’s hassle-free, while showing you a jaw-dropping, eye-popping good time. It’s all part of our exclusive Backstage Pass to Australia & New Zealand, included as part of your Contiki trip.

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travel made easy 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

US$99/Day

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* Prices & exchange rates validated at 8th January, 2014 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 trip price. Contiki pricing based on 3 Day Jaffas ‘n’ Jandals p.69.

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5SAVE 1. Pay early & save more

Book & pay early for the best deal on your trip & airfares.. Don’t miss out as these discounts are subject to availability & may be withdrawn. Check contiki.com for latest availability. #1 SAVE UP TO US$435* Pay in full on or before 14 May 2014 & save up to 10%

#2 SAVE UP TO US$325* Pay in full on or before 26 June 2014 & save up to 7.5%

Travelling Again Travelled with us or one of our sister companies before? Welcome back to the family with a 5% discount. See p.74 for more.

2 or More Trips Keep exploring! Book 2 Contiki trips, 7 days or longer at the same time & get US$50 off your second booking.

Book with Friends More is merrier! Book with 4 or more friends & everyone saves 5%, 10 or more everyone saves 10% or invite a lucky 11th friend for free.

change direction You could save up to US$170 when you take a Contiki Australia or New Zealand trip with a different departure city (travel on one of the itineraries shown in reverse order, look out for the symbol above on trip 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 trip pages.

The facts: All these discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only. (This excludes taxes, included flight costs & extra accommodation. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip). You can combine loyalty discounts (‘Travelling Again’), group discounts (‘Book with Friends’), multi trip discounts (‘2 or more’) & early payment (‘Pay Early’) discounts on trips of 7 days or longer. ‘Pay Early’ savings only apply to departures after 31st August 2014, they do not apply to bookings made within 45 days of trip departure & may not be combined with Last Minute Deals. Group discounts (‘Book with friends’) is available on all trips. * Pay early savings of US$435 & US$325 based onThe Big Walkabout p.26-27

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PACKING TIPS 101

WEATHER

CASH ON CONTIKI

Packing is easy if you’ve got the basics covered! Bring enough to cover you for a few days (who wants to be inside doing laundry when you could be checking out the sights?)

It can change pretty quickly in some places, no matter what the season. Keep an eye on your favourite weather websites, so you have a good idea of the temperatures at the time you’re travelling, and pack all the appropriate gear you might need.

ATM machines are readily available throughout most of the destinations we visit, and our Team know the best places to access cash on the go. Take some cash & credit cards (like Visa) while for currency converting, try our handy Shout! App (opposite).

TRAVELLING SOLO

FIRST TIME TRAVELLER

More than half our travellers go it solo, so on our trips you’re guaranteed to meet up with like-minded people from all over the world. And we make it easy to connect with other travellers on your trip through Contiki MeetUps (see opposite page) before you leave home.

We know your first big adventure can be stressful, so if you’ve got questions, let us know! Give us a call, drop us a line on Facebook, Tweet us or shoot us an email our team of experts can help with anything & everything Contiki.

It’s a good idea not to forget flip-flops & comfy shoes for when you’re out exploring too! You’ll need all your favourite creature comforts & bathroom essentials, sunglasses, plus adaptor plugs. Just remember that like most airlines, on our trips there’s a maximum of 20kg (44 lbs) per person. We recommend leaving lots of space... for shopping of course!

NEED A PASSPORT OR VISA? Getting a passport is easy, so don’t let it stop you from getting the journey started. Get ready for new stamps & new adventures wherever you want to go. Jump online, get all the information you need about how to apply, then let the journey begin! Our tip: Passports can take some time to get back, so leave a good amount of time before taking your trip (just in case). Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries included in your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) change regularly. Consult Contiki or your travel agent to determine any visas you require & how to obtain them.

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JOIN US every way to stay connected We know there’s more to your travels than the time you spend away, so there are a number of exclusive Contiki online tools to help you get the most out of your travel experience. Find out more at contiki.com.

timeline Create a shared group timeline of your travel adventures.

Download our App today - It’s Free.

meetups

Shout! brings together the photos, videos & updates of everyone travelling on the same trip to create one epic story of your group’s adventure. 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

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

Travel tools View your trip itinerary, maps as well as connecting with your travellers before, during & after your trip. Plus more. Looking for a restaurant? A museum? The population of Sydney? Shout! has you covered.

our digital goodies meetups Meet the rest of your travellers before you go in our trip-specific MeetUps. Access it on the go with our iPhone & Android app, ‘Shout!’. contiki.com/meetups

e-BrochUrEs Create a personalised Contiki e-brochure. Choose the trips you want to compare, then download or share on Facebook & Twitter. contiki.com/brochures

Head to ‘The Exchange’ for the lowdown on all the latest music, fashion, food, nightlife & so much more from the places you visit around the globe.

team out on the road. It’s everything you’ll need to know from the moment you touch down.

Searching for the hottest trends, the best spots to get your fashion or food fix? We’ve got you covered. We pull together the insider goss from a host of special guest contributors including some of the coolest brands, celebrities, bloggers, our travellers & our own Contiki

Reviews Don’t just take our word for it, check out trip reviews & see what our past travellers have to say. contiki.com/reviews

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INSTAGRAM

Got a question? Our FB team would love to help out

Follow our vloggers & get inspired for your travels

#Contiki on your tweets, we read everything

Follow @Contiki - See the world through our eyes

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twitter.com/contikiAsia

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AUSTR IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE LAND “DOWN UNDER”. FROM THE ULURU SUNSET, EXPERIENCING THE VAST OUTBACK TO SNORKELLING THE GREAT BARRIER REEF - AUSTRALIA IS AN EPIC ADVENTURE. NATURAL BEAUTY, TASTY CULINARY DELIGHTS & A DIVERSE CULTURE ALL COMBINE TO MAKE an UNFORGETTABLE TRIP.

Whether it’s learning to surf at our special Coffs Harbour Surf Village, white water rafting in Tully or sleeping under the stars in the breathtaking Outback – there is something for everyone. With trips ranging from 3 to 25 days, Sydney for New Year or Splendour in the Grass festival, the options are endless! Let Contiki quench your thirst for adventure & experience Australia from a new perspective. DARWIN KAKADU N.P. KATHERINE cape tribulation

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

CAIRNS TENNANT CREEK

GREAT BARRIER REEF

WHITSUNDAYS NORTHERN TERRITORY

(Daydream Island)

QUEENSLAND

KINGS CANYON CATTLE STATION

ALICE SPRINGS ULURU

FRASER ISLAND WESTERN AUSTRALIA

NOOSA SURFERS PARADISE SOUTH AUSTRALIA

BYRON BAY COFFS HARBOUR GREAT AUSTRALIAN BIGHT

NEW SOUTH WALES

SYDNEY TASMAN SEA

VICTORIA

TASMANIA

Nightstops Nights at Special Stays

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RALIA 16 GREAT TRIPS FROM 3 TO 25 DAYS

4 ways to go EXPERIENCE OUR AUSTRALIA • More choices of ways to go: Big adventures to show you it all, to smaller trips that highlight the best of a region, or an Aussie festival that rocks, we’ve got it. • True Aussie experiences: Try your hand at surfing, feeding kangaroos, learning about ancient Aboriginal culture or washing it all down with some ‘bubbles’ at Uluru. • Local knowledge: Our Team help you discover Australia’s best. Mixed with cool characters & amazing locals, we give you an insider travel experience. • Amazing overnights: From a resort in the Whitsundays, to hotels in Sydney, eco-lodges, hostels, overnight swags & more, get a real taste of the best ways to stay in Oz. From epic icons, cool beaches, rainforests, lakes & rivers, this massive country has literally got it all. Come on & see how we do it “Down Under”.

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Insider access included as standard on every trip. When travelling to Australia, you want to make sure you do it right! You want the special treatment & exclusive access, which turns a regular trip into the trip of a lifetime. That’s why Contiki gives you a Backstage Pass to Australia. It’s a combination of all the things below, many exclusive to us, that come together to make up your trip like no other. Best of all, it’s free & comes included as part of every Contiki trip. EXCLUSIVE in ncl clus u ions Explore Oz the way it should be done! After more than 50 years of travelling the globe, no other company can give you a better experience & have so much included. We add the Aussie icons & hidden local hot spots… like the best view of the incredible Kakadu landscape, the perfect place to watch the sunset over Uluru & the secret surf spots. You also get local access with Aboriginal experiences, true blue Aussie characters & a few native furry friends too. We’ll also get you around in style & help keep you in touch, with WiFi at almost every place we stay.

EXCLUSIVE Option o s Freedom to explore. It’s an important part of travelling & getting to know each region in more depth. So we provide you with loads of time to discover & create your path… which we call ME Time because it’s all about you. Want to kick back beachside or shop up a storm? Looking for some adrenaline pumping things to do? Well we’ve hand-picked a range of treats unique to the places you visit, like skydiving & whitewater rafting to name a few.

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. In cities, it’s all about relaxed, stylish, central hotels boasting the comfort you crave. 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 Australia’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 Aussies can. We still leave you lots of ME Time to head out & explore other Aussie tastes too.

EXCLUSIVE team Our amazing Tour Managers are experienced travellers & their sole focus is making your trip the time of your life. Our team live & breathe Australia, you’ll love their passion for exploring. If you want to get off the beaten track they can give you the inside word on what to do & where to go. If you want to find the finest food hubs in Cairns or the best buys in Sydney, just ask!

Our exclusive access means great prices & we’ll sort it all for you, so all you need to do is remember your camera.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: Without a healthy disregard for the impossible we would be just another travel

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BACKSTAGE

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backstage pass exclusive inclusions are highlighted on each trip page

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company, and that’s nowhere near good enough for us. That’s why we challenge everything.

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EVERY TRIP IS PACKED FUll Of the VERY BEST OZ HAS TO OFFER THE ICONIC SIGHTS, THE HIDDEN GEMS & THE ultimate EXPERIeNCEs, all included. on us. From the must-sees like the Blue Mountains to a 4WD on Fraser Island, Australia is brimming with spectacular sights & amazing stuff to do. Making the most of the time you have here is key, and with Contiki we make sure you see & experience the best that Australia has to offer. We have all the iconic sights sorted, along with parts of Oz you wouldn’t get to without a local friend in the know. And on top of that, its all included as standard with your Backstage Pass. With Contiki you get incredible 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, the ultimate sights & delicious meals that only this great southern land can offer. Our team will take you inside the real Australia.

Exclusive Experiences Loads of our experiences can’t be found anywhere else. Like sipping champagne in front of an Uluru sunset, a day surfing the waves in Coffs Harbour with our expert surf guides or learning to throw a boomerang with the locals. We bring this amazing country to life... like a guidebook never could.

Australia’s Best experiences all included: – Visit the famous Blue Mountains – Explore Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – A Noosa Surf Club dinner

Experience some of our exclusive inclusions. Visit contiki.com/inclusions or down nload d th he free Layar app & scan this page.

– Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with BBQ lunch – Aboriginal Dreamtime Bushtucker tour – Experience Uluru at Sunset – Surf lessons in Coffs Harbour Plus lots more, see our tour pages.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: We get one shot at life, but if you do it right, that’s

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GETTING AROUND When you ou’r ’re tr t av avel e ling with us, you’ll get a taste of a ge all the ways to travel in au ustralia. From ou o r state of the art coaches, to included flights, boat rides or e even a 4WD explorer, when it comes to getting around we really mix it up. Our comfy coaches are a great way to explore Oz. There are plenty of mates to chat with, so it’s more of a social even ev ent than a way to get ar around. Think reclining g se seat ats, s, power points for keeping po g ccha arg r ed, entert rtai ainm nmen entt syst stem ems, toililet to etss & huge ge w win indo dows w for takkin ing g in tthe he awesome vie iews. P us WiFi on som Pl me of o our ur E Eas astt Co Coastt coaches – to oo easy! And they’re hassle freee. Fro rom the mo oment nt yyou get et on board, until we drop p yyou ou a att the door (& unload yyour ba bags gs),), we make travel easy. We also include flights on some trips, to keep it ev even en more hassle free. MANLY FERRY

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all you need. That’s why we always make every moment count.

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ME Time is the last ingredient to that perfect trip.

We make sure you get all the free time you need to see Australia your way. It means having the freedom to choose. Whether it’s relaxing at a cosy café, heading off to explore the interesting local market down the road or getting a locally guided tour in the Outback. Contiki’s Backstage Pass to Australia means our Team will help you get off the beaten track with the inside word on where to go & what to do. Really want to make every moment count? Our ME Time optionals give you the chance to take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences, unique to the places you visit. You could be absorbing the views from a hot air balloon in the MacDonnell Ranges one day, snorkelling the Reef, then jumping out of a plane in Surfers Paradise the next. But if heights aren’t your thing, then how does kayaking with dolphins & whales sound? Or ziplining through the jungle in Cape Tribulation? Our exclusive access around Australia means you’ll get great deals & your ME Time optionals are all organised by us.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: At Contiki, we are young. But being young isn’t always about age. It’s about a

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Want t inspiration for yo our ME Time? ? Visit contiki.com/op ptions or download the fre ee Layar app & scan this pag ge.

ME TIME OPTIONALS Look out for the “Don’t Miss” call outs on our trip pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per trip are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries & include:

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• Helicopter flight over Uluru • Ziplining, Cape Tribulation • Kayaking Safari, Byron Bay • Skydiving, Cairns • Bridge Climb, Sydney • Sailing, Whitehaven Beach • Snorkel or dive, Great Barrier Reef • Harley ride, Uluru • Hot air balloon, MacDonnell Ranges

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Please note: ME Time optional activities are not included in the price of your trip. They are run by 3rd party operators & on occasi asions on , for some of the activities, travellers may be required to sign a waiver to participate. Before you leave it’s important that you check your iinsu nsuran r ce includes your participation in adventure activities & be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding & therefore invol olve ve some risk s .

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PASS exclusives ✓ team Meet OUR Team Imagine a travel buddy who knows Australia inside out. Where to eat, sleep, party, shop & find authentic local experiences. The Contiki team are more than just walking, talking guidebooks. They are lifelong travellers whose sole passion is to make sure you have the time of your life. And of course it goes without saying that we’re here to take care of you too. We’ll look after the boring stuff, like finding the accommodation, and hauling luggage, so you can do what you came for – have fun! Our Tour Managers & Drivers are your oracles on all things Aussie. They’re extensively trained & locals of the region, so they know the country inside out & are bursting with jawdropping experiences they can’t wait to share. Mix this with our network of Local Guides for that essential insider angle. Want to hunt down the designer threads in Sydney? Keen to go surfing at the best local spots? All you’ve got to do is ask!

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no compulsory tipping, only passionate service & exclusive local knowledge.

After travelling around Europe as a Contiki Tour Manager for five years, I returned to Australia so I could show the amazing places our country has to offer! I was born & raised in Sydney. When not on the road you will find me at the rugby league supporting the South Sydney Rabbitohs, owned by Russell Crowe. We are so lucky to have beautiful beaches, rainforests, contrasting with the dramatic landscapes of Uluru. It’s great to see the look on people’s faces when they first see the Opera House, find ‘Nemo’ on the Great Barrier Reef or catch a wave while learning to surf!

WORDS WE LIVE BY: We work better together, and people are at the heart of everything we do. We’re about people.

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PASS exclusives ✓ food INDULGE IN ALL THE FLAVOURS OF THE LAND DOWN UNDER, spoil your taste buds WITH UNIQUE Local delicacies across this great nation. We’ll take you on a journey through Australia filled with spectacular flavours, authentic dishes & maybe something a little different. 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 & adventurous is the name of the Aussie food game. We include breakfast every day & loads of evening meals, but we like to leave some wellplaced gaps (like lunches) for a few reasons. Rather than having to time your day of exploring around an included lunch, we believe in maximising your ME Time to let you discover the local flavours on your terms. Our Australian-based team knows the local haunts like the back of their hands. They’ll share their hidden gems & secret streets, letting you uncover the food that all the locals are talking about.

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PEOPLE We seek inspiration from some incredible humans. From renowned environmental explorers taking on the world, to the individuals in our offices taking charge with office sustainability; the people who get involved with Contiki Cares inspire us & challenge us to be the best we can be.

CÉLINE COUSTEAU Céline Cousteau is an environmental activist, explorer & documentary film maker. She’s also the granddaughter of legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau & a big source of inspiration for Contiki. We are excited to have partnered with Céline for four years now. Her passion & connection with both our travellers, team & the ocean never ceases to amaze us.

our travellers Over the past 53 years, we’ve been overawed by the conscientious attitude of so many of our travellers. From taking time to clean up a beach in New Zealand to attending a charitable dinner in Cambodia, we’re constantly inspired by the selfless ways in which people choose to use their time abroad. If you have an idea for us, want to know how you can get involved, or just feel like a chat, send an e-mail to contikicares@contiki.com. We’d absolutely love to hear from you.

TREAD LIGHTLY in AUSTRALIA Our Australian team are all about making changes from the ground up. From things like incentive car-pooling, clothing swaps, volunteer days to give back in our local communities, to Oxfam chocolate initiatives – a little bit goes a long way.

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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 in 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 near 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 See the Glasshouse Mountains Dine beachside in Noosa

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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.39 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

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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 incredible vast landscapes, wildlife & Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock. Hotel (B) See Aboriginal rock art Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre

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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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backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 24 nights accommodation (23 nights for reverse itinerary):  Unique Special Stays: 1 night Coffs Harbour Surf Village, 1 night Langmorn Outback Cattle Station, 1 night Kings Creek Station Outback Bush Camp & 17 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 2 nights in a lodge Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht 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 Flight from Cairns to Alice Springs (Ayers Rock to Cairns for EXDSD) Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientation tours of all other destinations National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

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* Prices above are based on multi-share. Included flights: This trip includes flights as specified on the map opposite as part of the trip price. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.74 for important info. Single room supplement (trip only) add US$2215/ add US$725 twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$1985/ add US$645 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.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Exclusive inclusions • Visit the Blue Mountains • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Surf lesson in Coffs Harbour • Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Noosa Surf Club dinner • 4WD trip across Fraser Island • Alice Springs Aboriginal Dreamtime ‘Bushtucker’ tour • Alice Springs Reptile Centre experience • Uluru sunset drinks & nibbles Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Take a ‘wild’ ride on a Harley Davidson around Uluru See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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atch a ride along the entire East coast! Have you ever been snorkelling on a reef? Gone exploring in a rainforest? Climbed a harbour bridge? On this trip we’ll do it all & more. You’ll meet koalas, kangaroos & locals, plus experience all the other unforgettable things this part of the world has to offer.

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

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!

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

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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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.39 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 paradise, as we jet through

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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, feed a kangaroo & cuddle up to a koala. This afternoon, we head to legendary Byron Bay. Hostel (B)

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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)

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. 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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* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement (trip only) add US$1559/ add US$499 twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$1329/ add US$419 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.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 15 nights accommodation:

 Unique Special Stays: 1 night Langmorn Outback Cattle Station, 1 night Coffs Harbour Surf Village & 10 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a lodge, 1 night in an eco-lodge, 1 night in a hostel Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Aboriginal guided experience at Mossman Gorge • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks • Noosa Surf Club dinner

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly

TRY OUR RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE 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.

• Visit the famous Blue Mountains Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Whitewater raft the mighty Tully River in Cairns M 4WD National Park rainforest tour in Surfers Paradise See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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14 Days From US$2325pp* US$167 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$280. See p.11 for details

Adam Kuchel: My tour has come to an end, I had the best time I could have hoped for! Made new friends from all over the world, 4wd on Fraser Island, snorkeled in the whitsundays, white water rafting on the Tully River and Bungee Jumped in Cairns!!!! GULF OF CARPENTARIA CORAL SEA

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ake on awesome & hit the coast! Get ready for a journey crammed full of reefs, beaches & fun times. Surf with pro’s in Coffs Harbour, chill in Bryon, maybe sail along Whitehaven and scuba on the Great Barrier Reef… there is so much to do, so what are you waiting for?

Itinerary & Sightseeing 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

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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’

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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, feed a kangaroo & cuddle up to a koala. Resort (B) Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals

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M Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent)

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

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.39 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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

* Prices above are based on multi-share.

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)

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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 Great Barrier Reef. 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

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Single room supplement (trip only) add US$1285/ add US$435 twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$1055/ add US$355 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.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 13 nights accommodation:

 Unique Special Stays: 1 night Coffs Harbour Surf Village, 1 night Langmorn Outback Cattle Station & 9 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in an eco-lodge Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht 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 Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientation tours of all other destinations National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Noosa Surf Club dinner

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• Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Tandem skydive in Surfers Paradise M Hot air balloon flight in Cairns See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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10 Days From US$1695pp* US$170 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$210. See p.11 for details

Aussie Match Maker @ AussieMatch: Snorkel, dive & dance the night away in Cairns on Contiki Sun Seeker tour!

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xperience Queensland at its finest! We are talking relaxing on Daydream Island, skydiving in Cairns & going Outback on a cattle station. You’ll be learning to surf one day then on a 4WD trip the next. Sunshine awaits!

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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 Tandem Skydive

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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

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Day 4: 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

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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

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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

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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)

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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.39 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

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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. Here is 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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* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement (trip only) add US$855/ add US$295 twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$625/ add US$215 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.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 9 nights accommodation:

 Unique Special Stay: 1 night Langmorn Outback Cattle Station & 7 nights in resorts, 1 night in an eco-lodge Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Tandem skydive M Hot air balloon flight in Cairns M Whitewater raft the mighty Tully River See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

GREAT BARRIER REEF

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Adrian Adones A. Gebilaguin: Looking at all my pictures from OZ is so fulfilling. I met so many wonderful people and went on some amazing adventures; my favorite experiences there were climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

12 Days From US$2099pp* US$175 per day SAVE

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GULF OF CARPENTARIA CORAL SEA

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Northern Territory

BYRON BAY

Airlie Beach

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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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ive for making the most of every moment? Of course you do! A selection of famous icons, surf beaches & beautiful landscapes all wrapped up in 12 days should do the trick. Get the best of both New South Wales & Queensland in this gem. Be prepared to enjoy it all!

Itinerary & Sightseeing

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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’

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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

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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, feed a kangaroo & cuddle up to a koala. Resort (B)

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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 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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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) M Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise with lunch

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

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* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement (trip only) add US$1125/ add US$385 twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$895/ add US$305 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.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 11 nights accommodation:

 Unique Special Stays: 1 night Coffs Harbour Surf Village, 1 night Langmorn Outback Cattle Station & 7 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a hostel, 1 night in an eco-lodge Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

• Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Kayak tour of Byron Bay’s Marine Park & waves to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal) M Tandem Skydive See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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5 Days GULF OF CARPENTARIA

From US$815pp* US$163 per day

CORAL SEA

2 CAIRNS Tully

Airlie Beach

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Townsville

QUEENSLAND

2 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island)

FOR MORE WAYS TO SAVE. See p.11 for details 2

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THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

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backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 4 nights resort accommodation Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht 6 meals: 4 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) Sailing option – 8 meals: 4 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D) An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientation tours of all other destinations National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

ME TIME optionals M Whitewater rafting in Cairns M Bungy jump in Cairns See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

How much & when Code: NWCSD 2014/15 Start Cairns

Finish W’suns

Trip Trip & Only Sailing US$ pp* US$ pp*

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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.39 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (B,D) (B,L,D) Code: NWCWD

* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement (trip only) add US$435/add US$149 twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$205/ add US$69 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.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent. THE WHITSUNDAYS

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pay early & save up to US$155. See p.11 for details

2 WHITSUNDAYS (Daydream Island)

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

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Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

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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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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.

Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientation tours of all other destinations National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Aboriginal guided experience at Mossman Gorge Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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* Prices above are based on multi-share. 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.

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

How much & when Start W’suns

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.

Sailing option – 10 meals: 6 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D)

Single room supplement (trip only) add US$585/ add US$195 twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$355/ add US$115 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.

ME TIME optionals M Sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach & lunch M Cairns Tandem skydive See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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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.39 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share accommodation. Yacht (D) (B,L,D) Codes: ex W’suns: FNSWD ex Cairns: FNCWD

Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a yacht

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Itinerary & Sightseeing 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 Sailing to Whitehaven Beach

6 nights accommodation: 5 nights in resorts, 1 night in a lodge

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

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backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

1 CAPE TRIBULATION

From US$1225pp* US$175 per day SAVE

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It’s your choice travel from The Whitsundays to Cairns, or from Cairns to The Whitsundays.

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

Come see it with us.

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QUEENSLAND

7 Days

SURFERS PARADISE 2 Currumbin

BYRON BAY 1 COFFS HARBOUR 1

From US$1265pp* US$181 per day

Port Macquarie

NEW SOUTH WALES

2 SYDNEY

SAVE

TASMAN SEA

pay early & save up to US$130. See p.11 for details

Victoria

Visit contiki.com/surf

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Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays

World Heritage sites visited

Itinerary & Sightseeing

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 6 nights accommodation:  Unique Special Stay: 1 night Coffs Harbour Surf Village & 4 nights in hotels & resorts, 1 night in a hostel 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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Finish Surfers P.

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* Prices above are based on multi-share. Single room supplement add US$659/add US$205 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.

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

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 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,

feed a kangaroo & cuddle up to a koala. Resort (B) Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals Stay at a resort located right by the beach

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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 trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. (B)

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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’

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Day 4: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay Get yourself onto the waves on our surf lesson! With their tricks

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WHITSUNDAYS SAILING ADVENTURE 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 dependent). Introductory & certified diving is also available at additional cost. The trip returns to Airlie Beach on the final morning. Visit contiki.com/sailingwhitsundays

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

Available on: The Big Walkabout (p.26-27), Reefs & Rainforests (p.28-29), Beaches & Reefs (p.30-31), The Sun Seeker (p.32-33), Sunsets & Surf (p.34-35), Tropical Wonder (p.36), Island & Rainforest (p.37).

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KINGS CANYON

11 Days From US$1705pp* US$155 per day SAVE

pay early & save up to US$180. See p.11 for details

Luke: Fantastic tour, a great way to see Alice Springs to Darwin, covering all aspects of the Northern Territory, I love Contiki. 1 DARWIN 2 KAKADU N.P.

Litchfield N.P.

1 KATHERINE Mataranka Daly waters

MACDONNELL RANGES

INDIAN OCEAN

GULF OF CARPENTARIA

NORTHERN TERRITORY

1 TENNANT CREEK Devils Marbles

don’t miss

Wycliffe Well

Nourlangie Rock at Kakadu National Park. It’s a must do & a camera is essential.

Ti Tree

Simpsons Gap

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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

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’

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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’

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)

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 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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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share. Single room supplement add US$815/add US$269 twin-share. TEADD: Start A.Springs 11:30am & end Darwin 6:00pm. TEDAD: Start Darwin 7:30am & end A.Springs 9:00am. ▲ This trip 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. Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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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

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 10 nights accommodation:

 Unique Special Stay: 1 night Kings Creek Station Outback Bush Camp & 7 nights in hotels, 2 nights in a lodge 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Alice Springs Aboriginal Dreamtime ‘Bushtucker’ tour • Alice Springs Reptile Centre experience • Uluru sunset drinks & nibbles Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

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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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ME TIME optionals M Dawn hot air balloon flight over the desert & MacDonnell Ranges in Alice Springs M Guided helicopter flight over Uluru & Kata Tjuta See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

henley on todd regatta day If you are travelling on the August 17th 2014 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.au

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Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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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

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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

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

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

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Visit Elsey, the historic ’We of the Never Never’ homestead Visit Daly Waters – famous outback pub 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 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

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Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 5 nights accommodation:  Unique Special Stay: 1 night Kings Creek Station Outback Bush Camp & 2 nights in hotels, 2 nights in a lodge 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations National Park fees, local taxes & service charges

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ME TIME optionals M Helicopter flight over Kings Canyon See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share. Single room supplement add US$399/add US$139 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. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

henley on todd regatta day If you are travelling on the August 17th 2014 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.au

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& SOUN Do more, see more! With us you can choose to Dive the Great Barrier Reef, chill at a music festival, or celebrate New Year in Sydney.

NEW YEAR 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 trip gives you a few days in this cool city so you can start the New Year Contiki-style! 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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4 Days From US$1415pp* US$354 per day

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 (essential to pre-book at bridgeclimb.com)

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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)

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* 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. Trip starts at 5:00pm, check in from 3:00pm.

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 3 nights triple-share centrally located hotel accommodation 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

ME TIME optionals Look for the M symbol in the itinerary & visit contiki.com

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NDS

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; Learn To Dive (Beginners) or Dive To Adventure (Certified Divers). 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 trips that start/finish in Cairns. Trips include Reefs & Rainforests (p.28-29), Beaches & Reefs (p.30-31), The Sun Seeker (p.32-33), Tropical Wonder (p.36) & Island & Rainforest (p.37).

PADI

DIVE WITH CONTIKI DIVE TO ADVENTURE 3 Days From US$649pp* US$217 per day

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 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)

Visit contiki.com/dive-adventure

LEARN TO DIVE 5 Days From US$955pp* US$191 per day

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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) 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 including the Environmental Management charge at a cost of A$60. Call 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 US$579 plus A$60 EMC payable locally – see contiki.com/ snorkel. Package is open age & operated by a third-party.

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 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. (B,L) Important Info: An Australian diving medical certificate is needed. It can be arranged at a cost of A$60 on Day 1. Some taxes are payable directly to Pro Dive at the end of the course including the Environmental Management charge at a cost of A$60. Call 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 & operated by a third-party.

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 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 Code: CDTA

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 4 nights accommodation: 2 nights in a hostel (multi-share), 2 nights on a dive boat (twin-share) 7 meals: 2 breakfasts (B) 3 lunches (L) 2 dinners (D) Transfers from Cairns accommodation to training centre & boat PADI ‘Open Water’ certificate & manual Log book & Scuba equipment Code: CLTD

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Music lovers! Join us in beautiful Byron Bay for the 14th annual Splendour In The Grass festival - always a hot ticket & the easiest way to warm up your winter! Don’t miss Australia’s hottest 3 day annual music, arts & culture festival. Splendour’s atmosphere is unique & when you add in an unparalleled line-up of international & local bands, you’ll experience a weekend that is second to none on the australian festival circuit.

Keep your eyes peeled on Contiki.com/splendour for details on tickets, trip info & watch our video

Contiki will have you sorted with splendour event tickets & accommodation included. All you need is a festive attitude & be ready for some good times with an amazing crew.

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NEW ZE MEET AOTEAROA. A COUNTRY BURSTING WITH ADVENTURE & BEAUTY! FROM THE MAJESTIC MOUNTAINS TO THE BREATHTAKING BEACHES AMONGST THE BUSTLING CITY LIFE, NEW ZEALAND IS A TRUE GIFT FROM NATURE. RICH CULTURE, DELICIOUS FOOD & FULL OF SURPRISES - You could be skiing one day & jet boating the next! Get out of your comfort zone & embrace everything that this action packed country has to offer… like skydiving in Queenstown, OGO Balling in Rotorua or hiking Fox Glacier. It’s all about making the most out of NZ & Contiki have all the best spots sorted, giving you the freedom to enjoy & get your adrenaline fix! With trips from 3-19 days as well as Ski or Boarding in Queenstown, choose how you’d like to explore this exciting country. Take the ride of your life with Contiki…hassle free!

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EALAND 7 GREAT TRIPS FROM 3 TO 19 DAYS

2 ways to go EXPERIENCE our new zealand • Later starts: 9am starts (or later) each day, and longer stops on travel days mean a more relaxed way to explore. • The best team: Our On-road team gives you that essential insider knowledge that every traveller craves. See p.56. • 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.52-53. • 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. • More choices: 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.

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Insider access included as standard in every trip. This stunning natural playground is filled with enough culture, adrenaline & beauty to be on every traveller's ‘must do’ list. But to make the most of this magnificent country you’ve got to do it right… you need to experience as much as possible & get access to all the right places. Which is why Contiki includes a Backstage Pass to NZ. It’s a combination of the amazing things below, many exclusive to us, that collectively take your trip to the next level.

EX LUSIVE in EXCL incl c us usio ons n After 53 years of travelling the world we’ve got travel down to a fine art & we have some of NZ’s coolest experiences, on us! From an exclusive ride on Queenstown’s Shotover Jet, or a Maori cultural visit, we open your eyes to NZ’s best. You can learn the Haka in Rotorua & sip a beer at Dunedin’s iconic Speight’s Ale House, plus more. We’ll get you the best access, like queue skipping at Auckland’s Sky Tower. Our comfy coaches (some with WiFi) get you around with ease & you’ll love the ferry & boat rides too. From the blockbusters to the stuff only the Kiwis know about, we include it as part of our Backstage Pass.

EXCLUSIVE EX ACCOMMOD DATION 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 stay 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.

EXCL EX CLUS USIV IVE E te team am 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.

EX XCL CLUS U IV US IVE E Op Opti tion ti ons on s Our ME Time gives you space to head off with a map & explore even more. Whether it’s throwing yourself off a bridge (on a bungy), a canyon swing, cruising Milford Sound, black water rafting in Waitomo, fishing on a lake or just kicking back at the beach, there’s plenty of time just for you.

E CL EX CLUS USIV IVE E FO FOOD OD Try all the NZ favourites when you travel, included as part of your Backstage Pass. From kiwi classics like fish ‘n’ chips & BBQs to authentic tastes like a Maori Hangi & concert... get the tastebuds ready. We include breakfast every day too, so it’s easy to start the day of adventure right.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: Without a healthy disregard for the impossible we would be just another travel

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In the original home of adrenaline, Expect THE ICONIC SIGHTS, THE SECRET SPOTS & THE must-do EXPERIENCES all included. From the must-do’s like jet boating in Queenstown to an in-depth Maori cultural experience, this little country has so much to offer! Packed with stunning sights & adrenaline adventures, it’s all about making the most of your time here while ticking all the boxes on your list. It’s why we’ve lined up all the best things to enjoy. Better than that, we’ll also fasttrack you to the hidden treasures that you won’t find in a guidebook… it all comes standard with your Backstage Pass. With us, you get incredible value that can’t be matched by anyone else. Discover the best of NZ Get included orientation talks at every stop, plus guided tours too. Our team of experts 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 as well as a cultural experience, a Kiwi House & Nature visit, native greenstone carving & a trip to New Zealand’s most famous brewery plus a thrill-seeker ride on the iconic Shotover Jet.

Exclusive Experiences Our exclusive experiences are about getting you closer, immersing you in the best of each & every destination we visit. Like cultural visits that get that in-depth local angle, a trip up Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower, a traditional BBQ at Waitomo, to our exclusive team who help bring it all to life, like a guidebook never could.

Experie ence some of our exclusiive inclusions. Visit contiki.c com/inclusion ns or download the fre ee Layar app & scan this page.

New Zealand’s Best experiences all included – Ride the Shotover jet, Queenstown – Visit the Sky Tower, Auckland – Ohinemutu Maori Village experience, Rotorua – Speight’s brewery tour, Dunedin – Fish ‘n’ chips feast, Paihia – Agrodome Farm Show & Kiwi House visit – Maori Hangi meal & haka experience – Traditional Kiwi feast, Waitomo Plus lots more, see our trip pages

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ME ME Time is the last ingredient to that perfect trip An adventure to New Zealand must be exactly that…an adventure with no wasted time, no queues & no mediocre experiences. It has to be filled with unforgettable moments, which is why Contiki gives you ME Time - free time to let you see New Zealand, your way. It's about getting the time you need to explore this natural playground. From jumping off a bungy bridge in Queenstown to cruising down the Milford Sound, it’s up to you. And that’s what makes your trip so unique. 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, glacier hiking, or OGO balling down a hill in Rotorua. Or, if you’d prefer to soak up a bit of culture or relaxation, tempt yourself with a wine tasting in the Wairarapa, hot pool swims or hitting the shops or cafés. Our Backstage Pass to New Zealand means we can get you to places others can’t & our behind the scenes access means you’ll get great deals & ME Time optionals are all organised by us. Keep an eye out for the ‘don’t miss’ call outs on the trip pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per trip are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries.

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Want inspiration for your ME Time? Visit contiki.com/options or download the free Layar app & scan this page.

ME TIME OPTIONALS Look out for the “Don’t Miss” call outs on our trip pages for some great tips on how to spend your ME Time. ME Time optionals available per trip are highlighted by the M symbol in our itineraries & include:

PASS exclusives ✓ OPTIONS

• Boat cruise, Milford Sound • Jetboat ride, Taupo • Bungy Jumping, Queenstown • Heli ride, Fox Glacier • Black water rafting, Waitomo • OGO Balling, Rotorua • Milford Sound cruise • Glacier Hike, Fox Glacier • Catamaran cruise, Bay of Islands

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Please note: ME Time optional activities are not included in the price of your trip. They are run by 3rd party operators & on occasions, for some of the activities, travellers may be required to sign a waiver to participate. Before you leave it’s important that you check your insurance includes your participation in adventure activities & be aware that some of our optionals can be physically demanding & therefore involve some risk.

Plus loads more!

state of mind. Being young is treating every day as a chance to live life out loud, utterly & completely.

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PASS exclusives ✓ team Meet the Contiki Team The best way to truly experience New Zealand is to be with someone who lives & breathes adventure & the Kiwi way of life. With us you’re in the best hands, our team of Tour Managers are the travel gurus of this wanderlust country. Need to know where to shop, eat, sleep or party… no worries! They know it all inside out & their passion is to make sure you make the most of every moment. Our Tour Managers are extensively trained & you’ll always get the best experience possible. They will point out all their favourite spots in Aoteraroa (the Maori name for NZ), while looking after all the niggly details every step of the way. Mix this with our expert Drivers who get you from A to B with ease & comfort, it’s their goal to keep it easy by dropping you right at your door & unloading your bags. 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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meet josh Tour Manager, from Wellington 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!

no compulsory tipping, only passionate service & exclusive local knowledge.

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.

WORDS WE LIVE BY: We work better together, and people are at the heart of everything we do. We’re about people.

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PASS exclusives ✓ food UnleAsh your inner foodie! this little country is packed with delicious flavours & fresh eats.

Spoil the taste buds & indulge in the tempting treats on offer in the land of the long white cloud.

chips & succulent NZ lamb, to big BBQs & a traditional Maori Hangi. Included on us.

We include breakfast daily & lots of evening meals to show you NZ’s favourite tastes that take you on a journey filled with variety & flavour… from Kiwi favourites like fish ‘n’

We also leave some well-placed gaps for you to experience things on your own & let your senses take over, like the legendary Fergburger in Queenstown, or a Kiwi bakery in Kaikoura.

And with our team we’ll fast track you to even more delicious eats in your ME Time, just ask! Think green-lipped mussels & crayfish, or pavlova with kiwifruit & cream – the stuff the locals love! Get ready to indulge. tapas

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There is a lot to do when you’re travelling g through NZ BY DAY, so comfort & location BY NIGHT is s key! comfort, awesome facilities & great locatio ons make our accommodation the best wayS to stay. It’s either hotels, resorts or lodges wherever you stay & you get traveller favourites like WiFi at almost every stop. Try sleeping amongst the rainforest at a Franz Josef lodge, a hotel in the heart of downtown Auckland, or overlooking the stunning Lake Wakitipu in Queenstown… our accommodation is an experience in itself. Location, location, location 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, or in the heart of a glacier village in Franz Josef, or right next to Rotorua’s relaxing hot pools, or in downtown Auckland city.

Comfort & style 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. No worries!

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PLACES CONTIKI HAS AN APPETITE FOR DISCOVERY & We’re at the start of aN exciting journey to becoming a more responsible & sustainable company.

Oceans have a domino effect on the entire eco-system of the planet, from the forests to the deserts & everything in between. We’re proud to support projects protecting the world’s oceans. EARTH MONTH EXPEDITIONS In 2012, we launched our inaugural Earth Month Expedition – giving travellers & our team the chance to celebrate Earth Month & get hands on with our projects. 2012’s trip explored the Meso American Reef system in Mexico, and 2013’s visited the Galapagos Islands. Check out the Galapagos video on contiki.com/contikicares

MAR LEADERS The Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) Leadership Program supports young, local environmentalists working hands on to protect the 621 mile-long South American reef. Contiki has been a proud supporter since 2010, helping leaders with financial support & the skills they need to succeed professionally.

SharksCount Of all the millions of animals on the planet, sharks are among the most misunderstood. In 2013 Contiki helped kick off SharksCount in the Galapagos Islands. The programme empowers divers & snorkellers to identify, count & log the sharks they see in the water, with data contributing to making a real difference to the protection of sharks globally.

SEA TURTLE CONSERVANCY

★ Contiki’s newest project

From April 2014 we’re taking another exciting step forward in our efforts to support ocean conservation, partnering with the Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) – the oldest & most accomplished sea turtle organisation in the world. The STC performs research that has been instrumental in saving sea turtles from extinction throughout the Caribbean, as well as Central America. We are proud to be teaming up with their organisation to support their amazing initiatives, research & training of marine biologists.

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TREAD LIGHTLY in NEW ZEALAND Our New Zealand-based team are all about keeping NZ clean & green too – both on & off the road. From their in-house R:evolve initiatives to hybrid cars for the sales team, every bit counts.

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And on our New Zealand trips, you can opt to take part in beach clean-ups in partnership with Sustainable Coastlines, or buy a cool Contiki water bottle & keep re-filling it for hydration on the go. It’s all about the mantra that every little helps, and we love to have our travellers involved every step of the way.

WATCH OUR GalApagos video on Contiki.com/ contikicares

#CONTIKICARES We’re creating a community of young & passionate people, who simultaneously live with a conscience & live to travel. Visit contiki.com/contikicares to follow our journey.

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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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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 geothermal mud pools See Taupo’s Huka Falls

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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 Christchurch. Hop from the North Island, via ferry, to the South Island. Travel down the stunning Kaikoura coastline, to the charmingly English city of Christchurch. Hotel (B) Cruise Cook Strait & the scenic Marlborough & Queen Charlotte Sounds Stop at a seal colony & Kaikoura

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Day 11: Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier. Venture through the Southern Alps & along the rugged West Coast to Hokitika & later on to Franz Josef. Lodge (B,D) Christchurch city tour Scenic drive across the Southern Alps Stop at Arthur’s Pass Native greenstone demonstration & carving

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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)

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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 2 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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Note: Itineraries departing before 1st October 2014 will spend 1 night in Hanmer Springs instead of 1 night in Christchurch.

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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 US$250 from price in the price box • 17 day trip 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: US$335 • Single room supp: US$1315

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Single room supplement (trip only) add US$1455/ add US$369 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 US$2595pp* US$153 per day STUCK FOR TIME?

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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. See the ME Time highlight optional box on p.67 for more.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 18 nights accommodation: 14 nights in hotels 4 nights in lodges 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive 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 • Wanaka’s Puzzling World visit • Thrilling Shotover Jetboat ride • Dinner at Winnies pizza pub in Queenstown • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speights Brewery Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals 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 See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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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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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 geothermal mud pools See Taupo’s Huka Falls

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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 Christchurch. Hop from the North Island, via ferry, to the South Island. Travel down the stunning Kaikoura coastline, to the charmingly English city of Christchurch. Hotel (B) Cruise Cook Strait & the scenic Marlborough & Queen Charlotte Sounds Stop at a seal colony & Kaikoura

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Day 8: Christchurch to Franz Josef Glacier. Venture through the Southern Alps & along the rugged West Coast to Hokitika & later on to Franz Josef. Lodge (B,D) Christchurch city tour Scenic drive across the Southern Alps Stop at Arthur’s Pass Native greenstone demonstration & carving

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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 Ice climbing 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

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 2 full days – we can even organise ski equipment & lessons for you. Hotel. (B)(B)(B,D) 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

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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 M Scenic flight past glaciers & Mt. Cook, NZ’s highest peak

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Note: Itineraries departing before 1st October 2014 will spend 1 night in Hanmer Springs instead of 1 night in Christchurch.

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share.

Single room supplement (trip only) add US$1179/ add US$275 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.

We’ve got a shorter 14 day Kiwiana Panorama trip that starts or ends in Queenstown. • For 14 day price, deduct up to US$250 from price in the price box • 14 day trip 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: US$235 • Single room supp: US$1039

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Pay early & save up to US$240. See p.11 for details.

15 nights accommodation: 11 nights in hotels 4 nights in lodges 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions

• Agrodome Farm Show • Traditional Maori Hangi & dance performance in Rotorua • Guided tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village • Wanaka’s Puzzling World visit • Thrilling Shotover Jetboat ride • Dinner at Winnies pizza pub in Queenstown • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speights Brewery Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M See the famous glowworms & rock formations in Waitomo M Lake Taupo Rocks ‘n’ Ropes adventure course M Wine tour of the Wairarapa M Cruise stunning Milford Sound See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

From US$2225pp* US$159 per day STUCK FOR TIME?

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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. See the ME Time highlight optional box on p.67 for more.

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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

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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

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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

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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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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 geothermal 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

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Orientation tour of Wellington including Mt. Victoria VIP pass at a local nightspot

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 Christchurch Hop from the North Island, via ferry, to the South Island. Travel down the stunning Kaikoura coastline, to the charmingly English city of Christchurch where your trip ends on arrival. Hotel (B) Cruise Cook Strait & the scenic Marlborough & Queen Charlotte Sounds Stop at a seal colony & Kaikoura

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share.

NORTHERN ‘CHOICE’ start/end WELLINGTON - 10 days

From US$1409pp* US$141 per day WANT WELLINGTON? You can choose to start or end your Northern ‘Choice’ trip in Wellington & see even more.

SAVE

Pay early & save up to US$150. See p.11 for details.

• Trip 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: US$199 • Single room supp: US$755

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Single room supplement (trip only) add US$755/ add US$199 twin-share. ● Single room supplement (trip only) add US$885/ add US$225 twin-share. NNHAD: Start Auckland 9:00am & end Christchurch 7:00pm. NNHCD: Start Christchurch 7:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 9 nights accommodation: 8 nights in hotels 1 night in a lodge 12 meals: 9 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive 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 Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Ocean kayaking adventure to Haruru Falls M Guided tours of Ruakuri or Waitomo Caves to see the glowworms & rock formations M OGO Ball racing M Quad biking adventure See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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e love an adrenaline kick! And this trip is full of them, but that’s not all… we will have you relaxing in hot springs, tasting beer on a brewery tour, navigating your way through a maze Puzzle World’s. Most of all you will be having the time of your life!

Itinerary & Sightseeing 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) 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, 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 2 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 Fly to & walk on the glacier M Ice Climbing 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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start/end WELLINGTON - 10 days

From US$1585pp* US$159 per day We’ve got a longer 10 day version of the‘Sweet as’ South trip that starts or ends in Wellington. • For 10 day price, add up to US$270 to price in price box. Note: Itineraries departing before 1st October 2014 will spend 1 night in Hanmer Springs instead of 1 night in Christchurch.

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• 10 day trip 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: US$175 • Single room supp: US$705

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Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 8 nights accommodation: 5 nights in hotels 3 nights in lodges 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speights Brewery • Thrilling Shotover Jetboat ride • Dinner at Winnies pizza pub in Queenstown • Wanaka’s Puzzling World visit Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Scenic helicopter flight to see Mt. Cook & land on Fox Glacier M Cruise stunning Milford Sound See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share.

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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Single room supplement (tour only) add US$575/ add US$145 twin-share. NSZCD: Start Christchurch 9:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. NSZAD: Start Christchurch 9:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

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LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

7 Days

PAIHIA 2

Russell Parry Kauri Park

From US$1095pp* US$157 per day SAVE

AUCKLAND 1 TASMAN SEA

WAITOMO 1

pay early & save up to US$115. See p.11 for details

2 ROTORUA

NORTH ISLAND

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ROTORUA

1

Itinerary & Sightseeing

ROTORUA

backstage pass Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 6 nights accommodation: 5 nights in hotels, 1 night in a lodge 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 plus orientation tours of all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions • Kiwiana fish ‘n’ chips dinner • Sky Tower visit in Auckland • Kiwibird House visit • Agrodome Farm Show • Traditional Maori Hangi & dance in Rotorua • Guided tour of Ohinemutu Maori Village Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Catamaran sailing, swimming & snorkelling with lunch M Skyline gondola & luge rides See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

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How much & when Code: NRZAD 2014/15 Start Auckland

Finish Auckland

Total Cost US$ pp*

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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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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

• •

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

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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

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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

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.

PAIHIA

* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share. Single room supplement add US$515/add US$145 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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new zealand JAFFAS ‘N’ JANDALS

3 days BAY OF ISLANDS

LE MI TY H NE AC NI BE

3 Days

backstage pass PAIHIA 2 Russell

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price:

Parry Kauri Park

From US$295pp* US$99 per day

2 nights hotel accommodation 3 meals: 2 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)

Auckland

An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team

TASMAN SEA

SAVE

FOR MORE WAYS TO SAVE. See p.11 for details

!

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

Visit contiki.com/jaffas

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) 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 parasail adventure; witness breathtaking views as a jet boat pulls you through the open sky

• • •

AUCKLAND

Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

NORTH ISLAND

1

Places visited Nightstops

How much & when

Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientation tours of all other destinations Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Exclusive inclusions

Code: NCZAD/NCZCD 2014/15 Start Auckland

Finish Auckland

Total Cost US$ pp*

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

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* Prices above are based on maximum quad-share.

• Kiwiana fish ‘n’ chips dinner • Sky Tower visit with 360 degree views of Auckland Plus all of the inclusions in the itinerary marked with

ME TIME optionals M Swim with the dolphins in the Bay of Islands M Day tour to ‘Ninety Mile Beach’ with off-roading & sand dune ‘surfing’ See itinerary & visit contiki.com for even more

AUCKLAND

Single room supplement add US$175/add US$75 twin-share. Start Auckland 9:00am & end Auckland 6:00pm. ● The trip code for these departures is NCZAD only. ✚ The trip code for these departures is NCZCD only. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see p.73. For travel insurance see p.74.

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WHY CHOOSE US

hit THE SLOPES IN THE ADVENTURE CAPITAL OF NEW ZEALAND. CREATE EPIC MEMORIES AMONGST THE SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS BY DAY, COUPLED WITH BUSTLING aprÉs ski NIGHTLIFe, nz style. experience this ADRENALINE-LACED TRIP, IDEAL FOR THOSE WITH A THIRST FOR ADVENTURE on our ultimate nz ski trip.

• 4-day ski passes • 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 aprés ski scene

Where you’ll be:

exclusive inclusions:

There’s no place like this thriving town in the winter! Regardless of being a beginner or advanced skier, Contiki will take you on a journey designed for the adventurer within. Connect with an awesome crew & explore this trendy tourist hotspot offering a diverse array of activities. From adrenaline-packed experiences on or off the slopes to the uber-cool nightlife, surrounded by magnificent lakes & mountains Queenstown has something for everyone. Allow us to help you maximise your 7 days in this beautiful haven both on & off the mountain… hassle free!

Stay 6 nights in twin-share accommodation. To start your day on the slopes we provide a hearty breakfast & include 2 delicious dinners. Your Backstage Pass includes a 4 day ski lift pass & we get you to three of Queenstown’s famous ski fields & include daily transfers up & down the mountain. Also included is all hotel tips, local taxes & service charges.

our team: The knowledge & expertise of our team is what makes the real difference, so we offer our expert Contiki Ski Rep to enhance your experience.

culinary delights & nightlife: Another benefit of travelling with us is we know the local spots! We include dinner at ‘Winnies’ famous pizza pub. For your ME Time we suggest the option of dinner at Skyline Restaurant to take in some unbeatable views of Lake Wakatipu & town. For those who are keen, we’ll show you other great eats like Fergburger & some of Queentown’s coolest bars to end off the night.

me time optionals: We’ve got a selection of adrenalinejunky activities & Queenstown mustdo’s lined up for you. There is no better setting for an unforgettable bungy jumping experience - trust us! Why not go to the very place bungy jumping was invented. Go skydiving & get your adrenaline fix as you take to the sky with a stunning view below your feet.

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SKI ESSENTIALS GEAR & HIRE: Don’t buy expensive new gear before you go - we’ll kit you out with hire gear when you arrive. Need lessons? At ski school, instructors will teach you the techniques to get you up on the slopes, or for the more experienced, teach you ways to improve your know-how.

HOW MUCH? Group lesson rates (ski or board): Coronet Peak

NZ$60

Remarkables

NZ$60

Cardrona

NZ$62

Treble Cone

NZ$63

Equipment hire (prices per day): Skis or snowboard or boots only

NZ$25

Skis, boots & poles or snowboard & boots

NZ$37

Premium skis, boots & poles

NZ$54

Clothing hire (prices per day): Jacket & pants

NZ$29

Helmet

NZ$10

Note: Prices above are correct at time of print & include GST. Lessons are for either 1-2 hours depending on ski field.

ME TIME optionals Off the mountain there’s plenty of Queenstown must-do’s - so fuel your inner adrenaline junkie: M Rafting on the Kawarau River & heli. flight M A thrilling jetboat ride through the gorge M Meal at Skyline Restaurant M Jetboat, 4WD & hike Mt. Aspiring National Park M 4WD tour through the Middle Earth (Lord of The Rings) M Take a leap at ‘the home of bungy’ M Skyswing at The Ledge or Nevis M Tandem skydive over Lake Wakatipu M Canyon swing the Shotover River M Full day excursion into Milford Sound M Ziptrek flying fox experience M Chill in the Minus 5 Ice Bar M Queenstown wine trail in Gibbston Valley Visit contiki.com for even more

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new zealand ULTIMATE NZ SKI

7 days

Your Backstage Pass includes all this & more in your trip price: 6 nights twin-share hotel accommodation 8 meals: 6 breakfasts (B) 2 dinners (D)

7 Days

Our expert Contiki Ski Rep 4 day ski lift passes & transfers (Transfers to & from Queenstown airport on arrival day/departure day are not included)

From US$1385pp* US$197 per day SAVE

Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

pay early & save up to US$140. See p.11 for details

ME TIME optionals See opposite page & visit contiki.com for more

Visit contiki.com/nzski

Itinerary & Sightseeing 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) 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 worldrenowned 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

How much & when 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)

Code: CZSKI 2014/15

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)

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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)

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* Prices above are based on maximum twin-share. For quad-share rate reduce twin price by US$65. Single room supplement add US$295 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. Book now! Call Contiki or contact your travel agent.

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.

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break the journey to & from New Zealand & australia with one of our relaxing stopover options fiji 2 islands 2 islands

5 Days From US$655pp* US$131 per day

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!

Visit contiki.com/fiji 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.

honolulu - hawaii hawaii

2 & 4 nights From US$265pp* US$89 per day

Contiki has 2 & 4 night packages at Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Honolulu on the beautiful Island of Oahu. It’s ideally located at the foot of the majestic Diamond Head Crater, one block from the famous Waikiki Beach, & the sandiest beach area fronting Kapahulu Pier. It’s walking distance to shops & restaurants. Enjoy Hawaii’s perfect sunsets from pool & sun deck! The hotel offers concierge service to make your holiday hassle-free & fast track you to the best action on the island.

Visit contiki.com/hawaii

Conditions: This is an accommodation package only. No Contiki Tour Manager is 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 • Hotel Concierge Service • Breakfast voucher • Great surfing beaches • Amazing shopping • Waikiki’s party hot spots

T er Th e e ar a e a bu b ncch off wayys that you can an hel elp. p. Le ear arn mo arn more re e at: t co ont ntik iki.ico com/ m/co co ont n ik ikic icar ares es/y /you

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recycling

We’re founding partners of the TreadRight Foundation

PROUDLY USING 100% RECYCLED PAPER

Contiki believes that we have a responsibility to create memorable travel experiences without putting tourism destinations at risk. 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.

Contiki Holidays 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 54,000* trees per year & reducing landfill waste that produces harmful greenhouse gases. In addition, the paper used is rated ‘Excellent’ by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) environment benchmarking tool. We are proud to commit to using one of the most environmentally friendly coated recycled papers on Planet Earth.

To learn more please visit www.treadright.org. Visit contiki.com/hawaii

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CONTIKI

Co onservatio on is s at the he eart of how we e plan & run our trips.

*Calculations based on data from the environment Defense Network

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STAY TAY LONGER OPTIO OPTIONS Look up the start city of your trip below for departure point information about where your trip starts & how to get there. There are also details on how to extend your holiday & stay longer either before or after your trip (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 trip. 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: US$65 Twin: US$89 Single: US$139

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, & fullyequipped 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: US$55 Twin: US$90 Single: US$149

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: US$120 Twin: US$149 Single: US$229 (1/4/14 - 30/10/14) Quad: US$95 Twin: US$100 Single: US$145 (1/11/14 - 31/3/15) Quad: US$125 Twin: US$155 Single: US$240 (1/4/15 - 30/9/15)

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.

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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: US$89 Twin: US$119 Single: US$199

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 trip 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 trip 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

(approx. NZ$20) or by taxi (approx. NZ$30). All accessible outside airport doors.

AUCKLAND

Start at 6:00pm: The Big Tiki (17 day option), Kiwiana Panorama (14 day option)

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: US$100 Single: US$179

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 7:00am: Northern Choice trip. Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: US$109 Single: US$215

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

Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: US$75 Single: US$129

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 trip option). Start at 7:00am: Sweet as South (10 day option). Stay longer rates (inc. breakfast): Twin: US$85 Single: US$145

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 US$30. • Rates only apply to Contiki clients booking extra accommodation directly before &/or after their trip. • 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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QUESTION? QUE Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know:

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. Some activities in New Zealand & Australia require swimwear & towel. For further details, please go to contiki.com/travel-resources.

our trips Some of our longer NZ & Australia trips are made up of shorter modules, meaning more choice & flexibility for our travellers as they explore. This means more friendships & even more fun as you discover NZ & Australia’s best & make every moment count!

me time Optional Activities WHEN DO I CHOOSE? Optionals are arranged & paid for on trip. 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.

• Coach, train, ferry transport, internal flights as listed in the Backstage Pass Includes section. • Accommodation & meals as listed in the Backstage Pass Includes section on trip pages. • Sightseeing listed in the Backstage Pass Includes section in each trip itinerary. Unless specified, entrance fees to these locations are included. • Experienced Contiki Tour Manager & Driver.

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

Included flights Flights as specified on individual trip 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 trip 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 trip documentation will be released 21 days prior to your departure. Make sure you visit contiki.com for

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our travellers guide. It’s packed full of essential info for your holiday. You’ll also receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your trip. 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 trips which include Whitsundays 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 backpacks please. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on trip. 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 trip. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk & baggage insurance is strongly recommended. Remember, if your trip 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 trip with some cash in your destination’s local currencies such as A$ or NZ$.

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 & in all countries we fully comply with local Travel Industry Laws.

HOW DO I PAY?

Online check-in

You pay on trip with major credit cards, debit cards or cash (A$ in Australia or NZ$ in New Zealand).

It is strongly recommended that you check in to your trip prior to departure at contiki.com/checkin. Checking in will save you time on the first day of your trip, 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 trip see p.13.

Past traveller 5% discount

What’s included?

Australia & New Zealand. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Consult your travel agent or local embassy to determine any visas you require & how to obtain them.

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 trip. Clients must have completed a trip before they can redeem the discount on a subsequent trip booking. A deposit must be received before the discount can be applied to the booking. It is not available on pre & post-trip accommodation rates & other selected products. The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any non-brochured special market promotions.

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? At the time this brochure went to press (February 2014), 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

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 trip.

Photography credits Photos courtesy of © NZone Skydive p.6 & p.66 Skydiving. Photos courtesy of © Splendour In The Grass p.6 & p.46-47. Photos courtesy of © Pauls Xtreme Skydiving p.21 Skydiving. Photos courtesy of © Bridge Climb Sydney otto Holdings (Aust) Pty Limited p.21 Sydney Harbour Bridge. Photos courtesy of © Mojo Surf p.25 Surfing & p.28 “Surf Board Hire” Sign. Photos courtesy of © CauseCentric Productions p.25 & p.59 Céline Cousteau. Photos courtesy of © Raging Thunder Cairns p.26 Whitewater Rafting. Photos courtesy of © RnR Rafting p.31 WhiteWater Rafting. Photos courtesy of © Pro Dive Cairns p.33 Great Barrier Reef. Photos courtesy of © Interislander p.53 Interislander Ferry Ride. Photos courtesy of © ShotOverJet_Dart River Jet Safaris p.55 Fun Yaks. Photos courtesy of © Fox Glacier Guiding p.55 Fox Glacier. Photos courtesy of © Explore NZ Bay of Islands p.68 Boat Cruise & p.69 Dolphin Cruise. Photos courtesy of © Real Journeys p.66 Milford Sound Cruise. Photos courtesy of © Julie Salsbury p.67 Fox Glacier Hiking. Photos courtesy of © Destination Queenstown p.70-71 Remarkables ski field lookout, Stag on Deer Park Heights Queenstown.

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

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 only made between you and us upon your booking being confirmed and accepted by us and our communication thereof to either you or your travel agent. 2. PRICE GUARANTEE Prices in this brochure are based on costs and exchange rates as at 8th January, 2014. Should these costs change, it may be necessary to make a surcharge on the price of your holiday. Should the total tour price increase by more than 10% you will have the right to cancel within 7 days of notification without penalty. No surcharge in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will be made once payment of the deposit for your land tour has been received. This guarantee excludes fuel surcharges and does not apply to any taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or their agencies. In exchange for these guarantees, no refund will be made if costs are reduced. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR HOLIDAY 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel your booking in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. For a coach holiday to operate successfully a minimum number of clients is required. Should the numbers on your holiday fail to reach this minimum Contiki reserves the right to cancel your holiday giving a minimum of 6 weeks notice. 3.2 Should change or cancellation prove necessary we will give you reasonable notice thereof, in the circumstances, and where available, offer you a comparable or better alternative. 3.3 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. 3.4 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. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations or rescheduling of any tour departure. 4. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 4.1 Throughout this brochure reference is made to the standard of accommodation, meal plans, transportation and included extras that make up your Contiki Holiday. 4.2 At the time this brochure went to press (February, 2014) all Contiki’s holidays and included extras as described on the tours pages throughout this brochure were available. 4.3 With respect to our touring program Contiki will do our best, at our discretion, to select accommodation, sightseeing tours and transportation to give you good value for money. 4.4 When winter brochures are released, these prices supersede any winter tour prices in the summer brochure 4.5 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. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Your travel agent shall, on the receipt of any monies, hold such monies for you until the booking is confirmed at which time those monies shall be remitted promptly by your travel agent to us. All such monies received by us will be deposited as required by law. 5.2 We will be entitled to keep for each account any interest earned on such monies. 5.3 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 to disburse thereof as aforesaid.

YOur Responsibilities 1. BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY 1.1 In order to reserve your holiday, a deposit of US$200, per person per tour, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of departure from your home country, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that holiday. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first instalment of the holiday price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. 1.2 Deposit and final payment will be converted to the local currency at point of booking. Conversion is based on the prevailing exchange rate at time of full/balance payment. Please check with your Travel Agent at time of payment. 1.3 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a non

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refundable deposit of US$200 per person per tour, which must be within 7 days of booking or the reservation will automatically be cancelled. 1.4 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 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. 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 won’t 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 in writing to Contiki. 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 tour 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. Extra night accomodations that are cancelled within 14 days of booked date will incur a 100% cancellation fee, outside 14 days the following fees will be charged: 45-22 days .............................................................................. 25% 21-15 days .............................................................................. 30% All cancellation policies valid as at 3rd February 2014 and are subject to change. Final policy will be confirmed at time of booking. 3.4 In the event that you should not be granted a visa, we have devised this unique scheme to protect you against the necessary cancellation fees detailed above. For tours costing up to US$1,000 - waiver fee US$79 per person. For tours costing over US$1,000 - waiver fee US$89 per person. Waiver fees are payable at the time of booking and are non-refundable. They do not apply to cancellations due to changes of mind or for medical reasons. To protect yourself against these and other eventualities, you should ask your Travel Agent about a suitable insurance policy. N.B. This scheme is applicable only in the event that you provide documentary proof of having a visa application refused. To be eligible for the purchase of the visa waiver insurance, clients are encouraged to do so as early as possible when they make their tour booking. If we do not hear from you or your travel agent 30 days before the tour, we will assume that your visa application has not been approved and we will have to cancel your reservation. However, you can always re-book your tour (subject to availability) should your visa approval come inside 30 days. Bookings made within 30 days without the necessary visa approvals are not eligible for this visa waiver insurance and will be subject to the standard cancellation terms and conditions. 3.5 Any cancellation of additional services booked prior to and after your tour or resort booking, such as pre and post accommodation and transfers, that are cancelled within 14 days of the tour departure incur a 100% cancellation fee. 3.6 These cancellation fees are in addition to any cancellation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. 3.7 If flight changes are requested after the deposit has been received, or if flights are cancelled after tickets are issued, revision fees, change fees or Airline cancellation fees will be applicable and maybe in addition to the above cancellation charges. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternative departure date, transfer your booking to someone else who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the package or you wish to change to a different Contiki holiday, you may do so subject to a period of reasonable notice and provided the new holiday date is also in this brochure and is available. 4.2 A fee of US$30 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 tour date or tour itinerary within 45 days of departure will be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will

apply except when the change is to an earlier departure date of equivalent or greater value in which case a US$30 per person amendment fee will be charged. 5. HOLIDAY DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 5.1 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 5.2 Clients must be aged between 18 - 35 inclusive but Contiki may, in its absolute discretion, and, in exceptional circumstances, give confirmation of acceptance of a person outside this age limit. 5.3 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. 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. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/ from the point of commencement/conclusion of the holiday. 5.5 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 has 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 either event, you will be responsible for your own repatriation and related costs and have no claims against us. 5.5.1 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. 5.6 Where the passenger occupies a motorcoach seat fitted with a safety belt, neither the operator or service providers, agents or co-operating organisations shall be liable for any illness, injury or death or any loss or 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. 5.7 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. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Tour Managers or 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. 5.9 Should you have a complaint in respect of the holiday, you should inform the Contiki Tour Manager or 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 28 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Any claims made after the 28 day period will not be considered by Contiki. 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. 5.10.1 The contract and all matters arising in respect hereof shall be subject to English Law, unless we agree otherwise in writing. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforcable 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 enforcability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 5.10.3 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.

6. 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. 7. 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. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE HOLIDAY PRICE Airfares to and from your holiday destination, airport taxes, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to tour managers, representatives, drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, optional excursions. 9. 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.

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, ianjury, 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. Contiki contracts with many different suppliers throughout the world to ensure that all the components of your holiday are taken care of. Contiki accepts responsibility for the services contracted with these suppliers as they effect your holiday. Where a part of your holiday as specified in this brochure cannot be provided and a reasonable alternative not accepted, Contiki may pay compensation specific to that loss.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. VALIDITY The programmes advertised in this brochure are valid from April 2014 to September 2015. 3. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are operated by Contiki Holidays (Australia) Pty Ltd and Contiki Holidays (New Zealand) Limited. This brochure was published in February 2014 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

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How to book general enquiries +65 6337 8166 / +65 6922 5950 email: asia.res@contiki.com • Your travel agent will confirm by phone with the local Contiki office that there’s space on the trip you’ve chosen. At the same time, your travel agent can book your hotel accommodation before and/or after your trip. • At the time of booking, you must pay to your travel agent a non-refundable deposit of US$200 per person per trip which must be sent to Contiki within 7 days. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. This will be for the land portion only. • Deposit and final payment will be converted to the local currency at point of booking. Conversion is based on the prevailing exchange rate at time of full/ balance payment. Please check with your travel agent at time of payment. • Once your deposit has been received, Contiki will send your travel agent confirmation of the details of the booking. • You must pay the balance of your holiday fare to Contiki through your travel agent not less than 45 days before the departure, or at the time of booking if less than 45 days before departure. • We will then send to your travel agent your travel vouchers and detailed information about your holiday. The documentation will be sent approximately 21 days prior to your departure. IMPORTANT: By paying the US$200 deposit per person per trip, you acknowledge that you have read and understood the Booking Conditions as set out on p.75 which make up the contract between you and Contiki.

THE TRAVEL CORPORATION Contiki is backed by The Travel Corporation, one of the world’s most successful family-owned travel companies. Our passion and commitment for giving our travellers life changing experiences is in our blood. It also means you get the peace of mind that comes from a financially strong group with global scale. But don’t take our word for it, check out the awards we’ve won at thetravelcorporation.com.

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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 2014. All rights reserved. Printed in Singapore. Contiki provides you with holidays & experiences of a lifetime. 1st Edition

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