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TRAVEL WITH no regrets A u s t r a l i a & N e w Z e a l an d 2017 - 18 6 n e w a n d i m p r o v e d T RIP S


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Way back in ‘62 one guy had a dream: to show young travelers the world and change their lives in doing so. 55 years later and we’ve perfected the secret formula. One of the most important things we’ve learned along the way is to do things with passion or not at all. Most companies provide good service. But at Contiki, we go further than that, making sure that every second is one to remember, every trip is one that will change your life and alter your perception of the world. That’s what we

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live for and what keeps us up at night. Are you ready to become part of the story?

but if you do it right, once is enough #noregrets


contents Life is an adventure Where we take you Contiki Know-How Why travel Contiki Ways to save The Contiki people Ways to stay Munch Contiki Cares Count on us Two's better than one Q & A Booking conditions How to book

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Australia Welcome to Australia Ways to travel  No Regrets ME Time

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DISCOVERER

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Swamps, rainforests, wetlands, woodlands, plants, insects, and maybe even a croc or two.

DARWIN KAKADU N.P.

Litchfield N.P.

KATHERINE Mataranka Daly Waters

#thebigwalkabout

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TENNANT CREEK

The Big Walkabout 25 days Beaches & Reefs 14 days Reefs & Rainforests 16 days Sunsets & Surf 12 days

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Devil’s Marbles

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Wycliffe Well

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HIGH ENERGY p.40 FROM US$172P/D

City to Surf 7 days The Sun Seeker 10 days

KINGS CANYON

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The Olgas

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

Simpsons Gap ALICE SPRINGS

ULURU

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Island & Rainforest 7 days Outback Adventure 11 days Tropical Wonder 5 days Rock & Red 6 days

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AUSTRALIA

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SHORT TRIPS & FESTIVALS p.50

Sydney NYE 4 days Splendour in the Grass 3 days

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SAILING & CRUISE + DIVE p.53 FROM US$187P/D

Whitsundays & Dive 

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new zealand Welcome to New Zealand Ways to travel  No Regrets ME Time

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DISCOVERER p.64 FROM US$153P/D

The Big Tiki 19 days Kiwiana Panorama 16 days

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IN-DEPTH EXPLORER p.70 FROM US$145P/D

Sun & Steam 6 days Northern 'Choice' 10 days 'Sweet as' South 9 days

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SHORT TRIPS & FESTIVALS p.76 FROM US$90P/D

Rhythm & Alps 7 days Jaffas 'n' Jandals 3 days

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*Spoiler alert* probably the best beaches you’ll ever lay eyes on, ever. #beachesandreefs

WINTER & SKI

Grab a slice of country living.

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Ski Queenstown Ultimate NZ Ski 7 days

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New & Improved Itinerary

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Overnight stops

Special Stays

Places visited


CAPE TRIBULATION Mossman Gorge Port Douglas CAIRNS

Townsville Airlie Beach

where we take you

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Dose up on Maori culture and tuck into fIsh ‘n’ chIps. #kiwianapanorama

WHITSUNDAYS Mackay

2 countries, 22 unique itineraries and countless No Regrets travel experiences. Want a taste? We’ve got the crème Capricorn Coast de la crème. CATTLE STATION

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Fraser Island AUCKLAND

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The home of NZ’s largest active volcano. #sunandsteam

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Kaikoura

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FRANZ JOSEF & FOX GLACIERS Haast Pass

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FRANZ JOSEF & FOX GLACIERS Haast Pass Wanaka

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LAKE OHAU CARDRONA Arrowtown

Lake Tekapo LAKE OHAU

CARDRONA Arrowtown Alexandra

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The adventure capital of the world needs little introduction. #ultimatenzski

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Breathe in, breathe out, and relax, as the beauty of Lake Ohau works its magic. #sweetassouth

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what is

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here’s something you can’t deny about 55 years of taking people on life-changing travels.

You can’t compete with that sort of experience, that type of skill set, that passion for adventure. Contiki has something special – but it’s not just magic or fairy dust. You can’t buy it online for next day delivery, you can’t cheat it, you can’t fake it, it’s not superficial, it’s the substance behind traveling with No Regrets. And it’s something that once you’ve traveled with us, you’ll just get. Those who have, call it Contiki Know-How.

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Here is what we know

WE KNOW THE SIGHTS THAT WILL TAKE YOUR BREATH AWAY AND HOW TO SKIP THE LINES WE KNOW YOU’LL NEED A CHUNK OF FREE WIFI TO ‘GRAM THOSE AMAZING SHOTS WE KNOW YOU’D SKIP BREAKFAST IF IT WASN’T INCLUDED EVERY SINGLE DAY WE KNOW TIME TO YOURSELF OR TO EXPLORE WITH NEW TRAVEL MATES IS MIGHTY IMPORTANT WE KNOW A COMFY NIGHT’S SLEEP IS THE KEY TO MAKING THE NEXT DAY COUNT WE KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REAL cultural EXPERIENCES & TOURIST TRAPS WE KNOW OUR TEAM WILL GIVE YOU INSIDER ACCESS TO ALL THE LOCAL HANGOUTS & SECRET SPOTS WE KNOW WHEN IT COMES TO VALUE IT’S MORE THAN JUST A PRICE & THAT NO ONE GIVES YOU BETTER VALUE THAN US WE KNOW HOW TO TRAVEL WITH

#NOREGRETS

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why travel contiki? Designed for 18-35 YEAR OLDS

Unrivalled value

Our trips are created exclusively for like-minded 18-35 year olds. No younger, no older.

Unique accommodation, a world class team, comfy transportation, tons of meals and inclusions on every trip. You can’t do what we do for less.

Travel experiences you want You want all the bells and whistles of iconic locations, but also the coolest little local hangouts? No problem, we do it all.

Support & flexibility More freedom Buckets of free time to explore independently plus epic ME Time optionals to take your experience to a whole new level.

The flexibility to change your mind and the knowledge that from start to finish, we’ve got your back.

Tailored travel styles 6 incredible travel styles to suit every type of traveler. Yes, even you.

More fun, less hassle Enough said. We’ll take care of the detail, you focus on the memory making.

The original & the best As the world’s leading youth travel company we’ve been treading the globe since 1962. We don’t imitate, we just do our thing better than anyone else can.

Authentic & local food Locally sourced ingredients, regional meals, foodie experiences to make your tummy smile and trips that put food center stage.

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10. Security We are a family-run business who care deeply about the safety of our travelers, and providing incredible experiences and value. We’re financially secure and put our all into delivering excellent trips each and every time.


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The traveling public has always been concerned about the protection of their advanced bookings. As part of Contiki’s commitment to providing our customers with peace of mind in all dealings with Contiki, Travcorp Financial Services Limited has provided a letter of credit to Contiki for US$20 Million with respect to all customers traveling with Contiki.

Contiki Easy Pay is the perfect present from friends and family. Suggest it as a gift idea, or use it yourself to help budget your savings, making payments over time to pay off your trip.

Check out the LATest deals & offers At contiki.com/deals

The facts: All these discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation, festival tickets & optional activities). Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip. You can combine loyalty discounts (‘Traveling Again’), group discounts (‘Book with Friends’) and multi trip discounts (‘2 or more’). The Australia + New Zealand 5% discount applies to trips 7 days or longer, and will be applied to the lowest priced of your two trips. This is not combinable with the ‘Traveling Again’ discount--please contact Contiki directly to apply this discount when booking your trip. *Discount applied to the less expensive trip. **Visit contiki.com/deals for details

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New Zealand team Hayley from Taupo, has been a Trip Manager with Contiki for 3 years

“I love working for Contiki as I get to showcase all of the beautiful scenery & Maori culture New Zealand has to offer.”

From Trip Managers to Drivers and Local Guides, meet just a few of the people who make our trips tick.

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Australian Team Adam from Rockhampton, has been a Trip Manager with Contiki for two years “Working for Contiki gives me the opportunity to share the Aussie way of life with travelers from all over the globe. I enjoy encouraging people to step outside their comfort zone as this offers the opportunity to do something they never thought they would do.”

VISI T YO U T U B E . COM / CO N T I K I TO SEE OUR TRIP M A N AG E R VLOGS

Australian team Mark from Sydney, has been a Trip Manager with Contiki since 2006

STUFF TRIP MANAGERS KNOW

“Keep eye contact during the traditional Maori war dance ‘the Haka’, you won’t want to because it’s intimidating, but you’ll get some mana (respect) for doing so and it means you accept our welcome to Aotearoa.” @boyd_steel

“The natural beauty and ancient cultural heritage will have you working overtime on your Instagram account. Visit Nourlangie Rock to learn more about the Aboriginal Australians and to see ancient rock art.” @aj_zammit

“For those that like their shopping and great coffee, stroll through Sydney’s ‘The Strand Arcade’ for boutique stores and don’t forget to stop at ‘Gumption’ to grab an espresso.” @mark_heap

people

“I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and being able to share local authentic experiences with them. It’s a great feeling when our travelers tell you that you enhanced their trip by offering some insider knowledge or perhaps you assisted them with something. Travel makes you grow and opens your eyes to the world in multiple ways.”

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ways to

stay Central hotels, beachside resorts and unique Special Stays. Just some of the ways you could be catching your zzz’s Down Under.

Sudima Hotel, Rotorua

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FREE WIFI

Want to know the key to making every day of vay-cay count? A good night’s snooze. Or at least we think so. That’s why we’re all about crazy comfort, good locations and the occasional OMG pinch yourself moment.

Kings Hotel Special Stay, Mt Ruapehu

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/STAYLONGER FOR our recommended hotels BEFORE and AFTER YOUR TRIP

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Sailing experience on the crystal

On-board breakfast,

clear Whitsunday waters

Whitsundays

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King’s Creek Station Special Stay swag experience

Chill time at Nomad’s Hostel, Byron Bay

Special Stays

Farm-fresh breakfast at

As for our Special Stays, this is where the magic really happens. Like the sound of a hotel with spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu, a surf village on the Aussie East Coast with a lesson thrown in for good measure, or maybe snuggling down into a cozy swag at the Kings Creek Cattle Station? We thought you might.

Cattle Station Special Stay

Oscar, 25 from Brisbane

One of the highlights has got to be the variety of accommodation. From hotels to hostels & even a campsite. The campsite was my favorite, just laying in the swag and staring up and seeing the stars was absolutely breathtaking.

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Hotels

Travelodge Sydney

Hotel-wise we’ll see you sleeping in centrally located digs with all the essential home comforts, plus we’ll mix it up with a few hostel overnights for that authentic traveler feel. AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND 2017/18

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Local dinner, Wellington

The perfect flat white, Sydney

Beachside lunch,

Ice cream hangs, Sydney

Bondi Beach

Munch wraps up everything we do with food in Australia and New Zealand. To us, your experience with food is as integral as the destination itself. In just one bite you can get a glimpse of a country’s culture, history, passion and flavor, and for us, food is one of the many resounding memories from our travels. So, alongside breakfast included every day, we’re dedicated to delivering Munchworthy included meals; think cook-your-own steak in Sydney, fresh seafood in Noosa and a traditional Hāngi dinner and Maori show in Rotorua. But not only that, we also offer up mouth-watering ME Time Optional experiences that really get you tasting and learning about the country you’re in. Like what? Well, how about an Ohana winery experience in Childers, a delicious local meal in the heart of Wellington with local craft beers included and a gourmet buffet dinner at the Stratosphere Restaurant in Queenstown, that can only be accessed by gondola. And when it comes to filling your free time with foodie wanderings, our Trip Managers’ little black book of foodie haunts never lets us (or you) down. These guys know their stuff, because after all, they’re showing you around their back yards, so will only ever recommend places they can personally vouch for. So what do you say? Let the food safari commence.

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Our commitment to local, authentic and delicious food experiences.

The iconic Fergberger, Queenstown

TO TRAVEL IS TO EAT. It’s an experience, a memory, a hit of culture and something that undeniably tastes better when shared with friends. Munch brings together our two greatest passions – travel and food.

Kiwiana fish’n’chips feast,

Traditional Maori Hangi dinner &

Bay of Islands

cultural performance, Rotorua

Lunch at Manly Beach,

Included snacks on board our

Sydney

private sail boat, Whitsundays

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CONTIKI CARES Powered by TREADRIGHT

Contiki Cares is our mission to protect and preserve the places we go to and the people we meet, so that the generations who follow us can see the world with the same wide-eyed wonder as we do. It’s our dedication to treading lightly, acting with respect and recognizing when to speak for the planet when it can’t speak for itself. Advising us on our journey is the TreadRight Foundation, our older, wiser sister on all things sustainable and our guiding force in seeking to make the world a better, more interconnected place. Together with TreadRight, we’re on a journey – to seek out the causes that need support and the traditions and communities that need protection in our ever changing world.

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CONTIKI LOVES THE PLANET Contiki is proud to be using 100% recycled LEIPA paper for the body of our brochures. By doing so, we proudly save 41,000 trees per year. It is just part of The Travel Corporation way.


Europe Greece – TreadRight supports the TRIA ETC to revitalise Greece’s artisan sector by promoting artisanal skills to Greece’s younger generations. We’re also incredibly proud to support the Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity. Thanks to a combined effort from UK and Europe staff and spare change donated from our travelers on Contiki coaches, we’ve raised £65,000 to date.

Australia We’ve worked with Surfrider Australia on a number of projects and beach clean-ups in an effort to raise awareness and increase understanding about the dangers of plastic pollution and consumption.

Latin AMERICA Peru – Our trips visit the Cusco Centre for Textile Traditions which supports over 500 artisanal weavers and helps to keep this ancient tradition alive. Costa Rica – We support the Sea Turtle Conservancy, an organization set up to protect turtle breeding and monitor the behavior of these endangered sea creatures. ME to WE – You can now extend your stay in the Galapagos with a ME to WE 4-day volunteering excursion into the Amazon jungle. Work with ME to WE on a sustainable development project, connect with members of the Amazon community and explore the tropical rainforest. Visit metowe.com/contiki to book.

AFRICA TreadRight works with both WildAid and The Wilderness Foundation to support animal protection and conservation efforts.

New Zealand We support the conservation of New Zealand’s iconic native bird, the endangered Kiwi. We contribute to the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Breeding Programme in Rotorua to hatch and raise kiwi chicks, as well as fund research into kiwi incubation and rearing, and sponsor a new incubation chamber.

Asia USA & Canada Toronto – We work with and support The Storyboot Project. Our travelers visit the center that supports the traditional art of mukluk and moccasin making. LA – Contiki were one of the official sponsors of WE Day, an event that celebrates the youth of today who are making a difference in both local and global communities.

Cambodia – Our trips visit the FRIENDS restaurant, which offers a place for disadvantaged youths to work and learn new skills. India – Our Eternal India trip visits the Dhonk Craft Centre, a cooperative that was set up to serve a dual purpose; to employ those who would otherwise only find income from tiger poaching, and also to preserve traditional artistry. China & Vietnam – TreadRight works with and supports WildAid to help put an end to the illegal wildlife trade by educating and reducing demand for products. AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND 2017/18

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c o u n t You can count on us Our family values and flexible approach are all geared up to give you peace of mind.

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ontiki is part of The Travel Corporation family of brands. What does that mean? In short, it means that we know what we’re doing. Every year we take over 2 million travelers to 70 different countries across 30 of our award-winning travel brands. Our company isn’t run by a faceless board of executives but instead by a family who care deeply about the safety of their travelers and providing incredible experiences and value. We are financially secure, experienced beyond belief and we won’t tie you down with a strict cancellation policy in case your plans change.

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TRIP REGISTRATION

PERKS If you’ve traveled with us before, you’re eligible for 5% off your next trip. If you decide a second Contiki isn’t for you & you’d prefer a luxury cruise down the River Seine on one of our Uniworld boats, or to stay in one of our 5-star Red Carnation Hotels, we won’t be offended (well maybe just a little). You can simply transfer your 5% discount to any of our other 30 travel brands. Same can be said for your deposit. Feel free to put your trip deposit towards a trip with one of our sister brands if your plans change or you blow the candles out on your 36th birthday cake before you got the chance to take your Contiki trip.

Ensuring that your trip runs smoothly is a pretty big deal to us. Registering your details before your trip ensures we can get in touch with you both prior to your adventure and during it, which basically = a hassle free trip for you. Plus in the unlikely event that something happens on your trip, we’ll have all your essential details so we can get in touch with you.

Visit contiki.com/ tripregistration

Visit TTC.COM/LOYALTY to learn more

THE WORLD’S GREATEST CHANGE POLICY PART 1

Change your trip for free If you want to change your chosen trip or departure just drop us a line, let us know which trip or departure you’d like and if there’s space, we’ll do the rest for zero cost*.

It’s a big title but damn right we’re claiming it, and for good reason. When booking with us we’re all about the no-strings-attached approach. Plans can change, as can minds, so we created Freedom Guarantee to give you ultimate flexibility. It’s made up of two parts: you can change your trip for free, or use FlexDeposit to save your paid deposit for when you’re ready to use it. * Visit contiki.com/freedomguarantee to learn more

PART 2

FlexDeposit Use FlexDeposit with a sister company, or gift your trip to someone else.

FlexDeposit is designed to make it easier to travel at a time that works for you. The FlexDeposit guarantee is given for free once you have paid your deposit and works as discount towards your next adventure; so if your plans change, your deposit isn’t lost – it’s simply transferred instead. FlexDeposit is available until you turn 36 (the maximum age you can travel on a Contiki). After that, it can be used with one of our sister Travel Corporation brands or, if you can’t travel yourself, it can also be gifted to someone else within five years of the original booking date.

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Book trips in both Australia & New Zealand to receive US$50 off Uluru, Australia

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o you know what’s better than one South Pacific based adventure? Two of them, that’s what. After all, if you’ve been saving up the big bucks to fly all the way over to this corner of the world, it just makes sense, right? Trust us, in years to come you’ll regret not popping over to New Zealand while in Oz, or vice versa, because even though you’ll tell yourself you’ll be back, who knows what the future has in store.

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than one PLUS take an extra 5% off the price of your second trip*

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o now you’re convinced, here’s our second pearl of wisdom – Contiki is the way to go for both of these adventures. Not only will you get US$50 off & an additional 5% discount if you book both trips together, but we also offer the widest range of products of any youth travel company in this region. Plus, with us, you’ll travel in style (and comfort), and you’ve also got the pick of the bunch with our included #NOREGRETS experiences, designed to make sure you really are making every moment count.

* T he Australia + New Zealand 5% discount applies to trips of 7 days or longer, and will be applied to the lowest priced of your two trips. This is not combinable with ‘Traveling Again’ discounts – please contact Contiki directly to apply this discount when booking your trip.

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A U S T R Have you secretly (or maybe not so secretly) been dreaming of giving it all up to live the beach bum lifestyle Down Under?

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R A L I A Who says those dreams can’t become reality? Boasting cities that fuse the cool with the chic, beaches that stretch for mile upon mile, rainforests, waterfalls, deserts, outback, forests (this country basically has every type of terrain going), and of course locals who put you at ease with just one lazy smile. There really is no place in the world quite like Australia. So go on, believe the hype, because this country is totally worth it.

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ways tO

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SEE IT ALL AND DO IT ALL For the times when you just want to see and do EVERYTHING, it has to be Discoverer. All of the highlights, all of the best experiences, all of the bucket list checking. 4 Discoverer trips, from 12-25 days See p.30

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We all love our friends, but sometimes how you want to travel could be totally different from their travel plans, right? We think so too, which is why we offer 5 different ways of traveling Australia.

CELEBRATION & DESTINATION LOVERS Do you always promise yourself next New Year you’ll celebrate somewhere incredible? Why not keep that promise this year by seeing in NYE under the blanket of Sydney’s fireworks? And as for festivals, we have 4 words for you – Splendour in the Grass. 2 Short Trips & Festivals from 3-4 days, See p.50

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EXPLORE BY DAY, LIVE IT UP BY NIGHT Consider yourself a 24-hour kind of traveler? If so, our High Energy trips will see you hot stepping across Australia’s sweetest spots by day, while never missing a beat by night.

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THE CULTURALLY CURIOUS Discover Australia’s multicultural past, get to know its locals, explore its world renowned food scene and spend longer in each destination. If you want to know what the Aussie way of life really feels like, this one’s for you. 4 In-Depth Explorer trips, from 5-11 days See p.43

SUN, SEA AND ADVENTURE Think Australia is at its most beautiful on land? Go beneath the water’s surface and prepare to be amazed. Choose one of our “With Sailing” trip options to explore the Whitsundays & Snorkel the Barrier Reef, or learn a new skill with one of our dive packages. 3 Dive packages from 3-5 days & 5 Sailing Adventure trip options See p.53

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HOW TO travel with

NO REGRETS

Cattle Station Special Stay

Visit Florence Falls, Kakadu National Park

Experience life down on the farm with our outback Cattle Station Special Stay, exclusive to Contiki. Whip cracking, tractor rides and one very large bull called Sausage are just a snippet of what you’ll be getting.

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Nestled in the dense rainforest of Litchfield National Park, Florence Falls is the kind of natural spectacle that needs to be seen to be believed. Pounding waterfalls plunge into picture perfect waterpools, aka the ultimate refreshing swimming experience.

Day trip to the Blue Mountains

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Getting out of the city has never been more appealing with the Blue Mountains in your sights. Not actually blue (spoiler) but still ridiculously good looking. Unique to Contiki, this mini adventure is included in the cost of your trip.


We call them No Regrets experiences – the ones we know you just can’t miss. And the best part? MANY OF THEM ARE included as standard on your trip.

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Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly

1 See just how big The Outback is as you fly over it on an included flight 2 Hang 10: Included surf lesson in Coffs Harbour 3 Explore Fraser Island in a 4WD

There’s no better way to see Sydney than out on the water, cruising your way past the iconic Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Hop on board the Manly ferry after spending the day at one of the city’s coolest beaches.

4 Hike around beautiful Katherine Gorge

Sunset at Uluru

Pictures can go some way to capturing the majestic beauty of Uluru, but nothing can beat the feeling of seeing it for real; that massive expanse of rusty red rock, changing color as the sun sets and you raise a glass of champagne to toast the moment.

See p.82 for our Instagram image contributors.

Included entry to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

When you think of Australia what springs to mind? Oceans, beaches, KOALAS. Mainly koalas. So go cuddle crazy at Currumbin, where entry fee proceeds go to sustaining the koala hospital.

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giving you more

Me time No one gives you more freedom and flexibility than us, with options to take your trip from memorable to legendary.

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hen you look back on your adventures, what is it that you remember? It’s the people, the feelings and the experiences, right? That’s what ME Time is all about; giving you the freedom to do your own thing, whether that’s napping on the beach, hiking a trail or devouring a fresh seafood lunch. Want more? Good, because it doesn’t stop there. ME Time is also about our delectable suite of OMG inducing Optionals. Like what? Well how about skydiving over Surfers Paradise, quad biking in the Outback, or walking over the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, just to tickle your appetite.

Sail the Whitsundays

Diving on the Great Quad bike through the Outback,

Barrier Reef, Cairns

Kings Creek Station

me time optionals

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

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Hot air balloon ride, Alice Springs

free time

’s global editor, Ginny Copestake, gives us her insider tips on how to spend a day exploring sunny Sydney.

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Breakfast

Ice Cream Heaven

If there’s one thing Aussies know how to do, it’s breakfast. These guys are the original champions of the avocado, and boy do they know how to use it. Start your day with breakfast at Bills in trendy Surry Hills, where fresh juices and good coffee are the aim of the game. Order the full or fresh Aussie (depending on your love of avocado) and fuel up for the day ahead.

One place you can’t leave Sydney without visiting is Messina. Voted the best gelato in Australia by the Good Food Guide, it’s hard to put into words just how utterly incredible this ice cream really is. Its popularity means there are a whole bunch of branches all across Sydney, but the Darlinghurst branch is my personal fav (plus it’s the original one).

Coastal Exploring

Kayak around Byron Bay

Full from breakfast, what better way to work it off than with a leisurely 3-4 mile hike, starting at Bondi and ending at Bronte beach. This is without doubt the city’s best trodden path, so prepare to share your walk with plenty a lycra-clad Sydneysider. Incredible views, plenty of swim stops and a cold press juice from Cali Press in Bronte make it all worthwhile.

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DISCOVERER

The adventure of a lifetime for the traveler who wants to see it all, do it all and go home with zero regrets. See beaches, reefs, rainforests and outback as you cover every little inch of Australia, having experiences you’ll remember for years to come.

Who travels discoverer? • Those who want to see it all and do it all, with a mix of iconic sights and unique experiences • Those who want the perfect balance of organized sightseeing and independent adventuring • Those who want to make the most of the time they have by exploring more destinations.

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THE BIG WALKABOUT WHY THIS TRIP? Spend almost a month exploring the land Down Under, combining golden beaches, rugged outback, buzzing cities and tropical rainforest. The trip of a lifetime? Oh hell yes…

1 DARWIN 2 KAKADU N.P. Litchfield N.P. 1 KATHERINE Mataranka

Daly Waters

GREAT BARRIER REEF

NORTHERN TERRITORY

3 CAIRNS

1 TENNANT CREEK Devils Marbles Wycliffe Well

WHITSUNDAYS 2

Townsville Airlie Beach

Mackay

KINGS CANYON 1 The Olgas

2

Simpsons Gap

2 ALICE SPRINGS

ULURU

QUEENSLAND

CATTLE 1 STATION

Capricorn Coast

Fraser Island

NOOSA 2 Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2

Currumbin

#BIGWALKABOUT

1 BYRON BAY NEW SOUTH WALES

1 COFFS HARBOUR

Port Macquarie

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Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays 6 World Heritage sites visited

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25 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$4415 PP* US$177 P/DAY* WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 35

NIGHTS (23 nights for reverse itinerary) Special Stays: 1 night surf camp, 2 nights outback cattle stations, 15 nights in hotels & resorts, 4 nights in hostels, 2 nights lodge. Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a boat

INCLUDED MEALS 24 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 10 dinners (D), Sailing option: 24 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 11 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power & USB outlets for charging See p.82 for more

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Helicopter ride over Uluru

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES FREE WIFI Available on all • Visit the Blue Mountains Contiki coaches • Surf lesson in Coffs Harbour • Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • 4WD trip across Fraser Island • Alice Springs Aboriginal Dreamtime ‘Bush tucker’ tour

YOUR TRIP 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, then it’s back to Sydney for dinner in Darling Harbour. Hotel (D) Trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters rock formation 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. Drive to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Sydney orientation tour including Macquarie Street, Darling Harbour & The Rocks Take a ferry from Manly across the famous Sydney Harbour M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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DAY 3: Sydney to Coffs Harbour. It’s out of the city & into the cool surf vibes at our Surf Village. (B,D)  Surf Village Special Stay 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. From mesmerizing sunrise experiences to relaxing on the beach & cooling off in the ocean, Byron Bay is full of options. Soak up the vibes & feast on the adventures this town has to offer before we make our way to our next destination, Surfers Paradise. Resort (B) Stay at a resort located right near the beach

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS DAY 8: Noosa. Today we head to Fraser Island for an incredible day trip by 4WD. Stroll along Rainbow Beach, drive through the rainforests, cruise over sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Bliss! Resort (B,L,D) Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a delicious lunch Dine beachside in Noosa

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DAY 9: Noosa to Farmstay. Head over the Great Dividing Range & into cattle country for a unique local overnight stay, you can even flex your skills at whip cracking! Along the way there is an option to visit a local winery & exotic fruit orchard for a tour & tasting. (B,D)  Cattle Station Special Stay 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. Arrive in amazing Airlie Beach & the paradise of The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D)(B) Cross the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia 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.54 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share open cabin accommodation. Boat (B,D)(B,L,D) Codes: ex Sydney: EXSXD ex Darwin: EXDXD

DAY 6: Surfers Paradise. Get your adrenaline pumping with an optional early morning skydive. Then, get ready for some serious koala cuddling sessions at Currumbin’s Wildlife Sanctuary. Soak up all the cuteness this place has to offer before we head back to Surfer’s. Resort (B) Nightclub entry Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches

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DAY 7: Surfers Paradise to Noosa. Take a peek at Brisbane, take a stroll along the river or hit the shops before we hit the road & head to chic Noosa. Resort (B) See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall Check out the shops & cafes in Noosa

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DAY 12: The Whitsundays to Cairns. Today, we head to tropical North Queensland & gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Hostel (B) Check out Townsville on a city orientation Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park

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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 spoiled with choices. There’s also your chance to try some kangaroo. Hostel (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.

HOW MUCH & WHEN

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

CODE: EXSDD 2017/18

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Start Sydney

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. (B,D)  Outback Special Stay 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 neighbor Kata Tjuta (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. Say goodbye to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park as we head back to Alice Springs. 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 ‘Devils Marbles’ M Dawn hot air balloon flight over the desert & MacDonnell Ranges

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

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

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Finish Trip Trip & Start Darwin only sailing Darwin US$ pp* US$ pp*

Finish Trip Trip & Sydney only sailing US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Sep 24 Oct 22 Nov 19 Dec 17 ■

Oct Nov Dec Jan

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4415 4415 4645 4645

4615 4615 4845 4845

2017 Sep 27 Oct 25 Nov 22 Dec 20 ●

Oct Nov Dec Jan

20 17 15 12

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4475 4475 4705 4705

2018 Jan 14 Feb 11 Mar 11 Apr 8 May 6 Jun 3 Jul 1 Jul 29 Aug 26

Feb Mar Apr May May Jun Jul Aug Sep

7 7 4 2 30 27 25 22 19

4645 4645 4645 4619 4619 4619 4549 4549 4549

4845 4845 4845 4819 4819 4819 4749 4749 4749

2018 Jan 17 ● Feb 14 Mar 14 Apr 11 May 9 Jun 6 Jul 4 Aug 1 Aug 29

Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jun Jul Aug Sep

9 9 6 4 1 29 27 24 21

4505 4505 4505 4479 4479 4479 4409 4409 4409

4705 4705 4705 4679 4679 4679 4609 4609 4609

THE FINER DETAILS The above prices are accurate as of January 13th, 2017, & include internal airfares. For up-to-date pricing please go to contiki.com/walkabout. Included flights: Prices above include the land trip & internal flights as specified on the map only & do not include international airfares to or from the trip start & end cities. Please see ‘Included flights’ on p.82 for important info. above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, * Prices maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up

with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra (boat cabins are multi-share only). Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (trip only) add US$1905/add US$985 for second person twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$1785/add US$975 for second person twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). EXSDD: Start Sydney 7:00am & end Darwin 5:00pm. EXDSD: Start Darwin 7:30am & end Sydney 5:00pm.

● These departures will not stay in Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. ■ Spend New Year’s Eve in Cape Tribulation.

DAY 23: 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) Keep your eyes peeled for crocs on a wildlife cruise See the Aboriginal rock art Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre M Scenic flight over this World Heritage listed area

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DAY 24: Kakadu to Darwin. Wave Kakadu farewell as we head to Darwin. Don’t forget to pick up a didgeridoo & meet some local Aboriginal artists before you leave. Stop off en route for a swim in the famous (& gorgeous) Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park. Hotel (B) Enjoy a swim in Florence Falls

DAY 25: Darwin. Get your bearings on a city orientation of Darwin & visit East Point Military Reserve & the local museum to learn about its historical past. Then it’s time to say farewell to your travel buddies & swap email addresses. (B) Guided city orientation of Darwin Visit the Darwin Museum

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YOUR CHOICE It’s your choice - travel from Sydney to Darwin. Or save up to US$140 if you travel from Darwin to Sydney (this trip will be 24 days long).

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BEACHES & REEFS WHY THIS TRIP? Experience the best of the East Coast, with highlights including sailing, skydiving & endless nature based adventures.

CAIRNS 2 GREAT BARRIER REEF

Townsville Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS

Mackay QUEENSLAND Capricorn Coast

CATTLE STATION 1 Fraser Island

NOOSA 2 Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2 Currumbin

#BEACHESANDREEFS

BYRON BAY 1 COFFS HARBOUR 1 NEW SOUTH WALES Port Macquarie

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SYDNEY 2 Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays 4 World Heritage sites visited

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14 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$2305 PP* US$165 P/DAY* WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 20

NIGHTS Special Stays: 1 night Coffs Harbour Surf Village, 1 night Langmorn Outback Cattle Station & 8 nights hotels, 3 nights hostels Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a boat

INCLUDED MEALS 13 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D), Sailing option: 13 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power & USB outlets for charging See p.82 for more

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Tandem skydive in Surfers Paradise M Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Visit the Blue Mountains • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Noosa Surf Club dinner

YOUR TRIP 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 rock formation. 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 rock formation Hike at Wentworth Falls Cook your own BBQ steak

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DAY 2: Sydney. Today we see the icons of Sydney, including the best view of the Harbour Bridge & Opera House followed by a drive to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. If you’re up for it, get a different view & head to the top of the Harbour Bridge! Hotel (B) Sydney orientation tour including Macquarie Street, Darling Harbour & The Rocks Ferry from Manly across the famous Sydney Harbour M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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DAY 3: Sydney to Coffs Harbour. It’s out of the city & into the cool surfer vibes that Oz is famous for at our Surf Village. (B,D)  Surf Village Special Stay 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 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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FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS all the cuteness this place has to offer before we head back to Surfer’s. Resort (B) Nightclub entry Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches

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Rockhampton – the beef • See capital of Australia

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

DAYS 10-11: Sailing Whitsundays option. Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can. Choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.54 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share open cabin accommodation. Boat (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. Resort (B) See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall See the stunning Glasshouse Mountains

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DAY 8: Noosa. Today we head to Fraser Island for an incredible day trip by 4WD. Stroll along Rainbow Beach, drive through the rainforests, sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Bliss! Resort (B,L,D) Dine beachside in Noosa Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a delicious lunch

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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. Hostel (B) Check out Townsville on a city orientation See Magnetic Island Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park

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DAY 9: Noosa to Farmstay. Head over 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! Along the way there is an option to visit a local winery & exotic fruit orchard for a tour & tasting. (B,D)  Cattle Station Special Stay Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride & meet the station owners M Ohana Winery Experience

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 spoiled with choices. Tonight, there’s your chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Hostel (B,D) M Great Barrier Reef scuba diving for beginners & certified divers

DAYS 10 - 11: Farmstay to The Whitsundays. Arrive in amazing Airlie Beach & the paradise of The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D)(B) Cross the Tropic of Capricorn

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 trip ends at 5:00pm. (B)

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HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: BRSCD 2017/18

Start Finish Sydney Cairns 2017 Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

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Finish Trip Trip & Sydney only sailing US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan

7 14 4 11 2 9 30 6

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2585 2585 2585 2585 2705 2705 2705 2705

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

20 27 3 17 24 3 24 21 19 16 14 21 11 18 8 15

2505 2505 2505 2505 2505 2505 2505 2495 2495 2495 2455 2455 2455 2455 2455 2455

2705 2705 2705 2705 2705 2705 2705 2695 2695 2695 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655 2655

2018 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

CODE: BRCSD 2017/18

Trip Trip & Start only sailing Cairns US$ pp* US$ pp* Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

7 14 4 11 2 9 ● 30 ●

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

20 27 17 24 15 22 12

2305 2305 2425 2425 2425 2425 2425

2505 2505 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625

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

19 2 9 16 2 9 16 6 4 1 29 27 3 24 31 21 28

2425 2425 2425 2425 2425 2425 2425 2425 2415 2415 2415 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375 2375

2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2625 2615 2615 2615 2575 2575 2575 2575 2575 2575

2018 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

6 ● 20 27 ● 3 ● 17 24 3 ● 24 21 19 16 14 21 ● 11 18 ● 8 15 ●

THE FINER DETAILS above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, * Prices maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up

with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra (boat cabins are multi-share only).

Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (trip only) add US$1045/add US$545 for second person twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$925/add US$535 for second person 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. ■ Spend New Year’s Eve in Noosa. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.82. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 16-day Reefs & Rainforests or 25-day Big Walkabout trips. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

DAY 5: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise. From mesmerizing sunrise experiences to relaxing on the beach & cooling off in the ocean, Byron Bay is full of options. Soak up the vibes and feast on the adventures this town has to offer before we make our way to our next destination, Surfers Paradise. Resort (B) Stay at a resort located right by the beach M Dracula’s Cabaret Show

DAY 6: Surfers Paradise. Get your adrenaline pumping with an early morning skydive. Then, get ready for some serious koala cuddling sessions at Currumbin’s Wildlife Sanctuary. Soak up

YOUR CHOICE CATTLE STATION SPECIAL STAY

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

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REEFS & RAINFORESTS WHY THIS TRIP? Flex (or discover) your surfing skills, cuddle koalas, learn the ropes of a working Aussie cattle station and more on this two-week Aussie sortie.

CAPE 1 TRIBULATION Mossman Gorge

Port Douglas

3 CAIRNS GREAT BARRIER REEF

Townsville Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS

Mackay QUEENSLAND Capricorn Coast

CATTLE STATION 1 Fraser Island

#REEFSANDRAINFORESTS

NOOSA 2 Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2 Currumbin

BYRON BAY 1 COFFS HARBOUR 1 NEW SOUTH WALES

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Port Macquarie

Places visited SYDNEY 2 Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays 4 World Heritage sites visited

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16 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$2549 PP* US$160 P/DAY* WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 22

NIGHTS Special Stays: 1 night Langmorn Outback Cattle Station, 1 night Surf Village & 8 nights in hotels, 1 night in a lodge 4 nights in hostels Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a boat

INCLUDED MEALS 15 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D), Sailing option: 15 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power & USB outlets for charging See p.82 for more

ME TIME OPTIONALS M 4WD national park rainforest tour in Surfers Paradise

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES

• Aboriginal guided experience Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS

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

DAY 8: Farmstay to Noosa. Today we head back to the coast but not before an option to visit a local winery & exotic fruit orchard for a tour & tastings. Later in the day we reach the beach side town of Noosa. Resort (B) Stop at Childers, known for its heritage & farming history M Ohana Winery Experience

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. Hostel (B) Visit Port Douglas Mangrove boardwalk with our expert Local Guide

DAY 9: Noosa. Today we head to Fraser Island for an incredible day trip by 4WD. Stroll along Rainbow Beach, drive through the rainforests & sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Bliss! Resort (B,L,D) Visit the largest sand island in the world Indulge in a delicious lunch Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club

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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 spoiled with choices. There’s also a chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Hostel (B,D)(B) M Snorkel or dive on an outer Great Barrier Reef cruise with lunch DAY 5: Cairns to The Whitsundays. Arrive in amazing Airlie Beach & the paradise of The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D) Check out Townsville on a city orientation Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park

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DAY 6: The Whitsundays. This place is the ultimate way to relax, so take time to chill & let the good times roll. Hotel (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.54 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share open cabin accommodation. Boat (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 sugar cane country to our true Aussie farmstay overnight. (B,D)  Cattle Station Special Stay Cross the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride Meet the station owners & try whip cracking!

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FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

• Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary • Surf lesson

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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. Get your adrenaline pumping with an optional early morning skydive. Then, get ready for some serious koala cuddling sessions at Currumbin’s Wildlife Sanctuary. Soak up all the cuteness this place has to offer before we head back to Surfer’s. Resort (B) Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Nightclub entry Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches

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DAY 12: Surfers Paradise to Byron Bay. From mesmerizing sunrise experiences to an awesome kayak experience, Byron Bay is full of options. Soak up the hippie vibes & feast on the adventures this town has to offer. Hostel (B)

into Byron’s organic lifestyle, • Get 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. 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 & earphones & hit the beach for the ultimate chill. Hotel (B,D) Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse ‘Learn to surf’ lesson

• •

DAY 14: Coffs Harbour to Sydney. Say farewell to the surf action at Coffs as we head to the icons & 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’ M Climb the Harbour Bridge

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 drive to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim before cruising back to the city for dinner & your last night on trip. Hotel (B,D) Sydney orientation tour including Macquarie Street, Darling Harbour & The Rocks Take a ferry from Manly across the famous Sydney Harbour Cook your own BBQ steak

• • •

DAY 16: Sydney. With the city icons checked off, it’s time to hit the country. We’ll head to the Blue Mountains & learn about this amazing landscape including the Three Sisters rock formation. 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 trip ends at 5:00pm. (B) Day trip to the Blue Mountains See the Three Sisters rock formation Hike at Wentworth Falls

• • •

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: BWCSD 2017/18

Start Cairns

Trip Trip & Start only sailing Sydney US$ pp* US$ pp*

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

20 27 17 24 15 22 12

2549 2549 2689 2689 2689 2689 2689

2749 2749 2889 2889 2889 2889 2889

Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

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

19 2 9 16 2 9 16 6 4 1 29 27 3 24 31 21 28

2689 2689 2689 2689 2689 2689 2689 2689 2675 2675 2675 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635 2635

2889 2889 2889 2889 2889 2889 2889 2889 2875 2875 2875 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835 2835

2018

2017 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec

5 12 2 9 30 7 ● 28 ● 4 ● 18 25 ● 1 ● 15 22 1 ● 22 19 17 14 12 19 ● 9 16 ● 6 13 ●

Finish Cairns

Trip Trip & only sailing US$ pp* US$ pp*

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan Jan

9 16 6 13 4 11 1 8

2639 2639 2639 2639 2779 2779 2779 2779

2839 2839 2839 2839 2979 2979 2979 2979

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

22 29 5 19 26 5 26 23 21 18 16 23 13 20 10 17

2779 2779 2779 2779 2779 2779 2779 2765 2765 2765 2725 2725 2725 2725 2725 2725

2979 2979 2979 2979 2979 2979 2979 2965 2965 2965 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925 2925

2017

2018 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

CODE: BWSCD 2017/18

Finish Sydney

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

24 1 22 29 19 26 17 24 ■ 7 14 21 4 11 18 11 8 6 3 1 8 29 5 26 2

THE FINER DETAILS above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, * Prices maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up

with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra (boat cabins are multi-share only).

Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (trip only) add US$1279/add US$639 for second person twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$1159/add US$629 for second person twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). BWCSD: Start Cairns 7:00am & end Sydney 5:00pm. BWSCD: Start Sydney 7:00am & end Cairns 5:00pm.

● These departures will not stay in Contiki’s Surf Village Special Stay. ■ Spend New Year’s Eve in Noosa. For travel insurance see p.82.

YOUR CHOICE It’s your choice - travel from Sydney to Cairns. Or save up to US$90 if you travel from Cairns to Sydney.

TRY OUR RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE ON DAYS 1 & 2

CATTLE STATION SPECIAL STAY

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

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SUNSETS & SURF WHY THIS TRIP? With 12 days and destinations like the Whitsundays, Noosa, Byron & Sydney included, you know it’s gonna be special…

GREAT BARRIER REEF

WHITSUNDAYS 2

Airlie Beach

Mackay QUEENSLAND Capricorn Coast

CATTLE 1 STATION

Fraser Island

NOOSA 2 Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2 Currumbin

BYRON BAY 1

#SUNSETSANDSURF

COFFS HARBOUR 1 NEW SOUTH WALES

Port Macquarie

SYDNEY 2 1 1

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Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays 3 World Heritage sites visited

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BYRON BAY


12 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$2095 PP* US$175 P/DAY* WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 17

NIGHTS Special Stays: 1 night Surf Village, 1 night Cattle Station & 8 nights in hotels & resorts 1 night in a hostel Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a boat

INCLUDED MEALS 11 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 dinners (D) Sailing option: 11 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 6 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power & USB outlets for charging See p.82 for more

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Kayak tour of Byron Bay’s Marine Park & waves to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal) M Tandem skydive

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Visit the Blue Mountains • Sydney Harbour ferry cruise from Manly • Surf lesson in Coffs Harbour • Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

YOUR TRIP 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 rock formation. 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 rock formation 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 drive to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Sydney orientation tour including Macquarie Street, Darling Harbour & The Rocks Visit The Rocks Markets (weekends) or Paddington’s chic shopping area Ferry from Manly across the famous Sydney Harbour Climb the Harbour Bridge

• • • •

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

• •

DAY 4: Coffs Harbour to Byron Bay. Get yourself onto the waves with 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 Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse Get into Byron’s organic lifestyle, galleries, amazing food & cool night life

• • •

DAY 5: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise. From mesmerizing sunrise experience to relaxing on the beach and cooling off in the ocean, Byron Bay is full of options. Soak up the hippie vibes and feast on the adventures this town has to offer before we make our way to our next destination, Surfers Paradise. Resort (B) Stay at a resort located right by the beach

DISCOVERER

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VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS at Currumbin’s Wildlife Sanctuary. Soak up all the cuteness this place has to offer before we head back to Surfer’s. Resort (B) Nightclub entry Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals Relax on some of Australia’s famous beaches

• • •

DAY 7: Surfers Paradise to Noosa. Check out Brisbane’s sights before we make our way to the chic beach town, Noosa. Resort (B) See the Brisbane River, Royal Botanical Gardens & visit Queen Street Mall Check out the cafes & shops of Noosa

• •

DAY 8: Noosa. Today we head to Fraser Island for an incredible day trip by 4WD. Stroll along Rainbow Beach, drive through the rainforests & sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Bliss! Resort (B,L,D) Visit the largest sand island in the world Drive along Australia’s only sand highway Indulge in a delicious lunch Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club

• • • •

DAY 9: Noosa to Farmstay. Head over 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! Along the way there is an option to visit a local winery & exotic fruit orchard for a tour & tasting. (B,D) WHITSUNDAYS

 Cattle Station Special Stay

at Childers, known for its • Stop heritage & farming history out the farm & animals • Check on a hay wagon ride • Meet the station owners M Ohana Winery Experience

DAYS 10 - 11: Farmstay to The Whitsundays. Arrive in amazing Airlie Beach & the paradise of The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D)(B) Cross the Tropic of Capricorn See Rockhampton – the beef capital of Australia M Day sailing trip to famous Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent)

• •

DAYS 10-11: Sailing Whitsundays option. Want to get on the water in true Whitsundays style? You can. Choose to hit the blue waters & try your hand at sailing on our private sailing adventure, cruising some of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands including Whitehaven Beach. See p.54 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share open cabin accommodation. Boat (B,D)(B,L,D) Codes: ex Sydney: SQSWD ex W’suns: SQCWD DAY 12: The Whitsundays. The trip ends after breakfast, so it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: SQSCD 2017/18

Start Finish Sydney W’suns 2017 Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

24 1 22 29 19 26 17 24 ■ 7 14 21 4 11 18 11 8 6 3 1 8 29 5 26 2

Finish Trip Trip & Sydney only sailing US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

5 12 2 9 30 7 28 4

2155 2155 2155 2155 2259 2259 2259 2259

2355 2355 2355 2355 2459 2459 2459 2459

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

18 25 1 15 22 1 22 19 17 14 12 19 9 16 6 13

2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2259 2249 2249 2249 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215 2215

2459 2459 2459 2459 2459 2459 2459 2449 2449 2449 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415 2415

2018 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep

CODE: SQCSD 2017/18

Trip Trip & Start only sailing W’suns US$ pp* US$ pp*

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

9 16 6 13 4 11 ●

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

20 27 17 24 15 22

2095 2095 2199 2199 2199 2199

2295 2295 2399 2399 2399 2399

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

12 19 2 9 16 2 9 16 6 4 1 29 27 3 24 31 21 28

2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2199 2189 2189 2189 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155 2155

2399 2399 2399 2399 2399 2399 2399 2399 2399 2389 2389 2389 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355 2355

2018 Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

1 ● 8 ● 22 29 ● 5 ● 19 26 5 ● 26 23 21 18 16 23 ● 13 20 ● 10 17 ●

THE FINER DETAILS above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, * Prices maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up

with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra (boat cabins are multi-share only).

Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (trip only) add US$915/add US$489 for second person twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$795/add US$479 for second person 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. ■ Spend New Year’s Eve in Noosa. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.82.

Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 16-day Reefs & Rainforests trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s worldfamous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

YOUR CHOICE

DAY 6: Surfers Paradise. Get your adrenaline pumping with an optional early morning skydive. Then, get ready for some serious koala cuddling sessions

It’s your choice – travel from Sydney to The Whitsundays. Or save up to US$60 if you travel from The Whitsundays to Sydney.

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HIGH ENERGY

Do you consider yourself more of a 24-hour kind of traveler? Oh we hear you and we have just the solution – High Energy. As fast paced and fabulous as it sounds, these trips will see you living it up by day AND night, because who says the fun has to stop when the sun goes down?

Who travels High Energy? • Those who want to live Australia 24 hours a day • Those who want to see their budget go further • Those who know that sometimes the best adventures happen after dark.

Free Wifi on our coaches Contiki.com/High-Energy-Australia

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Head to contiki.com/deals for all our latest promotions and money saving shenanigans.

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7–10 DAYS


HIGH ENERGY

CITY TO SURF WHY THIS TRIP? Seven days of whirlwind East Coast adventure await you on City to Surf. Mountain ranges, koala cuddles & beachy bliss are just the beginning.

QUEENSLAND

SURFERS PARADISE 2 Currumbin

BYRON BAY 1 COFFS HARBOUR 1 Port Macquarie NEW SOUTH WALES

1 1

2 SYDNEY Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays 1 World Heritage site visited

7 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY From US$1225 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TASMAN SEA

6

8

NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 1 night Coffs Harbour Surf Village & 4 nights in hotels & resorts 1 night in a hostel

INCLUDED MEALS 6 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS See p.82 for more info on our standard inclusions.

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

BYRON BAY

US$175

P/DAY*

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 rock formation. 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 rock formation Hike at Wentworth Falls Cook your own BBQ steak

D AY 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 Visit Australia’s most easterly point & Cape Byron lighthouse M Kayak tour of the Marine Park to spot dolphins, turtles & whales (seasonal)

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 drive to Manly Beach for lunch & a swim. Hotel (B) Sydney orientation tour including Macquarie Street, Darling Harbour & The Rocks Visit The Rocks Markets (weekends) or Paddington’s chic shopping area Ferry from Manly across the famous Sydney Harbour M Climb the Harbour Bridge

DAY 5: Byron Bay to Surfers Paradise. From mesmerizing sunrise experiences to relaxing on the beach & cooling off in the ocean, Byron Bay is full of options. Soak up the hippie vibes and feast on the adventures this town has to offer before we make our way to our next destination, Surfers Paradise. Resort (B)

• • • •

• • •

DAY 3: Sydney to Coffs Harbour. It’s out of the city & into the cool surfer vibes that Oz is famous for at our Surf Village. (B, D)

 Surf Village Special Stay

top in the seaside resort town • Sof Port Macquarie • Pass the famous ‘Big Banana’

• •

DAY 6: Surfers Paradise. Get your adrenaline pumping with an optional early morning skydive. Then, get ready for some serious koala cuddling sessions at Currumbin’s Wildlife Sanctuary. Soak up all the cuteness this place has to offer before we head back to Surfer’s. Resort (B) Nightclub entry Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & see iconic Aussie animals M Locally guided 4WD national park rainforest tour

• •

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: BSSBD 2017/2018

Start Sydney

Finish Total S urfers P. Cost US$ pp*

2017 Sep Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

24 1 22 29 19 26 17 24

2018 Jan 7 Jan 14 Jan 21

Start Sydney

Finish Total Surfers P. Cost US$ pp*

2018 30 7 28 4 25 2 23 30

1225 1225 1225 1225 1289 1289 1289 1289

Jan 13 Jan 20 Jan 27

1289 1289 1289

Sep Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

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

4 11 18 11 8 6 3 1 8 29 5 26 2

Feb 10 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 17 Apr 14 May 12 Jun 9 Jul 7 Jul 14 Aug 4 Aug 11 Sep 1 Sep 8

1289 1289 1289 1289 1285 1285 1285 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265 1265

*

Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com S ingle room supplement add US$545/add US$279 for second person twin-share. Start Sydney 7:00am & end Surfers Paradise 8:00am. F or departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.82. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 16-day Reefs & Rainforests trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s worldfamous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

#CITYTOSURF

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Visit the famous Blue Mountains • Surf lesson or kayak in Coffs Harbour • Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

PP*

DAY 7: Surfers Paradise. The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to swap email addresses & say farewell to your new friends. (B) CONTIKI.COM/SURF

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THE SUN SEEKER WHY THIS TRIP? Get down on the farm, enjoy the idyllic island life, smile at the crocodiles, snorkel the Whitsundays, dive the Great Barrier Reef…and we’re just getting started. CAIRNS 2 GREAT BARRIER REEF

Townsville Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS

Mackay

QUEENSLAND

CATTLE STATION 1

Capricorn Coast

Fraser Island 1 1

10 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FRom US$1715 US$172 PP*

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

9

14

NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 1 night Langmorn Outback Cattle Station, 6 nights in hotels & resorts & 2 nights hostels. Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a boat INCLUDED MEALS 9 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 4 dinners (D) Sailing option: 9 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) INCLUSIONS See p.82 for more info on our standard inclusions. ME TIME OPTIONALS M Tandem skydive M Whitewater raft the mighty Tully River

#SUNSEEKER

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Noosa Surf Club dinner • Locally guided 4WD trip across Fraser Island with lunch & drinks FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

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Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays 3 World Heritage sites visited

P/DAY*

DAY 1: Surfers Paradise. Head into the bright lights of Surfers Paradise for a great night out! Resort

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

DAY 2: Surfers Paradise. Get your adrenaline pumping with an optional early morning skydive. Then, get ready for some serious koala cuddling sessions at Currumbin’s Wildlife Sanctuary. Resort (B) Nightclub entry M Tandem skydive

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.54 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share open cabin accommodation. Boat (B,D)(B,L,D) Codes: ex Surfers: BTSWD ex Cairns: BTCWD

DAY 3: Surfers Paradise to Noosa. Take a peek at Brisbane before we make our way to Noosa. Resort (B) See the Glasshouse Mountains

DAY 4: Noosa. Today we head to Fraser Island for an incredible day trip by 4WD. Stroll along Rainbow Beach, drive through the rainforests & sand dunes & dip in the freshwater Lake McKenzie. Bliss! Resort (B,L,D) Dine beachside at Noosa Surf Club

DAY 5: Noosa to Farmstay. Head over 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! Along the way there is an option to visit a local winery & exotic fruit orchard for a tour & tasting. (B,D) � Cattle Station Special Stay Check out the farm & animals on a hay wagon ride M Ohana Winery Experience

DAYS 6 - 7: Farmstay to The Whitsundays. Arrive in Airlie Beach & the paradise of The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D)(B) Cross the Tropic of Capricorn

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DAY 8: The Whitsundays to Cairns. Today, we’ll head to tropical North Queensland, known for its rainforests & Great Barrier Reef. Hostel (B) Pass Hinchinbrook Island

DAYS 9 - 10: Cairns. With 2 free days, experience Cairns’ best! From shopping & great nightlife to endless adrenaline activities. Then it’s time to say farewell as your trip ends at 5:00pm. Hostel (B,D)(B) M Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Lunch: Opt to snorkel, dive, or stay dry with coral viewing

YOUR CHOICE It’s your choice - travel from Surfers Paradise to Cairns. Or save up to US$60 if you travel from Cairns to Surfers Paradise.

CONTIKI.COM/SEEKER

2 NOOSA Brisbane

SURFERS PARADISE 2

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: BTSCD 2017/18

Start Finish Surfers P. Cairns

CODE: BTCSD 2017/18

Trip Trip & Start only sailing Cairns US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Sep 28 Oct 5 Oct 26 Nov 2 Nov 23 Nov 30 Dec 21 Dec 28

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Jan

7 14 4 11 2 9 30 6

1775 1775 1775 1865 1865 1865 1865 1865

1975 1975 1975 2065 2065 2065 2065 2065

2018 Jan 11 Jan 18 Jan 25 Feb 8 Feb 15 Feb 22 Mar 15 Apr 12 May 10 Jun 7 Jul 5 Jul 12 Aug 2 Aug 9 Aug 30 Sep 6

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

20 27 3 17 24 3 24 21 19 16 14 21 11 18 8 15

1865 1865 1865 1865 1865 1865 1865 1855 1855 1855 1815 1815 1815 1815 1815 1815

2065 2065 2065 2065 2065 2065 2065 2055 2055 2055 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015 2015

Finish Trip Trip & Surfers P. only sailing US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Oct 7 Oct 14 Nov 4 Nov 11 Dec 2 Dec 9 Dec 30

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

16 23 13 20 11 18 8

1715 1715 1805 1805 1805 1805 1805

1915 1915 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005

2018 Jan 6 Jan 20 Jan 27 Feb 3 Feb 17 Feb 24 Mar 3 Mar 24 Apr 21 May 19 Jun 16 Jul 14 Jul 21 Aug 11 Aug 18 Sep 8 Sep 15

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

15 29 5 12 26 5 12 2 30 28 25 23 30 20 27 17 24

1805 1805 1805 1805 1805 1805 1805 1805 1795 1795 1795 1755 1755 1755 1755 1755 1755

2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 2005 1995 1995 1995 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955 1955

above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, * Prices maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up

with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra (boat cabins are multi-share only).

Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (trip only) add US$645/add US$335 for second person twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$525/add US$325 for second person twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). BTSCD: Start Surfers Paradise 4:30pm & end Cairns 5:00pm. BTCSD: Start Cairns 7:00am & end Surfers Paradise 8:00am. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 16-day Reefs & Rainforests trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s worldfamous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

WHITEHAVEN BEACH


4 TRIPS FROM

5–11 DAYS

At risk of stating the obvious, Australia is one very big country. So if you’re not so fussed about seeing it all and would rather focus your curiosity on a few key places, here’s your answer. These trips focus on particular regions and are all about unearthing the little secrets and quirks that really make Australia extra special.

Who travels IN-DEPTH Explorer? • Those who want to get to know a particular region in detail • Those who are all about food, history, local experiences and culture • Those who want to spend less time traveling and more time exploring.

Free Wifi on our coaches Contiki.com/IN-DEPTH-EXPLORER-Australia

contiki. com/ deals

Head to contiki.com/deals for all our latest promotions and money saving shenanigans.

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ISLAND & RAINFOREST WHY THIS TRIP? Snorkel stops off idyllic white sandy beaches and zipline adventures amidst lush tropical rainforests give you the perfect combination of adrenaline & relaxation in just seven days.

#ISLANDANDRAINFOREST

CAPE TRIBULATION 1 Mossman Gorge Port Douglas

CAIRNS 3

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Townsville Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS

QUEENSLAND

1

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Places visited Nightstops 2 World Heritage sites visited

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WHITSUNDAYS


7 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$1275 PP* US$183 P/DAY* 6

8

NIGHTS 2 nights in hotels, 3 nights in hostels & 1 night in a lodge, Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a boat

INCLUDED MEALS 6 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D), Sailing option: 6 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS Trip Manager & Driver team Luxury coach with USB outlets for charging Rainforest adventure on days 6 & 7 See p.82 for more

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach & lunch M Cairns tandem skydive

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES

DAYS 1 - 2: The Whitsundays. Arrive in amazing Airlie Beach & the paradise of The Whitsundays, then meet up with your Contiki Team & new travel buddies. This place is the ultimate way to relax, so take time to chill or get into some watersports & good times. Resort (D)(B) M Sailing to Whitehaven Beach DAY 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.54 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share open cabin accommodation. Boat (B,D)(B,L,D) Codes: ex W’suns: FNSWD ex Cairns: FNCWD DAY 3: The Whitsundays to Cairns. Today, we’ll head to Tropical North Queensland known for its rainforests & as the gateway to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Tonight, there’s a chance to try some kangaroo if you’re up for it. Hostel (B,D) Check out Townsville on a city orientation

WHITEHAVEN BEACH

FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

• Aboriginal guided experience at Mossman Gorge

YOUR TRIP

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS

• Pass Hinchinbrook Island & Tully

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 spoiled with choices. If you’re up for a night out, then your Trip Manager can tell you the best spots to head to. Hostel (B)(B) M Snorkel or dive on a Great Barrier Reef cruise DAY 6: Cairns to Cape Tribulation. Get an insider’s look at ancient Aboriginal culture & maybe try the unusual flavors offered at the local ice creamery, before heading north to Cape Tribulation. Lodge (B) Aboriginal experience at Mossman Gorge.

DAY 7: Cape Tribulation to Cairns. We visit Cape Tribulation beach & then check out the mangroves on a walk with our Local Expert. This afternoon it’s back to Cairns where your trip ends at 5:00pm. (B) Visit Port Douglas Mangrove boardwalk with our Local Expert

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HOW MUCH & WHEN

RAINFOREST EXPERIENCE

CODE: FNSCD 2017/18

ON DAYS 6 & 7

Start W’suns

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.

Trip Trip & Start only sailing Cairns US$ pp* US$ pp*

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

9 16 6 13 4 11 1

1275 1275 1275 1335 1335 1335 1335

1475 1475 1475 1535 1535 1535 1535

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

8 22 29 5 19 26 5 26 23 21 18 16 23 13 20 10 17

1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1329 1329 1329 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309

1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1529 1529 1529 1509 1509 1509 1509 1509 1509

2017 Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec

3 10 31 7 28 5 26 2 16 23 30 13 20 27 20 17 15 12 10 17 7 14 4 11

Finish Trip Trip & W’suns only sailing US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017

2018 Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

CODE: FNCSD 2017/18

Finish Cairns

Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec

5 12 2 9 30 7 28

Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

11 18 8 15 6 13 3

1275 1275 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335

1475 1475 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535

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

10 24 31 7 21 28 7 28 25 23 20 18 25 15 22 12 19

1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1335 1329 1329 1329 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309 1309

1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1535 1529 1529 1529 1509 1509 1509 1509 1509 1509

2018 Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb Feb Mar Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jul Aug Aug Sep Sep

4 18 25 1 15 22 1 22 19 17 14 12 19 9 16 6 13

THE FINER DETAILS above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, * Prices maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up

with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra (boat cabins are multi-share only).

Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (trip only) add US$425/add US$215 for second person twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$305/add US$205 for second person twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only). FNSCD: Start W’suns 5:00pm & end Cairns 5:00pm. FNCSD: Start Cairns 7:00am & end W’suns 8:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.82. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 16-day Reefs & Rainforests trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s worldfamous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

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

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OUTBACK ADVENTURE WHY THIS TRIP? Ready to ‘go bush’? That’s what we thought. Welcome to 11 days of lush national parks, hot air balloon rides, thermal pool swims & yep, you guessed it, general outback adventuring.

Litchfield N.P.

1 DARWIN 2 KAKADU N.P. 1 KATHERINE Mataranka

Daly Waters NORTHERN TERRITORY

Devils Marbles Wycliffe Well

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KINGS CANYON 1 The Olgas

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Simpsons Gap

2 ULURU

2 ALICE SPRINGS

Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays 2 World Heritage sites visited

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KAKADU NATIONAL PARK


11 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$1719 PP* US$157 P/DAY* 10

14

NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 1 night Kings Creek Station Outback Bush Camp & 7 nights in hotels, 2 nights in a lodge

INCLUDED MEALS 10 breakfasts (B), 4 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS Trip Manager & Driver team Luxury coaches with USB outlets for charging See p.82 for more

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

YOUR TRIP 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 at 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. (B,D)  Outback Special Stay Hike through Kings Canyon to the ‘Lost City’ & desert oasis ‘the Garden of Eden’ Sleep under the stars in a traditional Aussie ‘swag’

• •

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 neighbor Kata Tjuta, 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)

• • •

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Alice Springs Aboriginal Dreamtime ‘Bush tucker’ tour • Swimming at Florence Falls • Uluru sunset drinks & nibbles

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS 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 (seasonal)

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DAY 9: Kakadu National Park. Explore Kakadu today – its variety of gorgeous landscapes, wildlife & arguably Australia’s KINGS CREEK STATION

best Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock will seriously impress. Hotel (B) Keep your eyes peeled for crocs on a wildlife cruise See the Aboriginal rock art Visit an Aboriginal Cultural Centre M Scenic flight over this World Heritage Listed area

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DAY 10: Kakadu to Darwin. Wave Kakadu farewell as we head to Darwin. Don’t forget to pick up a didgeridoo & meet some local Aboriginal artists before you leave. Stop off en route for a swim in the famous (& gorgeous) Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park. Hotel (B) Enjoy a swim in Florence Falls

DAY 11: Darwin. Get your bearings on a city tour of Darwin & visit East Point Military Reserve & the local museum to learn about its historical past. Then it’s time to say farewell to your travel buddies & swap email addresses. (B) Guided city tour of Darwin Visit the Darwin Museum

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HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: TEADD 2017/18

CODE: TEDAD 2017/18

Start A.Springs

Finish Darwin

Total Cost US$ pp*

Start Darwin

2017 Oct 8 Nov 5 Dec 3 Dec 31

Oct Nov Dec Jan

18 15 13 10

1765 1719 1719 1719

2017 Sep 27 Oct 25 Nov 22 Dec 20

Oct Nov Dec Dec

7 4 2 30

1765 1765 1719 1719

2018 Jan 28 Feb 25 Mar 25 Apr 22 May 20 Jun 17 Jul 15 Aug 12 Sep 9

Feb 7 Mar 7 Apr 4 May 2 May 30 Jun 27 Jul 25 Aug 22 Sep 19

1719 1719 1719 1815 1815 1815 1779 1779 1779

2018 Jan 17 Feb 14 Mar 14 Apr 11 May 9 Jun 6 Jul 4 Aug 1 Aug 29

Jan 27 Feb 24 Mar 24 Apr 21 May 19 Jun 16 Jul 14 Aug 11 Sep 8

1719 1719 1719 1815 1815 1815 1779 1779 1779

Finish Total A.Springs Cost US$ pp*

THE FINER DETAILS above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, * Prices maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra.

Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$779/add US$439 for second person twin-share. TEADD: Start A.Springs 11:30am & end Darwin 5:00pm. TEDAD: Start Darwin 7:30am & end A.Springs 9:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.82. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture - our 25-day Big Walkabout. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

DAY 4: Uluru. Don’t miss the changing colors 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. Say goodbye to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park as we head back to Alice Springs. Hotel (B) Indulge in a yummy BBQ ‘Big Brekkie’ M Overlander Steakhouse Dinner – try kangaroo, emu, crocodile & camel!

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 ‘Devils Marbles’

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YOUR CHOICE It’s your choice – travel from Alice Springs to Darwin, or from Darwin to Alice Springs.

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TROPICAL WONDER WHY THIS TRIP? Short on time but big on adventure? You can pack in white water rafting, a catamaran cruise & plenty of after dark mischief on this five-day extravaganza.

CAIRNS 2 GREAT BARRIER REEF

QUEENSLAND

1

5 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FROM US$819 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

4

NIGHTS 2 nights hotel & resort, & 2 nights hostel accommodation Sailing option: substitute 2 nights in resort with 2 nights on a boat

6

INCLUDED MEALS 4 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) Sailing option: 4 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS See p.82 for more info on our standard inclusions.

PP*

US$164

DAY 1: Cairns. Meet up with your Contiki Team & travel buddies, then take the option to head straight out to the Great Barrier Reef or explore Cairns! Hostel 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 like. Shopping, nightlife & endless adrenalin activities like bungy, rafting and skydiving. Tonight is you chance to try Kangaroo for dinner. Hostel (B,D) M Bungy jumping M Whitewater rafting DAY 3: Cairns to The Whitsundays. Arrive in amazing Airlie Beach & the paradise of The Whitsundays. Resort (B,D) Pass Hinchinbrook Island – Australia’s largest island national park Check out Townsville on a city orientation

• •

Townsville Airlie Beach

2 WHITSUNDAYS

Places visited Nightstops 2 World Heritage sites visited

P/DAY*

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN

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.54 for more info & the price panel for costs. Multi-share open cabin accommodation. Boat (B,D)(B,L,D) Code: NWCWD DAY 4: The Whitsundays. This place is the ultimate way to relax, so take time to chill & get into some good times. Resort (B) M Sailing trip to Whitehaven Beach & lunch (weather dependent) DAY 5: The Whitsundays. The trip ends after breakfast & it’s time to say farewell to your new friends. (B)

CODE: NWCSD 2017/18

Start Cairns

Finish Trip Trip & Start W’suns only sailing Cairns US$ pp* US$ pp*

2017 Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec

7 14 4 11 2 9 30

2018 Oct Oct Nov Nov Dec Dec Jan

11 18 8 15 6 13 3

819 819 859 859 859 859 859

1019 1019 1059 1059 1059 1059 1059

Jan Jan Jan Feb

10 24 31 7

859 859 859 859

1059 1059 1059 1059

2018 Jan Jan Jan Feb

6 20 27 3

Finish Trip Trip & W’suns only sailing US$ pp* US$ pp*

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

17 24 3 24 21 19 16 14 21 11 18 8 15

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

21 28 7 28 25 23 20 18 25 15 22 12 19

859 859 859 859 855 855 855 845 845 845 845 845 845

1059 1059 1059 1059 1055 1055 1055 1045 1045 1045 1045 1045 1045

Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, * maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra (boat cabins are multi-share only).

Prices above are land only & do not include international airfare. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com

#TROPICALWONDER

Single room supplement (trip only) add US$305/add US$155 for second person twin-share. Single room supplement (trip + sailing) add US$185/add US$145 for second person twin-share. (Boat cabins multi-share only).

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Whitewater rafting in Cairns M Bungy jump in Cairns

Start Cairns 7:00am & end Whitsundays 8:00am. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.82. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 16-day Reefs & Rainforests trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

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IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

ROCK & RED WHY THIS TRIP? Looking for a taste of “real” Australia? How about an emu dinner, Aboriginal art, sleeping in a ‘swag’ & champagne sipping while the sun sets behind Uluru?

NORTHERN TERRITORY

KINGS CANYON 1 The Olgas

1 1

2

Simpsons Gap

ULURU

2 ALICE SPRINGS

Places visited Nightstops 1 or more nights at Special Stays 1 World Heritage site visited

6 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FROM US$995 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

5

7

NIGHTS Unique Special Stay: 1 night Kings Creek Station Outback Bush Camp 2 nights in hotels 2 nights in a lodge INCLUDED MEALS 5 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) INCLUSIONS See p.82 for more info on our standard inclusions.

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Helicopter flight over Uluru & Kata Tjuta

FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

ULURU

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

• • • •

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. (B,D)  Outback Special Stay Sleep under the stars in a traditional Aussie ‘swag’ M Quad-bike adventure

P/DAY*

up for it, take a walk around ‘The Rock’ for some close up angles & hear stories of this amazing area & its Aboriginal rock art. Tonight, toast the trip & catch a legendary Uluru sunset while sipping a glass of bubbly. Lodge (B) Visit the Uluru Cultural Centre See Uluru at sunrise Drink a toast to Uluru at sunset M Scenic helicopter flight

• • •

DAY 5: Uluru to Alice Springs. Say farewell to Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park as we head back to Alice Springs. Hotel (B) Indulge in a yummy BBQ ‘Big Brekkie’

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

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 neighbor – Kata Tjuta. 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)

• • •

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: AEDAD 2017/18

CODE: AEADD 2017/18

Start A.Springs

Start A.Springs

Finish Total A.Springs Cost US$ pp*

Finish Total A.Springs Cost US$ pp*

2017 Oct 2 Oct 30 Nov 27 Dec 25

Oct Nov Dec Dec

7 4 2 30

1019 1019 995 995

2017 Oct 8 Nov 5 Dec 3 Dec 31

Oct Nov Dec Jan

13 10 8 5

1019 995 995 995

2018 Jan 22 Feb 19 Mar 19 Apr 16 May 14 Jun 11 Jul 9 Aug 6 Sep 3

Jan 27 Feb 24 Mar 24 Apr 21 May 19 Jun 16 Jul 14 Aug 11 Sep 8

995 995 995 1065 1065 1065 1045 1045 1045

2018 Jan 28 Feb 25 Mar 25 Apr 22 May 20 Jun 17 Jul 15 Aug 12 Sep 9

Feb 2 Mar 2 Mar 30 Apr 27 May 25 Jun 22 Jul 20 Aug 17 Sep 14

995 995 995 1065 1065 1065 1045 1045 1045

Prices above are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, * maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra (boat cabins are multi-share only).

Prices above are land only & do not include international airfare. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$385/add US$219 twin-share. AEDAD: Start A.Springs 1:30pm & end A.Springs 9:00am. AEADD: Start A.Springs 11:30am & end A.Springs 5:00pm. ● This trip starts in Alice Springs on New Year’s Eve. For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.82. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 11-day Outback Adventure & our 25-day Big Walkabout. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

DAY 4: Uluru. Don’t miss the changing colors of an Uluru sunrise, then if you’re CONTIKI.COM/ROCK

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NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Alice Springs Aboriginal Dreamtime ‘Bushtucker’ tour • Alice Springs Reptile Centre experience • Uluru sunset drinks & nibbles

US$166

PP*


SHORT TRIPS & FESTIVALS

When life gives you lemons, chuck those lemons in a cocktail and go party some place wonderful. Our Short Trips & Festivals are all about celebrating just how fun life can be, so whether that’s partying at Splendour in the Grass festival in Byron Bay or dancing under the Sydney NYE fireworks, come party with us.

Who travels Short trips & Festivals? • Those who want to ring in the New Year some place extraordinary • Those who want to dance till dawn at one of Australia’s best festivals • Those who like to celebrate the special moments in life.

Free Wifi on our coaches Contiki.com/SHORT-TRIPS-FESTIVALS-AUSTRALIA

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3–4 DAYS


SHORT TRIP

SYDNEY NEW YEAR WHY THIS TRIP? Explore one of the best cities on Earth, before partying in the New Year in style on board a Sydney Harbour boat cruise.

4 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 3

NIGHTS 3 nights multi-share centrally located hotel accommodation

4

INCLUDED MEALS 3 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)

INCLUSIONS See p.82 for more info on our standard inclusions.

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS

DAY 1: Sydney. This afternoon check in to the hotel. Later, meet up with your Trip Manager & group and get to know your new travel buddies over a drink & dinner. Hotel (D) AY 2: Sydney. With sightseeing this D 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 canapés, dinner, alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks & there’s even an

on-board DJ so you can dance the night away! Hotel (B)

D AY 3: Sydney. 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)

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: SNYED 2017/18 Start Sydney

Finish Sydney

Total Cost

2017 Dec 30

Jan 2

Speak to your Contiki Representative for up to date pricing

Prices are based on multi-share (mostly quad-share, maximum six-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with samesex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room for a little extra. Prices are land only & will not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Trip starts at 5:00pm, check in from 3:00pm. limb Sydney’s most famous icon, the Sydney Harbour Bridge C (essential to pre-book at bridgeclimb.com)

BONDI BEACH

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Harbour cruise to experience the world-famous Sydney fireworks

SYDNEY

#SYDNEYNYE

FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

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FRIDAY 21, SATURDAY 22 & SUNDAY JULY 23, 2017 Music lovers! Join us in beautiful Byron Bay for the 17th Annual Splendour in the Grass festival – always a hot ticket and the easiest way to warm up your winter!

Don’t miss Australia’s hottest annual music and arts festival, Splendour in the Grass! With its unique atmosphere and unparalleled line-up of international and local artists, it’s an experience second to none on the Australian festival circuit. Contiki will have you sorted with accommodation and Splendour in the Grass event tickets. All you need is a festive attitude and be ready for some good times with an amazing crew. Contiki.com/splendour

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SAILING & CRUISE

+ Dive

Underwater worlds don’t come much better than in the warm, colorful waters of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. If you’re more of a sunbatheon-deck-and-occassional-snorkeler kind of traveler, our Sailing trips around the Whitsundays will check off all your boxes. But if you’re more about getting in and among it, treat yourself to a PADI learn to dive course and get eye level with the fishies.

Who travels Sailing & CRUISE? • Those with a sense of adventure who want a true sailing experience • Those who like to sleep to the sound of the waves • Those who love the feel of salt on their skin and the wind in their hair • Those looking to learn a new skill and have a great time doing it.

Contiki.com/sailing-australia

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WHITSUNDAYS SAILING ADVENTURE

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 2

NIGHTS MULTI-SHARE ACCOMMODATION (no single or twin-share)

5

INCLUDED MEALS 2 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 2 dinners (D)

SEE THE WHITSUNDAYS ON OUR OWN PRIVATE YACHT! IF YOU’RE THE ADVENTUROUS TYPE THEN THIS SAILING OPTION IS A GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO SPENDING 2 NIGHTS AT A HOTEL, 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 on converted racing sailing boats 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. While these are not luxury yachts, sleeping in an open cabin like real sailors do is all part of the adventure. The highlight will definitely be a visit to Whitehaven Beach (weather dependent). The trip returns to Airlie Beach on the final morning. Visit contiki.com/sailingwhitsundays

INCLUSIONS Dedicated & professional on-board crew Snorkeling equipment

#CONTIKIAUSTRALIA

AVAILABLE ON THESE TRIPS The Big Walkabout (p.32) Beaches & Reefs (p.34) Reefs & Rainforests (p.36) Sunsets & Surf (p.38) The Sun Seeker (p.42) Island & Rainforest (p.44) Tropical Wonder (p.48)

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This 5-day course takes you to 9 of the Great Barrier Reef’s best dive sites. It 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 on board a premium dive vessel. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in 9 dives at a variety of the 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: Package is open age, unescorted & operated by a third-party. You will need to contact 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 or over within 24 hours of your last dive (approx. 12 noon). An Australian diving medical certificate may be needed (own expense). Prior to commencing your Learn to Dive Course you are required to complete the self-assessment Entry Level Student Dive Medical Declaration & bring with you on day 1.

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This 3-day live aboard dive & snorkeling 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. It’s off to the boat & out to the Great Barrier Reef to start your adventure. The sites you’ll visit have been selected for their quality of coral, marine life & great visibility. Boat (L,D) DAY 2: Dive boat. Today you explore this World Heritage listed underwater playground, and relax & enjoy yourself diving & snorkeling. Boat (B,L,D)

DAY 3: Dive boat. There’s more diving or snorkeling in different areas of the reef today & later, return to Cairns in the late afternoon & transfer to your hotel. (B,L)

Important Info: Package is open age & operated by a third-party. You must hold a minimum of an ‘open water dive’ certificate to take this trip. 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 noon). A 3-day snorkeling package is also available at a cost of US$595 – see contiki.com/snorkel.

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A L A N D If life is an adventure, then New Zealand is Utopia. This little country may be on the edge of the world, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm, attitude and outstanding natural beauty. After all, this is the land of Hobbits, the All Blacks, AJ Hackett, Marlborough wines, delicious traditional ‘Hāngi’ dinners and landscapes so vast and beautiful they will quite literally take your breath away. People come to New Zealand with an open mind and leave with a very full heart. We challenge you to feel any different.

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We get it, you get it, we all know it makes sense; no two travelers are the same, so how do you make it work? More choice of course. Traveling New Zealand with us will see you picking from 4 different travel styles – whatever you want, we’ve got it.

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HOW TO travel with

NO REGRETS

Shotover Jet, Queenstown

Traditional Maori Hangi & cultural performance, Roturua

Hands in the air, as you’re in for the ride of your life. Reaching speeds of 52mph, the exhilarating Shotover Jet will take you through the narrow Shotover Canyons in NZ’s adventure capital, Queenstown.

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Give a little something back while in NZ with a visit to the Rainbow Springs Kiwi Breeding Programme in Rotorua. See the iconic endangered kiwi chicks as they’re raised and protected in this amazing conservation center.


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Visit the Speight Brewery, Dunedin

Love a hipster craft ale? So do the Kiwis and so do we. Crowned ‘the pride of the south’, a visit to the Speight’s Brewery in Dunedin will see you learn about the brewing process, with plenty of tasters thrown in for good measure.

See p.82 for our Instagram image contributors.

Hit the slopes of the Southern Alps with our included 4-day ski pass. So what makes skiing in Queenstown so unique? Without doubt the backdrop – lakes, rivers, lush greens, golden plains, dense forest and blue ocean as far as the eye can see.

Visit Hobbiton Village

Lord of the Rings super fans listen up! We have the ultimate NZ experience for you, visit the iconic rolling hills and lush green pastures of Hobbiton and live out all of your Middle-earth fantasies.

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giving you more

Me time

No one gives you more freedom and flexibility than us, with options to take your trip from memorable to legendary.

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obody can do NZ like you, not even us. That’s why every single one of our trips has built-in ME Time, to allow you to explore the Land of the Long White Cloud the way only you can. ME Time is made up of two parts; free time and our delectable suite of ME Time Optionals. So how do you spend your free time? Well that’s entirely up to you. Maybe you’ll spend an afternoon snoozing by a gorgeous glacier fed lake, or perhaps you’d prefer to hit the streets of Auckland in search of the ultimate coffee. And for those times when you want to ramp up the adventure/food/cultural dial, we’ve got our ME Time Optionals, which get just a little bit more special in NZ. How? Well you know that comfort zone you’ve been living in? Prepare to see it officially stretched beyond belief with our choice of skydiving, canyon swinging, horse riding or quad biking. Want things a little more sedate? How does dolphin spotting, fishing on Lake Taupo or cruising on the blissful Milford Sound take your fancy? Offered at the best prices with the transportation to get you there and back included, our Optionals add that extra bit of sparkle to your trip.

Get your adrenaline hit rolling down the hills inside a OGO in Roturua Explore the Franz Josef Glacier all year round

Mountain bike along the historic & stunning landscape of the Old Coach Rd, Ohakune

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

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Take a boat cruise on the World Heritage listed Milford Sound

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Production Manager Rachel Storey gives us her insider tips on how best to explore the exquisite Bay of Islands on the North Island.

Dolphin Spotting Offered as a ME Time Optional activity, this is an absolute must-do if you love nature, animals, hanging out on boats, or basically just want one beautiful day to remember. What do you get? Well, in a nutshell, a catamaran cruise, stopovers on gorgeous untouched beaches where you can wander to your hearts content, lots of snorkeling and, oh yeah, the chance to spot wild dolphins doing their thing.

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Jump the original AJ Hackett bungy in Queenstown

Sunset Perfection Paihia is one of my favorite places on the North Island. Brimming with ancient stories and fascinating Maori culture (this is, after all, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed), the picturesque beauty of this place goes into overdrive come sunset, when the setting sun dances off the lighthouse and illuminates the surrounding water. Sitting on the beach eating fish ‘n’ chips, it’s a real pinch yourself moment.

Visits to “Romantic Russell” Romantic by name, romantic by nature, Russell is a ferry ride from Paihia and is a hustling little town full of cute cafés, restaurants and art galleries. Take a perch on the waterfront at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel, order a glass of sauvignon blanc and the grilled New Zealand calamari and just watch the world go by. Check out for more of our insider tips contiki.com/sixtwo @rachelstorey

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DISCOVERER

Want to get a feel for both islands and cover as much ground as possible? Sounds to us like you’re a text book Discoverer. These trips are all about seeing and doing as much as is physically possible in the time you’ve got, whether that’s hiking the Franz Josef Glacier or swinging by Hobbiton for a cup of tea.

Who travels discoverer? • Those who want to see it all and do it all on both islands, with a mix of iconic sights and unique experiences • Those who want the perfect balance of organized sightseeing and independent adventuring • Those who want to make the most of the time they have.

Free Wifi IN ALL HOTELS Contiki.com/discoverer-New-Zealand

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WHY THIS TRIP? Inspirational & then some, this trip will show you exactly what makes NZ tick. Hike the Franz Josef Glacier, cruise Milford Sound, get all LOTR super fan in Hobbiton.

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NIGHTS 10 nights in hotels, 7 nights in lodges, 1 night in a Special Stopover

INCLUDED MEALS 18 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging See p.82 for more

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Race down a hill inside an OGO ball M Fishing trip on Lake Taupo M AJ Hackett bungy jump in Queenstown M Cruise stunning Milford Sound

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DAY 2: Paihia. Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, or get into the water sports. Hotel (B) M ‘Ninety Mile Beach’ tour with offroading & sand dune ‘surfing’ DAY 3: Paihia to Auckland. Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city sights & hit up some of the city’s best spots to eat & party too. Hotel (B) Auckland city tour

DAY 4: Auckland to Rotorua. We leave Auckland this morning & make a stop at Hobbiton, the village created for the Lord of the Rings movies. After the “Shire”, we head to Rotorua where later a Maori cultural experience will be a night to remember. Hotel (B,D) Visit traditional Maori village for cultural performance & hangi dinner Visit Hobbiton

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DAY 5: Rotorua. Take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) M Mount Tarawera Volcano Crater Walk M Whitewater rafting the Kaituna River DAY 6: Rotorua to Lake Taupo. Rotorua’s been grand! But there’s plenty more to see & do, first we stop by a kiwi enclosure to learn about & see the NZ national bird before it’s on to 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 Visit the National Kiwi Trust

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DAYS 6 - 7: Ski Mount Ruapehu option. Make the most of Mount Ruapehu’s great snow fields with an extra day to explore in between July & September. This tranquil town is a place of unparalleled & exciting experiences, such as your heritagelisted ‘home’ for the night. (B)(B,D)

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YOUR TRIP DAY 1: Auckland to Paihia. Welcome to the Land of the Long White Cloud. We start off crossing Auckland’s Harbour Bridge admiring the ‘City of Sails’ harbour, before starting our journey north to Paihia where you will have a dose of Kiwi history, on a guided tour at Waitangi Treaty Grounds & Treaty Museum. 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 Guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds & entry to Waitangi Museum M Tandem parasailing

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VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS DAY 7: Lake Taupo to Mount Ruapehu. Known as the aprés-ski capital of the North Island, Ohakune is a combination of a tranquil town & stupendous landscapes. Go on a mountain bike ride to fully grasp the beauty of the scenery & in the night relax at the base of Mt. Ruapehu at a 100 year old heritage listed building - now a modern ski lodge. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover M Mountain bike the Old Coach Road trail DAY 8: Mount Ruapehu to Wellington. Check out the awesome landscapes en route to the windy capital, Wellington. This evening after an optional dinner in the heart of the city on Courtney Place, we’ll show you the sights & nightlife around this arty city with it’s cool vibe. Hotel (B) Orientation tour of Wellington M Wellington dining experience

DAY 9: Wellington. Treat yourselves to some shopping along Lambton Quay or have a (free) nose around Te Papa National Museum. Later on, you can enjoy some amazing street performers on Cuba Street. 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) Christchurch City Tour Cruise Cook Strait & the scenic Marlborough & Queen Charlotte Sounds

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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) Scenic drive across the Southern Alps Native greenstone demonstration & carving Stop at Arthur’s Pass

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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 Helicopter Flight & Glacier Hike DAY 13: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown. Today we head through Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls. Visit lakeside Wanaka & stop at Kawarau Bridge home to the world’s first commercial bungy, then on to Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. Hotel (B) Stop at Bungy Bridge

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 favorite nightstop. Lodge (B)

Ride the iconic Shotover Jet M Day trip & cruise to Milford Sound

DAYS 15 - 16: Queenstown. From bungy jumps, canyon swings & gondolas, there’s no shortage of things to do & the choice is all yours. Lodge (B)(B,D) M Tandem skydive M Walter Peak horse trek DAY 17: Queenstown to Dunedin. Today we visit Arrowtown before we head off to the ‘student city’ Dunedin, where we’ll try the famous beer on a guided tour of Speight’s Brewery. Hotel (B) Speight’s Brewery tour

DAY 18: Dunedin to Lake Ohau. See the world’s steepest street, then it’s on to 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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at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (trip only) add US$1055/add US$565 twin-share. NGZAD: Start Auckland 8:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. NGZCD: Start Christchurch 8:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm. ● These trips will stay 2 nights in Mt Ruapehu instead of Lake Taupo

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STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter 17-day version of The Big Tiki that starts or ends in Queenstown. • For 17-day price, deduct up to US$240 from price in the price box • 17-day trip starts or ends at Tanoa Aspen Hotel, Queenstown • Code: NDZAD (ex: Auckland) Start 8:00am/End 10:00am • Code: NDZCD (ex: Queenstown) Start 6:00pm/End 3:00pm • Single room supp: US$965 • Twin room supp: US$519

MILFORD SOUND 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.75 for more.

YOUR CHOICE It’s your choice – travel from Auckland to Christchurch. Or save up to US$80 £60 if you if you travel travel from from Christchurch to Auckland.

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WHY THIS TRIP? Is 16 days enough time to get a taste of ‘real’ NZ? You betcha. Leave no stone unturned & no bungy unjumped as you explore both islands.

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INCLUDED MEALS 15 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging See p.82 for more

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Cruise stunning Milford Sound M Bungy jumping, Queenstown M Helicopter Flight & Glacier Hike M Glacier Kayak Tour

YOUR TRIP DAY 1: Auckland to Rotorua. Welcome to the Land of the Long White Cloud. We leave Auckland this morning & make a stop at Hobbiton, the village created for the Lord of the Rings movies. After the “Shire”, we head to Rotorua where later a Maori cultural experience will be a night to remember. Hotel (D) Visit Hobbiton Visit Maori village, Cultural performance & Hangi dinner See Rotorua’s geothermal mud pools

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DAY 2: Rotorua. Take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) M Race down a hill inside a transparent OGO ball DAY 3: Rotorua to Lake Taupo. Rotorua’s been grand! But there’s plenty more to see & do, first we stop by a kiwi enclosure to learn about & see the national bird before it’s on to 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 Taupo’s Huka Falls Visit Kiwi Enclosure

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VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS 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 Christchurch City Tour

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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) 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 Helicopter Flight & Glacier Hike M Glacier Kayak Tour DAY 10: Franz Josef Glacier to Queenstown. Today we head through Haast Pass & Thunder Creek Falls. Visit lakeside Wanaka & stop at Kawarau Bridge home to the world’s first commercial bungy, then on to Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. Lodge (B) 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 favorite nightstop. Lodge (B) M Day trip & cruise to Milford Sound Ride the iconic Shotover Jet

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DAYS 12 - 13: Queenstown. From bungy jumps, canyon swings & gondolas, there’s no shortage of things to do & the choice is all yours. Lodge (B)(B,D) M Bungy jumping DAY 14: Queenstown to Dunedin. Today we visit Arrowtown before we head off to the ‘student city’ Dunedin, where we’ll try the famous beer on a guided tour of Speight’s Brewery. Hotel (B) Speight’s Brewery tour

DAY 15: Dunedin to Lake Ohau. See the world’s steepest street, then it’s on to 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 trip 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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HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: NPZAD 2017/18

CODE: NPZCD 2017/18

Start Auckland

Start C’church

2017 Oct 5 Oct 13 Oct 21 Oct 29 Nov 6 Nov 14 Nov 22 Nov 30 Dec 8 Dec 12 Dec 16 Dec 20 Dec 24 Dec 28 2018 Jan 1 Jan 5 Jan 9 Jan 13 Jan 17 Jan 21 Jan 25 Jan 29 Feb 2 Feb 6 Feb 10 Feb 18 Feb 26 Mar 6 Mar 14 Mar 22 Apr 7 Apr 23 May 1 May 9 May 25 Jun 10 Jun 26 Jul 4 Jul 12 Jul 20 Jul 28 Aug 5 Aug 13 Aug 21 Aug 29 Sep 6 Sep 14 Sep 22 Sep 30

Finish Total C’church Cost US$ pp* 20 28 5 13 21 29 7 15 23 27 31 4 8 12

2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609

Jan 16 Jan 20 Jan 24 Jan 28 Feb 1 Feb 5 Feb 9 Feb 13 Feb 17 Feb 21 Feb 25 Mar 5 Mar 13 Mar 21 Mar 29 Apr 6 Apr 22 May 8 May 16 May 24 Jun 9 Jun 25 Jul 11 Jul 19 Jul 27 Aug 4 Aug 12 Aug 20 Aug 28 Sep 5 Sep 13 Sep 21 Sep 29 Oct 7 Oct 15

2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2609 2575 2575 2575 2575 2575 2575 2575 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549

Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan

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2017 Oct 2 Oct 10 Oct 18 Oct 26 Nov 3 Nov 11 Nov 19 Nov 27 Dec 5 Dec 9 Dec 13 Dec 17 Dec 21 Dec 25 Dec 29 2018 Jan 2 Jan 6 Jan 10 Jan 14 Jan 18 Jan 22 Jan 26 Jan 30 Feb 3 Feb 7 Feb 15 Feb 23 Mar 3 Mar 11 Mar 19 Apr 4 Apr 20 Apr 28 May 6 May 22 Jun 7 Jun 23 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 17 Jul 25 Aug 2 Aug 10 Aug 18 Aug 26 Sep 3 Sep 11 Sep 19 Sep 27

Finish Total Auckland Cost US$ pp* 17 25 2 10 18 26 4 12 20 24 28 1 5 9 13

2489 2489 2489 2489 2489 2489 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2569 2569 2569

Jan 17 Jan 21 Jan 25 Jan 29 Feb 2 Feb 6 Feb 10 Feb 14 Feb 18 Feb 22 Mar 2 Mar 10 Mar 18 Mar 26 Apr 3 Apr 19 May 5 May 13 May 21 Jun 6 Jun 22 Jul 8 Jul 16 Jul 24 Aug 1 Aug 9 Aug 17 Aug 25 Sep 2 Sep 10 Sep 18 Sep 26 Oct 4 Oct 12

2569 2569 2569 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2549 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2515 2489 2489 2489 2489 2489 2489 2489 2489 2489 2489 2489 2489

Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan Jan Jan

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THE FINER DETAILS above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share). * Prices If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex

KIWIANA PANORAMA START/END QUEENSTOWN – 14 DAYS FROM

US$2249 PP* US$161P/DAY*

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STUCK FOR TIME? We’ve got a shorter 14-day Kiwiana Panorama trip that starts or ends in Queenstown. • For 14-day price, deduct up to US$240 from price in the price box • 14-day trip starts or ends at the Hotel in Queenstown • Code: NBZAD (ex: Auckland) Start 8:00am/End 10:00am • Code: NBZCD (ex: Queenstown) Start 6:00pm/End 3:00pm • Single room supp: US$785 • Twin room supp: US$425

roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (trip only) add US$875/add US$469 twin-share. NPZAD: Start Auckland 8:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. NPZCD: Start Christchurch 8:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm. ● This trip will stay 2 nights in Mt Ruapehu instead of Lake Taupo Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture - our 19-day The Big Tiki. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a hoard of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

MILFORD SOUND 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.75 for more.

YOUR CHOICE It’s your choice – travel from Auckland to Christchurch. Or save up to US$60 if you travel from Christchurch to Auckland.

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3 TRIPS FROM

6–10 DAYS

Want to concentrate more on one island and really get to know what makes it tick? That’s what In-Depth Explorer is all about. These trips spend longer in each destination so you can truly immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of a place. Plus, more time in each destination = more time for eating and we all know the quickest route to a country’s heart is through its food.

Who travels in-depth explorer? • Those who want to get to know a particular island in detail • Those who are all about food, history, local experiences and culture • Those who want to spend less time traveling and more time exploring.

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& N E WO V E D IM P RE R A RY IT IN

PAIHIA 2 Parry Kauri Park

AUCKLAND 1

WHY THIS TRIP? With over 15 optional activities to choose from & a tasty banquet of No Regrets Experiences, this six-day jaunt is the perfect blend of action & relaxation.

TASMAN SEA

Hobbiton

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6 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FRom US$975 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 5

NIGHTS 5 nights in hotels

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INCLUDED MEALS 5 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) INCLUSIONS See p.82 for more info on our standard inclusions. ME TIME OPTIONALS M Catamaran sailing, swimming & snorkeling with lunch M Skyline gondola & luge rides

FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

ROTORUA

US$163

DAY 1: Auckland to Paihia . Welcome to the Land of the Long White Cloud. We start off crossing Auckland’s Harbour Bridge admiring the ‘City of Sails’ harbour, before starting our journey north to Paihia where you will have a dose of Kiwi history, on a guided tour at Waitangi Treaty Grounds & Treaty Museum. Hotel (D) See the iconic Sky Tower & harbour, made famous by the America’s Cup Guided Tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds & entry to Waitangi Museum Explore NZ’s native bush at Parry Kauri Park See Kawakawa’s famous Hundertwasser toilets

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D AY 5: Rotorua . Take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) M Race down a hill inside an OGO ball DAY 6: Rotorua to Auckland. Today you’ll take a transfer back to Auckland, so it’s time to swap email addresses as your trip ends on arrival. (B) Please note: The transfer from Rotorua to Auckland is not operated by Contiki, but a third party operator.

HOBBITON VILLAGE

DAY 2: Paihia . Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, or get into the water sports. Hotel (B) M ‘Ninety Mile Beach’ tour with offroading & sand dune ‘surfing’ DAY 3: Paihia to Auckland. Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city sights & hit up some of the city’s best spots to eat & party too. Hotel (B) Auckland city tour

DAY 4: Auckland to Rotorua . On route to Rotorua, we make a stop at the Hobbiton, the village created for the Lord of the Rings movies. After the “Shire”, a Maori cultural experience will be a night to remember. Hotel (B, D) Visit traditional Maori village for cultural performance & hāngi dinner Visit Hobbiton

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NORTH ISLAND

Places visited Nightstops

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: NRZAD 2017/18

Start uckland A 2017 Oct 2 Oct 10 Oct 18 Oct 26 Nov 3 Nov 11 Nov 19 Nov 27 Dec 5 Dec 9 Dec 13 Dec 17 Dec 21 Dec 25 Dec 29 2018 Jan 2 Jan 6 Jan 10 Jan 14 Jan 18 Jan 22 Jan 26 Jan 30 Feb 3

Finish Total uckland Cost A US$ pp* Oct Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan

7 15 23 31 8 16 24 2 10 14 18 22 26 30 3

975 975 975 975 975 975 995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995

Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Jan Feb Feb

7 11 15 19 23 27 31 4 8

995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995 995

Start Auckland 2018 Feb 7 Feb 15 Feb 23 Mar 3 Mar 11 Mar 19 Apr 4 Apr 20 Apr 28 May 6 May 22 Jun 7 Jun 23 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 17 Jul 25 Aug 2 Aug 10 Aug 18 Aug 26 Sep 3 Sep 11 Sep 19 Sep 27

Finish Total Auckland Cost US$ pp* Feb 12 Feb 20 Feb 28 Mar 8 Mar 16 Mar 24 Apr 9 Apr 25 May 3 May 11 May 27 Jun 12 Jun 28 Jul 6 Jul 14 Jul 22 Jul 30 Aug 7 Aug 15 Aug 23 Aug 31 Sep 8 Sep 16 Sep 24 Oct 2

995 995 995 995 995 995 985 985 985 985 985 985 985 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975 975

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Prices above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$315/add US$169 twin-share. Start Auckland 8:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm. F or departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.82. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 19-day The Big Tiki. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

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#SUNANDSTEAM

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Waitangi Grounds guided tour • Visit Hobbiton Village from The Lord of the Rings • Visit traditional Maori village for cultural performance & Hangi dinner

PP*

2 ROTORUA


NORTHERN ‘CHOICE’ & N E WO V E D IM P RE R A RY IT IN

WHY THIS TRIP? With a traditional Maori Hangi happening one minute, then skyscrapers & city nightlife the next, these 10 days of North Island fun promise to be nothing short of spectacular.

PAIHIA 2 Parry Kauri Park

AUCKLAND 1 TASMAN SEA

Hobbiton Huka Falls

TAUPO 1

2 ROTORUA NORTH ISLAND

1 MT. RUAPEHU

COOK STRAIT

#NORTHERNCHOICE

Picton

2 WELLINGTON

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Kaikoura

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SOUTH ISLAND

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Christchurch Places visited Nightstops Optional start/end city Special Stopover night

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WHANGAREI FALLS


10 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$1555 PP* US$156 P/DAY* 9

12

NIGHTS 8 nights in hotels 1 night in a Special Stopover

INCLUDED MEALS 9 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging See p.82 for more

ME TIME OPTIONALS M OGO ball racing M Catamaran sailing, swimming & snorkeling with lunch M Mt. Tarawera Volcano Crater Walk

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES

• Waitangi Grounds Guided Tour • Kiwiana fish ‘n’ chips dinner • Visit traditional Maori village for

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DAY 2: Paihia. Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, or check out the water sports. Hotel (B) M Catamaran sailing, swimming & snorkeling with lunch DAY 3: Paihia to Auckland. Feeling salty and sun-kissed we wave goodbye to Paihia & sashay our way back down NZ in the direction of Auckland. Discover more of this vibrant city and with a free night head out to explore Auckland’s nightlife. Hotel (B) Auckland city tour

DAY 4: Auckland to Rotorua. On route to Rotorua, we make a stop at Hobbiton, the village created for the Lord of the Rings movies. After the “Shire”, a Maori cultural experience will be a night to remember. Hotel (B,D) Visit Hobbiton Visit Maori village & Cultural performance See Rotorua’s geothermal mud pools

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DAY 5: Rotorua. Take advantage of the city’s awesome thermal environment & treat yourself to a spa or treatment. Hotel (B) M Mount Tarawera Volcano Crater Walk M Whitewater rafting the Kaituna River DAY 6: Rotorua to Lake Taupo. Rotorua’s been grand! But there’s plenty more to see & do, first we stop by a kiwi enclosure to learn about & see the national bird before it’s on to 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 Taupo’s Huka Falls

DAYS 6 - 7: Ski Mount Ruapehu option. Make the most of Mount Ruapehu’s great snow fields with an extra day to explore in between July & September. This tranquil town is a place of unparalleled & exciting experiences, such as your heritagelisted ‘home’ for the night. (B)(B,D)

FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

cultural performance & Hangi dinner • Visit Hobbiton

YOUR TRIP DAY 1: Auckland to Paihia. Welcome to the Land of the Long White Cloud. We start off crossing Auckland’s Harbour Bridge admiring the ‘City of Sails’ harbour, before starting our journey north to Paihia where you will have a dose of Kiwi history, on a guided tour at Waitangi Treaty Grounds & Treaty Museum. 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 Guided tour of Waitangi Treaty Grounds & Treaty Museum

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

VISIT CONTIKI.COM/DEALS DAY 7: Lake Taupo to Mount Ruapehu. Known as the après-ski capital of the North Island, Ohakune is a combination of a tranquil town & stupendous landscapes. Go on a mountain bike ride to fully grasp the beauty of the scenery & in the night relax at the base of Mt. Ruapehu at a 100-year old heritage listed building – now a modern ski lodge. (B,D)  Contiki Special Stopover M Mountain bike ride of Old Coach Road trail DAY 8: Mount Ruapehu to Wellington. Check out the awesome landscapes en route to the windy capital, Wellington, where we’ll show you the sights around this arty city. Hotel (B) Drive along the Kapiti Coast Orientation tour of Wellington

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DAY 9: Wellington. Treat yourselves to some shopping along Lambton Quay or have a (free) nose around Te Papa National Museum. Later on, you can enjoy some amazing street performers on Cuba Street. 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 BAY OF ISLANDS

English city of Christchurch where your trip ends on arrival. (B) Cruise Cook Strait & the scenic Marlborough & Queen Charlotte Sounds

NORTHERN CHOICE START/END WELLINGTON – 10 DAYS FROM

US$1445PP* US$145P/DAY*

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WANT WELLINGTON? You can choose to start or end your Northern ‘Choice’ trip in Wellington & save up to US$110. • Trip starts or ends at Abel Tasman Hotel, Wellington • Code: NNZAD (ex: Auckland) Start 8:00am/End 10:00am • Code: NNZCD (ex: Wellington) Start 6:00pm/End 3:00pm • Single room supp: US$585 • Twin room supp: US$315

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: NNHAD 2017/18

CODE: NNHCD 2017/18

Start Auckland

Start C’church

2017 Oct 2 Oct 10 Oct 18 Oct 26 Nov 3 Nov 11 Nov 19 Nov 27 Dec 5 Dec 9 Dec 13 Dec 17 Dec 21 Dec 25 Dec 29 2018 Jan 2 Jan 6 Jan 10 Jan 14 Jan 18 Jan 22 Jan 26 Jan 30 Feb 3 Feb 7 Feb 15 Feb 23 Mar 3 Mar 11 Mar 19 Apr 4 Apr 20 Apr 28 May 6 May 22 Jun 7 Jun 23 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 17 Jul 25 Aug 2 Aug 10 Aug 18 Aug 26 Sep 3 Sep 11 Sep 19 Sep 27

Finish Total C’church Cost US$ pp* 11 19 27 4 12 20 28 6 14 18 22 26 30 3 7

1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625

Jan 11 Jan 15 Jan 19 Jan 23 Jan 27 Jan 31 Feb 4 Feb 8 Feb 12 Feb 16 Feb 24 Mar 4 Mar 12 Mar 20 Mar 28 Apr 13 Apr 29 May 7 May 15 May 31 Jun 16 Jul 2 Jul 10 Jul 18 Jul 26 Aug 3 Aug 11 Aug 19 Aug 27 Sep 4 Sep 12 Sep 20 Sep 28 Oct 6

1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1625 1599 1599 1599 1599 1599 1599 1599 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585 1585

Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

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2017 Oct 11 Oct 19 Oct 27 Nov 4 Nov 12 Nov 20 Nov 28 Dec 6 Dec 14 Dec 18 Dec 22 Dec 26 Dec 30 2018 Jan 3 Jan 7 Jan 11 Jan 15 Jan 19 Jan 23 Jan 27 Jan 31 Feb 4 Feb 8 Feb 12 Feb 16 Feb 24 Mar 4 Mar 12 Mar 20 Mar 28 Apr 13 Apr 29 May 7 May 15 May 31 Jun 16 Jul 2 Jul 10 Jul 18 Jul 26 Aug 3 Aug 11 Aug 19 Aug 27 Sep 4 Sep 12 Sep 20 Sep 28 Oct 6

Finish Total Auckland Cost US$ pp* 20 28 5 13 21 29 7 15 23 27 31 4 8

1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1595 1595 1595 1595 1605 1605 1605 1605

Jan 12 Jan 16 Jan 20 Jan 24 Jan 28 Feb 1 Feb 5 Feb 9 Feb 13 Feb 17 Feb 21 Feb 25 Mar 5 Mar 13 Mar 21 Mar 29 Apr 6 Apr 22 May 8 May 16 May 24 Jun 9 Jun 25 Jul 11 Jul 19 Jul 27 Aug 4 Aug 12 Aug 20 Aug 28 Sep 5 Sep 13 Sep 21 Sep 29 Oct 7 Oct 15

1605 1605 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1595 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1569 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1555 1585

Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

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THE FINER DETAILS above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share). * Prices If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (trip only) add US$585/add US$315 twin-share. NNHAD: Start Auckland 8:00am & end Christchurch 7:00pm. NNHCD: Start Christchurch 7:00am & end Auckland 3:00pm.

● These trips will stay 2 nights in Mt Ruapehu instead of Lake Taupo For departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger. For travel insurance see p.82. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 19-day The Big Tiki trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

YOUR CHOICE It’s your choice – travel from Auckland to Christchurch. Or save up to US$30 if you travel from Christchurch to Auckland.

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‘SWEET AS’ SOUTH WHY THIS TRIP? Yes, yes and YES is what you’ll be squealing from start to end on ‘Sweet as’ South, mainly thanks to the abundance of thrill seeking adventures offered in Queenstown.

NORTH ISLAND COOK STRAIT

Picton

Wellington

KA IKO UR AC OA ST

SOUTH ISLAND Kaikoura Hokitika

Arthur’s Pass

FRANZ JOSEF & FOX GLACIER 2 Haast Pass

Milford Sound

Wanaka

1 CHRISTCHURCH Lake Tekapo

1 LAKE OHAU

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Places visited Nightstops 10-day extension nightstop Optional start/end city Milford Sound highlight optional

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LAKE OHAU


9 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY · FROM US$1365 PP* US$152 P/DAY* 8

11

NIGHTS 1 night in a hotel, 7 nights in lodges

INCLUDED MEALS 8 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D)

INCLUSIONS An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets for charging See p.82 for more

ME TIME OPTIONALS M Scenic helicopter flight to see Mt. Cook & land on Fox Glacier M Cruise stunning Milford Sound

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Tour & tasting at the iconic Speight’s Brewery • Thrilling Shotover Jet boat ride

YOUR TRIP 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 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 Speight’s Brewery. Later tonight, maybe head to the Octagon area of town for a fun night out. Hotel (B)

at Oamaru & Benmore Dam • Stop Moeraki Boulders • Visit Heritage & Brewery tour • Speight’s Baldwin St (the world’s steepest • Visit street)

DAY 3: Dunedin to Queenstown. It’s time to hit legendary Queenstown, the world’s adventure capital. On arrival we’ll stop at Kawarau Bridge, home of the world’s first commercial bungy. This town goes off, so maybe grab a delicious ‘FergBurger’ & head into town for a night out. Lodge (B) DAY 4: Queenstown. Take a ride on the Shotover Jet this morning, then stop at Arrowtown before the afternoon is yours to get into the Queenstown vibes. The nightlife here is awesome & we’ll take you to our favorite nightstop. Lodge (B) Explore tiny Arrowtown Ride the iconic Shotover Jet

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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. Lodge (B)(B,D) M Canyon swing on a giant rope across the Shotover River, 109m up! DAY 7: Queenstown to Franz Josef Glacier. We’ll drop into 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) Scenic drive through Haast Pass & see Thunder Creek Falls

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,D) M Glacier Kayak Tour M Helicopter Flight & Glacier Hike

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‘SWEET AS’ SOUTH

MILFORD SOUND

START/END WELLINGTON – 10 DAYS FROM

US$1575

PP*

US$158

P/DAY*

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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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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 trip ends on arrival in Christchurch. (B) Scenic drive across the Southern Alps Native greenstone demonstration & carving Stop at Arthur’s Pass

QUEENSTOWN

IN-DEPTH EXPLORER

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

GOT MORE TIME? 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$210 to price in the price box • 10-day trip starts or ends at Abel Tasman Hotel, Wellington • Code: NSHCD (ex: Christchurch) Start 8:00am/End 6:00pm • Code: NSHAD (ex: Wellington) Start 7:00am/End 6:00pm • Single room supp: US$475 • Twin room supp: US$255

HOW MUCH & WHEN CODE: NSZCD 2017/18

CODE: NSZAD 2017/18

Start C’church

Start C’church

Finish Total C’church Cost US$ pp*

2017 Oct 2 Oct 10 Oct 18 Oct 26 Nov 3 Nov 11 Nov 19 Nov 27 Dec 5 Dec 9 Dec 13 Dec 17 Dec 21 Dec 25 Dec 29

Oct Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

10 18 26 3 11 19 27 5 13 17 21 25 29 2 6

1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395

2018 Jan 2 Jan 6 Jan 10 Jan 14 Jan 18 Jan 22 Jan 26 Jan 30 Feb 3 Feb 7 Feb 15 Feb 23 Mar 3 Mar 11 Mar 19 Apr 4 Apr 20 Apr 28 May 6 May 22 Jun 7 Jun 23 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 17 Jul 25 Aug 2 Aug 10 Aug 18 Aug 26 Sep 3 Sep 11 Sep 19 Sep 27

Jan 10 Jan 14 Jan 18 Jan 22 Jan 26 Jan 30 Feb 3 Feb 7 Feb 11 Feb 15 Feb 23 Mar 3 Mar 11 Mar 19 Mar 27 Apr 12 Apr 28 May 6 May 14 May 30 Jun 15 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 17 Jul 25 Aug 2 Aug 10 Aug 18 Aug 26 Sep 3 Sep 11 Sep 19 Sep 27 Oct 5

1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1379 1379 1379 1379 1379 1379 1379 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365

Finish Total C’church Cost US$ pp*

2017 Oct 12 Oct 20 Oct 28 Nov 5 Nov 13 Nov 21 Nov 29 Dec 7 Dec 15 Dec 19 Dec 23 Dec 27 Dec 31

Oct Oct Nov Nov Nov Nov Dec Dec Dec Dec Dec Jan Jan

20 28 5 13 21 29 7 15 23 27 31 4 8

1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395

2018 Jan 4 Jan 8 Jan 12 Jan 16 Jan 20 Jan 24 Jan 28 Feb 1 Feb 5 Feb 9 Feb 13 Feb 17 Feb 25 Mar 5 Mar 13 Mar 21 Mar 29 Apr 14 Apr 30 May 8 May 16 Jun 1 Jun 17 Jul 3 Jul 11 Jul 19 Jul 27 Aug 4 Aug 12 Aug 20 Aug 28 Sep 5 Sep 13 Sep 21 Sep 29 Oct 7

Jan 12 Jan 16 Jan 20 Jan 24 Jan 28 Feb 1 Feb 5 Feb 9 Feb 13 Feb 17 Feb 21 Feb 25 Mar 5 Mar 13 Mar 21 Mar 29 Apr 6 Apr 22 May 8 May 16 May 24 Jun 9 Jun 25 Jul 11 Jul 19 Jul 27 Aug 4 Aug 12 Aug 20 Aug 28 Sep 5 Sep 13 Sep 21 Sep 29 Oct 7 Oct 15

1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1395 1379 1379 1379 1379 1379 1379 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1365 1395

THE FINER DETAILS above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share). * Prices If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement (trip only) add US$385/add US$205 twin-share. NSZCD: Start Christchurch 8:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. NSZAD: Start Christchurch 8:00am & end Christchurch 6:00pm. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 19-day The Big Tiki. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

YOUR CHOICE You can start this trip in Christchurch or Wellington & travel it in reverse.

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SHORT TRIPS & FESTIVALS

Only planning on swinging by NZ for a few days, perhaps off the back of an Australia trip, or want to prolong your adventure just a little bit longer? Or maybe you want to celebrate the next 365 days by spending NYE someplace super special? If your head’s nodding along, let our Short Trips & Festivals work their magic. Spend a few days letting the beauty of the Bay of Islands wash over you or party on down at the Rhythm & Alps fest in Cardrona and enjoy being one of the first in the world to ring in the new year.

Who travels Short Trips & Festivals? • Those who are limited on time or those who have a few extra days to spend exploring • Those who want to celebrate NYE some place magical • Those who want to put the post-travel blues on hold for just a little while longer Free Wifi IN ALL HOTELS Contiki.com/short-trips-festivals-new-zealand

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WHY THIS TRIP? Celebrate NYE with good music and even better new friends, then check off some New Year bucket list activities in the adventure capital of Queenstown.

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Milford Sound

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NIGHTS 3 nights in Lodges, 3 nights luxury camping (“glamping”) INCLUDED MEALS 6 breakfasts (B), 2 dinner (D) INCLUSIONS See p.82 for more info on our standard inclusions. ME TIME OPTIONALS M Sky Diving M Bungy Jumping M Canyon Swing M Milford Sound cruise

PP*

US$90

DAY 1: Queenstown. Welcome to the adventure capital of the world, & an NYE experience to remember. Today you’ll meet up with your Trip Manager & fellow clock-striking-12 dancing buddies, then head out to explore Queenstown by night. Lodge Days 2 - 3: Cardrona . En route to Cardrona, we stop in Arrowtown; a village built during the goldrush era. Tonight, we enjoy a delicious Kiwi BBQ at the iconic Cardrona Hotel & enjoy a special showcase performance from a festival artist. Glamping (B)( B, D) Stop at Arrowtown BBQ Dinner at Cardrona Hotel Private showcase performance from a festival artist

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DAY 4: Cardrona . It’s NYE, you’ve spent your day grooving to your favorite artists, & now you’re about to watch the clock

Places visited Nightstops Milford Sound highlight optional

P/DAY*

strike 12 under a sky of multicoloured fireworks. Oh hello best night of the year… Glamping (B) ay 5: Cardrona to Queenstown. D Festival fun might be over, but what a better way to shake off your postfestival blues than a bungy, before it’s on to Queenstown and its multitude of adventure activities. Lodge (B) Visit K’Bridge Bungy

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Start Q’town

Finish Q’town

Total Cost US$ pp*

2017 Dec 28

Jan 3

625

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Prices above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share). If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra.

DAY 6: Queenstown. Another full free day in Queenstown & the Me Time Optional activities are endless, not to mention utterly exhilarating… Lodge (B, D) Winnie’s final night dinner

Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares.

DAY 7: Queenstown. Our trip ends after breakfast – sob. Who’s up for the same time next year? We’re game if you are… (B)

For travel insurance see p.82.

Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Twin-share supplement add US$115. Start Queenstown 5:00pm & end Queenstown 10:00am. F or departure points & stay longer accommodation options see contiki.com/staylonger.

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NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • 2-day festival pass • VIP Admission – Get access to VIP bar & cocktail bar located across site, VIP viewing area & access to more comfortable restroom facilities. • Special private showcase performance FREE WIFI Available on all Contiki coaches

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JAFFAS ‘N’ JANDALS

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WHY THIS TRIP? Got 3 days to kill in NZ? This is the way to do it. Sea kayaking, dolphin swimming, Maori learning & city exploring are just the start.

PAIHIA 2 Parry Kauri Park

Auckland

TASMAN SEA

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NORTH ISLAND

3 DAYS · 1 COUNTRY FRom US$355 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW 2

NIGHTS 2 nights hotel accommodation

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INCLUDED MEALS 2 breakfasts (B), 1 dinner (D)

INCLUSIONS See p.82 for more info on our standard inclusions.

PP*

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DAY 1: Auckland to Paihia. Welcome to the Land of the Long White Cloud. We start off crossing Auckland’s Harbour Bridge admiring the ‘City of Sails’ harbour, before starting our journey north to Paihia where you will have a dose of Kiwi history, on a guided tour at Waitangi Treaty Grounds & Treaty Museum. 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

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DAY 2: Paihia. Paihia is the perfect place to relax. Chill out on the beach, or get into the water sports. Hotel (B) M ‘Ninety Mile Beach’ tour with offroading & sand dune ‘surfing’ DAY 3: Paihia to Auckland. Back in Auckland, we’ll show you the city sights. Then it’s time to swap emails & say your farewells, as your trip ends at 6:00pm. (B) Auckland city tour

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ME TIME OPTIONALS M Catamaran sailing, swimming & snorkelling with lunch M Day tour to ‘Ninety Mile Beach’ with off-roading

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355 355 355 355 355 355 375 375 375 375 375 375 375 375 375

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375 375 375 375 375 375 375 375 375 375 375 375

Start Auckland 2018 Feb 19 Feb 23 Mar 3 Mar 11 Mar 19 Mar 27 Apr 4 Apr 20 Apr 28 May 6 May 14 May 22 Jun 7 Jun 23 Jul 1 Jul 9 Jul 17 Jul 25 Aug 2 Aug 10 Aug 18 Aug 26 Sep 3 Sep 11 Sep 19 Sep 27 Oct 5 Oct 13

Finish Total Auckland Cost US$ pp* 375 375 375 375 375 375 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 355 359 359

Feb 21 Feb 25 Mar 5 Mar 13 Mar 21 ■ Mar 29 Apr 6 Apr 22 ● Apr 30 May 8 ■ May 16 May 24 Jun 9 Jun 25 ● Jul 3 Jul 11 Jul 19 Jul 27 Aug 4 Aug 12 Aug 20 Aug 28 Sep 5 Sep 13 Sep 21 Sep 29 ■ Oct 7 ■ Oct 15 ■

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roommates at no extra cost. You can also opt for a twin-share room for a small supplement, or your own room, for a little extra. Prices above are land only & do not include international airfares. Need flights? We’ve got great deals – see contiki.com Single room supplement add US$105/add US$59 twin-share. Start Auckland 8:00am & end Auckland 6:00pm. ● The trip code for these departures is NCZAD only. ■ The trip code for these departures is NCZCD only. Note: This trip is part of a bigger picture – our 19-day The Big Tiki trip. When you jump aboard this trip, you’ll be joining a horde of other travelers who are already geared up in Contiki’s world-famous exploration mode. Wait until you see the warm welcome you’ll receive as a new addition to the wolf pack.

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HOW MUCH & WHEN

above are based on multi-share (maximum quad-share). * Prices If you’re traveling solo, we’ll match you up with same-sex

NO REGRETS EXPERIENCES • Waitangi Grounds Guided Tour • Kiwiana fish ‘n’ chips dinner

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Yes it really does snow in New Zealand, and yes the runs really are that good. Don’t believe us? Let us prove it to you on our Winter & Ultimate NZ Ski trip, where you’ll spend your days skiing or boarding the slopes around Queenstown. By day (when you’re not taking advantage of our included 4-day ski pass), you’ll be mesmerized by the ridiculous beauty surrounding you at every turn. By night, you’ll discover why the Queenstown après ski scene is up there with the best of ‘em.

Who travels Winter? • Those who want to see the beauty of NZ in the snow • Those who want to take advantage of our 4-day included ski pass • Those who want to party into the night, après style.

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SKi queenstown

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 aprÈs-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

Where you’ll be:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

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

Off the mountain there’s plenty of Queenstown must-do’s – so fuel your inner adrenaline junkie: MM A thrilling jetboat ride through the gorge MM Meal at Skyline Restaurant MM Take a leap at ‘the home of bungy’

our team:

MM Canyon swing the Shotover River

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

MM Full day excursion into Milford Sound

exclusive inclusions:

MM Skyswing at The Ledge or Nevis MM Tandem skydive over Lake Wakatipu

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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 and 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 and mountains – Queenstown has something for everyone. Allow us to help you maximize your 7 days in this beautiful haven both on and off the mountain… hassle free!

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

culinary delights & nightlife:

Another benefit of traveling 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 and town. For those who are keen, we’ll show you other great eats like Fergburger and some of Queentown’s coolest bars to end off the night.

me time optionals:

We’ve got a selection of adrenalinejunky activities and Queenstown must-do’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 and get your adrenaline fix as you take to the sky with a stunning view below your feet.

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): Standard skis, boots & poles

NZ$45

Part set (skis or boots only)

NZ$28

Performance skis, boots & poles NZ$54 Performance skis only

NZ$48

Snowboard & boots

NZ$45

Part set (snowboard or boots only) NZ$28 Clothing hire (prices per day): Jacket & pants NZ$35 Part set (jacket & pants only)

NZ$24

Gloves

NZ$5

Goggles

NZ$5

Helmet

NZ$12

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


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nights 6 nights multi-share lodge accommodation

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included meals 6 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D)

inclusions See p.82 for more info on our standard inclusions.

free Wifi Available in all hotels

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ultimate nZ sKi

PP*

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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 travelers, 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 & Cardrona are world renowned for their awesome conditions, all offering fantastic runs for beginners through to advanced skiers & riders. And over the next week you’ll try them all. Transfers & lift passes are included, too easy! (B)

P/DAY*

DAY 5: Queenstown. Today it’s back up the mountain as we visit the last of the three ski fields so you can show off your skills. Transfers & lift passes included. (B) DAY 6: Queenstown. It’s the final ski day & we’ll give you the choice of mountain to head back to. Tonight’s our last night, so perhaps finish off the trip by heading out with the group to a few of Queenstown’s bars. (B,D) DAY 7: End Queenstown. Your ski adventure ends after breakfast, so it’s time to say farewell to your travel mates. (B) Please note: Ski & snowboard equipment is available for hire in Queenstown.

DAY 3: Queenstown. Transfers & lift passes included again today, so it’s perfect for heading up one of the mountains to improve your technique. If you’re looking for somewhere to head for dinner tonight, we love FergBurger for some seriously delicious treats! (B)

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Start Q’town

Finish Q’town

Total Cost US$ pp*

Jul Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug Sep

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25 2 9 16 23 30 6 13 20 27

Start Q’town

Finish Q’town

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Jun Jun Jul Jul Jul Jul Aug Aug Aug Aug

23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25

29 6 13 20 27 3 10 17 24 31

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DAY 4: Queenstown. With a free day, get a taste for the endless activities in the ‘World’s Adventure Capital’. You could try bungy jumping, skydiving or rafting & that’s just the start. Tonight, head to one of the town’s cool bars or there’s the option of dinner at Skyline Restaurant for some seriously unbeatable views. (B) M Scenic tandem skydive M The Ledge bungy jump queenstoWn

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got a question? Answers to frequently asked questions & things you need to know: WHAT’S INCLUDED?

• Coach, train, ferry transport, internal flights as listed in the ‘What you need to know’ section. • Accommodation & meals as listed in the ‘What you need to know’ section on trip pages. • Sightseeing listed in the ‘What you need to know’ section in each trip itinerary. Unless specified, entrance fees to these locations are included. • Experienced Contiki Trip Manager & Driver & local guides on some trips (Northern Territory for Australia).

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 ‘What you need to know’section) & some dinners.

If you have your own ski/boarding equipment, you may bring one pair of boots & skis or snowboard. Otherwise, your Trip Manager can arrange these for you in Queenstown on the 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$.

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 Flights as specified on individual trip itineraries are well as a raincoat/jacket. A pair of comfortable walking included as part of the price. As detailed within our shoes is essential. Some activities in New Zealand Booking Conditions (p.83) under ‘General’, we rely on international conventions regarding air travel and other & Australia require swimwear & a towel. For further transportation as specified. Through enrollment and details, please go to contiki.com/travel-resources. payment for your trip you acknowledge and accept such. Individual electronic tickets may not be issued to ME TIME OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES WHEN DO I CHOOSE? you prior to travel due to the group nature of the air/ flight booking. In such circumstances you acknowledge Optionals are arranged & paid for on trip. By leaving that by receipt of any applicable boarding pass and/or the final decisions until then you can choose at by boarding the aircraft you have accepted the airline’s the same time as your new friends. You’ll get great value as we get you great rates & your Trip Manager terms & conditions of travel, and the application of can offer personal advice. Some activities are all relevant international conventions and applicable national and international law governing air seasonal & weather dependent as well as being transportation. subject to demand. HOW DO I PAY? INCLUSIONS Payment for your ME Time optionals is made direct to These are the practical bits that are included on your Trip Manager on your trip. You can choose to pay every trip: in cash (A$ in Australia or NZ$ in New Zealand) or by • An experienced and professional Trip Manager and credit or debit card as long as they have a PIN Driver team. attached. Using a credit or debit card is convenient, • Modern, air-conditioned coach with power outlets and can save you money on withdrawal fees & poor for charging. WiFi & USB outlets are on all coaches exchange rates! You can pay using most credit & debit in Australia. cards like Visa, Mastercard & AMEX. Note: It’s a good • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations idea to let your bank know you’re traveling & check if in all other destinations. there is a daily transaction limit, so you always have • Hotel tips, local taxes and service charges. • Ferry crossings. access to money when you need it.

INCLUDED FLIGHTS

Look out for on the trip pages. Where you see this icon, all of the above are included on your trip.

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 our travelers guide. It’s packed full of essential info for your trip. You’ll also receive a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary including full details & costs of all optional activities available on your trip.

TRIPS WITHIN TRIPS

You may notice on some of our trips that some groups join and leave at different stages. That’s because we offer shorter trips within a larger itinerary, giving greater choice & flexibility so our travelers can choose when they start their trip and how long they travel for. For the trips that allow you this extra flexibility (see contiki.com).

CONTIKI GLOSSARY

• Visit - Your trip includes a stop and you’ll get the opportunity to visit a specific site. • See/View - You will drive/pass by the site so that you can see it. • Sightseeing tour - A guided tour of a city or site. • Orientation tour - Places of interest are pointed out, allowing you to go and explore them in your own time.

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. Contiki reserves the right to refuse to accept larger suitcases on a trip.

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PAST TRAVELER 5% DISCOUNT

We’re head over heels for our Contiki travelers, particularly those that love us so much they come back for more. That’s why when you travel with us; we’ll offer you a 5% discount on the land portion of your trips from then on. And we’ve even wrestled our TTC sister brands (found here - TTC.com #travelttc) into offering the same. Here’s what you need to know: • You must have returned and finished your first Contiki trip before you can cash in on your 5% discount on your next adventure. • Past traveler discounts can be applied to trips of 7 days or longer only. • If you’re buying more than one trip back to back, the 5% discount will apply to the most expensive trip. • We’re going to need a deposit before the discount can be applied to the booking. • You can’t use it on pre & post-trip accommodation rates & other selected products (because we offer great prices for our travelers on these already). • Once you’re a past passenger, you’re eligible for a 5% discount every 6 months so you can keep going with Contiki. • The discount applies to brochured prices only & cannot be combined with any non-brochured special market promotions. Sound good to you crazy Contiki lovers?

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 where possible.

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DO I NEED VACCINATIONS?

At the time this brochure went to press (January, 2017), no vaccinations were necessary. However, it is wise to check up-to-date information with your travel agent or Contiki prior to departure. Don’t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route, such as antihistamines or antibiotics.

SEASONALITY & CLIMATE

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

DO I NEED VISAS?

Please read carefully. Depending on your nationality, you may require a visa to enter Australia & New Zealand. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your 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.

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 trips for young people since 1962 & is a member of the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA). USTOA includes all the major tour operators who are financially bonded for your security & who maintain the highest standards. Contiki is also a member of the National Tour Association (NTA) & the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA). With the guarantees of these organizations, you know your vacation & money are secure with Contiki.

TRIP REGISTRATION

Ready, set, go! You’re booked & it’s nearly go time, however just like when you’re taking a flight, it’s

important you provide us with all your details before you can travel. Check out www.contiki.com/tripregistration to log into your booking.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Security is a major concern to all of us and the situation globally is constantly changing. Events around the world, coupled with the ‘Travel Advisories’ put out by various governments, may at times necessitate changes to the accommodations and itinerary or even trip cancellation. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further information in this regard. You must accept these risks involved in travel to any country that may experience security difficulties and accept responsibility for your own travel decisions.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Cancelation, unexpected medical expenses, injuries, theft, lost luggage or money can significantly disrupt & ruin your vacation. It is strongly recommended for all trips that you take out comprehensive insurance to cover cancelation, personal liability and loss of personal property. 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 and will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancelation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. Contiki cannot be held responsible for your failure to take out appropriate insurance and we recommend you purchase your insurance at or soon after booking your trip. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the trip.

PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS

Photos courtesy of © Kings Hotel Mt Ruapehu p.12 Hotel Exterior. Photos courtesy of © Hotel Sudima Rotorua p.12 Hotel Exterior. Photos courtesy of © Splenour in the Grass/Ian Laidlaw p.24 Splendour. Splenour in the Grass p.52 Splendour. Photos courtesy of © Tourism New Zealand/Julian Apse p.61 Mount Hutt, Canterbury. Sara Orme p.61 Hobbiton, Waikato. Miles Holden p.69 Moeraki Boulders, Waitaki. Photos courtesy of © Rhythm & Alps p.59, p.77 Mainstage, Aerial view of site. Photos courtesy of © Glenn Kelly p.80, p.81 Skiing. Photos courtesy of © Mitai Village - Hangi & Performance p.59 Mead Norton Mitai No Regrets p.26, p.27 photos courtesy of © @sarahrobson93, @nicoleesylvia, @clairewoody, @christina madeit, @mark_heap, @aj_zammit. No Regrets p.60, p.61 @callumstewartni, @ bragioferebor_x, @tylo06, @ashgrats, @boyd_steel, @samearp

CONTIKI VACATIONS TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN

PROVIDING YOU WITH “ANY REASON” CANCELATION FLEXIBILITY: Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan: TRIP PACKAGES PRICED $0 - $2,000: $129 PER PERSON. TRIP PACKAGES PRICED $2,001 - $3,500: $169 PER PERSON. TRIP PACKAGES PRICED $3,501 - $5,000: $179 PER PERSON. TRIP PACKAGES PRICED $5,001 OR GREATER: $199 PER PERSON. Trip packages 35 days or longer are subject to different pricing. Consult your Contiki Specialist for more details 1.800.CONTIKI. Note: Prices are subject to change without notice SECTION I: TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT PROTECTION Provided by Contiki Vacations* Trip Cancelation: Up to Total Trip Cost. Reimburses the nonrefundable Contiki Vacations cancelation penalties imposed if you must cancel your trip for a covered reason such as illness, injury or death to you, a traveling companion, or an immediate family member. Other reasons for cancelation include Common Carrier-caused delays due to inclement weather, jury duty, subpoena, or a documented traffic accident en route to departure, and other reasons as cited in the plan description. The Contiki Vacations “Any Reason” Cancelation Waiver**: With the Contiki Vacations “Any Reason” Cancelation Waiver, Contiki Vacations will provide you with 100% of the cancelation charges in the form of a future travel credit certificate, should you cancel your trip more than 48 hours prior to your scheduled departure for any reason that is not eligible for cash reimbursement under the Trip Cancelation section of the Travel Protection Plan. Cancelation charges are reimbursed in the form of Contiki Vacations Travel Certificates allowing you a two year credit to travel with us at a later date! Please note that to be eligible for the “Any Reason” Cancelation Waiver, you must enroll and pay for the plan within 14 days of making your reservation. The certificate is valid for two years, is non-transferable and nonrefundable and may not be redeemed for cash. Future travel certificates do not include airfare cancelation charges for air arrangements unless those arrangements were provided by Contiki Vacations. Trip Interruption: Up to Total Trip Cost Trip Delay: Up to $1,000 ($150/day) SECTION II: TRAVEL INSURANCE BENEFITS Underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company*** Baggage Protection: Up to $2,500 Bag Delay: Up to $500 Medical & Dental Expenses: Up to $50,000 Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation: Up to $50,000

SECTION III: EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE SERVICES: Provided by On Call International While the above is not a complete description – a full plan description detailing the terms, conditions and exclusions will be sent to you – we have highlighted just a few of the plan benefits. If you have any Travel Protection Plan questions, or would like to request a copy of the plan description, please call our plan administrator, Aon Affinity, at 1-866-808-7161. You may also view the plan at http://www.berkely.net/travcorp/ctp/faq.htm The Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan is provided in addition to other applicable indemnity or insurance programs, where permitted by law and shall apply only after benefits have been paid. * For NY residents, Section I Travel Arrangement Protection (Trip Cancelation, Trip Interruption & Trip Delay) is underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio. ** For NY residents only, the “Any Reason” Cancelation Waiver may be purchased separately from the Contiki Vacations Travel Protection Plan. Contact 1-877-722-2195 for details. *** Section II Travel Insurance Benefits, Policy Number MZ0911065H0000A-U are underwritten by Transamerica Casualty Insurance Company, Columbus, Ohio: NAIC #10952 (all states except as otherwise noted) Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5000. In CA, HI, NE, NH, PA, TN and TX Policy/Certificate Form series TAHC5100 and TAHC5200. In IL, IN, KS, LA, OH, OR, VT, WA and WY Policy Forms TAHC5100IPS and TAHC5200IPS. Aon Affinity is the brand name for the brokerage and program administration operations of Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. (TX 13695); (AR 100106022); in CA & MN, AIS Affinity Insurance Agency, Inc. (CA 0795465); in OK, AIS Affinity Insurance Services, Inc.; in CA, Aon Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. (CA 0G94493), Aon Direct Insurance Administrators and Berkely Insurance Agency and in NY, AIS Affinity Insurance Agency. Affinity Insurance Services is acting as a Managing General Agent as that term is defined in section 626.015(14) of the Florida Insurance Code. As an MGA we are acting on behalf of our carrier partner.


booking conditions

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 VACATION RESERVATION On receipt of your deposit, subject to availability and at our discretion, Contiki will reserve your place on your selected vacation. 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 a) Trip Prices: Are based on costs, tariffs, taxes, charges, levies and exchange rates as of December 5th, 2016. Should these change, the price of your vacation may increase. If the total price increases by more than 10%, you may cancel, without penalty, within 3 DAYS after we notify you of the increase. Except as explained below, we will not increase the price of your land vacation after we receive your full deposit for your land vacation. In exchange for this guarantee, no refund will be made if the cost factors described above are reduced. We reserve the right to recoverage from any increases in cruise line imposed fuel surcharges and in taxes, charges or levies imposed by any government or its agencies. b) Airline Fuel Surcharges, Air-related Taxes, Fees & Restrictions, & Levies Imposed by any Government or its Agencies: As noted above, all quoted land and air prices include airline fuel surcharges and Air-Related Taxes and Fees, applicable as of December 5th, 2016. However, if the customer is notified of the potential for a price increase and we have received the customer’s written or verbal consent prior to accepting any payment, we reserve the right to recover from any increases in those surcharges. Any additional fees charged by the airlines, such as baggage handling, seat selections, and/or any other services are the sole responsibility of the passenger(s). Additional air-related restrictions apply. See section 4.3 for details. 3. IF WE CANCEL OR CHANGE YOUR TRIP 3.1 Contiki reserves the right to change or cancel any trip departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. 3.2 If a cancelation is made any time prior to the trip departure*, Contiki’s only liability will be to refund the passenger the amount it has received for the booking. Contiki will try and re-book the same or a similar trip and, where flights have been confirmed by Contiki, will attempt to confirm air seats for the new date selected, subject to availability. Contiki is not liable for any changes, amendment or cancelation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements purchased separately. 3.3 If an alternative trip 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 vacation without payment of any transfer fee. *Please Note: The start date constitutes the date indicated on Contiki’s invoice. If you do not join the trip on the start date then cancelation fees will be 100%. 3.4 If the change or cancelation 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 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 to your booking. 3.5 Contiki is not responsible for the costs of any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancelations or rescheduling of any trip departure. 4. VACATION DETAILS AND CONDITIONS 4.1 The information in our brochure is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print (January, 2017) but we cannot guarantee that any item or amenity mentioned will be available, especially where we have no direct control over it. 4.2 With respect to Contiki’s touring program Contiki will do our best, at our discretion, to select accommodations, sightseeing trips and transportation to give you good value for your money. 4.3 Contiki constantly strives to improve trip 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 cancelations. 4.4 Any special meal requirements will be made on a request basis only. Contiki cannot guarantee special meal requests nor will assume any responsibility or liability if clients special meal requests are not fulfilled. 4.5 We reserve the right to alter or substitute the type, the size of vehicle and/ or the style of transportation mentioned in the brochure, resulting in occasionally having to utilize transportation without some of the features promoted including WiFi & power outlets. 5. LIABILITY 5.1 Contiki is responsible for properly arranging and conducting your vacation. 5.2 As a Trip Operator, Contiki makes arrangements with carriers, hoteliers and other independent suppliers to provide you with some or all of the travel services you purchase. These parties are independent suppliers over whom Contiki has no direct control. Unless caused by its own negligence, Contiki is not responsible for and accepts no liability in respect to any claims, losses, damages, costs or expenses arising out of: a) personal injury, sickness, disease, accident or death, however caused, including without limitation, where same results from your conduct on vacation. b) loss or damage to or delay of baggage or other property unless resulting from Contiki’s negligence in which case Contiki’s liability shall be limited to the actual loss but in no event would exceed the total vacation cost. c) delays and loss as a result of government action, weather, mechanical breakdown, equipment failure, labor disputes, sickness, acts of war, insurrection, terrorism, Acts of God or any other causes beyond Contiki’s direct control. Contiki cannot be responsible for interruption of air carrier service due to airline default. d) acts or omissions, whether negligent or otherwise, of suppliers of services or their personnel (including, without limitation, transportation and accommodation services) or of any other person or body unless such a person or body is employed by us, or is an agent of ours, and is acting within the scope of his or her authority. In no event is Contiki liable for the acts or omissions of independent third party contractors or of its own employees or agents acting outside the scope of their duties. e) loss of enjoyment, upset, disappointment, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental, resulting from any of the following: (i) any matter or topic described in sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) inclusive above. (ii) your failure to obtain the necessary documentation to travel. (iii) your failure to arrive on time for initial departure or for connections within the trip or to stay within or join your trip at any time after initial departure. (iv) your leaving the trip prior to its completion. (v) the need for Contiki to change itineraries or substitute accommodations or services, provided that Contiki makes every effort to supply the most comparable services and accommodations available. (vi) cancelation of the vacation by Contiki provided that a full refund of all monies paid is made to you. (vii) Many of our activities are action and adventure orientated. Sports and similar activities inherently involve risks of injury greater than those that would be encountered if you were not participating in such, and therefore, by voluntarily taking part in any sports or other such activities, you thereby acknowledge and assume any of the risks inherent therein. In the absence of negligence on our part, or on the part of our agents and representatives, neither we nor they accept any responsibility for, and shall not be liable for, any injury, illness, damage, loss, accident, expense, delay or any other irregularity resulting from your participation in any of the activities made available to you. (viii) We take every reasonable precaution possible to assure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment while you are taking part in a Contiki vacation. Contiki vacations are for young 18-35 year old travelers who are in good health. A change of climate, food, time and varied cultural habits often affects travelers differently. We therefore recommend that you advise your doctor that you are taking one of our vacations and ask if he or she recommends anything for your trip, even for something as seemingly benign as an upset stomach. Since the brands of any medication to which you are accustomed may be unavailable in

places to which you are traveling, we recommend you bring your own supply of any medication you will require and carry such medication in your hand luggage. Prescription drugs should be carried in the original labeled bottles. Should you fall ill during your Contiki vacation, we will make every reasonable effort to make prompt, sanitary, safe and proper medical care available to you. However, if at anytime or anywhere treatments of any sort are suggested to you that do not meet your needs or expectations, you should not hesitate to contact your own doctor. Also, please note that the same sorts of activities that can expose you to certain types of diseases at home can just as easily expose you to those same diseases abroad. This information is provided only for your convenience and we are not responsible or liable for any damages resulting from your failure to confirm or ascertain health information or medical precaution, if any, for the places which you will be visiting. (ix) Contiki is responsible for taking care to arrange and conduct your vacation properly. With you in mind, we have accepted applications from and interviewed numerous potential employees, and then we select only those people whom we believe in our best judgement would be responsible and congenial, Trip Managers, Representatives and Drivers. Although we firmly believe, based on personal interviews and certain disclosures made to us by our employees, that all of our employees enjoy excellent health, we, like other trip operators, are legally unable to confirm this in most, if not all, instances.

YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES

1. BOOKING YOUR TRIP 1.1 In order to reserve your vacation, a deposit of US$200, per person per trip, or the full amount payable if booking is made within 45 days of departure, must be submitted to Contiki by you in respect of that vacation. This payment is in addition to any deposit required by your travel agent. The deposit is accepted as a first installment of the vacation price by Contiki only once the booking has been confirmed in writing by Contiki or your travel agent. If paying by a third-party credit card your Contiki specialist will provide you a third-party authorization form that must be completely filled out and received by Contiki before payment can be received. 1.2 Your land reservation will be confirmed on receipt of a deposit of US$200 per person for the first trip booked and then a deposit of US$200 for second and subsequent trips booked at the time of booking or the reservation will automatically be canceled. 1.3 To reserve your airfare, a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of US$350 per person is required at time of booking. Once your airfare is confirmed and Contiki has received your air and land deposit, your air-inclusive price is guaranteed. Contiki reserves the right to issue your ticket based upon receipt of your land and air deposit. Any subsequent changes and/or revisions to your airline reservation after receipt of your deposit is subject to revision fees and/or airline-imposed change or cancelation fees. These fees are a minimum of $350, and in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. 2. PAYING THE BALANCE 2.1 The balance of the vacation price must be paid by no later than 46 days before your scheduled vacation departure date which shall be by the due date stated on the confirmation issued to you by Contiki. 2.2 Air Payment: Payment in full for your airfare booked in conjunction with your Contiki vacation may be required at time of booking. The Department of Transportation now requires Contiki to inform you of the following conditions. The package price is subject to change until it has been paid in full. When this happens, it is usually the result of increases in fuel surcharges and or government taxes. You must consent to the possibility that, until you pay for your package in full, your price could go up. Once you have paid in full we would only pass along increases in government taxes if applicable at that time. Bookings made directly with Contiki have 7 days from when the first invoice is sent to cancel the booking and request a refund, provided that the booking is still 45 days before trip start date. Bookings made through a travel agent are subject to standard booking conditions and do not qualify for a refund. 2.3 If payment isn’t made by the due date, Contiki may assume that you have canceled and cancelation charges in accordance with clause 3 below will be levied by Contiki. 2.4 Tickets and other documents won’t be forwarded until full payment and required information are received by Contiki. 2.5 In the case of bookings made within 45 days of your start date, full payment is due at the time of booking. For bookings made within 21 days of the trip start date, documents can be emailed to the passenger at no additional charge or passenger can pay an expedited shipment fee (that varies by state) for physical documents. 2.6 Contiki reserves the right to cancel the booking and apply cancelation charges should payments not be received within the above specified periods. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet your payment deadlines. 2.7 Travel documents will be sent to you approximately 21 days prior to trip start date* (providing full payment has been received). However, if physical travel documents are required the next day or earlier than 21 days prior to trip start date* (providing full payment has been received), an expediated shipment fee (that varies by state) will apply. Any documents delivered outside the USA will incur a minimum fee of $50. The actual cost will be advised at time of booking. 3. IF YOU CANCEL 3.1 Freedom Guarantee/FlexDeposit: We know that travel plans can change. If you need to cancel for any reason, your deposit will remain secure until you’re ready to use it. Or if you can’t go, your deposit value is also transferable, so you can gift your deposit at no extra cost. The value of the original deposit can be applied towards booking a new trip. The original deposit refers to the trip deposit only and excludes any additional deposits such as Inca Trail, or flights. Any discounts already refunded are not applicable. The FlexDeposit will be applied as a discount on the final payment of your new trip. The amount allowed to be redeemed is equal to the original deposit amount paid. In the case of multiple deposits due to back-to-back trips, only one deposit amount can be credited per trip, they cannot be combined. However multiple trips can be booked using multiple FlexDeposits. Valid on all Contiki trips 7 days or longer. Offer is valid until the client turns 36. i.e fitting within Contiki’s age limit as per Contiki’s booking conditions. After turning 36 years of age, the FlexDeposit can be used with one of our sister brands, get inspired here www.ttc.com/brands/. Deposit can also be gifted to family or friends. To gift to family or friend the customer must email confirmation to Contiki stating the nominated name. Gifting only valid within 5 calendar years of the original booking. (eg canceled in 2014, valid on trips up to end of 2019). FlexDeposit is not valid on existing bookings, has no cash value, and is non-refundable. 3.2 Notice of cancelation must be made verbally and will not be accepted via email or fax so that we can verify traveler identity. 3.3 Each traveler must call to cancel their own portion and cannot cancel another traveler on their behalf even if booked on the same reservation. Refunds will only be issued to the credit card holder(s) that made the payment(s). 3.4 The following scale of charges will apply when notice of cancelation, is given after booking is confirmed: COACH TRIPS PERIOD OF NOTICE* No. of days prior to trip departure.Cancelation Fee as a % of the total trip price 46 days or more...............................................$200 Cancelation Fee per person 45-22 days..................................................................................25% of trip price 21-8 days....................................................................................30% of trip price 7-1 days......................................................................................50% of trip price Day of departure.......................................................................100% of trip price Extra night hotel accommodations that are canceled within 14 days of booked date will incur 100% cancelation fee, outside 14 days the following fees will be charged: 45-22 days...................................................................................................25% 21-15 days...................................................................................................30% *Where the percentage cancelation fee is less than the trip deposit, the cancelation fee will equal loss of deposit. If the reason for cancelation falls within the terms of any vacation 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.

AIR ARRANGEMENTS These cancelation charges apply for airline arrangements made by Contiki: Prior to ticketing a service fee of $50 per person plus any airline imposed penalties. After ticketing a service fee of $75 per person plus any airline imposed penalties which may be up to 100% of the air ticket value. 3.5 Any cancelation of additional services booked prior to and after your trip or resort booking, such as pre- and post-accommodations and transfers, that are canceled within 14 days of the trip departure incur a 100% cancelation fee. 3.6 These cancelation fees are in addition to any cancelation fees that may be levied by your Travel Agent. All cancelation policies valid as at January 13th, 2017 and are subject to change. Final policy will be confirmed at time of booking. 3.7 Please note that Contiki is not liable for any cancelation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from the air and land included package. *Please note: the trip start date constitutes the date indicated on Contiki’s confirmation. 4. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING 4.1 If after your booking has been confirmed, you wish to change to an alternate departure date of any available trip, you may do so subject to availability. 4.2 If the change is requested 45 days before the original trip departure no fee will be charged. 4.3 A change of booking within 45 days of original trip departure will be treated as a cancelation and normal cancelation fees will apply (as detailed in section 3). However trip deposits can be used as credit to a new trip, see FlexDeposit. 4.4 A name change to a different person will be treated as a cancelation. 4.5 A fee will be charged for any alteration to airline arrangements made by Contiki as per clause 3 5. VACATION 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, accommodations, 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 Contiki’s vacations are specifically planned for those in the 18-35 age group. Consequently the facilities and activities on a Contiki trip are not appropriate to persons outside this age bracket. If you have a question regarding the age groups, you should discuss this thoroughly with Contiki staff personnel. 5.3 Contiki strives to provide a safe, enjoyable and memorable travel experience for all passengers. Contiki welcomes passengers with disabilities. However, please note the following: • Passengers are required to advise Contiki, in advance, of any physical, medical or other needs that require accommodation. A traveler information form must be completed prior to final payment. • All guests must ensure they are medically and physically fit for travel. Contiki may impose safety requirements necessary for the safe operation of the trip. Contiki may also exclude an individual from participating in a trip or an activity if that individual’s participation poses a direct threat to health or safety. • Contiki does not provide personal devices (such as wheelchairs, hearing aids or prescription eye glasses) or services of a personal nature (such as pushing a wheelchair or assistance in eating, toileting or dressing). A companion capable of providing such assistance must accompany any passenger who requires services of a personal nature. • Contiki does not employ medical personnel. Any necessary medical attention will be provided by a local facility at the passenger’s expense. Contiki is not responsible or liable for any losses or costs incurred as a result of medical services obtained while on the trip, or for the quality of the care or services received. • Passengers should be aware some trips include rough terrain, extensive walking over cobblestone streets, uneven pavement, steps and locations which may not be easily accessible or accessible by wheelchair. During the trip, Contiki may make arrangements with carriers, hotels and other independent suppliers to provide travel services. These parties are independent entities over which Contiki has no control. Accommodations on international trips may differ from those in the United States. Contiki cannot guarantee disability access or accommodations for passengers traveling on international trips. • Contiki may, in its sole discretion, decline the booking of any passenger or remove any passenger who cannot comply or refuses to comply with Contiki’s terms and conditions. Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred in the event a passenger is removed from a trip. Passengers agree not to hold Contiki or any of its related entities liable for any actions taken under these terms and conditions. 5.4 You are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs to/from the point of commencement/conclusion of the vacation. 5.5 There may be times when the Contiki Trip Manager or Representative has to make a decision in your best interest or the best interests of their group. You agree to comply with the authority and decisions of the appointed Contiki Trip Manager or Representative and the laws of the country in which you are traveling. If you do not so comply or if, in the Contiki Trip Manager’s or Representative’s opinion, you are not compatible with the general enjoyment and well-being of other members on the trip or the smooth operation of the vacation itself, we reserve the right to refuse to let you continue with the trip. We do not tolerate the possession or carriage of illegal or restricted substances (drugs). Furthermore, you agree that your fellow travelers and any Contiki Representatives have the right to travel/work in a safe environment. Any threats to their safety, well-being or inappropriate behavior by you, whether verbal or physical, will be taken extremely seriously and may result in the immediate termination ­of your vacation. 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 accommodations. You are advised to immediately report any pre-existing damage in your room to hotel staff and/or a Contiki Trip 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 organizations 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 vacation 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 while on the trip (including accommodations, meals, flights and transfers incurred due to associated delays) are at your own expense. 5.8 You agree that our Contiki Trip Managers or Representatives may take photographs and films of you while you are on vacation 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 to the vacation, you should inform the Contiki Representative during the course of the vacation and if the matter cannot be resolved after the representative’s best endeavors to do so during the vacation, your complaint should be made in writing to Contiki as soon as is reasonably possible after the vacation but within 42 days thereof so that your complaint can be investigated. Email complaints to USCustomerService@ Contiki.com. Any claims made after the 42 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 agreement arising between the passenger and the Operators under this brochure and the booking made by the passenger shall be governed by the law of the State of California, County of Orange, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the case of any dispute between the parties. 5.10.2 If any provision of this contract is held invalid or unenforceable by any court of competent jurisdiction, that provision shall be deemed to be re-written

to give effect to the same purpose within the permitted limits of the law. The validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected. 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. TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel insurance is strongly recommended on our trips & we have some of the best deals on rates. Visit contiki.com/insurance. It is strongly recommended that you take out comprehensive insurance coverage for cancelation, personal injury, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses and evacuation expenses before you travel on a Contiki vacation. We strongly recommend your insurance also covers cancelation, personal liability and loss of personal property. 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 and will, in certain circumstances, cover you against loss of deposit or cancelation fees from the date of confirmation of your booking, as shown in the insurance policy. Contiki cannot be held responsible for your failure to take out appropriate insurance. You also agree to indemnify us against all third-party claims, actions, damages and remedies which may be brought against us in respect of your participation in the vacation. With the insurance of Aon Affinity we are able to offer comprehensive travel insurance at group discount rates (see details on page 82). If you wish to have this valuable protection, please advise your Travel Agent to request the insurance and to include the cost of insurance within 14 days of making reservation or before final payment is made, whichever comes first. Please note there will be no travel insurance provided unless you request it from your Travel Agent and the payment is forwarded to Contiki. Complete details of the coverage limitations and exclusions are included with your vacation invoice. 7. ILLNESS OR ABSENTEEISM In the event of your withdrawal from a vacation 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 trip. 8. WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE TRIP PRICE Airfares (unless you purchase a land+air package), air-related taxes and fees passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, tips to Trip Managers, representatives, drivers and local guides, items of a personal nature, excess baggage, and optional excursions. For more go to www.contiki.com/baggage 9. WEATHER CONDITIONS Under no circumstances can we be held responsible for snow or weather conditions, nor can any vacation be canceled 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 authorized officer or director of Contiki. 1.2 Your contract is with us as the trip operating company. At any time and at our complete discretion we may nominate to you in writing any other company or person to have the benefit of some or all of those provisions of this contract, which we may then specify, as if you had agreed the provisions concerned directly with that company or person in the first place as well as agreeing them with us. We may at our complete discretion assign all or any rights and liabilities arising under or by virtue of this or any other contract with you. 1.3 Transportation companies, airlines etc. are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board planes, transportation or conveyances. We rely on international conventions, national and international law, which may apply to the services provided by us, our suppliers or agents with respect to any claim of any nature brought by you against us as a result of the provision of those services. International conventions which apply may include: Warsaw Convention 1929, (as amended by Hague Protocol & Montreal Protocol) in relation to air travel, or Montreal Convention; the Berne Convention for rail travel; Athens Convention 1974 for carriage by sea; the Geneva Convention for carriage by road & the Paris Convention 1962 for Hotels. We are to be regarded as having all benefit of these conventions on limiting our liability in relation to any claim for death, injury, loss, damage & delay to passengers & luggage. Enrollment in & payment for a trip 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 aircrafts, hotels or coaches. All bookings with carriers, hoteliers and other service providers are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by those carriers, hoteliers, and other service providers. Please note that some of these limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. While we cannot accept any responsibility for any loss as a result of such actions or as a result of any act or omission of any such third-parties, we will give every reasonable assistance in helping to resolve any reasonable dispute. Please also note that Contiki cannot be held responsible for the failure of any of these parties to provide facilities or services for handicapped clients (see also 5.3 under Vacation 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 vacation 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. 1.7 The agreement arising between the passenger and the Operators under this brochure and the booking made by the passenger shall be governed by the law of The State of California, County of Orange, which shall have exclusive jurisdiction in the case of dispute between the parties. 1.8 In the case of computer or human billing error we reserve the right to reinvoice passenger with correct billings. 2. The USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program. Contiki Vacations shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of The Travel Corporation who, as an Active Member of the USTOA, is required to post $1 Million with USTOA to be used to reimburse, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program, the advance payments of Contiki Vacations customers in the unlikely event of Contiki Vacations bankruptcy, insolvency or cessation of business. Further, you should understand that the $1 Million posted by The Travel Corporation and shared among its affiliates may be sufficient to provide only a partial recovery of the advance payments received by Contiki Vacations. More details of the USTOA Travelers Assistance Program and a list of affiliates may be obtained by writing to USTOA at 345 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1801, New York, New York 10001, or by email to information@ustoa.com or by visiting their website at www.USTOA.com. 3. VALIDITY The programs advertised in this brochure are valid from September, 2017 to October, 2018. 4. OPERATING COMPANIES The programmes advertised in this brochure are operated by Contiki Holidays (Australia) Pty Ltd and Contiki Holidays (New Zealand) Limited. 4. CONTIKI IS REPRESENTED IN: Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Hong Kong, India, 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. This brochure was published in January, 2017 and supersedes any other current brochure in the market.

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