Contiki Launches 2019 South Pacific Program

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Contiki has introduced its re-designed 2019 South Pacific program, which this year features 16 new itineraries and smaller group sizes that will enable the brand to offer more opportunity for immersive local experiences.

The tour operator has also added more internal flights, allowing clients to spend more time in-destination, including the addition of flights from Darwin to Alice Springs on all Australia trips (saving 14 hours) and from Rotorua to Christchurch in New Zealand on its ‘The Kiwi Bucket List’ trip (saving 11 hours). Scenic train journeys have also been added to itineraries, with less coach travel time, including journeys from Airlie Beach to Cairns, and optional day trip on the Kuranda railway in Cairns, and the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Greymouth.

“Australia and New Zealand have consistently been at the top of many young Canadians’ bucket lists,” said Sheralyn Berry, president of Contiki Canada. “Our new South Pacific 2019 program will offer clients once-in-a-lifetime adventures only Contiki can deliver. From watching the sun rise over Uluru, sipping a long black over smashed avo toast overlooking Byron Bay to experiencing the true meaning of kia ora in New Zealand, clients will have the best time of their lives with us ‘Down Under’.”

Contiki’s new South Pacific 2019 program will also feature several other additions, including:

Accommodation: New for 2019, Contiki has expanded its offering of ‘Special Stays’ – travellers will be able to spot kangaroos at an eco-camp in Noosa Everglades on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and sleep within Kakadu National Park in Bush Bungalows. In New Zealand an overnight cruise on Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park has been added as part of the new 10-day ‘Kiwi Bucket List’ adventure.

Experiences: Clients can now choose from at least eight new inclusions and free time add-ons such as kayaking on Milford Sound, an afternoon on the ‘grassy knoll’ at Bondi Beach, ferry across Sydney Harbour to Watson’s Bay, stand up paddle boarding, yoga and surfing in Byron Bay.

Contiki has also added six new adventures to its South Pacific 2019 program, including three new Australian trips(with sailing add-ons)and one New Zealand adventure:

  • The 13-day ‘Eastern Escape’, with internal flights, new experiences such as an optional beer tasting at Stone & Wood brewery and yoga on the beach in Byron Bay, included Sydney Harbour Sunset Cruise, and two nights Special Stay at an eco-camp;
  • The 13-day ‘Eastern Escape + Sailing’ including two nights sailing The Whitsundays;
  • The 14-day ‘Cape to Coast’ including time in Cape Tribulation in Tropical North Queensland, guided walk up to Rainforest lookout and Marrdja Boardwalk, internal flights and Special Stays;
  • The 14-day ‘Cape to Coast + Sailing’ with two nights sailing The Whitsundays;
  • The four-day ‘Uluru Explorer’ including Champagne sunset at ‘The Rock’, BBQ breakfast and dinner, and Free Time Add Ons including a scenic flight;
  • The 10-day ‘The Kiwi Bucket List’ ticks off all the big bucket list items and locations across New Zealand with smaller group sizes (max. 30), an overnight cruise on Milford Sound and the opportunity to travel on the TranzAlpine train journey (at additional cost).

Ten Australian adventures (including four sailing options) have been improved for 2019, which include the 20-day ‘Big Walkabout’ now with four internal flights and more local included experiences; the 13-day ‘Beaches & Reefs’ visiting Cairns’ Great Barrier Reef; the eight-day ‘Sun Seeker’ now including internal flights and a train from Airlie Beach to Cairns; the 14-day ‘Reefs and Rainforests’ with surf lessons, Blue Mountains hiking and two nights at an eco-camp; ‘City to Surf’ spending time in Byron Bay and Bondi, and the eight-day ‘Outback Adventure’ exploring Kakadu and the ‘Red Centre’ with two nights in Bush Bungalows.

For more information about Contiki’s South Pacific 2019 program, visit or speak with your local sales and business development manager.

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