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April 8, 2021 Tour Operator No Comments Email Email

The countdown is officially on as Australians get ready to pop over to New Zealand, now the highly anticipated Kiwi-Aussie bubble has officially been confirmed for April 19. As the pioneering force in youth travel since 1962, Contiki has been bringing 18–35-year-old travellers together to discover New Zealand for over 30 years. And now, with news of the Trans-Tasman Bubble set to open soon, Contiki can return to doing what they do best – connecting youths with incredible destinations to show them the time of their lives. 

The recent Voice of a Generation survey uncovered a group desperate to travel with 63% of millennials and Gen Z who want to travel this year“We are so excited to finally make this happen and get Aussies across the ditch and back on the road! We know most millennials and Gen Z want the opportunity to travel together again with the freedom and flexibility to be social whether travelling solo, with friends or a partner,” says Katrina Barry, Managing Director for Contiki 

Young travellers play such an essential role in tourism kicking off again, believing in the ‘power of our community of Aussies who are hungrier for travel (and human interaction) than ever before. A recent survey found that most youths are craving unique experiences, with the opportunity for social travel being the most important when choosing a holiday. It’s no surprise they have a desire for social interaction – with 61% ‘raring to go’ and take their next break as soon as the restrictions ease.  

“Pack your bags and just show up, we’ll take care of the rest,” continues Barry. “These trips are designed with the conscious traveller in mind and are the perfect opportunity to support local businesses and communities, exploring off the beaten track places and beyond the traditional tourist hotspots.” 

Expect lots of included local, cultural, foodie, wellness, active and conscious travel experiences: all these inclusions are what makes these ready-made groups on-the-go so appealing.  

The Big Tiki – Unearthing the best of NZ over 19 unforgettable days, this popular trip covers both islands from Auckland to Christchurch.  You’ll experience a traditional Maori cultural performance and feast on ground-smoked hangi dinner, have a dip in Rotorua’s bubbling geothermic mud pools, marvel at the peak of Mt Cook from across the beautiful blue glacial Lake Ohau, venture through Lord of the Rings sights, take a fast boat on an island adventure, parasail through the Bay of Islands, and take to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier – just to name a few! 

South Island Off-Grid – This unplugged and authentic 9-day trip will journey into the thickened heart of the South Island and encounter unforgettable experiences every day. Handfeed stingrays in the Marlborough Sounds, learn yoga at Camp Glenorchy – a world-leading eco-retreat, listed in TIME Magazine’s World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2019, and one of only 44 of TIME Magazine’s “must go” accommodation destinations in worldEnjoy an unforgettable Dark Sky experience at Lake Tekepo, before heading to Queenstown.  

North Island Off-Grid – A 7-day discovery of heritage sites, surf towns and Maori culture. Starting in Auckland and stopping off at the laid-back town of Raglan, set along the mesmerising Manu Bay; head to Rotorua to explore natures wonderland of hot springs and lush canopies; step into the wilderness at the Blue Duck Station ‘Special Stay’, ending in Wellington. 

Sweet as South – Uncover the spellbinding South Island and experience the best of the South in 9-days! Start off on a scenic flight over Mt. Cook then get ready to hit Queenstown, the home of adventure. Try bungy jumping, or opt to take a stunning Milford Sound cruise, and hike a glacier in Franz Josef. From Lake Ohau to Queenstown and finish up in Christchurch. 

As we adapt to this new world – travel with peace of mind knowing that Contiki has worked with government authorities to elevate its already high hygiene standards and protocols. By implementing enhanced training for Trip Managers, its operational procedures, and numerous new measures throughout to comply with physical distancing requirements – travellers can expect the very best possible care and service when travelling.  

Barry concludes, “We are absolutely committed to the wellbeing of our travellers, only working with trusted partners and are very selective when choosing hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that meet the expected guidelines, standards and specifications.”   

Contiki is bubble ready, are you?  

For more information visit https://www.contiki.com/au/en/activity/bubble-ready ; call 1300 CONTIKIor visit your Sales Agent

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