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Contiki, the leading social travel brand for 18-35s, has launched another trip to its homeland, New Zealand—the 15-day Real New Zealand, offering experiences that showcase the raw and authentic aspects of the country.

Travelers will have their spot guaranteed at an exclusive lakeside Marae Special Stay. They’ll learn about Maori spirituality, traditional healing practices, customs and protocols, music and have the chance to experience an awe-inspiring haka—exclusively composed for Contiki travelers. Additionally, the trip includes special stays at Blue Duck Station, a conservation project on the banks of the Whanganui River, as well as an overnight cruise across the incredible Doubtful Sounds. Experiences that travelers won’t easily be able to do on their own.

Adventures to Get the Adrenaline Going

For adventure lovers, this trip is studded with adrenaline-pumping experiences including skydiving, kayaking, bungee jumping, ziplining, jet boat riding and so much more.

With recent calls about the negative effects of technology on the mental health of young people, this trip is the perfect opportunity for young travelers worldwide who crave a digital detox to reconnect, get off the beaten track and travel in real life.

The exclusive Maori experiences on the itinerary are the result of Contiki’s New Zealand Operations Manager Richie Pepene’s connection with local iwi. “We really wanted to work with local Maori to create the most authentic experience for our travelers. The Trip Managers and drivers are working through a training program to strengthen their competency in Māori history, culture, customs (Tikanga) and language. It’s such a wonderful way for our travelers to immerse themselves in the beauty and culture of the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand,” he says.

“We wanted to make sure that every part of this trip was unique & compelling. We’re really happy with the itinerary, and so glad that we managed to bag experiences that are exclusive to Contiki. Having personally tried and tested parts of it, I can confidently say that this is one of the most exciting New Zealand trips we’ve got,” says Emma McMahon, Product Development Director at Contiki.

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