Camp Glenorchy Camp Glenorchy

Contiki goes ‘off-grid’ in NZ

Three new, ‘off-grid’ trips focused on local and authentic New Zealand experiences have been released by Contiki for 2020-21.

Designed especially for Gen-Z travellers aged 18-35, the trips include a two-night stay at Ohinemutu Māori marae in Rotorua (usually limited to day trips only) with lessons in Māori traditions, customs, spirituality and healing practises, participation in a cultural performance, and helping to prepare of a steamed hangi dinner while listening to stories around the kitchen table.

Stargazing in Mount Cook National Park combines science and tātai arora (Māori astronomy) while surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) in the small coastal town of Raglan showcases an environmentally conscious local community that has banned single-use plastic and packaging in all cafes. Two nights at Camp Glenorchy eco-retreat near Queenstown is complemented by two nights at Lochmara Lodge in Queen Charlotte Sound where guests take an underwater observatory tour with a marine biologist and a guided conservation tour.

The new suite of 2020-21 trips showcase more conscious experiences than ever before, including having a flat white coffee and Heart Parcels brownie in Wellington with the proceeds going to feeding the homeless in Wellington and providing lunch for a kid in need via local charity Eat My Lunch.The three new trips (15-day New Zealand Off-Grid and separate North and South Island itineraries) join the ranks of 32 across Contiki’s New Zealand product.

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