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Program #11592RJ
22 Days | 21 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
The highest elevation (6000 feet) is on the Tongariro Crossing in Tongariro National Park.

Equipment Requirements
Hiking boots essential. Waterproof and windproof clothing. Woollen sweater, warm hat and gloves. Sun-hat, glasses and sunscreen. Walking poles are highly recommended Full list below

Itinerary for Jan 26 — Feb 16, 2015

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Day One: Monday, January 26 - Departure North America
Afternoon: Board overnight flight from USA

Day Two: Tuesday, January 27 - International Flight
In Transit: Cross International Date Line

Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Airport Road
Hamilton, 2001 New Zealand
phone: +6478438412
web: www.airpotinn.co.nz

Room amenities: Queen bed and single bed telephone TV

Facility amenities: Internet & wireless restaurant & bar swimming pool gym,sauna laundry

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: price subject to change
Contact Hotel for reservations


Day Three: Wednesday, January 28 - Coach to Hamilton and visit Hamilton Gardens. Wel...
Coach to Hamilton and visit Hamilton Gardens. Welcome Lunch. Walk River walkway and orientation

Note: River walkway is on paved path (approx 1.5 hrs 3km)

Breakfast: Breakfast taken on airplane.

Morning: Meet program leaders at airport. Board coach for transfer to Hamillton, Visit Hamilton Botanic Garden The themed gardens are exceptional and include a Maori heritage garden

Lunch: Welcome Lunch at Hamilton restaurant

Afternoon: Hamilton sits on the banks of the country's longest river the Waikato River. Hamilton started as a farming service town and has grown into a city with a university, research institutes and the beautiful Hamilton Gardens Walk along Waikoto River Walkway

Dinner: After orientation a Light meal at motor inn

Lodging: Hamilton Airport Motor Inn

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Set in 7 acres of tranquil tree studded parkland. Over the last 10 years, owners and congenial hosts Craig Morey and Angela Jones have developed an engaging, convivial environment where visitors mingle with locals, anglers, and guides, providing a delectable taste of small town New Zealand life.

Contact info:
State Highway 1
Turangi, NA New Zealand
phone: +6473867515
web: www.parklandsmotorlodge.co.nz

Room amenities: TV , kitchen

Facility amenities: Internet & wireless Swimming and Spa pools-sauna Restaurant and bar Laundry and drying room Fishing and rafting guides available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Thursday, January 29 - Coach to Turangi. Visit Glow-worm Caves, Volcanic...
Coach to Turangi. Visit Glow-worm Caves, Volcanic Center and Huka Falls

Note: Huka Falls walk on wellformed Path (45 mins 2km)

Breakfast: Breakfast in Motel Dining room.

Morning: Coach to Waitomo to view Glow-worm Caves. They include deep caverns, luminescent glowworms and amazing limestone formations

Lunch: en route at Lava Glass View Glass blowing

Afternoon: Continue coach journey to Turangi, with stop at Volcanic Centre for Lecture & view exhibits. Short walk to Huka Falls on the Waikato River. Arrive at Motor Lodge & check in. Turangi is situated next to the magnificent Tongoriro National Park ( World Heritage Site). Trout Fishing is Turangi's obsession and the Tongoriro is one of the most famous trout fishing rivers in the world

Dinner: at Lodge

Lodging: Parklands Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Set in 7 acres of tranquil tree studded parkland. Over the last 10 years, owners and congenial hosts Craig Morey and Angela Jones have developed an engaging, convivial environment where visitors mingle with locals, anglers, and guides, providing a delectable taste of small town New Zealand life.

Contact info:
State Highway 1
Turangi, NA New Zealand
phone: +6473867515
web: www.parklandsmotorlodge.co.nz

Room amenities: TV , kitchen

Facility amenities: Internet & wireless Swimming and Spa pools-sauna Restaurant and bar Laundry and drying room Fishing and rafting guides available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Friday, January 30 - Visit and walk in Tongariro National Park (World ...
Note: Silica Springs and Taranaki Falls walks on wellformed loop tracks (2 hrs 6 km each)

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge dining room.

Morning: Coach to Whakapapa Village (Mt Ruapehu). Visit Whakapapa Visitor Centre. Walk to Silica Springs (2 hrs 6 km) Enjoy the peace and quiet as you hike over sub alpine vegetation and through native beech forest to these striking golden rapids, coloured yellow by silica deposits on the volcanic rock.

Lunch: At mountain cafe

Afternoon: Walk to Taranaki Falls which tumbles 20 m. over the edge of a large andesite lava flow which erupted from Mt. Ruapehu. Excellent mountain views(2 hrs 6km)

Dinner: At Lodge

Lodging: Parklands Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Set in 7 acres of tranquil tree studded parkland. Over the last 10 years, owners and congenial hosts Craig Morey and Angela Jones have developed an engaging, convivial environment where visitors mingle with locals, anglers, and guides, providing a delectable taste of small town New Zealand life.

Contact info:
State Highway 1
Turangi, NA New Zealand
phone: +6473867515
web: www.parklandsmotorlodge.co.nz

Room amenities: TV , kitchen

Facility amenities: Internet & wireless Swimming and Spa pools-sauna Restaurant and bar Laundry and drying room Fishing and rafting guides available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Saturday, January 31 - Guided walk on Tongariro Alpine Crossing The Tong...
Guided walk on Tongariro Alpine Crossing The Tongoriro National Park's dual world heritage status recognizes the important Maori cultural associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features

Note: Climb from 1100 m to 1900 m and down to 750 m over steep Volcanic terrain Wellformed tracks, some scree, uneven footing and numerous steps (19.4 km 7-8 hrs) Option to Soda Springs and return (3 hrs approx 7.5 km return)

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge dining room.

Morning: Coach to Mangatepopo Valley for all-day guided hike on Tongariro Alpine Crossing (7-8 hours19.4 km) on mountains. The traverse of the stark and spectacular terrain is one of the most fascinating treks in the country Option to Soda Springs and return (3 hrs approx 7.5 km return)

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field

Afternoon: Continue hike to coach pick-up area & return to Lodge

Dinner: At Lodge

Lodging: Parklands Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Set in 7 acres of tranquil tree studded parkland. Over the last 10 years, owners and congenial hosts Craig Morey and Angela Jones have developed an engaging, convivial environment where visitors mingle with locals, anglers, and guides, providing a delectable taste of small town New Zealand life.

Contact info:
State Highway 1
Turangi, NA New Zealand
phone: +6473867515
web: www.parklandsmotorlodge.co.nz

Room amenities: TV , kitchen

Facility amenities: Internet & wireless Swimming and Spa pools-sauna Restaurant and bar Laundry and drying room Fishing and rafting guides available

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Sunday, February 01 - Free Morning. Visit to National Trout Center Walk...
Free Morning. Visit to National Trout Center Walk around Lake Rotopounamu

Note: Rotopounamu walk ( 2 hrs 5 km) on wellformed track

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge dining room.

Morning: FREE MORNING Optional visit to Tokaanau thermal pools for soak (own cost) and short walk around thermal area, fly fishing, rafting, river walk or cycle

Lunch: At Cafe

Afternoon: Guided Walk of Trout Centre. Walk- Lake Rotopounamu. Rotopounamu/Greenstone Lake nestles on the side of Mt Pihanga. This beautiful lake is a special favourite of tree lovers, birdwatchers, walkers and swimmers.

Dinner: At Hotel

Lodging: Parklands Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Our accommodation is distinctive - a beautifully restored cottage and a modern lodge. Both enhance the special qualities of our nature tours - gathering at the end of the day to enjoy delicious food in the Lodge, or reading a book in front of an open log fire in the peacefulness of Ross Cottage, a historic building registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Commitment to Conservation Our nature tours have a strong eco theme and suit active travellers with an interest in wildlife and conservation in New Zealand. The mix of natural history in our area is unique - so much so that it is under consideration for World Heritage Area status.

Contact info:
Staveley R.D.1
Methven
Ashburton, 8300 New Zealand
phone: +6433030880
web: www.nature.net.nz

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Monday, February 02 - Geothermal Visit - Flight to South Island
Breakfast: Breakfast in Resort dining room.

Morning: Coach to Rotorua. Visit Te Puia Geothermal area and experience a Maori cultural program

Lunch: Lunch at Te Puia

Afternoon: Flight to Christchurch Coach to Staveley A small village situated in the foothills of the Southern Alps undrneath Mt Somers and adjacent to large tracts of pristine native forest. .

Dinner: At Local Home

Lodging: Mountain Beech Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Our accommodation is distinctive - a beautifully restored cottage and a modern lodge. Both enhance the special qualities of our nature tours - gathering at the end of the day to enjoy delicious food in the Lodge, or reading a book in front of an open log fire in the peacefulness of Ross Cottage, a historic building registered with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Commitment to Conservation Our nature tours have a strong eco theme and suit active travellers with an interest in wildlife and conservation in New Zealand. The mix of natural history in our area is unique - so much so that it is under consideration for World Heritage Area status.

Contact info:
Staveley R.D.1
Methven
Ashburton, 8300 New Zealand
phone: +6433030880
web: www.nature.net.nz

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Tuesday, February 03 - All-day Hike on Mt. Somers Foothills trail.
Note: Mt Somers track varies from flat easy sections to a couple of steeper pitches The track is wellformed but rough underfoot in places. (5 hrs 10 km return)

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge.

Morning: Coach to start of Mt. Somers Foothills Trail for all-day walk. Coalminers track to Woolshed Creek Hut (5 hrs 10 km return), an optional extension 1 1/2 hrs to Trifalls). Follow the old coal miners trail through regenerating beech forest out onto sub alpine vegetation with outstanding views towards the Arrowsmith range and Lake Heron

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field with lecture by botanist.

Afternoon: Complete hike & return to Lodge.

Dinner: At local home

Lodging: Mountain Beech Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Set in the Mountain Village of Mt Hutt Methven,. Owner operated and Built in 1985

Contact info:
51 Main Street
Methven 7730, New Zealand
phone: +6433028724
web: www.methvanresort.com

Facility amenities: internet & wireless Drying room,Laundry, bar & restaurant. Private spa & Sauna, 3 outside heated spa & 25 meter swimming pool

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower over a bath

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, February 04 - Guided Walks at Mt. Potts (Lord of Rings Film Sit...
Note: Mt Sunday Walk includes a small river crossing of Deep Creek (instruction given) (sandals required) Climb 30 mins 100 m. vertical gain

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge.

Morning: Coach to Mt. Potts. with a stop at Lake Clearwater Guided walk to Mt Sunday (Lord of the Rings location, Edoras) (2 hrs 3-4 km return)

Lunch: In the field (packed lunch)

Afternoon: Walk into Glacial Kettle Tarn Return via Mt Somers Village to Methven Just 1 hour from Christchurch Methven is a combination of rural New Zealand and a busy Ski Town. It is also a popular summer resort Braided rivers are a feature of this area with salmon fishing and nearby Mt Somers offers Birdwatching and Hiking

Dinner: At the Lodge

Lodging: Methven Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Set in the Mountain Village of Mt Hutt Methven,. Owner operated and Built in 1985

Contact info:
51 Main Street
Methven 7730, New Zealand
phone: +6433028724
web: www.methvanresort.com

Facility amenities: internet & wireless Drying room,Laundry, bar & restaurant. Private spa & Sauna, 3 outside heated spa & 25 meter swimming pool

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Bathroom: Shower over a bath

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Thursday, February 05 - Field trip to Sheep Farm. Bush Walk.
Note: Walk on well formed trail with numerous steps (1hr 2-3 km)

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge.

Morning: Coach to local sheep farm to experience farming activities. Lecture on local geology at Staveley museum

Lunch: At local home

Afternoon: Walk to Sharplin Falls on Mt. Somers through virgin native bush

Dinner: At local Cafe

Lodging: Methven Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Glenorchy is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park, and several famous back country walking tracks including the Routeburn, Caples, Greenstone and Rees-Dart, as well as many popular local day walks. The Whakaari conservation area has opened up a whole new area close to Glenorchy, rich in history and accessible by horseback, mountain bike and on foot. Your hosts, Thor and Corrine, have been in the area since 1991 and take great pleasure in helping you to make the most of your stay. Besides the many walking tracks there are a lot of other activities to enjoy in the area. You can try your hand at fishing for trout and salmon in the rivers and the lake. Jet boat the amazing Dart River, or enjoy a fun yakking trip. There are also guided kayak trips, horse trekking, 4WD adventures or sky diving to name a few. You'll soon find out that one day is not enough. At the head of Lake Wakatipu, 49km and a 45min drive from Queenstown, the small township of Glenorchy is nestled in the midst of the most stunning natural scenery of the Southern Lakes. Visitors to the area have enjoyed the beautiful scenery and tranquil surroundings since it was first settled nearly 150 years ago. Glenorchy is a great base to explore this world heritage area.

Contact info:
87 Oban Street
Glenorchy
Glenorchy, 1001 New Zealand
phone: +6434426993
web: www.mtearnslawmotel.co.nz

Room amenities: Our studio units all have comfortable super king-size beds to ensure a great night's sleep. The fully equipped kitchens also have complimentary tea and coffee. Each unit has an ensuite bathroom, free-to-air satellite TV, La-Z-Boy chairs and heat pump air-conditioning for your comfort. Free WiFi internet cards are provided and laundry facilities are available. Units are all serviced daily. Another feature our visitors appreciate, are double-glazed windows and thick concrete slab walls to ensure there is minimal noise transference between units. These units are quiet.

Facility amenities: About Us Mt Earnslaw Motel was built in 2000 to cater for visitors wanting an independent accommodation option. We offer a no frills accommodation option, that doesn't compromise quality and comfort, while still being affordable. Another feature our visitors appreciate, are double-glazed windows and thick concrete slab walls to ensure there is minimal noise transference between units. These units are quiet. Laundry and BBQ

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Friday, February 06 - Coach transfer to Glenorchy via Lake Tekapo and Q...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge.

Morning: Board coach for journey to Glenorchy via Tekapo to view church and the collie dog and to view Mt. Cook

Lunch: At Omarama en route.

Afternoon: Continue coach journey via Lake Wakatipu, with brief 1hr stop at Queenstown. Glenorchy is set among towering mountains, beech forest and flowing rivers, this is also the start point for many walking tracks including the renowned Routeburn track. Many scenes for the Lord of the Rings movie were shot around here

Dinner: At Glenorchy Lodge

Lodging: Mt Earnslaw Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Glenorchy is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park, and several famous back country walking tracks including the Routeburn, Caples, Greenstone and Rees-Dart, as well as many popular local day walks. The Whakaari conservation area has opened up a whole new area close to Glenorchy, rich in history and accessible by horseback, mountain bike and on foot. Your hosts, Thor and Corrine, have been in the area since 1991 and take great pleasure in helping you to make the most of your stay. Besides the many walking tracks there are a lot of other activities to enjoy in the area. You can try your hand at fishing for trout and salmon in the rivers and the lake. Jet boat the amazing Dart River, or enjoy a fun yakking trip. There are also guided kayak trips, horse trekking, 4WD adventures or sky diving to name a few. You'll soon find out that one day is not enough. At the head of Lake Wakatipu, 49km and a 45min drive from Queenstown, the small township of Glenorchy is nestled in the midst of the most stunning natural scenery of the Southern Lakes. Visitors to the area have enjoyed the beautiful scenery and tranquil surroundings since it was first settled nearly 150 years ago. Glenorchy is a great base to explore this world heritage area.

Contact info:
87 Oban Street
Glenorchy
Glenorchy, 1001 New Zealand
phone: +6434426993
web: www.mtearnslawmotel.co.nz

Room amenities: Our studio units all have comfortable super king-size beds to ensure a great night's sleep. The fully equipped kitchens also have complimentary tea and coffee. Each unit has an ensuite bathroom, free-to-air satellite TV, La-Z-Boy chairs and heat pump air-conditioning for your comfort. Free WiFi internet cards are provided and laundry facilities are available. Units are all serviced daily. Another feature our visitors appreciate, are double-glazed windows and thick concrete slab walls to ensure there is minimal noise transference between units. These units are quiet.

Facility amenities: About Us Mt Earnslaw Motel was built in 2000 to cater for visitors wanting an independent accommodation option. We offer a no frills accommodation option, that doesn't compromise quality and comfort, while still being affordable. Another feature our visitors appreciate, are double-glazed windows and thick concrete slab walls to ensure there is minimal noise transference between units. These units are quiet. Laundry and BBQ

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Saturday, February 07 - Field trips to Greenstone Valley & Lake Rere
Note: Walk on wellformed trail with some short elevations and descents (5-6 hrs 13 km)

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge.

Morning: Coach to Greenstone Valley for walk in beech forest following the Greenstone river renowned for its clear water and trout fishing

Lunch: In the field.

Afternoon: Return via Lake Rere and Elfin Bay with magnificent views of Lake Wakatipu and Mt Earslaw (5-6 hrs 13 km)

Dinner: At local cafe

Lodging: Mt Earnslaw Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Glenorchy is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park, and several famous back country walking tracks including the Routeburn, Caples, Greenstone and Rees-Dart, as well as many popular local day walks. The Whakaari conservation area has opened up a whole new area close to Glenorchy, rich in history and accessible by horseback, mountain bike and on foot. Your hosts, Thor and Corrine, have been in the area since 1991 and take great pleasure in helping you to make the most of your stay. Besides the many walking tracks there are a lot of other activities to enjoy in the area. You can try your hand at fishing for trout and salmon in the rivers and the lake. Jet boat the amazing Dart River, or enjoy a fun yakking trip. There are also guided kayak trips, horse trekking, 4WD adventures or sky diving to name a few. You'll soon find out that one day is not enough. At the head of Lake Wakatipu, 49km and a 45min drive from Queenstown, the small township of Glenorchy is nestled in the midst of the most stunning natural scenery of the Southern Lakes. Visitors to the area have enjoyed the beautiful scenery and tranquil surroundings since it was first settled nearly 150 years ago. Glenorchy is a great base to explore this world heritage area.

Contact info:
87 Oban Street
Glenorchy
Glenorchy, 1001 New Zealand
phone: +6434426993
web: www.mtearnslawmotel.co.nz

Room amenities: Our studio units all have comfortable super king-size beds to ensure a great night's sleep. The fully equipped kitchens also have complimentary tea and coffee. Each unit has an ensuite bathroom, free-to-air satellite TV, La-Z-Boy chairs and heat pump air-conditioning for your comfort. Free WiFi internet cards are provided and laundry facilities are available. Units are all serviced daily. Another feature our visitors appreciate, are double-glazed windows and thick concrete slab walls to ensure there is minimal noise transference between units. These units are quiet.

Facility amenities: About Us Mt Earnslaw Motel was built in 2000 to cater for visitors wanting an independent accommodation option. We offer a no frills accommodation option, that doesn't compromise quality and comfort, while still being affordable. Another feature our visitors appreciate, are double-glazed windows and thick concrete slab walls to ensure there is minimal noise transference between units. These units are quiet. Laundry and BBQ

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Sunday, February 08 - Walking field trip to Invincible Gold Mine
Note: Uphill walk on wellformed trail (3-4 hrs approx. 7 km return)

Breakfast: Breakfast in the Lodge dining room.

Morning: Field trip to Invincible Goldmine in Rees Valley Outstanding views of Mt Earnslaw and Rees Valley (3-4 hrs approx. 7 km)

Lunch: In the field

Dinner: Coach to Kinloch Lodge for dinner.

Lodging: Mt Earnslaw Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Glenorchy is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park, and several famous back country walking tracks including the Routeburn, Caples, Greenstone and Rees-Dart, as well as many popular local day walks. The Whakaari conservation area has opened up a whole new area close to Glenorchy, rich in history and accessible by horseback, mountain bike and on foot. Your hosts, Thor and Corrine, have been in the area since 1991 and take great pleasure in helping you to make the most of your stay. Besides the many walking tracks there are a lot of other activities to enjoy in the area. You can try your hand at fishing for trout and salmon in the rivers and the lake. Jet boat the amazing Dart River, or enjoy a fun yakking trip. There are also guided kayak trips, horse trekking, 4WD adventures or sky diving to name a few. You'll soon find out that one day is not enough. At the head of Lake Wakatipu, 49km and a 45min drive from Queenstown, the small township of Glenorchy is nestled in the midst of the most stunning natural scenery of the Southern Lakes. Visitors to the area have enjoyed the beautiful scenery and tranquil surroundings since it was first settled nearly 150 years ago. Glenorchy is a great base to explore this world heritage area.

Contact info:
87 Oban Street
Glenorchy
Glenorchy, 1001 New Zealand
phone: +6434426993
web: www.mtearnslawmotel.co.nz

Room amenities: Our studio units all have comfortable super king-size beds to ensure a great night's sleep. The fully equipped kitchens also have complimentary tea and coffee. Each unit has an ensuite bathroom, free-to-air satellite TV, La-Z-Boy chairs and heat pump air-conditioning for your comfort. Free WiFi internet cards are provided and laundry facilities are available. Units are all serviced daily. Another feature our visitors appreciate, are double-glazed windows and thick concrete slab walls to ensure there is minimal noise transference between units. These units are quiet.

Facility amenities: About Us Mt Earnslaw Motel was built in 2000 to cater for visitors wanting an independent accommodation option. We offer a no frills accommodation option, that doesn't compromise quality and comfort, while still being affordable. Another feature our visitors appreciate, are double-glazed windows and thick concrete slab walls to ensure there is minimal noise transference between units. These units are quiet. Laundry and BBQ

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fifteen: Monday, February 09 - Routeburn Track Hike traverses through part of th...
Routeburn Track Hike traverses through part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Site

Note: Routeburn Shelter to Routeburn Flats hut on wellformed easy graded track (13 km 4-5 hrs return). Routeburn Flats Hut to Routeburn Falls Hut (2.3 km 1 hr) steady climb through beech forest with excellent views of the valley below and the magnificent Routeburn Falls (7 hrs 17.6 km return)

Breakfast: Breakfast at local cafe

Morning: Coach to start of celebrated Routeburn Track. Hike up to Routeburn Falls & return. (7 hrs 17.6 km) Optional Routeburn Flats (13 km 4-5 hrs) The Routeburn Track - a 32 km, 2-4 day track weaves through beech-forested valleys and alongside clear green rivers and glistening alpine lakes

Lunch: In the field

Afternoon: On the Track

Dinner: At the lodge

Lodging: Mt Earnslaw Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Glenorchy is the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park, and several famous back country walking tracks including the Routeburn, Caples, Greenstone and Rees-Dart, as well as many popular local day walks. The Whakaari conservation area has opened up a whole new area close to Glenorchy, rich in history and accessible by horseback, mountain bike and on foot. Your hosts, Thor and Corrine, have been in the area since 1991 and take great pleasure in helping you to make the most of your stay. Besides the many walking tracks there are a lot of other activities to enjoy in the area. You can try your hand at fishing for trout and salmon in the rivers and the lake. Jet boat the amazing Dart River, or enjoy a fun yakking trip. There are also guided kayak trips, horse trekking, 4WD adventures or sky diving to name a few. You'll soon find out that one day is not enough. At the head of Lake Wakatipu, 49km and a 45min drive from Queenstown, the small township of Glenorchy is nestled in the midst of the most stunning natural scenery of the Southern Lakes. Visitors to the area have enjoyed the beautiful scenery and tranquil surroundings since it was first settled nearly 150 years ago. Glenorchy is a great base to explore this world heritage area.

Contact info:
87 Oban Street
Glenorchy
Glenorchy, 1001 New Zealand
phone: +6434426993
web: www.mtearnslawmotel.co.nz

Room amenities: Our studio units all have comfortable super king-size beds to ensure a great night's sleep. The fully equipped kitchens also have complimentary tea and coffee. Each unit has an ensuite bathroom, free-to-air satellite TV, La-Z-Boy chairs and heat pump air-conditioning for your comfort. Free WiFi internet cards are provided and laundry facilities are available. Units are all serviced daily. Another feature our visitors appreciate, are double-glazed windows and thick concrete slab walls to ensure there is minimal noise transference between units. These units are quiet.

Facility amenities: About Us Mt Earnslaw Motel was built in 2000 to cater for visitors wanting an independent accommodation option. We offer a no frills accommodation option, that doesn't compromise quality and comfort, while still being affordable. Another feature our visitors appreciate, are double-glazed windows and thick concrete slab walls to ensure there is minimal noise transference between units. These units are quiet. Laundry and BBQ

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Sixteen: Tuesday, February 10 - Visit to Paradise (Lord of Rings site) Free Afte...
Visit to Paradise (Lord of Rings site) Free Afternoon (optional Jet Boating, extra cost)

Note: Walk around Paradise property through a narrow Virgin forest track and over wider wellformed tracks (approx. 2 hrs)

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge dining room.

Morning: Coach visit to Paradise Valley & sites of Lord of the Rings filming. Lecture on the history of the property and the Paradise Trust

Lunch: Own choice- .

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON (Jet boating on the Dart river, optional extra, own expense) "Glenorchy Air" Flight to Milford (optional extra, own expense, weather dependent) Horse riding, Golf, own exploration, Cycling

Dinner: At local cafe Followed by lecture on New Zealand history and systems

Lodging: Mt Earnslaw Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The South Sea Hotel is a Stewart Island icon, with a strong footing in Island life, both past and present. The hotel has a fully licensed bar, restaurant, hotel and motel accommodation. Situated in the middle of Halfmoon Bay, just a stones throw from the beach, the hotel is an ideal base for your Stewart Island holiday. The staff can advise you on local attractions and activities and help you with your booking. When you arrive onto the island, either by ferry or plane, the hotel is only a 3 minute walk away.

Contact info:
Main Road
Stewart Island
Bluff, 1002 New Zealand
phone: +6432191059
web: www.stewart-island.co.nz

Room amenities: Studio units- en-suite bathroom TV Telephone kitchen

Facility amenities: Wifi internet Restaurant and bar Laundry

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seventeen: Wednesday, February 11 - Free time in Queenstown. Visit Wildlife Center. C...
Free time in Queenstown. Visit Wildlife Center. Coach to Bluff. Ferry ride to Stewart Island

Breakfast: Breakfast in Lodge dining room.

Morning: Coach to Queenstown. Some free time. (1.5 Hrs) Visit Wildlife Centre view native birds.

Lunch: Free choice,

Afternoon: Coach to Invercargill & Bluff. Board ferry for Scheduled trip to Stewart Island (NZ's third island) Stewart Island's main settlement is Oban, at Halfmoon Bay. The islands bird life is one of the main draw cards In Maori legend, Stewart Island is known as the anchor of Maui;s canoe (the South Island) from which he fished the North Island out of the sea.Arrive at Half-Moon Bay & check in to Hotel.

Dinner: At South Sea Hotel

Lodging: South Sea Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The South Sea Hotel is a Stewart Island icon, with a strong footing in Island life, both past and present. The hotel has a fully licensed bar, restaurant, hotel and motel accommodation. Situated in the middle of Halfmoon Bay, just a stones throw from the beach, the hotel is an ideal base for your Stewart Island holiday. The staff can advise you on local attractions and activities and help you with your booking. When you arrive onto the island, either by ferry or plane, the hotel is only a 3 minute walk away.

Contact info:
Main Road
Stewart Island
Bluff, 1002 New Zealand
phone: +6432191059
web: www.stewart-island.co.nz

Room amenities: Studio units- en-suite bathroom TV Telephone kitchen

Facility amenities: Wifi internet Restaurant and bar Laundry

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eighteen: Thursday, February 12 - Walking field trip to Ackers Point lighthouse and...
Note: Walking along Island roads and well formed tracks. Along the Golden Bay track there are numerous steps (5hrs 10-12 km)

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel.

Morning: Video at Visitors Centre. Walking field trip to Ackers Point Lighthouse

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field

Afternoon: Walking field trip to Golden Bay, Observation Rock and Fushia walk (5hrs 10-12 km)

Dinner: At the Hotel

Lodging: South Sea Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The South Sea Hotel is a Stewart Island icon, with a strong footing in Island life, both past and present. The hotel has a fully licensed bar, restaurant, hotel and motel accommodation. Situated in the middle of Halfmoon Bay, just a stones throw from the beach, the hotel is an ideal base for your Stewart Island holiday. The staff can advise you on local attractions and activities and help you with your booking. When you arrive onto the island, either by ferry or plane, the hotel is only a 3 minute walk away.

Contact info:
Main Road
Stewart Island
Bluff, 1002 New Zealand
phone: +6432191059
web: www.stewart-island.co.nz

Room amenities: Studio units- en-suite bathroom TV Telephone kitchen

Facility amenities: Wifi internet Restaurant and bar Laundry

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nineteen: Friday, February 13 - All-day hike to Port William
Note: Walk along Island roads wellformed tracks and along beaches

Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel Dining room.

Morning: Guided All-day hike to Port William. (5 hrs 12km) Rakiura National Park opened in 2002 and is the 14th of New Zealand's national parks. The park covers about 157,000 hectares and makes up about 85 percent of Stewart Island/Rakiura. Although the island lies only 30 kilometres south west of Bluff, between latitudes 46 and 47 degrees south, it exudes a charm of a world on its own. The sunrises and sunsets in soft southern light are amazing. Visitors can explore pristine beaches, sheltered inlets, and coastal forest, and see seals, penguins, kiwi, weka and many other birds. There are also opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, cruises and scenic flights. Return by Scheduled boat service

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field

Dinner: At hotel

Lodging: South Sea Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The South Sea Hotel is a Stewart Island icon, with a strong footing in Island life, both past and present. The hotel has a fully licensed bar, restaurant, hotel and motel accommodation. Situated in the middle of Halfmoon Bay, just a stones throw from the beach, the hotel is an ideal base for your Stewart Island holiday. The staff can advise you on local attractions and activities and help you with your booking. When you arrive onto the island, either by ferry or plane, the hotel is only a 3 minute walk away.

Contact info:
Main Road
Stewart Island
Bluff, 1002 New Zealand
phone: +6432191059
web: www.stewart-island.co.nz

Room amenities: Studio units- en-suite bathroom TV Telephone kitchen

Facility amenities: Wifi internet Restaurant and bar Laundry

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twenty: Saturday, February 14 - Pelagic Boat trip and to Ulva Island Bird Sanctu...
Note: Ulva Island walking on wellformed tracks 1.5-2 hrs

Breakfast: Breakfast in Hotel dining room

Morning: Boat trip by scheduled service to view seabirds and seals with commentary. Visit Ulva Island (perdator-free Wildlife Sanctuary) for self guided exploration

Lunch: Own choice-

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON for Sea Kayaking, bird watching, submarine, and further exploration or water taxi return to Ulva Island

Dinner: Dinner in restaurant.

Lodging: South Sea Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The West Plaza Hotel occupies the prime position for business or pleasure in Wellington. We're in easy walking distance of the major government departments, commercial offices, and conference and event centres of the CBD. Plus you're only a short walk from the premium shopping of Lambton Quay and the entertainment zones of Courtenay Place and the Cuba Quarter.

Contact info:
110 Wakefield Strret
Wellington, 6001 New Zealand
phone: +64 4 473-1440
web: www.westplaza.co.nz

Room amenities: SKY colour television with a wide range of channels Flat rate broadband wireless Internet access Direct dial ISD / STD telephone Work desk Mini-bar, coffee and tea making Automated wake-up call service Hairdryer Iron and ironing board Clock radio Heat detectors Electricity (240V 50Hz adapters available)

Facility amenities: restaurant & bar Guest laundry available 7 days Dry-cleaning services (Mon-Fri, excluding Public Holidays) 24-hour reception 24-hour room service Safety deposit boxes at reception Foreign currency exchange Flat rate broadband wireless Internet access (charges may apply)

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: subject to change
Available after program finishes


Day Twenty One: Sunday, February 15 - Ferry to Buff. Bluff Hill walk Fly to Wellington...
Ferry to Buff. Bluff Hill walk Fly to Wellington Lecture on Politics and Economy

Note: Walk downhill from Bluff Hill and around the coast on wellformed track (1.5 hrs, 5 km)

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Ferry to Bluff Bluff Hill Walk Lookout and walk to Lands-End (1.5 hrs, 5 km)

Lunch: At Buff

Afternoon: Flight to Wellington Lecture on Politics and Economy

Dinner: Farewell Dinner

Lodging: West Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twenty Two: Monday, February 16 - Guided tour of New Zealand Parliament Buildings. ...
Guided tour of New Zealand Parliament Buildings. City Walk Visit Te Papa Museum Departure

Note: Walk up through Botanic Gardens Take Cable Car down and along waterfront on paved paths.

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: City Walk, Cable car, Walk down through Botanic Garden. Guided tour and lecture at New Zealand Parliament Buildings. Continue city walk along Waterfront

Lunch: Lunch at cafe

Afternoon: Visit Te Papa Museum and/or free time to explore Wellington Transport to Wellington Airport for international check in to Auckland and USA

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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