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Program #17522RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
On 2 days there could be field trips with altitudes up to 4.000 ft for brief periods.

Equipment Requirements
Strong walking shoes (or boots) Walking sticks useful in some locations. Weatherproof clothing Binoculars

Itinerary for Mar 2 — Mar 20, 2015

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Day One: Monday, March 02 -
In Transit: In flight.

Day Two: Tuesday, March 03 -
In Transit: In flight.

Type: Hotel

Description: Central Location

Contact info:
27 Victoria Street West
Auckland, New Zealand
phone: +6493031333
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: NZ$ 125 subject to change
Arrange thru Provider. Please contact by Email at: eilehcobbe@xtra.co.nz


Day Three: Wednesday, March 04 - Visit Cornwall park and Mt. Eden. Lecture by Orn...
Morning: Arrive Auckland Int. Airport. Coach to Cornwall Park Garden Restaurant. This is a delightful arboretum with both native and exotic tress where a number of bird species will be seen quite clearly.There will be good opportunities to view these on the short walk back to the coach after the meal..We will also enjoy a sort talk about the history of this park..

Brunch: At Cornwall Park

Afternoon: Coach to Mt.Eden for overview of City This is a great opportunity to view a vista of the country's largest city, which is set between two magnificent harbours. Coach to Hotel and check-in. Introductory Lecture (with power-point presentation) by a leading Ornithologist from the University. This is something which should not be missed..

Dinner: Welcome dinner at Restaurant

Lodging: New President

Meals Included: Brunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Central Location

Contact info:
27 Victoria Street West
Auckland, New Zealand
phone: +6493031333
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: NZ$ 125 subject to change
Arrange thru Provider. Please contact by Email at: eilehcobbe@xtra.co.nz


Day Four: Thursday, March 05 - Visit to Bird Sanctuary Island
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Walk to ferry terminal (10 mins) Board ferry to Tiritiri Matangi Island (Bird Sanctuary) for all-day guided Field trip view native birds (some rare & endangered).This island, which is only a 60-minute trip from Auckland, is regarded by many as the highlight of this program as there are several species which you are unlikely to see elsewhere. It was planted in native trees by enthusiastic volunteers some 50 years ago and is largely run by docents. You will have a truly enjoyable experience there.

Lunch: Packed lunch at visitor centre

Afternoon: Free time to walk on Island. Meet at ferry terminal. Ferry to Auckland & walk to hotel

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Lodging: New President

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Central Location

Contact info:
27 Victoria Street West
Auckland, New Zealand
phone: +6493031333
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: NZ$ 125 subject to change
Arrange thru Provider. Please contact by Email at: eilehcobbe@xtra.co.nz


Day Five: Friday, March 06 - View on-shore Gannet Colony
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Coach to Muriwai Beach area for guided field Trip with Department of Conservation Officer to view on-shore Gannet colony. There are very few on-shore gannet colonies in the world and this is one of them. The viewing sites are very well placed and access paths are sited to bring participants really close to these magnifiicent birds. The coastal views from this area are also quite delightful.

Lunch: At local cafe

Afternoon: Coach to Dominion Museum for guided tour of Maori & Pacific Courts.The Maori exhibits at this museum are quite outstanding.

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: New President

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Contact info:
105 Rolleston Street
Thames, New Zealand
phone: +6478688091
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Saturday, March 07 - Visit noted Shorebird Centre
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: . Coach to Miranda Shorebird Centre. Introductory Lecture by Director & view exhibits. Miranda, on the Thames Estuary, is the principal viewing area in New Zealand wading ans shorebirds, many of these being migratory, particularly the Godwit, which flies from Alaska. As the colonies are sometimes at quite a distance, depending on the tides, several telescopes with tripods will be supplied.

Lunch: Packed lunch at Visitor centre.

Afternoon: Short coach trip & walk to Shorebird viewing area for guided field trip (schedule based on tidal situation) Coach to Motel & check-in.

Dinner: At local restaurant

Lodging: Rolleston Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
1000 Eruera Street
Rotorua, New Zealand
phone: +6473481174
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Sunday, March 08 - Scenic coach trip to Rotorua
Breakfast: At motel cafe

Morning: Board Coach for trip to Rotorua. This is a very popular centre for tourists as it is situate on the Volcanic Plateau and is the site of a large Lake and considerable geo-thermal activity, some of which is harnessed for electricity production. It is also the principal centre for Maori Culture, being the home of the Arawa Tribe.

Lunch: At cafe en route

Afternoon: Arrive Rotorua and check in to Hotel. Coach to Te Puia Maori Centre for Maori Cultural Performance & Lecture. Also guided tour of geothermal area.

Dinner: At hotel

Lodging: Sudima Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
110 Wakefield Street
Wellington, New Zealand
phone: +6444731440
web: www.westplaza.co.nz

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, March 09 - View Shorebirds at Manawayu Estuary Coach to Wel...
Note: Short walk along paved pathway

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Board coach for transfer to Wellington. Short stop at Birdng site en route (Manawatu River Estuary) (dependent on tides).where local birding entusiasts will guide us to view shore aand wading birds Arrive Wellington. Check-in to Hotel. Lecture on Political Systems & Economy of New Zealand.by a leading Political Scientist, who makes comparisons with those of the U.S.A.

Lunch: At Taihape restaurant en route

Afternoon: Short stop at Birdng site en route (dependent on tides). Arrive Wellington. Check-in to Hotel. Lecture on Political Systems & Economy of New Zealand.

Dinner: At Hotel

Lodging: West Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
110 Wakefield Street
Wellington, New Zealand
phone: +6444731440
web: www.westplaza.co.nz

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, March 10 - Guided tour of NZ Parliament Buildings
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Coach to Parliament Buildings for guided tour. Visit Old St Paul's Church & Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: FREE TIME

Dinner: Dinner own choice, to sample fare.

Lodging: West Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
110 Wakefield Street
Wellington, New Zealand
phone: +6444731440
web: www.westplaza.co.nz

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, March 11 - Guided tour of Wildlife Centre viewing native bir...
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Board coach to Karori Wildlife Centre for guided walk to view native forest and birds.This is a large area with a scenic lake and excellent viewing sites. The whole area is surrounded by predator-proof fencing to protect native bird-life,.

Lunch: At Centre cafe

Afternoon: View Botanical Gardens and Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Return to Hotel At the top of the Gardens there is a magnificent vista of a large part of the City and Harbour.

Dinner: At Hotel

Lodging: West Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Delightful setting with private Lake

Contact info:
Schoolhouse Road
Kaikoura, New Zealand
phone: +64 33195083
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Thursday, March 12 - Ferry trip to South Island via scenic Marlborough...
Breakfast: At Hotel

Morning: Coach to Harbour Terminal to board ferry to South Island. Arrive Picton & board Coach to Kaikoura This is a delightful scenic trip. After the ferry crosses Cook Strait (between the two Islands) it enters the very attractive Marlborough Sounds, which are largely forested and a very popular holiday area. Arriving at Picton we board Coach for the short trip to Blenheim (the principal town in this province) followed by a 1 1/2 hour on to Kaikoura.

Lunch: En route at Winery Restaurant

Afternoon: Arrive at Kaikoura and check in to Accommodation at Motor Lodge. Kaikoura has a fascinating history as it was a very small. quiet seaside toen until about 30 years ago, when an enterprising person realised that it was the perfecr site for viewing the sperm whales which were in large numbers a short distance offshore. Since then the viewing industry has expanded to view dolphins and, more importantly, seabirds of many species..This industry has caused huge expansion to take place and the tourists are very well served by the well-trained personnel, most of whom are of indigenous (Maori) stock.

Dinner: At Lodge Resturant

Lodging: Donegal House

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Delightful setting with private Lake

Contact info:
Schoolhouse Road
Kaikoura, New Zealand
phone: +64 33195083
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Friday, March 13 - Guided off-shore launch trip to view pelagic bird...
Note: Walk along wellformed trail including some steps, along cliff top (approx. 4 km 1.5 hrs)

Breakfast: At Lodge

Morning: Board coach to South Bay Harbour- board Ocean Encounter Vessel for scheduled boat trip to view Seabirds. This is quite an amazing trip as we are able to see numerous specimens of the Albatross & Petrel families from just a few feet! We can almost touch them! It is not uncommon for the group to view twenty or more different species in the course of this trip.Return to Harbour and board coach for return to Kaikoura

Lunch: At local Restaurant

Afternoon: Walk on Peninsula track. This is one of the most scenic areas we visit in this program, as the majority of the trail is along a cliff with a magnificent outlook down to the rocky shore of the Pacific Ocean. The Coach returns us to the Lodge after this delightful walk.

Dinner: At lodge restaurant.

Lodging: Donegal House

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Delightful setting with private Lake

Contact info:
Schoolhouse Road
Kaikoura, New Zealand
phone: +64 33195083
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Saturday, March 14 - Visit a local bush area with a local ornitholog...
Note: Walking over flat and sometimes uneven ground

Breakfast: At Lodge

Morning: Coach to inland site for walk in native bush area with local ornithologist, view forest birds.

Lunch: Lunch at Irish Pub.

Afternoon: Coach back to Kaikoura. Then FREE TIME.

Dinner: With local residents at private lodge.

Lodging: Donegal House

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Contact info:
R.D. 1 Methven
Stavely, New Zealand
phone: +6433030800
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fourteen: Sunday, March 15 - Coach to Staveley, in foothills of Southern Alps
Breakfast: At lodge.

Morning: Board coach for trip to Staveley via Inland Scenic Route.This takes us inland, where we traverse a section of the Canterbury Plains (the largest area of flat land in New Zealand.) To the West lie the Southern Alps, which dominate the island like a backbone and contain some of the country's highest peaks. As we travel Southward, we cross two major rivers, the Waimakariri and the Rakaia to arrive at Staveley, a picturesque settlement at the foot of the forested hills. Here we settle in to our private lodge and meet our hosts..

Lunch: Lunch at Cafe en route

Afternoon: Continue journey- arrive at Staveley and check in to private lodge.

Dinner: Dinner at lodge.

Lodging: Mountain Beech Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Contact info:
R.D. 1 Methven
Stavely, New Zealand
phone: +6433030800
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Fifteen: Monday, March 16 - Visit Canterbury High Country Braided Rivers and ...
Note: Walking over some uneven ground to access rivers and lakes to view birds

Breakfast: At Lodge

Morning: The highlights are to visit the Ashhburton River, a braided river and nesting habitat for the Wrybill - only bird in the world with a sideways bent bill. See the rare (in NZ) Australasian Crested Grebe in its natural habitat - Lake Heron and Lake Clearwater. The Ashhburton Lakes basin is also NZ Falcon country.

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Return to Lodge

Dinner: Dinner with local family.

Lodging: Mountain Beech Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Contact info:
R.D. 1 Methven
Stavely, New Zealand
phone: +6433030800
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Sixteen: Tuesday, March 17 - Vist Riverbridge Wetland Trust. Russell Langdon a...
Vist Riverbridge Wetland Trust. Russell Langdon and his wife Velma have made a name for themselves establishing captive breeding programmes for some of the country’s endangered wildfowl.

Breakfast: At lodge.

Morning: Coach to Riverbridge. It is a privilege to see what one man has achieved in creating this private reserve and to see the Eastern Buff Weka roaming free in the habitat. He has also bred blue duck and has a captive breeding programme for banded rail. Red-crowned parakeets / kakariki are also raised and another cage contains the world’s only alpine parrot, the kea.

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field.

Afternoon: Return to Lodge

Dinner: Dinner at lodge

Lodging: Mountain Beech Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Contact info:
60 Percival Street
Rangiora, New Zealand
phone: +6433136142
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: NZ$100 per nt
Rate subject to possible change To arrange please contact provider by Email at: eilehcobbe@xtra.co.nz


Day Seventeen: Wednesday, March 18 - Visit Arthurs Pass National Park to view alpine a...
Note: Walking on wellformed forest and alpine trails

Breakfast: At Lodge

Morning: Coach to Arthur's Pass for field trip to view alpine bird species including the Kea (New Zealand Mountain Parrot) The Hawdon Valley is home to some rare and endangered forest birds such as the yellowhead and orange fronted parakeet. There will be rifleman our smallest native bird

Lunch: At local cafe

Afternoon: Coach to Rangiora. Check in to Motel.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant

Lodging: Lilybrook Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Contact info:
60 Percival Street
Rangiora, New Zealand
phone: +6433136142
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: NZ$100 per nt
Rate subject to possible change To arrange please contact provider by Email at: eilehcobbe@xtra.co.nz


Day Eighteen: Thursday, March 19 - The Ashley Estuary is a special place and the bes...
The Ashley Estuary is a special place and the best (the only) eastern river mouth estuary the group will visit visi

Note: Walk along sandy riverbed edges

Breakfast: At Motel

Morning: Lecture and guided Field trip The Ashley river always has surprises - Birds to look for areTurnstone, 3 species of shag, kotuku/white heron, Black Stilt, Spoonbill .Waterfowl occurring in large numbers include Pied Stilt, Banded Dotterel, Back- billed Gull (a large colony of c.1,000 birds) and Black-fronted Tern. Migratory shorebirds from the northern hemisphere have included Pacific Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Asiatic Whimbrel, American Whimbrel, Little Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Red Knot, Pectoral Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Red-necked Stint

Lunch: Lunch- own choice

Afternoon: FREE TIME

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at restaurant.

Lodging: Lilybrook Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nineteen: Friday, March 20 - Visit to celebrated Antarctic Centre Departure
Breakfast: At motel

Morning: Coach to Antarctic Centre for lecture and view exhibits. Little blue penguins rehabilitation is on view

Lunch: Lunch in Centre Cafe.

Afternoon: Coach to Christchurch Airport for flight to U.S..A.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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