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Program #20135RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
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 reached on this program is the Homer Tunnel at 945 metres (3,100 feet).

Itinerary for Jan 3 — Jan 15, 2015

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Day One: Saturday, January 03 - Departure
Evening: Depart the USA on overnight flight to New Zealand.

Day Two: Sunday, January 04 - In Flight
In Transit: Cross International Dateline.

Type: Hotel

Description: Situated in the centre of Auckland and within walking distance to picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

Contact info:
8 Customs Street
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
phone: +64 -9-377-8920
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1721-mercure-auckland/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, Internet & PC connection and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a laundry service, fitness facilities and safety deposit box facilities

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA in Preparatory Material
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.


Day Three: Monday, January 05 - Program Overview & Introduction / Meet Your Fello...
Program Overview & Introduction / Meet Your Fellow Participants / Walking Tour of Central Auckland

Arrive To: Kia ora! Welcome to Auckland. Auckland, the “City of Sails,” is New Zealand’s largest city and over one-third of all New Zealanders live in the greater Auckland area. It has a cosmopolitan population and the high proportion of indigenous Maori and other Polynesian peoples from the Pacific Islands have contributed distinctive elements to its cultural mix. This mix has been heightened by increased immigration from a number of Asian nations throughout the last decade or two. A third of the city’s population was born outside New Zealand. The city has a unique setting between two harbors on a narrow isthmus studded with numerous volcanic cones. To the east, the Waitemata Harbour provides New Zealand’s busiest Pacific port and a picturesque setting for the central business district and suburbs. Beyond this harbor lie the superb boating waters of the island-studded Hauraki Gulf. To the west, the broad shallows of the Manukau Harbour provide ideal habitat for large flocks of seabirds in the shadow of the rugged rainforest-covered Waitakere Ranges. Beyond these ranges the wild black-sand surf beaches of the west coast are a dramatic contrast to the gentle golden sand of the tree-fringed beaches of the east coast. Upon your arrival in Auckland your Program Leader and local Site Coordinator will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After checking in to your room and freshening up, we come together with the participants on program 16434, who will be sharing in our journey through New Zealand, for a program overview, an introduction to Auckland and the opportunity to get to know our fellow participants.

Lunch: At accommodation.

Afternoon: This afternoon our local Site Coordinator and Group Leader lead us on a walking tour of central Auckland introducing us to New Zealand's largest city. We will learn how Auckland interacts with its harbour for both business and pleasure and take a stroll through the grounds of the university. Those who wish to may choose to linger at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, recently named as World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore. We return to our hotel in time for dinner. This afternoon's walk will be at least two miles in length on paved surfaces over undulating terrain as we walk up Queen Street from the harbour.

Dinner: At accommodation.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Auckland Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated in the centre of Auckland and within walking distance to picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

Contact info:
8 Customs Street
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
phone: +64 -9-377-8920
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1721-mercure-auckland/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, Internet & PC connection and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a laundry service, fitness facilities and safety deposit box facilities

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA in Preparatory Material
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.


Day Four: Tuesday, January 06 - Introduction to New Zealand History / Harbour Cru...
Introduction to New Zealand History / Harbour Cruise / City Orientation / Auckland Museum.

Breakfast: In the hotel's top-floor dining room with stunning views of Auckland Harbour and the central business district.

Morning: We begin today with a well-known local author and journalist presenting a lecture giving us an introduction to New Zealand history. We then walk the four flat, paved blocks (1.2 miles) down to Viaduct Basin for a yacht cruise on Auckland's magnificent Waitemata Harbour giving us stunning views of the Harbour Bridge, the city and the surrounding volcanic cones. As we sail the channel, those who wish can have a turn at the wheel, weather conditions permitting.

Lunch: We board our coach and transfer to Eden Garden, where we have lunch surrounded by delightful gardens. These wondrous gardens were created in an abandoned quarry nearly 50 years ago. We have time to explore the gardens briefly prior to or after lunch.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit Auckland’s War Memorial Museum for a guided tour of the permanent exhibitions showing us patterns of Polynesian and European settlement. En route we get an orientation to the layout of the city. The remainder of the afternoon is free for us to explore Auckland at our leisure.

Dinner: We have dinner at own arrangements given you the chance to sample Auckland's cuisine at your leisure. The Viaduct Basin, formerly the home of the America’s Cup, has a variety of cafes and restaurants a short walk from the hotel while the Britomart precinct is located in the streets behind the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Auckland Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Situated in the centre of Auckland and within walking distance to picturesque Waitemata Harbour.

Contact info:
8 Customs Street
Auckland, 1010 New Zealand
phone: +64 -9-377-8920
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1721-mercure-auckland/index.shtml

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, Internet & PC connection and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a laundry service, fitness facilities and safety deposit box facilities

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBA in Preparatory Material
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.


Day Five: Wednesday, January 07 - Auckland's Geology / Explore the North Coast
Breakfast: In the hotel's dining room.

Morning: This morning a local geologist and marine biologist gives us a lecture on the geology of Auckland and its varied coastlines. He then leads us on a field trip to explore Auckland's northern coastline and give us an understanding of the variety of the city’s coastal environment. Our walk at North Head will give us a greater perspective of the Hauraki Gulf and the volcanic islands that litter it. On today's field trip we will walk at least three miles over undulating terrain and varied surfaces.

Lunch: We have lunch today at a local restaurant looking out over the picturesque Cheltenham beach and across to Rangitoto's dome.

Afternoon: Our field trip continues this afternoon as we visit Lake Pupuke to understand how the volcanic lake and the stunning coast coexist so closely. We return to our hotel in the late afternoon and have some time at leisure prior to dinner.

Dinner: At accommodation.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Auckland Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Fenton Street
Rotorua, 3010 New Zealand
phone: +64 -7-348-0199
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthornerotorua/

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing board and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, tennis court, gymnasium, guest laundry and safety deposit box facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, January 08 - Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves / Coach to Rotorua / City...
Breakfast: In the hotel's top-floor dining room.

Morning: We check out of our hotel after breakfast and depart for Waitomo, travelling through Waikato's rolling green countryside passing pristine farmland and dense forest.

Lunch: We have lunch at a local farm cafe close to Waitomo.

Afternoon: After lunch we transfer to Waitomo for a field trip. We have an expert-led exploration of the internationally-recognised Waitomo glowworm caves. The glowworm (arachnocampa luminosa) is unique to New Zealand and thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as expert guides provide informative commentary on the Caves' historical and geological significance. We will enjoy a boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and be amazed at the clear natural acoustics of the "cathedral cave". We reboard our coach and transfer through to Rotorua where we will stay for the next two nights. Located on the shores of Lake Rotorua and nicknamed “Sulphur City,” Rotorua has been sustained by tourism since 1870. It is a thermal wonderland with the most energetic thermal activity in the country including hot springs, geysers and bubbling mud pools. It is also an important centre of Maori culture. In the early 19th century the colonial government attempted to develop it as a European-style spa town. The impressive Tudor-styled Bath House dating from that time is now the Rotorua Museum. The area also has fine trout fishing and scenic wildlife parks. Nearby Mount Tarawera erupted late last century resulting in major changes to the landscape and considerable loss of life. The beautiful lakes in the region are part of the legacy of this cataclysm.

Dinner: We have an orientation to Rotorua on the way to our hotel and check in in time for dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Fenton Street
Rotorua, 3010 New Zealand
phone: +64 -7-348-0199
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthornerotorua/

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing board and hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, tennis court, gymnasium, guest laundry and safety deposit box facilities.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, January 09 - Waimangu Volcanic Valley / Maori Arts and Crafts ...
Waimangu Volcanic Valley / Maori Arts and Crafts / Kiwi House / Whakarewarewa Thermal Area / Maori Cultural Evening

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we learn something of Rotorua’s geothermal and Maori background. We travel first to Waimangu Volcanic Valley to learn more about volcanic and geothermal New Zealand. Waimangu Volcanic Valley is the only geothermal system in the world wholly created as the direct result of a volcanic eruption, the Tarawera Eruption of June 10, 1886. We walk through this amazing volcanic landscape serenaded by the songs of the local native birdlife. At the end of our walk we have a cruise on Lake Rotomohana, surrounded by pristine bush and also formed as a result of the 1886 eruption. This morning's walk will cover approximately three miles on gravel pathways that are steep in parts and can be uneven.

Lunch: We return to Rotorua for lunch in a historic and lovingly-restored hotel beside Rotorua's Government Gardens.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit Te Puia — the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Here we visit the Kiwi House to meet New Zealand's national symbol — the flightless kiwi. We view the Whakarewarewa thermal area, renowned for its boiling mudpools and the spectacular pohutu geyser. We also learn of the role the Institute plays in encouraging young Maori to train in the traditional Maori arts and crafts — wood- and stone-carving, weaving, traditional building techniques and the like. At Te Puia we will walk nearly a mile and a half on paved surfaces with some steep sections.

Dinner: After some free time at our hotel, we return to Te Puia. This evening for dinner we experience a hangi – the traditional Maori method of cooking food in the ground.

Evening: During and after dinner we experience a Maori cultural performance.

Lodging: Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch's Cathedral Square. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30min from Christchurch Airport.

Contact info:
52 Cathedral Square
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand
phone: +64 3 372 2111
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6592-novotel-christchurch-cathedral-square/index.shtml

Room amenities: Each room has an ensuite bath or shower, charged wireless Internet access, double-glazed windows, a work area, large LCD TV, pay movies, a safe and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms catering for up to 250 delegates.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, January 10 - Fly to Christchurch / Riccarton House & Bush - Hi...
Fly to Christchurch / Riccarton House & Bush - History of Christchurch / Orientation to Christchurch / Immigrants' Stories with the Te Puna Ora Story-teller

Breakfast: In our hotel.

Morning: After breakfast we check out of our hotel and board our coach taking us to Rotorua airport. This morning we leave the North Island as we fly to Christchurch situated on the east coast of the South Island. The city is set close to the sea on a broad plain between the towering Southern Alps and the large extinct volcanic crater that forms Banks Peninsula. It is the largest city in the South Island and the centre of farming, industrial and cultural activities for the province of Canterbury. Because of its excellent transportation facilities, bountiful water supply and abundant hydro-electric power, Christchurch is one of the most important industrial centres in New Zealand and was, until 2011, New Zealand’s second-largest city. The area, between September 2010 and May 2012, suffered a series of significant earthquakes resulting in a large part of the Central Business District being damaged and many homes, in the eastern suburbs in particular, being destroyed. Much of the rest of the city, and particularly the western side, is pretty much up and running as per usual as the rebuilding and rejuvenating process begins in earnest in the affected areas. We will be met at the airport by our local Site Coordinator and transferred to Riccarton House, one of Christchurch's most important and significant early homesteads.

Lunch: At Riccarton House.

Afternoon: After lunch we will have a guided walk through Riccarton Bush - a unique native lowland podocarp forest close to the centre of New Zealand's "Garden City". We will have a lecture on the early-settler family responsible for the existence of both Riccarton House and Riccarton Bush. Through this we will gain an insight into the early settlement of the province of Canterbury. We then transfer to our hotel to check in before a local engineering geologist will lead us on a field trip orientating us to the city and introducing us to the effects of earthquakes on a vibrant, modern, first-world city. As well as seeing the effects of the earthquake we will learn of the innovative, often community-led projects helping to rejuvenate this city the locals are so passionate about. We will bear witness to the city's determination to rebuild and move on. We then head out to Lincoln University on the outskirts of the city for a short stroll before dinner.

Dinner: At Lincoln University.

Evening: After dinner the Te Puna Ora story-teller will, by playing two characters, introduce us to the experience of early immigrants to Canterbury. After the performance we will transfer back to our accommodation.

Lodging: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Novotel Christchurch is a premium, landmark hotel located in the heart of Christchurch's Cathedral Square. The Novotel Christchurch is only moments to main attractions, Cathedral Square, Cashel St Pop-Up Mall, Hagley Park, Christchurch Business District and 30min from Christchurch Airport.

Contact info:
52 Cathedral Square
Christchurch, 8011 New Zealand
phone: +64 3 372 2111
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6592-novotel-christchurch-cathedral-square/index.shtml

Room amenities: Each room has an ensuite bath or shower, charged wireless Internet access, double-glazed windows, a work area, large LCD TV, pay movies, a safe and a hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Featuring 154 contemporary rooms, high-end amenities and WIFI internet (surcharge). Hotel facilities include gym, guest laundry, restaurant, bar and meeting rooms catering for up to 250 delegates.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, January 11 - Banks Peninsula Settlement History / Akaroa / Har...
Banks Peninsula Settlement History / Akaroa / Harbour Nature Cruise / Akaroa Museum / Walking Exploration of central Christchurch

Breakfast: At accommodation.

Morning: We head to the delightful Banks Peninsula township of Akaroa this morning. Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of an ancient volcano. Some of the town's French character is shown by its French street names. En route to Akaroa we will learn about the historical patterns of settlement of the local Maori, French and other European settler populations. We arrive in Akaroa and board a boat for a harbour cruise on which we will see sea caves, volcanic formations, high cliffs and myriad nesting sites. We should keep an eye out for the delightful Hector's Dolphin, the world's rarest and smallest dolphin, as well as blue penguins, fur seals and abundant bird life.

Lunch: We return to land and are given free time to explore Akaroa on foot, just as the Christchurch visitors do on their day trips. We will be given money so we can get our own lunch at leisure as we explore.

Afternoon: We come together at the Akaroa Museum where we learn about life in this small community. We then board our coach and head back over Hilltop to Christchurch and our accommodation. The remainder of the afternoon is free but our local Site Coordinator will lead a walking tour of the centre of Christchurch for those participants interested in learning more about what makes this city tick as it continues its regrowth.

Dinner: At our hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Novotel Christchurch Cathedral Square Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set amongst manicured gardens on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau.

Contact info:
20 Lakefront Drive
Te Anau, 9600 New Zealand
phone: +64 -3-249-7421
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/kingsgateteanau/index.html

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, hairdryer and electric blankets.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a guest laundry, foreign exchange and safety deposit box facilities.

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


Day Ten: Monday, January 12 - International Antarctic Centre / Flight to Inverc...
International Antarctic Centre / Flight to Invercargill then coach to Te Anau / Introduction to Southern New Zealand / Course Overview

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast we check out of our accommodation and transfer to the International Antarctic Centre. Here we get as close as possible to experiencing Antarctica without actually going there. Our lecturer will give us a lecture on Antarcticaand we will gain an insight into Christchurch's involvement with Antarctica as the nearest mainland base for US, NZ and Italian Antarctic research. We will also have the opportunity to get up close to the Centre's little blue penguins. We then transfer to the airport for our flight to Invercargill.

Lunch: We have lunch with a local service group allowing us the chance to meet some locals in New Zealand's most southerly city - Invercargill.

Afternoon: After lunch we have a lecture introducing us to New Zealand's southernmost province, Southland, learning something of its importance to New Zealand's agricultural backbone. We then drive to the serenely beautiful hamlet of Te Anau. The township of Te Anau is located on Lake Te Anau, the second largest lake in New Zealand and the largest lake in the South Island. Te Anau is a small country centre providing community support to the widely-dispersed fishing and farming communities of sparsely-populated Fiordland. It is situated at the edge of the World Heritage-Listed Fiordland National Park and is renowned for its alpine scenery and outdoor lifestyle. We will have an introduction to our southern program on board our coach en route to Te Anau. Those who wish to shall have time for a short stroll along the lake before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is located within a 10 minute walk of the town centre and all rooms enjoy superb lake and mountain views.

Contact info:
88 Frankton Road
Queenstown, 9300 New Zealand
phone: +64 -3-442-7950
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthornequeenstownlakeview/index.html

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, electric blankets and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a spa pool, guest laundry and safety deposit box facility.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.


Day Eleven: Tuesday, January 13 - Cruise on stunning Milford Sound / Coach to Queen...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of our hotel. We drive around the side of Lake Te Anau, across some of the scenic splendour of the World Heritage-listed landscape of Te Wahipounamu — South West New Zealand. We drive through New Zealand's highest tunnel, the Homer Tunnel, where we may well meet a cheeky kea (New Zealand mountain parrot) or two, en route to the majestic Milford Sound. Here we cruise the sound, one of Fiordland's most picturesque fiords, where mountains stand tall right out of the sea and rainforest clings to sheer rock faces. We walk approximately two miles on today's field trip.

Lunch: We have a packed lunch on board our cruise vessel in the Sound.

Afternoon: We disembark our cruise vessel and board our coach for the journey through to Queenstown. We will travel back through the Homer Tunnel down the Hollyford Valley past Lake Te Anau and across verdant farmland before we drive between the mountain ranges along the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Queenstown is nestled on the shores of this beautiful Lake Wakatipu, nestled in amongst the majestic Southern Alps. Its setting is stunning with the surrounding mountain ranges, the Remarkables and the Eyre Mountains, forming a breathtaking backdrop. It has more to offer than just magnificent landscape, however; the town strives to be the “adventure capital of the world” with a diverse range of attractions to lure visitors of all ages.

Dinner: We check into our hotel in time for dinner in the hotel restaurant looking out over the lake.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is located within a 10 minute walk of the town centre and all rooms enjoy superb lake and mountain views.

Contact info:
88 Frankton Road
Queenstown, 9300 New Zealand
phone: +64 -3-442-7950
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthornequeenstownlakeview/index.html

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, television, telephone, refrigerator, iron/ironing board, electric blankets and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a spa pool, guest laundry and safety deposit box facility.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.


Day Twelve: Wednesday, January 14 - Lake Wakatipu Cruise including Walter Peak Sheep ...
Lake Wakatipu Cruise including Walter Peak Sheep Station / Gondola to Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queenstown's stunning natural beauty

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we cruise across Lake Wakatipu on board the historic steamer TSS Earnslaw. This iconic 1912 twin-screw steamship recently celebrated its 100th birthday. It is much beloved by locals and visitors alike as "the lady of the lake". We visit Walter Peak High Country Farm for an expert-led exploration and an insight into the training and usage of farmers' working dogs — the backbone of New Zealand sheep farming. It is hard not to be amazed watching farmer and dog working together in complete unison. Unless the pesky sheep have other ideas ...

Lunch: We have a BBQ lunch at Walter Peak Homestead.

Afternoon: Our field trip at Walter Peak Station continues before we reboard the Earnslaw and cruise back across the lake. We have some free time to explore Queenstown on our own before we board the gondola to the top of Bob's Peak. We have time to take in the spectacular views before dinner. We walk approximately two miles on today's field trip.

Dinner: We have dinner at Skyline Restaurant overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables.

Evening: After dinner soaking up the stunning view, we hop a gondola back down the hill and board our coach back to our hotel.

Lodging: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Thursday, January 15 - Historic Arrowtown / Flight to Auckland to connec...
Historic Arrowtown / Flight to Auckland to connect with international flight to Los Angeles

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will check out of our hotel and head to the historic little former gold-mining settlement of Arrowtown. Here we will have time to walk and explore. Maybe you will choose to check out the museum or the Chinese village. We will walk at least a mile in Arrowtown.

Lunch: You will be given cash enabling you to purchase your lunch in Arrowtown or at Queenstown airport.

Afternoon: We coach to Queenstown Airport and check in for our domestic flight to Auckland and international flight on to the USA. Those participants doing extension program 21740 - New Zealand's Capital - will join the participants on program 16434 in flying to Wellington to continue their exploration of New Zealand in the country's small and vibrant capital.

Dinner: At own arrangements at Auckland Airport or on board your flight to the USA.

Evening: International flight to Los Angeles.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
10 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
20 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances
3 Flights during the program

Ratings

4.9
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