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Program #3304RJ
27 Days | 26 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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
Highest elevation will be Arthur's Pass in the South Island

Itinerary for Oct 9 — Nov 4, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, October 09 - Group Departure
Evening: Depart USA on International flight.

Day Two: Thursday, October 10 - International 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
The Program Provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A Request form will be included with the Preparatory Material, or participants can contact the Provider direct by email.


Day Three: Friday, October 11 - Group Arrival / Program Overview / Introduction t...
Morning: 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 harbours 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 harbour 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 will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After checking in to your hotel and freshening up, we will come together for a program overview, a chance to meet our fellow participants and a lecture introducing us to Auckland.

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

Afternoon: This afternoon is at leisure. Those who wish to can join the Program Leader on a walk around the areas in the vicinity of the hotel.

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

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
The Program Provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A Request form will be included with the Preparatory Material, or participants can contact the Provider direct by email.


Day Four: Saturday, October 12 - Introductory Overview of New Zealand / Volcanism ...
Introductory Overview of New Zealand / Volcanism in New Zealand / Orientation to Auckland city / Auckland War Memorial 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. A local geologist and marine ecologist then gives us a lecture on New Zealand and its volcanic history.

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

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 have an excursion to get an orientation to the layout of the city.

Dinner: Dinner is at own arrangements tonight - a chance for you to sample some of Auckland's harbour-side 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.

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
The Program Provider can arrange additional accommodation for participants arriving earlier or departing later than the group. A Request form will be included with the Preparatory Material, or participants can contact the Provider direct by email.


Day Five: Sunday, October 13 - Geology of Auckland - exploration of the landform...
Geology of Auckland - exploration of the landforms, flora & birdlife of Auckland's west coast beaches

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

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 Auckland's west coast beaches.

Lunch: We have lunch at a local cafe restaurant on our way out west.

Afternoon: Our geologist-led field trip continues as we visit Muriwai, typical of the west coast's black sand surf beaches. The beach is backed by native rainforest and is home to a gannet colony and abundant native flora. We return to our hotel through Auckland's western suburbs.

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

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: http://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: Monday, October 14 - To Rotorua / St. Faith's Maori Church / Forestry ...
To Rotorua / St. Faith's Maori Church / Forestry Research Institute / Buried Village / Polynesian Spa - hot thermal pools

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

Morning: We check out of our hotel after breakfast and depart for Rotorua, travelling through Waikato's rolling green countryside passing pristine farmland and dense forest. 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. As we arrive by Lake Rotorua we shall visit St. Faith's Maori Church and its richly-decorated interior in the lakeside Maori village of Ohinemutu. We carry on to the Forestry Research Institute where a local forestry scientist will give us an Introduction to Plantation Forestry in New Zealand. She will lead us on a guided tour of the tree-breeding trial centre with its research plantation & redwood grove.

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

Afternoon: After lunch we visit Te Wairoa, the Buried Village. Here we will see the historic remains of a small village engulfed by the violent & unexpected eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886. The excavated village offers a first-hand insight into the chaos and mayhem that transpired the night Mount Tarawera erupted. We then coach to our accommodation and check in.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: This evening we experience the Polynesian Spa where we can soak in seven hot mineral pools offering picturesque views of Lake Rotorua. The pools are fed with hot mineral spring water from two different springs.

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: http://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: Tuesday, October 15 - Rotorua Museum / Maori Arts & Crafts Institute / ...
Rotorua Museum / Maori Arts & Crafts Institute / Kiwi Enclosure / Whakarewarewa Thermal area / Hangi dinner on a Marae

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we visit the Rotorua Museum of Art & History for a guided tour. The museum is located in the delightful old historic bath house complex and gives us an insight into the history of this, New Zealand's first tourist resort area. The remainder of the morning is at leisure.

Lunch: Lunch is at own arrangements downtown today.

Afternoon: Following some time at leisure, this afternoon we visit Te Puia – the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Here we can visit the Kiwi House to view 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.

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, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located on the banks of the tranquil Tongariro River.

Contact info:
State Highway 1
Turangi, 3334 New Zealand
phone: +64 -7-386-8804
web: www.bridgefishinglodge.co.nz

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, telephone, electric blankets and hair dryers (on request).

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a sauna, spa pool, hair dryers on request and a guest laundry.

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


Day Eight: Wednesday, October 16 - Waimangu Volcanic Valley / Wairakei Geothermal Po...
Waimangu Volcanic Valley / Wairakei Geothermal Power Project / Huka Falls / Lake Taupo / Turangi

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of our hotel bound for Turangi. First we learn something of Rotorua’s geothermal background as we pause first in 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 10 June 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.

Lunch: We have lunch in the cafe overlooking Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Afternoon: After lunch we continue our drive south. En route we will pause at the Wairakei Geothermal Power Station, only the second in the world to use geothermal power and the first to utilise flash steam from geothermal water as an energy source to generate electricity. We will then pause at the Huka Falls on the Waikato River, New Zealand's longest river. At the Falls, the normally 100-metre-wide river is squeezed through a 20-metre-wide gap over an 11-metre drop. We continue on to Turangi past Lake Taupo. The Lake, located is almost the exact centre of the North Island, is New Zealand's largest lake by surface area. The lake lies in a caldera created by a supervolcanic eruption which occurred approximately 26,500 years ago. We continue on to Turangi and check in to our accommodation. Turangi sits under the shadow of Mt. Ruapehu on the volcanic plateau at the southern shore of Lake Taupo. It is the gateway to Tongariro National Park, which is noted for its active volcanoes and ski fields. Prior to 1965, Turangi was a small settlement best known to ardent trout fishermen. It then became the home for workers involved in the building of the Tongariro hydropower scheme.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Bridge Fishing Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located on the banks of the tranquil Tongariro River.

Contact info:
State Highway 1
Turangi, 3334 New Zealand
phone: +64 -7-386-8804
web: www.bridgefishinglodge.co.nz

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, telephone, electric blankets and hair dryers (on request).

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a sauna, spa pool, hair dryers on request and a guest laundry.

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


Day Nine: Thursday, October 17 - Tongariro National Park / Trout Hatchery / Progra...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we explore Tongariro National Park - the centre of the volcanic plateau in the middle of the North Island. We will visit the Department of Conservation Information Centre to learn about the plateau and, weather permitting, ride the ski lift up Mount Ruapehu for stunning views of the central North Island.

Lunch: We return to our accommodation for lunch.

Afternoon: This afternoon we visit the Tongariro National Trout Centre where we meet a number of New Zealand's freshwater fish species, both native and introduced. We will have time to view the aquarium and walk through the lovely park setting.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Bridge Fishing Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel has stunning views of Wellington's delightful harbour. It is located on the edge of Wellington's central business district and offers easy, flat walking access to many of the city's attractions including Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand.

Contact info:
73 Roxburgh Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
phone: +64 -4-385-0279
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthorneorientalbay/index.html

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making, ISD telephone, television, refrigerator, ironing facilities and electric blankets (upon request).

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a heated swimming pool, cocktail bar, guest laundry facilities and a safety deposit box.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, October 18 - North Island Countryside / Rangitikei Gorge / Sou...
North Island Countryside / Rangitikei Gorge / Southwards International Car Museum / Coach to Wellington / City Lights Tour

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of our accommodation and depart the central volcanic plateau bound for Wellington at the bottom of the North Island. We travel through the picturesque North Island countryside and National Park area, via New Zealand's infamous Desert Road and the Rangitikei Gorge.

Lunch: We will pause for a picnic lunch en route.

Afternoon: We carry on and pause for a guided tour of Southwards International Car Museum. Designed and built by the late [and, it must be said, rather eccentric] Sir Len Southward, this customised facility houses the southern hemisphere's largest private car collection, home to over 400 automobiles. After afternoon tea we carry on to Wellington and check into our accommodation. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand since 1865, is located at the southern extremity of the North Island. Its magnificent amphitheatre-like harbour, hemmed in by rugged hills, was formed by the flooding of the crater of a very large and long-extinct volcano. It provides a picturesque setting for the city’s distinctive wooden houses set precariously on the steep hills. In addition to its role as the seat of government Wellington is a major seaport, rail and ferry centre and a commercial and manufacturing hub. Its compact city centre is immensely walkable and is full of life and interest. It has a vigorous cultural and artistic scene and is the home of many national cultural institutions.

Dinner: At accommodation.

Evening: This evening, weather conditions permitting, we take a coach ride up to the top of Mount Victoria to take in the city's lit-up landscape.

Lodging: Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel has stunning views of Wellington's delightful harbour. It is located on the edge of Wellington's central business district and offers easy, flat walking access to many of the city's attractions including Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand.

Contact info:
73 Roxburgh Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
phone: +64 -4-385-0279
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthorneorientalbay/index.html

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making, ISD telephone, television, refrigerator, ironing facilities and electric blankets (upon request).

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a heated swimming pool, cocktail bar, guest laundry facilities and a safety deposit box.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Saturday, October 19 - Parliament Buildings / Introduction to the Harbou...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning a retired diplomat and academic will give us a lecture on New Zealand politics and the political system. We then visit New Zealand’s parliament buildings – including the aptly-named Beehive – for a guided tour.

Lunch: We return to our accommodation for lunch.

Afternoon: This afternoon we have an orientation to Wellington, taking in such sights as the cable car, botanic gardens, Boulton Street Memorials and Premier House. From the top of the cable car, we gain excellent view of Wellington Harbour and its hilly backdrop. As the locals like to say, "you can't beat Wellington on a good day!"

Dinner: Dinner is at own arrangements tonight, allowing you to sample the delights of Wellington's renowned cafe society at your leisure.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel has stunning views of Wellington's delightful harbour. It is located on the edge of Wellington's central business district and offers easy, flat walking access to many of the city's attractions including Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand.

Contact info:
73 Roxburgh Street
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
phone: +64 -4-385-0279
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthorneorientalbay/index.html

Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making, ISD telephone, television, refrigerator, ironing facilities and electric blankets (upon request).

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a heated swimming pool, cocktail bar, guest laundry facilities and a safety deposit box.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Sunday, October 20 - Te Papa Tongarewa - National Museum of New Zealan...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we take the short walk across to Te Papa Tongarewa: National Museum of New Zealand where we have a guided tour. Following our tour we have the remainder of the morning free to explore the museum on our own.

Lunch: Own arrangements.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free for you to explore Wellington at your leisure. Put on your walking shoes and get amongst it!

Dinner: We come together again tonight for our final dinner in the North Island at our accommodation.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located adjacent to Dunedin Botanic Gardens.

Contact info:
Duke Street
Dunedin, New Zealand
phone: +64 3 477 5360
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6222-mercure-dunedin-leisure-lodge/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, internet access, fitness facilities and safety deposit box facilities.

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


Day Thirteen: Monday, October 21 - Fly to Dunedin / Course Overview / Introduction t...
Fly to Dunedin / Course Overview / Introduction to Southern New Zealand

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of our hotel and coach to Wellington Domestic Airport for flight to Dunedin. Dunedin, the "Edinburgh of the South", is home to New Zealand’s first university and was, during the height of the Central Otago gold rush, the largest city in the country. The dominant “industry” is education, particularly tertiary and higher education, which permeates every aspect of city life. There are many historic buildings throughout the city and careful efforts have been made to preserve the architectural heritage. The city's architecture and feel give some hint to its Scottish settler roots. As a counter-balance to this grand old architecture, the city also has a brand-new sporting stadium, commissioned for the 2011 Rugby World Cup and boasting a unique permanent “plastic” roof allowing the grass to grow normally and providing a pristine playing surface. After landing at Dunedin Airport we are transferred through the city to our accommodation.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch we will have an overview of our southern program before a local retired teacher, journalist and broadcaster gives us a lecture introducing us to Southern New Zealand. We will then have time for a wander through Dunedin's gardens across from our hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Hotel Leisure Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located adjacent to Dunedin Botanic Gardens.

Contact info:
Duke Street
Dunedin, New Zealand
phone: +64 3 477 5360
web: www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-6222-mercure-dunedin-leisure-lodge/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, internet access, fitness facilities and safety deposit box facilities.

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


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, October 22 - Toitu Otago Settlers' Museum / Otago Peninsula / ...
Toitu Otago Settlers' Museum / Otago Peninsula / Albatross Colony / Fort Taiaroa / Taiaroa Head Cruise / Portobello Marine Research Station

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we transfer first to the Toitu Otago Settlers' Museum where we have a guided tour to learn about the people whose character, culture, technology, art, fashion and transport shaped New Zealand’s "first great city". We then depart the city to spend the rest of the day out on the beautiful Otago Peninsula. We travel first to Taiaroa Head and the Royal Albatross Centre, the only mainland breeding colony for any albatross species anywhere in the world. We will have a guided tour to view the albatross and also visit Fort Taiaroa - the 1886 Armstrong Gun emplacement.

Lunch: We will have a picnic lunch at Taiaroa Head taking in the stunning views.

Afternoon: After lunch we transfer to Wellers Rock where we board the MV Monarch for a cruise around Taiaroa Head allowing us to take in the abundant birdlife and dramatic headland. We shall then transfer to the Portobello Marine Research Station where one of the local academics will give us an introduction to New Zealand's marine environment. We return to our hotel in time for some free time before dinner.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Hotel Leisure Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Private Home

Description: These farms offer a wide variety of farming operations which include raising sheep, deer, cattle, and intensive cropping, and the visitor will receive an insight into how rural New Zealander's live and work.

Contact info:
(C/- Odyssey Travel Head Office
Northfields Ave, Wollongong NSW 2572 Aust)
Invercargill, New Zealand
phone: +61 -2-4224-7030
web: www.farmhost.co.nz

Room amenities: All homes offer quality accommodation with a high standard of comfort and cleanliness.

Facility amenities: All farm stay properties are owner operated, providing warm, comfortable accommodation with magnificent rural scenery.

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

Bathroom: Some venues will have private facilities, whilst others will provide a shared family bathroom with separate toilet facilities.


Day Fifteen: Wednesday, October 23 - Nugget Point / Catlins wilderness area / Farm Sta...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We check out this morning bound for Invercargill and our farm stay hosts. As we travel along the Southern Scenic Route we explore The Catlins, a rugged, sparsely populated area in the far south-east of the South Island. The Catlins features a scenic coastal landscape and dense temperate rainforest. We will pause at Nugget Point to take in the rugged coastline and visit the petrified forest in Catlins Forest Park.

Lunch: We will have a picnic lunch as we travel through this stunning area.

Afternoon: We carry on along the Southern Scenic Route to Invercargill, the main city of the province of Southland. Southland, the southernmost region of New Zealand, covers about 12,300 square miles. Its south-west coast, the World Heritage-listed Fiordland National Park, is a rugged region of fiords and forested wilderness area. It is the largest national park in New Zealand and is the country’s most remote, least tamed and wettest region. It adjoins a pastoral district where intensive sheep farming on fertile, alluvial plains has shaped Southland into a highly productive agricultural region. Upon our arrival in Invercargill, we will meet our farm stay hosts with whom we will stay the next two nights.

Dinner: With farm stay hosts.

Evening: With farm stay hosts.

Lodging: Western Southland Farm Stays

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Private Home

Description: These farms offer a wide variety of farming operations which include raising sheep, deer, cattle, and intensive cropping, and the visitor will receive an insight into how rural New Zealander's live and work.

Contact info:
(C/- Odyssey Travel Head Office
Northfields Ave, Wollongong NSW 2572 Aust)
Invercargill, New Zealand
phone: +61 -2-4224-7030
web: www.farmhost.co.nz

Room amenities: All homes offer quality accommodation with a high standard of comfort and cleanliness.

Facility amenities: All farm stay properties are owner operated, providing warm, comfortable accommodation with magnificent rural scenery.

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

Bathroom: Some venues will have private facilities, whilst others will provide a shared family bathroom with separate toilet facilities.


Day Sixteen: Thursday, October 24 - Full day with farm stay hosts.
Breakfast: With farm stay hosts.

Morning: With farm stay hosts.

Lunch: With farm stay hosts.

Afternoon: With farm stay hosts.

Dinner: With farm stay hosts.

Evening: With farm stay hosts.

Lodging: Western Southland Farm Stays

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 Seventeen: Friday, October 25 - Kepler Track / Bird Park / Glow Worm Caves / Fior...
Breakfast: With farm stay hosts.

Morning: This morning we say farewell to our farm stay hosts and come together with our fellow group members. We transfer through to Te Anau have a view of Kepler Track - one of southern New Zealand's famous multi-day walking tracks - en route. We arrive in Te Anau and visit the Department of Conservation Bird Park, on the side of Lake Te Anau, before continuing on to our hotel. The serenely beautiful hamlet of Te Anau is located on Lake Te Anau, the second largest lake in New Zealand and the largest lake in the South Island. It 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 its trout and salmon fishing.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: This afternoon we cruise across Lake Te Anau to the glow worm caves where we explore a mysterious underground world. By geological standards the caves are very young (12,000 years) and are still being carved out by the force of the river that flows through them. The result is a twisting network of limestone passages filled with sculpted rock, whirlpools and a roaring underground waterfall. We cruise back across the lake and return to our hotel.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: This evening a local conservationist talks to us about conservation in Fiordland.

Lodging: Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau

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 Eighteen: Saturday, October 26 - Lake Manapouri / Underground Hydro Station / Doub...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we cruise on the remote and picturesque Doubtful Sound, despite its name the second largest fiord in the Fiordland National Park. To get to this remote part of Fiordland we first cruise across the beautiful Lake Manapouri. We then board a coach for the drive over the Wilmot Pass and down to Doubtful Sound. During our drive, we will visit the Manapouri Underground Hydro Station. The construction of this power station, New Zealand's largest hydro-electric power station, is considered one of New Zealand's greatest engineering achievements, with the majority of the work completed underground in a remote location. We finish our drive and board our cruise on which we immerse ourselves in the vast, spectacular and untouched wilderness of Doubtful Sound.

Lunch: We have a picnic lunch during our cruise.

Afternoon: Our cruise on Doubtful Sound continues before we retrace our journey back over Wilmot Pass and across Lake Manapouri.

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 10min walk to 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


Day Nineteen: Sunday, October 27 - Atawhenua Shadowlands / Coach to Queenstown / Cit...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of our hotel after breakfast. Before leaving Te Anau we visit Fiordland Cinema to view the Atawhenua Shadowlands visual presentation - a bird's (or helicopter's) eye view of the majestic beauty of the remote Fiordland National Park put together by a cinematographer from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Mysterious, evocative, exhilarating and utterly spectacular, Ata Whenua will take us on an unforgettable journey as we "fly" through the Fiordland World Heritage Area and experience one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on earth. We then depart Te Anau and drive across verdant farmland before we travel 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.

Lunch: We arrive in Queenstown in time for lunch.

Afternoon: This afternoon we have an orientation to Queenstown and its beautiful lake-side setting. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: This evening we come together to review our Memories And Shared Highlights.

Lodging: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview is located within a 10min walk to 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


Day Twenty: Monday, October 28 - 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 a guided tour 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.

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
Type: Hotel

Description: Edgewater is in a stunning location at the foot of Mt. Aspiring National Park and on the edge of Lake Wanaka. With lawns stretching right to the water’s edge, Edgewater Resort is a welcoming retreat. It is a flat lake-side walk into the centre of town.

Contact info:
Sargood Drive
Wanaka, 9343 New Zealand
phone: +64 3 443 0011
web: http://www.edgewater.co.nz

Room amenities: All rooms have televisions, tea- & coffee-making facilities and en-suite bathrooms. All open out to a balcony or patio.

Facility amenities: Edgewater Resort has a spa, sauna, tennis courts and a 9-hole putting green.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twenty One: Tuesday, October 29 - Wakatipu Basin / Arrowtown / Winery visit / Wanak...
Wakatipu Basin / Arrowtown / Winery visit / Wanaka / The beautiful Southern Lakes district

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of our hotel and drive through to the picturesque and historic gold-mining town of Arrowtown. Here we visit the Lakes District Museum and learn of the gold-mining history of the Wakatipu Basin. We carry on to a local winery where we have a tasting and learn of the challenges producing wine in this cold-climate wine region. We coach through the Kawerau Gorge to Wanaka. The picturesque town of Wanaka is situated on the southern end of Lake Wanaka and is the gateway to the Mount Aspiring National Park and the Treble Cone, Cardrona, Harris Mountains and Pisa Range ski areas. It has some of New Zealand’s finest alpine scenery and the view of the Alps across the gleaming waters is unparalleled.

Lunch: We have lunch at own arrangements in Wanaka.

Afternoon: We have the afternoon free to explore this delightful small town and its numerous attractions at leisure.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Edgewater Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located on the very edge of the Westland World Heritage Park.

Contact info:
State Highway 6
Franz Josef, 0000 New Zealand
phone: +64 -3-752-0729
web: www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz

Room amenities: Room facilities include heating, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, internet access and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include guest laundry, spa pool, internet kiosk and games area.

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


Day Twenty Two: Wednesday, October 30 - Central Otago / Mt. Aspiring National Park / West...
Central Otago / Mt. Aspiring National Park / Westland National Park / Fox Glacier / Lake Matheson / Franz Josef

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of our hotel and leave Central Otago bound for the West Coast region. We drive alongside the beautiful Lake Hawea and up and over the Southern Alps. We cross the Main Divide through the Haast Pass and Mount Aspiring National Park.

Lunch: We have a picnic lunch as we drive through to the West Coast.

Afternoon: We arrive on the West Coast and enter Westland National Park - an area of stunning scenery. Fox Glacier is located 125 miles south of Greymouth in the middle of the Westland National Park. The township of Franz Josef sits at the base of Franz Josef Glacier, 12 miles to the north. The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are among the most stunning sights in New Zealand. Nowhere else in the world, at this latitude, have glaciers advanced so close to the sea. These two glaciers are exactly what they should be – mighty rivers of ice tumbling down a valley toward the sea. We head for a guided tour of Fox Glacier where we gain an understanding of glaciology and the movement of the glacier. Weather-permitting we then visit picturesque Lake Matheson, renowned for the stunning reflections of bush and snow-capped mountains in its still and sheltered waters. We continue on to Franz Josef and check in to our accommodation.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located on the very edge of the Westland World Heritage Park.

Contact info:
State Highway 6
Franz Josef, 0000 New Zealand
phone: +64 -3-752-0729
web: www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz

Room amenities: Room facilities include heating, tea/coffee making facilities, telephone, television, refrigerator, internet access and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include guest laundry, spa pool, internet kiosk and games area.

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


Day Twenty Three: Thursday, October 31 - Kiwi Wildlife Centre / Westland National Park Vis...
Kiwi Wildlife Centre / Westland National Park Visitors Centre / Alpine Adventure Centre / Franz Josef Glacier

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we first visit the Kiwi Wildlife Centre, an all weather attraction located in the centre of Franz Josef. The Centre is the official home to the incubation and captive-rearing program for New Zealand’s rarest Kiwi – the Rowi and Haast tokoeka. Here we learn of the efforts to protect New Zealand's national symbol. From here we visit the Westland National Park Visitors Centre where we learn about the natural features and history of the area including weather, flora, fauna, and glacier formation, and see what is happening with conservation in the local area. We shall also visit the Alpine Adventure Centre to view the movie - Flowing West - taking viewers on "a journey" through the glacier country.

Lunch: At Franz Josef.

Afternoon: This afternoon we have a field trip to Franz Josef Glacier where our guide introduces us to the glacier and the possible threats it faces.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located close to Hagley Park as well as the South Island's largest shopping mall.

Contact info:
241 Riccarton Road
Christchurch, New Zealand
phone: +64 3 341 3096
web: www.riccartonmotorlodge.co.nz/

Room amenities: Tea & coffee making facilities; satellite tv; iron & ironing board; hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Laundry

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

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twenty Four: Friday, November 01 - West Coast Lakes the Geology & Flora of the West ...
West Coast Lakes the Geology & Flora of the West Coast / Greenstone Carving / Greymouth / Scenic TranzAlpine Train to Christchurch / Riccarton House

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we check out of our accommodation and drive up the West Coast to Greymouth, learning more about the geology and flora of Westland as we go. We pause in Hokitika where we learn about the carving of greenstone or pounamu - the local South Island nephrite jade, traditionally greatly valued by the Maori.

Lunch: In Hokitika.

Afternoon: After lunch in Hokitika we continue on to Greymouth Railway Station and board the TranzAlpine Express train for the stunning journey through the majestic Southern Alps to Christchurch. This journey is widely regarded as one of the world's great scenic train journeys for the wonderful scenery it passes through. We arrive in 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. It has, since September 2010, suffered a series of significant earthquakes resulting in part of the Central Business District still being cordoned off whilst demolition and re-building begins to take place. Much of the rest of the city, and particularly the western side where we will be situated, is pretty much up and running as per usual. We will be met at the railway station by our local Site Coordinator and transfer to check in to our accommodation.

Dinner: We transfer to historic Riccarton House, one of Christchurch's most important and significant early homesteads. Here we have dinner in their marquee and learn something of Christchurch's early families.

Evening: We return to our accommodation after dinner.

Lodging: Riccarton Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located close to Hagley Park as well as the South Island's largest shopping mall.

Contact info:
241 Riccarton Road
Christchurch, New Zealand
phone: +64 3 341 3096
web: www.riccartonmotorlodge.co.nz/

Room amenities: Tea & coffee making facilities; satellite tv; iron & ironing board; hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Laundry

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

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twenty Five: Saturday, November 02 - Course Overview / History of Canterbury / Antarct...
Course Overview / History of Canterbury / Antarctic Connection / Immigrants' Stories

Breakfast: We have breakfast at a local cafe.

Morning: This morning we have an orientation of Christchurch on our coach, learning of the effects of the earthquakes and gaining an insight to the damage caused and to the progress of the rebuild and just what future the "garden city" has. We then visit Canterbury Museum where we gain an understanding of the city's long-held connection to Antarctica and Antarctic exploration.

Lunch: We travel out to Sumner, one of Christchurch's beach suburbs. Here we have lunch in a local cafe.

Afternoon: After lunch we will take a stroll along Sumner's promenade and see for ourselves how Christchurch's eastern beach and hill suburbs have been affected by the earthquakes. Our local coordinator will discuss the local coastal environment with us. We return to the city and have some free time before we head out to Lincoln University, New Zealand's specialist land-based university.

Dinner: We have a guided tour of the university followed by dinner.

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

Lodging: Riccarton Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located close to Hagley Park as well as the South Island's largest shopping mall.

Contact info:
241 Riccarton Road
Christchurch, New Zealand
phone: +64 3 341 3096
web: www.riccartonmotorlodge.co.nz/

Room amenities: Tea & coffee making facilities; satellite tv; iron & ironing board; hairdryer.

Facility amenities: Laundry

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

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twenty Six: Sunday, November 03 - Banks Peninsula Settlement History / Akaroa / Har...
Banks Peninsula Settlement History / Akaroa / Harbour Cruise / Akaroa Museum

Breakfast: This morning we have a continental breakfast in our rooms.

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 and fur seals.

Lunch: We return to land and are given free time to explore Akaroa on foot, just as the Kiwi visitors do on their day trips. We will be given money so we can get 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. En route we will pause at the stony beach of Birdlings Flat, where the local coordinator will discuss the whaling and eeling history as we search for agates along the beach. We transfer to a local winery on the outskirts of Christchurch and have a guided tasting before dinner.

Dinner: We have our farewell dinner at the winery before we return to our accommodation.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Riccarton Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twenty Seven: Monday, November 04 - International Antarctic Centre / Group Departure
Breakfast: This morning we have a continental breakfast in our rooms.

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 Antarctica Revealed. We will also gain an insight to Christchurch's involvement with Antarctica as the nearest mainland base for US, NZ and Italian Antarctic research.

Lunch: We have lunch at the International Antarctic Centre.

Afternoon: Following lunch we transfer to Christchurch Airport to check in for our flights to Auckland and on to Los Angeles and home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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