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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 Oct 28 — Nov 15, 2013

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Day One: Monday, October 28 -
In Transit: In flight.

Day Two: Tuesday, October 29 -
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, October 30 -
Morning: Arrive Auckland Int. Airport. Coach to Cornwall Park Garden Restaurant.

Brunch: At Cornwall Park

Afternoon: Coach to Mt.Eden for overview of City Coach to Hotel and check-in. Introductory Lecture by Ornithologist.

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, October 31 - 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).

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, November 01 - 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.

Lunch: At local cafe

Afternoon: Coach to Dominion Museum for guided tour of Maori & Pacific Courts.

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, November 02 - Visit noted Shorebird Centre
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Coach to Miranda Shorebird Centre. Introductory Lecture by Director & view exhibits.

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, November 03 - Scenic coach trip to Rotorua
Breakfast: At motel cafe

Morning: Board Coach for trip to Rotorua.

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, November 04 -
Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Board coach for transfer to Wellington.

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, November 05 - 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 on your own

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, November 06 - 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.

Lunch: At Centre cafe

Afternoon: View Botanical Gardens and Lady Norwood Rose Garden. Return to Hotel

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, November 07 - 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

Lunch: En route at Winery Restaurant

Afternoon: Arrive at Kaikoura and check in to Accommodation at Motor Lodge.

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, November 08 - Guided off-shore launch trip to view pelagic bird...
Breakfast: At Lodge

Morning: Board coach to South Bay Harbour- board Ocean Encounter Vessel for scheduled boat trip to view Seabirds. Return to Harbour and board coach for return to Kaikoura

Lunch: At local Restaurant

Afternoon: Walk on Peninsula track Coach return to Lodge

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, November 09 -
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, November 10 - Coach to Staveley, in foothills of Southern Alps
Breakfast: At lodge.

Morning: Board coach for trip to Staveley via Inland Scenic Route.

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, November 11 -
Breakfast: At Lodge

Morning: Coach to site in forests of Southern Alps for guided field trip to view forest & mountain birds.

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, November 12 -
Breakfast: At lodge.

Morning: Coach to adjacent sites for further field trip to view native birds in lake & river headwaters.

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, November 13 -
Breakfast: At Lodge

Morning: Coach to Arthur's Pass for field trip to view alpine bird species

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, November 14 -
Breakfast: At Motel

Morning: Lecture and guided Field trip

Lunch: Lunch- own choice

Afternoon: FREE TIME

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at restaurant.

Lodging: Lilybrook Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nineteen: Friday, November 15 - Visit to celebrated Antarctic Centre Departure
Breakfast: At motel

Morning: Coach to Antarctic Centre for lecture and view exhibits.

Lunch: Lunch in Centre Cafe.

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

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.
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