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Program #12346RJ
22 Days | 21 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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.
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.
Equipment Requirements
Good walking shoes/boots rainproof gear, warm sweater, hat & gloves. Sunhat and sunscreen Day pack Walking poles if used to using them

Itinerary for Jan 13 — Feb 3, 2015

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Day One: Tuesday, January 13 -
In Transit: Board airplane for International flight to New Zealand

Day Two: Wednesday, January 14 -
In Transit: Cross International Date Line- lose a day.

Type: Hotel

Contact info:
1000 Eruera Street
Rotorua, New Zealand
phone: +6473481174
web: www.lakeplazahotel.co.nz/

Room amenities: Guestrooms are double occupancy with tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephones, iron, a hair dryer, TV including Sky TV, and alarm clock. The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua now boasts wireless high-speed broadband internet access in every guest room and all public areas.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a laundry service, restaurant and bar, pool, sauna, and private spa.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Thursday, January 15 - Coach to Rotorua with Welcome Lunch stop at Hamlt...
Note: Walk around Hamilton Gardens

Breakfast: On Airplane.

Morning: Arrive Auckland Int.Airport. Meet with Group Leaders. Board coach for Rotorua with a walk around the Hamilton Gardens to view themed gardens including a Maori Garden

Lunch: Welcome Lunch at Hamilton Cafe

Afternoon: Arrive Rotorua. Rotorua is New Zealand's own geothermal paradise This good-looking city is big on maori culture and hospitality you can stand on active volcanoes, peer into massive craters and see boiling mud and erupting geysers.Settle in to Hotel & Orientation. .

Dinner: Light Meal at Hotel

Lodging: Sudima Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
1000 Eruera Street
Rotorua, New Zealand
phone: +6473481174
web: www.lakeplazahotel.co.nz/

Room amenities: Guestrooms are double occupancy with tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephones, iron, a hair dryer, TV including Sky TV, and alarm clock. The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua now boasts wireless high-speed broadband internet access in every guest room and all public areas.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a laundry service, restaurant and bar, pool, sauna, and private spa.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Friday, January 16 - Coach to beautiful Lake Rotoiti for guided walk o...
Coach to beautiful Lake Rotoiti for guided walk on Hongi's track and Okere Falls. Visit Rainbow Springs. Guided walk in the Redwood Grove

Note: Hongi's track (1 .5 hrs 2.2 km one way) and at Okere Falls (30 mins 1.2 km one )way Guided walking tour of Rainbow Springs

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel.

Morning: A short introductory lecture on history of New Zealand Board coach for all-day walking field trip to Lake Rotoiti & Okere Falls, with beautiful views of lake and waterfalls.

Lunch: At Okere Falls Cafe

Afternoon: Guided walking excursion to Rainbow Springs, a lush wildlife area filled with ferns, trees and plants, native birds and rainbow trout in a crystal clear mineral spring that runs throughout the park. Guided walk in the Redwood Grove, a beautiful forest of California Redwood trees just minutes from the city center Before dinner there will be a lecture on geology & flora of the Volcanic Plateau.

Dinner: At Hotel

Lodging: Sudima Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
1000 Eruera Street
Rotorua, New Zealand
phone: +6473481174
web: www.lakeplazahotel.co.nz/

Room amenities: Guestrooms are double occupancy with tea/coffee making facilities, direct dial telephones, iron, a hair dryer, TV including Sky TV, and alarm clock. The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua now boasts wireless high-speed broadband internet access in every guest room and all public areas.

Facility amenities: The hotel has a laundry service, restaurant and bar, pool, sauna, and private spa.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Saturday, January 17 - Coach to Te Puia for Maori Concert & guided walk ...
Coach to Te Puia for Maori Concert & guided walk of thermal area. Walk up Rainbow Mountain for 380o view of the area.

Note: Rainbow Mountain Summit track. Uphill climb (1.5 hrs one way 2.5 hrs return 5 km) Optional Crater Lake walk (15 mins one way)

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Walk along Lake Rotorua waterfront and through Government Gardens. Coach to Te Puia, one of New Zealand's premier Maori cultural and geothermal visitors center. While there participants will enjoy a Traditional Maori Concert & guided tour of thermal area.

Lunch: At Te Puia Cafe.

Afternoon: .Guided walk on Rainbow Mountain Summit track with views of 2 craters and walk past coloured and steaming ridges. From the summit there are amazing 360-degree views of Rotorua's lakes and Mt Tarawera (1.5 hrs one way 2.5 hrs return 5 km) Option to walk only to crater lake ( 15 mins each way)

Dinner: At Local Restaurant

Lodging: Sudima Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
110 Wakefield Street
Wellington, 6001 New Zealand
phone: +6444731440
web: www.lakeplazahotel.co.nz/

Room amenities: Guestrooms are double occupancy and have private bathrooms with tea/coffee making facilities, remote control TV with Sky TV channels, radio, alarm clock, mini bar, work desk, direct dial telephone, modem connection, refrigerator, hair dryer, and iron facilities.Internet and Wifi available

Facility amenities: The hotel has an elevator, laundry service, restaurant and bar & lounge.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Sunday, January 18 - Coach to Wellington with stops for morning tea & ...
Coach to Wellington with stops for morning tea & lunch Tour of famous Huka Falls en route

Note: Arrive Wellington & settle in to hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Board coach for all day trip to Wellington. Morning tea will be taken in Taupo, which sits at the edge of Lake Taupo and has spectacular views of mountain and lake. Visit spectacular Huka Falls

Lunch: In restaurant en route to Wellington

Afternoon: Arrive in Wellington and settle in to the centrally located hotel. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand chosen for it;s central location. One of the many enticing points of this exciting city is its compact CBD-you can walk from one side to the other in 20 minutes. The waterfront is lined with immaculate parks,heritage buildings and museums. Wellington is dubbed the "creative and cultural capital of New Zealand'

Dinner: At hotel

Lodging: West Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
110 Wakefield Street
Wellington, 6001 New Zealand
phone: +6444731440
web: www.lakeplazahotel.co.nz/

Room amenities: Guestrooms are double occupancy and have private bathrooms with tea/coffee making facilities, remote control TV with Sky TV channels, radio, alarm clock, mini bar, work desk, direct dial telephone, modem connection, refrigerator, hair dryer, and iron facilities.Internet and Wifi available

Facility amenities: The hotel has an elevator, laundry service, restaurant and bar & lounge.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Monday, January 19 - Guided visit to Parliament &visit to Te Papa muse...
Note: Afternoon free time Lecture on history & features of Wellington

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Guided tour of Parliament & visit Te Papa Museum. The Te Papa museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the taonga (treasures) of New Zealand's peoples and to interpret the country's heritage for national and international audiences.

Lunch: Own choice

Afternoon: Free time to explore Wellington. Before dinner there will be a lecture on the Politics & Economy of New Zealand.

Dinner: At hotel

Lodging: West Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
110 Wakefield Street
Wellington, 6001 New Zealand
phone: +6444731440
web: www.lakeplazahotel.co.nz/

Room amenities: Guestrooms are double occupancy and have private bathrooms with tea/coffee making facilities, remote control TV with Sky TV channels, radio, alarm clock, mini bar, work desk, direct dial telephone, modem connection, refrigerator, hair dryer, and iron facilities.Internet and Wifi available

Facility amenities: The hotel has an elevator, laundry service, restaurant and bar & lounge.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Tuesday, January 20 - Walk to Karori Wildlife Sanctuary (Zealandia) an...
Note: Cable Car and walk to Zealandia on city streets. Guided walk and walk down through Gardens

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Walk to Karori (Zealandia) Wildlife (Sanctuary for guided field trip. The Karori Wildlife Santuary is a safe haven for endangered native birds and other wildlife, located minutes from downtown Wellington. A unique predator proof fence surrounds the Sanctuary, protecting the wildlife and ensuring the forest regenerates to its former glory.

Lunch: At Rata Cafe with magnificent views

Afternoon: Walk down through Botanical Gardens and return to Hotel

Dinner: At Theatre Restaurant.

Evening: Optional visit to the Circa theatre (for an additional cost)

Lodging: West Plaza Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Beneath New Zealand's largest crayfish icon rests the Lobster Inn Motor Lodge, motel accommodation. Located adjacent to New World and Kaikoura's new shopping complex, and an easy walk through to the cafe scene and novelty shops one kilometre away. Quality modern accommodation

Contact info:
115 Beach Road
Kaikoura, 8280 New Zealand
phone: +6433195743
web: www.lobsterinn.co.nz

Room amenities: All room types have tea/coffee/breakfast making facilities Range of room types available: studio, deluxe studio, family units Larger units all with kitchens All rooms with microwave, fridge, hairdryer, electric blankets All rooms serviced daily 2 x Guest Laundry Areas Seasonal Solar Heated Swimming Pool BBQ Area Zenbu Wireless Internet Guest computers available * Free information service Booking service Secretarial services available * Conference Facilities On site Restaurant and Tavern facility

Facility amenities: The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and laundry facilities.

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


Day Nine: Wednesday, January 21 - Coach to Ferry terminal for trip to Picton in Sou...
Coach to Ferry terminal for trip to Picton in South Island via scenic Marlborough Sounds. Guided tour of Omaka First World War Aviation Museum. Coach to Kaikoura.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Board coach for Ferry Termnal and depart on scheduled service for Picton on South Island, via Cook Strait and Marlborough Sounds. Upon arrival board coach for Blenhiem.

Lunch: At Cafe in Blenheim.

Afternoon: Guided tour of Omaka First World War Aviation Museum. These rare exhibits come to life with Peter Jackson's film company and Weta Workshop theatrical treatments. Board coach for trip to Kaikoura via scenic Coastal Highway. Settle in to Lodge. Situated on the South Island East Coast- a noted centre for Wildlife Studies, especially Whales, Dolphins and Seabirds. Bird life in an adjacent native forest is also an attraction.

Dinner: At lodge

Lodging: Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Beneath New Zealand's largest crayfish icon rests the Lobster Inn Motor Lodge, motel accommodation. Located adjacent to New World and Kaikoura's new shopping complex, and an easy walk through to the cafe scene and novelty shops one kilometre away. Quality modern accommodation

Contact info:
115 Beach Road
Kaikoura, 8280 New Zealand
phone: +6433195743
web: www.lobsterinn.co.nz

Room amenities: All room types have tea/coffee/breakfast making facilities Range of room types available: studio, deluxe studio, family units Larger units all with kitchens All rooms with microwave, fridge, hairdryer, electric blankets All rooms serviced daily 2 x Guest Laundry Areas Seasonal Solar Heated Swimming Pool BBQ Area Zenbu Wireless Internet Guest computers available * Free information service Booking service Secretarial services available * Conference Facilities On site Restaurant and Tavern facility

Facility amenities: The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and laundry facilities.

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


Day Ten: Thursday, January 22 - Morning: Whale watching from scheduled Tourist ve...
Morning: Whale watching from scheduled Tourist vessel. Guided walk on Peninsular trail in afternoon.

Note: Wellformed trail along cliff top with a decent down to South Bay carpark (7.6 km 2.5 hrs)

Breakfast: Breakfast at Whale Watch cafe.

Morning: Board specialized vessel for scheduled Whale viewing experience, with commentary.

Lunch: Own Choice

Afternoon: Guided walk on Peninsula Trail crosses the cliff top, with excellent views of the Seaward Kaikoura range, ocean and coastline

Dinner: With local residents

Lodging: Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Beneath New Zealand's largest crayfish icon rests the Lobster Inn Motor Lodge, motel accommodation. Located adjacent to New World and Kaikoura's new shopping complex, and an easy walk through to the cafe scene and novelty shops one kilometre away. Quality modern accommodation

Contact info:
115 Beach Road
Kaikoura, 8280 New Zealand
phone: +6433195743
web: www.lobsterinn.co.nz

Room amenities: All room types have tea/coffee/breakfast making facilities Range of room types available: studio, deluxe studio, family units Larger units all with kitchens All rooms with microwave, fridge, hairdryer, electric blankets All rooms serviced daily 2 x Guest Laundry Areas Seasonal Solar Heated Swimming Pool BBQ Area Zenbu Wireless Internet Guest computers available * Free information service Booking service Secretarial services available * Conference Facilities On site Restaurant and Tavern facility

Facility amenities: The hotel has a restaurant and bar, and laundry facilities.

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


Day Eleven: Friday, January 23 - Guided walk on Mt Fyffe or Hinau track. Visit Lav...
Note: Mt Fyffe: Follow a 4WD track uphill to a lookout for superb views (3 hrs return) Hinau track (1 hour loop) on well formed track

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge.

Morning: Coach to starting point for guided walk on Mt Fyffe (3 Hrs) with superb views over the Kaikoura Plains and Peninsular. Optional loop walk (1 hr) in native bush where native hinau species are predominant Visit Lavender farm with lecture on oil production

Lunch: At Local cafe.

Afternoon: Coach to Informaton Centre. FREE TIME

Dinner: At the Lodge

Lodging: Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
32 Mawhera Quay
Greymouth, 7801 New Zealand
phone: +6437685085
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/kingsgategreymouth/index.html

Room amenities: Guestrooms include direct tea/coffee making facilities, dial telephones, a mini bar, an iron and ironing board, hair dryer, electric blanket and Sky TV

Facility amenities: The hotel has laundry services, safe deposit, a restaurant and bar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Saturday, January 24 - Coach transfer to Greymouth on West Coast. Histo...
Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge.

Morning: Board coach for all day trip to Greymouth via Lewis Pass, with stops at Reeton for lunch en route. Arrive at Greymouth and settle in. West Coast's largest town. An historic gold mining town

Lunch: At Reefton

Afternoon: After lunch Historical town walk at Reefton and continue on to Greymouth

Dinner: At Greymouth Kingsgate Hotel

Evening: Video on South Island.

Lodging: Greymouth Kingsgate Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
32 Mawhera Quay
Greymouth, 7801 New Zealand
phone: +6437685085
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/kingsgategreymouth/index.html

Room amenities: Guestrooms include direct tea/coffee making facilities, dial telephones, a mini bar, an iron and ironing board, hair dryer, electric blanket and Sky TV

Facility amenities: The hotel has laundry services, safe deposit, a restaurant and bar.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Sunday, January 25 - Field trip to Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and Trum...
Field trip to Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki and Truman track. Guided Walk up Pororari River.

Note: Punakaiki walk 1 hr on paved paths with some steps. Truman Track, Steps down to Beach and return 1 hr. Pororari river walk 5-6 km (2-3 hrs return on wellformed trail

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Field trip by coach to Punakaiki. Lecture on geological formation of Pancake Rocks. Field trip on foot to view unique coastal rock formations and blowholes. Walk down Truman Track to Beach

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field

Afternoon: Coach to Pororari River for guided walk to view groves of Nikau (only palm indigenous to NZ) and see native birds. Return to Greymouth for Dinner in evening

Dinner: Dinner at Speights Brew Bar

Lodging: Greymouth Kingsgate Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Enjoy spacious, well appointed units nestled in idyllic West Coast surroundings with views of rain forest and snowy mountain peaks Alpine Glacier Motel's has a 4 star Qual-Mark rating and all 24 units offer modern facilities, kitchenettes and car parking right outside your unit, many with relaxing double spa baths and spectacular views of some of our smaller glaciers in our beautiful Alpine vista. ZENBU wireless internet is available from all our units: •King Studio •King Family/Twin Studio •Deck Studio •Queen Studio •Spa Studio •Two Bedroom Unit •Disability Units A wonderful base for your adventure to New Zealand’s most beautiful glacier country, Alpine Glacier Motel is managed by locals with extensive knowledge and experience of the area. Ask them about Franz Josef township’s friendly local restaurants, pubs and cafes and directions to the many other attractions in the area: kayaking, scenic flights, jet boat safaris, bird sanctuaries, nature tours and much more…. For superior accommodation befitting our 4 star rating and a welcoming, restful atmosphere, book now at Alpine Glacier Motel. For more information, contact the Alpine Glacier Motel: Phone: +64 (0)3 752 0226 Fax: +64 (0)3 752 0221 Reservations Freephone within New Zealand: 0800 757 111 Property Features In House MoviesBroadband Internet AccessNon-Smoking RoomsGuest LaundryDisabled Access RoomsDVD LibraryWiFi InternetFree ParkingSpaTour Desk

Contact info:
Corner of Cron and Condon Streets Franz Josef 7856
Franz Josef, NA 7856 New Zealand
phone: +64 37520226
web: www.alpineglaciermotel.com

Room amenities: Queen Studio Alpine Glacier Motel's Queen Studio features a queen size bed in a warm,comfortable and sunny studio room. Modern facilities, reliable heating and parking right outside give you a home away from home feel.Wireless internet is available All queen studio units feature: - Queen size bed - Ensuite bathroom with shower - Electric blanket - Heater - Modern bathroom with heated towel rail - Kitchen extras: glasses, bottle openers etc - Breakfast, tea and coffee making facilities - Microwave - Refridgerator - Ironing board and iron - Television, DVD player and Sky TV - Telephone - Hairdryers - Radio alarm clock - Occasional chair - Extended bench area(no dinning area) Alpine Glacier Motel's queen studio units offer travellers superb accommodation for holiday stopovers and extended breaks (suitable maximum 2 guests only).

Facility amenities: Alpine Glacier Motel offers a wide range of service features, including: Daily reception desk open from 8am to 8pm Tour desk for knowledgeable, local information and all your tour and activity bookings Continental breakfasts Heating and electric blankets in all rooms Outdoor furniture Guest Laundry Storage room Kia Ora card rates for all international calls Parking directly outside your unit An ideal, scenic location with plenty of free parking covered guest spa room Sky TV & complimentary DVD Library For more information, contact the Alpine Glacier Motel: Phone: +64 (0)3 752 0226 Fax: +64 (0) 3 752 0221 Reservations Freephone within New Zealand: 0800 757 111 Email: alpineglacier@xtra.co.nz Postal address: PO Box 91, Franz Josef, New Zealand

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


Day Fourteen: Monday, January 26 - Coach to Franz Josef Glacier view Glacier in uniq...
Coach to Franz Josef Glacier view Glacier in unique location close to coast.

Breakfast: Breakfast at lodge

Morning: Coach to Fox Glacier area with stops en route at Hokitika, which is famous for Pounamu, commonly known as greenstone or New Zealand jade. Here a community of artists create some beautiful works from this stone.

Lunch: At cafe en route to Franz Josef

Dinner: At local restaurant

Lodging: Alpine Glacier Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
phone: +6434437826
web: www.wanakahotel.co.nz/

Room amenities: Guestrooms include a private shower/bath, private telephone, small refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities and a television. Internet and Wi-fi available

Facility amenities: The hotel offers laundry services and Sky TV.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fifteen: Tuesday, January 27 - Coach to view face of Glacier. Short Walk around ...
Coach to view face of Glacier. Short Walk around Lake Mathieson. Coach transfer to Lake Wanaka

Note: Both walks on well formed tracks 1 hr (2.6 km) return walk to glacier Viewing Platform 40 Min walk on wellformed paths to Lake Mathieson 1.5 Hr 2.6 km Circuit walk

Breakfast: Breakfast at Motel.

Morning: Coach to Westland Glacier National Park. Approach on foot and ascend rock platform to view face of glacier. Part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. The glacier descends from the top of the Southern Alps cutting through dramatic Glacial Valleys into rain forest 300m above sea level. Walk around Lake Mathieson (40 Mins)

Lunch: At local cafe

Afternoon: Resume journey South passing small lakes and native beech forest. Traverse Haast Pass (main divide) to enter Province of Otago and proceed past Lake Hawea to Wanaka.

Dinner: At Wanaka restaurant.

Lodging: Wanaka Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Ardmore Street
Wanaka 9192, New Zealand
phone: +6434437826
web: www.wanakahotel.co.nz/

Room amenities: Guestrooms include a private shower/bath, private telephone, small refrigerator, tea/coffee making facilities and a television. Internet and Wi-fi available

Facility amenities: The hotel offers laundry services and Sky TV.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Wednesday, January 28 - Guided Walks round Lake Wanaka and Mt Iron
Note: Waterfall Creek is a wellformed trail around Lake 1.5-2hrs Mt Iron is an uphill track (2 hours return)

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: Guided walk alomg shore of Lake Wanaka. from Waterfall Creek back to Hotel. New Zealand's fourth largest lake, Lake Wanaka sparkles on the edge of town Board coach for lunch in private lodge at Glendhu Bay

Lunch: Eat lunch in private garden

Afternoon: Guided walk Up Mt Iron for wonderful views of Lake Wanaka

Dinner: At local restaurant

Lodging: Wanaka Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set amongst manicured gardens on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau, Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is the perfect base for exploring the scenic wonders of the region. The hotel has 94 guest rooms available with twin, double and adjoining rooms for families. Non-smoking rooms are also available. You'll enjoy the comfort and convenience of six digital Freeview TV channels, direct dial phones, minibar (in selected rooms), tea and coffee-making facilities plus a host of other amenities. Known as the "Walking Capital of the World", this area is host to some of the most breath-taking natural wonders known to man. Visit Milford Sound (120 kms), Doubtful Sound, Manapouri and the Glowworm Caves. The area has a number of awe-inspiring walks such as the Milford, Routeburn and the Kepler Tracks. Te Anau, New Zealand, hotels such as the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau are ideally placed for experiencing the scenic beauty of this unique region.

Contact info:
20 Lakefront Drive
Te Anau, 9681 New Zealand
phone: +6432497421
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz

Room amenities: Standard Rooms at the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau are spacious and welcoming. They feature one double and one single bed as well as an ensuite bathroom. Guests can enjoy a range of amenities when staying in this modern hotel. Te Anau, New Zealand is a beautiful spot from which to explore the natural wonders of this mountainous region. Room Details: 6 digital Freeview TV channels Refrigerator Tea and coffee-making facilities Hair dryer Iron and ironing board Radio alarm clock Daily newspaper (on request)

Facility amenities: A wide range of guest services and amenities are available at Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau. Should you require any additional services during your stay, hotel staff will be happy to assist. When it comes to finding accommodation in Te Anau, New Zealand, the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau offers a range of amenities and excellent service. Guest services include: Message Service Postal/Parcel Service Excursions and sightseeing attractions can be arranged at no extra charge Sky TV 7 digital Freeview TV channels in guest rooms Maid Service 24 hour Room Service (limited overnight) Currency Exchange Luggage Storage Newspaper Hotel Shop Wireless internet.

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


Day Seventeen: Thursday, January 29 - Coach transfer to Te Anau with stop at Queenstown...
Coach transfer to Te Anau with stop at Queenstown- free time and Lunch. Lecture: "Early Days on the Milford Track"

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel.

Morning: Board coach for trip to Te Anau. En route stop at Queenstown for Lunch

Lunch: At Queenstown- own choice-

Afternoon: Continue on to Te Anau. Arrival and settling in at hotel. Te Anau lies beside the sparking blue waters of Lake Te Anau the largest lake in the South Island It is the Gateway to Milford Sound (2 hours by coach)

Dinner: At reastuarant

Evening: Lecture: "Early Days on the Milford Track"

Lodging: Kingsgate Te Anau Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Set amongst manicured gardens on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau, Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is the perfect base for exploring the scenic wonders of the region. The hotel has 94 guest rooms available with twin, double and adjoining rooms for families. Non-smoking rooms are also available. You'll enjoy the comfort and convenience of six digital Freeview TV channels, direct dial phones, minibar (in selected rooms), tea and coffee-making facilities plus a host of other amenities. Known as the "Walking Capital of the World", this area is host to some of the most breath-taking natural wonders known to man. Visit Milford Sound (120 kms), Doubtful Sound, Manapouri and the Glowworm Caves. The area has a number of awe-inspiring walks such as the Milford, Routeburn and the Kepler Tracks. Te Anau, New Zealand, hotels such as the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau are ideally placed for experiencing the scenic beauty of this unique region.

Contact info:
20 Lakefront Drive
Te Anau, 9681 New Zealand
phone: +6432497421
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz

Room amenities: Standard Rooms at the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau are spacious and welcoming. They feature one double and one single bed as well as an ensuite bathroom. Guests can enjoy a range of amenities when staying in this modern hotel. Te Anau, New Zealand is a beautiful spot from which to explore the natural wonders of this mountainous region. Room Details: 6 digital Freeview TV channels Refrigerator Tea and coffee-making facilities Hair dryer Iron and ironing board Radio alarm clock Daily newspaper (on request)

Facility amenities: A wide range of guest services and amenities are available at Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau. Should you require any additional services during your stay, hotel staff will be happy to assist. When it comes to finding accommodation in Te Anau, New Zealand, the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau offers a range of amenities and excellent service. Guest services include: Message Service Postal/Parcel Service Excursions and sightseeing attractions can be arranged at no extra charge Sky TV 7 digital Freeview TV channels in guest rooms Maid Service 24 hour Room Service (limited overnight) Currency Exchange Luggage Storage Newspaper Hotel Shop Wireless internet.

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


Day Eighteen: Friday, January 30 - Walk on Kepler track from Rainbow reach to Motura...
Walk on Kepler track from Rainbow reach to Moturau Hut Visit Conservation Centre & Wildlife Park.

Note: The wellformed track follows the Waiau river terrace,crosses a wetland and through beech forest to Moturua hut (4 hrs 12 km return)

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Transport by coach for guided walk in Beech Forest on Kepler track to Moturau Hut situated beside a beautiful beach with panoramic views of Lake Manapouri.

Lunch: Packed lunch in field

Afternoon: Free time during the late afternoon to visit conservation centre and view exhibits. Regroup to view film "Shadowlands"

Dinner: Own choice

Evening: Optional boat trip to glow worm caves. (own cost)

Lodging: Kingsgate Te Anau Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Set amongst manicured gardens on the tranquil shores of Lake Te Anau, Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau is the perfect base for exploring the scenic wonders of the region. The hotel has 94 guest rooms available with twin, double and adjoining rooms for families. Non-smoking rooms are also available. You'll enjoy the comfort and convenience of six digital Freeview TV channels, direct dial phones, minibar (in selected rooms), tea and coffee-making facilities plus a host of other amenities. Known as the "Walking Capital of the World", this area is host to some of the most breath-taking natural wonders known to man. Visit Milford Sound (120 kms), Doubtful Sound, Manapouri and the Glowworm Caves. The area has a number of awe-inspiring walks such as the Milford, Routeburn and the Kepler Tracks. Te Anau, New Zealand, hotels such as the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau are ideally placed for experiencing the scenic beauty of this unique region.

Contact info:
20 Lakefront Drive
Te Anau, 9681 New Zealand
phone: +6432497421
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz

Room amenities: Standard Rooms at the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau are spacious and welcoming. They feature one double and one single bed as well as an ensuite bathroom. Guests can enjoy a range of amenities when staying in this modern hotel. Te Anau, New Zealand is a beautiful spot from which to explore the natural wonders of this mountainous region. Room Details: 6 digital Freeview TV channels Refrigerator Tea and coffee-making facilities Hair dryer Iron and ironing board Radio alarm clock Daily newspaper (on request)

Facility amenities: A wide range of guest services and amenities are available at Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau. Should you require any additional services during your stay, hotel staff will be happy to assist. When it comes to finding accommodation in Te Anau, New Zealand, the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau offers a range of amenities and excellent service. Guest services include: Message Service Postal/Parcel Service Excursions and sightseeing attractions can be arranged at no extra charge Sky TV 7 digital Freeview TV channels in guest rooms Maid Service 24 hour Room Service (limited overnight) Currency Exchange Luggage Storage Newspaper Hotel Shop Wireless internet.

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


Day Nineteen: Saturday, January 31 - All-day visit to famed Milford Sound in Fiordland...
All-day visit to famed Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park (World Heritage)

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Board coach for all day field trip to Milford Sound with boat trip (with commentary) by scheduled service on the Sound. Box lunch on board is included. Return to Te Anau by coach.

Lunch: Box lunch provided on boat.

Dinner: At restaurant

Lodging: Kingsgate Te Anau Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
265 Clyde Street
Balclutha, 9200 New Zealand
phone: +6434181490
web: www.rosebanklodge.co.nz/

Room amenities: Guestrooms include a shower, mini bar, Sky TV with remote control, hair dryer, phone jack for internet connection, iron and ironing board

Facility amenities: The hotel has guest laundry, a spa and sauna, café and bar.Wi-fi available

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

Additional nights after: $NZ 100 per room
Contact travel provider


Day Twenty: Sunday, February 01 - Visit to Sheep Ranch Coach transfer to Balclutha...
Note: Walk around sheep ranch

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Coach to operating family sheep ranch with demonstrations & lecture. Board coach for Balclutha.

Lunch: At Five Rivers cafe

Afternoon: Visit Gore Art Gallery en route. Arrive at Lodge and settle in. Balclutha the main centre of the Clutha district is a fishing paradise for brown trout and Salmon in the Clutha river. Balclutha is also renowned for its six-arch bridge It is the gateway to the Catlins Coast

Dinner: At Rosebank Lodge

Lodging: Rosebank Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
265 Clyde Street
Balclutha, 9200 New Zealand
phone: +6434181490
web: www.rosebanklodge.co.nz/

Room amenities: Guestrooms include a shower, mini bar, Sky TV with remote control, hair dryer, phone jack for internet connection, iron and ironing board

Facility amenities: The hotel has guest laundry, a spa and sauna, café and bar.Wi-fi available

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

Additional nights after: $NZ 100 per room
Contact travel provider


Day Twenty One: Monday, February 02 - All day visit to pristine forest and coastal area...
All day visit to pristine forest and coastal area of "The Catlins" Walk to Nugget Point Lighthouse

Note: Two short walks into the train tunnel and Matai/Horseshoe falls. Walk to Nugget Point (20 mins)

Breakfast: Breakfast at Rosebank Lodge.

Morning: Coach departs for all day walking field trip in Catlins area, including guided visits to native forest, waterfall and golden beaches. There will be lectures in the field by local botanist.

Lunch: At local lodge (Papatowai)

Afternoon: Visit beach settlement of Kaka Point and Nugget Point. 20 min walk to lighthouse (one of New Zealand's oldest 1869). Return to Balclutha.

Dinner: Farewell function at Rosebank Lodge.

Lodging: Rosebank Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twenty Two: Tuesday, February 03 - Coach to Dunedin for guided city tour. Coach to A...
Coach to Dunedin for guided city tour. Coach to Airport for departures.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Rosebank Lodge. Coach to Dunedin

Morning: Guided Tour of City with lecture in the field. Short overview of Dunedin by coach and on foot. A chance to see some outstanding heritage buildings and, weather permitting, the world class Botanical Gardens. A city of strong Scottish origins, Dunedin is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

Lunch: Own Choice

Afternoon: FREE TIME Coach to Dunedin Airport 3.30 pm for departure

In Transit: On flight to USA.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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19 Expert-led lectures
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