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Road Scholar
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 Jan 30 — Feb 25, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, January 30 - Group Departure
Evening: Depart USA on International flight.

Day Two: Thursday, January 31 - 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, February 01 - Group Arrival / Program Overview / Introduction t...
Morning: Group Arrival. Lecture: Program Overview and Introductions. Lecture: Introduction to Auckland.

Lunch: In the hotel - gorgeous views of Auckland city & harbour from the top-floor restaurant.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: In the hotel - gorgeous views of Auckland city & harbour from the top-floor restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Auckland

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, February 02 - 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 - gorgeous views of Auckland city & harbour from the top-floor restaurant.

Morning: Lectures: Overview of New Zealand and Introduction to Volcanism in New Zealand.

Lunch: In the hotel - gorgeous views of Auckland city & harbour from the top-floor restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Orientation to Auckland city. Field Trip/Class: Auckland War Memorial Museum - includes time for personal exploration.

Dinner: Own arrangements - a chance for participants to explore and sample the delights of Auckland's harbour-side culture.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Auckland

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, February 03 - 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 - gorgeous views of Auckland city & harbour from the top-floor restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: Geology of Auckland & its varied coastlines. Field Trip/Class: Auckland's west coast beaches including Muriwai Beach - black sand surf beaches, gannet colony, native flora.

Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip/Class continued: Auckland's west coast beaches.

Dinner: In the hotel - gorgeous views of Auckland city & harbour from the top-floor restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mercure Auckland

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, February 04 - 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.

Morning: Coach to Rotorua. Excursion: Visit St. Faith's Maori Church and its richly-decorated interior in the lakeside Maori village of Ohinemutu. Field Trip/Class: Forestry Research Institute - Introduction to Plantation Forestry in New Zealand. Guided tour of Long Mile Tree Breeding Trial Centre - research plantation & Redwood grove.

Lunch: At Forestry Research Institute

Afternoon: Field Trip/Class: Buried Village - the historic remains of a small village engulfed by the violent & unexpected eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886. Coach to accommodation.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Excursion: Polynesian Spa - swim & relax in the hot thermal pools.

Lodging: Copthorne Hotel Rotorua

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

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

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

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

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, February 05 - 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: Field Trip/Class: Rotorua Museum of Art & History located in the old historic bath house complex. Remainder of morning at leisure.

Lunch: Own arrangements.

Afternoon: Part of the afternoon at leisure. Field Trip/Class: Te Puia (Arts & Crafts Institute). Visit the Kiwi House to meet New Zealand's national symbol - the flightless kiwi; view the Whakarewarewa thermal area, boiling mudpools & pohutu geyser; partake in a Maori cultural performance.

Dinner: Experience a hangi - the traditional Maori method of cooking food in the ground - at a Marae.

Evening: At leisure.

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, February 06 - Waimangu Volcanic Valley / Wairakei Geothermal Po...
Waimangu Volcanic Valley / Wairakei Geothermal Power Project / Huka Falls / Lake Taupo / Coach to Turangi

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Waimangu Volcanic Valley and cruise on Lake Rotomahana - immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of this volcanic valley and get up close and personal with New Zealand's native birdlife.

Lunch: At cafe overlooking Waimangu Volcanic Valley.

Afternoon: Field Trip/Class: Waimangu Volcanic Valley: volcanic 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. Walk through this amazing volcanic landscape serenaded by the songs of the local native birdlife. Cruise on Lake Rotomohana, also formed as a result of the 1886 eruption.

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, February 07 - Tongariro National Park / Trout Hatchery / Progra...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Tongariro National Park - the centre of the volcanic plateau in the middle of New Zealand's North Island. Visit the Department of Conservation Information Centre and Mt. Ruapehu.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Excursion: Guided walk to Trout Hatchery. Lecture: M.A.S.H. - Review of Program.

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, February 08 - 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: Field Trip: Travel through the North Island countryside and National Park area, via New Zealand's infamous Desert Road and the Rangitikei Gorge.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch en route to Wellington.

Afternoon: Excursion: Guided tour of Southwards International Car Museum. Coach to Wellington accommodation.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Excursion: City Lights tour - take in the beauty of Wellington's harbour surrounded by the lights of the city and suburbs.

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, February 09 - Parliament Buildings / Introduction to Harbour Ca...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: New Zealand Politics and Public Life. Field Trip: Guided tour of Parliament House.

Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Introduction to the harbour capital: historic buildings, the cable car - a Wellington institution and Wellington Botanical Gardens.

Dinner: Own arrangements - 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, February 10 - Te Papa Tongarewa - National Museum of New Zealan...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Guided tour of Te Papa Tongarewa - National Museum of New Zealand followed by free time for individual exploration of one of New Zealand's most important cultural icons.

Lunch: Own arrangements.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: In the hotel.

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, February 11 - Fly to Dunedin / Course Overview / Scottish Herit...
Fly to Dunedin / Course Overview / Scottish Heritage / Settlers' Museum / Introduction to Southern New Zealand

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Coach to Wellington Domestic Airport for flight to Dunedin.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Lecture: Course Overview. Lecture: Dunedin and Its Scottish Heritage. Field Trip: Otago Settlers' Museum.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Lecture: Introduction to Southern New Zealand

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, February 12 - The Leith Walk / Otago Peninsula / Albatross Colo...
The Leith Walk / Otago Peninsula / Albatross Colony / Fort Taiaroa / Taiaroa Head Cruise

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Excursion: The Leith Walk. Field Trip/Class: Otago Peninsula & Taiaroa Head.

Lunch: At Cafe at Albatross Colony.

Afternoon: Continue Field Trip/Class: Albatross Colony - the only mainland breeding colony for any albatross species anywhere in the world. Excursion: Fort Taiaroa (1886 Armstrong Gun Placement) and cruise to Taiaroa Head.

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, February 13 - Nugget Point / Catlins Forest Park / Overnight wi...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Experience Nugget Point, Catlins forest Park and Petrified Forest

Lunch: Picnic Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Coach to Invercargill to meet Farm Stay hosts.

Dinner: At Farm Stay.

Evening: EnrichActivity: 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, February 14 - Full day of Farm Activities
Breakfast: At Farm Stay.

Morning: At leisure on Farm.

Lunch: At Farm Stay.

Afternoon: EnrichActivity: Farm Activities

Dinner: At Farm Stay.

Evening: At leisure 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, February 15 - Kepler Track / Bird Park / Coach to Te Anau / Glo...
Kepler Track / Bird Park / Coach to Te Anau / Glow Worm Caves / Milford Track Memories

Breakfast: At Farm Stay.

Morning: Group regathers. View of Kepler Track - one of southern New Zealand's famous multi-day walking tracks. Field Trip: Department of Conservation Bird Park on the side of Lake Te Anau. Coach to Te Anau accommodation.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Field Trip/Class: Cruise across Lake Te Anau to the glow worm caves to explore a mysterious underground world.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Lecture: Milford Track Memories: a lecture recounting humorous anecdotes regarding the history of the Milford Track - New Zealand's most famous multi-day walk.

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, February 16 - Lake Manapouri / Underground Hydro Station / Doub...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Cruise on the remote & picturesque Doubtful Sound including Lake Manapouri and the Underground Hydro Station.

Lunch: On board cruise.

Afternoon: Continue Field Trip: Cruise on Doubtful Sound.

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, February 17 - Atawhenua Shadowlands / Coach to Queenstown / Cit...
Atawhenua Shadowlands / Coach to Queenstown / City Orientation / Program Review

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Excursion: 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. Coach to Queenstown.

Lunch: In Queenstown.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Orientation to Queenstown. Coach to Queenstown accommodation. Remainder of afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Lecture: M.A.S.H. - Review of Program.

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, February 18 - Lake Wakatipu Cruise, including Walter Peak high ...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Cruise on Lake Wakatipu on board the historic steamer TSS Earnslaw. Excursion: Visit Walter Peak High Country Farm for a guided tour and an insight into New Zealand farmers' working dogs.

Lunch: At Walter Peak Homestead.

Afternoon: Continue Field Trip: Cruise on Lake Wakatipu. Remainder of afternoon at leisure. Gondola to Skyline Restaurant on top of Bob's Peak for dinner overlooking Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables.

Dinner: At Skyline Restaurant.

Evening: Gondola to coach, then return to accommodation.

Lodging: Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located within walking distance to the shores of Lake Wanaka.

Contact info:
109 Mount Aspiring Road
Wanaka, 9305 New Zealand
phone: +64 -3-443-8216
web: www.wanakanz.com

Room amenities: Room facilities include balcony/patio, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, in-house video movies and ISD telephone.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a lounge area & open log fireplace.

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


Day Twenty One: Tuesday, February 19 - Wakatipu Basin / Big Picture Wine Adventure / Coa...
Wakatipu Basin / Big Picture Wine Adventure / Coach to Wanaka / Geology of the Region

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: History and guided tour of Wakatipu Basin. Field Trip/Class: Big Picture Wine Adventure in Cromwell. Coach to Wanaka.

Lunch: Own arrangements in Wanaka.

Afternoon: Coach to accommodation. Part of afternoon at leisure. Lecture: Geology of the Region - Glaciology.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mount Aspiring Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Main Road
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
phone: +64 -3-751-0839
web: www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz

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

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include guest laundry, safety deposit box and shuttle bus.

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


Day Twenty Two: Wednesday, February 20 - Central Otago / Mt. Aspiring National Park / West...
Central Otago / Mt. Aspiring National Park / Westland National Park / Coach to Fox Glacier

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Central Otago - across the main Divide through Haast Pass and Mt. Aspiring National Park.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Continue Field Trip/Class: Westland National Park. Coach to Fox Glacier accommodation. Field Trip/Class: Guided tour of Fox Glacier - Glaciology and Movement of the Glacier.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Main Road
Fox Glacier, New Zealand
phone: +64 -3-751-0839
web: www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz

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

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include guest laundry, safety deposit box and shuttle bus.

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


Day Twenty Three: Thursday, February 21 - Lake Matheson / Franz Josef Glacier / Alpine Adve...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip: Lake Matheson. Field Trip/Class: Guided tour of Franz Josef Glacier.

Lunch: At local restaurant at Franz Josef Glacier.

Afternoon: Field Trip: Visit Alpine Adventure Centre and walk to Westland National Park Visitors Centre.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Heartland Hotel Fox 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.


Day Twenty Four: Friday, February 22 - West Coast Lakes / Greenstone Carving / Coach to ...
West Coast Lakes / Greenstone Carving / Coach to Greymouth / scenic TranzAlpine Express Train to Christchurch

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Geology and Flora of Westland - including township of Ross and West Coast Lakes. Excursion: Greenstone Carving in Hokitika.

Lunch: In Hokitika.

Afternoon: Continue Field Trip/Class: Geology and Flora of Westland. Coach to Greymouth Railway Station and board the TranzAlpine Express train for your journey across the majestic Southern Alps to Christchurch.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

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.


Day Twenty Five: Saturday, February 23 - Course Overview / History of Canterbury / Antarct...
Course Overview / History of Canterbury / Antarctic Connection / Immigrants' Stories

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Orientation to Christchurch - including Course Overview - History of Canterbury and Wealth of Farming. Field Trip/Class: Canterbury Museum - The Antarctic Connection.

Lunch: At Canterbury Museum.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Lecture: Immigrants' Stories - Te Puna Ora Storyteller.

Lodging: Riccarton Motor Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel is located within walking distance to the shores of Lake Wanaka.

Contact info:
109 Mount Aspiring Road
Wanaka, 9305 New Zealand
phone: +64 -3-443-8216
web: www.wanakanz.com

Room amenities: Room facilities include balcony/patio, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, television, in-house video movies and ISD telephone.

Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a lounge area & open log fireplace.

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


Day Twenty Six: Sunday, February 24 - Banks Peninsula Settlement History / Akaroa Museu...
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: Akaroa and Banks Peninsula - Maori History and the French Settlement.

Lunch: At local restaurant in Akaroa.

Afternoon: Continue Field Trip/Class: Akaroa and Banks Peninsula - visit to Museum. Lecture: M.A.S.H. - Final Review of Program

Dinner: At local restaurant - Farewell.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Mount Aspiring Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twenty Seven: Monday, February 25 - International Antarctic Centre / Group Departure
Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Field Trip/Class: International Antarctic Centre - Antarctica Revealed. Gain an insight to Christchurch's involvement with Antarctica as the mainland base for US, NZ and Italian Antarctic research.

Lunch: At International Antarctic Centre.

Afternoon: Coach to Christchurch International Airport for flight to Auckland, then connect with flight to Los Angeles.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
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24 nights of accommodations
68 meals: 24 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 22 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
40 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances
2 Flights during the program

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