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Program #20621RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
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
Cycling clothes and layers of hiking clothes,Waterproof jacket Sturdy walking/hiking boots, day pack, swimsuit Warm hat and gloves, sunhat and sunscreen A durable pair of walking shoes or boots is essential! A walking stick may also be desirable if you are used to walking with one

Itinerary for Feb 18 — Mar 3, 2013

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Day One: Monday, February 18 - In Flight
In Transit: Overnight flight from USA

Day Two: Tuesday, February 19 -
In Transit: Flight through time zones; day lost

Type: Motel

Description: 1 acre quiet garden surroundings and within easy walking distance of Geraldine town centre

Contact info:
16 Mckenzie Street,
Geraldine, New Zealand
phone: +64 36938622
Room amenities: TV, radio, and Phone

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities Swimming Pool

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

Additional nights before: $120 NZ room
available prior to the program commencement


Day Three: Wednesday, February 20 - Arrival, coach to Geraldine, short walk, orientat...
Arrival, coach to Geraldine, short walk, orientation and Welcome Dinner

Arrive To: Christchurch airport

Morning: Coach to Geraldine (1.5 hours). A beautiful village nestled at the foot of soft rolling hills and bisected by the tranquil Waihi river A popular base for exploring the region and enjoying a wide range of outdoor activities

Lunch: Lunch at cafe en-route

Afternoon: Short walk in Talbot Forest (1 hr) Orientation

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at restaurant

Lodging: Andorra Motel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: 1 acre quiet garden surroundings and within easy walking distance of Geraldine town centre

Contact info:
16 Mckenzie Street,
Geraldine, New Zealand
phone: +64 36938622
Room amenities: TV, radio, and Phone

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities Swimming Pool

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

Additional nights before: $120 NZ room
available prior to the program commencement


Day Four: Thursday, February 21 - Fern walk, rafting on the Rangitata river followe...
Note: Walk 2.5-3 hrs approx 6-7 km Rafting 2.5 hour on the river. Instruction given. You will walk around any grade 5 rapids

Breakfast: At Motel

Morning: Coach to Peel Forest. Guided Fern walk, with fern expert (2 hours)

Lunch: Lunch at rafting Lodge

Afternoon: Guided rafting with instruction by a world class guide on the Rangitata river (4 hours) Be in awe of the rugged mountain scenery surrounding you as you practise your paddling and safety drills on the initial calmer waters

Dinner: BBQ meal at Rafting Lodge

Lodging: Andorra Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: 1 acre quiet garden surroundings and within easy walking distance of Geraldine town centre

Contact info:
16 Mckenzie Street,
Geraldine, New Zealand
phone: +64 36938622
Room amenities: TV, radio, and Phone

Facility amenities: Laundry facilities Swimming Pool

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

Additional nights before: $120 NZ room
available prior to the program commencement


Day Five: Friday, February 22 - Visit Deer farm with field lecture followed by fa...
Breakfast: At motel

Morning: Coach to Fairlie for Deer farm visit with field lecture. Experience a working deer farm

Lunch: Packed Lunch in the Field

Afternoon: Guided Farm walk

Dinner: Dinner at restaurant

Lodging: Andorra Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: private country style surroundings with mountain views

Contact info:
Crn Ostler & Wairepo Rd
Twizel, New Zealand
phone: +64 34350869
Room amenities: Phone and TV

Facility amenities: restaurant, internet, laundry

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


Day Six: Saturday, February 23 - Horse ride at Tekapo, walk up Mt John to observat...
Horse ride at Tekapo, walk up Mt John to observatory and a soak in Alpine Springs hot pools

Note: Horse riding is a gentle trek for 1 Hour Mt John walk is up hill through Larch forest and then open tussock on wellformed track (approx 2 hrs 4-5 km)

Breakfast: At motel

Morning: Coach to Tekapo for horse ride. 1 hour guided gentle trek through larch and pine forest to the edge of Mt John, with fantastic views of Lake Tekapo (option to take a scenic walk in place of the horse ride)

Lunch: At cafe

Afternoon: Walk up Mt John to Observatory (2 Hours) Soak in Alpine Springs Hot Pools Coach to Twizel. Twizel is the nearest town to Aoraki/ Mt Cook It was built as a base for one of the most impressive hydro-power schemes in the southern hemisphere. It is now used for a base for skiing in winter and fishing, boating, kayaking and hiking in summer

Dinner: Dinner at Hotel

Lodging: Mackenzie Country Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: private country style surroundings with mountain views

Contact info:
Crn Ostler & Wairepo Rd
Twizel, New Zealand
phone: +64 34350869
Room amenities: Phone and TV

Facility amenities: restaurant, internet, laundry

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


Day Seven: Sunday, February 24 - Guided walk in Hooker Valley at Mt Cook and Tasma...
Guided walk in Hooker Valley at Mt Cook and Tasman glacier lake Visit Sir Edmond Hilary Museum

Note: Hooker valley walk on well formed track with gradual up hill (12 km 4 hrs return) Tasman glacier walk 1 hr 2.5 km

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel

Morning: Coach to Mt Cook Village ( a tourist centre and base camp for the Mountain) and Guided walk in the Hooker Valley towards Aoraki/Mount Cook the highest mountain in New Zealand (12,316 ft) The track crosses 2 swing bridges and follows the river to the source, the Hooker Glacier Terminal lake (12 km 4 hours return)

Lunch: Packed lunch in the Field

Afternoon: Visit Sir Edmond Hilary Museum at the Hermitage Tasman Glacier Lake Walk This track leads to a viewpoint of the glacial terminal lake. Icebergs can be seen floating in the lake (1 hr)

Dinner: Dinner at Inn

Lodging: Mackenzie Country Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: stunning views over lake Wakitipu and surrounding mountain ranges

Contact info:
88 Frankton Road
Queenstown, 9197 New Zealand
phone: +64 3 442-7950
Facility amenities: wireless broadband and internet spa

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Monday, February 25 - Cycle Canals, Coach to Queenstown visiting Arrow...
Cycle Canals, Coach to Queenstown visiting Arrowtown with a 20min Walk Maori Concert

Note: Cycle 2-3 hrs 14-28 km on flat paved canal road with one section on gravel road

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Cycle Pukaki Ohau canals (14-28 Km) This canal is part of the most impressive hydro-power schemes in the southern hemisphere. The canal road follows the canal between lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau wth great views of the Southern Alps

Lunch: Lunch at Omarama

Afternoon: Coach to Queenstown. Visit Arrowtown (an old gold mining town with beautifully preserved historic buildings) with a 20 minute historic walk. Queenstown is a major tourist centre in the South Island - situated in dramatic landscape of Lake & mountains. All year round outdoor activities attract many overseas tourists. It is also noted for its rapidly expanding production of wine in adjacent areas.

Dinner: Dinner at Pizza Bar "The Cow"

Lodging: Kingsgate Terraces Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: stunning views over lake Wakitipu and surrounding mountain ranges

Contact info:
88 Frankton Road
Queenstown, 9197 New Zealand
phone: +64 3 442-7950
Facility amenities: wireless broadband and internet spa

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Tuesday, February 26 - Walk Gibbston River Trail with lunch at winery Fr...
Note: River trail is a well formed track undulating at first then flat 2.5-3 hrs 8.5 km

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: Walk Gibbston River Trail (8 km 2-3 Hrs) The trail has spectacular views framed by the Kawarau River on one side and the Gibbston vineyards on the other

Lunch: Lunch at Gibbston Valley winery with winery tour

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON For Gondola Ride and walk or luge down, Walk in Botanic garden, Walk up Queenstown Hill, sail on ferry TSS Earnslaw or shopping

Dinner: Dinner own choice

Lodging: Kingsgate Terraces Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: stunning views over lake Wakitipu and surrounding mountain ranges

Contact info:
88 Frankton Road
Queenstown, 9197 New Zealand
phone: +64 3 442-7950
Facility amenities: wireless broadband and internet spa

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Wednesday, February 27 - Cycle a section of the Otago rail trail
Note: Cycle an firm slight gravel surface Flat to Chatto Creek (25 km) then "S" bends and slowly ascends a gradual 1in 50 incline and descends slightly into Omakau (11.5 km)

Breakfast: breakfast at hotel

Morning: Coach to Clyde Cycle on Otago Rail trail to Chatto Creek (25 km) The rail trail follows the old central Otago railway and passes over viaducts and bridges, through tunnels and past old railway stations and through old gold mining towns Watch for colourful Lupins and smell the wild thyme

Lunch: Lunch at Chatto Creek Tavern

Afternoon: Cycle Chatto Creek to Omakau (11.5 km) optional Visit Ophir to see the many Historic Buildings and visit the Post office Return by coach to Queenstown

Dinner: Dinner own choice

Lodging: Kingsgate Terraces Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: large spacious grounds

Contact info:
15 Quinton Drive
Te Anau, 9600 New Zealand
phone: +64 32497459
Facility amenities: internet

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

Additional nights after: $120 NZ room
Additional nights available at end of Program


Day Eleven: Thursday, February 28 - Coach to Te Anau Walk a section of the Kepler tra...
Note: Walk on a well formed track through beech forest and crosses a wetland 12km 3-4 hrs return

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Coach to Te Anau. 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) Walk a section of the Kepler track, Rainbow Reach to Moturau Hut (12km 3-4 Hrs return) From the swing bridge the track follows the Waiau river terrace, crosses a wetland and through beech forest Moturau Hut is situated beside a beautiful beach with panoramic views of Lake Manapouri

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field

Afternoon: Return to Rainbow Reach

Dinner: At local restaurant

Evening: Optional boat trip to Te Anau Glow Worm Caves at own cost

Lodging: Alpine View Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: large spacious grounds

Contact info:
15 Quinton Drive
Te Anau, 9600 New Zealand
phone: +64 32497459
Facility amenities: internet

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

Additional nights after: $120 NZ room
Additional nights available at end of Program


Day Twelve: Friday, March 01 - All day excursion to Milford Sound with a boat cr...
Breakfast: At motel

Morning: Coach to Milford Sound (2 hours) Boat Cruise with commentary Nestled within Fiordland National Park Milford Sound is the best known of the glacier cut fiord's. From cloud piercing cliffs and snow capped mountains to rain forest and a number of ever changing waterfalls, this is a region drenched in beauty. Mitre Peak is a commanding sight that welcomes you at the head of the fiord

Lunch: on board boat

Afternoon: Return by coach with short walks at the Chasm and Lake Gunn

Dinner: Dinner own choice

Lodging: Alpine View Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: large spacious grounds

Contact info:
15 Quinton Drive
Te Anau, 9600 New Zealand
phone: +64 32497459
Facility amenities: internet

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

Additional nights after: $120 NZ room
Additional nights available at end of Program


Day Thirteen: Saturday, March 02 - Guided Kayaking on Lake Te Anau Visit Department ...
Guided Kayaking on Lake Te Anau Visit Department of Conservation and endangered bird Sanctuary

Note: Sea kayaking on Lake Te Anau with instruction 4- 5 hours

Breakfast: At motel

Morning: Guided Sea Kayaking on Lake Te Anau The glacial Lake of Te Anau has clear, deep water,edged with sandy beaches, coves and cliffs, designed with islands, glaciated valleys, fed by waterfalls, cradled by classic Fiordland native bush and mountain scenery

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field

Afternoon: Visit department of conservation and endangered bird sanctuary with a guided tour

Dinner: Farewell Dinner at local Restaurant

Lodging: Alpine View Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fourteen: Sunday, March 03 - Coach to Invercargill Visit museum and view Tuat...
Coach to Invercargill Visit museum and view Tuatara Flight from Invercargill to Auckland and USA

Breakfast: at motel

Morning: Coach to Invercargill Visit Art Gallery with guided tour Visit Museum and view Tuatara

Lunch: own choice

Afternoon: Flight from Invercargill to Auckland and USA

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Included
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11 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
20 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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