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Program #11592RJ
22 Days | 21 Nights
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.
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Mary Wylie Feb 04, 2015 at 09:13 PM

My partner and I are very fit, long-time hikers and non-technical climbers (Maine "mountains"--steep but not very high). But, we are no longer young--68 and 72. Just how "challenging" is challenging? --

Ernest Witzke Nov 16, 2014 at 05:47 AM

Hi, My name is Ernie Witzke, I'm from Wisconsin. This will be my second trip to New Zealand. My wife and I did the same trip five years ago. We enjoyed it immensely and talked about doing it again. She recently passed away so I'll be traveling on my own. What we enjoyed last time was the food, the informality, the geology, the friendliness of the people, and the diversity of the wildlife. We were hiking clothes all the time.

Hope to see you all there.
Ernest Witzke Dec 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Wore not were:)

Martha Doxsey Nov 15, 2014 at 04:14 PM

Hi, Susan. I'm looking forward to meeting you and the other hikers in a few weeks. I live in Edmonton, Canada and walk and cross-country ski in our beautiful river valley regularly. I hike in The Rockies as often as I can. We should have quite a variety of hiking on our trip.See you soon!

Susan Crippen Sep 12, 2014 at 09:33 PM

Hello to fellow hikers! I'd like to introduce us, Gordon and Susan Crippen from Anacortes, WA doing the December NZ hiking trip. We hike the North Cascades in the summer and are definitely looking forward to the December trip.

Patricia Hurt Nov 08, 2013 at 11:27 AM

My name is Pat and i live in Montana. I will be on the 2014 Hiking Under Southern Skies trip and I would like to meet other participants in the program.. I would like to extend my stay for a few days but need some ideas. Is anyone thinking of doing the same?. I would like to walk the Milford Track but would this be similar terrain and scenery as the program? Looking forward to NZ and some energetic hiking.

Gloria Einstein Jan 18, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Bill Zoske, my husband, suggested that it would be a good idea to have a course of TamiFlu or similar medication, along on the trip because of the bad flu season and the fact that travel makes it much more likely to encounter flu. Others may want to get a prescription before they leave home.

Gloria Einstein Dec 26, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Hi, again, Linda. It's funny, I got an email notification of both your messages, I don't know why it didn't work that way for you.
I hope other people jump in to this discussion, but my impression is that New Zealand is not a formal place where you'd be expected to wear only pastels in the summer, nor do I think it's going to be really warm during the time we're not hiking--but bear in mind I am saying that from a Florida perspective. I guess it makes sense to take some layers for non-hiking as well as hiking activities, but I would not restrict items on the basis of pastel versus other colors.

If anyone else is thinking of posting, I'll repeat my initial message--I'd love to see if anyone else is interested in a pricey but probably unforgettable helicopter trip to the fiords on our free afternoon Feb. 12.
Our trip is really coming up soon, now. Looking forward to meeting everybody.
Gloria Einstein
Priscilla Williams Dec 31, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I didn't see your initial post but was on a Road Scholar trip to New Zealand last Feb. and can tell you that it is indeed not formal or pastel. I didn't hike and I'm speaking from a south Texas perspective but it is not particularly warm. Layering is always excellent advice. For normal walking I wore long pants, light weight shirts but also had sweaters, jackets. I bought a possum vest while I was there and wore it. The possum garments are wonderful. Be sure to save money for something. Wonderful country!

Gloria Einstein Dec 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM

Hi, Linda, thanks for responding. I didn’t know till I got your email whether any responses would come to my email, or whether I’d have to go back to the discussion board to see if there were responses.

Hope you have a good winter, with whatever amount of snow you consider optimal. I grew up in Cleveland, and my husband in Rochester, NY, so we know about winter, but we’ve been in the South for many years. We usually look for trips in the summer, to get away from the beastly weather here. Last year the Road Scholar hiking trip to Switzerland in August was wonderful. But, I’ve wanted to go to New Zealand for decades, so we’ll do it even if it’s not a good season for us.

Enjoy your time at the Getty. I was there a few years ago, and it is really an interesting place. It has a very different feel from East Coast museums.

Thanks for responding. Best holiday wishes,

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Linda Byard Dec 25, 2012 at 05:34 PM

I did not see your response until I actually got back on the discussion board, no e-mail notification,which certainly cuts down the board's usefulness. Thanks for writing. Now that the trip is getting closer, I'm beginning to wonder about clothing. I know it will be summer in New Zealand, but wonder what to wear when we aren't hiking. Light colors, sandals, shorts/capris? Or is it more sneakers, lightweight pants, any colors? If you know or if anyone else does if this is public, please respond. Thanks.

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