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Program #3304RJ
27 Days | 26 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Linda Reid Sep 29, 2014 at 03:55 PM

For information on the genetic background of Kiwis see:
An excerpt:
"New Zealand: The world’s last settlements

How does New Zealand fit into the larger human family tree? New Zealand’s two islands were among the last discovered by humans just 800 years ago, and also one of the last places colonized by Europeans just 200 years ago."

Linda Reid Aug 09, 2014 at 06:30 PM

We're looking forward to this trip in February. I like historical fiction for background reading and have just read "The Colour" by Rose Tremaine, set during the time of the mid-19th century gold rush.
Linda Reid
Toronto, Canada

PS. Are there any other attendees who think that the country abbreviation is pronounced "En Zed"?
Charlotte Drayer Aug 09, 2014 at 09:53 PM

I hadn't heard that, but it makes sense. I had a South African student in third grade who was taught in English schools, and he pronounced "z" as "zed" and referred to a period at the end of a sentence as a "full stop". You will love this trip! It was our third RS trip and we were delighted. Take a wide brimmed hat with a chin strap. The sun is strong as is the apparent wind on the boat trips. You will probably need a real raincoat in Wellington and Doubtful Sound, not a "water resistant" coat. Pack layers. Have a GREAT time! I'd return in a heartbeat!

Zohreh Saunders Jun 30, 2014 at 05:49 PM

We just signed up today and looking forward to beautiful New Zealand. We got as far as various ports in Australia on a 63-day cruise about 10 years ago, but didn't get to New Zealand. Back when this organization was "Elderhostel" in 1999 and 2000 we did a trip to Italy and one to Greece. This will be our first Road Scholar excursion. We live in Tucson, AZ and will miss the nice winter here for a taste of New Zealand summer. Looking forward to meeting new friends. Zohreh and Jim

Charlotte Drayer Jan 17, 2014 at 01:54 PM

I read Erewhon by Samuel Butler. The description in the RS literature portrays it accurately, but if you want to learn more about NZ culture and less about English Victorian culture, read something else. This may make you examine some of your long-held beliefs, but it's more of a discussion-worthy novel than one I'd recommend prior to a trip to NZ, except, perhaps, for the beginning of it, before the protagonist gets to Erewhon.

I've just started a historical novel series by NZ author Shayne Parkinson. I downloaded all 4 in the saga, so I hope it's good! They are currently a bargain on kindle, $2.99 or less/book. She has other books set in NZ as well. I'll report on the first one after I've read more than one chapter.

R. Peter Barker Jan 01, 2014 at 07:32 PM

I couldn't find any of your suggested books in our library, but all were listed on Amazon. I ordered all 3 in paperback, since I'm still wedded to "real" books. If I don't get a chance to read them all prior to the trip, there should be plenty of time during the flight!!
Charlotte Drayer Jan 01, 2014 at 08:12 PM

Yes, there will be plenty of time on the flight! That's the only part of the trip that doesn't thrill me. Those are going to be hefty books for you to carry! I'm like you, I prefer real books, but for travel an ebook is my preference because of the space and weight. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. If you like Michener sagas, you'll like the ones I mentioned.

Charlotte Drayer Jan 01, 2014 at 05:57 PM

I'm interested in your opinions of which recommended readings...or other readings you have found interesting.

I've read some things that weren't on the list, but I recommend them. Very few of the books on the list were available in our Johnson County, KS library system.

Yesterday I finished the second substantial novel in the Land of the Long White Cloud saga by Sarah Lark. They are a kindle bargain right now and are well-researched as well as engaging. I recommend the e-book versions because they are over 800 pages each. I feel that they're well researched because I'm currently reading a first person account (letters written home to a sister in England) by a woman who traveled to NZ with her husband to work on a sheep station in 1865. The things she describes match the novels. It is called Station Life in New Zealand and is beautifully written.

The first NZ book I read had the title Come on Shore and We Will Kill You and Eat You by Christina Thompson. She is an American who studied for her doctorate in Australia, but met her future husband, a Maori, in NZ. Her sociology training, interest in Pacific Islanders (from whom the Maori are descended) and marriage provide an informed perspective on contemporary NZ and the Maori people.

I have ordered more books on the subject and will report on them as I read them, though time is running short for "pre-reading" now.
Susan Uyeda Jan 10, 2014 at 01:14 AM

Not a book, but I enjoyed The Whale Rider, based on the book by Witi Ihimaera. It gives more insight into Maori culture than any of the travel documentaries I've seen.
Susan Uyeda Jan 10, 2014 at 01:16 AM

(The Whale Rider is a film you can get from Netflix)
Charlotte Drayer Jan 10, 2014 at 09:12 AM

We just moved The Whale Rider to the top of our list, so we should get it soon. Thanks for the suggestion..
Bonnie Rankin Jan 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Hi there. I just read the Thompson book, too, and thought did a good job conveying the spirit and culture of NZ. I love absorbing the literature of a country before I visit but haven't had time to read much more.
Bonnie Rankin Jan 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Hi there. I just read the Thompson book, too, and thought did a good job conveying the spirit and culture of NZ. I love absorbing the literature of a country before I visit but haven't had time to read much more.
Charlotte Drayer Jan 17, 2014 at 01:43 PM

We watched Whale Rider, as recommended by Susan, and we also recommend it. It addresses the conflict between traditional Maori culture and the draw of modern society.
Bonnie Rankin Jan 17, 2014 at 02:08 PM

Good idea. I'll make a point if trying to watch that this week. Looking forward to meeting you!
Charlotte Drayer Jan 17, 2014 at 05:31 PM

Ditto! We're eager for the warmth, the sights and meeting new friends.

Charlotte Drayer Jan 01, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Happy New Year to all of you who we will join on this adventure to New Zealand! Kirby and I built a solar house a year ago in Kansas to be closer to our granddaughter who will be 5 this month. Though it is warmer and less snowy here than in Chicago where we lived most recently, summer in New Zealand sounds wonderful!

R. Peter Barker Dec 29, 2013 at 08:10 PM

We recently sold our summer home north of Kingston Ontario to spend more time with our kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids, and to travel more. Looking forward to this trip, the third we have taken with Road Scholar
Charlotte Drayer Jan 01, 2014 at 12:21 PM

This will be our third RS trip as well. Utah Nat'l Parks photography in 2012, Coastal Trilogy last September now this trip to New Zealand. Retirement is terrific!

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