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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. 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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Nancy Hendricks Dec 11, 2015 at 07:12 AM

FYI I have discovered a way around the cell phone problem in Australia and NZ. Download the Messenger app. It's through facebook but is free and downloadable online. It works with android and iphone both. The beauty of it is it is internet operational so all you need is to set your phone on the wi fi or hot spot setting. It's similar to skype or whats up app. I've been using the Messenger app to text my daughters Nancy from MI (Feb 22 trip) I'm packed, are you?? Don't forget your Australian/NZ electrical adapters!

Douglas Pearson Dec 03, 2015 at 04:06 PM

Doing Prog.#20621, ending Invercargill 02/21/16. Anyone interested in renting a car from there to Christchurch, arriving 02/23?

Nancy Hendricks Nov 20, 2015 at 07:40 AM

This is Nancy from MI and I will be doing this program as the last segment of 3 in Australia and New Zealand. Interested in chatting with anyone doing the Feb 22, 2016 trip
Linda Wesseler Dec 20, 2015 at 01:06 PM

We are signed up for that along with the Jan 28 Australian Odyssey. Will have 9 days to travel independently in between programs. Considering renting a camper van to tour the north island then down to Christchurch. Would also like to do the tras
Linda Wesseler Dec 20, 2015 at 01:07 PM

transalpine train trip (all day scenic round-trip) on the south island before the start of our hike, bike & paddle tour.
Nancy Hendricks Dec 23, 2015 at 06:58 PM

Linda, your plans sound wonderful and I wish I could. I am doing the Road Scholar Northern Island hiking trip in between Odyssey down under and the Hiking Biking Paddling trip so it won't work, Looking forward to meeting you and Mike. Our MI winter has been creepily (is that a word?) mild with no snow. My petunias are still blooming which is freaky. I am by Lake MI which helps. I leave Dec 31 and traded a US timeshare for one in Cairns Australia. The resort does not list WiFi but I am hopeful to find hotspots. I know my phone won't work. My plan is to join our group at the Christchurch airport coming from a hotel I booked for 2 days in Cathedral Square there. Looking forward to meeting and sharing our favorite experiences down under! nancy hendricks
Linda Wesseler Dec 23, 2015 at 07:25 PM

Which Australian Odyssey trip are you doing? We are booked on the Jan 28 (actually 30th, with date change and travel time from LAX) Aussie Odyyssey. You must be doing an earlier date to get to NZ in time to hike the north island before the arlier date to get toZ in time to hike the north island before the south island hike bike and paddle tour on 2/22?
Linda Wesseler Dec 23, 2015 at 07:28 PM

We ski every year in northern MI, but not this year. Usually Benzie County or where friends have a vacation home at Harbor Springs. Also have friends in Rogers City on Lake Huron. Used to know a cyclist friend from Cincinnati with your name, but you don't look like the same lady,
Nancy Hendricks Dec 23, 2015 at 07:36 PM

yes, Im doing the Odyssey beginning Jan 18 from Sydne. It's such a horrible long flight from MI I thought I'd squeeze it all in with one big trip. Have about 2 days in between segments and I was waitlisted for a long time on the northern hiking NZ portion but finally got included.Been reading Bryson's In a Sunburned Country and enjoying it. Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas and see you soon !!

Kathleen Ellis Feb 17, 2015 at 06:51 PM

Esther, I Am at kandbellis@comcast.net, if you would like to exchange emails.

Kathleen Ellis Feb 09, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Anyone else going on 20621 March 16 - 29?
Esther Hays Feb 17, 2015 at 05:58 PM

There are four of us from Southern Illinois going on March 16-29.
Judy Brown Mar 04, 2015 at 05:20 PM

My husband Doug and I will also be on this trip - we have also had a crazy Winter here in Texas but not nearly as bad what all of you are dealing with!

Don Howe Sep 02, 2014 at 01:24 AM

Terry and I are doing this one in Oct. 2014, and really looking forward to it! If you're going, let us know!
Elizabeth Miller Sep 12, 2014 at 07:48 AM

We'll be going In November. I'll be interested in hearing about your experiences.

Robert McCoy Mar 06, 2014 at 03:48 PM

Bob McCoy: I am signed up for the program 20621 for Mar 17, 2014. I'd like to be able to contact my room-mate.

Diane McFarland Jan 28, 2014 at 08:05 AM

Hi Edda...are you from VA originally? I grew up in No. VA just outside DC (Springfield then Woodbridge). I go to VA yearly to visit family/friends. We transferred to AL over 40 years ago...husband was with United Airlines. He passed in 2001 just two years after we retired. My kids were grown, so I started traveling..and love it. It's nice some of you have extra time before/after our long flight over. Can't wait to see NZ...heard so much about it's beautiful scenery. And Frances, I know what you mean about those weather extremes...we're having single digit temps the next 3 days here in AL...colder than AK this week! Even our Gulf coastline is bracing for winter storm this week...burrrrr. Love your HI Toni...got to visit 5 times...we had an airline friend who lived on Maui, also got to the Big Island & Oahu. See you all soon!...Diane McFarland
Edda Duff Jan 29, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Hello Diane, I was born and raised in Germany and moved to Va 12 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas.

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