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27 Days | 26 Nights
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.
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Bob & Judy Ervin Oct 07, 2015 at 03:18 PM

Richard - Thanks for checking in. We've moved our tour date to the March 2016 departure. The only other person to check in with us has been David Owens. We hope he corresponds with you.

Richard Bramble Oct 06, 2015 at 09:41 PM

I will be in Auckland on Nov 9th. Anyone else going early?

Bob & Judy Ervin Sep 04, 2015 at 06:01 PM

We've switched program dates and are now signed up for the March 2016 program.
David Owens Sep 05, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Ah, that probably explains why the November program just switched from waitlisted to open. Sorry we won't be meeting you.
Bob & Judy Ervin Sep 05, 2015 at 02:56 PM

Thanks for the thought, David. You seem to be the only Nov 2015 traveler that ever signed in.

Bob & Judy Ervin Apr 02, 2015 at 06:52 PM

Any advice on how much NZ currency to bring along? We realize some shopping might be involved but we're looking for some practical guidance,
Karin Salomon Apr 02, 2015 at 07:16 PM

Hi Bob&Judy - I think if you have a debit card that is hooked into the networks - and your bank can tell you if so, there is no service charge. I used a CC and paid 3% per transaction. The bank in Rotorua charged me $5. to change, so the more U change that way the cheaper it is. I didn't really buy a lot, as so much is already paid for. Tipping is not required, but you can if you would like and tax is included in any transaction. Hope this helps.
Charlotte Drayer Apr 03, 2015 at 09:41 AM

You will need NZ currency or a credit card for the few meals that are on your own, adult beverages if those appeal to you, and souvenirs. We bought several Paua shell and carved bone necklaces/earrings/scarf holders as gifts (inexpensive) and a couple of greenstone (nephrite jade) pendants (expensive). I also bought a hat with a chin strap because the one I took kept blowing off. Some people bought very soft possum fur clothing items (expensive). The most important souvenirs were the photos and memories. It's a wonderful trip! Enjoy!

Mary Vallier-Kaplan Mar 07, 2015 at 12:08 PM

A couple of reflections from recent Feb trip. What to take? You might want to add binoculars especially if you like birds. Do not need washcloths, hairdryers, or toiletries in any of the hotels. Wished I had taken a light weight fleece vest to wear in the cool mornings and evenings. A walking stick is useful.

Bob & Judy Ervin Feb 07, 2015 at 06:14 PM

Bob & Judy Ervin here. Now that we have the Feb 2014 group on its way, we look forward to posts from others on the November departure. Our home town is Gladstone Oregon, a suburb of Portland, and we'd like to meet via email our fellow travelers. Good advice and info Mr. David Owens - thanks for that.
Bob & Judy Ervin Sep 04, 2015 at 06:06 PM

As noted in our September 4, 2015 post, we are now going on the March, 2016 program.

Karin Salomon Jan 25, 2015 at 10:12 PM

Thanks for all the input. I have another question regarding the electric converter. I bought one via Amazon, but it is so heavy. Am wondering - are we all taking one? Or can we share? I only want to recharge my camera, I don't have the 'modern' phone, only an old flip phone, which I won't take. The plug I hope will have by time we leave. Any thoughts? LOL 80º t-shirts! I live along the CA coast and I usually wear long sleeves.
Linda Reid Jan 25, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Maybe you should start thinking about it as 24 degrees.
Charlotte Drayer Jan 25, 2015 at 11:17 PM

Karin, you'll probably only need the plug adapter because most cameras and computers have a voltage converter built into their chargers. That's what the box on the computer cord is. We didn't need converters for phones, cameras or computers, just the plug adapter when we went last year. I also took a hair dryer that has the option of 120 and 240 volts, though I generally used the hair dryer in the hotels. Regarding temperatures, it will vary dramatically, but be generally warm except when it's cool and raining. The only time I was really hot was hiking toward the Franz Josef glacier..

Mary Vallier-Kaplan Jan 22, 2015 at 04:21 PM

Regarding carry on bags, AirNZ website said that bag must weigh 15 lbs or less which is not very much. A friend of mine has a daughter who lives in NZ. She said they have never weighed her carry on bag on the flight over but when she was flown within NZ they have. Do you notice it was 80 degrees in Auckland this week????
Carl Benz Jan 23, 2015 at 12:12 PM

Good morning. 80 degrees sounds delightful, sez this SoCal boy. Regarding carry-on within NZ, you might want to contact RS travel, as they have arrangemenets with AIr NZ for this travel. Nevertheless, thank you for the heads-up, I will keep mindful of your advice.

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