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14 Days | 13 Nights
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.
James from Norcross, GA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/14/15 - 05/26/15
I particularly enjoyed New Zealand's Autumn. In addition to cooler weather there were less crowds at popular sites and the snow on the mountain tops greatly added to the beauty of the South Island. Our leader and the local guides were exceptional.

Charles from Charleston, WV Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/03/15 - 04/15/15
This is a good survey trip that packs a lot into a few days. Memorable sights and excellent lectures are pluses. Spending a lot of time in transport is a minus, although New Zealand is sparsely populated with limited transportation infrastructure.

Marian from St Charles, IL Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 04/03/15 - 04/15/15
This was a great program and the leaders were terrific. Our big regret was that we missed Milford Sound due to early snowfall (mid April). i would consider the time of year in booking.

Mary-Grace from Stony Plain, AB Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/20/15 - 04/01/15
This was our 2nd RS trip, and we're very glad we took it! We're already planning a return trip to NZ, because this experience was so wonderful! People we met, places we went, and adventures we had were absolutely tremendous! Thanks, Road Scholar!

Richard from Cedar Falls, IA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/20/15 - 03/04/15
Great exposure to all aspects of New Zealand. Very informative guides and instructors.

Kathy from Gloucester, VA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 03/06/15 - 03/18/15
BAIT & SWITCH: if you want a small group tour, this is not for you. Road Scholar says that this will be under 24 people but put us together with an Australia/NZ group bringing us to a total of 36 which is not what we signed on for. So, buyer beware!

Chris from Santa Monica, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 01/03/15 - 01/15/15
This trip provided a,great overview of the history, natural wonders and culture of New Zealand. It included opportunities to view natural wonders like Milford Sound, visit museums and historical sites, walk in magical places provided by nature and to meet and learn about both the Maori and Pakeha histories and sociology. I combined this trip with "Walking Clean and Green in New Zealand" and had the best 5 traveling weeks of my life. All our leaders , instructors and drivers were personable and knowledgeable, and the group formed an almost instant camaraderie leading to an exchange of e-mail info withpromises to share pictures.

Cynthia from Hulett, WY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 11/08/14
Road Scholar is the best educational travel program if you want to know what you are seeing, hearing and feeling. All learning modulities are covered for your total learning experience.

Dee from Camp Verde, AZ Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 10/26/14 - 11/08/14
We were amazed at the beauty of New Aealand. We could never have a better guide, Albert, or director, Errol. They knew the answers to everything we asked and had lots of fun with everyone. Don't miss this trip, it is worth every penny.

Jo Ann from Oxnard, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 09/21/14 - 10/04/14
I thoroughly enjoyed this trip and learned a lot about the beautiful country of New Zealand. The guides were great and we saw so much in less than two weeks. I'd like to return to New Zealand after this trip

Harry from Peachtree City, GA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/29/14
All of the hotels were in the Copthorne chain, and were 2 or 3 star hotels, with A/C and heat that didn't work properly in Auckland, A/C that didn't exist at all in Wellington, old, dingy sheets and towels in Rotorua, and only 20 of free internet each day in all hotels. Other than the poor lodging, the tour was OK. But we had rented a car the 2 prior weeks and driven around the North Island, and found that experience better than the tour.

Robert Donnell from Oro Valley, AZ Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 03/02/14 - 03/15/14
New Zealand is like a collection of national parks all close together. Wonderful experience, welcoming population, very educational; great temptation to return!

Mary Jo from Eagle River, AK Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 03/01/14
Exploration, education, excitement, enticing scenery, excellent guides. What a way to see the world!

Sara from Bloomington, IL Number of programs attended: 14
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 03/01/14
This was an awesome experience with a lot of variety. Albert on the North Island and Liz on the South Island (as well as Robyn, the overall coordinator, were wonderful!

Dorothy from Brookfield, WI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/15/14
A perfect trip from start to finish,Albert and Bruce made it happen.

Robert from Brookfield, WI Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/15/14
Everything about this program was superior and would highly recommend to anyone interested in New Zealand.

Nancy from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/02/14 - 02/15/14
Everyone I talked with before the trip said that New Zealand is Beautiful and the people are welcoming. They were right. We probably could have seen more, but the trip was perfectly paced. A Kiwi friend even commented on how clever it was to go through Invercargil to get to Milford Sound, then to Queeenstown. Otherwise it would have meant many more hours on a bus.

Jane from Windsor, CO Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/25/14
This program is a great chance to visit a country with interesting people and incredible scenery. I had always wanted to visit New Zealand and doing so with Road Scholar was rewarding because of the educational aspect of the trip.

Julia from Charlotte, NC Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 01/02/14 - 01/15/14
This Road Scholar trip to New Zealand exceeded my expectations. The sites we visited were most interesting and varied. Leadership was dynamic and knowledgeable. I learned a tremendous amount and had a ton of fun doing it!!

Robert from Huron, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/25/14
In the past, I have been turned off by guided tours where a bus driver narrated a memorized script. Roads Scholar makes the travel easy while providing guides who are experts in their own right and are, in themselves, life-long learners.

Nancy from Huron, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/25/14
Experiencing New Zealand through this program is a real treat. This trip was delightful as it educated everyone about the effects of geology upon the landscape, the various aspects of thelife of its citizens, and the history of New Zealand's Maori culture. Be immersed in the life of the people who "tamed" this country as well as those who call it their home now. New Zealand may be the last great hidden treasure and this is a wonderful way to experience it.

Kenneth from Corea, ME Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/02/14 - 01/15/14
This New Zealand program provides a super, in depth opportunity to see most of the country. The scenery is spectacular, the people are friendly and engaging, the education on the country and peoples is impressive, and the overall experience couldn't have been better. Our group was friendly and by the end had become a real community. The leaders/lecturers were dynamite. I learned so much more than I expected, all the while seeing incredibly beautiful landscapes.

Martha from Saint Louis, MO Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 10/05/13
This is an awesome trip. I hightly recommend it.

Anne from Farmington Hills, MI Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 11/10/13 - 11/23/13
New Zealand Odyssey is one of the best trips I've ever taken, with Road Scholar or otherwise. An in-depth introduction to a spectacular country. The itinerary is so good that our Kiwi friends couldn't think of anything important that we missed!

Linda from Hartsburg, MO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 09/22/13 - 10/05/13
This was an amazing trip to the North and South Islands of New Zealand. We learned so much about New Zealand culture, geology, ecology, and people in a short 12 days time. The program was facilitated by bright, enthusiastic leaders and lecturers. And we learned interesting things from our travel companions, many of whom we'll stay in contact with because of shared experiences. This program whetted our appetite for additional travel - and especially for travel with such a reputable group as Road Scholar!

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