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Program #17522RJ
19 Days | 18 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
When the land mass that would become New Zealand broke off from the prehistoric supercontinent of Gondwana, it was home to no predatory mammals. For millennia its birds of the air and sea multiplied, evolved and flourished. Meet the results of this ideal environment: the famous Kiwi, a source of national pride; the critically endangered Kakapo, a unique nocturnal parrot; the beautiful gannets, seabirds whose very first flight takes them 1,500 miles to Australia; and countless more.


Highlights

• Marvel at the endangered Takahç (or Notornis), a strange flightless bird believed to be extinct for 50 years until it was rediscovered.
• At the Miranda Shorebird Centre, learn about the incredible migration of the godwits to Alaska and back.
• Experience New Zealand’s amazing geographical diversity from mountain passes in the Southern Alps to pristine rainforests.

Program Notes

So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1. Road Scholar birding programs are conducted in accordance with the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles per day, some uneven terrain.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Auckland, 3 nights; coach to Miranda, 1 night; coach to Rotorua, 1 night; coach to Wellington, 3 nights; ferry to Picton; coach to Kaikoura, 3 nights; coach to Staveley, 3 nights; coach to Rangiora 2 nights; departure from Christchurch.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
16 nights of accommodations
45 meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
21 Expert-led lectures
23 Field trips
1 Performances

Ratings

4.2
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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