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13 Days | 12 Nights
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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.
Absorb the beauty of “the land of the long white cloud,” as Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand, is commonly translated. Delve into the story of this island nation’s indigenous Maori people. Examine the natural environments of both the North and South Islands: descend into a pristine volcanic valley, stand alongside bubbling mudpools and meet New Zealand’s national bird, the kiwi. Voyage through the majestic fjord of Milford Sound, sail the beautiful waters of Lake Wakatipu, enjoy stunning vistas of Queenstown and much more.


• Learn from experts about New Zealand’s settlement by Maori and Europeans.
• Witness the eruptions of spectacular geysers in a volcanic park.
• Experience the magnificent Milford Sound.

Program Notes

Please note that participants on this program travel throughout New Zealand alongside the participants of program 16434 – An Odyssey Down Under: Australia & New Zealand. You will join with these participants upon your arrival in Auckland.

Activity Notes

Participants who are energetic, in good health and have a good level of mobility, should have no difficulty participating in this program. People who can walk at normal public walking pace and stand for at least three hours each day for the duration of the program, climb stairs, get on and off buses efficiently and carry their own luggage will be happy participants who have a great time down under. Please review carefully whether you can do all these things before registering for this program.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Auckland, 3 nights; coach to Rotorua, 2 nights; fly to Christchurch, 2 nights; fly to Invercargill, coach to Te Anau, 1 night; coach to Queenstown, 2 nights; fly to Auckland and depart for the USA.

Date Notes
This date does not match up with a correspnding departure of program 16434 and will have a max of 24 participants.3/18/2016
This date does not match up with a correspnding departure of program 16434 and will have a max of 24 participants.12/2/2016
This date does not match up with a correspnding departure of program 16434 and will have a max of 24 participants.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
10 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 10 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 9 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
21 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances
3 Flights during the program


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