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Walking With New Zealanders

Program Number: 18896RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/10/2014 - 3/5/2014;
Duration: 23 nights
Location: New Zealand
Price starting at: $5,237.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 61; 21 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches, 21 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Vegetarian; Vegetarian    

Experience the full spectrum of New Zealand’s wonders during this walking adventure on the North and South Islands. Learn about the life here as you walk with New Zealanders and enjoy authentic meals in their homes. Hike through breathtaking natural landscapes and stroll through lively cities. Discover amazing natural beauty and absorb the unique culture of the Maori people.




Highlights

• Walk through New Zealand’s pristine natural environments with local experts who know the land and its history.
• Meet with a sheep rancher at his ranch to discuss agrarian life and share a New Zealand barbecue lunch.
• Take a boat excursion on the beautiful fjordland waters of Milford Sound.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to five miles per day on uneven, hilly and sandy terrain. Embarking and disembarking boats.




Date Specific Information

2-10-2014

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Queenstown, 2 nights; coach to Te Anau, 1 night; coach to Tekapo, 2 nights; coach to Methven, 2 nights; coach to Kaikoura, 2 nights; coach to Nelson, 3 nights; ferry to Wellington, 2 nights; coach to Napier, 2 nights; coach to Taupo, 2 nights; coach to Whangamata, 2 nights; coach to Auckland, 1 night; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Cross International Dateline
1 night
Arrival Queenstown
2 nights
Coach to Te Anau
1 night

Examine the lovely Victorian architecture of Nelson. Walk and chat with members of a local walking group. Hike through Abel Tasman National Park at the northern tip of the South Island. Take the scenic Oceanside Route to Kaikoura, where you walk the noted Peninsular Walk with local residents.



Coach to Tekapo
2 nights
Coach to Methven
2 nights
Coach to Kaikoura
2 nights
Coach to Nelson
3 nights

Explore the foothills of the Southern Alps with a local naturalist and marvel at the crystal-clear water of Sharplin Falls. Continue to Tekapo and walk on Mount John, site of the country’s premier astronomical observatory. Journey to Queenstown and take a field trip to a sheep ranch on Lake Wakatipu. An all-day boat excursion on Milford Sound gives you an up-close look at this natural treasure. Visit the gold-mining village of Arrowtown.



Ferry to Wellington
2 nights
Coach to Napier
2 nights

Enjoy a walking excursion in Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, an urban refuge for the region’s wildlife. Talk with an expert about the politics and economy of New Zealand. In Napier, chat with locals on a morning walk and discover the city’s Art Deco architecture.



Coach to Taupo
2 nights
Coach to Whangamata
2 nights
Coach to Auckland
1 night
Departure

In Taupo, enjoy lunch with locals in a private home and walk with them as you discuss local life. Learn from Maori representatives about their fascinating culture and enjoy walks at Mount Ruapehu, Taranaki Falls and Lake Rotopounamu. Walk on the beach in Whangamata and meet with conservation officers to discuss endangered species and other environmental issues.




New Zealand

English explorer Captain James Cook put New Zealand on the map when he sailed around the coast on the Endeavour in 1769. He not only mapped the area during his three voyages around the coast, but named landmarks, many of which still exist today. Dubbed the “land of the long white cloud” by the early Polynesian settlers, New Zealand’s predominately mountainous terrain and large coastal plains make it the perfect place for adventurous outdoor activity.



Accommodations
Nelson: Motor inn near the beach. Kaikoura: Motor lodge with mountain views. Methven: Resort hotel with pool. Tekapo: Resort on Lake Tekapo. Queenstown: Hotel with views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. Te Anau: Hotel near Lake Te Anau. Wellington: Modern hotel in the heart of the city. Napier: Centrally located hotel. Taupo: Hotel on Lake Taupo. Whangamata: Motel near the beach. Auckland: Hotel in the city center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Copthorne Lakeview Hotel
  Queenstown, New Zealand 2 nights
   Kingsgate Te Anau
  Te Anau, New Zealand 1 night
   Godley Resort Hotel
  Tekapo, New Zealand 2 nights
   Methven Resort
  Methven, New Zealand 2 nights
   Lobster Inn Motor Lodge
  Kaikoura, New Zealand 2 nights
    Beachcomber Motor Inn
  Nelson, New Zealand 3 nights
   West Plaza Hotel
  Wellington, New Zealand 2 nights
   Viceroy Hotel
  Napier, New Zealand 2 nights
   Lakeland Resort
  Taupo, New Zealand 2 nights
   Breakers Motel
  Whangamata, New Zealand 2 nights
   New President Hotel
  Auckland, New Zealand 1 night
 Copthorne Lakeview Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 88 Frankton Road
Queenstown,  9197 New Zealand
phone: +64 3 442-7950
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Kingsgate Te Anau
Type: Hotel
  Description: Stunning lake and mountain views
  Contact info: 20 Lakefront Drive
Te Anau,   New Zealand
phone: +6432497421
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz
  Room amenities: Telephone Standard Rooms at the Kingsgate Hotel Te Anau are spacious and welcoming. They feature one double and one single bed as well as an ensuite bathroom. Guests can enjoy a range of amenities when staying in this modern hotel. Te Anau, New Zealand is a beautiful spot from which to explore the natural wonders of this mountainous region. Room Details: 6 digital Freeview TV channels Refrigerator Tea and coffee-making facilities Hair dryer Iron and ironing board Radio alarm clock Daily newspaper (on request) Complimentary off-street parking
  Facility amenities: Internet and email desk and hotspot Laundry Restaurant and bar
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Godley Resort Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: Highway 8
Tekapo,   New Zealand
phone: +6436806848
web: www.tekapo.co.nz
  Smoking allowed: No

 Methven Resort
Type: Resort
  Contact info: 51 Main Road
Methven,   New Zealand
phone: +6433028724
  Smoking allowed: No

 Lobster Inn Motor Lodge
Type: Lodge
  Contact info: 115 Beach Road
Kaikoura,   New Zealand
phone: +6433195743
web: www.lobsterinn.co.nz
  Smoking allowed: No

  Beachcomber Motor Inn
Type: Inn
  Contact info: 23 Beach Road
Tahunanui
Nelson,   New Zealand
phone: +6435485985
web: www.beachcomber.co.nz
  Smoking allowed: No

 West Plaza Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 110 Wakefield Street
Wellington,   New Zealand
phone: +6444731440
web: www.westplaza.co.nz
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Viceroy Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: Cnr Tennyson Street & Clive Square
Napier,   New Zealand
phone: +64 6 8353373
web: www.viceroyhotel.co.nz
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Lakeland Resort
Type: Resort
  Contact info: 282 Lake Terrace
Taupo,   New Zealand
phone: +6473783893
web: www.lakeland.co.nz
  Smoking allowed: No

 Breakers Motel
Type: Motel
  Contact info: 324 Hetherington Road
Whangamata,   New Zealand
phone: +6478658464
web: www.breakersmotel.co.nz
  Smoking allowed: No

 New President Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 27 Victoria St. West
Auckland,   New Zealand
phone: +6493031333
web: www.newpresidenthotel.co.nz
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: NZ$125 per nt  Room rate subject to change To arrange contact provider by Email at eilehcobbe@xtra.co.nz


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrival at Queenstown Airport 12.30 pm You will be staying at Copthorne Lakeview Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Departure Auckland Airport 6.00 pm You will be staying at New President Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Current passport
  Parking availability:
Not applicable
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Private Coach transfer
To Start of Program
  Location:  Queenstown
  Nearest city or town:  Queenstown
  Nearest highway: Highway 6
  Nearest airport:  Queenstown
  Transportation to site: Coach transport provided (alternative transport by taxi would cost approx $NZ 20)
  From End of Program
  Location:  Auckland
  Transportation from site: Coach transfer provided (alternative transport by shuttle would cost approx $NZ 40)
Equipment Requirements: Walking Equipment
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Monday, February 10)
   
 Depart From: Depart the US for New Zealand.

Day 2:
(Tuesday, February 11)
   
 In Transit: Cross International Date Line.

Day 3: Welcome Dinner
(Wednesday, February 12)
   
 Breakfast: Taken on airplane.
 Morning: Arrive Queenstown, transfer to hotel. Orientation and overview of city
 Lunch: At cafe
 Afternoon: Excursion to town centre to view adventure tourism sites
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner at Hotel
   
Accommodations: Copthorne Lakeview Hotel
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Excursion to Walter Peak sheep ranch by scheduled ferry service.
(Thursday, February 13)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Field trip to Queenstown Birdlife Park Then Board scheduled Ferry service to Walter Peak Sheep Ranch for lecture & guided tour
 Lunch: Barbecue lunch at Ranch Cafe
 Afternoon: View demonstrations & return to Queenstown hotel
 Dinner: Own choice- cash provided.
   
Accommodations: Copthorne Lakeview Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: All-day excursion by coach to Milford Sound (fiord) with scenic launch cruise on the Sound
(Friday, February 14)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: All-day excursion by coach to Milford Sound (fiord) with scenic launch cruise on the Sound
 Lunch: Packed lunch on board launch
 Afternoon: Return to Te Anau by coach, with scenic views en route
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Kingsgate Te Anau
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Coach to Tekapo with Alpne views en route
(Saturday, February 15)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Coach to Tekapo.with view of Alpine peaks en route Walk on Lake shore- visit hot pools
 Lunch: At cafe en route
 Afternoon: Lecture on history & geography of the McKenzie Country. Short Guided walk.
 Dinner: In hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Godley Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Guided walk Dinner with local residents.
(Sunday, February 16)
   
 Breakfast: In hotel
 Morning: Guide walk around Lake Tekapo shore.
 Lunch: At cafe en route
 Afternoon: Guided walk on Mt.John
 Dinner: Dinner with local residents..
   
Accommodations: Godley Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Coach to Methven
(Monday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: At Hotel
 Morning: Coach to Methven with stop at Geraldine
 Lunch: At cafe en route
 Afternoon: Guided walk in Peel Forest. Proceed to Methven and check in at resort.
 Dinner: At local restaurant
   
Accommodations: Methven Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Visit Forest Park
(Tuesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: At Resort
 Morning: Guided walk to Sharplin Falls beside clear mountain stream
 Lunch: At cafe
 Afternoon: Guide visit to local museum
 Dinner: At restaurant
   
Accommodations: Methven Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Coach to Kaikoura
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: At Resort
 Morning: Coach to Kaikoura in Pacific Coast
 Lunch: At cafe en route
 Afternoon: Continue by coach on journey to Kaikoura
 Dinner: In restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Lobster Inn Motor Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Walk on Peninsula Trail
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Free time Opportunity to Whale Watch or view Ocean Birds (at own expense)
 Lunch: In local cafe
 Afternoon: Guided walk on Peninsular trail.
 Dinner: Social gathering and Dinner with local residents
   
Accommodations: Lobster Inn Motor Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Coach to Nelson via Coastal route
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Board coach for Nelson via coastal route and Marlborough wine district
 Lunch: At cafe enroute
 Afternoon: Arrive at Nelson & check in to hotel Visit Wearable Art Exhibition
 Dinner: At hotel
   
Accommodations: Beachcomber Motor Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Guided Walk with historian
(Saturday, February 22)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Lecture in Comference room on history & architecture of city Walk with local group
 Lunch: Lunch at cafe
 Afternoon: Lecture on local economy
 Dinner: At hotel
   
Accommodations: Beachcomber Motor Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: All day Walking field trip to Abel Tasman National Park
(Sunday, February 23)

Note: An alternative walk can be arranged for less active participants



   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Guided all day walking field trip to Abel Tasman National Park access by scheduled launch trip
 Lunch: Packed lunch in the field.
 Afternoon: Return to Nelson by Coach
 Dinner: At hotel
   
Accommodations: Beachcomber Motor Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Travel to Wellington by scheduled ferry service through scenic Marlborough Sounds Short walk on sea-front
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Coach to Picton to board scheduled ferry for trip to Wellington via scenic Marlborough Sounds
 Lunch: On board ferry- own choice
 Afternoon: Coach to hotel & settle in. Optional short guided walk on seafront. . Return to Hotel for Lecture on Politics & Economy
 Dinner: In Hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: West Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16: Visit Parliament Buidings for Lecture & tour. Guided walking field trip to Wildlife Sanctuary Visit Te Papa Museum of N.Z. Afternoon: Free Time OptionalTheatre performance at extra cost
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Visit Parliament for guided tour & lecture. Also Old St Paul's historic Church . Return to Te Papa Museum.
 Lunch: At Museum cafe.-own choice.
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: At theatre restaurant. (Theatre performance optional at extra cost)
   
Accommodations: West Plaza Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 17: Coach to Napier Walk in Garden en route
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Board coach for trip to Napier- via Manawatu. Walk in garden at Palmerston North Rose Garden
 Lunch: At cafe en route
 Afternoon: Proceed to Napier & check in to Hotel
 Dinner: In hotel
   
Accommodations: Viceroy Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Walk with New Zealanders in the morning. Afternoon: Lecture & Art Deco Walk
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Local walk with New Zealanders
 Lunch: At cafe
 Afternoon: Lecture and guided Art Deco walk. Then Free time
 Dinner: At restaurant, with local residents.
   
Accommodations: Viceroy Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Coach to Taupo Maori Cultural Experience
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Board coach for trip to Taupo.
 Lunch: IAt cafe
 Afternoon: Local walk with New Zealand group.
 Dinner: Maori Cultural Experience with dinner.
   
Accommodations: Lakeland Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Walk to Taranaki Falls on Mt .Ruapehu Walk round Lake Rotopunamu (crater lake) with New Zealanders
(Saturday, March 1)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel.
 Morning: Board coach to Mt. Ruapehu for all-day walking field trip. Walk to Taranaki Falls.
 Lunch: At mountain cafe
 Afternoon: Walk around Lake Rotopounamu (bush-clad crater lake).
 Dinner: At local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Lakeland Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Coach to Whangamata Walk on beach Dinner with local residents.
(Sunday, March 2)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel.
 Morning: Board coach for trip to Whangamata
 Lunch: In cafe en route
 Afternoon: Arrive at Whangamata. Walk on Beach with local residents. Check in to motel
 Dinner: Dinner with local residents in their homes.
   
Accommodations: Breakers Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Guided walk on Cathedral Cove Trail
(Monday, March 3)
   
 Breakfast: At motel
 Morning: Coach to Cathedral Cove trail for guided walk.
 Lunch: Packed lunch on walk.
 Afternoon: Further short walk. Return to Whangamata by coach.
 Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Breakers Motel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Coach to Opoutere for guided walk Afternoon: Coach to Auckland
(Tuesday, March 4)
   
 Breakfast: At motel.
 Morning: Coach to Opoutere Beach. Lecture by Dept. of Conservation Officer. Walk on estuary & beach to view endangered bird species.
 Lunch: Packed lunch in the field.
 Afternoon: Return to Whangamata. Coach to Auckland.
 Dinner: FAREWELL DINNER
   
Accommodations: New President Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Morning Free time. Afternoon- Museum Visit Coach to Airport for flight to U.S.A.
(Wednesday, March 5)
   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Free time
 Lunch: Own choice
 Afternoon: Visit to Museum Coach to airport . Fly out to U.S.A.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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