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Extension: Wellington, New Zealand’s Vibrant Capital

Program Number: 21740RJ
Start and End Dates:
1/15/2015 - 1/18/2015; 1/21/2015 - 1/24/2015; 2/4/2015 - 2/7/2015; 2/18/2015 - 2/21/2015; 2/25/2015 - 2/28/2015; 3/4/2015 - 3/7/2015; 3/18/2015 - 3/21/2015; 3/25/2015 - 3/28/2015; 4/1/2015 - 4/4/2015; 4/15/2015 - 4/18/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: New Zealand
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 6; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 0 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Complete your New Zealand adventure with this three-night extension in the charming capital, Wellington. Located at the southern tip of the North Island on a spectacular natural harbor, Wellington boasts natural beauty and cultural riches. Take a field trip to the outstanding national museum, ride the iconic cable car, explore the rugged coastline and a unique wildlife sanctuary plus enjoy some free time to make your own discoveries.




Highlights

• Take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car for spectacular views of the city and harbor.
• Experience what New Zealand was like before human settlement at the Zealandia wildlife sanctuary.
• Learn about the dramatic geology of New Zealand on a field trip along the rugged coastline.



Activity Particulars

Walking and standing for up to 3 hours per day; some stairs and uneven terrain.



Itinerary Summary

Flight from Queenstown to Wellington, 3 nights; flight to Auckland for departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Flight from Auckland to Wellington
3 nights
Flight to Auckland for departure

After “New Zealand: An Odyssey Down Under” (Program #20135) comes to a close, fly directly from Queenstown to Wellington. Take a ride on the Wellington Cable Car for spectacular views of the city and harbor. In this compact capital city, discover the Botanic Garden and Bolton Street Memorial Park. Learn about politics and public life as you visit the New Zealand capital’s key institutions: the parliament and the Supreme Court. Experience what New Zealand may have been like prior to human settlement during a visit to Zealandia, a community-created wildlife sanctuary and native bush regeneration project. Delve deeper into the story of this country and its people at the outstanding Te Papa Tongarewa: National Museum of New Zealand. Understand the physical forces at play in New Zealand on a volcanologist-led field trip along the rugged southern coastline. After a picnic lunch on the coast, head to the airport for your flight to Auckland then your international flight back to the U.S.




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
Comfortable, ideally located hotel on picturesque Wellington Harbour.
Meals and Lodgings
   Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay
  Wellington, New Zealand 2 nights
 Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel has stunning views of Wellington's delightful harbour. It is located on the edge of Wellington's central business district and offers easy, flat walking access to many of the city's attractions including Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand.
  Contact info: 73 Roxburgh Street
Wellington,  6011 New Zealand
phone: +64 -4-385-0279
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/copthorneorientalbay/index.html
  Room amenities: Room facilities include tea/coffee making, ISD telephone, television, refrigerator, ironing facilities and electric blankets (upon request).
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include a heated swimming pool, cocktail bar, guest laundry facilities and a safety deposit box.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBA in Preparatory Material For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.
  Additional nights after: TBA in Preparatory Material For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Wellington, New Zealand. The program commences with the flight from Queenstown to Wellington along with the participants on program 16434. You will be staying at Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay that night.
  End of Program:
Wellington, New Zealand. The program ends after lunch on Day 4. Participants are then transferred to Wellington Airport for their flight to Auckland to connect with flights to LA and on to home. You will be staying at Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Passport only is required for New Zealand.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Wellington
  Nearest city or town:  NA
  Nearest highway: NA
  Nearest airport:  Wellington Airport
  Transportation to site: Participants will be transferred from Wellington Airport along with the participants on program 16434.
  From End of Program
  Location: Wellington
  Transportation from site: For those needing to make their own way to the airport at the conclusion of the program, the taxi ride from our hotel to Wellington Airport takes approximately 15 minutes and will cost around NZ$30.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Elevation Note: The highest elevation reached on this program is the Homer Tunnel at 945 metres (3,100 feet).

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: New Zealand Parliament House / New Zealand's Supreme Court / Afternoon & evening free
(Thursday, January 15)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we visit New Zealand’s parliament buildings — including the aptly-named Beehive — for an expert-led exploration. We also visit New Zealand’s Supreme Court to gain an understanding of how the highest court in the land operates — you may be surprised at the differences between it and the United States Supreme Court.
 Lunch: We have lunch today at a local restaurant close to parliament.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free for you to explore Wellington at your leisure. Put on your walking shoes and get amongst it!
 Dinner: Dinner tonight is at own arrangements allowing you to sample the many fine restaurants, cafes and bars Wellington has to offer.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 2: Zealandia Native Sanctuary / Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand / Farewell Dinner
(Friday, January 16)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we visit Zealandia – a native sanctuary of forest and lakes just ten minutes from the city centre. Here we learn about some of New Zealand’s unique and fascinating birdlife. Our expert guides will introduce us to these wonderful birds and to the challenges of conserving rare and vulnerable species in New Zealand. We learn the story of how local residents lobbied and volunteered to get this valley sanctuary, only 10 minutes from the centre of town, set aside as a reserve and have it fully enclosed by predator-proof fencing. During our exploration of Zealandia's wonderful facilities we will walk approximately three miles uphill and downhill on paved surfaces.
 Lunch: We return to our hotel for lunch.
 Afternoon: After lunch we take the short walk across to Te Papa Tongarewa: National Museum of New Zealand where we have a guided tour. Following our tour we have the remainder of the afternoon free to explore the museum on our own.
 Dinner: We have our farewell dinner tonight in the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Copthorne Hotel Wellington, Oriental Bay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Wellington's fascinating coastline / Flight to Auckland to connect with international flight to Los Angeles
(Saturday, January 17)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: After breakfast we check out and load our bags on our coach. This morning a local scientist guides us on a field trip exploring Wellington's fascinating coastline. Here we learn how tectonic forces have shaped the rugged environment surrounding the New Zealand capital.
 Lunch: We have a picnic lunch at a sheltered scenic spot along the south coast.
 Afternoon: We coach to Wellington Airport and check in for our domestic flight to Auckland and international flight on to the USA.
 Dinner: At own arrangements at Auckland Airport or on board your flight to the USA.
 Evening: International flight to Los Angeles.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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.

Suggested Reading List


Stories


Author: Katherine Mansfield


Description: This collection includes three marvelous, long pieces which together constitute the beginnings of an unfinished novel based on Mansfield's childhood in Wellington, New Zealand in the 1890s.





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