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New Zealand

Only in New Zealand can you walk in an extinct volcano, swim at a white sand beach and explore Glowworm caves in the same day. The rolling green pastures, snowcapped peaks and dramatic fjords spread throughout the two islands could have been captured from a writer’s imagination. With Road Scholar’s local faculty, Maori traditions and cosmopolitan cities come alive as otherworldly landscapes offer new opportunities at every step.

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New Zealand Tours and Adventures

 

New Zealand is a small island in the Pacific Ocean that 4.5 million people call home. Only in New Zealand can you walk in an extinct volcano, swim at a white sand beach and explore glowworm caves in the same day. With Road Scholar’s local faculty, Maori traditions and cosmopolitan cities come alive as otherworldly landscapes offer new opportunities at every step.

Active New Zealand Tours

Hike, Bike, Paddle

This is the perfect New Zealand tour for outdoor enthusiasts! If you love riding bikes across stunningly beautiful landscapes and rafting down rapids, this 14-day adventure in New Zealand is just for you. 

Hike, Bike, and Paddle The South Island tour is paradise for the outdoor adventurer. Raft the Rangitata River, Bike the Otago Rail Trail, and hike through valleys you might recognize from the “Lord of the Rings” films. Experience the glacier-carved beauty of Fiordland National Park by kayak and on foot.

Clean and Green Walk

In this 22-day walking tour, New Zealand experts will share the island’s passion for protecting their natural resources and supporting a “clean and green” environment. Explore fjords, coastlines, and Maori culture. 

On the Walking Clean and Green adventure in New Zealand, you will explore the world-famous Milford Sound by boat and foot. Enjoy a morning of traditional Maori song, dance and customs, and visit a family sheep farm.

Hiking Under Southern Skies

New Zealand is a country rich in stunning landscapes and culture. In this 22-day New Zealand sightseeing excursion, Hiking Under Southern Skies, hike the iconic trails and learn from experts about the national parks, cascading falls, a wildlife sanctuary and traditional Maori culture. Hike over the world-renowned Tongariro Crossing and enjoy four nights on Stewart Island, a native wildlife sanctuary seldom accessible to visiting groups.

Small Group Adventures 

Some of the Road Scholar’s educational tours in New Zealand are designed for small groups of 13 to 24 participants. The following Road Scholar small group adventures provide a more intimate vacation. 

New Zealand Odyssey 

During this 16-day educational tour of New Zealand discovering the indigenous culture and natural landscape, you will learn about the rich Maori and European history from local experts. This is a tour of the  North and South Islands with a hike into the volcanic valley, a sail in the beautiful waters of Lake Wakatipu, and experience the majestic Piopiotahi Milford Sound.

Experience Travel with Road Scholar

At Road Scholar, we offer a wide range of trips through the great island nation of New Zealand. Through any of our tours, explore New Zealand with a cohort of like-minded adventurers. Some tours are better suited for seniors while others are great for families. There is something for everyone. 

Together, you’ll enjoy spirited conversations while learning more about the world’s cultures, history, and traditions from local experts.  Book your travel and learn more with Road Scholar today.