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Hiking Under Southern Skies

Hike the iconic trails and stunning landscapes of New Zealand, learning from experts as you discover national parks, cascading falls, a wildlife sanctuary and traditional Maori culture.
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Program No. 11592RJ
22 days
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New Zealand

Hiking Under Southern Skies

Hike the iconic trails and stunning landscapes of New Zealand, learning from experts as you discover national parks, cascading falls, a wildlife sanctuary and traditional Maori culture.
22 days
Starts at
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Program No. 11592 RJ
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Nov 29 - Dec 20, 2021
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At a Glance

Challenge your mind and body on some of New Zealand's most spectacular hiking trails. Hike over the world-renowned Tongariro Crossing and a section of the celebrated Routeburn Track. As a special highlight, enjoy four nights on Stewart Island, a native wildlife sanctuary seldom accessible to visiting groups.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Categorized as Challenging, you will be hiking 6-10 miles daily on mixed terrain that is frequently hilly (undulating), rocky or uneven. Ascents of up to 2,000 feet. Elevations up to 6,000 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Expert-led hikes over the Tongariro Crossing in Tongariro National Park and in Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.
  • Experience Maori culture including the powhiri (formal welcome), traditional songs, dances and hakas.
  • Walk sections of the well-known Routeburn Track, one of New Zealand's designated 'Great Walks'.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
New Zealand Wildlife
by Julian Fitter
Julian Fitter's splendid introduction to the nature and wildlife of New Zealand features succinct chapters on geography and geology, history, habitats and wildlife, along with hundreds of color photographs.
New Zealand Map
by National Geographic
This handy, double-sided map includes an index and insets of the Sub-Antarctic islands.
The Piano (1993) Video
by Jane Campion
121 min - Drama | Romance - 12 November 1993 (USA) 7.5 Your rating: -/10 Ratings: 7.5/10 from 36,516 users Metascore: 89/100 Reviews: 215 user | 66 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. Director: Jane Campion Writer: Jane Campion Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel and Sam Neill
An Angel at My Table (video)
by Janet Frame (Jane Campion)
An Angel at My Table is a 1990 New Zealand-Australian-British[2] film directed by Jane Campion. The film is based on Janet Frame's three autobiographies, To the Is-Land (1982), An Angel at My Table (1984), and The Envoy from Mirror City (1984). An Angel at My Table is a dramatisation of the autobiographies of New Zealand author Janet Frame. Originally produced as a television miniseries, the film, as with Frame's autobiographies, is divided into three sections, with the lead role played by three different actresses who portray Frame at different stages of her life: Karen Fergusson (child), Alexia Keogh (adolescent) and Kerry Fox (adult).
The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries is the second novel by Eleanor Catton, published by Victoria University Press in August 2013 and Granta on 5 September 2013. On 15 October it was announced as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize. It is the longest book (at 832 pages), and she the youngest author (at age 28), ever to win the award. The book was described as "a dazzling feat of a novel" by The Observer.
A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
by Julian Fitter
Comprehensive and compact, this Princeton Pocket Guide features 600 color photographs.
by Samuel Butler, Peter Mudford (Introduction)
Butler's classic Victorian novel inspired by his experiences in 1860s New Zealand. A satirical account of a journey to an upside-down country at the end of the world, where sick people are thrown in jail and murderers are taken to the hospital.
The Future Eaters, An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People
by Tim F. Flannery
An engaging ecological history of Australasia, focusing on human impact on local environments and animal populations in the recent geologic past.
New Zealand, A Natural History
by Tui De Roy, Mark Jones
Having relocated many years ago to the beaches of Golden Bay on the North Island, Tui and Mark present the wildlife, habitats and splendor of their homeland in this photographic celebration.
A Traveller's History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands
by John Chambers
A brisk portrait of New Zealand, and its culture, economy and society, this concise history also covers the settlement of the Pacific Islands.
Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance
by Lloyd Jones
Dancing between New Zealand and Buenos Aires and ranging over decades, tango is the leitmotif of this earlier novel by Lloyd Jones, published here for the first time, author of Mister Pip. Like Mr. Pip, this compact, seductive novel concerns the power of storytelling.
Eyewitness Guide New Zealand
by Eyewitness Guides
This superb illustrated guide features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region overview of attractions.
by Katherine Mansfield
The three marvelous, long stories in this collection constitute the beginnings of a novel based on Mansfield's childhood in Wellington.
Presenting New Zealand, An Illustrated History
by Philip Temple
Organized from North to South, this oversized paperback, featuring large, full-color archival illustrations on every page, is a profile of the island nation, its history, people and nature.
The Whale Rider
by Witi Ihimaera,
The Whale Rider (1987) was written in New York and Cape Cod in the space of three weeks. A magical, mythical work about a young girl whose relationship with a whale ensures the salvation of her village, it is, says Ihimaera, the work of his ‘that the Maori community accepts best’
The Happy Isles of Oceania
by Paul Theroux
The peripatetic author flies off to Australia and New Zealand with a kayak and ends up exploring much of Melanesia and Polynesia, including Tonga, Fiji and the Marquesas in this wickedly funny, wide-ranging tale.
Slipping Into Paradise, Why I Live in New Zealand
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
In this far-ranging travelogue, Masson (who wrote a series of books on the emotional lives of animals) combines his travels and tales with history, riffs on the kiwis, nature and society.
Making Peoples, A History of the New Zealanders from Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century
by James Belich
A social history of the Maori from pre-contact to the late 19th century. With its wide, yet detailed focus, this book gives the reader a glimpse into the social forces that have formed the Maori, including the tremendous impact of colonization.
Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All
by Christina Thompson
In this endearing, offbeat memoir, anthropologist Thompson effortlessly alternates tales of mostly disastrous early encounters with the Maori and the story of the love of her life, Seven, the Maori she married.
The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
by Barrie Heather
The revised compact edition of the classic field guide, featuring 74 color plates by Derek Onley.
Maori Tattooing
by H.G. Robley
A new unabridged edition of the classic, illustrated sourcebook on Maori tattooing (moko), first published in 1896. The author pays scrupulous attention to the intricate patterns, design and cultural meaning of traditional Maori tattoos.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)Film
by J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) 179 min - Action | Adventure | Fantasy - 19 December 2002 (New Zealand) While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. Director: Peter Jackson Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel), Fran Walsh (screenplay), and 3 more credits » Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen
Once Were Warriors Video/CD
by Alan Duff
Once Were Warriors (film) Country New Zealand Language English (99 mins) Maori Once Were Warriors is a 1994 film based on New Zealand author Alan Duff's bestselling 1990 first novel. The film tells the story of an urban Māori family, the Hekes, and their problems with poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence, mostly brought on by family patriarch Jake. It was directed by Lee Tamahori, and stars Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison.
A Personal Kiwi-Yankee Dictionary
by Louis Leland
Take this book with you on your trip to help you untangle the sometimes perplexing and colorful local idioms.
New Zealand Through Time, An Illustrated Journey Through 83 Million Years of Natural History
by Ronald Cometti
Step back in time in this illustrated miscellany, featuring dozens of full-color paintings of giant moa, mixosaurus, and other splendid extinct creatures.
The Earth Machine, The Science of a Dynamic Planet
by James D. Webster, Edmond A. Mathez
An informative, illustrated overview of the earth and its fiery origins by curators of the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of Planet Earth.
The Bone People
by Keri Hulme
Set on the South Island, this powerful novel brings together three troubled individuals who represent Maori and European traditions in contemporary New Zealand.
The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
by Hugh Robertson & Barrie Heather
The revised compact edition of the classic field guide, featuring 74 color plates by Derek Onley. (Item no. NZL05)
Southern Exposure
by Chris Duff
Subtitled "A Solo Sea Kayaking Journey Around New Zealand's South Island."
Once Were Warriors
by Alan Duff
This controversial best-selling novel follows the fate of a Maori woman in what appears to be modern-day Auckland, an insightful look at social problems of the Maori in contemporary New Zealand.
The Penguin History of New Zealand
by Michael King
The Narrative that emerges is an exclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that The British motives in colonizing New Zealand were essentially humane.....
Boy (2010 film)
by Taika Waititi
Boy (2010 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy_(2010_film) It is out on DVD Waititi wanted to shoot the film where he grew up in Waihau Bay. It was a summer film but impossible to shoot in the height of summer due to the popularity of the area as a fishing and holiday destination. The film features the maize fields and the maize is harvested from late April. Boy was shot entirely in the area of Waihau Bay, New Zealand. James Rolleston was never actually intended to play the lead role of "Boy". Rolleston originally turned up on set for a costume fitting as an extra and after short deliberation the teen was offered the role.

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