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.
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Program No. 11592RJ
22 days
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At a Glance

Challenge your mind and body on some of New Zealand's most spectacular hiking paths. Hike over the world-renowned Tongariro Crossing and a section of the celebrated Routeburn Track. As a special highlight, enjoy four days on Stewart Island, a native wildlife sanctuary seldom accessible to visiting groups.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Hiking 6-10 miles daily on mixed terrain that is frequently hilly, 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 explore mountainous Tongariro National Park and Kaimanawa Forest Park.
  • Experience Maori culture including the powhiri (formal welcome), traditional songs, dances and hakas.
  • Walk sections of the well-known Routeburn Track and Greenstone Trails.
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Nigel Roberts
Professor Nigel Roberts is a senior faculty member of the political science department at Victoria University, Wellington. He is an authority on the political and electoral systems of New Zealand and Scandinavia, and has served as a regular television commentator on these topics. Nigel is widely regarded as the top political commentator in New Zealand, and since 1987 has served as the election-night commentator for Television New Zealand.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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