12346
New Zealand
Discover New Zealand: Walking Clean and Green
Walk and learn about New Zealand with experts, discovering this island nation’s passion for protecting their natural resources as you explore fjords, coastlines and Maori culture.
Program No. 12346RJ
Length
22 days
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22 days
21 nights
53 meals
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DAY
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DAY
3
Coach to Rotorua / Welcome Lunch at Hamilton Restaurant
Rotorua
L,D
Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Activity note: Walk around Hamilton Gardens

Breakfast: On Airplane.

Morning: Arrive Auckland Int.Airport. Meet with Group Leaders. Board coach for Rotorua with a walk around the Hamilton Gardens to view themed gardens including a Maori Garden

Lunch: Welcome Lunch at Hamilton Cafe

Afternoon: Arrive Rotorua. Rotorua is New Zealand's own geothermal paradise This good-looking city is big on maori culture and hospitality you can stand on active volcanoes, peer into massive craters and see boiling mud and erupting geysers.Settle in to Hotel & Orientation. .

Dinner: Light Meal at Hotel

DAY
4
Hongi's Track & Okere Falls, Rainbow Springs, Redwood Grove
Rotorua
B,L,D
Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Activity note: Hongi's track (1 .5 hrs 2.2 km one way) and at Okere Falls (30 mins 1.2 km one )way

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel.

Morning: A short introductory lecture on history of New Zealand Board coach for all-day walking field trip to Lake Rotoiti & Okere Falls, with beautiful views of lake and waterfalls.

Lunch: At Okere Falls Cafe

Afternoon: Guided Tour of Rotorua Museum and Bathhouse Building Followed by walk around Government Gardens including Sculpture walk

Dinner: At Hotel

DAY
5
Maori Concert, Thermal Area & Rainbow Mountain Walk
Rotorua
B,L,D
Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Activity note: Rainbow Mountain Summit track. Uphill climb (1.5 hrs one way 2.5 hrs return 5 km) Optional Crater Lake walk (15 mins one way)

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Walk along Lake Rotorua waterfront. Coach to Te Puia, one of New Zealand's premier Maori cultural and geothermal visitors center. While there participants will enjoy a Traditional Maori Concert & guided tour of thermal area.

Lunch: At Te Puia Cafe.

Afternoon: .Guided walk on Rainbow Mountain Summit track with views of 2 craters and walk past coloured and steaming ridges. From the summit there are amazing 360-degree views of Rotorua's lakes and Mt Tarawera (1.5 hrs one way 2.5 hrs return 5 km) Option to walk only to crater lake ( 15 mins each way)

Dinner: At Local Restaurant

DAY
6
Wellington & View of Famous Huka Falls
Wellington
B,L,D
West Plaza Hotel

Activity note: Arrive Wellington & settle in to hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Board coach for all day trip to Wellington. Visit Volcanic Centre and spectacular Huka Falls. The drive south takes us past Lake Taupo (the largest lake in NZ), and through the famous Desert Road with spectacular views of the still active volcanoes - Mts Tongariro, Ngauruhoe & Ruapehu.

Lunch: In restaurant en route to Wellington

Afternoon: Arrive in Wellington and settle in to the centrally located hotel. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand chosen for it;s central location. One of the many enticing points of this exciting city is its compact CBD-you can walk from one side to the other in 20 minutes. The waterfront is lined with immaculate parks,heritage buildings and museums. Wellington is dubbed the "creative and cultural capital of New Zealand'

Dinner: En route at Fisherman's Table

DAY
7
Field Trip to Parliament & Visit to Te Papa Museum
Wellington
B,D
West Plaza Hotel

Activity note: Afternoon free time Lecture on history & features of Wellington

Breakfast: At hotel

Morning: Guided tour of Parliament & visit Te Papa Museum. The Te Papa museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the taonga (treasures) of New Zealand's peoples and to interpret the country's heritage for national and international audiences.

Lunch: Own choice

Afternoon: Free time to explore Wellington. Before dinner there will be a lecture on the Politics & Economy of New Zealand.

Dinner: At hotel

DAY
8
Karori Wildlife Sanctuary & Botanic Gardens
Wellington
B,L,D
West Plaza Hotel

Activity note: Guided walk around Somes Island loop track( 40 mins) on wellformed track, to summit and gun installation (30 Mins.) and Around Botanic Gardens

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Take scheduled Ferry to Matiu/Somes Island situated in the middle of Wellington's stunning harbour. Visitors can wander amidst native plant and bird life while tracing the island's extraordinary history – formerly an enemy alien internment camp and quarantine station, the island was also once home to Ma-ori and has two pa- sites. Animals have been quarantined on Matiu/Somes Island officially since 1889, and by 1908, the island was considered New Zealand's principal animal quarantine station.

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field

Afternoon: Take cable car to Botanical Gardens. Visit cable car Museum. Walk down through Gardens and back to Hotel

Dinner: At Theatre Restaurant.

Evening: Optional visit to the Circa theatre (for an additional cost)

DAY
9
Picton, Omaka First World War Aviation Museum, Kaikoura
Kaikoura
B,L,D
Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Board coach for Ferry Termnal and depart on scheduled service for Picton on South Island, via Cook Strait and Marlborough Sounds. Upon arrival board coach for Blenhiem.

Lunch: At Cafe in Blenheim.

Afternoon: Guided tour of Omaka First World War Aviation Museum. These rare exhibits come to life with Peter Jackson's film company and Weta Workshop theatrical treatments. Board coach for trip to Kaikoura via scenic Coastal Highway. Settle in to Lodge. Situated on the South Island East Coast- a noted centre for Wildlife Studies, especially Whales, Dolphins and Seabirds. Bird life in an adjacent native forest is also an attraction.

Dinner: At lodge

DAY
10
Whale Watching & Peninsular Trail Walk
Kaikoura
B,D
Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Activity note: Wellformed trail along cliff top with a decent down to South Bay carpark (7.6 km 2.5 hrs)

Breakfast: Breakfast at Whale Watch cafe.

Morning: Board specialized vessel for scheduled Whale viewing experience, with commentary.

Lunch: Own Choice

Afternoon: Guided walk on Peninsula Trail crosses the cliff top, with excellent views of the Seaward Kaikoura range, ocean and coastline

Dinner: At the Lodge

DAY
11
Walk on Mt Fyffe or Hinau track, Lavender Farm
Kaikoura
B,L,D
Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Activity note: Mt Fyffe: Follow a 4WD track uphill to a lookout for superb views (3 hrs return) Hinau track (1 hour loop) on well formed track

Breakfast: Breakfast at cafe

Morning: Coach to starting point for guided walk on Mt Fyffe (3 Hrs) with superb views over the Kaikoura Plains and Peninsular. Optional loop walk (1 hr) in native bush where native hinau species are predominant Visit Lavender farm with lecture on oil production

Lunch: At Local cafe.

Afternoon: Coach to Informaton Centre. FREE TIME

Dinner: With local residents

DAY
12
West Coast Greymouth & Reefton Historical Walk
Greymouth
B,L,D
Bella Vista Motel Greymouth

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lodge.

Morning: Board coach for all day trip to Greymouth via Lewis Pass, with stops at Reeton for lunch en route. Arrive at Greymouth and settle in. West Coast's largest town. An historic gold mining town

Lunch: At Reefton

Afternoon: After lunch Historical town walk at Reefton and continue on to Greymouth

Dinner: Dinner at Speights Brew Bar

Evening: Free time

DAY
13
Pancake Rocks, Punakaiki & Truman track, Pororari River Walk
Greymouth
B,L,D
Bella Vista Motel Greymouth

Activity note: Punakaiki walk 1 hr on paved paths with some steps. Truman Track, Steps down to Beach and return 1 hr. Pororari river walk 5-6 km (2-3 hrs return on wellformed trail

Breakfast: Breakfast at local cafe

Morning: Field trip by coach to Punakaiki. Lecture on geological formation of Pancake Rocks. Field trip on foot to view unique coastal rock formations and blowholes. Walk down Truman Track to Beach

Lunch: Packed lunch in the field

Afternoon: Coach to Pororari River for guided walk to view groves of Nikau (only palm indigenous to NZ) and see native birds. Return to Greymouth for Dinner in evening

Dinner: Dinner at Speights Brew Bar

DAY
14
Franz Josef Glacier View
Franz Josef Glacier
B,L,D
Lake Matheson Motel

Activity note: Treetop Aerial Walkway (45mins-1 hr

Breakfast: Breakfast at local cafe

Morning: Coach to Fox Glacier area with stops en route at Hokitika, which is famous for Pounamu, commonly known as greenstone or New Zealand jade. Here a community of artists create some beautiful works from this stone. Visit Treetop Walkway and Café & experience the amazing rainforest canopy (45mins-1 hr)

Lunch: At Treetops cafe

Dinner: At local restaurant

DAY
15
Glacier View, Lake Mathieson Walk, Lake Wanaka
Wanaka
B,L,D
Wanaka Hotel

Activity note: Both walks on well formed tracks 1 hr (2.6 km) return walk to glacier Viewing Platform 40 Min walk on wellformed paths to Lake Mathieson 1.5 Hr 2.6 km Circuit walk

Breakfast: Breakfast at Lake Matheson Cafe

Morning: Coach to Westland Glacier National Park. Approach on foot and ascend rock platform to view face of glacier. Part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. The glacier descends from the top of the Southern Alps cutting through dramatic Glacial Valleys into rain forest 300m above sea level. Walk around Lake Mathieson (40 Mins)

Lunch: At local cafe

Afternoon: Resume journey South passing small lakes and native beech forest. Traverse Haast Pass (main divide) to enter Province of Otago and proceed past Lake Hawea to Wanaka.

Dinner: At Wanaka restaurant.

DAY
16
Guided Walks Around Lake Wanaka & Mt Iron
Wanaka
B,L,D
Wanaka Hotel

Activity note: Waterfall Creek is a wellformed trail around Lake 1.5-2hrs Mt Iron is an uphill track (2 hours return)

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel

Morning: Guided walk alomg shore of Lake Wanaka. from Waterfall Creek back to Hotel. New Zealand's fourth largest lake, Lake Wanaka sparkles on the edge of town Board coach for lunch in private lodge at Glendhu Bay

Lunch: Eat lunch in private garden

Afternoon: Guided walk Up Mt Iron for wonderful views of Lake Wanaka

Dinner: At local restaurant

DAY
17
Te Anau, Queenstown & The Milford Track Lecture
Te Anau
B,D
Kingsgate Te Anau Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at Hotel.

Morning: Board coach for trip to Te Anau. En route stop at Queenstown for Lunch

Lunch: At Queenstown- own choice-

Afternoon: Continue on to Te Anau. Arrival and settling in at hotel. Te Anau lies beside the sparking blue waters of Lake Te Anau the largest lake in the South Island It is the Gateway to Milford Sound (2 hours by coach)

Dinner: At Hotel restaurant

Evening: Lecture: "Early Days on the Milford Track"

DAY
18
Kepler Track Walk, Visit Conservation Centre & Wildlife Park
Te Anau
B,L
Kingsgate Te Anau Hotel

Activity note: The wellformed track follows the Waiau river terrace,crosses a wetland and through beech forest to Moturua hut (4 hrs 12 km return)

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Transport by coach for guided walk in Beech Forest on Kepler track to Moturau Hut situated beside a beautiful beach with panoramic views of Lake Manapouri.

Lunch: Packed lunch in field

Afternoon: Free time during the late afternoon to visit conservation centre and view exhibits. Regroup to view film "Shadowlands"

Dinner: Own choice

Evening: Optional boat trip to glow worm caves. (own cost)

DAY
19
Visit Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park
Te Anau
B,L,D
Kingsgate Te Anau Hotel

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Board coach for all day field trip to Milford Sound with boat trip (with commentary) by scheduled service on the Sound. Box lunch on board is included. Return to Te Anau by coach.

Lunch: Box lunch provided on boat.

Dinner: At restaurant

DAY
20
Visit to Sheep Ranch, Transfer to Balclutha
Balclutha
B,L,D
Rosebank Lodge

Activity note: Walk around sheep ranch

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.

Morning: Coach to operating family sheep ranch with demonstrations & lecture. Board coach for Balclutha.

Lunch: At Five Rivers cafe

Afternoon: Visit Gore Art Gallery en route. Arrive at Lodge and settle in. Balclutha the main centre of the Clutha district is a fishing paradise for brown trout and Salmon in the Clutha river. Balclutha is also renowned for its six-arch bridge It is the gateway to the Catlins Coast

Dinner: At Rosebank Lodge

DAY
21
Pristine Forest, Coastal Area & Lighthouse Visit
Balclutha
B,L,D
Rosebank Lodge

Activity note: Two short walks into the train tunnel and Matai/Horseshoe falls. Walk to Nugget Point (20 mins)

Breakfast: Breakfast at Rosebank Lodge.

Morning: Coach departs for all day walking field trip in Catlins area, including guided visits to native forest, waterfall and golden beaches. .

Lunch: At local cafe

Afternoon: Visit beach settlement of Kaka Point and Nugget Point. 20 min walk to lighthouse (one of New Zealand's oldest 1869). Return to Balclutha.

Dinner: Farewell function at Rosebank Lodge.

DAY
22
Program Concludes
In Flight
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Breakfast: Breakfast at Rosebank Lodge. Coach to Dunedin

Morning: Guided Tour of City with lecture in the field. Short overview of Dunedin by coach and on foot. A chance to see some outstanding heritage buildings and, weather permitting, the world class Botanical Gardens. A city of strong Scottish origins, Dunedin is one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage cities in the Southern Hemisphere.

Lunch: Own Choice

Afternoon: FREE TIME Coach to Dunedin Airport 3.30 pm for departure