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Active New Zealand: Hike, Bike and Paddle the South Island

New Zealand is stunning. Come explore this outdoor-adventurer’s paradise as you raft the Rangitata River, bike scenic trails and hike mountains familiar from the “Lord of the Rings.”
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Program No. 20621RJ
Length
14 days
Starts at
5,399
New Zealand

Active New Zealand: Hike, Bike and Paddle the South Island

New Zealand is stunning. Come explore this outdoor-adventurer’s paradise as you raft the Rangitata River, bike scenic trails and hike mountains familiar from the “Lord of the Rings.”
Length
14 days
Starts at
5,399
Program No. 20621 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2022
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Feb 14 - Feb 27, 2022
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Mar 7 - Mar 20, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jan 17 - Jan 30, 2022
Starting at
5,999
Feb 14 - Feb 27, 2022
Starting at
5,999
Mar 7 - Mar 20, 2022
Starting at
5,999

At a Glance

For outdoor enthusiasts who live for snow-capped mountain peaks, pristine coastlines and immaculate bike paths through stunning landscapes, New Zealand’s South Island is the ultimate destination. In the shadow of the stunning Southern Alps, hike through valleys you might recognize from the “Lord of the Rings” films. Bike through New Zealand’s renowned wine-growing country and stop at a vineyard for lunch. Experience the glacier-carved beauty of Fiordland National Park by kayak and on foot.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Hiking up to eight miles on mixed, sometimes hilly terrain, biking up to 25 miles on mostly flat terrain, river rafting and sea kayaking.
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…

  • Enjoy an exhilarating day of expert-led rafting on the pristine Rangitata River.
  • Bike the Otago Rail Trail, a well-maintained gravel path through rocky gorges and past small villages.
  • Absorb the incredible beauty of the Milford Sound fjord on a boat excursion.
Featured Expert
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John Jordan
An avid mountaineering enthusiast, John Jordan enjoys leading learning adventures in New Zealand and overseas, and has received recognition for his services to Search and Rescue. With his wife, Margaret, he owns a dairy farm at the base of Mt Taranaki (Egmont). John has a special interest in native plants, especially native ferns.

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

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John Jordan View biography
An avid mountaineering enthusiast, John Jordan enjoys leading learning adventures in New Zealand and overseas, and has received recognition for his services to Search and Rescue. With his wife, Margaret, he owns a dairy farm at the base of Mt Taranaki (Egmont). John has a special interest in native plants, especially native ferns.
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Colin Kim Jordan View biography
Colin and Kim Jordan are former dairy farmers who now jointly run a Hill Country deer Farm near the South Canterbury town of Fairlie. Colin has an agricultural science degree from Lincoln University, and Kim has a business management degree from the same university. They are both former rugby players who now coach rugby teams, which they fit in around raising their three young children. In their free time, the Jordan family enjoys hiking, skiing and hunting.
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Ray Willett View biography
Fiordland local, Ray Willett, will delight and enthuse with his tales of adventure and discovery on the Milford Track, known by many as the “finest walk in the world.” Since the 1950s, Ray has been leading adventurers along this noted path which makes its way through Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area, to Sutherland Falls, and along the Clinton River. In 2013, Ray trekked the entire length of the Milford Track in celebration of its 125th anniversary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Erewhon
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.
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.
Stories
by Katherine Mansfield
The three marvelous, long stories in this collection constitute the beginnings of a novel based on Mansfield's childhood in Wellington.
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.
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.
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.
New Zealand Map
by National Geographic
This handy, double-sided map includes an index and insets of the Sub-Antarctic islands.
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)
A Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
by Julian Fitter
Comprehensive and compact, this Princeton Pocket Guide features 600 color photographs.
Southern Exposure
by Chris Duff
Subtitled "A Solo Sea Kayaking Journey Around New Zealand's South Island."





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