New Zealand
New Zealand’s Best: Natural Marvels and Cultural Heritage
With nearly one-third of its landmass dedicated to national parks, New Zealand is ideal for discovering natural wonders, Maori traditions and an International Dark Sky Reserve.
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Program No. 22090RJ
12 days
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At a Glance

Rolling green hills. Snow-capped mountain peaks. Ink-black night skies ablaze with brilliant stars. These are just a few of the treasures adventurers seek on journeys to New Zealand, rich with natural wonders and a unique Polynesian heritage. On our journey from Auckland to Queenstown, study Maori traditions by experiencing them firsthand, discover history on expert-led field trips and embrace the awe-inspiring power of nature — evident in every view of the mountains and lakes that surround you.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles daily over varied terrain. Elevations up to 3,200 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 ...

  • Experience traditional Maori customs aboard a Polynesian sailing canoe.
  • Stargaze in the Mackenzie Basin, home to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, located in New Zealand's only International Dark Sky Reserve.
  • Witness spectacular landscapes during a scenic cruise on Milford Sound.
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Gordon McLauchlan
Gordon McLauchlan is a freelance journalist, writer and broadcaster, best known as a cultural critic and social historian. He is the author of 17 books, including “The Passionless People” and “A Short History of New Zealand.” Gordon wrote a weekly column for the “New Zealand Herald,” the country’s highest circulation daily newspaper, for 30 years, and was also editor of the books pages. A former president of the New Zealand Society of Authors, he wrote the original New Zealand questions for “Trivial Pursuit.”

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

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