Walking up to 2 miles, paved surfaces, undulating terrain. Upon your arrival in Auckland, you will be given a day-use backpack and an aluminium water bottle to use throughout your program. These items are yours to keep.
Upon your arrival in Auckland your Group Leader or driver will meet you and transfer with you to your hotel. You will have time to check in to your room and freshen up before coming together with your fellow participants. Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Your Group Leader will be with you throughout your program, providing information and leading field trips. Some meals will be buffets, others will be plated and served; and some we will order in advance. Beverages typically included coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase depending on location. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, attending performances or other events on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. This is a Road Scholar FLEX program. It offers a more flexible schedule than our traditional programs with ample time for personal independent exploration and several meals on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The FLEX program has been deliberately designed with full free days in both Auckland and Queenstown so as to allow participants to engage in activities on their free days, free of time constraints. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions although we encourage research on your own prior to departure. You may need to book your activities well in advance.
This afternoon our Group Leader leads us on a walking field trip of central Auckland introducing us to New Zealand's largest city. We will learn how Auckland interacts with its harbour for both business and pleasure and take a stroll through the grounds of the university. Those who wish to may choose to linger at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, a recent winner of the World Building of the Year award at the World Architecture Festival, and return independently. Before dinner a well-known local author and journalist presents a lecture giving us an introduction to New Zealand history.
At the hotel. We will have “Welcome to New Zealand” wine with dinner tonight.