New Zealand

New Zealand’s Best: Natural Marvels and Cultural Heritage

Program No. 22090RJ
With nearly one-third of its land dedicated to national parks, New Zealand is ideal for exploring natural treasures like harbors, fjords, and snow-capped mountains.

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Sep 24 - Oct 5, 2024
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Oct 15 - Oct 26, 2024
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Nov 19 - Nov 30, 2024
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Sep 24 - Oct 5, 2024
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5,229
Oct 15 - Oct 26, 2024
Starting at
5,229
Nov 19 - Nov 30, 2024
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5,229
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Jan 14 - Jan 25, 2025
Starting at
5,499
Filling Fast!
Jan 28 - Feb 8, 2025
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5,499
Feb 25 - Mar 8, 2025
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5,499
Sep 23 - Oct 4, 2025
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5,259
Oct 14 - Oct 25, 2025
Starting at
5,599

At a Glance

Pristine volcanic harbors. Snow-capped mountain peaks. Ink-black night skies ablaze with brilliant stars. These are just a few of the treasures visitors seek on journeys to New Zealand. On our journey from Auckland to Queenstown, complete with full free days to explore on your own, experience Maori traditions first-hand, learn local 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 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Experience traditional Maori customs.
  • 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 study cruise.

General Notes

Program includes independent time (including free days in Auckland and Queenstown) to explore independently, and has several meals on your own. Group Leaders will provide directions for self-directed excursions. Suggestions for free-time activities provided in preparatory materials.
Featured Expert
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Hazel Petrie
Hazel Petrie is an Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Auckland Department of History. She has a and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Maori Studies, a Master of Arts in History, and a Ph.D. in Maori Studies, all from the University of Auckland. Her published books include “Chiefs of Industry: Maori Tribal Enterprise in Early Colonial New Zealand” that was a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards, and “Outcasts of the Gods?: The Struggle Over Slavery in Maori New Zealand.”

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

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Hazel Petrie View biography
Hazel Petrie is an Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Auckland Department of History. She has a and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Maori Studies, a Master of Arts in History, and a Ph.D. in Maori Studies, all from the University of Auckland. Her published books include “Chiefs of Industry: Maori Tribal Enterprise in Early Colonial New Zealand” that was a finalist in the New Zealand Book Awards, and “Outcasts of the Gods?: The Struggle Over Slavery in Maori New Zealand.”
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Shona Sangster holds a B.A. in philosophy and political studies from the University of Auckland, a Trinity College certificate in TESOL, and a certificate in Te Ara Reo Maori from SIT. Originally from West Auckland, she grew up in the Waitakere Ranges. Now living on Rakiura/Stewart Island, Shona is chair of an environmental restoration trust (SIRCET) and the Southland Conservation Board. A keen tramper and kayaker, Shona has tramped extensively on Rakiura and has completed all of the Great Walks in the South Island.
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