Walking up to 2 miles, paved surfaces, undulating terrain. As tap water throughout New Zealand is drinkable, at the orientation you will be given a Road Scholar water bottle to use throughout your program. This is yours to keep.
This program has been deliberately designed with free days in both Auckland and Queenstown to allow participants to engage in activities, free of time constraints. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions although we encourage participants to do their own research prior to departure. You may need to book your activities well in advance.
At the hotel.
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 include coffee, tea, water, with other beverages available for purchase depending on location. Free time is reserved for your personal exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through 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. Following the orientation, 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 past the art gallery and through the grounds of the university. Before dinner a local academic 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.