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New Zealand

A New Zealand Odyssey: Indigenous Culture & Natural Beauty

Program No. 22753RJ
Explore the unique story of New Zealand as you learn of its distinctive natural environment and rich Maori and European history from local experts.

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 27 - Oct 12, 2024
Starting at
6,799
Itinerary Note

In 2024, program 22753 spends two nights in Te Anau and one night in Queenstown.

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Oct 18 - Nov 2, 2024
Starting at
7,099
Itinerary Note

In 2024, program 22753 spends two nights in Te Anau and one night in Queenstown.

Nov 8 - Nov 23, 2024
Starting at
7,099
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In 2024, program 22753 spends two nights in Te Anau and one night in Queenstown.

Nov 29 - Dec 14, 2024
Starting at
7,099
Itinerary Note

In 2024, program 22753 spends two nights in Te Anau and one night in Queenstown.

Dec 6 - Dec 21, 2024
Starting at
7,099
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In 2024, program 22753 spends two nights in Te Anau and one night in Queenstown.

Jan 31 - Feb 15, 2025
Starting at
7,749
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Feb 14 - Mar 1, 2025
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7,749
Mar 7 - Mar 22, 2025
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7,749
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Mar 21 - Apr 5, 2025
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7,749
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Apr 11 - Apr 26, 2025
Starting at
7,449
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Sep 26 - Oct 11, 2025
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7,449
Oct 17 - Nov 1, 2025
Starting at
7,749
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Nov 7 - Nov 22, 2025
Starting at
7,749
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Nov 28 - Dec 13, 2025
Starting at
7,749
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 27 - Oct 12, 2024
Starting at
7,699
Itinerary Note

In 2024, program 22753 spends two nights in Te Anau and one night in Queenstown.

Filling Fast!
Oct 18 - Nov 2, 2024
Starting at
8,199
Itinerary Note

In 2024, program 22753 spends two nights in Te Anau and one night in Queenstown.

Nov 8 - Nov 23, 2024
Starting at
8,199
Itinerary Note

In 2024, program 22753 spends two nights in Te Anau and one night in Queenstown.

Nov 29 - Dec 14, 2024
Starting at
8,199
Itinerary Note

In 2024, program 22753 spends two nights in Te Anau and one night in Queenstown.

Dec 6 - Dec 21, 2024
Starting at
8,199
Itinerary Note

In 2024, program 22753 spends two nights in Te Anau and one night in Queenstown.

Filling Fast!
Jan 31 - Feb 15, 2025
Starting at
9,029
Feb 14 - Mar 1, 2025
Starting at
9,029
Mar 7 - Mar 22, 2025
Starting at
9,029
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Mar 21 - Apr 5, 2025
Starting at
9,029
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Apr 11 - Apr 26, 2025
Starting at
8,569
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Sep 26 - Oct 11, 2025
Starting at
8,519
Oct 17 - Nov 1, 2025
Starting at
9,029
Full Inventory
Nov 7 - Nov 22, 2025
Starting at
9,029
Full Inventory
Nov 28 - Dec 13, 2025
Starting at
9,029

At a Glance

Absorb the beauty of “the land of the long white cloud,” as Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand, is commonly translated. Delve into the story of this island nation’s indigenous Maori people. Examine the natural environments of both the North and South Islands: descend into a pristine volcanic valley, stand alongside bubbling mudpools and meet New Zealand’s national bird, the kiwi. Sail the beautiful waters of Lake Wakatipu, enjoy stunning vistas of Queenstown and much more.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles at a time at a normal public walking pace over varied terrain. Standing at least three hours daily; climbing stairs (at times without handrails), getting on/off buses and boats, carrying own luggage. If you believe you require wheelchair assistance to get through an airport you are not fit enough to participate in this program. Elevations up to 3,100 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

  • Learn from experts about New Zealand’s settlement by Maori and Europeans.
  • Witness bubbling mudpools in a volcanic park.
  • Experience the majestic Piopiotahi Milford Sound.

General Notes

For a similar program with greater opportunity for independent exploration (including free days in both Auckland and Queenstown), please view program 22090.
Featured Expert
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Hamish Campbell
Hamish Campbell earned a Ph.D. in paleontology from Cambridge University, and went on to serve as a senior scientist at GNS Science — the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences — in Wellington, New Zealand, and as geologist at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Hamish channeled his expertise to write several popular books on New Zealand geology. His passion for New Zealand, geology and learning have made him an exceptional long-time instructor for Road Scholar.

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

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Hamish Campbell earned a Ph.D. in paleontology from Cambridge University, and went on to serve as a senior scientist at GNS Science — the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences — in Wellington, New Zealand, and as geologist at the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Hamish channeled his expertise to write several popular books on New Zealand geology. His passion for New Zealand, geology and learning have made him an exceptional long-time instructor for Road Scholar.
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Margaret Copland is a graduate of the University of Canterbury and the Christchurch College of Education. As a historian, she has enjoyed researching the stories of the early Canterbury immigrants, which she will share with us in her capacity as the Te Puna Ora storyteller. Margaret is an experienced history teacher and she has been a heritage storyteller and local historian for 20 years. Her original stories have been researched and developed to create 13 characters who bring New Zealand history to life.
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Gill Wilson was born in Hamilton, New Zealand, has two adult children, and is a grandmother of four. She worked for Tourism New Zealand for 13 years, then as executive manager of the Vice-Chancellor's Office at the University of Auckland, also for 13 years. Gill works regularly as a volunteer for a hospice store, and is involved in a walking group. She loves travel, cooking, and music, and in the past has been a keen snow skier. Gill also loves watching rugby and cricket.
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Kate McMillan is an associate professor in comparative politics and head of the political science and international relations program at Victoria University of Wellington. Her research and teaching focuses on immigration politics, media politics and citizenship politics, with a particular focus on New Zealand and its region. Kate grew up in Christchurch but has spent much of her adult life in Wellington, with stints also living and working in Melbourne, London, San Diego and Lund.
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Wendy Black is a born and bred Southlander who has worked in a variety of jobs. She began her tertiary education with an office management course at Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) and in her time off worked at a local florist. From there, she managed a local veterinary clinic and, once married, worked part-time at SIT helping run educational programs with New Zealand College for Seniors. As children arrived and the family grew, they have undertaken extensive overseas travel: 48 countries and counting.
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Margaret Logan raised a family and served 23 years as a child and family social worker in Timaru. She then joined her husband, Richard, in establishing the freshwater salmon farming industry in the hydro system waters in the Mackenzie Country on the South Island. Now “retired,” she is still involved with High Country Salmon as an owner-director. Margaret loves living in Wellington where Probus activities keep her well occupied, along with walking, reading, bridge, planning for more overseas travel, and meeting with friends and family.
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Stephen Hoadley is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a Life Member of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Steve is a regular commentator on international affairs in the New Zealand media and enjoys giving public lectures to diverse audiences.
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Sue Hume retired from a career as a secondary school teacher and principal. She led her school through difficult periods including the Canterbury earthquakes in 2011, the Christchurch mosque shootings in 2019, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Sue was awarded a Christchurch City Council Earthquake Award in 2012 for service during the earthquakes, a Woolf Fisher Fellowship in recognition of educational excellence in 2012, and a Queen’s Service Medal in 2022 for services to education. A keen traveler, Sue has always resided in the South Island.
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Jane Gardiner was born and educated in the United Kingdom and emigrated to Aotearoa, New Zealand in 1973. Jane's career in packaging and sustainability was navigated around a busy family life with two children who have now settled on the North Shore of Auckland. Jane has always been very active in her community, serving as president of Takapuna Tennis Club (where she still plays twice a week), secretary for Kennedy Park Petanque Club, advisor/secretary to the Albany Choir, and volunteer English language tutor (TESOL).
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