Getting on/off a bus; on/off a cable car. Hotel check-in from 2:00 p.m. Walking up to 3.5 mi (6 km); paved city streets. Walking and standing during field trip.
After claiming your luggage, wait inside the Arrivals area and meet our Group Leaders who will be holding a Road Scholar sign. When everyone has arrived, we will board a bus, ride to our hotel, and drop off luggage for storage until check-in later in the afternoon. Wellington has been the capital city of New Zealand since 1865, chosen for its central location. One of the many enticing aspects of this vibrant city is its compact Central Business District; you can walk from one side to the other in 20 minutes. The waterfront is lined with immaculate parks, heritage buildings, and museums. Wellington is dubbed the “creative and cultural capital of New Zealand” and in 2018, for the second year in a row, Wellington topped Deutsche Bank’s list of 50 cities with the best quality of life, beating Zurich, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Vienna.
At a restaurant in Wellington, we will have a buffet meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We will go on a walking field trip with our Group Leaders, ride a cable car, and walk down through Wellington Botanical Gardens and Bolton Street Memorial Park, stopping and exploring along the way. We will also visit the Parliament Buildings for an expert-led exploration. Walking back to our hotel in central Wellington, we will check in with some time to freshen up and relax before our Orientation session. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will pre-order some meals so as to make the most of our time. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.
At the hotel, we’ll have a buffet dinner with choices such as hot and cold meats, vegetables, salads, desserts, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.