New Zealand

Walking New Zealand: Explore the Winding South Island Trails

Discover lush landscapes, unique geology and a rich culture as you explore beautiful New Zealand on foot with local experts for an in-depth look into this colorful island country.
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Program No. 23120RJ
17 days
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At a Glance

To really understand New Zealand, you must walk. Along coastal trails, volcanic craters and colorful rainforests, here’s a special opportunity to get to know “the land of the long white cloud.” Learn about flora and fauna that exists only on this island country, while expert naturalists take you on walking explorations through national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the trails as you cultivate a true appreciation for New Zealand’s landscapes, geology and fascinating history through the local experts who enrich your journey every step of the way.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore pristine shorelines, granite cliffs, historic coal mines and underground limestone caves as you experience New Zealand on foot.
  • Discover the native Maori culture through a lecture from a Maori elder and learn about New Zealand history, politics and economics from renowned experts.
  • Taste one of the Marlborough region’s treasures: Sauvignon Blanc. Learn about one vineyard’s award-winning, environmentally-friendly approach to winemaking before sampling some of their wine.
Featured Expert
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Barry Chalmers
Barry Chalmers is a long-time employee of the Department of Conservation and has a particular interest in New Zealand's endangered blue duck (whio) and bats. He has lived for many years in the Karamea district and is well-versed in its interesting and varied geology, flora and fauna.

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

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Barry Chalmers
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Jackie Whitworth
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Richard Hunter
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Nigel Roberts
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Bruce Cardwell
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Nicola Cardwell
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John Hellstrom
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Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Whale Rider
by Witi Ihimaera,
The Whale Rider (1987) was written in New York and Cape Cod in the space of three weeks. A magical, mythical work about a young girl whose relationship with a whale ensures the salvation of her village, it is, says Ihimaera, the work of his ‘that the Maori community accepts best’
Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance
by Lloyd Jones
2008, PAPER, 276 PAGES, $12.00 Dancing between New Zealand and Buenos Aires and ranging over decades, tango is the leitmotif of this earlier novel by Lloyd Jones, published here for the first time, author of Mister Pip. Like Mr. Pip, this compact, seductive novel concerns the power of storytelling. (Item no. NZL101)
The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
by Hugh Robertson & Barrie Heather
The revised compact edition of the classic field guide, featuring 74 color plates by Derek Onley. (Item no. NZL05)
The Penguin History of New Zealand
by Michael King
The Narrative that emerges is an exclusive one about men and women, Maori and Pakeha. It shows that The British motives in colonizing New Zealand were essentially humane.....
The Piano (1993) Video
by Jane Campion
121 min - Drama | Romance - 12 November 1993 (USA) 7.5 Your rating: -/10 Ratings: 7.5/10 from 36,516 users Metascore: 89/100 Reviews: 215 user | 66 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. Director: Jane Campion Writer: Jane Campion Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel and Sam Neill
Slipping Into Paradise, Why I Live in New Zealand
by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
2004, PAPER, 304 PAGES, $14.95 In this far-ranging travelogue, Masson (who wrote a series of books on the emotional lives of animals) combines his travels and tales with history, riffs on the kiwis, nature and society. (Item no. NZL69)
The Luminaries
by Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries is the second novel by Eleanor Catton, published by Victoria University Press in August 2013 and Granta on 5 September 2013. On 15 October it was announced as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize. It is the longest book (at 832 pages), and she the youngest author (at age 28), ever to win the award. The book was described as "a dazzling feat of a novel" by The Observer.
An Angel at My Table (video)
by Janet Frame (Jane Campion)
An Angel at My Table is a 1990 New Zealand-Australian-British film directed by Jane Campion. The film is based on Janet Frame's three autobiographies, To the Is-Land (1982), An Angel at My Table (1984), and The Envoy from Mirror City (1984). An Angel at My Table is a dramatisation of the autobiographies of New Zealand author Janet Frame. Originally produced as a television miniseries, the film, as with Frame's autobiographies, is divided into three sections, with the lead role played by three different actresses who portray Frame at different stages of her life: Karen Fergusson (child), Alexia Keogh (adolescent) and Kerry Fox (adult).
Once Were Warriors Video/CD
by Alan Duff
Once Were Warriors (film) Country New Zealand Language English (99 mins) Maori Once Were Warriors is a 1994 film based on New Zealand author Alan Duff's bestselling 1990 first novel. The film tells the story of an urban M&#257;ori family, the Hekes, and their problems with poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence, mostly brought on by family patriarch Jake. It was directed by Lee Tamahori, and stars Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison.
The Reed Field Guide to New Zealand Geology An introduction to rocks, minerals & fossils
by Jocelyn Thornton
This is the first field guide written for the general public and beginners in geology in New Zealand. Now fully revised and updated, it shows travellers in New Zealand something of the tremendous variety of our rocks, minerals and fossils and describes what to look for in many areas where rock formations are prominent. It covers the history of New Zealand from it's beginnings on the sea floor some 600 million years ago to it's present patchwork landscape of volcano, range and plain. The land was formed from many different layers of rock- volcanic flows, forest debris, ocean mud. All these have special characteristics, which are explained and illustrated to enable readers to find the layers and understand their origins and what they can tell us about the landscape of the past. The crystals that grew in the rocks and the remains of living creatures that were preserved are also illustrated and described. Written in simplified terms, it includes an introductory chapter on general geology, a geological time chart and quick reference maps of the North Island and the South Island for travellers.
Boy (2010 film)
by Taika Waititi
Boy (2010 film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boy(2010 film) It is out on DVD Waititi wanted to shoot the film where he grew up in Waihau Bay. It was a summer film but impossible to shoot in the height of summer due to the popularity of the area as a fishing and holiday destination. The film features the maize fields and the maize is harvested from late April. Boy was shot entirely in the area of Waihau Bay, New Zealand. James Rolleston was never actually intended to play the lead role of "Boy". Rolleston originally turned up on set for a costume fitting as an extra and after short deliberation the teen was offered the role.

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