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New Zealand Adventure [on request]

January 25 - February 09, 2024
Length: 16 days
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It’s a tale of two islands as our small group journeys from New Zealand’s North to its South, through lively cities and pristine fjords, past lush farmland and enchanted forests in a land where the outdoors is the national shrine. Add engaging “Kiwis” and intriguing indigenous cultures – it’s a pure New Zealand experience.

Operated by Odysseys Unlimited

Tour Highlights

  • See Auckland’s highlights, including the acclaimed Auckland Museum, during a two-night stay in this cosmopolitan city.
  • Embark on a cruise around glittering Auckland Harbour.
  • Enjoy a subterranean adventure at Ruakuri Caves, home to unique glowworms.
  • Visit Rotorua’s Te Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Centre for a traditional hangi dinner and Maori performance.
  • Encounter intriguing Rotorua – a geothermal wonder, with its geysers, mud pools, and hot springs – on a city tour.
  • Get an up-close look at New Zealand’s biodiversity at Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and see the country’s famous birds at the National Kiwi Trust.
  • Sample the local terroir at Church Road Winery, one of the country’s oldest and most acclaimed wineries, in the celebrated Hawke’s Bay wine region.
  • Go on a walking tour in seaside Napier, famed for its Art Deco architecture.
  • Learn about the country’s sheep farming industry at a private farm where you’ll watch sheepdogs at work and a sheep-shearing demonstration, followed by a barbecue lunch.
  • Ride on the historic cable car and visit New Zealand’s renowned national museum in the capital, Wellington.
  • Discover Christchurch, New Zealand’s “Garden City,” where highlights include the Botanic Gardens and Cathedral Square.
  • Board the TranzAlpine train for one of the world’s great rail journeys up into the Southern Alps.
  • Encounter spectacular Franz Josef Glacier and take a walk in a glacial valley during a two-night stay near Westland Tai Poutini National Park.
  • See rare kiwi birds at the West Coast Wildlife Centre. 
  • Stop at a local vineyard in the Central Otago wine region for a private tasting and a tour of the wine cave.
  • Take a cruise on stunning Doubtful Sound during a full-day excursion to lush, unspoiled Fiordland National Park, one of New Zealand’s top attractions.
  • Enjoy a day at leisure in the outdoor mecca of Queenstown, with abundant options for savoring this spectacular setting: a paddle steamer ride, jet boating, the Skyline gondola, and more.

If you would like to view a digital copy of this trip’s brochure, please click on the “Digital Brochure” under Additional Resources (follows directly below Itinerary at a Glance) on this webpage.

* Cal lecturer’s participation cannot be guaranteed and is contingent upon a minimum number of paying travelers.

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