Join us on our ten day trip through New Zealand, (Aotearoa) the South Island (Te Wai Pounamu) May 15-24, 2018.

Mount Cook

The Maori refer to New Zealand as Aotearoa, which means land of the long white cloud and the South Island as Te Wai Pounamu which means the waters of greenstone. Te Ika a Maui means fish of Maui and is the Maori name for the North Island.

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We will pick you up from the Airport on May 15th. You may feel like just relaxing however there is plenty to do once you arrive.

May 15-16, Day 1 & 2: Christchurch (Otautahi): Visit galleries, museums, punt down the Avon River, and enjoy the excellent wine and cuisine of New Zealand. The city was devastated by an earthquake in 2011 and is now on the road to recovery. Read more…

Visit the Amberley wine growing region for wine tasting or take a road trip to lovely Akaroa and explore the harbor wild-life.

May 17, Day 3: Travel to Hokitika on the West Coast. Cross the Southern Alps and the Alpine Fault through the Arthurs Pass. Hokitika is the center for jade (green stone) jewelry in New Zealand.

May 18-19, Day 4 & 5: Travel to Franz Josef  (Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere) and hike to the glaciers. Do some bird watching, kayaking, and hiking in a rain forest at Okarito Lagoon.

May 20, Day 6: Travel to Wanaka. Travel back across the Southern Alps to a town on the edge of magnificent Lake Wanaka.  Along the way stop off and walk to a swing bridge to view the Blue Pools.

May 21, Day 7: Visit vineyards in one of New Zealand’s newest and southern most wine growing regions.

May 22, Day 8: Travel to Aoraki/ Mount Cook, the largest mountain in New Zealand.

May 23, Day 9: Do some hiking, take a helicopter ride over the glaciers, shop and enjoy fine dining in the Hermitage Hotel.

May 24, Day 10: Return to Christchurch for a farewell dinner.

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