Days 1-2 Travel day; cross date line....
Day 3 Arrival in Christchurch, easy walk in Gore Bay...
Day 4 Swim with dolphins...
Day 5 Hike in Lewis Pass, Soak in hot pools...
Day 6 Strolling around Constant Bay...
Day 7 Walk to view Pancake Rocks, hike in Paparoa National Park...
Day 8 Optional - hike on Franz Josef Glacier or helicopter around Mt. Cook...
Day 9 Sea kayak Okarito Lagoon, hike to Okarito Trig...
Day 10 Easy hike around Hapuku Estuary...
Day 11 Hike of Mt. Iron, stroll around Arrowtown...
Day 12 Cruise Doubtful Sound...
Days 13-15 Hike Routeburn Track...
Day 16 Depart Queenstown for Christchurch or Auckland, back to U.S.
Accommodations: 13 nights lodging
Wild New Zealand,
The South Island
Routeburn Track, Kayak Scenic Wetlands, Cruise Doubtful Sound, Swim with Dolphins
Wild New Zealand provides the best of South Island activities at a relaxed
and enjoyable pace. Challenge yourself as you snorkel with dolphins, kayak
on a lagoon with awesome views of Mt Cook, cruise a beautiful sound and trek
on the Routeburn Track, one of National Geographic's Top 10 Hikes of the World.
There are also options to hike on a glacier in a temperate rainforest or take a
scenic flight around Mt Cook. You'll also learn about the native Maori culture and enjoy
time to shop for beautifully crafted greenstone in Hokitika, see historic buildings and
shops in Arrowtown and play in Queenstown, the "adventure capital of the world".
The hardest challenge you'll face will be leaving this remarkable country.
The Maori name for New Zealand is Aotearoa, meaning Land of the Long
White Cloud. Carved by water, buckled by earthquakes and scorched by
volcanoes, this is a land of time gone by where forces continue to shape
the island nation. Wildlife here evolved for eons in total isolation,
resulting in a country where the birds ruled, the bat is the only native
land mammal, and much of the fauna is endemic (found only in New
Zealand) including the flightless Kiwi and the ancient Tuatara reptile.
New Zealand is to home to three World Heritage Areas; you'll visit the
Te Wahipounamu Heritage Area, encompassing Westland, Mount Cook, Mount
Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks.
Don't forget the people! Kiwis are world famous for their laid-back approach,
sense of humor and friendly nature-traits that are truly contagious. Popular
Call of the Wild guide Celine Stokowski and her New Zealand husband
Tony Thrupp will show us the way as only locals can. They have both worked
on the Franz Josef Glacier for years and hiked hundreds of New Zealand
trail miles. Come and experience the best of Wild New Zealand.
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