Birmingham-Southern College Natural Wonders of NZ Tour

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E-term travel project

New Zealand

Geography

January 2021

Experience the unparalleled natural beauty of New Zealand in this once-in-a-lifetime 3-week travel project!

We will visit bubbling mud pools and hot springs, swim with endangered Hector’s dolphins, learn the haka and how to paddle in a Māori war canoe, see a kiwi, take a cruise in the famous Milford Sound, visit a glow-worm cave, hang out with penguins, and have an up-close encounter with a glacier and icebergs. Don’t miss out on this amazing travel opportunity!

Trip Itinerary

DAY ONE

Arrive into Auckland where you'll meet your guide and settle into accommodation. City orientation if time permits.

DAY TWO

Enjoy a day on and around the ocean. Explore the Goat Island Marine Reserve, snorkel among protected marine life and take a sunset kayak tour to Rangitoto Island for a classic kiwi barbeque dinner.

DAY THREE

Head to Auckland Museum before travelling to Rotorua. Make a stop at Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, a mainland ecological island that provides sanctuary for many endangered native species.

DAY FOUR

Walk around the stunning Wai O Tapu Thermal Wonderland then head to a local marae (Māori meeting ground) to learn native arts, crafts and dances. You'll eat a hāngi (earth oven) dinner and stay the night in the wharenui (main meeting house).

DAY FIVE

Travel to Taupō and visit the country's biggest waterfall, Huka Falls. Take a walk down river to Spa Park for a dip in the naturally heated water.

DAY SIX

Travel to Tongariro National Park where you'll hear an educational talk about the local volcanic landscape. Enjoy a half day guided walk around the unique area before heading to Blue Duck Station.

DAY SEVEN

Explore the stunning Blue Duck Station to see remains of unbelievable local history, hear all about their conservation work and witness the everyday workings of a sheep and beef station.

DAY EIGHT

Travel to Wellington and have a city orientation.

DAY NINE

Learn how to paddle a waka (Māori canoe) and head out on the water with your new found skills. Later, experience a night tour of Zealandia, the world's first fully fenced urban eco sanctuary. You may even see a native Kiwi bird!

DAY TEN

Travel across the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry and on to Kaikoura.

DAY ELEVEN

Head out on the water on a whale watching tour! The crew will use underwater microphones to seek out the local Sperm Whales. Later travel down to Christchurch.

DAY TWELVE

Go swimming with dolphins and spend the day in stunning coastal town of Akaroa.

DAY THIRTEEN

Visit the International Antarctic Centre to learn about life in these extreme conditions. Take a self guided tour of Quake City, learning about what occurred during the Canterbury earthquakes.

DAY FOURTEEN

Travel to Tekapo and walk up Mt John for amazing lake views and to see the observatory site. Take an evening stargazing tour at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

DAY FIFTEEN

Travel to New Zealand's highest mountain, Mt Cook and visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre. Choose one of many stunning walks among the alpine scenery.

DAY SIXTEEN

Take a boat tour of the Tasman Glacier terminal lake where you may see, touch and even taste 300-500 year old glacial crystals. Travel to Oamaru where you'll see the evening return of native penguins from their day's fishing.

DAY SEVENTEEN

Travel to Dunedin and visit the Moeraki Boulders. Take a local wildlife tour across private beach sanctuaries with stunning vistas of the Otago Peninsula. Spot Yellow-eyed penguins, New Zealand Fur Seals, Cormorants and more.

DAY EIGHTEEN

Spend the day exploring the incredible Catlins Forest Park, Porpoise Bay and the Cathedral Caves.

DAY NINETEEN

Travel to Te Anau where you'll hear an educational talk about conservation efforts in the area. Visit the Te Anau Glowworm Caves where you'll go on a beautiful boat journey to the cave site and then join an knowledgeable guide for a cave tour.

DAY TWENTY

Take a nature cruise out of Milford Sound to get up close to the breathtaking scenery. With 360º views and a specialist nature guide onboard, you'll be introduced to the wonders of Fiordland.

DAY TWENTY-ONE

Travel to the adventure capital - Queenstown. Enjoy a free afternoon to take in the beauty of this lakeside town surrounded by mountain ranges.

DAY TWENTY-ONE

Departure day! You'll head home via Queenstown Airport full of amazing memories and new found knowledge.

INCLUSIONS

All ground transportation

Upmarket backpacker/lodge multishare

Daily breakfasts. Some evening meals as per itinerary.

Expert Haka tour guide throughout

Activities as per itinerary

LEARNING

  • Geology, geography and natural history of New Zealand
  • See conservation efforts being made in New Zealand
  • View and walk among volcanic landscapes
  • See rare marine life and other native species up close
  • Experience the native Māori culture and language

Enquire now

Contact either Dr Megan Gibbons (Campus Office SSC 245) or Dr Pete Van Zandt (Campus Office SSC 228) in person, or complete the form to register your interest or ask any questions

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