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New Zealand Cultural Tour

The best educational tours of New Zealand.

ESSENCE OF NEW ZEALAND

A study programme designed to examine Maori and European (Pakeha) history along with the natural sciences, including geography, geology, thermal activity and natural history.

DAY  1: Depart Australia. Arrive Auckland. Depending upon flight arrival times some sightseeing may be done, or transfer directly to accommodation.

DAY  2: Auckland. Drive up to ‘One Tree Hill’ lookout, situated on an extinct volcano offering great views of the city. In addition, this is the site of New Zealand’s largest known ‘Pa Site’. On down through the city centre to the Maritime Museum where you can see the history of not only 19th and 20th century seafaring but also Polynesian seafaring. On to Kelly Taltons underwater world and Antarctic Centre. We are soon on the road to Rotorua.

DAY  3: Rotorua. Our day starts with a visit to the Maori Cultural Centre at Whakawerawera where you can see first hand Maori carving and other crafts. In addition you can see one of the most famous thermal areas in New Zealand. Also, a visit to Rainbow Springs to see not only the largest trout you can imagine, but the collection of native and introduced New Zealand wildlife - includes Kiwi House.

DAY  4: To Tongariro National Park. Via Taupo. Volcano study activities in the park.

DAY  5: Travel south to the capital -Wellington. We head straight to the new national museum known as Te Papa. Here is a wonderful display of ancient and modern history of New Zealand, both Maori and Pakeha. Includes the world rated computerised audio visual spectacular showing New Zealands development from the beginning of time – not to be missed!

DAY  6: Travel by Ferry to Picton in the Marlborough Sounds. Continue to Kaikoura (Kai = food & Koura = crayfish) where we have the chance to experience staying on a Maori Marae. This is one of the most unique Maraes in New Zealand and its history unfolds.

DAY  7: Early morning sees the group taking one of the world’s most famous nature excursions - by boat to see Whales up close. Continue south to an area known as Staverly to start our special programme introducing us to the flora and fauna of the Southern Alps.

DAY  8: Staverly. Activities.

DAY  9: Travelling south we pass Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook arriving into Queenstown.

DAY10: Queenstown area. A chance to study the Goldmining history of this area as well as the glacial history and lake formation.

DAY11: Today we depart via Lake Wanaka to the Glaciers of the West Coast - Fox or Franz Joseph.

DAY12: Travel is north along the coast and then across the Southern Alps via Arthurs Pass. A stop is made here to observe the alpine environment. On to Christchurch.

DAY13: Christchurch. Visits to the Canterbury Museum. Antarctic Centre and  Willowbank reserve where you can see a Kiwi Bird breeding programme.

DAY14: Depart Christchurch. Dependent upon departure times more local sightseeing may be included.

The preceding itinerary describes the highlights of this journey. There are many more activities and sighseeing opportunities available on route which will be dependent upon weather and time available after core activities are completed.

Feel free to contact us on 1800 337 031 for a free quote and itinerary.