Adventurous New Zealand

A Trip Abroad to New Zealand's Diverse Landscapes

New Zealanders have a deep connection to their nation’s land and wildlife. Locals believe if they take care of their home, it will take care of them and future generations. To help New Zealand, the biggest thing you can do is to help preserve their diverse fauna and flora.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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After arriving into Queenstown and settling into your hotel, start your trip abroad with a scenic gondola ride up to Bob’s Peak. Go for a short hike, visit the Moonlight Theatre, and make sure to browse the Jelly Belly store. Before heading back down to your hotel for the night, dine at a local restaurant and take in the views of the glowing city below.

After indulging in a delicious breakfast take a short drive to Glenorchy, the home of the filming locations of “The Lord of the Rings” and Narnia films. Here, experience the charming mountain ranges and the bright blue water of Dart River. Explore the landscape by horseback or take a relaxing boat ride down the river. Whether or not you are a Tolkien fan, you will fall in love with the golden and enchanting scenery of the valleys, plains, and mountains found in Glenorchy.

Begin the day early with a short flight to Christchurch, then spend the day on a nine-hour sightseeing train ride. You will get to see the Waimakariri River, the Southern Alps, and the Native Neech Forest. This breathtaking journey will leave you with unforgettable sights and prime photo opportunities. Along the way, sit back with a freshly made latte or a glass of the finest wine in New Zealand. Once back in Christchurch, spend the rest of the day exploring by visiting the Christchurch Art Gallery or the Botanic Gardens before finding a local restaurant for dinner.

To start the day, fly into the city of Wellington and spend the day with wildlife. First visit the eco-sanctuary Zealandi. Keep your eye out for native insects and birds as well as a local reptile, the tuatara. Find a cafe in Wellington for lunch before meeting your guide for a seal safari on the rugged coast. Travel through private farmlands to the south coast where you will get to see the seals and the famous Leaning Lighthouse. Before settling in for the night, experience the nightlife of the city.

It is going to be a long day, so make sure to eat a hearty breakfast. Fly into Rotoura, a place known for its Māori culture and natural hot springs. Make your way to the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Valley where you will get to see geothermal attractions like steaming fumaroles, volcanic craters, and silica terraces. This wonderland will keep you on your toes as you walk through colorful geothermal masterpieces and complete the experience by visiting the mud pool. End the day by catching a flight to Auckland, where you will check in to your hotel for the night.

Begin the day with a 35-minute ferry ride to Waiheke Island. After finding your hotel, grab a swimsuit and pack a lunch for a picnic. Relax on the beach and get a tan or go searching for seashells. For the evening go wine tasting at one the vineyards while watching the sunset on the horizon. Make sure to get any last pictures of this paradise before heading home tomorrow.

Catch a ferry ride back to Ackland before boarding your flight home.

New Zealand is home to a vast variety of landscapes, which makes it the perfect place for a trip abroad. Feast your eyes on mountain ranges, plains, volcanoes, glaciers, and beaches all in one trip. Due to sitting on two tectonic plates, New Zealand experiences a large amount of geological action. Dive head first into the diverse landscapes and wildlife of New Zealand and be left with unforgettable memories and photos.


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