Set sail on one of our most popular departures for a 14-day exploration of lush green islands, from Auckland on the North Island to world-famous Milford Sound on the South Island. Board the intimate Caledonian Sky and explore New Zealand’s islands, fjords, and craggy coastline. The untamed wilderness of New Zealand offers travelers the chance to see animal and plant species found nowhere else on Earth.  Smith alumnae will be joined by Mark Van Vaalen, Associate Professor at Harvard University, and Neville Peat, New Zealand writer and adventure, who will lead the trip with historical talks of these remote regions and knowledge of New Zealand’s natural wonders.

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Trip Highlights

  • Experience Tororua’s array of geothermal features- volcanic crater lakes, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools, and hissing fumaroles
  • Commune with Maori elders in their village and be treated to a private welcome ceremony, tribal dances, and a traditional hangi lunch
  • Stroll through the beginning of the famed Queen Charlotte Track for unsurpassed views of Marlborough Sounds
  • Observe some of the world’s rarest wildlife in their natural settings

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Trip Details

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Activity Level: Moderately active; up to 2 miles of walking often over uneven terrain, or where stairs are unavailable or do not have handrails. Participants will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for some shore excursions. Participants must be in good health and able to keep up with the group without assistance from tour staff.
  • Cost: From $8,990 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: $6,800 per person
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person, payable to Criterion Travel
  • Co-Sponsors: Commonwealth Club of California, Harvard University, National Trust for Historic Preservation, World Affairs Council
  • Optional Extensions: An optional two-day pre-tour extension in Queenstown, and an optional three-night post-tour extension in Sydney, Australia are available.

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