With its tidy English gardens and untamed wilderness, white-suited lawn bowlers and tattooed Maori elders, austere glacial fiords and boiling volcanic mud pots, New Zealand is a country of striking contrasts. Tour these lush green islands, from world-famous Milford Sound on the South Island to the city of Auckland on the North Island, aboard the Caledonian Sky, an ideal vessel for exploring this spectacular part of the world.
Learn about sheep farming—a crucial part of New Zealand’s economy—during a visit to Walter Peak High Country Farm. Marvel at the sheer granite walls and tumbling waterfalls of Doubtful and Milford Sounds in Fiordland. Ashore on Stewart Island, listen to the strange “ding-dong” call of the bellbird, and at Taiaroa Head, observe the rare yellow- eyed penguin in its natural habitat. Visit the Canterbury Museum’s Hall of Antarctic Discovery for background on “Operation Deep Freeze,” headquartered in Christchurch. Explore the heartland of Maori culture in Rotorua and the stunning Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, which brings to life the history of New Zealand’s native people.
Throughout the program enjoy the insights of expert lecturers as well as the perspectives of local naturalists and cultural guides.