The natural landscape of New Zealand is unsurpassed. Combined with the rich Maori culture, a passion for adventure sports and friendly locals, New Zealand is the entire geography curriculum in one country.
Boastful of a plethora of completely unique environments including geothermal activity, live volcanoes, seemingly endless forests, an abundance of marine life, dramatic landscapes and still bearing the evidence of earthquake activity, New Zealand is the perfect location for your next Geography tour.
Destination: Wellington, Tongariro National Park, Taupo, Rotorua, Waitomo, Raglan, Auckland
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Please be advised that this is an ‘example’ of a schedule and that the activities and hotels shown may be variable dependent upon dates, weather, special requests and other factors. Itineraries will be confirmed prior to travel.
Meet at the airport and depart on your flight to Wellington.
On arrival in Wellington board your coach and transfer to your hotel.
In the afternoon enjoy a city orientation and Parliament House Tour. Discover the Parliament’s buildings and heritage, see what happens when the House sits, and learn about New Zealand’s democratic processes.
This morning after breakfast you will visit the Te Papa National Museum. Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building. Te Papa is New Zealand’s bold, innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Maori culture and treasures, dynamic art heritage, and its fascinating history.
In the afternoon board your coach and transfer to Tongariro National Park. Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area. This status recognises the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.
Overnight Tongariro National Park.
In the morning jump on board Chris Jolly Scenic Cruise and visiting the famous Maori Rock Carvings on Mine Bay accessible only by water. Enjoy the picturesque secluded bays of Lake Taupo and the spectacular snow capped mountain peaks of the World Heritage Tongariro National Park.
Afterwards visit a Honey Hive in Taupo. New Zealand’s largest showcase of honey products. Enjoy free tastings of honey and mead while you explore. Immerse yourself in all things honey, with live beehive viewing, interactive displays, wellness products and gourmet honey ice-cream.
Continue your trip to Taupo.
This morning head to Waimangu Volcanic Valley Geothermal Park. Volcanic Valley is an exciting thermal attraction, where you can enjoy unique ecology, rare botany and fascinating geothermal features such as steaming volcanic crater lakes.
Tonight you will travel to Tamaki Maori Village for a Cultural Evening and Hangi. Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions at Tamaki Maori Village, the most award-winning cultural attraction in New Zealand. Experience ceremonial rituals, powerful performances and hangi feasting. Learn about the customs, protocols and stories that have been passed through the generations of time.
After breakfast you will take a part in the Agrodome Farm Tour. The Agrodome is the perfect case study for any Geography student. At the Agrodome we will arrange curriculum based lectures to school groups studying Geography and related subjects. The Agrodome is a great place to get out of the classroom and learn and experience firsthand.
In the afternoon head to Rainbow Springs Kiwi Park.Discover nature’s best with this informative and entertaining guided tour that will take you on a journey of New Zealand’s native wildlife and unique flora and fauna.You will meet endangered ducks (pateke and whio) and learn about how people are helping to conserve these taonga species. Come face to face with New Zealand’s intelligent and inquisitive parrots, kea and kaka, and find out how much of an impact introduced predators have had on their populations in the wild.
Later in the afternoon jump on board on one of the eight-seater Gondola cabins and experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal vistas. Once on top wind your way down via the Luge.
In the evening enjoy a dinner overlooking Rotorua Skyline.
After dinner, finish the day with a spectacular experience during Skyline’s Stargazing tour. You will explore constellations and discover planets invisible to the naked eye, at one of the top eight stargazing locations in New Zealand.
After breakfast board your coach and head to Hobbiton and enjoy the Lord of the Rings Tour. Experience the real Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies.
In the afternoon you will join the Ruakuri Cave Tour and see glow worms. Gaze in, wonder at the stalactite straws, flow-stone and majestic cave formations that surround you in the Waitomo Glow Worms Caves. You will be mesmerised by the softly folding, shawl-like formations and fossilised sea shells that were left behind by nature as the seabed turned to stone.
This morning you will enjoy a Forest Walk: On this guided tour you will get an introduction to the native plants and animals especially those used traditionally by Maori people as food and medicine.
Continue to Raglan Eel Farmfor a guided tour. The tour is an exciting way to learn about the environment andsustainability. The students will begin at the main farm and start their trip to the eelponds. Along the way the guide will provide wetland plant identification, such as variousrushes and cutty grass, and their traditional uses. Details of how these plants fit in to the estuaryecosystem, and New Zealand fish identification is also included with live and preservedexamples. Students will learn about how to use the instincts of these species to succeed infarming with minimal dependence on oil.
At the end of the tour students will participate in a workshop about the environmental impacts of farming. Conversation topics accompany the workshop such as erosion control and increasing water quality using plantings are complimented by on site examples. Students learn how the eel farm uses agricultural effluent to grown plankton, which feed their fish. Plankton are netted from the ponds and viewed with a magnifying glass or microscope.
This morning board your coach and continue your trip to Auckland.
Take part in an orientation tour. See Mt Eden Volcano. The last eruption was about 15,000 years ago, leaving a crater 50 meters deep. Walk to the top of Mt Eden Volcano and get a 360° view of Auckland.
You will also visit Auckland Fish Market. Check out all things seafood at Auckland Fish Market, featuring seafood retailers, cooking schools, auctions, and restaurants.
In the evening visit the Auckland Sky Tower and experience the viewing deck for stunning views of Auckland city at night.
This morning enjoy some free time before heading to the airport for your flight back home.