Dates: January 4 - January 17, 2018
Total Duration: 14 days
Cost: Starting at $8,990 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Vehicle: Caledonian Sky
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
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 spectacular country of striking contrasts. Isolated from other land masses by the swells of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean, it is a world unto itself.
Join fellow Yale travelers on an exploration of these lush green islands, from the city of Auckland on the North Island to world-famous Milford Sound on the South Island, aboard the Caledonian Sky, an ideal vessel for exploring New Zealand's islands, fiords, and craggy coastline. After an introduction to New Zealand's indigenous Maori and Polynesian cultures at the Auckland Museum, explore the heartland of Maori culture near Rotorua and, in Wellington, visit the stunning Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, which brings to life the history of the native people of New Zealand. Rotorua is also known for its geothermal activity, including spouting geysers and bubbling hot mud pools.
Cruise across Cook Strait to Ship Cove, where Captain Cook anchored in 1770, to explore islands and inlets that are home to rare birds. Visit the Canterbury Museum's Hall of Antarctic Discovery in Christchurch and learn about "Operation Deep Freeze." Land by Zodiac craft on Stewart Island to hear the strange "dingdong" call of the bellbird, and marvel at the spectacularly graceful albatrosses at the Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, where a special viewing area permits unobtrusive observation of these magnificent birds. Marvel at the sheer granite walls and tumbling waterfalls of Doubtful and Milford Sounds in Fiordland, a remote and wild region well known for its wildlife, including fur seals and a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins.
Post-trips: Queenstown; Sydney, Australia