Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

New Zealand

Faculty: Seth Sikkema, Ryan Halley
Meeting time: Tuesday 6:30-9:00pm

Student Cost: $2,200

This trip will include the north and south islands of New Zealand. This course will include outdoors/adventure sports, cultural engagement, and examination of the unique flora, fauna, and geography of the destination. During the classroom portion of this course we will cover materials associated with the activities, sites, and experiences in order to provide a base of knowledge and understanding prior to departing for the trip.

New Zealand offers a distinctive ecosystem with plants and animals unique to the islands while also being comprised of some of the most breathtaking scenery of any country in the world. The islands boast a plethora of adventure sports and outdoor activities that we will explore. This will include, but is not limited to: street luge, bungee jumping, Black Water Rafting, skydiving, and hiking. Culturally, we will examine the Maori people, the influence of western culture, and other regional influences through visits to Maori cultural sites, various museums, Hobbiton and other Lord of the Rings/Hobbit motion picture sites, and many more. Finally we will explore the local geography including the majestic Milford Sound, the glaciers at the base of Mt. Cook and Franz Josef, the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park, and the caves at Waitomo.

This will be an active trip including several hikes. Thus you will need to be in good condition to participate in this trip.

Preliminary Itinerary

Day 1-3 Fly from Portland to Christchurch
Cathedral Square, Canterbury Museum and Gardens

Day 4 Franz Josef Glacier
Various stops as we make our way to Frans Josef Glacier, including Devils Punchbowl waterfall

Day 5 Free day at Franz Josef
Many hiking trails in Franz Josef to explore
Guided tour on top of the Glacier (paid optional activity)

Day 6 Travel to Queenstown
Activities include Skyline Gondola and 4 luges
Explore the wonders of Queenstown by foot.
Option to go to various activities (paid optional activities)

Day 7 Travel to Milford Sound
Experience the amazing scenery of the Milford Sound on a 2 hour boat cruise Return to Queenstown from Milford Sound

Day 8 Travel to Mt Cook
Various hiking trails at Mt Cook to be explored

Day 9 Return to Chrischurch Day 10 Travel to Kaikoura
Activities include Whale watching

Day 11 Travel to Wellington (North Island)
Cross the Cook Strait on the world famous Interislander ferry

Day 12 Wellington
Activities include Te Papa Museum and Weta Studio tour (included)
New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa & Zealandia Museum, Government buildings

Day 13 Wellington
Activities include Te Papa Museum and Weta Studio tour (included)

Day 14 Travel to Taupo
Option to go bungy jumping or skydiving (paid optional activities)

Day 15 Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is amongst the best one day hikes in the world and is rated the #1 one day hike in New Zealand!

Day 16 Depart for Rotorua
Enjoy the morning off in Taupo; tonight you get to spend an evening in Tamaki Maori Village

Day 17 Free day in Rotorua
Activities include Te Pui (Rotorua’s geothermal wonderland) Option to go zorbing and skyline luging

Day 18 Travel to Waitomo
Activities include Hobbiton and a Glowworms Cave tour

Day 19 Travel to Hot Water Beach
Activities include Karangahake Gorge walk and Cathedral Cove Option to go kayaking at Hot Water Beach (paid optional activities) Day 20 Travel to Auckland
Activities include Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower (included)

Day 21 Auckland
A city tour including visits to Mission Bay, Bastion Point, North Head, Devonport, Mt Victoria and passing through the sights of the CBD, Westhaven Marina, Tamaki Drive and the Auckland harbour Bridge.

Day 22 Return to Portland