Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

New Zealand

Faculty: Jeff Vargason, Yune Tran
Meeting Time: Wednesday - 6:30 - 9:00PM

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 Christchurch

Antarctica Museum

Day 5 Travel to Mt. Cook

Mt. Cook, Lake Pukaki, and Tasman Glacier

Day 6 Travel to Queenstown

Explore the town

Day 7 Queenstown

Jet boat rides, parasailing, hang gliding, steamship, hiking, horseback riding 

Day 8 Day trip to Milford Sound

Boat trip on the Sound

Day 9 Franz Josef Glacier

Glacier trekking

Day 10 Westport

Glacier trekking

Day 11 Nelson

Inter-islander ferry (South Island)

Day 12 Wellington

Inter-islander ferry (North Island)

New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa & Zealandia Museum, Government buildings

Day 13 Wellington

Weta Caves and other Lord of the Rings sites

Day 14 Tongariro National Park

Hiking around volcanoes

Day 15 Rotorua

Lake Taupo, Huka Falls, Geothermal power plant (bungee jumping opportunity), Maori Institute

Day 16 Rotorua

Te Puia Cultural Center, Agrodome, Hangi (Maori meal), Anglican Church, hot springs

Day 17 Hamilton

Hobbiton Movie Set, Elementary school

Day 18 Waitomo

Waitomo glowworm caves, Black Water rafting (rafting through a cave)

Day 19 Auckland

Whitianga, Mercury Bay, Thames

Day 20 Auckland

Downtown Auckland (bungee jumping opportunity), Auckland museum, harbor trip, Auckland zoo

Day 21 Return to Portland