Destination: SOUTH TARANAKI, CHRISTCHURCH plus many excursion optionsDescription:
Join a group of savvy travelers from around the globe as we meet in Auckland on October 28 for a multi-cultural treat hosted by South Taranaki and Christchurch Friendship Force clubs.
Date or proposed month:
October 28th - November 14th, 2010 With adventure options to extend through November 20th for coach tour; November 23rd for tramping add-on or Nov 28th for Cycling options Trip begins in Auckland, New Zealand. Arrive by mid-morning.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World; Rangatoto Island; an historic woolen weaving mill; the spectacular coastal highway to Christchurch; a mountain train ride on the Tranz Alpine Express; a ‘Hangi’ traditional Maori dinner; all wrapped in the famous hospitality of the Kiwis.Estimated Price:
$1525 plus $148 single supplement Option # 1: $830 South Island excursion; 7 days. Begins with a coach tour of the southern Alps; includes a luncheon cruise on Milford Sound’s sparkling glacial waters, steam ship on Lake Wakitipu Option #2 $380 Outdoor Adventure: A tramp with New Zealand Rotary Club traversing the heart of New Zealand's wild fiord country, the Milford Track has long been described as "the finest walk in the world. * Option #3 $450 Outdoor Adventure: 4-day Cycle tour and overnight accommodations through 91 miles of some of New Zealand's most memorable scenery and awe-inspiring gold mining history.
The Exchange program is packed with lots of sightseeing of historical and natural destinations, and opportunities to get up close and personal with indigenous animals and ancient cultures in this Southern Hemisphere equivalent of the Wild West. Optional add-ons are being planned for both pre- and post-exchange. A 3-day mini-safari south of Perth (where the Indian and Southern Oceans converge) departs from the city on Sunday morning, the 18th, returning in time to begin the homestay on the 20th. An extension to the East Coast’s Great Barrier Reef and Kuranda Rainforest at Cairns, plus a visit to Sydney, with its iconic Opera House and inviting harbor and beaches, will keep us busy from April 27 to May 4.
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