2002:New Zealand Comfort Style: North Island's Gentler Side

Date and Time

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - Tuesday, March 17, 2020


North Island,
New Zealand


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


Join Janis and Merri on a comfortable romp through New Zealand's unspoiled North Island. Often overlooked in the rush to experience the South Island's rugged adventures, instead we will spend our days on easy-moderate trails and our nights in 3-4 star en-suite accommodations. From Wellington on the southern coast, to its very northern tip, this upper half of New Zealand's island-nation in the South Pacific is renowned, if less known, for its natural beauty, friendly people, fine dining and rich culture. We will take in the country's quaint capitals - both new and old, walk among some of the tallest trees on earth and through alpine tussock wilderness on the slopes of active volcanoes, swim and explore vast beaches and coastlines, and relax in natural hot springs. The more adventurous hiker will have an opportunity to hike New Zealand's greatest day hike: the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $5,285 member / $5,285 non-member

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North Island






Adults (18+)


Janis Stahlhut, a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, is a Connecticut Chapter hike and bike leader, and has been an AMC-AT leader since 2009. She has led and co-led AT hiking and biking trips to Cape Cod, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Sicily, Spain, France, Italy, Finland, Norway, South America and New Zealand.


Merri Fox is a software specialist at a major CT aircraft engine company. Because she loves sharing her favorite outdoor destinations, over the past 22 years she has led hiking, snorkeling and cultural excursions in Belize, Paris, Hawaii, Arizona, the Tetons, Switzerland, California, Utah, New Zealand, and the Virgin Islands. Merri leads local hikes in CT, participates in training programs for new leaders, and serves as secretary for the AMC's Adventure Travel Committee.