Highlights of New Zealand's North & South Islands: A Cultural and Hiking Adventure (#2258)

Date and Time

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - Wednesday, December 14, 2022


New Zealand,
New Zealand


Registration is required for this activity.


Come join us in experiencing the intriguing history, culture, and breathtaking scenery on both the North and South Islands in the Land of the Long White Cloud or Aotearoa, the Maori name for New Zealand. Our itinerary, which is during summertime in the southern hemisphere, takes in the splendid scenic and cultural highlights of Auckland, Rotorua, Queenstown and Dunedin. We have arranged comfortable, well-located accommodations for our group in each of these destinations. The trip's highlight is the trek along the Milford Track, which Rudyard Kipling described as "the finest walk in the world." We'll experience its glaciated mountains, spectacular waterfalls, and lush forests. We will be accompanied by expert 'kiwi' guides who, besides leading the trek, will give us exceptional insight into New Zealand's unique culture, history, geology, flora and fauna. On the trek will be staying in well-appointed lodges and eating appetizing meals. In addition to the Milford Track, you will do local hikes, learn about Maori culture, visit volcanic hot springs, see exotic birds, ride a boat in the Milford Sound fiord, watch albatross and yellow-eyed penguins, and much, much more. By trip's end you will have experienced both the North Island and South Island and have many exciting stories from New Zealand.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $5,600 member / $5,700 non-member

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New Zealand






Hiking 5 Vigorous


Adults (18+)


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Robin Melavalin has been involved with educational travel for over 25 years working with college students and faculty. She has led a variety of AMC Adventure Travel trips including trekking in Morocco, hiking hut to hut in the Bavarian Alps, kayaking in the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, and trekking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (19,341 feet) in Tanzania. Her research and personal travels include Cuba, Cabo Verde, Kenya, Nicaragua, China, Chile, Russia, Uzbekistan, South Africa and Morocco.


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Leslie Carson is a four-season hiking/backpacking leader with the AMC Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter. She completed the New England 67 4KFooters in 2017 and has led hikes for AMC's August Camp in the Pacific Northwest for the past seven years. She is certified in SOLO Wilderness First Aid and CPR. Since 2015 she has led/co-led AT hiking/trekking trips in the western US and internationally.