New Zealand

Kuaka Geography

Educational Program Price Includes:

  • Round trip Los Angeles/Auckland coach excursion airfare
  • Meet and greet on arrival Auckland International Airport
  • Accommodations in twin bedded room with private facilities, on a share basis
  • All educational content as shown in the itinerary
  • Transportation by private charter tour coach, air-conditioned with driver/guide
  • Meals (B) Breakfast Daily, (L) Lunch, and (D) Dinner as shown in itinerary
  • New Zealand Goods & Services Tax (GST), currently at 12.5% on included services


Deposit of $350.00 per person is due at registration. Balance due 60 days before departure.
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New Zealand's landscapes have been formed due to tectonic plate interface and it is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. The compact nature of this island nation means for close proximity of stunning alpine, geothermal and coastal environments.

Day l - Depart the USA

Day 2 - Cross the International dateline

Day 3 - Arrive in New Zealand, Auckland to Tauranga (D)

Physical geography of New Zealand: Physical change to landscapes - built by volcanism, eroded by time.

Auckland's volcanic field includes around 50 monogenetic volcanoes. You will travel through landscapes formed by ancient volcanic eruptions.

Day 4 - Tauranga (B, D)

Welcome to New Zealand - Gondwanaland, Maori Culture and Natural History of New Zealand.

New Zealand's isolation over millions of years has resulted in the development of unique species. To provide context for the next week. we will take a guided walk in temperate rainforest and experience a formal Maori welcome.

Day 5 - Tauranga (B, L)

Physical Processes - Watersheds, Sedimentation and Community Conservation Initiatives.

Trace the coastal watershed from the ranges to the sea, upper river courses, meandering streams and sheltered harbour estuaries. Grapple with the issue of sedimentation in the estuaries and its impact on the local community.

Day 6 - Tauranga (B)

Managing resources - Land Use, Population Pressure and Planning for the Future.

Coastal formation, settlement issues and the community consultation process.

Day 7 - Tauranga to Rotorua (B, L)

Major Landscapes Fashioned by Volcanic Events and Erosion

Major physical processes have created a landscape ideal for horticulture, one of the major industries of the region. View a meandering river from a jet boat.

Day 8 - Rotorua (B)

Free day in Rotorua.

Optional adventure activities or shopping, cafes and a Maori carving centre.

Day 9 - Rotorua (B, L)

Rotorua - Volcanism, Tourism and Maori Culture

Learn about Rotorua's explosive history and visit a Maori-owned geothermal reserve with the most varied volcanic features in the region. Take a soak in the thermal health spa.

Day 10 - Rotorua to Taupo to Tauranga (B, D)

Moa's Ark - The Changing Shape of New Zealand; Monitoring Tectonics and Volcanic Processes.

A focus on tectonic plates and rock types, and monitoring volcanic activity. Travel along the edge of the caldera formed by the largest volcanic eruption ever recorded.

Day 11 - Tauranga (B, L)

Sub Alpine Environments - Life on a Mountain. Water Systems, From the Snow to the Sea.

In a national park with three major snow-covered andesite volcanoes, learn about the management of fragile sub-alpine environments. Take an easy grade walk within beech forest, and just below the snow line, that provides evidence of lava flow and erosion and stunning views.

Day 12: Tauranga to Waitomo to Auckland and return to USA (B, L)

Karst Formations, Ecosystems and Human Impact

See glow worms within the underground world created by sedimentary limestone caves.

Educational program - Wednesday departures - operating with costs beginning at $3,995.00 per person based on triple/quad share. (Minimum of 10 tour participants currency conversion - subject to change.)