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Conference May 1-4, 2014 in New Zealand
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Travel Classics International 2014

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland and Rotorua -
A journey into Māori Culture
Sunday 27 April - Wednesday 30 April

Auckland and Rotorua are Māori cultural hubs full of magical stories both ancient and modern. Your journey to Rotorua will take you through a geothermal wonderland of volcanic crater lakes, spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and colorful terraces. In Auckland, discover the harbor on a traditional sailing waka to learn of the Polynesian people's epic migration to Aotearoa/New Zealand.

27 April

Rotorua is a short 40 minute flight from Auckland. Start your afternoon at Te Whakarewarewa Valley, home to many species of native plants and birds. Your guide will describe the many uses Māori have for the natural resources and geothermal activity around them. Finish the afternoon with a visit to the Kiwi Conservation Center and see New Zealand's native flightless bird and national icon.
Maori Greeting.jpg
photo: McLennan
Rangitoto Island
photo: ATEED
photo: Destination Rotorua

28 April

Connect with the indigenous people and history of Rotorua by taking a guided city walk through the geothermal area around historical Ohinemutu Marae - a meeting place. Your guide will invite you into the home of one of the locals for a Māori home cooked meal. After lunch, discover pristine native New Zealand forest from above with an exciting Rotorua Canopy zipline tour. Finish the day at the Skyline Gondola enjoying panoramic views of Rotorua from the Skyline restaurant.

29 April

Travel to Auckland in the morning. On arrival, begin your experience at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Enjoy the vibrant Manaia cultural performance and see the country's finest collection of Māori Taonga (treasures). Next, discover Auckland's fascinating cultural heritage on a guided walk on Maungawhau (Mt Eden), the site of a majestic Pa (fortress) on the edge of the city. Your guide will highlight the archaeological features of this iconic volcanic cone, demonstrate traditional Māori customs and share stories passed from generation to generation that bring Auckland's landscape to life.

30 April

Begin the day with a short ferry cruise across the Waitemata Harbor to one of New Zealand's youngest landforms, the iconic Rangitoto Island, which is linked to one of Auckland's oldest islands, Motutapu. Your hosts will provide a taste of New Zealand's newest multi-day walk - the Rangitoto and Motutapu Haerenga. The afternoon will then take you on a voyage aboard a seafaring double-hulled waka (canoe). Help hoist the sails and man the giant steering oar while learning about the renaissance in celestial navigation and great journeys that have been undertaken in recent times. Enjoy the final evening with dinner in the Britomart Precinct.




Tour are offered complimentary to Travel Classics delegates and include all transport, accommodation, meals and activities as stated on the itinerary. Delegates may choose either one pre-tour or one post-tour.

Partners of Travel Classics delegates are welcome to join this tour at the special rate of US$600. This includes accommodation shared with delegate, transport, meals and activities as outlined on itinerary. This rate is at-cost.

Tour registration deadline is 15 October, and delegates will be advised of their tour assignments by 30 October. Please state your first, second and third choice of tour as capacity is limited to 6 pax per tour.

To register for a tour please download the registration form, fill it in and email to: Yves Gentil, DQMPR,

Please do not make payment until you have received confirmation of your assigned tour in October. After you have been notified of the tour on which you and your partner are confirmed, use the Paypal button below to pay the partner fee.

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