New Zealand

July 19 - 28, 2020

DESCRIPTION

During the Summer of 2020, travel to New Zealand, a Southwestern Pacific Island home to some of the world's most breathtaking vistas. Gain experience in the international classroom by spending time in New Zealand's schools while enjoying all this exotic nation has to offer. Explore sites filmed in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films, journey through a bird sanctuary, or cheer on a rugby match all while earning professional development hours.

Your Amazing Trip Leaders:

Deb Insta

Deb Thibault @dsthib

Elizabeth Ulmer

Limited To 20 Participants

All trips are very flexible. If you want to make some changes, or bring family, contact us and we will help you make the most of your visit! Visit our FAQ page for more information!

  • 20+ hours Professional Development in the renowned New Zealand schools observing and working with teachers
  • 2 Day's of Sightseeing
  • Walking Tour
  • Welcome Reception
  • All Ground Transportation in Wellington Area
  • Hotel stay based on double occupancy (if you prefer a private room for the entire trip there is an additional fee of $800 per person, single occupancy)
  • Background check
  • Bookbag Tours Conclusive Summit Dinner

Itinerary

During the Summer of 2020, travel to New Zealand, a Southwestern Pacific Island home to some of the world's most breathtaking vistas. Gain experience in the international classroom by spending time in New Zealand's schools while enjoying all this exotic nation has to offer. Explore sites filmed in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films, journey through a bird sanctuary, or cheer on a rugby match all while earning professional development hours. Please note that itineraries and schools are subject to change because of school events, school leadership changes, etc.... We will keep you updated when there is a change.

Arrive New Zealand

  • Walking tour and free to explore

day 1

Free day to explore and get acclimated

  • Morning Outing to Weta Cave - Enjoy the incredible creativity on offer at Weta Studio Tours with There and Back Again: The Full Experience – our two most popular tours with return transfers included! Guided from start to finish, you’ll get an incredible insight into Weta Workshop’s creativity for film & television.

day 2

Day 1 in Schools

  • Welcome reception, morning tea, with Kiwi Teachers
  • Afternoon PD
  • Free Evening

day 3

Day 2 in Schools

  • PD Session Two
  • Free Evening

day 4

Day 3 in Schools

  • Summit Cultural Dinner with our new Kiwi Teacher friends

day 5

Day Trips

  • Zealandia - The ultimate way to experience New Zealand's rare and amazing wildlife! Join one of our experienced guides on an engaging and informative walk through the picturesque sanctuary to witness the native wildlife that is once again living on the mainland. With everything in ZEALANDIA living wild, our nature-guru guides will use their knowledge of birdsong, habitats, and local flora to track down even the rarest of our unique animals.

New Zealand has some of the most unique biodiversity and advanced conservation techniques in the world. Soak up the beautiful scenery while learning more about our unique ecological history.

What You Might See:

Kākā | Kākāriki | Takahē | Tuatara | Tīeke/Saddleback | Whitehead | Wētā | Kererū | Hihi | Bellbird

day 6

Day Trip

  • Seal Colony Day Trip - The Wild Wellington Nature Tour is a Half Day tour of Wellington’s extraordinary natural flora and fauna including a visit to Tongue Point Seal colony. The wild forces of nature all collide within Wellington’s dramatic landscape. It is home to mythical beasts, is the source of wondrous legends, and has been ravaged by earthquakes and cyclones.

Before we get to the seals, the tour departs from central Wellington and we travel past some of the city’s most famous icons on our way to the suburb of Karori and soon leave the city limits and drive through a real slice of rural New Zealand.

Enjoy an exhilarating journey through Terawhiti Station to the dramatic Seal Coast south of the city. Home of New Zealand’s most modern wind farm, Terawhiti Station is also a working beef and sheep farm. As we drive through the farm we discuss the history of farming and electricity generation in the area. We will drive you across a live active fault line, over rocky beachfront and around headlands to visit a colony of Wild New Zealand Fur seals. The views on this tour are exceptional – weather permitting, you’ll see the Tasman Sea meet the Pacific Ocean, the tumultuous waters of Cook Strait separating the North and South Islands, and the distant mountain ranges of the South Island.

day 7

Free Day with Optional Side Trips

To be determined

day 8

Free Day with Optional Side Trips

To be determined

day 9

Return Home or continue your journey!

To be determined

day 10