Nugget Point Lighthouse


  • Lighthouse built in 1870


Mount John University Observatory


  • Astronomical research observatory established in 1965
  • In 2008, the observatory discovered the smallest planet outside of our Solar System, MOA-2007-BLG-192Lb
  • The planet is 3000 light years from Earth


Tongariro National Park


  • Oldest national park in New Zealand
  • Fourth national park established in the world
  • Active volcanic mountains are located in the center of the park
  • There are a number of Māori religious sites within the park’s summits
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site


Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa


  • National museum of New Zealand
  • #19 of the top 25 museums in the world
  • Emphasizes New Zealand’s deep ancestral links to Māori and New Zealand’s cultural treasures
  • The museum recognizes the partnership that was created by the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840
  • Opened in 1998


Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park


  • New Zealand’s highest mountain and Aoraki/Mount Cook Village lie within the park
  • Most of the park is alpine terrain
  • Established in 1887
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site


Mount Aspiring National Park


  • The highest mountain the park, Mount Aspirijng / Tititea has an elevation of 9,951 ft
  • Established in 1964
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site


Fiordland National Park


  • Formed during a cooler past, when glaciers carved many deep fiords
  • Retreat of the glaciers after the ice age left behind U-shaped valleys with sharp cliffs
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site


Sky Tower (Auckland)


  • Observation and telecommunications tower
  • Completed in 1997


Geraldine Observatory


  • Small observatory with a large telescope used for observing supernovas (exploding stars)


Routeburn Track


  • World-renowned hiking track


Te Awamutu Space Centre


  • Exhibits informational displays about space and astronomy with a collection of artifacts
  • Includes telescopes, including a daytime solar telescope


Marlborough Sounds


  • Sea-drowned valleys created by a combination of earth’s surface shifting downward relative to sea level and rising sea levels
  • Extensively travelled and partly inhabited by Māori groups before the coming of the Europeans
  • The Māori used the sounds as shelter from bad weather, as well as a place to collect rich food sources




all flights $1,958

food $39/day x 16 days = $624

hotel $43/day x 13 days = $559

tickets (all attractions) $151

TOTAL for whole itinerary $3,292