Nugget Point Lighthouse

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  • Lighthouse built in 1870

 

Mount John University Observatory

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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)

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  • Observation and telecommunications tower
  • Completed in 1997

 

Geraldine Observatory

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

 

Routeburn Track

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  • World-renowned hiking track

 

Te Awamutu Space Centre

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

 

Marlborough Sounds

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  • 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

 


 

Costs

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