2011 marks Rustic Pathways' eighteenth year of operation in New Zealand. Known as the adventure capital of the world, New Zealand offers visitors a multitude of exciting outdoor experiences, including exceptional skiing and snowboarding in the months of July and August. Rustic Pathways runs service and adventure programs for student groups year- round in New Zealand.
All New Zealand programs start and finish in New Zealand. Rustic Pathways Travel offers competitive quotes on airfares. Please see rusticpathways.com.au/flights for complete information about air travel. Our New Zealand programs connect seamlessly and can also be combined with most of our trips in Australia and The Fiji Islands.
Population: 4 million
Capital City: Wellington
Currency: NZ Dollar - 1 Aussie dollar buys about 1.28 NZ dollars (as of Nov 2010)
Languages: English and Maori
Mount Cook: spectacular mountain famous for mountaineering
Milford Sound: one of the world's most amazing bodies of water
Queenstown: the Adventure Capital of the World
To have a yack: To have a conversation with a friend, to talk or chat
Aotearoa: Maori for New Zealand, which means "land of the long white cloud"
Kia ora: Welcome, a common greeting done before rubbing noses
Get off the grass: Exclamation of disbelief - equivalent to "stop pulling my leg"
The Kiwi is the national bird of New Zealand, which is also how the term 'Kiwi' came to be a popular nickname for local New Zealanders. Most recently made famous as the set- ting for The Lord of the Rings, New Zealand is a frequent stop for movie-makers and a favourite destination for travellers seeking a pristine environment, a friendly and open- hearted culture and a backdrop of natural wonders. If you are an outdoors person, then New Zealand should be one of your top choices of places to visit. The Milford and Routeburn Tracks are two of the most famous walks in the Southern Hemisphere. Rugged mountains fall to rich, fertile plains laced with rivers. If you are a bungy enthusiast, you can thank New Zealand for the invention of the sport. Sir Edmund Hillary - a Kiwi hero - and his mountaineering partner Tenzing Norgay were the first known men to summit Everest. The country still breeds many great mountaineers. New Zealand is also home to some of the shortest ski-lift lines in the world, and once you visit this country, you'll want to come back time and time again.