New Zealand Backpacking

Credit: Fredrik Norrsell

New Zealand Backpacking

This course takes you into the South Island of New Zealand's rugged interior: a land of mountains, rivers, waterfalls, tundra, and forests.

The routes here are demanding, but the rewards are great. Most backcountry travelers in New Zealand stick to the main tramping paths; we leave them behind. You'll see few people as you explore the islands tangled forests and cruise its rocky tops.

The length of this course allows you time to delve into New Zealand's unique natural history. You'll encounter plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth: strange trees that look like they're straight out of Dr. Seuss' imagination, and large mountain parrots that live high in alpine zones.

You can expect challenging travel and to learn the skills required to travel safely and comfortably in this environment, skills that will serve you later in life wherever you may go.



2019 Dates

Feb. 14 – March 15, 2019

Tuition: $7,315
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30 days

Minimum Age

18 yrs.

Academic Credit

6 College Credits
  • 2 Skills Practicum
  • 2 Leadership Techniques
  • 2 Environmental Studies

1.50 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 0.50 Physical Education
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Aniseed Valley, New Zealand

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Nelson, New Zealand

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