Overflowing with mysterious beech forests, sparkling rivers, rolling farmland, and snowcapped mountains, New Zealand offers limitless inspiration to all who are lucky enough to visit. Home to the landscapes that inspired Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, this island nation offers stunning vistas and magical features around ever corner.
The Road Less Traveled covers it all. We explore ancient Kauri forests, hike stunning alpine trails, travel through magical glow-worm caves, stay overnight on a Marae, and maybe even get stuck in a sheep-jam or two! We accompany and support each other along the way.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT the road less traveled teen ADVENTURE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM: NEW ZEALAND AOTEAROA
While in New Zealand, we work towards sustainable outcomes and raise awareness about the relationship between the natural and built environments. Spending four days on an organic farm near Hawkes Bay, we experience the serenity of New Zealand’s fertile farmland and lend a hand in the fields to remove invasive nettles. Working alongside our local host and conservation experts, we get our hands dirty removing invasive species, caring for livestock, and discovering the importance of pesticide-free farming. We spend our nights in a modern wool shed, where we cook our farm-fresh meals and share old New Zealand folktales.
In Kaikoura, we spend two nights on a Marae, fulling immersing ourselves in Maori culture. It is impossible to understand New Zealand without understanding Maori, their history, and the challenges and successes they face today. While there, we participate in a traditional Powhiri welcome ceremony, exchange breath with Maori warriors and elders, and share stories of our homelands over tea. We sleep in the Wharenui, a sacred gathering room, alongside the intricate wooden carvings of ancestors and whales, and spend our days exploring the town and scenic hiking trails.
Four four nights and five days, we tramp alongside the rugged south island coastline -- past fur seals, through ancient beech forests, golden sands and glistening waters on one of New Zealand's great treks: Abel Tasman. Carrying our food tents and gear on our backs we experience the best of the South Island while discovering how to preserve the historic trails and endangered wildlife.
My most valuable and significant part of my RLT trip was having the chance to be immersed in the culture and to get to see many different ways of life and people everywhere I went, it really broadened my view of the world," Alyson M., Alum
“I can say, without a shadow of doubt, it was the most amazing experience for her and by far the best activity we have ever found for one of our children. The stories keep coming, and the pride as she recounts how active, task oriented and helpful she felt is tangible!” – Julie Dendle, parent
“I know that if it wasn't for the help of RLT, I wouldn't be the person that I am now and my mindset would've still been the same as it was a year ago.” – Jorge Ochoa, alumni
Interested in hearing more? We have hundreds of alumni families who can tell you more about their RLT experience. Please contact our office at 773-342-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Road Less Traveled is committed to providing exceptional travel experiences for young adults. In 2016, the American Camp Association recognized The Road Less Traveled as the winner of the 2016 Gordie Kaplan Program Excellence award. This ACA award honors outstanding student travel programs and recognizes organizations that develop positive and creative responses to the needs of people and ecosystems across the globe.
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To snorkel and kayak in the world-renowned Poor Knight's Marine Reserve
To wrap your arms around a massive Kauri Tree
To marvel at the mountains on the South Island
Sip tea with Maori Elders, exchange stories, ideas, and cultures
To be inspired by our hosts and conservationists on our farm stay in Hawke's Bay
To experience a traditional Maori welcome ceremony and hongi (exchange breath) with Maori elders
To trek Abel Tasman, one of New Zealand's historic Great Treks
Relax and rejuvinate in New Zealand's thermal hot springs
Ferry across the cook strait, keeping your eyes peeled for whales, fur seals, dolphins, albatross and more
We invite you to start your journey to New Zealand today.