New Zealand by Sea - Milford Sound to Auckland aboard the Caledonian Sky

December 29, 2014–January 11, 2015

NewZealandmountainsWEB.jpgMarvel at the sheer granite walls and tumbling waterfalls of Doubtful and Milford Sounds in Fiordland, a remote and wild region largely unchanged since the days of Captain Cook. Land by Zodiac craft on Stewart Island to hear the strange “ding-dong” call of the bellbird, and observe the rare yellow-eyed penguin at Taiaroa Head. Explore the heartland of Maori culture in Rotorua and visit the stunning Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, which illuminates the history of the native people of New Zealand.

Study Leader Information

Ronald Prinn is the TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Science, Director of the MIT Center for Global Change Science, and Co-Director of the MIT Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change; Lawrence Buell, current research on comparative environmental cultures of the Anglophone world has immersed him in the study of New Zealand’s literature, its history of environmental protection, and its dual heritages as a member of the British Commonwealth and as a bicultural Polynesian nation; John Brady, has co-organized National Science Foundation–funded workshops about teaching mineralogy and petrology, and considers New Zealand’s volcanoes, glaciers, and active faults an ideal classroom for learning about the earth.

Tour Itinerary

For a detailed listing of daily activities during our trip, please click here for the tour brochure.


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