Explore the natural and cultural highlights of New Zealand's North and South Islands, including magnificent landscapes and geological features, meetings with the "Kiwi" people, and visits to museums and wineries. 

Starting at: $7,174 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, and the Remarkables  Typical New Zealand landscape with sheep grazing  Wines of New Zealand. Credit: Chris McLennan/Tourism New Zealand  The city of Auckland. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  Maori artist working on traditional carving. Credit: Eric Lindberg/Tourism New Zealand  Traditional Maori meeting house  Young Maori woman with traditional Moko tattoos. Credit: James Heremaia/Tourism New Zealand  Rotorua's Te Puia. Credit: Eric Lindberg/Tourism New Zealand  Geothermal field with spouting geysers, Rotorua. Credit: Chris McLennan/Tourism New Zealand  Geothermal area, Rotorua. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  The New Zealand Kiwi  Tasting cafe in Wellington. Credit: Tourism New Zealand  The Rose Garden at the Botanical Gardens, Christchurch  Looking out over Queenstown Credit: Chris Sisarich/Tourism New Zealand  View of the dramatic Doubtful Sound  View of Doubtful Sound from the water  Waterfalls in Fiordland National Park  Panoramic view of Queenstown  The excitement of the Shotover Jet, near Queenstown. Credit: Tourism New Zealand

Journey Through New Zealand

From Auckland to Queenstown

16 days from $7,174 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Explore the natural and cultural highlights of New Zealand's North and South Islands, including magnificent landscapes and geological features, meetings with the "Kiwi" people, and visits to museums and wineries. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Nov 30 - Dec 15, 2017 Departure
Jim Zimbelman

Jim Zimbelman

Join Jim Zimbelman on the Smithsonian Associates program – Niagara Falls

Dr. Jim Zimbelman is a planetary geologist at the Smithsonian’'s National Air and Space Museum where he has served as the chairman of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. He has expertise in physics and mathematics (B.A.), geophysics and space physics (M.S. University of California at Los Angeles), as well as geology (Ph.D. Arizona State University). Jim was co-editor of the book Environmental Effects on Volcanic Eruptions: From Deep Oceans to Deep Space,” co-author of Dunes Worlds and has written more than 90 papers and maps for various peer-reviewed scientific journals and books. Over the past 28 years at NASM, he has been involved in the analysis of high-resolution spacecraft imaging and geophysical data of the Earth and terrestrial planets, geologic mapping of Mars and Venus, and other geologic studies of terrestrial planets.

Feb 15 - Mar 2, 2018 Departure
Kirt Kempter

Kirt Kempter

Kirt Kempter is a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted his dissertation research on Rincón de la Vieja volcano in Costa Rica. For the past 11 years, Kirt has worked for the New Mexico STATEMAP program, studying the geologic history of northern New Mexico. Kirt is also an instructor for the NASA astronaut training program, teaching NASA’'s 2009 astronaut candidates geologic mapping techniques in northern New Mexico. Since 1993, Kirt has led numerous journeys for the Smithsonian Institution, from Iceland to Antarctica.

Mar 22 - Apr 6, 2018 Departure
Don Wilson

Don Wilson

Don Wilson is Curator Emeritus of Mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and was named senior scientist in January 2000. Don was director of the Smithsonian'’s Biodiversity Programs for ten years. A distinguished mammalogist and an internationally recognized authority on bats, he earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico. He is the author of over 240 scientific publications and 25 books, including the highly acclaimed Series Handbook of Mammals of the World. For the last 40 years, his work has taken him around the world conducting field work and research. He has led tours for Smithsonian Journeys to most of the world’'s greatest natural history destinations, from Antarctica to Africa. Don loves to share his passion for the natural world, and his easygoing nature, sense of humor, and excellent presentations have earned him much praise and a loyal following from Smithsonian travelers.

Apr 26 - May 11, 2018 Departure
William  Leeman

William Leeman

Bill Leeman received his Ph. D. in geology from University of Oregon in 1974. Following post-graduate research fellowships with the U.S. Geological Survey (1977), and Oregon State University (1978-79), he joined the faculty of the Department of Earth Science, Rice University (1979-2005), where he focused on volcanology, igneous petrology, geochemistry, geologic hazards, and environmental studies.  Bill's primary research areas include volcanology and tectonics of the western U.S., with major projects in the Cascades Volcanic Arc, the Snake River Plain-Yellowstone volcanic belt, and the Basin and Range Province.  He has also studied volcanoes in Alaska, Chile, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, Italy, New Zealand and more.  After retiring from Rice University as Professor Emeritus, Bill joined the National Science Foundation where he managed a research program in Petrology and Geochemistry. In 2012, Bill retired from government service to move to Santa Fe, where he continues work on research and writing projects.