NOLS New Zealand Backpacking

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backpacking on mountain
backpacking on mountain


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.

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Auckland International
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Christchurch International
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Wellington International
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New Zealand has a culture centered around all things outdoor. They have perfected the outdoor lifestyle by embracing the unbeatable scenery, abundance of outdoor adventures, & wildlife -- best seen through a rented camper van. This country is a mecca for thrill seekers and adventurers alike.

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NOLS is a nonprofit global wilderness school that will help you step forward boldly as a leader. We believe that anyone can be a leader; it's our role to provide the environment and training to help you discover your full potential. We do that in...