Join us for this 16-day tour of the best of New Zealand, including both the North and South Islands.

Begin your journey in the volcanic hills of Auckland, and continue on to Rotorua, the center of Maori culture, followed by art deco Napier and the capital city of Wellington. On the South Island, visit New Zealand’s “Garden City,” Christchurch, then travel to the west coast via the scenic TranzAlpine train. Experience the magnificent natural beauty of Franz Josef Glacier, and end with three nights in dramatic Queenstown. Throughout your trip, sample the authentic regional cuisine, including wine from both islands.

Trip Scholar

Mark Westneat

Mark Westneat is a professor of organismal biology and anatomy, a member of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, and the director of graduate studies for the integrative biology program at the University of Chicago. He is also a research associate in zoology at the Field Museum of Natural History. Westneat’s research program focuses on marine and freshwater fishes; the assessment and conservation of coral reef fishes; the biomechanics of feeding, locomotion, and respiration in animals ranging from insects to fishes to birds; and the synthesis of evolutionary trees with biomechanical traits to better understand evolution. His research interests range from biomechanics and functional morphology to phylogenetic systematics and evolutionary patterns in the tree of life.