Begin your tour in Cairns with an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Traveling on to Alice Springs, embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour and visit fabled Ayers Rock. Enjoy a three-night stay in cosmopolitan Sydney; tour English-accented Christchurch, New Zealand; and spend two nights in New Zealand’s remarkable Mt. Cook National Park. After these explorations, you’ll cruise stunning Milford Sound and discover New Zealand’s “adventure capital,” Queenstown. Experience Maori culture in geothermal Rotorua before your tour concludes in vibrant Auckland. If you wish to spend more time in the “City of Sails,” an optional 3-day/ 2-night post-tour extension is available.
Days 1 & 2: Depart U.S. for Cairns, Australia
Day 3: Arrive in Cairns
Day 4: Cairns / Kuranda
Day 5: Great Barrier Reef
Day 6: Cairns / Alice Springs
Day 7: Alice Springs
Day 8: Alice Springs / Ayers Rock
Day 9: Ayers Rock / Sydney
Day 10: Sydney
Day 11: Sydney
Day 12: Sydney / Christchurch, New Zealand
Day 13: Christchurch / Mt. Cook National Park
Day 14: Mount Cook
Day 15: Mount Cook / Queenstown
Day 16: Milford Sound
Day 17: Queenstown
Day 18: Queenstown / Rotorua
Day 19: Rotorua
Day 20: Rotorua / Auckland
Day 21: Auckland
Day 22: Depart for U.S.
Optional Post-Tour Extension: Auckland
John M. Watanabe received his B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1975, and his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University in 1984. He has taught anthropology at Dartmouth since 1989. He researches and writes on historically Maya peoples in Guatemala and Mexico, and how colonial Latin America and the national societies that subsequently emerged shaped, and were shaped by, such indigenous identities and communities. More broadly, as director of Dartmouth’s foreign study program in New Zealand, he gained firsthand appreciation of Maori culture and history and a wider perspective on the resilience of indigenous identities and traditions in the contemporary world. Similarly, in teaching the anthropology of religion at Dartmouth, he has long lectured on Australian aboriginal kinship and religion. His expertise speaks to fraught issues of tribalized identities and cultural authenticity and appropriation in Australia and New Zealand—and indeed, in the United States. Prof. Watanabe has chaired the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth, served as President of the New England Council of Latin American Studies, and held national fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Michigan Society of Fellows, the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.