40 Trips To Change Your World
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Spend two weeks in a rugged, diverse landscape. Led by a seasoned naturalist, search for the elusive Brown Kiwi on Stewart Island and trek to Westland National Park—a World Heritage Area covered by vast icefields.
Trip Tip: Watch the waves from the Tasman Sea exploding through Punakaiki's Pancake Rocks at high tide.
Natural Habitat Adventures; 800/543-8917; nathab.com; from $6,395, all-inclusive; January 8-21; February 12-25; March 13-26; November 19-December 2; December 24-January 6, 2009.