Join up with new friends from FF Oregon's Mid-Willamette Valley on this Journey where you will learn about the history, culture, wildlife, and natural scenery that makes New Zealand so unique!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Whangarei and New Plymouth.

Live With a Local

  • You will be home-hosted by the Whangarei and New Plymouth Friendship Force clubs.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Included is an overnight trip to the Bay of Islands and Waitangi where ambassadors will learn about the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi between Maori & Pakeha in 1840
  • Between hosting weeks, ambassadors will spend three days in Rotorua. There will be an opportunity to look at Whakawerawera Village, a traditional Maori village, and the Maitai Village for a show and the traditional Hangi meal in the evening
  • Visit a back-country sheep station with lunch in the woolshed, followed by a shearing demonstration and talk about the day-to-day running of the Station
The landscape & culture of New Zealand is amazing! - Previous ambassador

Explore the History and Culture of New Zealand with FF Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley

16 Days / 15 Nights Program and Itinerary:

October 12, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Coordinator: Marilyn Peterson, FF of Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Oct. 12, 2019

Ambassadors arrive in Auckland

Check-in for overnight hotel accommodation

Oct. 13, 2019

Ambassadors will be picked up at Auckland accommodation

Visit the Matakohe Kauri Museum

Welcome pot luck meal – we are hoping our Patron, Her Worship the Mayor Sheryl Mai will be present

Oct. 14, 2019

Town & Around Whangarei City & Surrounds

Visit Whangarei Falls, A H Reed Memorial Park (www.wdc.govt.nz)

Canopy walkway with a few large Kauri trees

Town Basin Lunch

Claphams Clocks

Ball Clock

Glass Blowing

Evening non-hosting meal


Oct. 15, 2019

Bay of Islands day

Visit Waitangi & learn about the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi between Maori & Pakeha in 1840

A fabulous tour of The Treaty Grounds, Meeting House, The Governor’s home and a modern museum

Travel by Ferry to Russell, NZ with early NZ history everywhere

Travel to Kaitaia for the night

Oct. 16, 2019

Cape Reinga Tour

Travel by bus along 90 Mile Beach (actually 54 miles)
where you will see many attractions & hear about the history

Arrive at Cape Reinga and visit the lighthouse

Watch the Pacific Ocean & Tasman Sea meet

The Maori believe after death, their spirit travels along pathways back to their homeland of Hawaiki-A-Nui

Return back to Whangarei in the evening

Evening meal at the Kamo Club where hosts will meet ambassadors

Oct. 17, 2019

Visit Kiwi House and learn about NZ’s flightless bird

Quarry Gardens & Paper Mill

Evening Meal between ambassadors & hosts

Oct. 18, 2019

Free Day with hosts

Farewell dinner at Sherwood Golf Club

Oct. 19, 2019

Bus to Rotorua, arriving around noon

Upon arrival, we could get settled in our hotel and then would take a short drive around Rotorua before heading back to the hotel for dinner and relaxing

Oct. 20, 2019

Have a look at Whakawerawera Village

Gondola for Lunch

Maitai Village for a show

Traditional Hangi meal in the evening

Oct. 21, 2019

Depart Rotorua to New Plymouth via the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves

Arrive in the late afternoon by bus

There will be a welcome afternoon tea or light dinner

Oct 22 to 24, 2019

Activities may include:

One-day bus tour around the Mountain to South Taranaki

Visiting Tawhiti Museum with Whalers and Traders. (It has won the Gold Medal Award for NZ)

Visit Opossum and Merino Products shop for some retail therapy time

Visit Cape Egmont lighthouse and see the Taranaki Coast Guard boat

Mayoral Reception one morning in the New Plymouth District Council board room

Visit to a back-country Sheep Station with lunch in the woolshed, followed by a shearing demonstration and talk about the day-to-day running of the Station

A mountain guide (FF member) will lead you on a short walk up on Mt. Egmont/ Taranaki, There will probably be snow up higher but we hopefully won’t be in it

Oct. 25 to 27, 2019

Our Rhododendron Garden Spectacular starts on Friday, October 25th, where, for 10 days, there are around 60-70 gardens open to the public. We will take you to visit some of them

Also, visit the Bowl of Brooklands, like the Hollywood Bowl only better

Visit and tour of Tupare historic home with its 8 acres of beautiful gardens

We will show you some of the oil & gas sites in Taranaki

Enjoy dinners at night with other members in their homes

Ambassadors depart on the 27th


$1850 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, one night at a hotel in Auckland, transportation, one week in Whangarei including a hotel overnight at the northern tip of the North Island, a two-night stay in Rotorua (hotel, transportation, admissions, gondola, Maori Hangi), transportation to New Plymouth for a week-long homestay, and transportation to Auckland airport.


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Know before you go

  • Journey number 15240.
  • October in New Zealand is spring. Layered clothing, sun protection, rain jacket, and walking shoes are a must.
  • Expect to walk 2-3 miles per day. The host clubs have provided mobility forms so that ambassadors know what to expect.
  • Entry requirements for New Zealand changed on July 1. The Journey coordinators will send more specific information upon acceptance for this Journey.
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We would love to have you on this Journey with us.

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Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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