Cruise both North and South Islands of New Zealand aboard the Caledonian Sky, December 29, 2014 – January 11, 2015.

According to Maori legend, New Zealand was fished from the sea by the clever Polynesian demigod, Maui. The North Island is known as Maui's fish and the South Island, Maui's canoe. Join your fellow Princetonians in discovering both — fittingly by sea — over the new year holiday.

Cruise from the South Island's stunning Milford Sound to cosmopolitan Auckland in the North aboard the Caledonian Sky, an ideal vessel for exploring New Zealand's islands, fiords, and craggy coastline. Get a front row seat to the natural beauty for which New Zealand is known and marvel at the aptly-named Remarkables range, glacial fjords and volcanic mud pots. The cultural elements that make up New Zealand today are nearly as varied and as rich as the natural ones. Explore the heartland of Maori culture in Rotorua and visit the stunning Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, which illuminates the history of the native people of New Zealand, and understand New Zealand's economic realities with a visit to a working sheep station and visits to the business centers along the coast.

A post-cruise extension to Sydney, Australia, will be available (1/11-14).

Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined on this Journey by travelers from Harvard, MIT and Smith.

About the Study Leaders

Lawrence Buell '61, the Powell M. Cabot Research Professor of American Literature at Harvard University; Ronald Prinn, the TEPCO Professor of Atmospheric Science, Director of the MIT Center for Global Change Science, and Co-Director of the MIT Joint Program on Science and Policy of Global Change, and John Brady, the Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Geosciences at Smith College, will serve as the academic team for this Journey.

Professor Buell has taught the literatures and cultural history of the English-speaking world for more than half a century, and has been at Harvard since 1990. His current research on comparative environmental cultures of the Anglophone world has immersed him in the study of New Zealand's literature, its history of environmental protection and its dual heritages as a member of the British Commonwealth and as a bicultural Polynesian nation. He received his A.B. from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Cornell, both in English.

Ronald Prinn will discuss aspects of climate change both in the U.S. and in New Zealand, his native country. He has been teaching and doing research at MIT for 42 years, having joined the faculty immediately after completing his ScD in MIT's Department of Chemistry in 1971. His current research focuses on the chemistry, physics and dynamics of the climate system and the linkages between economics, technology, policy, climate processes and ecosystems that drive global change.

John Brady has taught geology at Smith since 1975, following graduate work at Harvard. His research interests range from the evolution of metamorphic rocks in Montana and Greece to atomic diffusion measurements — "cooking rocks" — in the experimental petrology lab. His hands-on, inquiry-based activities that help students learn complex concepts have led to his co-organizing National Science Foundation–funded workshops about teaching mineralogy and petrology. Professor Brady, whose favorite place to teach is among the landscapes and rocks that provide clues to the past, considers New Zealand's volcanoes, glaciers and active faults an ideal classroom for learning about the earth.


Trip Details

  • Dates: December 29, 2014 – January 11, 2015
  • Cost: From $8,990 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Criterion Travel

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