From tidy English gardens and untamed wilderness to rich indigenous culture and bubbling volcanic mud pots, New Zealand is a spectacular country of striking contrasts.
Begin your New Year with this exclusive, one-of-a-kind opportunity! Cruise from Auckland on the North Island to world-famous Milford Sound on the South Island aboard the Caledonian Sky in the company of our distinguished study leader David Huebner '82 S80, former ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. Delve into New Zealand’s indigenous Maori and Polynesian cultures at the Auckland Museum; explore the heartland of Maori culture near Rotorua, known for its geothermal activity; and visit the stunning Te Papa Tongarewa Museum, which brings to life the history of the native people of New Zealand in Wellington.
Cruise across Cook Strait to Ship Cove, where Captain Cook anchored in 1770, to explore islands and inlets that are home to rare indigenous birds. Visit the Canterbury Museum's Hall of Antarctic Discovery in Christchurch; observe the spectacularly graceful albatrosses at the Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head; and marvel at the sheer granite walls and tumbling waterfalls of Doubtful and Milford Sounds in Fiordland.
About the Study Leader
David Huebner '82 S80, former United States Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa (2009-2014) will serve as our Study Leader for this journey. Ambassador Huebner is an independent international arbitrator based in Los Angeles. Previously he held senior positions in the Asia Pacific region, including chairman & CEO of a large international law firm, founding chief representative of a firm in Shanghai and policy adviser to a member of Japan's National Diet.
As Ambassador, he was honored for innovative statecraft, social media communication, bilateral security work, science & technology cooperation efforts and whole-of-society outreach. He was the first openly LGBT person confirmed as Ambassador by the Senate, and the Smithsonian Institution has taken certain of his papers and artifacts into its permanent collection of American history. Huebner is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Distinguished Fellow of the Auckland University of Technology's Faculty of Business and Law, licensed solicitor in England & Wales and member of the Bars of CA, NY and DC.
A 1982 summa cum graduate from Princeton, he also holds his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. Huebner's husband of 28 years and fellow Princetonian, Dr. Duane McWaine '80, will be another special addition to this adventure.