New Zealand

Experience, Discover, Adventure: New Zealand




This trip is about exploring a country like no other! For 24 days you will travel the south island of New Zealand, a land of fire and ice. You will explore a landscape of ice-capped peaks, volcanoes, temperate rain forests, coastal fjords, and vast glaciers. New Zealand's diverse landscapes and outdoor opportunities make it an ideal location for the adventure of a lifetime.


Queenstown- In short, Queenstown, New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world; the home of the bungy jump, and a heap of other adventure activities. Queenstown is situated on the shores of the picturesque Lake Wakatipu and framed by the awe-inspiring beauty of the Remarkable Peaks. While in Queenstown you will be provided with the opportunity to choose your own adventure. Each participant will be able to choose from one of the following activities: whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, canyon swing, paragliding or sky diving. The cost is already included in the trip price!

Mt. Aspiring National Park- From jagged alpine peaks to lush river valleys, Mt. Aspiring boasts an incredible variety of scenery. The park also contains more than 100 glaciers and mountain ranges with peaks higher than 10,000 ft. Here, we'll backpack the Routerburn/Caples Track, which is rated one of the 10 best treks in the world by Lonely Planet.

Fiordland National Park- Fiordland is the largest and most famous national park in New Zealand, and one of the largest national parks in the world. This World Heritage Area features 14 of New Zealand's most beautiful fjords and the country's best waterfalls. Participants will spend a day kayaking amongst 5000-foot rainforest-covered mountains that drop into Milford Sound, which is knows as one of the world's greatest natural wonders.

Westland National Park- Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier, linked by Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, the tallest mountains in New Zealand, provide the stunning backdrop to the village of Fox Glacier. This is a true introduction to the small-town New Zealand lifestyle, with outdoor activities at your doorstep. We'll experience a breathtaking hike on the glacier, visit nearby Lake Matheson, camp at Gillespies Beach, hike to Welcome Flat Hot Springs and volunteer for a day of service.

Abel Tasman National Park- Abel Tasman offers the splendors of one of New Zealand's most beautiful and unique coastal regions. Located in the northwest corner of the South Island, this National Park is highlighted by spectacular lagoons and an abundance of marine life. You will get a chance to explore the unparalleled qualities of crystal blue waters, golden sand beaches, and lush green forests of the New Zealand coastline during our multi-day paddling experience in the park.

Christchurch- Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island. We'll end out trip here exploring Cathedral Square, the Botanical gardens, and taking a bike ride from the top of the Christchurch Gondola.


Backpacking- Backpacking into the New Zealand backcountry will be a highlight of our adventure down under. Trip participants will spend five days backpacking the Routeburn & Caples Tracks through Mt. Aspiring National Park and 2 days hiking the Copland Track in Westland National Park. The backpacking experience will include a combination of tent camping and hut-to-hut travel.

Adventure Activities Queenstown- Choices await you in Queenstown. Pick from jumping out of a plane at 9,000 feet, bungy jumping, paragliding, canyon swinging or getting wet and wild as you take on the rapids whitewater rafting.

Sea Kayaking-Sea kayaking is the natural way to experience the essential spirit of this stunning, primeval wilderness. Explore the wilderness in our kayaks, working with nature, and becoming a part of the sea and landscape. First, we'll spend a day kayaking Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park. After our warm up on Milford Sound, participants will the spend four days in a kayak cruising in and out of estuaries, sheltered bays, lagoons and camping on the golden sand beaches of Abel Tasman National Park.

Rock Climbing Wanaka- Spend a full day rock climbing the Matukituki Valley on the edge of Mount Aspiring National Park and Lake Wanaka. Perfect for the beginner or the experienced climber.

Glacier Travel- Participants will walk on one of the world's most unique glaciers. Fox Glacier Alpine Guides will provide an excellent informational experience. At 13kms, Fox Glacier is the longest of the awe-inspiring New Zealand West Coast glaciers. At its head, soaring peaks of over 10,000ft dominate the vista. This mighty moving river of ice falls over 8,000ft on its journey from the base of the Southern Alps to the West Coast. New Zealand's West Coast glaciers are unique and probably the most accessible glaciers in the world, as they dissipate amongst temperate rainforest just 250m above sea level. So special is this mountain environment that it forms part of the South Westland World Heritage Area.

Volunteer Experience- We'll spend one day giving back to a country that has given us so much. A Department of Conservation ranger put us to work while educating us on the endangered species and environmental challenges of New Zealand. After a day of hard work, you'll feel good about what you accomplished and what you now know.

Natural Hot Springs- Hike the Copland Track to Welcome Flat Hot Springs, which were voted the 3rd best hot springs in all of New Zealand. Spend a relaxing evening soaking in the natural hot pool while taking in the fantastic scenery.

Biking in Christchurch- Biking in the Port Hills area off the Christchurch Gondola offers riders a scenic cycle route. This activity is a perfect way to finish off the trip.

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The trip requires that you be physically able to complete the activities outlined in the program. Previous experience in the adventure activities is NOT required; however you must be physically fit.


All the equipment needed for camping and adventure activities will be provided. Participants must provide their personal clothing and other personal items. There will be no additional fee for the use of university equipment.


Preference will be given to UW-Stout students.  All participants must be students or faculty/staff members and US Citizens.  Participants are responsible for obtaining a passport prior to departure.  

Trip Costs:

The current cost is $4,045, which includes airfare, lodging/camping, ground transportation, equipment, trip leaders, adventure activities and food (while camping).

Trip costs based on the current exchange rate and airline fuel surcharge fees.  Participants must agree to pay additional fees (not to exceed $200) if exchange rates and airline fuel surcharge fees rise prior to October 14, 2011.  The trip runs on a not-for-profit model.

Registration Information:

Registration begins April 11, 2011 and ends October 1, 2011.  All participants must register in person at Stout Adventures (56 Sports & Fitness Center).  Register early, as only 10 spots are available!

Payment Schedule:

$500 non-refundable deposit due at time of registration.

Remaining balance due within 90 days or by October 14, 2011 (whichever come first)

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations before October 14, 2011 forfeit the $500 non-refundable deposit

Cancellations after October 14, 2011 forfeit all costs

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting Dates:

Tuesday, December 6 and Wednesday, December 14 from 7-10pm


Informational Meetings

Tuesday, April 19th, 6-7pm, SFC 217F

Wednesday, April 27th, 7-8pm, SFC 217F

Tuesday, May 10th, 7-8pm, SFC 247A


Jeffrey Keenan @ 715-232-5316 or

New Zealand Accolades

World’s Top Destinations for 2011: New Zealand

Top Destinations for 2011: New Zealand
-USA Today/

Ten Great Adventure Travel Destinations for 2011: New Zealand

10 Best Treks in the World: Routeburn Track, New Zealand
-Lonely Planet

The Worlds Top Ten Hiking Towns: Queenstown, New Zealand
-Matador Sports

The Most Beautiful Lakes in the World: Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
-Lonely Planet

World Most Beautiful Lakes: Lake Matheson, New Zealand
-Yahoo Travel

Top 10 Outdoor & Adventure Destinations in the World: #1 Queenstown, New Zealand
-Trip Advisor

The Worlds Greatest Natural Wonders: Milford Sound, New Zealand
-Lonely Planet

#2 Destination in the World: New Zealand
-Lonely Planet (2007)

Favorite Country in the World
-Conde Nast Traveller (2008)


100% Pure New Zealand

Adrenaline Queenstown

Dave Letterman’s NZ Top Ten