Celebrate friendship in New Zealand as you attend potluck meals, observe local wildlife, learn about the history and industry of the region, and spend plenty of time in the great outdoors!
Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Manawatu and Christchurch.
Live With a Local
- Enjoy making new friends while being home-hosted by the members of FF Manawatu and FF Christchurch.
- Coach House Museum
- Raft trip on the Rangitakei River
- Antarctic Centre
- Akaroa Harbour
- Hanmer Springs
The experiences we had in New Zealand has brought us even closer. I returned with new insights into how New Zealand is moving forward and realising how much the country has to offer. The friendliness we met throughout the country was amazing and one of the many positive things I am sharing. - Ambassador from Sydney, Austalia, April 2016
Manawatu and Christchurch, New Zealand
14 Days / 13 Nights Program and Itinerary:
November 8, 2017 – November 22, 2017
Coordinator: Sandy Throne
All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.
Wednesday, Nov. 8 - Manawatu
Attend an afternoon welcome lunch.
Thursday, November 9 - Manawatu
Visit a rhododendron garden and view the totara trees.
Friday, November 10 - Manawatu
Sale yards tour, lunch in Feilding, and a cow shed visit.
Saturday, November 11 - Manawatu
Brunch breakfast and visit to Coach House Museum.
Sunday, November 12 - Manawatu
Monday, November 13 - Manawatu
Bus trip to Tailhape area, raft trip on the Rangitakei River, and farm visit.
Tuesday, November 14 - Manawatu
Farewell dinner with potluck, teas, and a fish and chips evening in someone’s house.
Wednesday, November 15
Leave for Christchurch.
Meet hosts and attend a welcome dinner.
Thursday, November 16 - Christchurch
Civic Reception International.
Antarctic Centre – Experience the Antarctic without leaving Christchurch.
Friday, November 17 - Christchurch
Visit nearby Akaroa Harbour for eco-tourisim cruise. Akaroa Harbour is the habitat of the world’s rarest and smallest dolphin. Ambassadors are likely to see fur seals, blue penguins, and a variety of seabirds.
Saturday, November 18 - Christchurch
Visit Hanmer Springs for a soak or swim in thermal pools, followed by a winery visit on way home.
Sunday, November 19 - Christchurch
Casual day with hosts.
Monday, November 20 - Christchurch
Farm visit or Maori cultural experience.
Tuesday, November 21 - Christchurch
Casual day with hosts.
Wednesday, November 22 - Christchurch
Depart for private travel.
Know before you go
- November is spring in New Zealand.
- During November, average daily temperatures hit around 16°C (61°F). Comfortable and temperate, the month of November is an ideal time to be in New Zealand.
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.