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Travel, Former Cultural Studies

New Zealand Culture, Exploration and Sailing Expedition

 

Who are the indigenous people in New Zealand? What traditions do they have and how do they celebrate? What is a Kiwi? What does Kia Ora and Aotearoa mean? These and many other questions will be explored and discussed in this culture subject and during our preparations for the trip to New Zealand. The official language of New Zealand is English and it is a country with an extremely exciting history.

 

New Zealand offers stunning nature, fantastic climate and ever-changing landscapes. The people in New Zealand are very hospitable and forthcoming, the weather is amazing and all things considered, the country is very safe for tourists. For example there are no dangerous animals or insects.

 

New Zealand is primarily made up of two large islands, the northern island and the southern island. Both islands offer a varied culture and especially the nature is very varied and diverse. The southern island consists of a through-going mountain range, known as "the southern Alps" with mountain peaks as high as 4.000 meters, deep bays, rain forests, gletchers, white sand beaches and a fantastic scenery. The central part of the northern island is very open and rough with distinct signs of the constant movement of the tectonic plates in the underground. Along the green coasts of the northern island you will find the primary profession of New Zealand - agriculture. During our trip we will experience the ever-changing and rough nature as well as both cultures up close. We are going to meet local Maori tribes and the "modern" New Zealander, also known as Kiwis. We will experience much of what New Zealand is known for, e.g. rugby, sailing, agriculture, river rafting, trekking, kayak sailing in Abel Tasman National Park and maybe you even have the courage to try bungee jumping.

 

The trip

Even though New Zealand is a very safe country for tourists and even though everyone speaks English, there are many interesting cultural differences and things for us to experience on the other side of the Earth.

 

The indigenous people, the Maoris came from the Polynesian islands more than 1000 years ago and they named the country "Aotearoa" - the land of the long white cloud.

 

Before the trip we will be investigating the Maori culture and the Kiwi culture. Apart from being a fruit and a non-flying endangered bird, a Kiwi is also a loving nickname for a person from New Zealand. We are going to try and understand the differences and challenges that exist between the two cultures.

 

Isolated in the Pacific

New Zealand has a population of approx. the same size as Denmark, but the isolation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with Antarctica to the south, Australia to the west and the Polynesian islands to the north and east, has proven to be an innovative driving and entrepreneurial force for the New Zealand culture.

 

The northern island and the southern island are about 1.000 km. each from top to bottom and even though the roads are good, longer travel times than on the european highways are to be expected.

 

Since we only have 12 days to explore New Zealand's culture and nature, the trip has to be carefully planned. In previous years, this has been a cultural roadtrip in New Zealand, where we have visited either the southern, the northern or both islands.

 

New Zealand Sailing Expedition

Previously we have been sailing with Americas Cup sailboats in Auckland harbour, which was a huge experience for everyone. We now have a partnership with the New Zealand Sailing Trust which gives us a unique possibility of sailing 3-5 days with the iconic sailboat Steinlager II in the Hauraki Gulf north of Auckland.

 

Since sailing is one of our most popular profile subjects, we would like to combine a culture trip with sailing in a country where sailing is a big part of the culture. Because sailing is so popular we expect large interest in this trip, and since there are only a total of 22 spaces onboard, you have to be quick as soon as we open up for sign-ups.

 

Teachers

Mick Johns
mij@ranumefterskole.dk

Michael Falkenberg
mfl@ranumefterskole.dk

 

Terms and economy

Self-payment  app. 13.500 DKK.

+ possibly a collective cancellation insurance - 350 DKK. Visa included, if you have a danish passport.

Pocket money: Approx. 500-1.000 DKK. recommended

 

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