Paddlers are you READY...
2023 | IBCPC Participatory
DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
Lake Karapiro, New Zealand
APRIL 8-17, 2023
Join us on a journey of a lifetime...
PADDLE WITH YOUR TEAM IN NEW ZEALAND
Haere mai! Welcome to New Zealand! Join fellow Breast Cancer Survivors from around the world in the 2023 Participatory International Breast Cancer Paddlers’ Commission Dragon Boat Festival. Take in the breathtaking landscapes and welcoming kiwi culture while you spend a week on the North Island paddling on Lake Karapiro. Together with your teammates and friends, experience the magic of the island both on the water and off. Walk in the footsteps of Bilbo Baggins at Hobbiton, take in the serene beauty of the Bay of Plenty, meet the unique kiwi bird, witness an active geyser, marvel at the glowworm caves, and experience traditional Maori culture and cuisine, all organized to align with your team's race schedule. Additionally, when the IBCPC Dragon Boat Festival concludes, consider extending your time in New Zealand by traveling to the South Island to explore the dramatic landscapes of the Southern Alps with friends.
learn the lingo | KIA ORA
although the word is only small, the meaning is great...
APRIL 8-17, 2023 || with options to extend
DAY 1 | SATURDAY, APRIL 8
DAY 2 | SUNDAY, APRIL 9
DAY 3 | MONDAY, APRIL 10
WELCOME TO NEW ZEALAND || HOTEL CHECK-IN
DAY 4 | TUESDAY, APRIL 11
REGISTRATION + PRACTICE || HAMILTON || WELCOME DINNER
DAY 5 | WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12
ROTORUA EXCURSION || MAORI VILLAGE + DINNER
DAY 6 | THURSDAY, APRIL 13
FREE DAY || TAURANGA OR ROTORUA
DAY 7 | FRIDAY, APRIL 14
PRACTICE || HOBBITON || OPENING CEREMONY + PARADE
DAY 8 | SATURDAY, APRIL 15
RACE DAY ONE || EVENING AT LEISURE
DAY 9 | SUNDAY, APRIL 16
RACE DAY TWO || SANDY SMITH RACE || CLOSING CEREMONY
DAY 10 | MONDAY, APRIL 17
DEPARTURE || SOUTH ISLAND EXTENSION
All packages with American Expeditions include the following:
LOCAL GUIDES & ENTRANCES
DIRECTOR'S COMPLIMENTARY TRAVEL
TRAVELER’S RESOURCE WEBSITE
WEB PAYMENT SYSTEM
Packages listed are first-come-first-serve. We recommend that you confirm your tour as early as possible with a registration form and a team deposit of $175-359* per room. *based on your accommodation selection
All packages below are based on a minimum of 30 travelers in double occupancy; see single supplement pricing if you wish to occupy a room solo. Airfare will open 11 months prior to departure and a group air option will be added at that time.