Do you want to get your adrenaline pumping across the ditch? Embark on an exciting adventure to explore New Zealand’s North Island! Break out of your comfort zone and go zorbing, white water rafting, bungee jumping and caving. Phew! Want more? We’ll learn about and embrace the local Maori culture and travel to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations. Get ready to get your adventure on.
- Explore beautiful caves and get up close and personal with glow worms!
- Tick Zorbing off your bucket list!
- Bungee jump (if you dare!)
- Race down luge tracks.
- Hike through some of the most amazing scenery in the world.
- Send it down the Kaituna Tiver as you go white water rafting!
- Embrace the local culture.
- Give back and contribute to a community service project.
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) each day in New Zealand
- Quad-share accommodation
- Your own Schoolies Leader!
- Private transportation for the duration of the trip
- All activities listed in itinerary (except those labelled "optional")
- 24/7 support in New Zealand from Infuse Travel
- Evacuation cover, medical advice and travel assistance from International SOS
- One Infuse Travel t-shirt
- Pre-departure package with luggage tag, stickers, and country information
Day by Day
Day 1: Welcome to New Zealand!
Fly into Auckland meet your Schoolies Reimagined leaders who will be with you for the entire trip! Head to the accomodation in the city and rest up after you trip. Join the group for an orientation discussion about the week ahead and an introduction to the local culture. For the first night we'll adventure out to Sky Tower, (the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere!) and take an optional SkyJump or SkyWalk high above the city lights. End your first day in New Zealand at Mount Eden and admire the stunning Auckland skyline.
Day 2: Explore Hidden Valley Cave and Thermal Parks
Day 2! Today we'll explore an epic volcanic world. Think hot springs and bubbling mud pools. Wander through the beautiful Hidden Valley and visit the thermal Ruatapu Cave which extends more than 36 meters down to the "Pool of Mirrors!" Marvel at the boiling hot springs and vibrant colours all around you as you take a nature bush walk through this untouched geothermal paradise.
Day 3: Bungee Jumping or Skydiving
Today is flexible to allow everyone to take advantage of the many awesome activities offered around Taupo! For the super brave, tick an item off your bucket list by going bungee jumping of skydiving! Explore the city of Taupo or enjoy a hike with your group around the lake. Take a relaxing dip in the natural hot springs that run down along the river before driving to Rotorua in the afternoon.
Day 4: Zorb, Agrojet, and Swoop!
IT'S ADVENTURE DAY. Flip head-over-heels on a Zorb ride! Race down the luge adventure track, then take your pick from the range of awesome options such a jet-boating. At night, stroll through the beautiful Redwood forest and take in the spectacular lighting display as you walk the elevated skywalk.
Day 5: Whitewater Rafting
After a big breakfast this morning, take on the mighty Kaituna River! See the highest raft-able waterfall in the world. Raft through class 3 and class 4 rapids while enjoying the canyons and rainforest above the river. It's a breathtaking place! This afternoon, you’ll travel towards Mt Maunganui and prepare for cultural immersion.
Overnight: Maori Marae
Days 6-7: Maori Culture and Service
Explore the Bay of Plenty and get to know some of the local people as you explore this beautiful part of New Zealand. This area is well known for pristine white sand beaches, ancient rainforests and friendly locals. We have a great network of friends in this region who are excited to share their local area with you. You’ll be welcomed into a local Maori tribe, stay at their Marae and spend time for the next two days learning about their culture, history and traditions. You’ll have the chance to join in some local service work, as well as explore the beaches and hiking trails.
Overnight: Maori Marae
Day 8: Explore Waitomo Caves and Blackwater Rafting
Travel through rolling green hills and spot hundreds (or thousands) of sheep! Venture underground for an exhilarating caving experience that blends climbing, tramping and floating through a unique underground river system. Lower yourself into a sinkhole to see the awesome limestone and experience the adrenaline rush as you clamber and slide through small squeezes, jump into the black water-filled abyss, and scramble up waterfalls.
You’ll return to Auckland this afternoon after you caving adventure. Your trip is almost complete! Head out to dinner and share your favourite memories of this journey. Overnight: Auckland Hostel
Day 9: Goodbye, New Zealand!
Duck into the city for some final shopping and grab a bite with your mates. You'll fly home with new friends and your first post-school journey under the belt!
Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer!
- New Zealand is the first country to see the sunrise
- First country to give women the vote in 1893
- There are 9 sheep to 1 person living in New Zealand
- New Zealand has more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the world.
- There are no snakes in New Zealand. None!
- New Zealand has won more Olympic gold medals per capita, than any other country.
- Kia ora - Hello
- Morena - Good morning
- Kei te pēhea koe? - How’s it going?
- Kei te pai - Good
- Tino pai - Really good
- Ka kite anō - See you later
- Haere rā - Goodbye
- Tēnā koe – Thank you
- As well as being used as a greeting, kia ora is also a general expression of appreciation.
Good to Know
- Languages spoken are English and Māori
- New Zealand have their own currency, the NZ dollar
Australian citizens do not need a visa to visit our little sister country. On arrival into New Zealand, immigration will issue Australian citizens with a tourist visa for entry into the county. No prior arrangements for Australian citizens are needed.
Participants will not be accompanied by a flight leader. Our program staff will greet participants when they arrive at Auckland Airport in New Zealand. However, there will be a suggested flight route so students can fly together if they choose to.
Auckland, New Zealand is a short flight across the ditch. From any of the major cities on the east coast it won’t take you longer than 3.5 hours. That’s half the time to get to Perth how cray cray!!
The start date listed is when you need to be in New Zealand and the departure date listed is the date you will depart New Zealand.
This epic adventure takes you on a road trip through the North Island of New Zealand. Stopping in Auckland, the Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taupo and Waitomo.
Each of our epic program leaders are certified in First Aid and CPR. Majority of them are actually certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Wilderness EMTs, or Life Guards.
Schoolies Reimagined maintains a minimum of 1 Program Leader for every 7 participants.
Schoolies Reimagined uses sterilization techniques to ensure that all drinking water for participants is potable and safe to drink. We ask participants to bring reusable water bottles in order to reduce plastic usage.
Travellers are allowed to bring phones on their Schoolies Reimagined program, but we recommend taking the challenge and disconnecting for a few weeks. We will communicate with parents with a safe arrival email and any other communication if necessary.
New Zealand operates at 240 V and uses plug I, the same as in Australia.
The weather is an average of 20 – 25 degrees Celsius. Very similar to an Australian Spring.
Majority of the trip you will be staying in bunk style accommodation in local hostels. Schoolies Reimagined travellers will never share a room with members of the public or the opposite sex.
The food in New Zealand is very similar to Australia, they are also very multicultural so they is a huge variety of cuisines to try. Traditionally, Māori cooked in a pit under the ground in ovens called ‘hangi’. In traditional hangi cooking, food such as fish and chicken, and root vegetables such as kumara (sweet potato), are cooked in a pit dug in the ground and it’s so dam good !!! (drool face). Ohh and don’t forget to try LnP and Pineapple Lumps.
Bathrooms are western style toilets with running water throughout New Zealand.
Safe arrival emails will be sent out when participants settle in country. Participants will have the opportunity at least a few times during the week to check the Internet in town.
Laundry can be washed by hand at any time. It is best to pack without the expectation of doing laundry as you aren’t in the same town for an extended period of time.
Please visit Smart Traveller for an up to date report on current situations regarding visiting New Zealand. Staff will alert participants if any changes to safety occur within the country.
Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for immunisation and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be travelling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the following websites for country specific information around immunisations and traveller’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.
All major towns in New Zealand have western style clinics and hospital in the North Island of New Zealand. We will never be more than an hours drive from an emergency department.
Absolutely, your leaders can cater to most specific diets including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose-free, as well as peanut free cooking. In fact, most of our Leaders have some sort of dietary requirements themselves.
AUS $100-$200 depending on the number of souvenirs, snacks and ice creams you would like.
Schoolies Reimagined works with local community leaders and organisations to identify and prioritise the needs of each community. This program will focus on restoring traditional Maori villages.
- Passport costs
- Visa costs (not required for Australian citizens to New Zealand)
- Immunizations (if required)
- Travel insurance (we can provide CoverMore insurance)
- Spending money for souvenirs, snacks, internet etc