Do we need to get visas for this program?

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.

Will there be a flight leader to this country?

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.

How long is the flight to Auckland?

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!!

Does the advertised trip length include international travel time?

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.

Which areas does this program operate in?

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.

Is your staff certified in First Aid?

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.

What is the ratio of Program Leaders to participants?

Schoolies Reimagined maintains a minimum of 1 Program Leader for every 7 participants.

What water will we be drinking?

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.

Can I bring a cell phone?

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.

What sort of electrical voltage adapters do I need to bring?

New Zealand operates at 240 V and uses plug I, the same as in Australia.

What is the weather like?

The weather is an average of 20 – 25 degrees Celsius. Very similar to an Australian Spring.

What will the accommodation on this trip be like?

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.

What kind of food will we be eating?

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.

What are the bathroom facilities?

Bathrooms are western style toilets with running water throughout New Zealand.

How often will I have access to email and phones?

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.

How often will I have the chance to do laundry?

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.

What should I know about safety on this program?

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.

What immunisations do we need to get for this trip?

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. – The Travel Doctor – Australian Government Travel Advice – Centre of Disease Control (US)

Where is the nearest healthcare?

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.

Can Schoolies Reimagined cater to specific diets on this program?

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.

How much spending money do you recommend I bring?

AUS $100-$200 depending on the number of souvenirs, snacks and ice creams you would like.

What service projects will I work on and how are the projects identified?

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
  • Airfares
  • 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