Kiwi Expedition - 13 Days

New Zealand Culture & Service Learning

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Admission to the Skytower in Auckland
  • Board the "Pride of Auckland" Yacht for a guided sailboat tour
  • Visit and admission to the Waiwera Infinity Thermal Spa & Resort
  • Five day environmental conservation project in Mimiwhangata Coastal Park
  • Shotover jet boat ride in Queenstown
  • Nomad safari four-wheel-drive tour
  • White water rafting on the Kawarau River
  • Take an aerial gondola to Bob’s Peak
  • Experience a Maori Cultural Performance


Daily Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart

You’ll depart for your flight to Auckland, crossing the International Dateline during the night.

Day 2 – Flight

Your flight continues.

Day 3 – Arrival in Auckland

Arrive Auckland International Airport in the morning and meet your Sustianble Horizon Program Leader at the airport.

This morning walk to the Sky City complex and ride the high speed elevator to the SkyTower which is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. From here enjoy the panoramic views of Auckland City, Rangitoto Island, the Waitemata Harbour, the Hauraki Gulf, and the forested Waitakere Ranges. If you dare, step on to the 38mm thick glass floors and gaze at the streets below! The remainder of afternoon will be free to rest or explore. In the evening you’ll walk to dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – Auckland

Auckland is known as “City of Sails” for the large number of yachts and sailboats that use the beautiful waters of Auckland Harbour and the stunning Hauraki Gulf.

This morning transfer to the Viaduct Basin and board a Pride of Auckland yacht for a 45-minute Sailing Experience on the sheltered waters of the sparkling Waitemata Harbour. Enjoy the sights of Auckland City and listening to an informative commentary. Students have the opportunity of assisting with the sailing or just sitting back and enjoying the experience. (Yachts take a maximum of 17 passengers so group will be split if more than 17 people.)

Free time for lunch and optional activities like the Harbour Bridge Walk or ferry to Devonport for food/shopping/beach.

Early evening travel north across the Harbour Bridge to Waiwera Infinity Thermal Spa Resort for a swim in the thermally heated waters. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor pools at varying temperatures as well as the whirling rides and waterslides which include the ‘Short & Sharp’, ‘Bob’s Mistake’, ‘Gut Buster’, ‘Twister’, the ‘Black Hole’ and the popular ‘SPEEEED Slide’. In the evening you’ll return to Auckland have dinner.

Days 5-9 Environmental Service Project

Today you’ll make our way north to the stunning Mimiwhangata Coastal Park. The area is home to endangered shore birds and has an abundance of marine life, including whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species. This area was home to numerous Maori settlements. Mimiwhangata is managed by the Department of Conservation and contains a number of archeological sites. Sub-tropical reef fish and marine mammals are often seen in the waters of the reserve. We are based in a beach-side lodge and will be cooking all meals together. On the last afternoon we’ll return to Auckland. Your project will be determined by the Depart of Conservation at a later date. If a project is not available at this location, you will work on a project at another DOC location.

Day 10 – Auckland to Queenstown

You will transfer to the Auckland Domestic Airport and catch your flight out of Queenstown. This afternoon drive out to Arthurs Point and the picturesque Edith Cavell Bridge. Here enjoy a thrilling Shotover Jet boat ride skimming over thrashing rapids in just inches of water through the narrow twisting gorges of the Shotover River. Experience the adrenaline rush as your driver skillfully whips the boat past rocky outcrops and skims around crags and boulders then hold on as the driver spins the boat in the ‘trademark’ Shotover Jet 360 degree spin. This evening you’ll have dinner and then return to your hotel.

Day 11 – Queenstown

This morning you will be picked up from your hotel by a Nomad Safari 4-wheel drive vehicle for a morning ‘Safari of the Scenes’ excursion that visits the spectacular backdrops from much of the action in the Oscar winning ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movie trilogy. Spend the morning in the Wakatipu Basin which includes the sites of 'The Ford of Bruinen' at Arrowtown as well as gold-panning and 4WD river crossings in the Arrow Gorge. See the film locations of 'The Road to Mordor' and 'The Pillars of the Kings' (Argonath), Misty Mountains and the site of Isildur’s Fall. The tour travels high on to the Remarkables Range for spectacular views over the whole area as well as overlooking Deer Park Heights, where the Rohan refugees and the battles with the Wargs were filmed. You’ll have the afternoon free and have dinner together in the evening.

Day 12 - Queenstown

This morning experience the excitement of white water rafting on the Kawarau River, which is rated Grade 3 (please discuss your level of skill with your guide). Queenstown’s Kawarau River is the largest volume river rafted commercially in New Zealand and is ideal for first-time rafters and experts alike.  Extensive instructions on safety and paddling techniques is provided. Stretches of quiet water allow ample time to practice paddling techniques, enjoy the spectacular scenery or have a fun water fight. Four rapids -- Smiths Falls, Twin Bridges, Do Little Do Nothing, and of course, the unforgettable 400m Chinese Dog Leg, make this trip a great introduction to the thrills and adventure of white water rafting. All rafting equipment, clothing and transport (including wetsuit, wetsuit jacket, spray jacket, paddle, helmet, wetsuit booties, and a life jacket) provided. Hot showers and refreshments provided.

This afternoon ride the aerial gondola to Bob’s Peak to see the panoramic views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountain ranges including The Remarkables. While at Bob’s Peak ride the thrilling Luge. The Luge track winds 800 metres down through trees with fantastic views of Queenstown. At the base of the track there is a free two-seater chairlift to take riders and luge carts back to the top. There are two tracks – the Scenic track which is a leisurely ride with gentle gradient and easy bends and for the more adventurous, the Advanced track which as a steeper gradient, banked corners, a tunnel, dips and hollows (2 rides per person included – pay direct for additional rides).

This evening you’ll enjoy dinner and then a Maori cultural performance, Kiwi Haka. It is set in an intimate theatre surrounded by traditional decorations and mythical carved legends of the Wakatipu. The theatre is located in the Skyline complex at the top of the Gondola overlooking Queenstown.

Day 13 – Depart for home

You’ll have breakfast at your hotel and then have free time until you depart for your flight home.





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