Day 1 – Depart
You’ll depart for your flight to Auckland, crossing the International Dateline during the night.
Day 2 – Flight
Day 3 – Arrival in Auckland
Auckland International Airport in the morning and meet your Sustianble Horizon
Program Leader at the airport.
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 –
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
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.)
time for lunch and optional activities like the Harbour Bridge Walk or ferry to
Devonport for food/shopping/beach.
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
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
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 –
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 -
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.
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).
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
Day 13 – Depart for
You’ll have breakfast at your hotel and then have
free time until you depart for your flight home.