Jump start your Kiwi adventure with an optional leap from the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere – the Sky Tower in Auckland. You won’t forget the Sky Jump any time soon and it will set the tone for the coming week of adrenaline-pumping action and adventure. Keep the good times rolling during a scenic sailing trip through one of Auckland’s two beautiful harbours and spend the evening checking out the sights and sounds of the city’s laid-back downtown.
Next you’ll venture into the Waitomo Caves, a system of more than 300 underground caverns that is home to immense limestone formations and the region’s famous glow worms. You will be amazed at how brightly these little creatures illuminate the caves! Here you will black water raft and rock climb through underground waterfalls during a journey unlike any other.
Rotorua, the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture, will be your base for the next three days of Kiwi adventure and cultural immersion. Start off the first day by climbing into a Zorb ball and tumbling 600 feet down the side of a hill. It sounds crazy, but it’s loads of fun! Once you are warmed up, it’s time for an Agrojet ride. Climb aboard this 13-foot, 450-horsepower jet boat and race through a tight, manmade watercourse at 60 miles an hour. Keep the action going with a Swoop, which is a cross between bungee jumping, bridge swinging and hang-gliding. You’ll be hoisted 120 feet into the air, pull the ripcord and FLY! Spend your evenings in a Maori village, where you will receive a special glimpse into the life and traditions of this unique indigenous group. Enjoy traditionally cooked feasts, join in performances and songs and learn about the fascinating history of the Maori people. You can also shop for some awesome Kiwi crafts and Maori clothing while you are here. Before departing Rotorua, you’ll jump aboard a six-person whitewater raft and head down the Kaituna River, a popular rafting spot that has the world’s highest commercially rafted waterfall. There are actually three waterfalls in the river’s fourteen rapids. You’ll practice on the first two smaller falls before tackling the 21-foot drop named Tutea Falls. Hold on!
Next you’ll stop at Lake Taupo, one of New Zealand’s most picturesque areas. Here you’ll have a choice of several optional adventure activities, including tandem skydiving, bungee jumping, trout fishing and mountain biking. All of this is set right on the edge of New Zealand’s largest lake, creating a stunning backdrop to a day of nonstop activity! Simply put, the North Island Adventure in New Zealand is one of Rustic Pathways’ most varied and action-packed adventure programs. Let New Zealand’s unique spirit of adventure sweep you up during this challenging and action-packed Southern Hemisphere extravaganza! Now all you have to ask yourself is: “Do I have what it takes?”
Australian citizens do not need a visa for entry as a tourist into New Zealand.
Participants will not be accompanied by a flight leader. Our program staff will greet participants when they arrive at Auckland Airport in New Zealand.
New Zealand is 3 hours by air from Brisbane, 3.5 hours by air from Melbourne, and 6 hours by air from Perth.
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.
Participants need to arrive before 4pm on the arrival date and need to depart in the afternoon/evening on the departure date.
This program operates on the North Island of New Zealand and visits Auckland, Waitomo, Rotorua, and Lake Taupo.
Each program will have leaders who are certified in First Aid and CPR. Some of our program leaders are also certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Wilderness EMTs, or Life Guards.
Rustic Pathways maintains a minimum of 1 Program Leader for every 7 participants. Additionally, each program maintains at least 2 primary program leaders, one male and one female.
You will be with other Australian Yr. 12 students. You may find yourself in a smaller, cozier setting or part of a big high-energy crew.
Rustic Pathways ensures 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.
Participants are allowed to bring phones on their Rustic Pathways program, but must abide by our cell phone policy. Participants will not be allowed to use their phones during group activities, nor at any other time where it is disruptive to the group dynamic. If participants are unable to abide by this policy, disciplinary action may be taken.
The weather is an average low of 13 degrees and high of 19 degrees Celsius. Mornings and evenings tend to be a little cooler so a jacket is advisable. Rain is not likely but can occur.
Participants will be staying in budget hotels and hostels.
New Zealand food is similar to Australian food.
All bathrooms are western showers and toilets.
Laundry can be washed by hand at any time. It is best to pack without the expectation of doing laundry.
On average, our programs in New Zealand are 50% female and 50% male.
Please visit HX Global or 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 immunization and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be traveling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the following websites for country specific information around immunizations and traveler’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.
www.traveldoctor.com.au – The Travel Doctor
www.smartraveller.gov.au – Australian Government Travel Advice
www.cdc.gov – Centre of Disease Control (US)
HX Global is one of the world’s leading providers of medical evacuation and travel services. All participants traveling with Rustic Pathways will have access to HX Global benefits through Rustic Pathways’ membership.
As a member you will have access to HX Global’s extensive travel information database to help you make informed decisions prior to travel. Additionally, all travelers who travel outside their country of residence will have access to medical evacuation support during their program.
You will never be too far from any healthcare providers. Large hospitals are in Hamilton and Auckland.
This program can cater to most specific diets including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose free, as well as peanut free cooking.
Personal gifts, Internet, phone calls, and snacks are not included. All other costs (accommodation, meals, in-country transportation, and activities) are included in the program price.
AUS $200 depending on the number of souvenirs, snacks and ice creams you would like.
There are no service projects on this program.
Rustic Pathways Travel Pty Ltd
ACN 145 984 452 ABN 82 145 984 452
Vic Travel Agent's License No. TA-0032954-C
1800 321 435 (within Australia)
+61 3 5972 0862 (outside Australia)
+61 3 8738 1553 (fax)
PO Box 3453
Mornington VIC 3931, Australia