Join Schoolies Reimagined students from around Australia for an Epic Adventure in New Zealand. Do you want to get your adrenaline pumping across the ditch? Embark on an exciting adventure to explore New Zealand’s North Island. Your journey includes a visit to Waitomo where you will venture down caves to discover the world-famous glow worms. Spend time in Rotorua and zorb, hike, luge, and even have the option to bungee jump. Your week also includes the opportunity to raft down the mighty Kaituna River. Paddle down the largest commercially rafted waterfall in the world – guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping! In addition to all the adventure you can handle, embrace the local culture with a traditional Marae stay and hear stories of the local Maori ancestors. Give back as part of your experience and contribute to service projects to restore tribal heritage areas. A fantastic adventure you’ll never forget!!
Arrive into Auckland Airport (AKL) and meet your Program Leaders who will be with you for the duration of the program. Head to the hostel you’ll stay in tonight and settle in, relaxing after your long flight. Join the group for an orientation discussion about the week ahead, expectations for your adventure, and an introduction to the local culture. Head to Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, and take an optional SkyJump or SkyWalk. Conclude your first day at Mount Eden and admire the Auckland skyline.
Overnight: Auckland Hostel
From Auckland, head across to the Bay of Plenty to get to know some of the locals and 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
Next, you’re off to Rotorua, in the heart of the North Island. Today is full of adventure!! Flip head-over-heels on a Zorb ride! Enjoy racing down the luge adventure track, then take your pick from the range of
awesome options at Agroventures: jet around a watercourse on the Agrojet, take an adrenaline-pumping
free fall, or race your friend in the Sweeb capsule as you bike along the metal race track. At night, stroll
through the beautiful Redwood forest and take in the spectacular lighting display as you walk the elevated
Overnight: Rotorua Hostel
After breakfast this morning, take on the mighty Kaituna River, including, at 22 feet, the highest
commercially raft-able waterfall in the world. Raft through class 3 and class 4 rapids while enjoying the
canyons and rainforest above the river. This afternoon, you’ll travel southwest towards Lake Taupo, the
largest lake in New Zealand, with Mt. Doom in the background.
Overnight: Taupo Hostel
Discover a volcanic world of gushing geysers, hot springs, bubbling mud pools and some of the largest
and most amazing silica terraces in the world. Wander through the Hidden Valley and visit the thermal
Ruatapu Cave which extends more than 36 meters down into volcanic tuff to the Waiwhakaata (Pool of
Mirrors) hot pool at the bottom. Marvel at the boiling hot springs and vibrant colours all around you as you take a native bush walk through this untouched geothermal paradise.
Overnight: Taupo Hostel
Today is flexible to allow everyone to take advantage of the many activities offered around Taupo.
Create an unforgettable highlight to your time in New Zealand by participating in an optional bungee jump
or skydive. 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 Waitomo in the afternoon.
Overnight: Waitomo Hostel
Travel through Waikato Country to see beautiful rolling farms and 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 squeezes, jump into the black
water-filled abyss, and scramble up waterfalls.
You’ll return to Auckland this afternoon. At the end of your program, there will be time given to reflect on
your experiences and the highlights and memories you’ll take home with you. During or after this closing
discussion, groups participate in Rustic Ties, a unique and powerful activity that allows students to
capture the memories and learning moments of their program to process and share with their
communities back home.
Overnight: Auckland Hostel
Head into the city for some final souvenir shopping. Your Program Leaders will take you to the airport for
your departure as you say goodbye and reflect on your adventure.
Flight Details: Rustic Pathways can book your flights upon request
Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity. The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.
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.
International SOS is one of the world’s leading providers of medical evacuation and travel services. All travellers travelling with Schoolies Reimagined will have access to International SOS benefits through Rustic Pathways’ membership.
As a member, you will have access to International SOS’s extensive travel information database to help you make informed decisions prior to travel. Additionally, all travellers who travel outside their country of residence will have access to medical evacuation support during their program.
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.