School Excursions to

New Zealand

Aotearoa - New Zealand

The Land of the Long White Cloud

New Zealand is an island country in the south-west Pacific Ocean, to the south-east of Australia comprising two main islands – the North Island and the South Island, and numerous smaller islands. Comparable in size to Great Britain or Japan however, unlike these countries New Zealand only has a population of four million people.

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Why New Zealand

Our shared ANZAC history and Commonwealth status create a strong foundation for cultural exchange between our two great nations and an excursion to New Zealand offers Australian students many opportunities for diverse and rich educational experiences.

Most striking is how different New Zealand landscapes are to Australia.  Expand your students’ horizons as they encounter snow-capped mountains, ancient glaciers, majestic fjords, vivid blue lakes, sparkling rivers, active and extinct volcanos, geothermal hot springs, geysers and mud pools.

Challenge your students with hikes, adventure activities or skiing. Explore glow worm caves, Lord of the Rings or Hobbiton movie sets. Enjoy scenic gondola rides and the thrill of the luge.

Cultural encounters enable your students to learn about Maori spiritual values, history, language and village life. Experience genuine indigenous culture, history, traditions and hospitality with local guides. Itineraries can be designed to include cultural performances, museum visits, a Maori Village experience or even an overnight stay.

Contact our team today to plan a New Zealand adventure for your students.

North Island

Discover Auckland – the beautiful Auckland Museum, Mount Eden Lookout atop an extinct volcano crater, take in the city views from Sky Tower, tour an ice cream factory and a take a day trip to a volcanic island.

Learn about glow worms at Waitomo with a boat tour or for the more adventurous try blackwater rafting – highly recommend! Enjoy a guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set, perhaps the Agrodome Farm Show, and be the invited guests at a Maori village, experiencing village life, culture and a traditional hangi dinner.

Be amazed at Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland; see the famous Lady Knox Geyser eruption and then explore Te Puia geothermal valley and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute.

Take a tree walk through a giant redwood forest, enjoy scenic views as you ride the Skyline Gondola and test your skill as you take on the luge.

Start your New Zealand adventure – contact us today.

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South Island

Take a guided walking tour through the streets of Christchurch to learn about this city’s history, architecture, the devastation from earthquakes and the subsequent city planning and renewal taking place. 

Explore the International Antarctic Centre: ride in the Hägglund, an all-terrain amphibious Antarctic vehicle. Experience the harsh environment in the Storm Room and the 4D theatre. Observe penguins playing and meet huskies. The Antarctic Gallery shows wildlife, spectacular light displays (aurora’s), stunning glaciers and ice formations. Learn about Antarctic explorers, see what life is like at Scott Base and ‘in the field’ camping in polar tents, discover what’s on the menu and wear Antarctic Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) clothing.

Photograph stunning Lake Tekapo and the Church of the Good Shepherd, take a hike in the Mount Cook National Park or swim in thermal pools.

Travel to Te Anau, the gateway to Fiordland National Park and see the hauntingly beautiful “Shadowland” or Fiordland on Film. Be astounded at the grand scale of Milford Sound as you cruise this majestic water way.

Explore Queenstown with spectacular views from the Skyline Gondola and enjoy the thrill of the luge. Queenstown is the centre for adventure activities including the famous Shotover Jet and A J Hackett’s Bungy and we can create time in your itinerary for a choice of optional activities to suit varying degrees of adventure and budget. The Queenstown area is also a great location for winter ski tours.

If hiking is on your to-do list, you are spoilt for choice on the South Island with options including the Rob Roy Glacier walk at Mount Aspiring National Park (weather dependent), the Blue Pools, Fox Glacier and more. 

At Wanaka quirky visits await you at Puzzling World where the illusion rooms, puzzles and maze will leave you baffled or the National Transport and Toy Museum which houses the largest collection of toys in the southern hemisphere.

Start your New Zealand adventure – contact us today.

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