New Zealand

 

High School Student Travel in New Zealand

Explore New Zealand With No Barriers Youth Programming

No Barriers offers student travel programs in New Zealand for adventure seekers and cultural explorers alike. Our programs here encompass the best of what the North and South Island have to offer. Go zip-lining, bungee jumping, and zorbing one day and learn more about Kiwi and Maori cultures the next. Spend time with locals, stay at a traditional Marae and learn about the stories of the ancestors all while taking in the beauty among the beaches, lakes, and mountains that make the New Zealand Islands famous. On every trip to New Zealand, travelers will leave with a storied appreciation for this picturesque country.

  • Experience the beautiful city of Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.
  • Marvel at the natural geological features in hot springs in Rotorua.
  • Support ongoing work to protect threatened species in the North Island.
  • Embrace the local Maori culture of New Zealand with a traditional Marae stay in the North Island and listen to stories passed down over generations.

What to Know Before Educational Tours in New Zealand

Pack your hiking boots and gear up to learn about the geological history of the islands, raft and swim in the crystal clear rivers, and hike stunning mountain trails. You won’t only play in nature, you’ll also work to conserve it: Participate in environmental service initiatives and  learn about ongoing conservation efforts to protect and support native animal species. 

Have you ever lived in a traditional marae? Now’s your chance. Stay with the native Maori and learn about the culture of the islands and their storied history. As ambassadors to your school and home country, treat the local people with respect. Get to know Kiwis and always conduct yourself with gracious humility.

Wash it all down with a big bowl of Hokey Pokey. Yes, your life is THIS good!

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Culture & Service in the North Island

Day 1: Welcome to New Zealand 
  • Afternoon: Arrive into Auckland and meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders, who will take you to your hostel for orientation and an introduction to local culture. 
  • Evening: Head up to Mt. Eden for a panoramic view of Auckland while you learn about the basic geography and layout of the city.  
  • Accommodation: Auckland Hostel 
Day 2: Maori Culture and Service 
  • Morning: Drive to the Bay of Plenty for your orientation and welcome into staying at the local Marae.  
  • Afternoon: Head out for service among the local community. 
  • Evening: Listen to the stories of the elders of the tribe as you hear about the customs and history of the Marae.  
  • Accommodation: Marae Stay 
Day 3: Maori Culture and Service 
  • Morning: Engage in local community service projects that benefit the surrounding area. 
  • Afternoon: Learn how to prepare and lay a hāngi, an underground meal, meet the tribal elders and learn more about the local people. 
  • Evening: Enjoy the hāngi and the entertainment of the local Maori as they share the songs and dances of their tribe.  
  • Accommodation: Marae Stay 
Day 4: Off to Te Puke and Whakatane 
  • Morning: Stop by the “kiwi capital of the world” to learn about the kiwi fruit that New Zealand is famous for.  
  • Afternoon: Drive to beautiful Ohope beach and participate in games and leadership activities.  
  • Evening: Visit with a local astronomer to hear the stories of the constellations of the native culture.  
  • Accommodation: Ohope Holiday Park 
Day 5: Whakatane and Rotorua 
  • Morning: Take a morning beach walk and explore the tidal pools with your group. 
  • Afternoon: Drive to Rotorua, stopping by Okere Falls, the largest commercially raftable waterfall in the world.
  • Evening: Explore the lake town of Rotorua and participate in a reflection activity on your experience so far.  
  • Accommodation: YHA Rotorua 
Day 6: Rotorua Adventures 
  • Morning: Hike the blue and green hikes.  
  • Afternoon: Visit the Maori cultural site of the Buried Village to understand what life was like more than 100 years ago in the small town of Rotorua. 
  • Evening: Take a Redwoods forest night walk through the canopy on suspension bridges. Take part in a farewell ceremony to commemorate your time in New Zealand.  
  • Accommodation: YHA Rotorua 
Day 7: Goodbye, New Zealand! 
  • Morning: Drive toward Auckland, where you’ll be able to go souvenir shopping.  
  • Afternoon: Depart New Zealand. Overnight flight.  

Glacier Adventure in the South Island

Day 1: Welcome to New Zealand 
  • Evening: Arrive into Queenstown Airport and meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders. Head to the accommodations for orientation and dinner. 
  • Accommodation: Queenstown Hostel 
Day 2: Luge and Zipline!  
  • Morning: Head up the gondola and race your friends down the luge track that overlooks the Remarkables mountain range and Lake Wakatipu.  
  • Afternoon: After lunch, fly from tree to tree as you zipline on an eco-adventure through the forest. 
  • Evening: Enjoy the world famous Fergburger and head to the hostel to play games with your local leaders. 
  • Accommodation: Queenstown Hostel 
Days 3: Jet Boating Around Wanaka 
  • Morning: Head to Wanaka and enjoy the views of the gorgeous Crown Mountain Range. (Optional add-on bungee jumping.) 
  • Afternoon: Zip around in a high-speed jet boat as you speed through tight turns in this shallow rocky river system.  
  • Evening: Settle into your hostel after an evening soccer game on the fields along the lake.  
  • Accommodation: Wanaka Hostel 
Days 4: Journey to Franz Josef and Lake Matheson 
  • Morning: Drive to the Lake Matheson trailhead and take a hike to the mirror lakes that show the image of New Zealand’s highest peaks, Aoraki (Mount Cook) and Mount Tasman.  
  • Afternoon: Take local hikes to enjoy the views and explore the tiny town of Franz Josef. 
  • Evening: Have a traditional barbeque and reflect on your experiences. 
  • Accommodation: Franz Josef Hostel 
Day 5: Glacier Valley Hike 
  • Morning: Take the morning to hike up the glacial valley, where you can observe firs -hand the  effects of climate change. Journey through rainforest and over river rocks as you make your way to the viewpoint for the Franz Josef glacier. (Optional add on: helicopter hike on the glacier.) 
  • Afternoon: Head back toward Queenstown with stops along the way for waterfalls and small hikes. 
  • Evening: Settle back into Queenstown as you take an evening walk along the lake.  
  • Accommodation: Queenstown Hostel 
Day 6: New Zealand, the Adventure Capital! 
  • Morning and Afternoon: Take part in optional add-on cost activities such as skydiving, bungee jumping, hang gliding, or helicopter tours. 
  • Evening: Say your final farewells to the adventure capital of the world and have a final Queenstown dinner.  
  • Accommodation: Queenstown Hostel 
Day 7: Explore and Reflect 
  • Morning: Fly to Auckland 
  • Afternoon: Explore Auckland marina and learn about the importance of maritime history as you explore the surrounding city.  
  • Evening: Head to Mt. Eden for a final sunset and a farewell ceremony.  
  • Accommodation: Auckland Hostel 
Day 8: Goodbye, New Zealand! 
  • Morning: Depart New Zealand. Overnight flight.  

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader