Tour Overview

New Zealand

Leadership & Environment

September to June

Years 13-18

This wonderful itinerary is a journey by both land and water, integrating conservation education on the incredible Aotea Great Barrier Island, located only 100km from Auckland. 

This tour aligns beautifully with where we're heading as a business - creating impactful travel and over the course of this tour, students will not only learn about NZ's unique flora and fauna, but they'll gain self-confidence and leadership along the way. On this trip, the students will also get the chance to go on hiking expeditions, to swim, kayak and camp, fully experiencing what the island has to offer.

Great Barrier Island is New Zealand's only National Marine Park and 70% of the land is protected as a Conservation Park so it offers the opportunity to really get off the grid and get into nature. The whole island is also a Dark Sky Sanctuary, so you’ll get to experience some of the best stargazing opportunities in the world.


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Meet your local guide at Auckland Airport. You will receive a city orientation and you'll visit the Sky Tower, New Zealand's (and the Southern Hemisphere's) tallest freestanding building.


Journey by boat to Aotea Great Barrier Island and meet your instructors for the expedition orientation.


Journey by sea kayak spotting native marine life and enjoy a snorkel stop along the way. Settle into camp and experience your first night under the stars in this dark sky sanctuary, one of the best places to stargaze in the world.


Journey by sea kayak then load expedition supplies into packs and hike through native NZ Kauri forest filled with an array of native flora and fauna. Navigation skills will be key today!


Continue hiking, and take in epic views. Reach Mt Hobson where you’ll spend the final night in a backcountry hiking hut.


Hike over Mt Hobson then down and out of the forest coastline. Journey by air from Great Barrier Island back to Auckland.


Explore Auckland today. You'll start at the Auckland Museum and then you'll head over to the epic All Blacks Experience where you'll learn what it takes to be an All Black and you can give your rugby skills a test!


Your tour sadly comes to an end. We'll give you a transfer back to the Auckland Airport and you'll fly home.


Flights, transfers and ground transportation

Mix of backpacker and campsite accommodation

Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner

Haka Educational Tours Guide

Activities as per itinerary


  • Acquire knowledge into the island’s ecosystem with regards to flora and fauna
  • Develop confidence and resilience on a self-sufficient hike
  • Gain a deep appreciation of the natural world and understand how to become a guardian of the planet
  • Discover the fundamentals of leadership


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