Tour Overview

New Zealand

Environment & Biology

This tour offers a unique experience for students to learn outside of the classroom. The North Island of New Zealand has a range of ecosystems, from the sea to the mountains and even the rainforest; all of these will be explored in depth during the trip.

Workshops and talks from local experts and conservation groups are a highlight on this tour, as well as a chance for hands on field work for students. Exploring a range of eco sanctuaries, thermal landscapes, biodiverse native forest and the sustainably focused coastal town of Raglan will ensure fantastic sightseeing and learning throughout.

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DAY ONE

Arrive into Auckland and meet your Haka Educational Tours Guide. You will visit the Auckland Museum for a session on evolutionary processes and assist in specification.

DAY TWO

Today will be spent at the marine reserve of Goat Island. Take part in an educational programme at the Goat Island Discovery Centre and then explore along the protected part of the coastline. In the late afternoon, travel onwards to Raglan.

DAY THREE

Over the next two days the group will work on ‘secret projects’, looking at possible ways to solve a community problem. Examples include growing food, generating electricity, tracking pests and measuring the health of the environment.

DAY FOUR

Today is the second day for the group to work on their 'secret projects' in Raglan, with time to explore the area.

DAY FIVE

Visit the Zero Waste Recycling Centre in the morning for a tour of the facility. Later, take a boat ride in Waitomo Caves and learn about the unique glow worms that live in the cave ecosystem. On your way to Rotorua, visit Sanctuary Mountain for a guided tour of this ecologically restored mountain region.

DAY SIX

Take a guided tour of Te Puia, New Zealand's Maori Arts & Crafts Institute. Explore the geothermal valley, visit the Kiwi House and see artists at work. This afternoon is free for optional activities or fieldwork.

DAY SEVEN

Visit the geothermal park of Wai-O-Tapu. Experience an overnight stay in an authentic Māori meeting house. Learn about your hosts' customs, legends, history, and take an informative guided walk through the botanical forest.

DAY EIGHT

Spend the day in Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park researching bio-diversity. Travel to Taupo stopping en route at Huka Falls and a favourite local spot, Spa Park, for a naturally-heated dip in the river.

DAY NINE

This morning, visit a local wildlife charity to learn more about their conservation efforts. Travel to Tongariro National Park to explore this unique and beautiful volcanic environment.

DAY TEN

Travel to Wellington and on arrival visit Victoria Peak for views over the city. Head down into town for a walking tour with your guide. This evening, take part in an educational talk and night tour of Zealandia, the world's first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary.

DAY ELEVEN

Today an airport transfer is arranged to take the group to the airport for the flight home.

INCLUSIONS

Flights, transfers and ground transportation

Upmarket backpacker multi-share accommodation

Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner

Haka Educational Tours Guide

Activities as per itinerary

LEARNING

  • Learn first hand about varied environments existing in the North Island
  • Examine unique flora and fauna and witness conservation initiatives, with possible opportunities to take part
  • Discover real life applications of scientific theories and practice data interpretation
  • Investigate the impact of human actions on New Zealand ecosystem
  • Build a variety of future-focused soft skills, including leadership and teamwork

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