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Summer Discovery Program

Cultural Immersion & Adventure Travel for an EPIC GAP Year

Duration

25 Days

Location

New Zealand

Description

This program - a more condensed version of our Summer Explorer - is the ultimate program for gap year students and young travelers looking for an intro to NZ. We will welcome you with open arms and show you the best this country has to offer you!

2018

23 Jan - 16 Feb

2019

22 Jan - 15 Feb

OVERVIEW

We'll show you round the mean streets of Queenstown, the tops of mountains and the depths of deep oceans (from the safety of a kayak of course!). You'll spend time exploring and learning about NZ and gaining some travelling confidence yourself. We organise all the details so you can focus on having fun and growing from your kiwi adventure!

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience some epic explorer missions mountain biking, climbing/abseiling, trekking and camping, sea kayaking and more…
  • Be immersed for with local Maori Iwi and learn about Maori culture and history
  • Complete one of NZ’s amazing ‘Great Walks’ of the world
  • Have the opportunity for some bucket-list ticking... like glacier walking, helicopter tours, jet boating in canyons, bungy jumping, and canyon swinging!
  • Learn some skills to help you become a independent, confident, working and travelling machine, ready to be unleashed on the world!
  • Live, learn, socialise and join the thriving resort community of Queenstown

Includes

  • All Accommodation
  • All Program Transport
  • All Adventure Travel Throughout the North & South Island
  • Adventure Activities & Active Sightseeing Trips

Prerequisites

  • Be aged 18-24 years old
  • English Language Competence
  • Low-moderate fitness. You enjoy being active, and don't mind a little sweat
  • A passion for environmental service, cultural exchange and adventure travel is a MUST!
  • A desire to develop globally and as an individual
  • A desire to participate in a group/team environment

Explore the Best of New Zealand...

  • Queenstown

    Queenstown summer aerial view of town Base Camp. Our Picturesque International Resort

  • Wanaka

    Rob Roy Glacier Visit the Beautiful, Peaceful Wanaka as Part of your Rock Climbing Module

  • Milford Sound

    Rudyard Kiplings 8th Wonder of the world! An NZ "must do".

  • Curio Bay

    Kayking & Surfing as Part of Our South East Road Trip

  • Moeraki Boulders

    A Fascinating and Incredibly Popular Attraction of the South Island

  • Dunedin

    dunedin railway station at night by james lewis Visit Beautiful Dunedin for some Sightseeing!

  • Greymouth

    Gateway to the West Coast (Caves, Kayaks, Beaches, Rain Forest, Glaciers)

  • Christchurch

    Christchurch Square Christchurch New Zealand Take the stunning journey to visit Christchurch, explore the city and the incredible landscapes surrounding it.

  • Queenstown

    You new home, in NZs adrenaline resort!

STRUCTURE

Check out our 75 day Summer Explorer Semester Program here

A diverse and exciting program designed to keep everyone interested and busy throughout their stay, balancing plenty of action, learning, social and free time.

 

WEEKS 1 - 4: CORE SKILLS

Queenstown Orientation

Get to know your program mates and your base camp – the stunning adventure capital of the world, Queenstown! Spend a few days getting familiar with the local area, learn local customs and culture, do a bit of administration, and fully absorb exactly what you’ll get up to over the next 12 weeks.

 

Introduction to Adventure Skills & Leadership

Time for an introduction to the disciplines that will become your bread and butter for the next eight weeks. You'll get an in-depth briefing and training on hiking, guiding and climbing/biking/canyoning, giving you the core skills needed for the training ahead. Not to mention exploring some stunning local sights along the way! 

You’ll begin developing technical skills in rope systems, rock climbing, and bush walking. We’ll build on your existing knowledge of equipment, weather, and nutrition, then introduce you to essential training in group management, risk analysis, and leadership.

Environmental Service

When you're among some of the worlds best natural environments, it's pretty cool to know you're giving something back. Our there doing your bit with a group of friends, and more importantly in nature herself, working with her.

Our environmental service component will either be one exciting block project, or a few days spread over your time in Queenstown. It can include working to support the alpine ecosystem, cleaning up rivers and lakes, or helping support native bird trusts with habitat restoration and bird care.

We aim for unique locations, unique service work, and interaction with wildlife or the environment in a meaningful way.

Cultural Immersion

What is Kiwi Culture? A mix of old and new, a sport and outdoors-obsessed multi-cultural nation with a cheeky sense of humour and a laid back way of life. You'll visit a geothermal wonderland, explore volcanic plateaus, get an inside look at Maori culture, get your gumboots on at a farmstay, and explore the best of the capital city's cafe and bar scene!

Adventure Travel - West Coast Wandering

Renowned for its rugged wild beauty, you'll delve deep into deep rain forest, remote beaches, lakes and mountains. Caving will be the highlight as well as camping, hiking, sightseeing end exploration.

Leadership Development (Self & Others)

Leadership comes in many forms.  Allowing yourself to be the best person you can, allowing a team to function optimally and finally, leading a team to encourage others to best they can too.  

This module is all about helping you become a high performing individual and the ultimate team member. 

Farewell - Ka Kite Ano!

Say goodbye to Queenstown and toast to new friendships. Wherever your life leads you next, you’ll be able to look back on this chapter of your life as an epic, challenging, empowering experience.  We'll help by ensuring we celebrate our successes and apply learning from our adventures. Develop your style of transferring all your experiences back into your life and future as you head home!

Notes

This is a sample itinerary. Modules may occur in a different order due to weather conditions or scheduling requirements