Start your New Zealand trip with a bang as you join our group of fun loving kiwis who will settle you in and make sure your first few days in Auckland are filled with fantastic excursions and must see places. Airport pick up, city tour, info session, Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove, pub crawl, SIM card set up and job support are just some of the inclusions youll get.
During your first week in NZ all your accommodation, transport, activities are covered, as well as some meals.
Day 1 – Welcome Briefing & Group Dinner
We’ll arrange the airport shuttle to take the participant to the accommodation in the center of the Auckland. The friendly reception staff will give a quick overview of the surroundings before check in into room. There is time for a short nap.The Ultimate New Zealand adventure starts late afternoon. Meet the legendary tour guides and the rest of the group in the common room. The crew will introduce themselves, give everyone a brief overview on what’s happening for the week and hand out the SIM card, which can be used straight away!
Once we’ve got the official stuff out of the way, the group heads out for the welcome dinner. (Dinner included).
Day 2 – Information Session & Auckland City Tour
Next morning, we host a group info session where we’ll explain everything there is to know about travelling around New Zealand. For those on a working holiday, we’ll talk about finding work, getting a tax number and other important bits, too. Our team are all experienced travellers and have started out as backpackers (most of us still are). We’ll support with anything the participants need & answer any questions they may have. Then, it’s time to explore Auckland on our city tour! We’ll see the main hot spots, but also get the inside scoop on where to find the best coffee and food, where to go out & more.
Day 3-4 – Travel to the Coromandel, Hot Water Beach & Cathedral Cove
There is time in the morning to get organised for the days to come. Early afternoon we leave the city behind and head to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. On the way, we’ll stop at the volcanic crater of Mt Eden, one of Auckland’s icons which offers stunning views of the city. Shortly after, we’ll arrive at Coromandel, famous for its pristine beaches, laid-back vibe and natural beauty. We’ll stay at our country lodge just minutes from the beach. Spend the rest of the day chilling in paradise: relax in a hammock, explore the local beach or talk to the sheep!
The next morning we’ll follow the winding roads to Hot Water Beach. Grab a shovel and start digging your very own natural hot pool – definitely something you don’t experience every day! Sip a cold beer in your natural jacuzzi and watch the waves come in with your new mates – pure bliss! Later we head over to beautiful Cathedral Cove, known from the Narnia movies. Go for a swim in crystal clear waters and discover some hidden coves. On the way back we explore the magical Kauri forests.
Day 5-6 – Kiwi Trails, New Chums Beach & Return to Auckland
The Kiwi bird is not just one of New Zealand’s national treasures, but also the cutest little creature you’ll ever find! Unfortunately, the beautiful little kiwi bird isn’t far from extinction so today, we’ll learn what the Kiwi Project does to protect the little bird. Part of the money of each package booked will be donated to the project. If someone prefers some down time, no worries! They can chill out at the beach, have coffee in town or relax at our lodge. We end the day with a good home-cooked BBQ.
Before heading back to the city, we go to New Chums Beach, voted one of the world’s top 10 beaches. We’ll take a short hike across the creek, climb rocks and pass through a native palm forest before getting a glimpse of paradise – It’s well worth it! Later this afternoon we catch the ferry and cruise past the islands back to your second home in Auckland.
Day 7 – Local Flavour & Farewell
Use the day to relax, catch up on Facebook & plan your next adventure with us. Later tonight we’ll get dressed up for a fun night on the town. Meet your group at one of our favourite venues. We’ll scout out what’s on & hot each week and take you to places that make you feel like being a local.
After the first week
Whether someone plans to find work or explore New Zealand further, our crew will assist with anything the participants need to ensure they make the most of their adventure in New Zealand.