Trip Leader: Ms Sarah Leung
Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas if required. Please ensure that your child’s passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of departure from their destination.
This action adventure, designed specifically for Island School Hong Kong, takes us to the North Island of New Zealand. Little Brown Kiwi will take you to places well known to international visitors, such as Rotorua, but we have the pleasure of introducing you to more remote places which Kiwis hold in high regard for their own adventures.
You will take part in adventure highlights that will create life-long memories. Challenge yourself and extend your comfort zone, all in the pristine environment of Aotearoa.
Your week in New Zealand will be filled with opportunities to experience adventure actives such as Sea Kayaking, Ogo, Jet Boating and Luge – to name a few. An epic 3 day expedition, starting in the Tongariro National Park, sees us hiking through volcanic terrain before Rafting the mighty Tongariro River (locally know as the Tonga-bezi!).
Most importantly, the New Zealand adventure is a chance to make new friends, build independence and have the time of your life in a safe and beautiful setting.
All Little Brown Kiwi adventures include an element of Service. You will learn about endangered New Zealand species and assist in the efforts to re-establish them in New Zealand. You may be involved in trap maintenance, habitat planting and raising awareness. The opportunity to help community based Marae with initiates is also included #feelgoodfactor!
You will have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Te Ao Maori (the world of the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Maori) You will take part in all aspects of an overnight stay on a Marae which will include Powhiri (welcoming ceremony), Hangi (food preparation) Kapa Haka (performing art) and Poroporoaki (farewell ceremony). A highlight of this experience will be working alongside local high school kids – a real opportunity to share cultural comparisons and contrast school life.
Arrive New Zealand
Arrive New Zealand
Off the plane and straight out of the big smoke of Auckland. Transfer to Rotorua. Spend the afternoon negotiating the twists and turns of the Luge before a welcome dinner with a view, and a ‘hui’ or ‘meeting’ to brief the week ahead.
Up and away into the first challenge of the day – Ogo! – then on to Taupo. Blast away any remaining jet lag with Choice Bro #1 and the options of Rapids Jet or Cliff Hanger Swing or get to grips with the basics of paddling a Sea Kayak and take to the Great Lake Taupo to explore the beautiful and inspiring Maori carvings – accessible only by boat. Prep for our following day’s adventure in the Mountains!
Day 3 – Mountain Day
Early start for a ride into the Tongariro National Park (Dual World Heritage status!) Spend the day navigating through remote alpine, volcanic terrain. This place is something special! Unforgettable opportunity to hike trails highly regarded by the outdoor hardcore, and check out sites from those movies that no-one remembers anymore – LOTR!
Day 4 – Service Opportunity
Meet and greet some ‘hardout’ locals doing some amazing work in regards to the rejuvenation and
re-establishment of flora and fauna in this region. You may be assisting with the ‘Whio Forever’ project, and/or ‘Project Tongariro’. Awesome chance to ‘give back’ and leave a positive footprint in Aotearoa.
Day 5 – Expedition Day 1
Trade our hiking shoes for paddles and helmet and navigate the white water of the Tongariro River (Class 3) to our riverside campsite. Set-up a fly-camp (like a normal camp, but ‘rougher’?!) This experience will be testing, but unforgettable. Relax in the pristine remoteness of the New.
Overnight: Fly-camp Tongariro Riverside
Off the river and transit to Tokoroa and Papa o te Aroha Marae. Participate in the Powhiri and learn about the amazing Maori culture through interaction with local Kiwi kids…’real as’! Another opportunity to provide much needed ‘People Power’ to Service initiatives on the Marae.
Overnight: Papa o te Aroha Marae, Tokoroa
Poroporoaki and depart for transit to Auckland and your international flight home. High fives, hugs and tears dominate as LBK wishes you safe travels – we’ll bring the Kleenex.