Trip Leaders: Ms Sarah Leung and Mr Chris Windle
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.
Day 1 – Sat 2nd Nov
Arrive New Zealand! Off the plane and straight out of the big smoke of Auckland. Transfer to Taupo. Spend the afternoon getting immersed in
New Zealands largest lake before a welcome dinner and a ‘hui’ or ‘meeting’ to brief the week ahead. Prep for our following day’s adventure in the Mountains!
Day 2 – Sun 3rd Nov
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 3 – Mon 4th Nov
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 4 – Tue 5th Nov
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 Zealand native Bush.
Overnight: Fly-camp Tongariro Riverside
Day 5 – Wed 6th Nov
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
Day 6 – Thu 7th Nov
Poroporoaki and depart for the pungent, earthy aromas of Rotorua! After a quick look into some bubbling hot mud pools We are into ‘it’. Today is nick-named ‘Adrenalin Day’! Ogo, Schwoop, Schweeb, Schwing, Jet boats, Velocity Valley, Luge…Phew! After all that energy sapping activity, you’ll need a feed, and what better place than on top of a big hill with a primo view?! We will take some time here to reflect on our week and share some memorable moments.
An early start this morning for our transit back to Auckland and your international flight home. High fives, hugs and tears dominate as LBK wishes you safe travels – we’ll bring the Kleenex.