Start your first week off in New Zealand with a bang!  Experience the best parts of Auckland and the Northland Regions: Action, adventure, wilderness and night life. The EPIC NZ Arrival package includes 6 days of fun + all the support you need for a successful gap year in New Zealand. Check out the itinerary below.

Auckland Arrival

Kia Ora & welcome to Auckland! Don’t stress or worry about your arrival to Auckland; we’ve got you covered. You will be picked up at the airport and shuttled into the heart of Auckland where your adventure begins.  Here you will be briefed by our team about checking into your room. You will have time to freshen up, take a nap or go for a wander.

In the afternoon your local guide will meet you & the rest of the group at the hostel and brief you on what is to come….. Sun, sand, sailing, snorkelling, kayaking & much more!

Welcome Dinner

Now that all the formalities are done we will head out on the town for our welcome dinner, followed by a couple drinks at our favourite bar where you will get a chance to know your group.

  • Airport transfer
  • Auckland Accommodation
  • Meet & Greet
  • Welcome Dinner & Drinks

Info & Auckland Tour

Start the day off with a free breakfast and then pop over to your new local hub to join in  our work and travel orientation session where we will organise your bank account & IRD (tax) number and give you a given a comprehensive presentation all about finding paid work and travelling in New Zealand.

In the afternoon we head out to explore Auckland city by foot! Your guide will give you the inside scoop on all the best local spots for amazing food, coffee and where to go out at night.

  • Tax number & bank account
  • Info session
  • Auckland City Tour
  • Auckland Accommodation

Culture & Auckland Party Night

To help you get over that jet-leg you start day three with a bit of a sleep in, but not too late or you will miss your free breakfast.

Today you will be experiencing the world famous spine-tingling Haka, a Maori culture performance which will provide an insight into the history of Aotearoa New Zealand. After the show you will be free to meet, talk and take photos with members of the Kapa haka group.

After all that culture it will be time to hit the town. This evening we will visit some of Auckland’s best spots on the popular Frenzi Bar Crawl where you get free entry & 4 drinks along the way!

  • Maori Culture Performance
  • Auckland Accommodation
  • Free Breakfast
  • Pub Crawl


Auckland to the Bay of Islands

Today we head north to the Bay of Islands, a subtropical micro-region surrounded by turquoise waters known for its stunning beauty and over 144 islands! We will base ourselves in the popular township Paihia and explore this amazing region from here. This laid back town is famous sailing, fishing, nature walks, dolphin swimming or just relaxing on one of its many amazing pristine beaches.

We’ll check in at the amazing Pipi Patch backpackers know for it friendly staff, lively environment and great location to the beach and town. That afternoon you can chill out on the sundeck or pool/spa in the backyard of the Pipi Patch or take a stroll into the centre of town to check out all the sights.  That evening we will have a group dinner to discuss the itinerary for the next day’s trip to Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach!

  • Transport to Bay of Islands
  • Free Breakfast
  • Paihia Accommodation
  • Group Dinner & Drinks


Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach

Today is going to be filled with adventure and photo opportunities galore! You will be heading north to the very tip of Aotearoa – Cape Reinga – where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide. You will see the famous lighthouse, and soak up the amazing coastlines. Depending on the tides, we could then be cruising down the famous 90 mile beach! In true Kiwi style, no day is complete with an adrenaline filled activity. You will get an opportunity to surf the giant sand dunes at Te Paki Stream. We will end the day with a walk through a pre historic Kauri Forest, where you can hug 2,000 year old trees that are home to incredible native birdlife of New Zealand.

  • Transport to Cape Reinga & 90 Mile Beach
  • Sand Boarding
  • Kauri Forest Walk
  • Paihia Accommodation

Overnight cruise

This once in a lifetime adventure continues with an overnight cruise in the Bay of Islands. The adventure cruise offers a very unique experience where you can go snorkelling, target shooting, kayaking, island walks and even the opportunity to catch and collect seafood.  In evening you can have a few drinks enjoy the 2-3 hour cruise through the islands and enjoy a Kiwi BBQ with your group. As darkness falls you can chill out for an amazing star-gazing session where we will point out constellations, planets & galaxies. For the more adventurous have a night sea swim and then warm with a drink by the fire.

  • Bays of Island boat cruise
  • Adventure activities; kayaking, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing
  • Group Dinner & Drinks
  • Accommodation


Adventure awaits…

On our last day together you can wake up early and take in an amazing sunrise at sea and think about the next step in your NZ adventure!  A free Kiwi style breakfast is served up and then we head back to Paihia to board the bus back to Auckland. Once back in Auckland you will have the support and guidance from our expert NZ team to help you plan the next step. Whether you want to start your job search or explore more of NZ the team will be here to help!

  • Transport back to Auckland
  • Free breakfast

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