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.

Monday – 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. 

Tuesday – Welcome Day

Head up to the Skytower the highest building in the southern hemisphere! Enjoy the breath-taking 360 degree views over the city and the harbour. Your guide will meet you & the rest of the group for dinner and brief you on what is to come over the next few days…..!  We will head out on the town to our favourite bar where you will get a chance to know your group.

Wednesday – Orientation

Start the day off with a free breakfast and then pop over to the IEP office to join in our work and travel orientation session where we will organise your bank account & IRD (tax) number and have a presentation all about finding work and travelling in New Zealand.

  • Walking tour- to explore Auckland, find out where all the necessities are and ask your expert guide questions.

Thursday – to the Bay of Islands

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

You will have some free time to have lunch, explore the town, or lay on the beach before your overnight cruise departs. 

Your 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, take some island walks and even have the opportunity to catch and collect seafood.  In the evening you can have a few drinks and 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. For the more adventurous, have a night swim and then warm up with a drink by the fire.  

Friday – Check into the Pipi Patch Hostel

Today you arrive back into port. You’ll check in at the Pipi Patch backpackers known for its friendly staff, lively environment and great location to the beach and town. That evening you can chill out or take a stroll into the centre of town to check out all the sights. 

You will have a BBQ tonight at the hostel for dinner. 

Saturday – Free Day

Today you have a free day! Go skydiving over the beautiful islands and crystal blue waters, or give parasailing a go! For the less adrenaline junkies, join a dolphin watching cruise or even take a day trip all the way up to Cape Reinga and give sandboarding a go!

Sunday – Back to Auckland

Today you have the morning free to do as you wish before boarding the bus from Paihia 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!

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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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