You’ll notice the spectacular landscape first. But it’s the friendly and welcoming Kiwis that will really leave a lasting impression. Down-to-earth, friendly, relaxed, and adventurous. Just like their country.
Hike one of the Top Day Treks in the world. Whitewater raft the Kaituna River and down the 22-foot Tutea Falls. Jetboat narrow canyons. Luge down Mt. Ngongotaha. And it should come as no surprise that this is where ZORBING began. We dare you to try it.
Bubbling geothermal sites, breathtaking views, and lots of sheep! Stay at a genuine farmstead. Work with the endangered blue duck. Learn the Haka war dance and all about the Maori culture. Trek beside incredible volcanoes and explore Middle Earth, or Mt. Tongariro National Park, where parts of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed!
Spectacular geothermal areas and hot springs. Lush breathtaking fjords. Aotearoa, the traditional native word for New Zealand, means “land of the long white cloud.” A relatively “new” country, estimates say that no humans lived on the island until Polynesians settled there in the 1300s. They developed their own unique culture now known as Maori, an important part of New Zealand’s identity. Maori culture and history are taught and spoken about with pride, Maori language is an official language, and the country is slowly adopting both languages on signs throughout the country. It won’t be long before you’re the All Blacks rugby team’s biggest fan, chanting along with the infamous Haka ritual.
I have done a lot of cool things and been to a lot of cool places, but I have never had an experience like this! The Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand was the most amazing experience and views ever. The experiences and people I encountered will stay with me forever! Can I work for WCC when I’m older, please?!? Thank you for making my summer amazing!”
I want to move to Queenstown – everything there was just surreal, perfect, fun, chill, entertaining, organized. Snowboarding was amazing and I loved doing the Haka. This trip was the best because I was with people who were down to earth in the land down under. People who I’ve made a lifetime bond with and who I love. Thank you for everything, I’ve learned so much I will take with me to college and I will miss every minute.”