Overview

Join Pacific Discovery on a summer program that Immerses you in New Zealand and Fiji’s incredible environments and unique cultures.

This one month summer program combines two weeks of hands-on and rewarding service-learning conservation work in some of the New Zealand’s most interesting national parks and reserves, and two weeks of adventurous travel as we road-trip through New Zealand and enjoy the spectacularly beautiful Yasawa Islands in Fiji. Try mountain-biking, rafting, climbing, caving, snorkeling and scuba diving. Visit ‘The Shire’ (Lord of the Rings movie set). Explore vibrant Auckland and Wellington. Learn about New Zealand Maori history and culture, and contrast this with indigenous Fijian culture. Throughout your time in New Zealand and Fiji you'll learn an enormous amount about both countries environmental and ecological history and how that unique history has shaped each countries flora, fauna and people.

This program can be combined with the Australia Summer Program (which runs earlier), for an incredible 2 month summer program experience in Australasia. This program can also be combined with any of our other summer programs fo an inspirational 8-week educational travel experience. We offer summer programs in: Australia, New Zealand & Fiji, Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia, Peru, Ecuador & Galapgaos.

This program is suitable for high school graduates, gap year students, university students and graduates, ideally 18 – 24 years.

If you have a thirst for adventure, to explore places you've dreamed of, learning through hands-on experiences, and making friends for life, then join us!

Highlights
*Two weeks of rewarding service-learning volunteer conservation projects in National Parks and wildlife reserves, partnering with New Zealand’s Department of Conservation:
Week One: Based from Mimiwhangata Coastal and Marine Park in Northland
Week Two: Based from Golden Bay with work in the Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park & other regional reserves
*Swimming with wild dolphins from Kaikoura, an area world renowned for its abundant marine life
*Adventure caving trip in Waitomo’s limestone caves (no experience needed)
*Wai-O-Tapu geothermal area, Maori cultural performance and feast, and hot springs in Rotorua
*Mountain biking in The Redwoods and in Nelson (no experience needed)
*White water rafting on the Kaituna River (no experience needed)
*5 nights at a beachside resort in the spectacular Yasawa Islands of Fiji
*Introductory scuba diving (no experience needed)
*Snorkeling over coral reefs in the Yasawa Islands
*Interpretive visit to a traditional Fijian village
*Enjoying culture and nightlife in the friendly cities of Auckland, Wellington and Nelson
*Wellington, New Zealand’s vibrant capital – Parliament tour, National Museum, Maori history
*Informal lectures and discussions on history, culture, society and environment
*Very personalized small group experience – maximum of 14 participants
*Experienced and inspiring Pacific Discovery program leader/s supported by local guides

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