Pre Tour Overview
The Australian Contingent is offering an optional 9 day pre-tour before Venture South. This allows you to see even more of New Zealand, participate in some amazing activities, and see the best New Zealand has to offer.
This program will be updated with more information about specific activities during the year. Locations have been locked in, but activities are still being finalised.
The Contingent travels from each capital city in Australia and arrives in Auckland at the top of the North Island. Today we will stay just outside of Auckland.
Today we travel from Auckland to Rotorua. The trip is around 3 hours, and we will stop to take in an activity and lunch on the way. Once at Rotorua we will setup camp for the next two days and then head to the Tamaki Maori Village
to take in some Maori culture and to participate in a Hangi, a traditional Maori meal.
Today we head to Hells Gate
- the beast of all Geothermal Parks at Rotorua. Here you will be able to see the amazing Geothermal activity, participate in a guided tour, hear about the culture and take in a mud bath and spa.
After Hells Gate we head to AgroVentures
where you will be to participate in Jetboating, simulated free fall, the Swoop swing, plus many other activities.
Today we travel from Rotorua to Hamilton, about 1.5 hours by bus. We will be staying here for the next two days, and will be doing various local activities.
There will be a range of local activities on offer today plus a massive New Years Eve party!
We leave Hamilton today and head to Auckland Airport. From here, smaller groups will fly down to Queenstown, our base for the next few days. In Queenstown we will be staying at Reavers Lodge
, a ski lodge about 400m walk from the centre of Queenstown.
2 to 4 January
You will have 3 full days in Queenstown and will be able to pick your activities including Jet Boating, The Nevis Swing
- the worlds biggest swing, White Water Rafting, Amazing Race, Extreme Mountain Biking, Gondola's and Luge
, Kayaking, the must see Milford Sound, plus others. The non pre tour group will also be joining us on the 4
Today we leave Queenstown and head to the Venture site at Riverton near Invercargill. From here the Venture commences.