International Departments, Wholesalers and Inbound Agents working with secondary school students

Secondary school student tours

This page is for you, so we can work together to ensure your students have the best time in the world while they are in New Zealand.

Learning Journeys' focus is on showing your young visitors around new Zealand during their weekends and school holidays while making it as easy as possible for you to build these tours into your programmes. We offer a range of tours to show secondary students the best this country has to offer, lasting one day, like our Hobbiton Movie Set tour, to ten days (North and South Island student tours), like our tour beginning in Christchurch and making a circuit of the South Island.

We also tailor tours for school groups visiting New Zealand schools for shorter exchange programmes and keen to add a few days of education outside the classroom or sight seeing and adventure to their in school experience.

As specialists setting up and running tours for secondary students, our experience in running programmes that are both seriously educational (our principals and facilitators are experienced secondary teachers) and fun, will add huge value to your product. We know what appeals to teenagers and what their priorities are and we know how to keep them safe, while they have the time of their lives.

Learning Journeys is a full member of the Tourism Export Council, Qualmark accredited, Department of Conservation approved and Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students compliant.

 
North Island tour for students studying in New Zealand

North Island tour

  • 8th - 14th July 2018 (Full)
  • 19th - 25th January 2019  
A 7-day tour not to be missed! You will be able to tick off all your favourite spots from sand boarding in Cape Reinga at the tip of the North Island, kayaking under waterfalls in Paihia, all the way to our mysterious Waitomo Caves and beautiful Tongariro National Park. This tour gives you so many chances to try extra activities, like a boat trip to active White Island volcano, a trip to the snow (July only) or Tongariro Crossing (January only), zip-lining, that is just naming a few.

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South Island tour for International Students visiting New Zealand

SOUTH ISLAND TOUR
STUDENT TOUR

PRICE: $1795
  • 2nd – 11th October 2018
  • 4th – 13th December 2018
This 10 day South Island tour has got to be the best part of your trip to New Zealand. We think we run the best trips and so do our customers. Small friendly groups (21 places max) run by experienced guides mean you will have a great time...

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Outback reef and rainforest tour, Australia

OUTBACK REEF AND RAINFOREST
STUDENT TOUR

PRICE: $1795
 
  • September school holidays - 2018
  • April school holidays - 2019

An action packed tour with some of the best activities Cairns has to offer. Includes snorkelling on The Great Barrier Reef, White Water Rafting, the magical Daintree Rainforest, visit an Aboriginal culture park, swim under a tropical waterfalls, and sample true outback life on a cattle station.

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Outback reef and rainforest tour, Australia
Coromandel student day tour

COROMANDEL TRIP
STUDENT TOUR

PRICE: From $115

 

Your day here will include Cathedral cove with its famous sea arch, Hot Water Beach where you can dig your own private spa bath by the water’s edge and soak in geothermal spring water...

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Coromandel Student tour, New Zealand
Bay of Islands & Cape Reinga tours

BAY of ISLANDS & CAPE REINGA
STUDENT TOUR

PRICE: $595
  • By Arrangement (min group size 10)
A 3 day tour. The Bay of Islands is one of the 'must see' destination. Visit the Puketi Kauri Forest, try sand boarding down huge sand dunes, drive along 90 Mile Beach & visit Cape Reinga. Explore historic Russell or the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Take an eco-cruise to watch and swim with dolphins.

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Hobbiton Movie set student tours

HOBBITON STUDENT TOUR

PRICE: $149
  • 8th July 2018
    Departs from Auckland Central
This is a day trip from Auckland and Tauranga to Hobbiton Movie Set. See the Hobbit holes and the fully reconstructed hobbit village; tour the sheep farm; taste NZ made cheeses; finish with a hot swim.

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Waitomo, Black water rafting student tours, New Zealand

WAITOMO STUDENT TOUR

PRICE: $158-198
  • By Arrangement (min group size 10)
1 day tour of the famous Glow worm caves, Black water rafting OR Ruakuri cave tour and short walk in the stunning Ruakuri collapsed cave followed with a Farm show or kiwi house visit

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Ski tours for Students, New Zealand

SNOW ADVENTURE
STUDENT TOUR

  • 10th - 13th August 2018
  • or by Arrangement (min group size 10)
Enjoy learning to ski or snowboard or develop your skills on the slopes of the biggest ski fields in New Zealand. Mount Ruapehu is the North Islands highest mountain and an active volcano. This is a three day tour including 3 days skiing or snowboarding.

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White Island student tours, New Zealand

WHITE ISLAND
STUDENT TOUR

PRICE: $229
  • By Arrangement (min group size 10)
1 day - Your expedition to an active volcano. White Island is one of the most fascinating and easy to reach volcanoes on earth. It’s between 100,000 and 200,000 years old and walking on it is like walking on the moon.

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Rotorua, Taupo, Tongariro student tours, New Zealand

Rotorua Taupo Tongariro Waitomo
STUDENT TOUR

PRICE: $595
  • By Arrangement (min group size 10)
This three day tour includes many of the central North Island highlights that bring people to New Zealand from the other side of the world including the famous geysers and mud-pools, Waitomo's Glow Worm caves and the unmissable Hobbiton Movie Set.

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Rotorua - Waitomo weekend

TRILOGY TOUR - HOBBITS GEYSERS AND GLOW WORMS

PRICE: $410

 

  • By Arrangement (min group size 10) 
A two day tour includes many popular highlights. Including the famous geysers and mud-pools, Te Puia, Waitomo's Glow Worm caves and the unmissable Hobbiton Movie Set

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Rotorua - Waitomo weekend

Auckland/Coromandel 2 day
STUDENT TOUR

PRICE: $359

 

  • 23rd - 24th September 2017
An amazing three day tour that includes a tour of Auckland, Jetboating, Skytower, dinner on the water front, the beautiful Coromandel and Hotwater beach. Hostel Accommodation, Transport (not flights), dinner and breakfast, sky tower entry are all included

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  1. Why Learning Journeys

    Why use Learning Journeys to run your tour?



    School tours to New Zealand | Curriculum linked tours | Adventure tours
    •  We’re Qualmark accredited (a system developed by Tourism New Zealand and the AA) and Department of conservationapproved, SO you can be confident of the quality of the experience you’ll have with us.
    • Trips for secondary students have been our specialty for twelve years now. We have thousands of happy clients inside and outside New Zealand, SO you can be confident we love what we do and have had
       lots of practice.
    • We’re experienced secondary
       science and geography teachers
       (in the classroom and out of it) SO you can be sure we know our stuff, as well as how to manage and relate to teenagers.
    • All activities are  fun, interactive
       and hands-on, curriculum-
      linked (if you want), tailored to suit your needs and thoroughly risk managedSo teachers, SMT, students and parents are all happy with the outcomes.
    • We make it easy for you to offer your students educational trips to New Zealand by taking care of everything: accommodation, transport and activity bookings, facilitation, risk management paperwork and even worksheets if youwant them. SO you won’t be exhausted and can relax and enjoy the trip as much as everyone else.
    •  
    • We have close to 100 New Zealand secondary school clients SO you’ll have plenty of choice if you’d like to include sport or cultural exchange in your programme.
    • We’re Qualmark accredited (a system developed by Tourism New Zealand and the AA) and Department of conservation approved, SO you can be confident of the quality of the experience you’ll have with us.
    • Trips for secondary students have been our specialty for twelve years now.We have thousands of happy clients inside and outside New Zealand, SO you can be confident we love what we do and have had lots of practice.
    • We’re experienced secondary science and geography teachers (in the classroom and out of it) SO you can be sure we know our stuff, as well as how to manage and relate to teenagers.
    • We make it easy for you to offer your students educational trips to New Zealand by taking care of everything: accommodation, transport and activity bookings, facilitation, risk management paperwork and even worksheets if you want them. SO you won’t be exhausted and can relax and enjoy the trip as much as everyone else.
    • All activities are fun, interactive and hands-on, curriculum-linked (if you want), tailored to suit your needs and thoroughly risk-managedSO teachers, SMT, students and parents are all happy with the outcomes.
    • We have close to 100 New Zealand secondary school clients SO you’ll have plenty of choice if you’d like to include sport or cultural exchange in your programme.

     


  2. Why New Zealand?

    Why bring your students to New Zealand?

    • A new and exciting environment for your students, with lots of valuable educational opportunities.
    • Value for money: cheap flights and a favourable exchange rate, especially from Australia.
    • Safety: no dangerous animals, well-developed infrastructure and legislation for risk-management.
    • Easy access: lots to do and see in a small area once you arrive.
    • Plenty of clean, well-organised hostel accommodation, ideal for school groups.
    • Lots of sight-seeing and expertly managed adventure options, (including skiing).

     

  3. About us

    Learning Journeys - who are we?

    Learning Journeys has operated for thirteen years now, originally as New Zealand Odysseys, providing educational and sightseeing tours for over 100 New Zealand schools and thousands of students from New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Singapore, Korea, Italy, Spain, China Germany and Thailand.

    Meet the owners:

    Michele Beaton, BSc Hons, PGCE (DipTchg) Dip Ed          

    Michele’s background is in secondary science teaching and specialist nature tour guiding.  Before coming to New Zealand in 1993, Michele taught in England and Cyprus where she became Head of Science. Whilst in Cyprus, the opportunity to guide UK based adults and show them the mountains, plants and ecology of Cyprus created a desire to share her love of the outdoors in general and the natural environment in particular with others. 

    On arriving in New Zealand she completed a Certificate in Nature Tourism. There her passion for New Zealand’s unique environment emerged. The next six years was spent teaching biology and science in Tauranga. In 2000 she left teaching and in 2001 started what was to become Learning Journeys.

    Meet Simon Beaton, BSc, PGCE (Dip Tchg)

    Simon's career has been divided between secondary science teaching and the business world.

    After graduating, completing his PGCE and beginning his teaching career in UK, he set off with Michele to see the world. Cyprus, where Simon taught Chemistry and Biology and later became Deputy Headmaster, was the first part of the planned journey. A chance conversation with Kiwi friend gave them the idea of moving on, and in 1993 Simon and Michele and three daughters moved to  New Zealand. 

    Prior to leaving Cyprus, Simon had written a successful Geography-Economics program widely used in UK schools at the time, so on arrival in New Zealand he looked at developing educational software on a full-time basis until the need for an income forced him into insurance instead

    To his surprise he found he had a talent for helping business owners with risk management and strategic planning and, by 1996, owned his own business which he sold in 2010 to spend more time in Learning Journeys.


     
     





  4. Safety and compliance

    Safety


    Safety is always paramount in our trip planning and delivery. As parents ourselves, we’re very aware of the responsibility of being entrusted with other people’s children.

    Our Health and Safety Plan deals with every aspect of our operations and training. Hazard identification is carried out for every new activity and a RAMS (Risk Analysis and Management System) form is prepared. This process has been audited both by a Department of Conservation approved Safety Auditor and as part of our Qualmark® accreditation

    Our teacher-facilitators are trained in safe practice and all have First Aid qualifications. The suppliers we use are fully qualified and experienced in their specialties and where available we choose to work with Qualmarked® operators. Their sound safety records are further guaranteed by the Qualmark®, accreditation process.

    Qualmark®

    Qualmark® is New Zealand tourism's  official mark of quality.  All accommodation and tourism businesses carrying the Qualmark® have been independently assessed as professional and trustworthy, so you can book and buy with confidence


    The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students is very clear about where, how and with whom secondary students can travel away from their home-stay families and Learning Journeys is happy to say that our compliance with the Code has never been called into question.