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Explore the beauty and variety of New Zealand's dramatic landscapes while preserving fragile ecosystems found nowhere else on earth. From the rolling mountains to the sweeping coastal plains, New Zealand will leave you breathless!

The ISV New Zealand Experience

Think extreme sports, The Lord of the Rings, the passion of indigenous Maori culture, and some of the most spectacular and diverse countryside in the world!

New Zealand is known as the adventure capital of the world! Learn about and experience geothermal pools, rugged volcanic mountain ranges, gorgeous beaches, glaciers, as well as the fascinating Maori culture in Aotearoa, New Zealand - the land of the long white cloud. 

As a volunteer in New Zealand, you will be working to protect and rehabilitate some of the most beautiful landscapes on Earth. Your volunteer efforts will directly benefit rare and endangered New Zealand species by providing food, shelter and enhancing natural habitats. Volunteer assistance is essential to ensure the health and survival of New Zealand's native ecosystems. Your achievements on projects will contribute to the amazing work being done in New Zealand to conserve the environment for future generations.

Adventure tour activities may include black water rafting in glow worm caves, exploring the thermal wonders of Rotorua, take in the breath taking scenery of Franz Josef Glacier and Tongariro National Park, white water rafting rapids on the Kaituna River, experiencing the true kiwi night life in Wellington and going wild in the adrenaline capital of the world - Queenstown!

Throughout your entire ISV journey, we will introduce you to the world famous dramatic scenery, unique wildlife and welcoming locals that are uniquely New Zealand.

Volunteer Projects

First 2 weeks
Protect native species and assist with environmental education and sustainability

Volunteer Projects

  • Conservation of nature sanctuaries
  • Habitat restoration
  • Protection of endangered species such as the iconic kiwi bird
  • Scientific research within fragile environments
  • Planting native species in beautiful landscapes
  • Assisting with various conservation initiatives
  • Environmental education for community members
  • Sustainable tourism development
  • Invasive species removal to protect native plants and animals

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Adventure Tour

Second 2 weeks
Travel across both North & South Islands for the adrenaline experience of a lifetime

Adventure Tour

  • Black water rafting in glow worm caves*
  • Bathing in the geothermal hot pools of Rotorua*
  • Maori Cultural Experience in Rotorua
  • Whale Watching in Kaikoura*
  • White water rafting the rapids of the Kaituna River
  • Exploring the cultural attractions and nightlife of Wellington
  • Globe-riding downhill inside a giant Zorb ball (so much fun!)*
  • Drive through the dramatic Tongariro National Park and World Heritage site
  • Jet boating through the Shotover Canyon*
  • Experiencing Queenstown (the adrenaline capital of the world)

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Fiji Excursion

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Set sail on a journey of discovery through the jewels of the South Pacific!

After your stay in New Zealand, you'll have the opportunity to spend 6 days in the beautiful tropical islands of Fiji! Relax and unwind after your amazing adventure as you enjoy this island paradise with warm pacific waters, rich vegetation and pristine coral reefs.

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