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New Zealand

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!

Optional Activity Package (OAP)

Each year, nearly 100% of our participants purchase ISV’s Optional Activity Package to enhance their adventure tour. The OAP includes a range of action-packed activities to do during some of your free days to make this the best adventure of your life!

The OAP is excellent value for money as ISV negotiates prices to ensure even the most budget-minded participants get an incredible deal. We've chosen a diversity of cultural, fun and challenging activities to complement the Tour's included activities that keep the adrenaline flowing while still allowing you plenty of time to relax.

Another bonus is that purchasing the OAP takes away the hassles of researching and booking your own activities. There are no risks of missing out due to limited availability - ISV secures your spot through this package- don’t miss out. Join the group!

The Black Abyss - Black Water Rafting (Waitomo)
The Black Abyss - Black Water Rafting (Waitomo)

The Black Abyss - Black Water Rafting (Waitomo) ?

The Black Abyss - Black Water Rafting (Waitomo) Photo

The Black Abyss is an exhilarating 5 hour extravaganza which is a more challenging upgrade to the ISV included black water rafting activity. Imagine this: enter the caves by abseiling deep down into the vast limestone cavern. Then you will find yourself climbing underground waterfalls, jumping off rocks into the water and zip-lining in the dark across the glow worm lit river. This is caving at its most exciting!

Whale Watching Cruise (Kaikoura) ?

Whale Watching Cruise (Kaikoura) Photo

Head out on an early morning boat ride along the spectacular Kaikoura coastline in search of some incredible marine life. The deep Hikurangi trench that runs along the coastline here makes observing deep-sea marine life like the majestic sperm whale so much easier. Learn about what unique marine life that makes Kaikoura the capital of marine life in New Zealand. Here you could have the chance to see the famous tail dive of sperm whale, pods of dusky dolphins in the hundreds, and if you are super lucky the rare and endemic hector dolphin only found in New Zealand!

Globe-Riding! (Rotorua) ?

Globe-Riding! (Rotorua) Photo

Zig, Zag ZORB! You've seen it on "The Amazing Race" - now experience this unique kiwi activity for yourself! Slip, slide and tumble down a track inside an enormous inflated plastic ball with two of your new best friends up to the speed of 50 km (31 mi) per hour! This is guaranteed fun and giggles like you've never had before!

Polynesian Spa (Rotorua) ?

Polynesian Spa (Rotorua) Photo

There is nothing better than spending a cold winter's evening soaking in the healing geothermal waters of the Polynesian Spa. There are various types of pools from acidic to alkaline with different health benefits as well as varying temperatures to choose from. The Polynesian Spa is a great way to finish the day with stunning views of Lake Rotorua.

Shotover Jet (Queenstown) ?

Shotover Jet (Queenstown) Photo

Hold on tight and experience the thrills of jet boating by twisting and turning at breathtaking speeds through the narrow Shotover river canyons, flying fast past rocky outcrops and spinning 360 degrees in the open areas. Find out what a jet boat can really do Kiwi style!

Tamaki Maori Village (Rotorua) ?

Tamaki Maori Village (Rotorua) Photo

Spend an evening learning about Maori customs, rituals, beliefs, and language through song, dance and performance before enjoying an authentic "Hangi" (ground cooked feast). You will have the chance to experience a formal Maori welcome (Powhiri) and see a "Haka" (traditional Maori war challenge) in an authentic and powerful presentation of Maori Culture! An experience not to be missed.

How do I sign up?

May - September Travel Season
To reserve your optional activity package, please check the box on your ISV Travel Options Form indicating you would like to participate in the Optional Activity Package. If you have already submitted your Travel Options Form, please send an email to info@isvolunteers.org stating you want to add the OAP. The cost will be added to your invoice. Full payment is due to ISV prior to departure.

Please Note: The OAP package must be purchased as a whole rather than a selection of one or more of the activities mentioned above.  All activities are subject to change without notice. Any and all changes are within the discretion of ISV.

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