Northland Summer Programs for International Students

Keen to explore postcard New Zealand in the summer holidays?

We have a range of summer programs for both tertiary and secondary students wanting to visit sub-tropical Northland during December 2020 and January 2021 including week long holiday programs, workshops, guided tours, self-drive itineraries and working holiday packages.

For more information or to register your interest in any of our programs, please fill in the registration form at the bottom of the page. Once the dates and costs are finalised, you will get first option to confirm your place on the programs you have registered your interest in.

Summer Workshops for all Ages

Full Day Healing Balms Workshop

Native Healing Herbals, Kerikeri – $150 pp

Go into the forest and learn about the medicinal properties of native plants and trees. Pick Kawakawa leaves and return to workshop to learn how to make your own Kawakawa balm and natural lip balm to take away.

Two Day Kiwi Cooking Class

QRC Culinary School, Bay of Islands

Try some classic kiwi cooking in the Bay of Islands. Day One – Savoury (meat pie with a twist and classic kiwi fish n chips). Day Two – Dessert (Pavlova and lemon meringue pie). Stay on campus at the QRC Halls of Residence.

One Day Woodturning Workshop

Master Woodturner, Rick Taylor – Dargaville

This workshop covers, using a lathe, cutting timber, woodturning and finishing. Make a tealight candle holder from ancient kauri wood with a swamp test age of 3,860 years to take home.

Clay & Print Making Workshops

Quarry Arts Centre, Whangarei

Learn printing techniques over 2 days and create a range of printed items with a kiwiana theme. Learn to work with clay over 2 days, try the pottery wheel and create a sculptural piece to take home.

Tours, Itineraries & Working Holidays for all Ages

Farm Life, Woofing & Sustainability (2 night)

Available guided or self-drive

A taste of Northland farming and sustainability with a bit of culture and adventure too. Experience hands-on farming and sustainability on a working Northland farm followed by nature walks at neighbouring Tahi New Zealand. On Sunday, wake up to horse-riding then an unforgettable Maori Cultural Tour with Kauri trees on Sunday.

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Waitangi & Bay of Islands with Rock the Boat (2 night)

Available guided or self-drive.

A weekend packed with Northland culture and adventure. You can tick off a few Northland must-try foods like oysters, kina and makana chocolate. Includes Rock the Boat Overnight Adventure Cruise with kayaking, fishing, snorkelling, kina, swimming, island hopping and learning about Project Island Song Conservation Project.

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Kauri Coast - Kauri, Kiwi and Kaimoana (2 night)

Available as guided or self-drive.

Explore the Hokianga and Kauri Coast. Highlights of this trip include an organic farm visit, collecting and cooking seafood with Awesome Adventures, kauri gum polishing at The Kauri Museum, Tane Mahuta, a night walk with kiwi, 4WDing on the beach, and old world experiences at the Paparoa Hotel. Optional workshops.

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Accommodation/Work/Sightseeing Package

Available October to March

Earn money and experience Northland over your summer holidays. Work at a local Kiwifruit orchard from Monday to Friday and stay in the friendly family environment of KeriCentral Hostel in Kerikeri for only $160pw. Your weekends are free to explore Northland and you’re only 20 minutes from the Bay of Islands.
Minimum 1 month stay.

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Tutukaka Coast - Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Available guided or self-drive

Spend the weekend with SupBro Paddleboarding at one on New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches. You can expect to spend your days paddling on crystal clear water, visiting golden sandy beaches & exploring hidden coastal caves. Optional trips to Poor Knights Marine Reserve and horse riding available.

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Hokianga - Awesome Adventures Jetski Safaris

Hosted by Awesome Adventures, Hokianga

Stay harbourside in the township of Opononi with locals Lenny & Antoinette from Awesome Adventures. The next day join them for a Jetski Safari exploring the harbour, local historic sites and the famous sand dunes. Gather your own seafood (or you can watch Lenny do it for you) and cook it!

Programs for High School Students

One Week Holiday Program – Whangarei

Hosted by Whangarei Girls’ High School.

Northland based activities each day including Horse Trekking, Surf Lessons, Kiwi North, Bird Recovery Centre, Poor Knights Marine Reserve, Tahi Honey Bee Keeping & sustainability. Accommodation: Homestays.

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One Week Holiday Program – Bay of Islands

Host to be advised.

Bay of Islands based activities each day including Kawiti Glowworm Caves, Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Volunteering day, Sailing on the R Tucker Thompson Tall Ship and Healing Balms Workshop.
Accommodation: Marae Stays

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