Holiday Programs

ExpedNZ and Outdoor Education New Zealand (ODENZ) offer international students the opportunity to discover inspiring New Zealand landscapes, learn from a rich local culture and take their learning beyond the classroom walls. Students from NZ schools will have access to multi-day, outdoor experiential education programs specifically designed for international students to enhance their learning opportunities while in New Zealand.

Nau mai haere mai | Welcome
Welcome to Aotearoa - New Zealand, a land of inspiration.


Our Programs

International students who enrol with a New Zealand school also have the opportunity to book any or all of the three programs run by ExpedNZ during school holiday breaks. You will be introduced to the New Zealand environment and culture on the Aotearoa Orientation program, journey into the wilderness on the Aotearoa Adventure and see the highlights of nature on the Explore Aotearoa program.

The ExpedNZ programs will make the most of holiday break times in New Zealand.

How to apply

Applications are made by completing the online application form. You will be notified when your application has been approved and ExpedNZ will be in contact with your host school to assist with travel arrangements.

Aotearoa Orientation

Cultural Program | 5 Days

Experience and learn about Aotearoa through this unique, immersive cultural orientation program.

Students will learn about Te Ao Māori (the Māori world), take part in exciting adventures along the way, meet our wild life locals all whilst getting to know and experience New Zealand's stunning wilderness areas.

Aotearoa Adventure

Adventure Program | 5 Days

Across this 5-day program students will experience local National Parks and wilderness areas of Te Tauihu (the top of the South Island). They will explore through a mix of adventure activities such as hiking, kayaking, caving and camping for a truly adventure focused experience.

Explore Aotearoa

Discovery Program | 10 Days

This discovery program allows students to make the most of their time in New Zealand.  Across this 10-day adventure students will travel to many of the most iconic and beautiful sites across the Top of the South Island, explore national parks, take part in adventurous activities, access remote beaches, discover wilderness areas off the beaten track and encounter local wildlife.

ODENZ and ExpedNZ in partnership

ExpedNZ programs offer world-class outdoor experiential educational experiences.

Access to specifically designed programs

International students from ODENZ schools have access to three different ExpedNZ programs during their stay in New Zealand. ExpedNZ offers an immersive orientation program on students' arrival to New Zealand, and further exploration and adventure focused options during school breaks.

Empowering Personal Growth

Our programs are empowering for young people. We provide students with an opportunity to improve their physical and mental wellbeing within an adventure-based setting. Programs are designed to promote personal growth through challenge and to inspire students confidence to take on the challenges of tomorrow.

Discover new ways of thinking

At ExpedNZ we firmly believe in nurturing our natural environments and celebrating our cultural diversity. In all ExpedNZ programs we connect students with New Zealand's diverse wilderness areas and look to the past, to the knowledge of tangata whenua (NZ indigenous culture) to help guide and inform future decisions. Students will discover new ways of thinking, be challenged physically and be inspired to strive for a better, more connected and healthier future.

For more information about New Zealand and the benefits of ExpedNZ programs
visit our Why Choose ExpedNZ page.

About ExpedNZ

Experienced Educators

ExpedNZ is the international division of Whenua Iti Outdoors, a New Zealand based not for profit education organisation with over 35 years of experience delivering impactful experiential education programs in the outdoors.

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Learning Philosophy

ExpedNZ is founded on the belief that experiential learning best prepares students for our changing world, weaving culture, adventure and nature connection experiences throughout carefully designed programs that result in lasting personal growth.

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Safety Comes First

Students enjoy the benefits of ExpedNZ nationally recognised education and safety accreditation. ExpedNZ educators are expert facilitators, fully trained with outdoor industry qualifications and experience.

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