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home to jaw-dropping scenery, addictive adrenaline rushes and good times galore, new zealand’s south island is everything you’ve dreamed of. panning on spending a gap year or working holiday in new zealand? from queenstown to mount cook and beyond, experience the scenic south on kia ora south insyte, our epic 9 day group tour and work & travel package. as well as sorting all your essentials and helping you find work in nz, we’ll show you all the highlights, along with some off-the-beaten-path adventures. cruise stunning milford sound, jet boat through Lord of the Rings country, explore wanaka and hike for epic views of mount cook, star-gaze from natural thermal pools and so much more! oh, and did we mention you’ll be doing all this with a knowledgeable group leader and a new crew of mates? there’s no better way to kick off your adventure in new zealand!

day 1 - arrive in queenstown!

Kia ora! Touching down in Queenstown, we’ll meet you at the airport and take you to our centrally located hostel to settle in. This evening you’ll meet up with the rest of your travel crew and get excited for all the adventures to come!

day 2 - queenstown orientation & jet boating

Today we get oriented with beautiful Queenstown! After doing some life admin and getting your local essentials set up, it’s time to get our first splash of adrenaline with a jet-boat ride. Feel the thrill as highly skilled drivers manoeuvre the boat just inches from sheer canyon walls, keeping things pumping with 360 degree spins and speeds in excess of 80km/h. Tonight it’s time to see what this backpacker hub is all about after dark!

day 3 - milford sound cruise

This morning we make tracks to New Zealand’s most majestic attraction - Milford Sound. Jumping on a fjord cruise, we’ll experience the spellbinding combination of towering peaks, forested cliffs, resident seals, and plummeting waterfalls up close and personal. Pick your jaw up off the floor, this is nature at her finest. Tonight we’ll cosy up in Te Anau, a picturesque town in the heart of Fiordland.

day 4 - travel to wanaka

Sojourning through Tolkienesque landscapes, we’ll explore some iconic Lord of the Rings filming locations nestled in New Zealand’s striking mountain ranges. After soaking up Middle Earth’s awe-inspiring vistas and filling our camera rolls we’ll continue on to Wanaka, a quaint resort town on a lake dwarfed by snow-capped peaks.

day 5 - explore wanaka

Today we check out all Wanaka has to offer, including the Instagram-famous ‘Wanaka Tree’, before strapping on our sneakers and venturing up Mount Iron. This moderate walk will take us up to witness breath-taking 360 degree views of Lake Wanaka, Lake Hawea, and Mt Aspiring National Park. Just us, Mother N, and a whole lot of mountain goodness.

day 6 - aoraki & mount cook

Today we’ll embark on a scenic drive through the southern alps towards Tekapo. Famed for its milky turquoise lake, Lake Tekapo boasts sky scraping peaks, enormous glaciers and purple lupins. Later we’ll stretch our legs on the iconic Hooker Valley Hike, that winds through the valley to give us spectacular views of Aoraki/Mt Cook, aka the tallest mountain in New Zealand.

day 7 - lake tekopa

Today we’ll discover Lake Tekapo and snap ‘grams that’ll have us the envy of everyone back home. This evening at Tekapo Springs we’ll learn about Maori mythology and modern science within Tekapo’s dark sky reserve. Officially accredited as one of the world’s best places for star-gazing, we’ll eye the skies whilst soaking in 37.5 degree natural thermal pools, nourishing both body and soul.

day 8 - work & travel plans

After travelling back to buzzing Queenstown, we’ll help sort out your onward travel and organise any other admin for your working holiday in New Zealand. If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Tonight we’ll get the gang together one more time, dressing sharp for our farewell dinner and night out on the town. Sweet as, bro.

day 9 check out & onward travel

This morning your Southern Kiwi adventure comes to an end, but this is just the beginning of your time in New Zealand. Prepped and ready for the next leg along with the new friends you’ve made, we’ll be there for support every step of the way.

important info

arrival info

It’s best to arrive on the actual start date as there are no activities on day one so you’ll have plenty of time to check in, relax and meet your group. If you do arrive in queenstown before your start date we will still pick you up from the airport and will book you into the hostel from the day you arrive. You’ll just need to pay from approx. £20 per person per night for any extra nights when you check in.

after our insyte

During the kia ora insyte you’ll get lots of help with finding work, accommodation and your onward travel. We’ll make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re doing, where you’re going and help you with everything you’ll need to have the trip of a lifetime with the new friends you’ve made.


You need a visa to enter New Zealand. Most people who do NZ Intro are on a Working Holiday Visa. A WHV is usually available to those aged 18 - 30 and valid for 12 or 23 months. We can help organise your visa before you go.


what you get

✓ Personal Airport Pickup To The Hostel 24/7
✓ 8 Nights Accommodation
✓ All Transport
✓ Help Before You Go
✓ NZ Sim Card
✓ NZ Bank Account
✓ IRD Number
✓ Awesome Group Leader
✓ Help with Onward Travel
✓ Unlimited Support
✓ Queenstown City Orientation
✓ Jet Boating
✓ Milford Sound Cruise
✓ Lord of the Rings Tour
✓ Mount Iron Hike
✓ Hooker Valley Hike
✓ Hot Springs Star Gazing

Flights, travel insurance, visas & some meals


– Jet boat through canyons

– Cruise around the remarkable Milford Sound

– Visit the famous Wanaka Tree & hike Mount Iron

– Explore authentic Lord of the Rings filming locations

– Hike in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park to gain views of glaciers and New Zealand’s highest peaks

– Assistance securing a paid job in New Zealand and support with all onward travel

need flights?

We work with pretty much all the major carriers, but these guys let us book your flights for a deposit when you book an insyte package. That's right, just a small deposit to secure your flights, leaving you time to start saving that hard earned cash to fund your epic trip down under. Ask our travel designers for the most upto date pricing. AND! as we are ATOL protected you can be sure your are financially protected. 

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