From getting to know Maori culture during traditional ceremonies and meals, to journeying through Hobbiton and Rotorua’s unique geothermal landscape (Fall), or experiencing Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound (Spring) which some call the eighth wonder of the world, TEAN’s Orientation Excursion is one exciting and educational introduction to New Zealand. The orientation sets you up for a successful experience abroad, introducing you to the local culture, your fellow TEAN students, and how to live and study like a Kiwi, all while having a memorable journey. Our in-country staff personally guide you throughout the four full days of activities. Come ready for an adventure! 

Snapshot

Type

Orientation Program & Excursion

Length

4 Days

Accommodation

Hotels/Hostels

Location

Auckland & Rotorua (Fall & Summer)

Queenstown (Spring)

Dates

Varies, check your program dates

Cost

Included for:
New Zealand Semester Study & Intern Abroad
New Zealand Summer Internship

Highlights

Get an introduction to Maori culture by experiencing a traditional welcome ceremony, hangi dinner and Kapa Haka lesson

Stay in comfortable accommodation while getting to know your new study abroad friends and TEAN in-country staff

Visit the Hobbiton film set, including the famous Shire’s 44 hobbit holes, to see how this fascinating franchise put New Zealand on the global tourism map (Fall & Summer)

Experience Fiordland National Park and Milford Sound to marvel at the stunning fiord surrounded by mountains and waterfalls that was created by glaciers millennia ago. (Spring)

Attend orientation sessions designed to prepare you for your life abroad

Wrap up an adventure-filled week with a final group dinner before you depart for your host city, where you will receive an introduction by your local TEAN resident staff

Itinerary

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Note: Your TEAN Orientation location will depend on which semester you are studying abroad. If you are studying abroad during the Spring semester, your orientation will be in Queenstown. For students studying abroad during the Fall semester, your orientation will be in Auckland and Rotorua. Below you can find sample itineraries of each orientation.

QUEENSTOWN (SPRING)

SAMPLE ITINERARY*:

DAY ONE
Arrive in Queenstown and check into your accommodation for the week. We’ll kick off with a welcome session followed by a Maori cultural experience and celebratory group dinner. Depending on your arrival time, you may also have some free time to explore Queenstown on your own.  

DAY TWO
Today will be a full day including an informative bus journey to Fiordland National Park and a cruise through the remote Milford Sound, to marvel at the stunning fiord surrounded by mountains and waterfalls that was created by glaciers millennia ago. Today’s excursions combine the best that New Zealand has to offer including out-of-this-world landscapes, rejuvenating nature and great company!  Upon your return to Queenstown, you’ll have the chance to grab some dinner on your own and relax the rest of the evening.   

DAY THREE
This is a free day with the option to book additional activities. Take advantage of Queenstown’s adventure sports – this is the place where bungy jumping was invented – or rest and unwind before meeting as a group in the evening.  

After making the leap from one of the world’s highest bungy jumps or enjoying a scenic hike, spend one last evening together as a group with a final dinner.   

DAY FOUR
Start the morning by learning the words, actions, and postures of the All Blacks Maori Haka, a ceremonial Maori dance or challenge. After the lesson, you’ll have time for lunch on your own, then return to Auckland and fly to your host city. 

*Itinerary is subject to change. A detailed orientation itinerary will be provided to you prior to departure. 

AUCKLAND & ROTORUA (FALL)

SAMPLE ITINERARY*

DAY ONE
Arrive at Auckland International Airport in the morning and head out on a city walking tour before the ‘Welcome to New Zealand’ session. Afterward, you’ll have some free time to check into accommodation. The highlight of the first day comes in the evening when you visit a local Maori meeting house known as a marae, to take part in a traditional Maori welcome ceremony and hangi dinner, where meats and vegetables are cooked underground by heated rocks. 

DAY TWO
In the morning, be introduced to Kiwi culture and what it will be like studying and living in New Zealand, including academic differences and expectations, program logistics, and more. Next, leave Auckland and stop at the Hobbiton film set for a private tour and learn more about how significant the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were in promoting New Zealand as an international destination. Afterward, continue to Rotorua, where you will have a free evening. 

DAY THREE
Book additional activities this morning (see below) before rejoining the group in the afternoon to visit the Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland. Experience the region’s geothermal activity by dipping into mud pools, hot and cold streams and learning how geothermal energy is used in New Zealand for health and recreation. In the evening, share a final group dinner spending time with your new TEAN friends before heading off to your respective host cities tomorrow. 

DAY FOUR
Start the morning by learning the words, actions, and postures of the All Blacks Maori Haka, a ceremonial Maori dance or challenge. After the lesson, you’ll have time for lunch on your own, then return to Auckland and fly to your host city. 

*Itinerary is subject to change. A detailed orientation itinerary will be provided to you prior to departure. 

 

Free Time Options

Optional Activities

During your orientation, you will have some free time to explore and book additional activities in Rotorua (Fall) and Queenstown (Spring). Some Rotorua options include Zorbing, Skyline Gondola and Luge, white water rafting and more. In Queenstown, some options are scenic hikes, bungy, Skyline Gondola and Luge, rafting, kayaking and more. Of course, you might just want to relax and spend time chilling out, which is okay too!  

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