Thrill Out New Zealand

An ultimate schoolies alternative

An alternative schoolies for Year 12 school graduates.

Celebrate the end of school with an action packed week in New Zealand.


Adventure Length: 7 days

Departure Dates: 4 December 2021

Departure City: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Adventure Fee: $3,195 AUD

Deposit Amount: $500 AUD

Group: ~45 school leavers

This alternative schoolies brings thrill-seeking and adventurous school leavers together for a truly remarkable week. Thrill Out! combines a range of high adrenaline activities with a powerful Maori cultural interaction. It also includes a meaningful community service challenge; giving you a chance to get to know the locals and leave a tangible legacy.
New Zealand is renowned as one of the world’s greatest adventure playgrounds, making it the perfect destination for Thrill Out. Get ready for an action-packed week and be prepared to make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime!
  • Get your heart pumping on the overnight Tongariro White Water Rafting challenge
  • Feel the rush at Velocity Valley extreme adrenaline park
  • Enjoy the thrills and spins on the Huka Falls Jet Boat
  • Fly down the Mountain Luge
  • Experience 3 Gs of force on the Rotorua Sky Swing
  • Enjoy a traditional Maori Hangi at Tamaki Village
Day 1
Bright and early we depart Brisbane or Melbourne, heading for Auckland to begin our Thrill Out adventure. After arriving in Auckland, we make our way to Rotorua as we get to know our fellow thrill seekers.
Day 2
We kick start the week of thrill seeking with an OGO roll, skyline gondola ride to the top of Mt Ngongotaha and a luge race in the morning. After a buffet lunch with a view, we make our way to Velocity Valley for an afternoon of adrenaline before taking a journey into the ancient forest for an authentic Maori experience at Mitai Village.
Day 3
As we climb into our 4WD buggies for an adventure through some of New Zealand’s most picturesque landscapes. In the afternoon, we give back to the locals as we help the Salvation Army collect for their door knock appeal.
Day 4
This morning we pack our things and make our way to Taupo. On the way there we will experience the magnificent Te Puia Thermal Park and enjoy a picnic lunch at Lake Taupo. In the afternoon it’s time for thrills, chills and spills on the Huka Falls Jet Boat!
Day 5
It’s time to get high on the Rock’n Ropes high ropes course this morning before taking on the 24 hours white water rafting challenge in the afternoon. Tonight we spend time around the camp fire and sleep under the stars on the riverbank.
Day 6
As we make our way back to the main land, we complete our white water rafting challenge. This afternoon will be free for everyone to chill out or shop until you drop before getting dressed up for a final night celebration.
Day 7
It’s time to go home! Jumping on board our coach for the last time, we make our way back to Auckland to catch our flights. Saying goodbye to new life long friends, it’s time for a short flight back to Australia.
At yLead, we believe in making our experiences as inclusive as possible, and being completely upfront with any costs associated. Your adventure fee includes:
  • International flights
  • Private transfers
  • All accommodation
  • All meals (except one lunch and meals in transit)
  • All activities as listed in itinerary
  • Comprehensive Covermore travel insurance
We recommend bringing an additional $200 NZD as spending money for any little extras you’d like to purchase such as snacks, drinks and souvenirs. You will also need to purchase one of your lunches and any meals you require in transit.
How do I book my trip? 
If you’ve already decided you want to join us on one of our travel adventures simply complete the registration form and you will receive an information and instructions about how to pay your deposit. You can always contact our team if you need any assistance with this process.
Who will be looking after me while I’m there? 
Our tour leadership team provide the greatest guarantee of participant safety and well-being. Our carefully selected Australian leaders have vast experience with both travel and working with young people.
Who else will be travelling with me? 
Joining you on your adventure will be a group of positive, like-minded school graduates and an experienced yLead tour leadership team from all over Australia.
Is the trip completely drug and alcohol free?
Yes, absolutely, even for the leaders. yLead has a zero tolerance policy on drugs and alcohol. We sincerely believe in the quality of the young people that choose to join us on this trip and therefore don’t expect there to be any problems. It is important however to know that we are committed to our zero tolerance policy and any breach, regardless of its nature, will jeopardise your participation in the remainder of the trip.
What if I’m scared of some of the activities?
That’s OK! We were too! We have designed this experience to challenge you, push your limits, and take you outside of your comfort zone. It is yLead’s philosophy, that the adrenaline based activities be ‘challenge by choice’, meaning that we will not force you to participate in anything you are not willing to do. We will try to talk you into it a little bit though, as we know how much you will get out of ‘taking the leap’.
Please note however that due to supervision requirements the Community Challenge, White Water Rafting and Tamaki Village are compulsory activities.
What if I can’t meet the payment schedule deadlines?
We absolutely believe in the value of these trips and would hate for money to be a barrier for you joining us. In the circumstance that you are unable to meet the payment deadlines, please contact us. We can arrange a payment plan that suits your monetary requirements and ours. We will do what we can to help make it possible for you!
Can I talk to people who have done it? 
Yes. Just contact us and we will connect you with some of our previous travellers who love to share their experience.
If you have any other questions, simply complete the enquiry form and we will email you an information kit.

You will never have another chance like this to meet a group of people who are all at a similar stage of life to you and come from a variety of backgrounds. I wouldn’t have wanted to celebrate my schoolies any other way, and I will always remember this trip.”

Brendan (Participant), Brisbane QLD

New Zealand helped me to understand the importance of pride and culture. New Zealand helped me understand that you can tell people things that might help them grow, however for them to truly understand it they must live and learn from it themselves. New Zealand also reminded me of the value of challenging yourself and how valuable getting outside of your comfort zone can be.

Sean (Mentor), Melbourne VIC

This has been the best experience of my life! I have never smiled or laughed so hard and it’s safe to say that if given the opportunity, I would not hesitate to do it again!

Eleanor (Participant), Highton VIC

The mentors were extremely supportive people and had such fun, positive and genuine personalities, which made them not only great mentors, but great people to be around.

Rebecca (Participant), Beaudesert QLD


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