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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 Date: 30 November 2024

Departure Cities: Brisbane and Melbourne

Adventure Fee: $3589

Deposit Amount: $500 AUD

Group: 30 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 Tongariro White Water Rafting challenge
  • 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 and cultural immersion
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 and get to know our fellow thrill seekers.
Day 2
We kick start our epic week of thrill seeking with an OGO roll, and a skyline gondola ride to the top of Mt Ngongotaha. After a buffet lunch with a view, luge down the side of the mountain and swing off the side on the famous Sky Swing! After our epic day, we take a journey into an ancient forest for an authentic Māori experience at Mitai Village.
Day 3
We prepare to zipline through some of New Zealand’s most beautiful natural wonders. In the afternoon, the amazing race will begin, an opportunity to explore Rotorua and have fun! Following this will be the chance to give back through our community challenge.
Day 4
This morning we pack our bags and make our way to Taupo. On the way there we will witness the incredible geothermal geysers and enjoy a picnic lunch at Lake Taupo. In the afternoon it’s time for thrills, chills and spins on the Huka Falls Jet Boat!
Day 5
It’s time to head to the banks of the Tongariro River for some white-water rafting. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to explore the neighboring town of Turangi to shop for souvenirs to take home.
Day 6
Spend the morning soaring to great heights at Rock n Ropes in Taupo. For our last night together, we’ll celebrate in style and reflect on our extraordinary week!
Day 7
It’s time to head back to Oz. Saying goodbye to new lifelong friends, it’s time for our final coach ide before the 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 (one lunch, one dinner and meals in transit not included)
  • 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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