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Optional excursions are subject to availability. Spaces are limited.
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Term 3
(Sydney) Surfing Lesson & Manly
Description

After a relaxed start to your day, we’ll take the ferry across Sydney Harbour giving us fantastic views (and photo opportunities!) of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Arriving in the Northern Beaches area of the city, we’ll stroll along the pedestrianised Corso, Manly’s main street dotted with palm trees, sculptures, and bare-footed surfers, to arrive at the wide golden beaches that this neighbourhood is known for.

Surfing is an integral part of Australian culture, and we’ll learn how to get to grips with the waves with some of the best instructor’s in the country, teaching us the skills of surfing and how to handle yourself and your surfboard in the ocean. A must for any Aussie traveller; you will never forget the feeling of catching your first wave!

Before our lesson, we’ll have free time to shop in the boutiques and markets, people watch, grab a coffee or a bite to eat in one of the many cafes, or visit one of the galleries of popular Manly, then after our lesson we’ll return to the city in time for dinner.

Please bring: a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen. Wear clothing suited to the weather on the day.

Included: 2hr surf lesson, equipment, wetsuits and rash vests, access to change rooms and showers, and storage for your valuables.

$100.00
Term 3
(Queenstown) Bungee Jumping
Description

The Kawarau Bridge Bungee is home to the world’s first commercial bungee site. With a 43m bungee, and an 8 second free fall, this excursion is perfect for anyone looking for a lot of adventure!

The bungee site is a short drive out of town. Here the trained bungee staff of A J Hackett Bungee New Zealand will give the group an introduction, along with safety information on the jump. Then it is jump time!

Students will have the option of many different jump styles, and whether you want to bob above the water, touch the water or be fully immersed it will all add to the experience. After the jump, we will let the thrill sink in before being transported back to the hotel.

The Staff of A J Hackett take safety considerations and gear testing very seriously. They were one of the pioneers of the Australian and New Zealand Standards Authority Guidelines for commercial operations in Bungee Jumping and frequently request auditing from two external corporations: Bureau Veritas, an internationally recognized auditing company, and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The combination of a thrilling experience, quality product and highly-regarded safety record has meant that A J Hackett has achieved widespread recognition, with awards from New Zealand Qualmark, and Tourism New Zealand.

If you wish to watch your friends jump (but not jump) you may sign-up as a spectator.

Please note: It is not possible to upgrade to jump on site.

$245.00
Term 3
(Queenstown) Bungee Jumping Spectator
Description

The Kawarau Bridge Bungee is home to the world’s first commercial bungee site. With a 43m bungee, and an 8 second free fall, this excursion is perfect for anyone looking for a lot of adventure!

The bungee site is a short drive out of town. Here the trained bungee staff of A J Hackett Bungee New Zealand will give the group an introduction, along with safety information on the jump. Then it is jump time!

Students will have the option of many different jump styles, and whether you want to bob above the water, touch the water or be fully immersed it will all add to the experience. After the jump, we will let the thrill sink in before being transported back to the hotel.

The Staff of A J Hackett take safety considerations and gear testing very seriously. They were one of the pioneers of the Australian and New Zealand Standards Authority Guidelines for commercial operations in Bungee Jumping and frequently request auditing from two external corporations: Bureau Veritas, an internationally recognized auditing company, and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The combination of a thrilling experience, quality product and highly-regarded safety record has meant that A J Hackett has achieved widespread recognition, with awards from New Zealand Qualmark, and Tourism New Zealand.

If you wish to watch your friends jump (but not jump) you may sign-up as a spectator.

Please note: It is not possible to upgrade to jump on site.

$50.00
Term 3
(Queenstown) Sky Diving 12,000ft
Description

Take to the skies and leap back down to earth, (attached to your sky diving instructor).

It takes a certain kind of person to leap out of an aircraft to the ground. It takes courage. You step out of that aircraft door and for some 60 seconds you freefall at 200km/hour. The personal challenge is immense!

Students who have previously participated in this say it was one of the true highlights of their year so if you’ve got the nerve – go for it! There are 2 choices: dive from 12,000ft or 15,000ft. The 15,000ft gives you a longer freefall. Your height will need to be decided upon reservation. Please note: It is not possible to upgrade elevation on site.

$395.00
Term 3
(Queenstown) Sky Diving 15,000ft
Description

Take to the skies and leap back down to earth, (attached to your sky diving instructor).

It takes a certain kind of person to leap out of an aircraft to the ground. It takes courage. You step out of that aircraft door and for some 60 seconds you freefall at 200km/hour. The personal challenge is immense!

Students who have previously participated in this say it was one of the true highlights of their year so if you’ve got the nerve – go for it! There are 2 choices: dive from 12,000ft or 15,000ft. The 15,000ft gives you a longer freefall. Your height will need to be decided upon reservation. Please note: It is not possible to upgrade elevation on site.

$495.00
Term 3
(Rotorua) Zorbing
Description

Zorbing, or outdoor gravity orbing, is an exciting adventure where you roll down a hill in a giant plastic ball!

Dive into your ball and roll down Mt. Ngongotaha, a hill on the outskirts of Rotorua, on two specially designed tracks – one is a fast 250m straight run, and the other is a 350m winding zig-zag run. You’ll have the choice whether you want a wet or dry ride!

Bring your swimwear – and whether you choose to get wet in your zorb, or not, make the most of the hot tubs at the top and bottom of the hill with views over the local farmland. There’s also a café on site for refreshment.

In its modern form, the sport originated in New Zealand though there is some debate of the true inventor as there have been experiments in the past with humans rolling about in objects akin to the hamster ball in France!

Your exhilarating zorbing experience will last about an hour, plus travel time.

$120.00
Term 4
Nicaragua (San Juan del Sur) Horseback Riding
Description

Horseback riding is a great way to get up close and personal with the beautiful country of Nicaragua.

On this excursion we will visit a private local ranch, where we’ll meet our well-cared for and loved horses. The ride leaves from the ranch through the local community, into open fields and over hilltops for spectacular views, crossing the river several times for excellent wildlife viewing (we almost always see monkeys!) and then to a secluded beach for a refreshment break and more riding adrenalin.

Our knowledgeable trail boss will lead the way and a portion of your ride fee will go to the ranch’s local community development fund. Our ride will be scheduled to arrive at the beach at low tide for safety and a bigger beach to ride on.

If you’ve never been on a horse before, or if you are an experienced rider, you horse will be chosen based on your experience level. All horses are well trained and you can take it slow, or trot and canter to your delight!

Please note: Riding will be Western Style, and there is a rider weight limit of 210lbs. Please bring long pants.

$135.00
Term 4
Nicaragua (Granada) Masaya Volcano - Lava Rock Evening Tour
Description

Experience the mysterious sights and sounds of the Masaya Volcano by night. Feared by both indigenous people and Spanish conquerors, the Masaya Volcano was baptized "La Boca del Infierno" or "The Mouth of Hell" by the Spanish.

Just before sunset we set off to the volcano where we hope to get a glimpse of green ‘chocoyos’ (parakeets) returning to their nests inside the volcano crater. These birds have amazingly adapted to withstand the sulfurous fumes emitted from the volcano. While the parakeets are returning home, the bats are just leaving their caves in their masses. What a remarkable sight!

We’ll don helmets and take a flashlight to explore the underground tunnel and rock formations formed by lava streams, before we end our visit to this majestic volcano with a hike to a viewpoint giving fantastic vistas of the crater mouth, which is continuously emitting smoke and sulfur gases, and allowing us to see a crater created by lava activity as recently as 2006!

Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring insect repellent, bottled water and a light jacket.
$90.00
Term 4
Costa Rica (Playa del Coco) Stand Up Paddling
Description

Whether you know it as SUP surfing, paddle surfing or stand up paddle boarding, this new sport is taking the world by storm. Let’s join the movement and grab a paddle and board and get cruising!

This is the perfect way to enjoy the ocean for surfers and non-surfers alike, and you can tailor it to your comfort zone, from flat water paddling to riding the waves. Its fan base is growing so rapidly because everyone can do it and its great fun!

With our instructor we will learn the safety, basic strokes and turns both standing and kneeling and by the end you’ll be a SUP pro.

Included: equipment and life vest.

Please wear your swimsuit, and bring insect repellent, sunscreen, along with a hat/sunglasses, a towel and a change of clothes.
$120.00
Term 4
Costa Rica (Playas del Coco) Discovery Scuba Diving (no certification required)
Description

This half-day adventure is for the non-certified diver who wants to experience underwater life first hand. A highly trained instructor will teach students the basics of scuba diving in a swimming pool and then take them on a shallow one-tank dive in the ocean.

Equipment included.

Signed waiver required.

$215.00
Term 4
Costa Rica PADI Scuba Certification Course, Playas del Coco
Description

Jacques Yves Cousteau himself chose to film a diving special in Costa Rica, leaving little doubt as to the quality of this activity in the region. The same underwater wonders that attracted the great Captain Cousteau to Costa Rica continue to attract divers from all over the world. These qualities include: pristine azure waters, hundreds of miles of unexplored coasts and islands, and an abundance of tropical marine life. While beginners may not yet be ready for a large school of hammerhead sharks gliding soundlessly overhead, Costa Rica has snorkel and dive sites for everybody, from the newcomer to the most experienced professional. Join us and complete your full PADI diving certification while on location in Costa Rica.

Course duration: approximately 3 afternoons.

Equipment: Participants may bring their own mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit or borrow from the dive shop.

Signed waiver required.

$675.00
Term 4
Costa Rica Diving for PADI Certified Divers, Afternoon Two-Tank Boat Dive
Description

In the Playas del Coco area, there are more than 60 dive sites within a 15 minute boat ride. Among the coral reefs and rocky outcroppings, students can observe and swim with snappers, groupers, angelfish, as well as a startling array of rays and eels.

The dives include a half-day boat trip in the Playas del Coco area where certified divers will have two dives, each at a different dive site. These dives will plunge students to depths of approximately 60 to 80 feet.

Equipment and snacks are included. Students are welcome to bring their own mask, fins and wet suit if they wish.

Students must bring and present their PADI card.

Signed waiver required.

$165.00
Term 4
Peru (Cusco) 2-Day/1-Night Adventure Tour (Add-On to the Included Machu Picchu Visit, preceding the included overnight tour to Machu Picchu)
Description

This overnight excursion will take place prior to the included visit to Machu Picchu and will give participants an extended time to explore the nature, ecology and history of the area before re-joining the group for the visit to Machu Picchu.

We will see birds such as parrots, hummingbirds and eagles and the plantations of Coca (Sacred Leaf of the Incas), coffee, yucca, and fruit trees.

Our adventure will include hiking and biking through spectacular mountains, exploring ancient ruins and visiting with local communities (descendents of the Inca who still live a traditional lifestyle) to learn more about their way of life. Along the way, we’ll see breathtaking vistas, enjoy delicious home-cooked food and get to relax surrounded by ancient landscapes.

We do recommend that you have a basic level of fitness to participate in this excursion due to activities at high altitude.

Price includes: all transportation to, from and during the trek; bicycle and equipment rental; all entry and guide fees; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily; accommodations each night. One male and one female staff will accompany the group on the excursion.
$195.00
Term 4
Peru (Cusco) Half Day Mountain Biking
Description

One of the best places in the world to mountain bike is Peru! Join us on a half day biking adventure around the outskirts of Cusco. We will traverse the high plain above the city, taking in panoramic views of Cusco and its surrounding mountains.

We will make our way to the Huayllarcocha lagoon through the archaeological sites of Sacsayhuaman and Qenqo. If the weather is clear to the south, our highland route offers a breathtaking view of the sacred mountain Ausangate. Our route takes us past one more archeological site: Rumiwasi. Our adventure will finish in the Qarigrande neighborhood in San Sebastián before we return to our hotel.

** All equipment, including mountain bike and safety gear, is included.

*** Tour does not include entry into the archaeological sites along the route.

$115.00