New Zealand

International study programs

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Welcome to our home: a beautiful, wild cluster of islands in the southern reaches of the South Pacific; 
‘a country made for angels, not for men’.*

Our New Zealand study programs take international student groups from the mountains and fjords of the deepest south to the golden beaches of the sub-tropical north.

We are New Zealanders**, we know this country inside-out. With our years of experience and local knowledge we can lower the cost of your program while raising the quality of your connection with our land and people.

A special aspect of many of our programs is time within te ao Maori, the Maori world, the indigenous culture of New Zealand. We can arrange for your group to stay in marae, cultural centers, and hear from community leaders, educators, elders and artists. This is no standard tourism experience; this is a genuine encounter with a unique culture and an essential part of the New Zealand story.

Sea-kayaking, slow-biking and back-country hiking are regular features of our trips. Depending on your study focus, budget and the amount of time you have available your tailored program might also include:

  • adventure-tourism activities, like white-water rafting, whale-watching, bungy-jumping and horse-treks;
  • guest-speakers, university lectures and expert-guided field-trips;
  • participation in community projects, alongside local students;
  • genuine experiences of everyday life and culture, including visits to remote sheep-farms, markets, festivals and sporting events.
  • New Zealand art, music, cinema and literature. 

Our accommodation options for student groups include remote high-country farms, backpacker hostels, back-country huts and wilderness campsites.

All our New Zealand programs are led by experienced local guides specializing in risk-management and environmental education. We can manage either your entire New Zealand program or just a part of it, for example an authentic Maori cultural experience or a multi-day sea-kayaking expedition.

Time in New Zealand can be combined with time in the neighboring countries of Australia and/or Fiji. Our group sizes normally range from 12 to 24 students, with programs between one and three weeks.


*From a poem by New Zealand’s James K. Baxter.

**Tamarillo Active Travel is owned and directed by Anthony Norris and Marina Mantovani, both dual-citizens of New Zealand and Italy.



Click to see Tamarillo's deal on trips for six

'Trips for Six'

Discounts for groups

Get a group of six or more together and reduce everyone’s price.

How it works: Instead of the regular per person price, we’ll give you a special per group price.
As the group's coordinator its up to you to decide how to split the 'Trips for Six' price. You might:

  • surprise your friends and family by paying for everyone.
  • divide the amount equally among all participants.
  • get the rest of the group to share the cost so you travel for free.

Who is it for? Extended families, groups of friends, hiking & kayaking clubs, corporate groups, etc.

'Trips for Six' discounts are available only for bookings made directly with
Tamarillo Active Travel. Contact us to learn more.

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Photo credits. Right-side top and Fiji, both by Ian Trafford. Right-side bottom, Julian Apse. New Zealand, Lake Wanaka Tourism. Australia, Garth Oriander/Tourism Australia.