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: 2 December 2017 and 1 December 2018

Departure City: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney

Adventure Fee: $3,195 AUD (2018 early bird price of $2995 currently available)

Deposit Amount: $500 AUD

Group: ~45 school leavers

2018 registration is NOW OPEN! Early bird price of $2995 is currently available for the first 20 places. 
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 24-hour Tongariro White Water Rafting challenge
  • Feel the rush at Agroventures 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
  • Quad bike through picturesque New Zealand
  • 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 Agroventures for an afternoon of adrenaline before taking a journey into the ancient forest for an authentic Maori experience at Tamaki Village.
Day 3
As we climb onto our quad bikes for an adventure we will be immersed in 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 enquiry form and you will receive an information kit with a copy of the registration form 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.

Thrill Out was quite possibly the best week of my life. I was able to test my limits and make friends that I know will last me a lifetime. The leadership team were amazing as well! I can’t even begin to express how much I enjoyed it.

Genivieve (2014 participant), Melbourne VIC

The week I spent in New Zealand for Thrill Out 2012 was one of the most amazing weeks of my life and an excellent way to round off my final year of high school.

Ben (2012 participant), Sunshine Coast QLD

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 (2013 participant), Highton VIC


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