2016-17 Term 3: Australia and New Zealand

Our term in the southern hemisphere begins in cosmopolitan Sydney, Australia. We’ll tour Darling Harbour and see the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. We can also enjoy a day at one of Sydney’s many beaches, including the hip Bondi Beach, or take a coastal walk.

Australia’s Whitsunday Coast, dotted with islands, is lined with sublime beaches, perfect for sun and relaxation. We’ll sail to the Great Barrier Reef to discover its unique aquatic life.

Up the east coast, we’ll study in Brisbane, exploring nearby parks and reserves to get up close to some of Australia’s unique wildlife and ecology. Its cafes and laid-back culture are a draw for tourists and Aussies alike.

Our first stop in New Zealand is Dunedin, a university town on South Island, known for its Scottish and Maori heritage.

On the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is a place for adventurers and thrill seekers. Here, we’ll blend study with outdoor activities: hiking, swimming and toss a disc are just a few ways we’ll enjoy the outdoors.

Our final stop in New Zealand is Auckland. This city offers a remarkable range of scenery, where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and enchanting islands. It’s a perfect environment for revision and the final exams.



Students arrive in the lively city of Sydney at the height of the southern hemisphere summer, where they will enjoy the classic sights of the Opera House and the harbour on a walking tour.

Whitsunday Coast

One of the highlights of this term will be the Whitsunday Coast, where students will take a once-in-a-lifetime day trip to the Great Barrier Reef.


Students will love Brisbane’s mix of arts, culture, and nature. Enjoy classes beside the river and in the beautiful parkland of this lovely city.


Our final destination on the South Island is Dunedin, where we will be exposed to the beautiful architecture of the First Church of Otago, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Dunedin Railway Station.


Next we will explore Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world. Surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and lakes, we will spend our time exploring and immersing ourselves in this invigorating community.


We will end our term in the city of Auckland, where we will hike to the top of a volcano for panoramic city views and visit Auckland Art Gallery Toi o T?maki. Before saying our goodbyes, we will enjoy a delicious final banquet.

Flight Details

Term 3 group flights are on request.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Air Canada flight 7713

Depart Toronto 4:00 pm

Arrive Houston 6:39 pm

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Air New Zealand flight 29

Depart Houston 7:55 pm

Arrive Auckland 5:55 am, February 21

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Air New Zealand flight 101

Depart Auckland 7:00 am

Arrive Sydney 8:35 am

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Air New Zealand flight 28

Depart Auckland 4:00 pm

Arrive Houston 12:40 pm

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Air Canada flight 7714

Depart Houston 3:35 pm

Arrive Toronto 7:40 pm

Please note: Flight times are subject to change by the airlines.

Optional Excursions

(Sydney) Surfing, Manly Beach

Manly, a seaside village just 15 minutes from Sydney CBD, is the perfect place to escape the big city. On one side of the suburb you’ll find Sydney Harbour, and on the other you’ll find the Pacific Ocean – and a beautiful beach, where we’ll take our surf lesson. With shops, cafes and nature walks there’s much more to discover here too!

Manly Surf School has been teaching since 1983, and has been voted by Surfing Australia as the number 1 surf school in New South Wales. It offers a safe environment for students, with highly qualified and professional staff. In fact, the surf school’s purpose is ‘to give the stoke of surfing’. Definition? Excitement, thrill, pleasure, smiles, skills, challenges, adrenalin. What a great way to spend the morning!

Please bring a swimsuit, towel & sunscreen. Surfboards & wetsuits are provided, along with change rooms, showers and storage for valuables.

Price: $139

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T3. Surfing

(Whitsunday Coast) Whitehaven Beach day sail

Climb aboard our America’s Cup racing yacht, Southern Cross, for our adventure today as we take to the seas and cross from mainland Australia to one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

Today we’ll be visiting Whitehaven Beach – consistently voted one of the best beaches in the world – and you’ll see why! Clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand, this beach stretches over seven kilometres, and has a backdrop of unspoiled lush forest. We’ll set anchor at Tongue Bay so you can hike the short route up to the Hill Inlet Lookout giving us amazing vistas. After some time on the beach it’s back to the yacht for lunch before an afternoon swim and snorkel exploring the local coral reef.

While on-board Southern Cross guests are welcome to get involved and help the crew set the sails or simply sit back, relax and take in the experience and the scenery.

** Includes morning/afternoon tea, lunch & marine park fees **

Price: $250

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T3. Whitehaven (ZB8A7976)

(Brisbane) Moreton Island (snorkel, kayak, sandboard)

This full day adrenaline-charged excursion takes us out of Brisbane to the small island of Moreton. We’ll be picked up from our hotel and transferred to a local port for a short ferry ride to the island. On arrival we have a number of activities, the order of which will be defined by the day’s weather conditions.

  • Guided Snorkelling of the Tangalooma Shipwrecks
    The Tangalooma wrecks are a collection of 15 vessels that were deliberately sunk to form a dive and snorkel site. Clear waters allow for wonderful visibility allowing snorkellers to see an array of marine life and coral. Our guide will ensure we can explore this safely, with all gear and instruction will be provided.
  • Transparent Kayaking
    In these innovative kayaks even the seats are see-through! Kayaking through the smooth waters, we see a new perspective on the ocean life passing under us. Feeding the fish will create a frenzy of activity right beneath us. If we’re lucky, the playful local dolphins will even swim alongside us!
  • Sand boarding
    Taking a 4WD bus up into the desert area of the island, we’ll get to surf down high sand dunes for an exhilarating ride. Getting up to speeds of 60km/h this is fast and furious! We’ll have special boards and get a safety brief before hitting the slopes.

In addition to all of that, we’ll get to re-charge with morning tea and a picnic lunch on the beach. There are café facilities to purchase snacks and drinks locally, however we do recommend that you bring water. Please also bring swimwear, sunglasses, sunscreen, sunhat and a towel.

Price: $345

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Trailblazer Tours Image - snorkel close up of girl at wrecks

(Brisbane) Stand Up Paddling

We’ll take to the water on the Brisbane River and explore the city from a different viewpoint. We’ll cruise past green parks, city skyscrapers, and historic buildings, and pass under Story Bridge.

An offshoot of surfing (so you can put to use those balance skills learnt in Manly, Sydney!), Stand Up Paddling is one of the world’s fastest growing sports. This laid-back activity is easy to pick up, and you’ll be enjoying yourself too much to notice you’re actually getting a full body workout.

This excursion is suitable for all fitness levels and abilities. Experienced instructors will teach you the techniques to confidently paddle at your own pace, and all equipment is provided, including a Personal Floatation Device. Kayaking is possible if you decide that Stand Up Paddling isn’t for you!

You will need to bring: clothes that will get wet (board shorts/¾ pants and t-shirt), spare change of clothes, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, towel, and water. No shoes are required as we will paddle barefoot. Showers are available for use. Locker hire is possible.

Price: $145

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(Queenstown) Skydiving - 12,000ft or from 15,000ft

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.

12, 000ft Price: $450

15, 000ft Price: $550

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(Queenstown) Bungee Jumping

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.

Price: $250

Want to just come out and watch? For those students that are not feeling as adventurous, we offer a transportation-only option which allows for all the fun of watching, but none of the thrill of actually jumping. Come and watch as your friends take the leap!

Spectating Price: $50

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(Auckland) Rotorua weekend

On Saturday, we depart Auckland after breakfast and set out to the town of Waitomo, famed for its population of glowworms, Arachnocampa luminosa, which live in the local caves. We’ll learn more about the caves’ historical and geological importance from our expert guide and take a short boat ride in the caves to view this magical starry wonderland.

Arriving in Rotorua, we’ll have some time to settle into our hotel, before spending the evening at a Maori village. During the cultural performance we’ll learn about the Maori history, carvings and ta moko (tattoo art), watch displays of weaponry, watch a poi dance and experience the power of the magnificent haka. We end our evening with an authentic hangi dinner (a traditional method of cooking food in an underground oven).

On Sunday, after breakfast we begin the day by visiting Hell’s Gate for a mud bath and sulphur pool swim. The heat from the geothermal mud and waters will relax and rejuvenate us, in this unique and beautiful landscape surrounded by native trees and plants.

As we begin our journey back to Auckland, we’ll explore the Shire and Middle-Earth on a visit to Hobbiton. Originally the filming location for part of the Lord of the Rings movies, the film set remains in place and is now a popular attraction. We will enjoy a tour where you can learn the story that transformed this lovely sheep farm into a film star, so channel your inner Hobbit before enjoying a soft drink at The Green Dragon Inn.

Please pack a small weekend bag, to include: swimwear, a towel, comfortable walking shoes, a warm jacket, water-bottle and weather-appropriate clothing.

Price: $995

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Rotorua - combo

February 19 – April 12, 2017

Travel Services
(Plus Taxes)
Tuition, Supervision and Health and Wellness$7,580
Total Fee:
or use your Aeroplan Points


  • English (ENG3U)
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology (HSP3U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ3M)
  • Biology (SBI3U)
  • Physics (SPH3U)
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Challenge and Change in Society (HSB4U)
  • Visual Arts: Photography (AWQ4M)
  • Biology (SBI4U)
  • Physics (SPH4U)
  • International Business Fundamentals (BBB4M)

Included in your Program:






More details of what is included:

  • Walking tours of Sydney, Brisbane, Queenstown and Auckland
  • Excursion to the Great Barrier Reef and local beaches
  • Hiking and a traditional Maori feast


Other Terms

See what destinations, courses and excursions we offer on the other terms:

*Plus $495 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1,295.00** in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change. Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.

**Plus Cancellation and/or Medical Insurance fees (if selected)**