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The ultimate South Pacific adventure experience! This program is a three-week excursion through Fiji and New Zealand, created especially for the adventurous student. Hike, swim, snorkel, kayak, and scuba dive in the Fiji Islands with the option to skydive, then head to New Zealand where you will blackwater raft down caves with glow worms, zorb, zipline, inner tube, bungee jump, and have the option to live like a Hobbit. There’s not a dull moment on this adrenaline-pumping program!

With our No Anxiety Escrow Policy, you cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.

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Program Profile

Country
Fiji Islands
Community Service Component
None
Get to Know
Adventure
Lifestyle
A Little Bit of Everything
Travel Component
On the Go!

2017 Departures

Departs (USA) Returns (USA) Availability
June 13 July 5 Sold Out
June 20 July 12 Sold Out
June 27 July 19 Sold Out
July 4 July 26 Sold Out

Sessions 2, 3, and 4 of this program begin in New Zealand. Session 1 of this program begins in Fiji.

Please Note: There is an additional $880 international airfare charge for this program for the connection between Fiji and New Zealand.


Connecting Programs

Schedule two or more programs in a row to create your ideal Rustic Pathways experience.

This program connects especially well with:

  • Day 1

    Depart the USA

    Begin your adventure! All of Rustic Pathways scheduled group flights to Fiji and New Zealand depart from Los Angeles. Our carrier is Fiji Airways– Fiji’s national airline. The flight each week is non-stop to Nadi International Airport and is escorted by a Rustic Pathways Flight Leader. The New Zealand portion is a non-escorted flight. The flight departs LAX in the evening and takes about 10 hours. During your flight take the time to get to know other students, get some sleep in preparation for your arrival in the South Pacific, relax with a movie or two and get ready to enjoy the easy-going nature of New Zealand. For those programs starting in New Zealand, you will land in Fiji for a layover and then continue on to New Zealand to start your journey.

     

  • Day 2

    In Transit

    Today is “lost” as you cross the international dateline, but don’t worry too 
much… you will get it back on your way home!

  • Day 3

    Welcome to New Zealand - (Auckland)

    Kia Ora! And welcome to New Zealand. You will arrive into Auckland where you will be met by our exciting on-ground Kiwi staff. They will help you settle into your new Kiwi lifestyle. Today we will get straight to the point with some traditional meat pies for lunch. This afternoon we will head straight to downtown Auckland and participate in an add-on SkyJump or SkyWalk! The Skytower is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere! At 192m (630ft) Sky-Jump is a cable controlled jump. The Skywalk is a wobbly walk around the circumference of the viewing deck. Friends on the inside can take pictures! The view is awesome and the experience is unforgettable.

  • Day 4

    Road trip to Waitomo Glow Worm Caves and Black Water Rafting

    We will depart Auckland this morning and travel south to Waitomo Caves. On our first leg of the road trip, we’ll travel through Waikato Country to see beautiful rolling farms and hundreds of sheep! At Waitomo there is rural excitement to be had. We will venture underground for an exhilarating caving experience that blends climbing, tramping and floating through a unique underground river system. Lower yourself into a sinkhole to see the awesome limestone and experience the adrenaline rush as you clamber and slide through squeezes, zip into the black water filled abyss and scramble up waterfalls in your pursuit of daylight.

  • Day 5

    See kiwis and meet Maori

    This morning you will spend the morning learning about New Zealand’s native flora and fauna at the Otorohanga Kiwi House. This trip will be highlighted by a visit to the kiwi room, where you will see live kiwis roaming around their enclosures. Say farewell to Waikato country and hello to the Bay of Plenty as you make your way to Rotorua. This evening you will participate in a Maori hangi and concert, where you will learn about New Zealand’s native people and enjoy a traditional Maori feast.

  • Day 6

    Zorb, Agrojet and Swoop

    Start the day flipping head over heels on a Zorb ride! Laugh and giggle the whole way down the track with new friends. Now that your warmed up, it’s time for an Agrojet ride. This 13ft, 450 horsepower jet boat that will deliver you up to 100kph in four seconds! In the tight man-made watercourse, you’re will take corners not unlike Formula One racecars. Let’s keep the action going with a Swoop. One, two, or three people are placed in hang-gliding harnesses, hoisted 40 meters in the air, and then released for an adrenaline-pumping free fall! If the swoop is too much excitement for you, then race another Kiwi original, the Schweeb! After a quick lunch, take a relaxing stroll through the beautiful Redwood Forest and catch a glimpse of the thermal pools spread throughout Rotorua.

  • Day 7

    Fantastic White Water Rafting

    Today we will take on the mighty Kaituna, which boasts the highest commercially rafted waterfall (22ft) in the world. This spectacular region of the country offers wonderful scenery and some of the finest rafting conditions around! This afternoon we take a gorgeous drive along SH5 to Taupo where we will settle in to our new hostel. We will take some time before dinner to explore Lake Taupo, the biggest lake in New Zealand, with Mt. Doom in the backgrounds. It is a beautiful sight.

  • Day 8

    Add-on Bungee Jump and Skydive

    After trying some marmite and toast for breakfast, take the plunge! Create an unforgettable end to your time in New Zealand by participating in an add-on bungee jump or skydive. Or really push your limits by trying both! At this point, surely all of your kiwi dreams came true. In the afternoon take the time to explore the city of Taupo or enjoy a hike with your group around the lake.

  • Day 9

    Return to Auckland

    In morning before heading back to Auckland you will hike along the Waikato River and visit Huka Falls. On the way back, take a relaxing dip in the natural hot springs that run down along the river. We will continue on through the spectacular countryside as we return to Auckland for one last meal together.

  • Day 10

    Bula! Welcome to Fiji!

    Enjoy a final breakfast in New Zealand and head off to catch your flight to Fiji. You will immediately be greeted by our Rustic Pathways staff and start your two-week adventure. Head to the Rustic Pathways Ecolodge for dinner and spend time getting to know Fiji and the adventure ahead with orientation and a traditional Fijian welcoming ceremony.

  • Day 11

    Kayaking and Robinson Crusoe Island

    Spend your first day in Fiji kayaking the beautiful waters of Momi Bay. You will explore the mangroves and coral coastline as you make your way to Robinson Crusoe Island for a beachfront lunch. Spend some time relaxing on the beach, or participating in one of the activities with the resort’s famously wacky staff. Then it’s time to jump back in your kayaks and paddle to the Eco-Lodge.

    After a traditional Fijian lovo dinner, participate in a dance performance called “meke” with one of the local villages.

  • Day 12 - 13

    Mud pools, Waterfalls, and Mountain Life

    First stop this morning is a visit to the Sabeto Mud Pools, a favorite local attraction. Get your Fijian style “spa” treatment with a mud mask and soak in the natural hot pools followed by an add-on massage. Later, hop into local transport and head up to the interior of Viti Levu, Fiji’s largest island. Ride through the mountains and over lush landscapes en route to your new home in a remote area of Fiji. Hike forty minutes off the beaten path and gaze at the breathtaking stars before heading to bed early in tents by the river. By the time you leave, you will understand why this place holds a special place in our hearts.

    Spend your day hiking to one of the country’s largest waterfalls, swimming in pristine rivers, and enjoying the tranquility of the Highlands. When you return to your camp in the evening, you can take part in a kava ceremony, relax, and listen to the Fijians sing traditional songs late into the night.

  • Day 14

    Zip Line at the Tau Caves

    Have a quick swim before breakfast and then head out for a high-flying Zip Line adventure that will take you through the Tau Caves, an ancient system that once served as a fortress during Fiji’s cannibalistic period. Spend the afternoon making your way to your hostel in Pacific Harbour. Get a good night’s rest, because tomorrow is a fun day on the river!

  • Day 15

    Whitewater Rafting

    Wake up and enjoy a leisurely breakfast overlooking your coastal resort. Get ready for a full day of whitewater rafting! Leave your resort and travel to the Luva River where you will enjoy class II and III whitewater rapids aboard inflatable kayaks. The river will take you deep into the mountains where you can jump out of your boat and enjoy a side hike to the Wainuta Falls and a local village. This day of adventure and scenic rafting will leave you with a smile on your face.

    Return to your accommodations before dinner for some free time. Play a game of beach volleyball, or find a hammock for an afternoon nap. Enjoy a last dinner in Pacific Harbour before you move on to the next tropical destination in the morning!

  • Day 16 - 19

    Tropical Paradise on Fiji's "Garden Island"

    After breakfast, head to Kila World for a series of challenges on the high ropes before you head to Suva’s Nausori Airport for your flight to Taveuni Island. Over the next four days you will explore Fiji’s third largest island, known as the garden island, which is known for its lush rainforests and pristine beaches. Your group will stay at Bev’s campground, where you will sleep in tents on the beach or bunk beds in the dorm. Get ready to head to Lavena Falls, which is located at the end of a stunning costal hike. After a swim beneath the falls, hike through the rainforest to the waterfalls in nearby Bouma. After a trip down rock formed waterslides, become a time traveler at the international dateline, where you can jump between yesterday and today.

  • Day 20 - 22

    Island Living

    Fly back to Viti Levu and spend the next three days exploring island paradise. Each day will involve great adventures including ocean kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking around the small island. Your nights will be spent hanging out at the beach bonfire or gazing up at the stars. 

There is also enough time on this island for you to take part in an add-on scuba diving adventure. If you are not in the mood to scuba dive, there are some great snorkeling spots were you could experience the natural beauty of the ocean. After a fun time on the islands, take the Yasawa Flyer, your inter-island ferry, back to the mainland. Have dinner at Fiji’s famous pizza joint before heading back to the Ecolodge for the night.

  • Day 23

    Skydive and Departure

    Before you head back home or to your next program, take the leap for a skydive, the last add-on adrenaline packed activity of your adventure. Jump out of the plane and enjoy one of the best views that Fiji has to offer! You will have time today to souvenir shop and find those last minute gifts for your friends back home. Say goodbye to Fiji as the sun sets below the horizon and you take off on your flight.

An Important Note About Schedule Changes

Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity.

The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

“Optional Activities” are fully included in the cost of your program, but you can choose to not do these activities.

“Add-On Activities” are not included in the cost of your program and must be paid for separately. Add-on activities are rare, but include things like skydiving, bungee jumping, or weekend side-trips. Not every program has add-on activities.

For more information, email fiji@rusticpathways.com

Program-Specific FAQs

  • All programs in Fiji connect easily together. On the final day of each program, participants will go to the airport to connect with the staff, arriving participants, and other connecting participants for their next program. Participants connecting to programs in Australia will depart on the final day of their Fiji program and connect with their next trip as it begins.

  • US citizens do not need a visa for entry as a tourist into Fiji or New Zealand. On arrival into Fiji and New Zealand, immigration will issue US citizens with a tourist visa for entry into the county. No prior arrangements for US citizens are needed.

  • A flight leader will accompany participants on the group flight to Fiji from Los Angeles. Participants will meet their flight leader at the departure gate in Los Angeles. Participants joining a program in Fiji from Australia will not be accompanied by a flight leader. Our program staff will greet participants when they arrive at the Nadi Airport in Fiji or in Auckland depending on their trip departure date.

  • Fiji is 10 hours by air from Los Angeles. New Zealand is another 3-4 hours away from Fiji. Flights from Australia are 3-4 hours.

  • Yes, the trip length includes international travel to and from the United States.

  • This program operates on the main island of Fiji, Viti Levu. This program will be traveling from the interior mountain region of Viti Levu, to the east coast towards Takalana Bay to Naviti Island in the Yasawas. This program will also spend one week on the North Island of New Zealand traveling around the country.

  • Depending on your departure date there is an internal flight between Fiji and New Zealand. There is also an internal flight in Fiji from the mainland to Taveuni Island.

  • Each program will have leaders who are certified in First Aid and CPR. Some of our program leaders are also 
certified as Wilderness First Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), Wilderness EMTs, or Life Guards.

     

  • Rustic Pathways maintains a minimum of 1 Program Leader for every 7 participants. Additionally, each program maintains at least 2 primary program leaders, one male and one female.

  • Rustic Pathways uses sterilization techniques to ensure that all drinking water for participants is potable and safe to drink. We ask participants to bring reusable water bottles in order to reduce plastic usage.

  • Participants are allowed to bring phones on their Rustic Pathways program, but must abide by our cell phone policy. Participants will not be allowed to use their phones during group activities, nor at any other time where it is disruptive to the group dynamic. If participants are unable to abide by this policy, disciplinary action may be taken.

  • Fiji operates at 240 V and uses plug I, the same as in Australia and New Zealand. You will just need a plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances.

  • The weather is an average of 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Mornings and evenings tend to be a little cooler so a light jacket is advisable. Rain is not likely but can occur. New Zealand is typically cooler with temperatures in the 40-50 degree Fahrenheit range during the day, with cooler evenings. A warmer jacket and rain coat are advisable.

  • While in the mountains the participants will be staying in traditional Fijian bures and sleeping on mattresses on the ground. There will be access to toilets and bucket showers but no electricity.

    While out on the islands participants will be sleeping on a comfortable cot in a large safari tent without electricity a few meters from the beach. Girls and boys will stay in separate tents and enjoy meals in a central kitchen area. There will be cold showers and a low impact compost toilet for use.

    -In between each adventure and at the end, participants will stay at the Eco Lodge and other modern western style accommodations where they will have electricity, a hot shower, and common amenities.

    New Zealand will have dorm and hostel room accommodations for the participants. There will be hot showers, laundry facilities, and flush toilets throughout the country.

  • Each location has its own resident chef and team of cooking staff. Participants will eat a combination of local Fijian dishes and more western-style dishes. Breakfasts typically include cereal, breads, eggs, crackers, and fruit. Lunches and dinners range from traditional Fijian lovo feasts of chicken, cassava, and dalo (root crops similar to potatoes) to barbeques, pastas, stir fries, curries, salads, and vegetables. Vegetarians can easily be catered for, and most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.

  • While in Fiji there are flush toilets and cold showers in the mountains. There will be cold showers and a low impact compost toilet for use while in the islands. While staying at the resorts there will be access to modern amenities and flush toilets.

    In New Zealand there will be hot showers, flush toilets and laundry facilities.

  • Local phone cards typically offer the best rates (about $5 for 15mins) and participants can purchase these when in Fiji. Participants are not allowed to use cell phones during scheduled program activities.

    While in New Zealand participants will have regular access to internet and phones.

    Safe arrival emails will be sent out when participants settle in country. Participants will have the opportunity at least once during the week to check the Internet in town.

  • Laundry can be washed by hand at any time. Laundry facilities are more abundant in New Zealand.

  • On average, this trip is typically 60% female and 40% male.

  • This trip is an extensive travel trip. Participants will travel to two countries and several different environments. Travel will happen by plane, bus, boat and foot.

  • HX Global is one of the world’s leading providers of medical evacuation and travel services. All participants traveling with Rustic Pathways will have access to HX Global benefits through Rustic Pathways’ membership.

    As a member you will have access to HX Global’s extensive travel information database to help you make informed decisions prior to travel. Additionally, all travelers who travel outside their country of residence will have access to medical evacuation support during their program. For more information please visit our HX Global webpage.

  • Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for immunization and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be traveling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the HX Global and Centers for Disease Control websites for country specific information around immunizations and traveler’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.

  • HX Global is one of the world’s leading providers of medical evacuation and travel services. All participants traveling with Rustic Pathways will have access to HX Global benefits through Rustic Pathways’ membership.

    As a member you will have access to HX Global’s extensive travel information database to help you make informed decisions prior to travel. Additionally, all travelers who travel outside their country of residence will have access to medical evacuation support during their program. For more information please visit our HX Global webpage.

  • We are a 2 hour drive away from the doctor and public hospital in the town of Nadi while staying in the mountains. While in the islands, participants are 5 hours away by boat from the healthcare in Nadi. For more critical cases participants are an additional 3 hours away from the more advanced private hospital, and 4-hour flight to Western-style in New Zealand or Australia.

    While in New Zealand participants will have access to health care regularly and are typically less than an hour away from a hospital during their stay.

  • This program can cater to most specific diets including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, gluten and lactose free, as well as peanut free cooking.

  • Mosquitos are prevalent in Fiji and participants are expected to bring bug spray. Participants will be provided with a mosquito net over each individual bed.

  • Personal gifts, Internet, phone calls, and snacks are not included. All other costs (accommodation, meals, in-country transportation, and activities) are included in the program price.

  • • Skydiving: $300 to $500
    • Skydiving Photos: $120-$150
    • Fijian Massage: $30
    • Scuba Diving: $100-$200 depending on 
certification level and number of dives.
    • Sky Walk: $150
    • Sky Jump: $180
    • Bungee Jumping: $130-300 depending on jump and photo/DVD package
    • Extra Zorb or Agrojet: $45

  • $500-1000 depending on add-on activities

  • This is an extensive travel trip so being able to live out your suitcase is required. Participants should be able to be mobile and a small day bag/back pack is necessary to stay light and visit the remote locations.

  • Participants interested in Scuba Diving will have access to intro (no certification required) dives and certified dives. Please bring your certification card if you are a certified diver.

  • Participants must be 16 or older to join this trip

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear. For New Zealand, this means checking the weather for the week you will be in New Zealand and bringing warm clothes. The same two pairs of pants can be used all week!
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

Rustic Gear. Want to get all your shopping done for your program in one place? We’ve got you covered. Check out Rustic Gear and get all the essentials sent right to your door.

Carry-On

A school backpack or similar sized bag is ideal.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet/money
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Ear buds
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Additional community service forms
  • Any relevant Scuba Diving certifications
  • Small backpack or overnight bag (if not already using as carry-on)
  • Outlet power converter
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts

Checked Luggage

A 50-70 Liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.

Clothes

  • Socks (8-10)
  • Underwear (12-14)
  • Base layers/long underwear
  • Pants/capris (2-3)
  • Jeans (1-2)
  • Long shorts (must be knee length)
  • Long skirt (2-3)
  • Tank Tops (4-6)
  • T-shirts (8-10)
  • Long sleeved shirt (3-5)
  • Fleece/hoodie
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit (1-2)
  • Quick dry towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Strappy sandals (like Tevas or Chacos)
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Warm down jacket

Toiletries

(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contacts
  • Contact solution
  • Foam ear plugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant
  • Wet Wipes
  • Razor/shaving cream

Other (Required)

  • Sleeping bag (35 degrees and up)
  • Headlamp/flashlight

Important Reminders

  • Visas for students traveling on U.S. passports to Fiji and New Zealand will be issued upon arrival. Make sure you check that you are in Fiji on “Holiday” when you fill out the customs and immigration form on the plane.
  • Leggings DO NOT count as long shorts. Long shorts must be loose fitting, like basketball shorts, or cargo shorts.
  • You will be receiving a “sulu,” a traditional Fijian sarong, when you arrive!
  • Please note that the June 13th departure will begin in Fiji and end in New Zealand. The June 20th, June 27th, and July 4th departures will all begin in New Zealand and end in Fiji.
  1. a
    Auckland, New Zealand

    Welcome to New Zealand! Arrive and immediately head to the skytower and decide if you want to get your adrenaline pumping by jumping off the highest building in the southern hemisphere.

  2. b
    Taupo, New Zealand

    Lake Taupo is a picturesque town located on a beautiful lake. Here you will get the opportunity to try out an optional bungy jump, a canyon swing or hop out of a plane for another skydive!

  3. c
    Waitomo, New Zealand

    Waitomo is home to glow worms and black water rafting. This adrenaline-filled activity will surely get your heart pumping as you rapel, tube, canyoneer, and swim through the caves in this underground adventure.

  4. d
    Rotorua, New Zealand

    This is one of original adventure destinations of New Zealand. Try our the swoop, sweeb, agrojet, and jump into a zorb to roll down the hill. These activities will surely give you a few stories to share back home.

  5. e
    Nadi, Fiji

    Welcome to Fiji! You will arrive into Nadi and start your adventure! This is also where you can jump from a plane on an optional skydive!

  6. f
    Momi, Fiji

    This is where the Rustic Pathways Eco-Lodge is located. You may stay here during your trip to repack your bags and get a good night of rest before continuing on your journey.

  7. g
    Somosomo Village, Naviti Island, Fiji

    Stay beachside at our Rustic Retreat! Head into Somosomo Village to meet the Lady Chief and embrace village life. Snorkel with manta rays, kayak, hike, and enjoy an optional scuba dive.

  8. h
    Sasa Village, Fiji

    Head to the mountains to camp next to the largest waterfall in the Western Division of Fiji.

  9. i
    Taveuni, Fiji

    The garden island awaits for hiking and sliding down beautiful waterfalls! This is also where you can jump between today and yesterday on the international dateline.