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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: AWP
Duration: Up to 12 months or longer
Discover three of the world’s most popular destinations on our amazing Adventure, Work & Party trip. Kick off with our exciting 25 day adventure tour in Thailand, which includes Bangkok, elephant experiences, a hill trek and party and beach time on the Thai Islands. Hop across to Australia for one week of fun in Sydney plus 12 months of job support to find paid work Down Under. Top off your whistle-stop world tour with a hop-on-hop-off bus pass in New Zealand and travel for up to 12 months. It’s the only way to see the world!
Enjoy the ultimate Adventure, Work & Party experience in three awesome countries: Enjoy our Thai Adventure, have fun, party and find paid work in Australia and take your time to explore New Zealand with a hop-on-hop-off bus pass.
THAILAND: Thai Adventure: 25 days
Enjoy 25 days of group exploration with an expert tour guide, immersed in the fascinating culture and beauty of Thailand. Uncover hidden city treasures in Bangkok, visit temples, explore National Parks, go adventure trekking, meet elephants, and laze on sun-drenched sands on idyllic islands. This experience is designed to show you all the sides of Thailand’s personality and is the ideal way to meet new people in amazing Asia.
Our travellers on this programme get access to a buddy list, so you can connect with other travellers going on the same trip and start to make friends before you go. Plus, all your accommodation and travel are included! Brilliant!
Week 1: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Elephant Home!
Kicking off in the buzzing city of Bangkok, you'll explore temples and palaces and take a boat ride in this lively Thai capital city, before enjoying a bus or train journey to Chiang Mai. Enjoy a Thai cookery class and 2 full days at an amazing Elephant Home, helping feed, bathe and care for these majestic creatures.
Week 2: Hill Trekking, Krabi and Koh Phi Phi
Next, head off into the Thai hills for an incredible two-day trek! Enjoy a bamboo rafting adventure and then fly down south and laze in the sunshine on the famous Railay Beach. Transfer over to the white-sands of Koh Phi Phi and enjoy awesome nightlife, a viewpoint hike, and a stunning island boat trip.
Week 3: Koh Samui and Koh Phangan
Journey east to Koh Samui and enjoy beach bliss and an excursion to beautiful Angthong National Marine Park.
Today travellers will transfer over to Koh Phangan. This laid-back paradise island is famous for hosting the world famous Full Moon, Half Moon and Black Moon parties. We try our best to plan most of our start dates to coincide with one of these parties. You’ll then enjoy a much-needed detox with a unique temple steam experience.
Week 4 (days 21-25): Koh Tao
Round off the adventure with a few amazing days on the beautiful Thai island of Koh Tao. Staying a stone’s throw from a beautiful beach, you’ll have all the best bars and restaurants on your doorstep during your stay on the island. The beaches and coastline hide a vast array of optional activities, such as snorkelling, quad biking, abseiling, cycling, rock climbing, kayaking and other water sports. You’ll also enjoy a spectacular included snorkeling boat trip around the island on day 24, before your tour comes to an end on day 25.
Please note: Optional activities will be at your own cost.
Thai Adventure 2018 - If you are travelling in 2018 you will follow a slightly different Thai Adventure itinerary. Your tour will last 29 days ending on Koh Tao. Contact a travel advisor for more information.
About the Parties
We try to plan our trips to coincide with a Full, Black or Half Moon Party on Koh Phangan. The Full Moon Party is what Koh Phangan is most famous for. Anywhere from 10,000 – 30,000 people gather to sing, dance and party the night away! A wide variety of music is played all night long and the infamous Thai Buckets are in plentiful supply! Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Black Moon Party is an incredible outdoor party on Baan Tai Beach. The luxurious sands are filled with intoxicating trance music from Thai and International residents, and guest DJs. Entry costs approx. £2-3. The Half Moon Party is the coolest alternative music event on Koh Phangan. World-class DJs play epic sets and the intimate forest setting fosters a magical atmosphere. Entry costs approx. £20-25.
Please note: This itinerary and optional activities are subject to change. Some activities and locations may change due to the size of the group, the weather, time of year and feedback from past customers.
AUSTRALIA: Absolute Oz Jobs: 8 days + Independent work/travel in Australia (approx. 6-7 months)
The Absolute Oz programme is the ideal introduction into the world of Australian paid work, offering you a hassle-free and fun way into the job market Down Under. You’ll enjoy one week of amazing activities & sightseeing in Sydney and bond with your new buddies at Beach Camp before you begin your job-hunting adventure with expert advice from our Sydney jobs team on tap.
Day 1, Sunday: Arrive in Sydney. You will arrive on a Sunday and are then free to spend the day as you wish.
Day 2, Monday: Sydney walking tour. Walk to Darling Harbour for a leisurely lunch (own expense) then take in the stunning Botanic Gardens and see the iconic Opera House. In the evening, meet for a welcome dinner.
Day 3, Tuesday: Sydney. 9.15am: A comprehensive orientation learning all about how to get an Aussie job and how to plan your travel around Australia! Boat party in Sydney Harbour. Lunch included.
Day 4, Wednesday: Beach Camp. Depart Sydney for a 2-night Beach Camp adventure. Discover some prime Aussie scenery and wildlife just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. Share a pizza before grabbing your torch for a bit of night-time possum spotting! Dinner is included.
Day 5, Thursday: Beach Camp. Take a 4x4 tour of the sand dunes (plus sandboarding!) before learning about local Aboriginal cultures. Bushwalk through Tomaree National Park. Evening BBQ and drinks around the campfire. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Day 6, Friday: Beach Camp–Sydney. Browse the coastline for bottlenose dolphins on a boat cruise. Head back to Sydney. Breakfast is included.
Day 7: Party Night. Free day to relax and plan onward travel. 7.30pm: Enjoy entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!). Hop on a party bus and explore the streets in style!
Day 8: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Check out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk (tour leaves at 10am). Intro week ends this afternoon in Sydney.
At this point you will be eligible and prepared to take on paid work in Australia. After the Absolute Oz, you will have free time in order to work and travel around Australia, with 12 months of job support from the expert job team in Sydney. We recommend you take around 6-7 months if you want to do paid work.
NEW ZEALAND: Kiwi Discovery Pass (minimum 30 days)
Valid for 12 months, your bus pass allows you to spend up to a year exploring New Zealand, or if you prefer you can complete the entire tour route in a minimum of 30 days (although we recommend you allow around 38 days to make the most of your travel pass experience).
You don't have to start in Auckland! You can start and end at any stop along the route!
You should arrange your arrival into Auckland the day before the tour begins, as there is an early start in the morning!
Auckland to Paihia, Bay of Islands. Your flexible, hop-on-hop-off tour begins today at 7am in the lively city of Auckland. Your destination is the relaxing seaside town of Paihia, known as the ‘gateway to the Bay of Islands’. Visit Parry Kauri Forest Park.
Paihia to Cape Reinga and Back. Stop off at Te Paki Stream to try some inclusive dune surfing and sandboarding, before arriving at Cape Reinga. Please note: Today is a round day trip from Paihia and you cannot hop off the bus today.
Paihia to Auckland. Today is a free day to relax and enjoy Paihia at your leisure. Join a boat cruise, sign up to swim with dolphins, laze on the beach or hike to the famous Harura Falls. In the afternoon, the bus will take you back to the bright lights of Auckland.
Auckland to Hahei. Travel south to the stunning Coromandel Peninsula and settle into your beachfront accommodation. Head over to Hot Water Beach to dig and relax in your own personal hot water pool! (weather & tide dependent)
Hahei. Free day to relax and soak up the beautiful surroundings and awesome optional activities of Hahei.
Hahei to Rotorua. Journey through the rolling hills of the Waikato region. Optional activities include visiting The Lord of the Rings Hobbiton set. Free day to relax and explore in geothermal Rotorua.
Rotorua to Lake Aniwhenua. Maori guided tour, activities, meals and stay at Lake Aniwhenua (optional: extra cost of NZD89). Optional activities include: traditional fishing, eeling, weaving lessons, cooking classes and kayaking (cost NZD10-20).
Lake Aniwhenua (via Taupo) to Whakahoro. See the stunning Huka Falls then visit Lake Taupo. Optional skydiving (approx NZD250). Rural country farm visit and overnight stay.
Whakahoro. Explore the countryside around the rural country farm. Optional activities include a 4x4 tour, a horse trek or kayaking.
Whakahoro to Raetihi. Explore the Tongariro National Park. Option to do legendary 1-day Tongariro Crossing Alpine Walk (extra cost). Stay overnight at a historic Nurses’ Home in Raetihi.
Raetihi to Wellington. Travel to Wellington. Free time to explore New Zealand’s capital city.
Wellington to Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). 8am ferry to South Island (extra cost of approx. NZD55). Visit to Marlborough wine-making region (optional wine tasting). Final destination of the day is Marahau, on the edge of Abel Tasman National Park.
Marahau (Abel Tasman National Park). Explore Abel Tasman National Park. Optional activities on offer include sailing, kayaking, skydiving, stand up paddleboarding or hang gliding. All optional activities are at an extra cost.
Marahau to Franz Josef. Journey along the rugged west coast. See the seal colony at Cape Foulwind and the unusual Punakaiki Pancake Rocks with their impressive blowholes. Stop off at the mining town of Greymouth and Hokitika en route to Franz Josef.
Franz Josef. Free day to explore the area around the fantastic Franz Josef Glacier. Join a guided bush hike, or enjoy a heli-hop and tour of the unique icy area, including entry to hot pools (extra cost of NZD250).
Franz Josef to Wanaka. See Lake Matheson, travel through Haast Pass and Makarora, see Lake Hawea then end up in Wanaka in the late afternoon.
Wanaka to Queenstown. Early walk up Mount Iron or skydive (skydive extra cost). On to Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world! Spend 2 unforgettable nights here.
Queenstown to Gunn’s Camp. Start early for a scenic drive past Lake Wakatipu, before arriving in magical Milford Sound. Opt to do a Milford Sound boat cruise (extra cost) before travelling on to Gunn’s Camp.
Gunn’s Camp to Invercargill/Stewart Island. Take a leisurely stroll through beautiful beech forests on a Viewing Gantry walk. Travel South to Invercargill. Hop across to Stewart Island (ferry at own cost) or stay in Invercargill overnight instead.
Invercargill/Stewart Island to Queenstown. If you stayed on Stewart Island, enjoy a free morning before travelling back to the mainland (ferry at own cost). If you chose to stay in Invercargill overnight, you’ll head out on a tour sea-lion, penguin and dolphin spotting. Travel back to Queenstown.
Queenstown to Aoraki/Mt Cook. Arrive at the base of New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki/ Mt Cook in the early afternoon. Take a short walk, join a 4WD tour or visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.
Mount Cook to Rangitata (via Tekapo). Journey through ‘Lord of the Rings country’ and stop off at the sparkling waters of Lake Tekapo. Take an optional hike up to Mt John observatory for a killer view. Tonight, stay in an original sheep station in Rangitata Peel Forest.
Rangitata to Christchurch. Optional white water rafting or horse riding this morning. Spend the night in the wonderful city of Christchurch.
Christchurch to Kaikoura. Journey up the beautiful east coast to Kaikoura. Spot seals, soak up the spectacular views, swim with dolphins or go whale-spotting (seasonal).
Kaikoura (via Picton) to Wellington. Travel along the wild coast, stopping at a seal colony en route to Picton. You can choose to stop off here, or catch a ferry (extra cost of NZD51-75) across the Cook Strait to Wellington.
Wellington to Auckland. Leaving at 6.40am, you’ll zip back to your starting point in Auckland today, arriving in the late afternoon. Here your epic hop-on-hop-off adventures come to an end!
Don’t forget, you can hop on and off along the route for up to a year!
Please Note: This itinerary is for guidance only and is subject to change. There are lots of extra, optional activities on offer all along the tour route and all optional activities are at your own, extra cost. Ferry costs are not included in your trip price.
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