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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site. The Tongariro National Park is rich in both cultural identity and dramatic, awe-inspiring natural scenery. Unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu ensure the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered a world renowned trek. Join Playschool on this once in a lifetime experience exploring and conquering the Tongariro crossing where you will have the opportunity to explore remote areas showcasing NZ’s natural and unspoilt beauty during this 7 – 8 hour medium difficulty hike.

What to Expect

Tongariro National Park is located a 4 and a half hour drive from Auckland so we won’t arrive into our accommodation until late Friday evening. We will be staying in a house in the heart of National Park which can sleep up to 14 people. Saturday will be an early start in order to complete the 7 8 hour track . Enjoy free time on Saturday night recovering or perhaps making new friends at the local bar. After breakfast on Sunday we will make our way back to Auckland via lake Taupo where we will stop for lunch before arriving back at the Playschool office at around 2pm. Please ensure you bring with you the following; Rain proof coat, warm clothing, sturdy walking boots, 2 large water bottles, sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks and alcohol.

When: Departing Friday 16th Feb at 6pm sharp. Return Sunday 18th Feb at approx. 2 pm.
Meet: at the Playschool office located at 72 Apollo Drive, Albany
Cost: $185/ person. Includes transport to and from Tongariro, 2 nights accommodation in a house, return crossing transfers, all meals including 2 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts plus hiking snacks.

RSVP: To secure your place contact Carissa by the January 31

Muriwai Surfing

From the isolation of Karekare to the 60 km windswept rugged coastline of Muriwai and the famous black sands of Piha, the west coast of Auckland is a beach lover’s paradise. Muriwai beach features both swells and rolling tubes that experienced surfers love to ride and more moderate beach breaks perfect for the beginner surfer. Join us for an afternoon in the sun on Auckland’s best surf beach.

When: Sunday January 21
Time: 12:30
Meet: At Muriwai surf school located at 458 Motuara Rd, Muriwau beach
Cost: $65/ person. Includes a two hour group surf lesson with a qualified instructor, board and wetsuit hire.

RSVP: To secure your place contact Kirsty by January 31.

Newletter – November 2017

Majestic Bay of Islands

Join Playschool for a once in a life time experience of exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands. During this weekend you will enjoy a day of sailing on the Carino where you will have the opportunity to see or swim with the dolphins, explore untouched beaches and relax while sailing around. You will also get to explore the Kawiti Caves which is home to beautiful glow worms, and the historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

  • Sail around the Bay of Islands on the Carino and get up close with Dolphins
  • Explore the Kawiti Caves and enjoy the galaxy of glow worms above you
  • Visit Waitangi
  • Enjoy the stunning natural beauty that New Zealand has to offer

Date: Saturady 25th November until Sunday 26th November
Time: 7am sharp
Where to meet: Playschool Office – 72 Apollo Drive, Albany for car pooling.
Cost: $270
RSVP: email kirsty@playschooleducation.co.nz

This trip also includes all Saturday meals and Sunday breakfast and lunch plus accommodation. RSVP by Monday 13th November.