Orientation Programme (Welcome Meetings)

Our orientation programme helps students adapt to life in New Zealand.

ISENZ runs a two day group orientation programme for high school students arriving into New Zealand. Currently, this runs twice a year (January and July) and helps students adapt to life in New Zealand more easily, recover from jetlag, and make new friends.

Students are greeted at Auckland airport by ISENZ group leaders, then driven by bus to their group accommodation in the North Shore of Auckland. They spend the next 2 days being involved in group activities, info sessions, games and quizzes and are taken on a guided tour around the sights of Auckland. On Day 3, students are taken by bus to Auckland airport, where they are assisted in catching their connecting flights to their school and homestay locations.

If you are interested in joining our Orientation Programme, please contact us.

Example Programme Outline

Day 1

  • …..pm: Flight arrives Auckland.
  • …..pm: Students clear Customs and Immigration. Meet and pick-up students. Depart Auckland Airport about …..pm
  • …..pm: Arrive North Shore Holiday Park after travelling through Auckland city and across the harbour bridge. Auckland North Shore Holiday Park address, 52 Northcote Road, Takapuna, Auckland Phone: 0064 9 418 2578 or Russell 021 656750
  • Off-load baggage. Allocate rooms. Shower and change.
  • 1900- 2000pm: Dinner in the conference room.
  • 2000-2100pm:
    Session 1: Welcome and introduction
    Who are you? Who are we? Where are we? Where are you from? Where are you going? (A fun map game).
    – What is ISENZ? What is our role?
    – Dealing with jet lag
    – Kiwi money
    – Banking
  • 2100pm: Bed time

Day 2

  • 0800am: Sleep in until 0800. Shower before breakfast.
  • 0900 – 0945am: Breakfast.
  • 10.00 – 1300pm:
    Session 2: Living in New Zealand
    – Living in the Southern hemisphere
    – Common mistakes when you arrive from Germany
    – Phones/data/wifi – saving yourself money
    – Meals – dinner today, check for any dietary needs/vegetarians
    – A New Zealand History, Maori Culture Geography and Climate
    – Kiwi talk – New Zealand slang and accent, Maori language, games and quiz
    Break for 10 minutes
    – NZ Schools and what to expect
    – Staying with a Kiwi family (homestays)
    – Seeing New Zealand. ISENZ trips 2015/16
  • 1300 – 1345pm: Break for lunch
  • 1400 – 1800pm:
    Auckland Experience
    Travel to Devonport. Take the ferry to Downtown Auckland. Re-board the bus. Travel to Sky tower, Mount Eden, the Domain, Mission Bay and other places of interest.
  • 1800pm: Return to North Shore Holiday Park
  • 1900pm: Dinner
  • 2000pm: Meeting relating to flights tomorrow. Departure times tomorrow morning.
    Trip reminders.
  • Early night- be packed up tonight

Day 3

  • 0800-0900pm: Breakfast in the conference room
  • 0930pm: Auckland students picked up at the office now or at Auckland Airport at 1300.
  • 0945am: Bags loaded on the bus unless you are being picked up here.
  • 10.00am: All students flying out of Auckland and those Auckland students being picked up the Airport Domestic Terminus board bus for Auckland Airport.
    Students with early flights remain at the airport with Amanda or Russell.
  • 1030-12.00pm: Other students visit to Sylvia Park Shopping Centre (for those with later flights.)
  • 12.00pm: Students at Sylvia Park re-board bus to Auckland Airport

Find out more

For more information on the ISENZ Orientation Programme, please get in touch with us.