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Hear are some FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION AND THERE ANSWERS ABOUT THE 2014 QUEENSToWN SCHOOLIES WEEK ADVENTURE...
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#1 - what is the minimum age to participate in the 2014 queenstown schoolies adventure?

The minimum age of all participants is 16yrs 9months of age at the time of departure. Participants have to be born before or on the 23/2/1997. All participants under 18 years must have parental consent to travel without a legal guardian. All waivers must be signed by both the legal guardian/parent/s & the participant/s. This waiver can be obtained by contacting Cutting Edge Adventures Pty Ltd.
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#2 - What is the Maximum Age allowed to Participate in the 2014 queenstown schoolies adventure?

The maximum age of all participants is 20yrs of age. Participants have to be born on or after the 29/11/1994. People born prior to 29/11/1994 unfortunatelty cannot attend the Queenstown Schoolies Trip but they may come on the Cutting Edge Adventures Adrenaline Rush Trip.
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#3 - Do i have to be a 2014 Year 12 school leaver? (AKA 2014 Schoolie)

NO. All participants must be at least 16yrs 9 months of age on the day of departure and no older than 20 yrs of age. This is allows friends and partners that may have left school after their School Certificate in Year 10 to still come along.
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#4 - Are there activites at night for participant under the age of 18?

Yes. We are currently building a night activity program for all participants to be enjoy. This activity program will include a Welcome Night, Unlimited Luge & BBQ, Lake Wakitupu Cruise Night, Mexican Fiesta, Ten Pin Bowling Night, Frizbee Golf Night, Careers/Study Night, and a Farewell Awards Night. Some of these nights will have an additional charge to the travel package (Approximately $35.00NZD Per Night, payable in Queenstown) and some will be free for Queenstown Schoolies participants.

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#5 - Do i need a passport to enter new zealand?

Yes. All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country.
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#6 - Do i need a Visa to enter new zealand

If you hold an Australian Passport you do not need a visa to enter New Zealand. If you hold a passport from another country please refer to New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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#7 - What Qualifications do the Guides/HOSTS Have?

All of the Guides/Hosts are over the age of 21 and have the following Qualifications: Certificate III in Guiding, RSA / RCG Statement of Attainment and a Senior First Aid Certificate. They have also completed a working with children police check and have an excellent knowledge of the New Zealand culture and Queenstown Area.

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#8 -Are there Male and Female Guides/Hosts?

Yes. Both male & female guides/hosts will accompany participants on the Queenstown Schoolies Trip.

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#9 - How many hosts/guides will there be on the trip?

There will be 1 x Cutting Edge Adventures/Queenstown Schoolies Host per 35 x travellers, plus the tour guides and assistants from each adventure/accommodation operator. The amount of adventure/accommodation operator guides vary per activity. Please refer to each adventure operators terms and conditions to see exact guide numbers.
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#10 - What is the role of the Host?

Each participant will be assigned to a designated host for the week. The host is the point of contact for all enquiries/problems that may arise over the week. E.g - Missed the bus for an adventure, lost/stolen property, accommodation issues, trip information, personal issues, etc. Each participant will meet their host at the airport prior to departure and the host will travel on the same aircraft and buses transfers to & from Queenstown, New Zealand.
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#11 - What is the Legal age to Purchase and consume alcohol in New Zealand?

The minimum legal age to purchase and consume alcohol in New Zealand is 18 years. If young people wish to purchase alcohol or get into licensed premises they need to provide photographic proof of age. E.g License, Passport, Proof of Age Card.
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#12 - What is the Legal to Enter Licensed Premises?

In New Zealand there are three possible designations a licensed premise can have - restricted, supervised or undesignated. These designations relate to whether or not someone under the legal minimum age can be on the premises or not and under what conditions. These are as follows: Restricted: no-one under 18 may be on that part of the premise unless they are employed.
Supervised: no-one under 18 may be on that part of the premise unless they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian, or are employed.
Undesignated: anyone of any age can be on that part of the premise.
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#13 - What is the Legal age to Purchase Cigarettes and tobacco products in new zealand?

It is illegal in New Zealand to sell cigarettes and tobacco products to persons aged under 18. It is also illegal for a person over 18 to give a person under 18 cigarettes or tobacco products in a public place.
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#14 - Where can you smoke cigarettes and tobacco products in new zealand?

To protect people from the health effects of second-hand smoke, smoking in all hospitality venues, including bars, restaurants, cafes, and casinos is prohibited in New Zealand. If you smoke, please remember to smoke outside.

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#15 - Are the Pubilicans & tobacconists aware that schoolies are schoolies are coming to queenstown?

Yes. All of the publicans and tobacconist will be contacted and briefed about the Queenstown Schoolies Trip. They will be advised to take extra care when selling their products, ensuring that they check the I.D of every customer, to maintain a responsible service of alcohol, and to uphold a duty of care to their patrons. These suppliers will also be reminded about the consequences associated with breaking the laws governing their industry.
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#16 - Do i need any vaccinations?

Currently NO vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand. Please Note: It is highly recommended to see your doctor/medical professional prior to travelling to New Zealand to recieve the most up to date and correct medical advice.

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#17 - Is it safe to drink the water in New Zealand?

New Zealand cities and towns have excellent water supplies and in all cases tap water is fresh and safe to drink. Water from rivers and lakes should be boiled, chemically treated or filtered before drinking to avoid stomach upsets.

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#Please Note - we are currently building this page, more frequently asked questions will be added everyday, be sure check this page everytime you visit.
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