Pacific Discovery

Year Out Group member since 2018


Unit 54
159 Gorge Rd
Queenstown 9300
New Zealand


  • Asia
    • Thailand
  • Australasia
    • Australia
    • Fiji
    • New Zealand
  • Central America
  • Hawaii
  • North America
  • South America
    • Ecuador (Galapagos)
    • Peru


  • Community
  • Conservation
  • Cultural activity
  • Expeditions
  • Group tour
  • Multi-activity
  • Semester programs
  • Summer programmes
  • Trekking
  • Volunteering
  • Wildlife
  • Work with Children

About Pacific Discovery

Pacific Discovery offers experiential gap year semester and summer programs abroad to some of the most amazing places on earth. Our programs are deliberate overland journeys, blending authentic immersion in diverse cultures, meaningful service-learning projects, rewarding adventures, wilderness exploration, and personal development.

Students challenge themselves in a supportive small group environment, developing empathy for other cultures; furthering understanding of international issues; heightening appreciation for the earth’s wild places; deepening global perspectives; and discovering their own passion and purpose.

Pacific Discovery Gap Year Semester Programs are epic! They combine rugged journeys to beautiful places, with authentic immersion, and inspiring adventure. You’ll be in a supportive group environment and learn more than you ever dreamed.

Our semester programs are a 10 week journey. Programs are offered Fall, Winter and Spring, and can be taken consecutively for an in-depth and transformative gap year experience. Optional transferable academic credit options are available on all programs.


Pacific Discovery Summer Programs are 4-week journeys designed to be an intense and immersive insight into a country or region. You’ll be inspired by new perspectives, forge wonderful friendships, and gain experience and skills that will be with you for life. They provide opportunities for meaningful connections with local people, pushing personal boundaries, and gaining knowledge of a country or region’s history, culture and environments, facilitated by our knowledgeable and supportive Program Instructors. All can be combined with another summer program in the same region or elsewhere for an incredible 8-week summer experience.


Our Program Instructors are people you can trust, and who take a genuine interest in your well-being and safety. They understand the importance of balancing the needs of individuals with group objectives, facilitating group dynamics, inspiring a genuine appreciation for the areas visited and a commitment to minimum impact travel ethics.


Pacific Discovery Program Instructors are exceptional and innovative educators, facilitators and mentors. They are inspiring people with extensive experience in the countries in which they lead, who share a deep respect for the people and cultures, a fascination with local history, and an in-depth understanding of contemporary issues and politics.


In addition to our featured programs (see bottom of page), here is our full range of exciting adventures!

Summer Programs

Australia Summer Program

New Zealand & Fiji Summer Program

Hawaii Summer Program

Costa Rica Summer Program

The Galapagos Islands Summer Program

Thailand Summer Program

Gap Year Semester Programs

Hawaii Gap Semester

New Zealand & Fiji Gap Semester

Australia & Bali Gap Semester

Polynesian Journey Gap Semester

South America Gap Semester

Central America Gap Semester

Southeast Asia Gap Semester

Nepal Gap Semester

Spain Gap Semester

Hawaii Mini Semester (6 weeks)

Thailand Mini Semester (6 weeks)

Costa Rica Mini Semester (6 weeks)

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