New Zealand Hockey Exchange

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Join us for the trip of a lifetime on our 7th Annual New Zealand Hockey Exchange!  Our 2018 dates are tentatively set for April 11-22, 2018!

  • Where: Queenstown, New Zealand
  • When: TBA
  • Ideal Ages: 12-16 (Bantam & Midget)
  • What: Travel to Queenstown under the supervision of Boe & Nate Leslie to be immersed in a cultural hockey exchange you will remember forever.
  • SOLD OUT in 2017! Book early for 2018.
  • Currently accepting applications.
  • Click to download application and send to nate(at) (new zealand exchange application)
  • Call Nate Leslie @ +1.778.385.2762 for more information.

Testimonials From Our Exchange Students and Families

The hockey trip to New Zealand was definitely the trip of a lifetime for Javier and me. We were never bored, and there was always something fun happening like bungee jumping, paragliding, mountain biking, jet boating and more. I’d like to thank Nate and Boe Leslie for taking me on an unforgettable adventure, and thanks to all of the families and kids for the hospitality.”  Ben Henderson, Vancouver, BC

Thank you so much for taking Sean on this trip. He had the time of his life, met amazing people and I’m sure learned a lot too. It was great knowing that he was well supervised and I didn’t worry for a minute (except maybe on the bungee jumping day!). We will highly recommend this exchange to anyone who is interested! With huge thanks, Suzanne Fleming, Parksville, BC

Thanks once again for providing a great experience for Harry & Matt – they had a wonderful time in Queenstown. I enjoyed the company of the two of you over the week and I hope to see you again at another camp. Rod Last, Sydney, Australia.

Thank you Nate and Boe for this amazing opportunity to go to New Zealand and play hockey. I’m so happy I did it. I had the time of my life there, and also learned a lot at school, and the rink, and improved on being responsible and being a better hockey player. I want to say a big thank you to the Pankhurst family for hosting me. They were so welcoming and it was so much fun. Thank you to everyone at the rink. I think this is an amazing program. Thank you for letting me go. Kyle Billy, Age 13, Campbell River, BC. 

Don’t worry this is optional! But they will make you let them go!

I just wanted to say thank you so much for the amazing trip! I had so much fun. Thank you to the Thompson family who hosted me. They made me feel instantly comfortable and at home. I love Queenstown and all the people I met there were so friendly and welcoming. The New Zealand trip isn’t just one of the highlights of my year it is a highlight of my life and always will be! I know that someday I will go back to Queenstown. I look forward to going to Prep Camp this summer! Thanks again for everything see you this summer! Riley Billy, Age 13, Campbell River, BC. 

Our son Carter Hartigan (12 years old) travelled with Nate & Boe Leslie to Queenstown, New Zealand for the Hockey/Culture Exchange 2015. With nervous tension before his departure I can sure tell you the reward as a parent on his return to see all that he experienced was simply AMAZING including how wonderful the New Zealand people treated him including his host family. The Mills family made him feel like he hadn’t left home. Nate this was a 1st Class experience with excellent skill development!” Carter has grown!”  Colin Hartigan, Fort MacMurray. AB.

My son Alex was part of the 2015 group of boys who got to go to New Zealand as part of the annual hockey and cultural exchange. His Host family, Nick & Tania Flight are absolutely wonderful people and treated Alex like he was one of their own. He has formed a life-long friendship with his new kiwi brother, Jackson. From first-hand knowledge, I can say that the entire camp experience is indeed First Class from start to finish. Queenstown is one of the safest and most beautiful cities in the world with lots to do for both kids and adults. If you love travel, adventure, growth, fun, and of course hockey, then this where you sign up!”  Pierre Chavigny, Langley, BC.

My son Ben has been training with Nate for more than three years participating in a range of camps, and other activities. Nate is fantastic with all of the players he works with providing the perfect blend of fun and skills development. This spring Ben had the opportunity to travel with Nate to Queensland New Zealand. Ben stayed with a great family while attending school in Queensland, playing hockey every day and having the adventure of a lifetime. Imagine, paragliding into the field in front of the school he was attending, bungee jumping, and playing hockey all in the same day. I can’t imagine a more spectacular experience for any young hockey player, and Ben’s brother Josh has already made me promise to send him when he is old enough to go.”  Paul Henderson, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Testimonials From Local Kiwi Families:

AMAZING! so worth while doing this camp. Sharon Thompson

Thank you it was a great camp and Jack is very keen to return next year. It was great to see all the kids from throughout NZ getting to know each other. Only have positive feedback for you. Jodie Lewis

Reo and Moki  LOVED it!! Thanks…kids were exhausted but still wanted to go back for more so must have been good! Helena Larsson-Allen

Leslie Camp was great! Sarah Gerard

We had a great time on our first visit to Queenstown.  Hopefully Callum will make the team and be back soon.  He really enjoyed himself and yes made a couple of new friends with Luke and Tristan!!  The trainers were great I hope they all try and get some well deserved r and r before the next session. Julie Whiteway

Thank you!  She loved it. Karen Iremonger

Hockey Exchange New Zealand 2017 Itinerary:

  • If Departing North America from Vancouver:
  • Wednesday April 12: Departure YVR
  • Friday morning, April 14: Arrive in Queenstown, New Zealand!
  • Sat / Sun / Mon – 3 day hockey camp
  • Tuesday free day with host families and organized activities
  • Wednesday organized activities
  • Thursday free day and organized activities
  • Fri / Sat / Sun – 90 minute sessions (30 min skills and 60 min game) + and organized activities
  • Sunday April 23:  Depart Queenstown for Vancouver
  • Sunday April 23: Arrive at YVR in the afternoon.
  • At the moment there are 13 ice times tentatively confirmed.  There will be between 10 and 13 ice times when schedule is finalized.
  • Local excursions in beautiful Queenstown include: mountain biking, paraponting, bunjee jumping, hiking, jet boating, mini golf, and more. (SERIOUSLY!).
  • Click for Government Issued Consent Letter for us to travel with your child.

Cost for the New Zealand Hockey Exchange:

  • Flight & $1200 CAD + GST Experience Fee (includes hockey camp, homestay, meals)
  • Flight anticipated $2100 CAD
  • A la Carte activity prices TBA

Origin of the New Zealand Hockey Exchange:

After attending Nate’s Whistler Summer Hockey Camp for Women, I was so impressed by his coaching style that I recruited him to come and help coach my women’s rec team in Whistler that season. Later, after relocating to New Zealand, I decided to call on Nate and his brother Boe to come and bring some of their hockey expertise to the Southern hemisphere. After a year of coordinating and much anticipation, they ran a week of various clinics and camps in Queenstown and they certainly didn’t disappoint! All who attended their clinics, myself included, were blown away by Nate and Boe’s progressive coaching techniques, tips and tricks, all combined with an innate ability to adjust their coaching style to the needs of the individual or team at hand. Their professionalism yet down to earth and approachable manner made for a truly fun and educational hockey experience for players of all ages and abilities. The hockey club was so impressed that they’ve decided to make the Leslie camps an annual event. Thanks so much Nate and Boe for helping grow the sport of hockey in all parts of the world!  – Tree Clinton, Queenstown New Zealand, May 15, 2012

Having Nate and Boe run a camp for our Queenstown Ice Hockey Club, at the start of our 2012 season, was a tremendous success.  They were extremely professional in all aspects and passed on valuable knowledge to our coaches.  The players are still talking about how much they enjoyed the camp.  It’s now an annual fixture on the calendar, and we look forward to hosting your Canadian players again next year!”.  – Ross Burns, President Queenstown Ice Hockey Club, New Zealand

We really appreciate you coming over to Queenstown and taking the Leslie Coaching Academy giving players from all over the South Island the chance to experience the wonderful camp you have created. You are really talented the way you carve your way around the ice whilst stick handling without even taking a glance at the puck.You have inspired us to to do the best we can and work hard at a sport we love. On behalf of the Queenstown Ice Hockey Club I would like to say thanks and we would love you to come again and teach us more important ice hockey skills. – Hope, 11 year old female player in Queenstown, New Zealand.  (6 years later Hope is now on the Ice Ferns New Zealand Women’s National Team – 2017)