A student crossing a wire bridge while hiking the Routeburn Track in New Zealand

New Zealand Adventure Guide Program

A Land Before Time
Program Price: USD $12,500
Duration: 12 Weeks
Max Group Size: 12

Based in the adventure capital of the world - Queenstown, this program offers unparalleled access to rugged mountains, crystal-clear lakes and expansive remote backcountry. From rock climbing to navigating breathtaking hiking trails across the South Island, every day presents a new opportunity to push your limits and explore the great outdoors.

Immerse yourself in New Zealand’s rich culture as you engage with local communities and experience traditional Māori customs. This cultural immersion, combined with diverse adventure activities like rock climbing, hiking, camping and pack rafting, provides a well-rounded adventure travel experience. Whether you're seeking personal growth or aiming for a career in the outdoor industry, the Adventure Guide Program offers the perfect blend of adventure, outdoor experiences and cultural exploration.

Under the guidance of highly experienced and certified instructors, you'll gain a wide array of outdoor skills. The program includes progressive modules in rock climbing, hiking, bushcraft and outdoor first aid. With small group sizes, you’ll benefit from real-world experiences, ensuring you gain the confidence and expertise needed to lead your own adventures. Beyond technical skills, the program emphasises leadership, teamwork and transformative travel opportunities.

Experience the otherworldly landscapes of New Zealand with visits to iconic locations like Queenstown, Wānaka, Fiordland National Park, Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park, Mt. Aspiring National Park and more!

Program Dates

Male rock climbing on a coastal crag in Dunedin New Zealand
Limited Spaces

Sept 2024

11 Sept 2024 - 3 Dec 2024
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Student rock climbing in the South Island of New Zealand
Spaces Remaining

Jan 2025

15 Jan 2025 - 7 Apr 2025
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Hiking the Hooker Valley Track in Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park
Spaces Remaining

Sept 2025

10 Sept 2025 - 2 Dec 2025
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What's Included

  • Combination of adventure travel, skill development and cultural experiences
  • 12-weeks accommodation in shared living environment in Queenstown
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Guiding
  • NZOIA Bush Leader Qualification & Training
  • NZOIA Rock Leader Qualification & Training
  • Swift Water Rescue Certificate (Rescue 3)
  • Technical equipment for rock climbing, hiking and camping
  • Transportation during program days
  • Outdoor First Aid Training
  • Highly skilled program instructors
  • Exploration of world famous locations
  • Leadership & teamwork
  • Networking & community interactions


  • Māori pōwhiri (welcoming ceremony)
  • Stunning locations, Fiordland National Park, Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park, Mt. Aspiring National Park, Wānaka, Queenstown and more!
  • Live like a local - taste the local cuisine, experience resort town vibes and travel the South Island
  • Comprehensive Outdoor First Aid Training, hiking and rock climbing modules as well as a pack rafting experience
  • Hike famous tracks like the Routeburn Track, Copeland Track, Matukituki Valley and more
  • Progressive skills accusation with weekly rock climbing and hiking modules


  • At least 18 years old
  • Fluent in English
  • Moderate fitness
  • Comfortable hiking with a 15kg/30lb backpack over multiple days
  • Prepared to be outdoors five days a week

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Rock climbing Arawata Terrace in Queenstown

Our Alumni

Program Testimonial

"The New Zealand Adventure Guide Program was literally life changing! Not only was it a ton of fun, but we learned a lot, setting us up nicely to jump right into a job in the outdoor adventure industry. I’m leaving the program with bush leader and rock leader qualifications and an awesome new group of friends!"

Erin Good, United States.

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The Adventure Guide Program is an amazing program! Learnt so much and had so much fun! Already been offered employment in adventure guiding!

Gabriel Foulkes

The adventure guide program not only equipped me with the technical skills for rock climbing and hiking, it also greatly helped me in my personal development and growth, my confidence in these activities, as well as working with others and as a team with my course-mates and instructors.

Rachel Teow

This program is fantastic for so many reasons. Whether you are trying to get a foothold in the adventure tourism industry, or just need a reset/break in your life, come out and explore New Zealand!

Grayson Redmond

Staying in New Zealand for these 3 months has been the best choice of my life. I've had a complete career change. Spending all of this time in the outdoors has made me very appreciative of the nature around us especially in these trying times of the world.

Chace Crowell

The experience was everything I could've hoped for. Learned a ton, had a blast, did awesome things in incredible places and made lifelong friends.

Max Stevens

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