New Zealand Adventure Guide Program

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

Start your journey in the stunning landscapes of New Zealand, where you'll hike through lush beech forests, understand Māori stories & legends and immerse yourself in the local culture. Queenstown is famous for its vibrant atmosphere and outdoor lifestyle, it will become your home base for the next 12 weeks.

During the program, you'll participate in unforgettable adventures in some of the world's most beautiful locations. Hike the famous Routeburn Track, with its breathtaking mountain views and pristine lakes. Encounter unique wildlife, such as Hector Dolphins in Milford Sound and Albatross in Dunedin.

Experience life as a local while exploring the diverse terrains of the South Island, from Fiordland National Park to Aoraki Mt. Cook, the rugged West Coast, and Dunedin’s sandy beaches. Embrace the outdoor lifestyle and all its wonders.

This journey is designed to offer a variety of experiences that will exceed your expectations. Connect with fellow travellers from all over the world, forge lifelong friendships and create lasting memories. With unique cultural encounters and exciting activities every day, the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand promises a truly immersive travel experience that will expand your knowledge.

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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Frequently Asked Questions

On the New Zealand Adventure Guide Program you will be based in Queenstown. Locations you will visit: Milford Sound, Mt Aspiring National Park, Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, Dunedin, Bannockburn, Wānaka

Yes of course! You will be with program instructors throughout the program who will be teaching and mentoring you along the journey.

Queenstown, New Zealand is a safe place, with a good mix of locals and tourists.

We recommend you have a moderate level of fitness. You must be comfortable carrying a 15kg/30lb backpack for multiple days, camping out in remote wilderness, and prepared to do activities five days a week.

Usually the program will run five days a week (Mon-Fri), this is dependant on weather, location, and other factors. But you can expect to have a couple of days each week to rest and explore.

The weather in Queenstown, New Zealand can change quickly. You will experience colder temperatures on over night hikes and warm temperatures during the day. Be sure to check the gear list to ensure you have the appropriate gear.

We have a range of program instructors who will guide you, mentor you and work with you along your 12 week journey with us.

Why Travel With Us?

Expert-led Adventures

Become fully immersed in the local culture of each destination we travel to. With our expert local in-country instructors, years of adventure travel experience and connection to nature; you'll find off the beaten track local secrets that aren't on the internet.

Adventure Experiences

Our programs are curated to include adventure experiences like no other. From world famous hiking trails, to navigating national parks and rugged rock walls, we guarantee adventure experiences like never before.

Small Groups

We have a maximum of 12 participants per program, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the experience. With a close connection to our program instructors, hands on learning and personal growth opportunities you'll be comfortable challenging yourself in diverse environments.

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