Adventure Travel in New Zealand

If you're excited to travel, explore and experience the beauty of nature our New Zealand Adventure Guide Program is perfect for you! Spend your weeks hiking through stunning, remote native forests, immersing yourself in local cultures and soaking up diverse landscapes. As you traverse iconic locations, you'll create lifelong friendships and unforgettable memories. Discover the world in a unique way and return home with incredible travel stories and personal confidence.

Difficulty Level

Suitable for all abilities


12 Weeks

Program Price

$12,500 USD

Immersive Travel

Traverse the country

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Adventure Guide Program Overview

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
  • Swift Water Rescue Certificate (Rescue 3)
  • Technical equipment for rock climbing, hiking and camping
  • Transportation during program days
  • Outdoor First Aid Training
  • 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
  • Safe and well supported community

Other Details

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Fluent in English
  • Moderate fitness - comfortable hiking with a 15kg/30lb backpack over multiple days
  • This program is suitable for all abilities and experience levels, our instructors will cater the program to be safe and suitable to your requirements
  • Meet people from all over the world and create lifelong memories
  • Small group tours are our speciality (maximum of 12 per program)
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Adventure Guide Program

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.

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.

Upcoming Departure Dates

Limited Spaces

Sept 2024

11 Sept 2024 - 3 Dec 2024
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Jan 2025

15 Jan 2025 - 7 Apr 2025
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Sept 2025

10 Sept 2025 - 2 Dec 2025
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Program Testimonials


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
Group hiking the Routeburn Track in New Zealand

Our Alumni

"I’ve never done anything like this before, and it was an absolutely amazing experience, once in a lifetime opportunity to meet awesome and like minded people and get outdoors."

Tia P. New Zealand.

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Adventure Guide Program Itinerary

  • Pick up in Queenstown Central with your program instructor.
  • Meet your fellow adventure buddies and head to the house for orientation.
  • Māori Pōwhiri (welcoming)
  • Safety briefing, community orientation, program guidelines and overview
  • Start the week off with your advanced outdoor first aid course - setting you up nicely for the next few months of adventuring
  • Complete your first multi-day hike somewhere epic like the Matukituki Valley, Mt. Aspiring National Park or Fiordland National Park (weather dependant)
  • Travel to Wānaka to begin your introduction to climbing
  • Learn the fundamentals and technicalities to climb safely outdoors
  • It's time to journey through Fiordland National Park
  • Cruise alongside Hector Dolphins in Milford Sound
  • Hike parts of the famous Routeburn Track
  • Camp beneath the stars at a local DOC campsite
  • Visit a range of locations and rock types as you learn how to lead climb
  • Spend a day volunteering with the local climbing club
  • Time to visit Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park and hike among the beauty beneath New Zealand's highest mountain
  • Return to Queenstown and complete a two day pack rafting course while gaining your SWIFT Water Rescue 3 certification
  • Dive into the heart of Mt. Aspiring National Park as you explore the remote wilderness of the Gillespie Pass
  • Venture up the wild west coast of the South Island as you explore Hokitika, Franz Josef and climbing at above the Tasman Sea at the Charleston Sea Cliffs
  • Hike to the natural hot springs on the Copeland track and spend the night listening for Kiwi birds at the DOC hut
  • Venture to Dunedin and explore Tunnel Beach, watching the Albatross soar high above
  • Climb the famous basalt rock on Long Beach
  • It's time to practise the skills you have learned on real clients
  • Taking them outdoors under the guidance of your program instructor as you dial in your guiding skills
  • With your skills dialled and client practise under your belt it's time to complete your NZOIA Bush Leader and NZOIA Rock Leader qualifications
  • Gaining internationally recognised qualifications that will take you all over the world working as a guide
  • Finish up the program with a farewell dinner and friendly good byes

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What's Included?

  • 12 weeks of accommodation in a private house in Queenstown
  • Our very own highly experienced program instructors, they'll be with you from start to finish
  • Access to your own "Traveller Area" where you can find all the program information you need (pre and post program)
  • Our knowledgeable Program Advisors to answer your questions - just a phone call or email away
  • All activities outlined in the itinerary (rock climbing, hiking, camping, packrafting, pōwhiri, and so much more)
  • All technical equipment required to safely participate in the activities
  • All transportation during the program
  • Fees to all national parks, DOC land, campsites and huts that you will experience
  • Two day pack-rafting excursion in Glenorchy
  • Milford Sound Day Cruise
  • Farm tour and experience
  • NZOIA registration and assessments
  • Swift Water Rescue 3 Training and Qualification
  • Advance Outdoor First Aid Certificate