Take a Break In New Zealand

New Zealand is ideal for those seeking to break free from the mundane and journey on an exciting new adventure. Whether you're looking for a career change or a sabbatical, our Adventure Guide Program offers the perfect blend of outdoor adventure, immersive travel experiences and personal development. Transform your life by learning leadership skills, conquering new challenges and discovering your true potential. Step into a world of possibilities and see where it takes you!

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12 Weeks

Transferable Skills

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Adventure Guide Program Details

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

  • 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)
Who we work with, Go Abroad logo | Pure Exploration
Who we work with, GoOverseas logo | Pure Exploration

What Is The Adventure Guide Program?

Our New Zealand Adventure Guide Program is ideal for those seeking to break free from the mundane and journey on an exciting new adventure. Imagine swapping your office for the rugged mountains and pristine lakes of New Zealand. This destination offers a unique adventure, blending breathtaking scenery with thrilling experiences.

During the program, you'll participate in a wide range of outdoor pursuits, from hiking iconic trails within national parks, to learning about the native flora & fauna. You'll also engage in team-building exercises, leadership training and outdoor skills advancment. These experiences are designed to challenge you and foster personal growth, helping you develop the resilience and confidence needed to lead others.

Whether you're a new to adventure travel or have prior experiences in the outdoors, our program offers a structured, progressive path that adapts to your desires. From immersing yourself in vibrant cultures to journeying on exhilarating adventures, explore the outdoors like never before. Upon completion of the program, you'll have expanded your horizons and gained personal confidence from your transformative journey.

Upcoming Departure Dates

Limited Spaces

Sept 2024

11 Sept 2024 - 3 Dec 2024
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Spaces Remaining

Jan 2025

15 Jan 2025 - 7 Apr 2025
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Spaces Remaining

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

Our Alumni

"I didn’t know what I wanted to do in life, all I knew was that it had to be outside and include travelling to different places and learning new skills, this has opened up that opportunity to do it!"

Florian K. Netherlands.

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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