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Adventure travel as it should be.

Engaging. Immersive. Unforgettable.

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Our Programs

GLOBAL LEADERS IN ADVENTURE EDUCATION, TRAINING & EMPLOYMENT

ADVENTURE TRAINING & INTERNSHIP SPECIALISTS

The team at Pure Exploration are everyday people, helping people have extraordinary experiences. We think real travel isn’t just about box-ticking guidebook recommendations or Instagram shots, it’s about authentic experiences spent with new friends who inspire you to think about the world and yourself in new ways.

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WORK & TRAVEL - CAREER BREAK - GAP YEAR - STUDY ABROAD

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Work & Travel

Want an international, exciting and constructive work option to get you around the globe on adventures?Whether it's for a career starter int...

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Career Break

Office hours getting you down? Want better work stories? Have an epic career, but need some time off to reflect, diversify and grow?Looking ...

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Adventure Internships

This epic outdoor program is the perfect mix of travel, skill-based learning, qualifications and work experience. Whether its a chance to cl...

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Gap Year Travel

Not sure what to study at university or feel like you could benefit from some time for self-discovery? Our Gap year programs are designed as...

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Volunteer Travel

You’ll not only learn about how effective guiding trips & volunteer operations work, but you’ll learn how to run your own - giving you al...

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International Expeditions

There is no other program in the world that specifically trains expedition adventure guides. You'll develop extensive guiding sk...

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Reviews

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Exciting & Adventurous Times!

Dana Ester - Florida, USA

"If you're considering this program, just go for it! I've always wanted to come to NZ, this course was the perfect opportunity to come here but also further my adventure career goals. If you push yourself, this course will help you get where you want to go."
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Climbing, exploring, loving NZ

Michel Affkerback, Germany

The highlight of the course so far for me is learning to climb multi-pitch by myself, or with a friend, and knowing what to do. If you are into the outdoors and thinking of becoming a guide, do this course! It's based in beautiful New Zealand and you'll learn a lot.
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Becoming an adventure guide in NZ

Cyril Delteil, France

Coming from France I was worried about my English, but being here everyday and speaking with native speakers means my English has improved so much, alongside my outdoor skills.

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22nd May 2018

Lets not forget about the epic bush module... check it!

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21st May 2018

We're almost at the end of our current Adventure guide internship in NZ! Check out some highlights from the rock module below...

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20th May 2018

Here are some pics from one of our global programs. Can you guess where?

15th May 2018

On top of the world! Taking clients up on the ridgeline once again. This hike never gets old!

12th May 2018

Learn about what makes our programs different! Zach gives us a breakdown of the core values and designs that define Pure Exploration.

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10th May 2018

Maaaan do we have some exciting stuff on the cards for 2019!! AFRICA. You know how epic it would be to explore here for 12 weeks. Check the link people! https://bit.ly/2G3ex77

7th May 2018

Want to learn more about what it takes to earn in the outdoors? Check out our short guide which covers common questions about becoming an adventure guide. We discuss: * The benefits of an immersive internship vs. traditional training organisation * A day in the life of a hiking guide in New Zealand – hear what it’s really like! * Adventure tourism and travel industry research trends for 2018 Check out the guide here https://bit.ly/2rowqsr

7th May 2018

Just a little shout out to our main man Ethan who has been our content king for the Queenstown adventure guide program - we've loved having you (and your drone) touring NZ with us! You can check more out from Ethan on Insta here: https://www.instagram.com/destination.who.cares/?hl=en

3rd May 2018

As the 12 week program enters the last month, our current adventure guide interns will be spending more time reading up on requirements for their NZOIA Leader Hike and Rock assessments. Like last year's interns (pictured), they will find they have been over-prepared and hopefully will feel confident and ready to roll 💪

1st May 2018

A busy 7 days with the Pure Ex team. How's your week looking? Time to make it look a little more like this? Read more about our programs here...https://goo.gl/rNUkHn

30th April 2018

Week 7, training phase almost over, so we mix it up with a bit of kayaking and mountain biking. Enjoy!

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27th April 2018

Planning the ascent of the Sebastopol Bluffs at Mt Cook. What would be your plan of attack?

25th April 2018

Living the dream in the mountains 🏕️🤙🤙

23rd April 2018

Check out last weeks climbing in Mt Cook. Wooooooo!

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23rd April 2018

So many thumbs.

19th April 2018

VLOG#5: The latest from Ethan and the team... Make yourself a cup of tea and settle in for this epic adventure.. Week 5 of the Adventure Guide Internship! This round we cover a few days of anchor building in Wanaka before heading back into the beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park. We tackle the spectacular Wilkin-Young loop, crossing the Gillespie alpine pass, and finishing with an unexpected helicopter ride out of the bush. Wooooo! https://www.pureexploration.nz/about/news/vlog-5/

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17th April 2018

Alumni update - Dana Ester from the US We love hearing from our Pure Ex alumni on what they are up to now. It's definitely our goal to make a positive impact in people's lives and hopefully also set them on a trajectory of achievement and good times! We were so stoked to hear Dana Ester (Adventure Guide Internship Sept 2017, Queenstown NZ) is doing so well. Dana was happy to share her update here: https://bit.ly/2HDGgxE

15th April 2018

Not your average lunchtime view.

10th April 2018

Let's talk about certifications. As well as gaining your leader level guiding qualifications on our Adventure Guide Internship, you'll get some other great strings in your bow that will make you safe in the outdoors. Michel explains below.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xJQt8VcUEU

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7th April 2018

Spot the hut...home sweet home for our team!

5th April 2018

Do you think you'd land the throw?

3rd April 2018

Up close with the heart of the mountains.

1st April 2018

Updates! This week a trip to a snow capped Matukituki Valley in the Mount Aspiring National Park

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29th March 2018

Wow Wanaka - Autumn has arrived in New Zealand bringing beautiful still warm days. This is where our team camped while doing some climbing last week.

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