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Adventure travel as it should be.

Engaging. Immersive. Unforgettable.

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GLOBAL LEADERS IN ADVENTURE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL

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

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 Programs

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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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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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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14th October 2018

Alrighty, our first check in from Ken, our ambassador currently on the New Zealand Adventure Guide Program! Check out his run-down on Orientation week here..https://bit.ly/2C7A5kN

13th October 2018

We've had some rather snowy Spring weather in NZ over the last few days, but it will mean some beauutiful hiking days afterwards! #brightside #freshies

12th October 2018

Meet Ivor, our head guide in New Zealand. Hailing from Scotland, Ivor brings decades of experience climbing and guiding around the world. He has a few good stories to share and a great sense of humour!

8th October 2018

We only have 3 places left for our Expedition Leader Program, starting June 2019! This overland tour heads through Southern China, Peru and Nepal, heading to famous regions and small villages alike. Perfect for those looking for experience in high altitude hiking and developing world regions. Ditch the desk job for a few months and join the missions!

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7th October 2018

So, you've just signed up for the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand. Touchdown in Queenstown. What happens now? Let's see...

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7th October 2018

So many beautiful corners of New Zealand to explore. Does anyone know where this is? An area well known for its surf breaks, fish and chips and amazing regular visits from whales, dolphins and seals!

1st October 2018

A magic hike into north branch of the Routeburn with the honey badgers 👍🌿

30th September 2018

Team briefing, then off into the snowy springtime hills!

29th September 2018

Snow, a practical refreshing drink?

28th September 2018

"It’s given me a whole new perspective on life and changed me from a Londoner to someone who just wants to be in the outdoors." Click below to read more from Ethan, who completed our Adventure Guide Program in March this year! https://hubs.ly/H0dWFwZ0

26th September 2018

Awesome to see some of the crew testing out their trad climbing skills on Tombstone at Hospital Flat, near Wanaka today. A great effort by everyone!

23rd September 2018

This is what we like to see. Grins from ear to ear! 😜

20th September 2018

Are you keen to test your outdoor skills at high altitude? To explore developing world regions? To hang out with like-minded, inspiring people? We think you are in the right place, my friend.

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18th September 2018

Beautiful intro to hike module 1 with a day hike in Arrowtown! Team 3 was introduced to new navigation skills including compass and map reading, identifying local and exotic flora and fauna, and some people skills to go along with guiding. Ivor entertained the team with stories and facts along the way to split up the trek. What a way to spend your Tuesday!

17th September 2018

If you see an out of office on our emails today, this is why.

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17th September 2018

Some surprise snow for Spring in Queenstown, New Zealand! Movie day for our team ❄❄☃️

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10th September 2018

Founder Zach instructing team three on their first day on the rock. Pure Exploration's immersive and hands on program takes first time climbers and trains them to be rock leaders. Giving them the tools and knowledge to pass on to future climbers. At first sight the walls can be intimidating, but the intimate teaching environment and one on one instructor-trainee relationship gave these first timers the confidence to send their first routes.

9th September 2018

We currently have three groups in Queenstown, New Zealand taking part in the Adventure Guide Program. Here's Team three packing up their twelve person van like absolute pros!

9th September 2018

Team three setting up camp in Wanaka for their first week of climbing. Not a bad view, I guess!

6th September 2018

When adventure guides meet Real Country

6th September 2018

Guys, meet Team Honey Badger. We can tell its gonna be a good 3 months!

5th September 2018

Double cone in the setting sun. Queenstown is truly amazing. The perfect place that lends inspiration for all of us aspiring adventure guides. #neverstopexploring

5th September 2018

Team two crushing the poses around Queenstown today, and perhaps catching the occasional goat! Orientation week has gone off without a hitch and everyone is really bonding as a unit. Can't wait to get on the trail next week!

3rd September 2018

John from Real Country showing @crystalgraham_ from our August Pure Ex crew how to drench a hogget (giving them a dose of vitamins!). Thanks again to Real Country for an amazing afternoon of fun and learning. Cheers!

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