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Adventure travel as it should be.

Engaging. Immersive. Unforgettable.

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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

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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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/

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

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

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.

27th March 2018

A hiking mission like no other, and a kiwi farmstay experience... another insight into life on our kiwi adventure guide internship! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EsrTRrkEYY&feature=youtu.be

26th March 2018

Become one with the rock...

22nd March 2018

Some awesome pics rolling in from our team of adventure guides in training in Queenstown, New Zealand. Autumn in NZ is 👌💪🧣🍺✨

21st March 2018

New Vlog, check it out!

21st March 2018

Is mountain biking your thing? Or does smashing down through rapids really float your boat? Check out our epic new North-Island based NZ Adventure Guide Internship, perfect for those looking to become mountain biking or rafting guides! Click here to check out the full program itinerary... http://bit.ly/2prfAaP

20th March 2018

The Adventure guide interns currently deep in the beech forest on the track out to Lake Rere, near Glenorchy.

18th March 2018

Another new location for us, and one hell of a program that will be launching this month. Anyone know where this is??

15th March 2018

Let's check in again with Ethan and our Adventure Guide Interns in Queenstown, as they wrap up their first week with Pure Ex! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItmABkh9QHc

14th March 2018

We've got some suuuuper exciting news to announce in the next week. New courses, new locations, new countries even! Keep following to find out more. In the meantime, we're just gonna go ahead and leave this pic here.....

11th March 2018

Such an awesome pic of our final group for 2017. On top of a mountain, with their instructor Ivor Levin. Grins all round, all passed their exams, loving their time in NZ. Life is good!

9th March 2018

The first overnight trip did not disappointed! On top of the Remarkables, not a soul or track in sight, clear skies above and an evening hike up a nearby mountain for the sunset. Time for a few rest days before getting into some rock climbing next week!

8th March 2018

Last week we welcomed the next bunch of legends joining us in Queenstown for the Adventure Guide Internship. Ethan Kaandorp is going to be keeping us all up to date with what the crew are up to. Check out his Vlog of his time in NZ so far! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFtxMUbgK68&feature=youtu.be

7th March 2018

Discussing the plan for today's hike - assessing the terrain and weather outlook with the team

7th March 2018

Learning to navigate with map and compass in Skippers Canyon. Tomorrow we head for the hills!

5th March 2018

Absolutely stunning pic of our hometown from up Ben Lomond Peak by the talented @oliverward. Magic. #repost@queenstownnz

4th March 2018

Nailing down those climbing skills in stunning Wanaka, some exciting river crossing adventures, a couple of epic hiking trips... it's all kicking off in Michel's 3rd VLOG! Check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GQfRqk-h4E

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