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Adventure travel as it should be.

Engaging. Immersive. Unforgettable.

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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...


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 ...


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...

Waka Ama Cultural Trip Abel Tasman National Park

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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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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19th August 2018

A great shot of the team bringing someone up from below when lead climbing.

18th August 2018

Avalanche safety training at The Remarkables today. Learning all about the weather, snow pack, rescue techniques, ski touring and so much more about glorious snow. Winter is the business.

14th August 2018

Maike from the Netherlands joined us this March for the Adventure Guide Program in New Zealand. Love this pic of her looking gnarly AF at Mt Cook National Park.

13th August 2018

From the UK to Kiwi bungy master! Check Mark's post-program update here https://hubs.ly/H0dmrxz0

8th August 2018

Always wanted to be a human catapault? Yeah you have! Our mates at AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand launch their Nevis Catapault today! Another reason to come visit??

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5th August 2018

Oh man @jamesfightsboredom killing it up the Remarkable range, with our hometown Queenstown far below. Boss level 1,000,000.

2nd August 2018

Are you an outdoor junkie looking for your next challenge? Check out our Expedition Leader Program. You'll love exploring Central and South America. The Galapagos is bucket-list stuff. You'll help out in some rewarding community projects in tiny villages in the Andes. You'll clock Machu Picchu. You'll see the Rainbow Mountains. You'll hike with porters and guides in the Himalaya. It's 3 months of adventure gold that you'll never forget. Check it out here https://hubs.ly/H0ddfVg0

31st July 2018

Aaahh the banter when you are perched atop a 80ft rockface...

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29th July 2018

Weekends with the crew are 🤘

26th July 2018

Global volunteering is red hot at the moment. Using your time to make a difference - everyone wins. What should you be checking for when choosing a reputable volunteer organisation? Lets see https://hubs.ly/H0d8kWp0

23rd July 2018

Swift Water Rescue training so you can be the MacGyver of the water...

22nd July 2018

When you create a mountain village for the night with only what you carried in on your backs..

21st July 2018

The Expedition Leader Program. South East Asia > Galapagos Islands > Peru > Nepal. The itinerary is epic, but what's it really all about?

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18th July 2018

Why should you visit New Zealand? Kaylee is 23 years old and comes from Colorado. She knows. Listen up yo. https://hubs.ly/H0d2ww00

17th July 2018

* C * H * I * L * E * Come with us! https://hubs.ly/H0cMhFn0

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17th July 2018

This. . . . . Repost @purenewzealand from the talented @friiidaberg

12th July 2018

Ethan has just spent the last few months with us on our New Zealand Adventure Guide Program. That makes him the perfect person to take you through the stuff you'll need if you are flying out to join us!

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11th July 2018

When you are an adventure guide trainee, but also a part-time model...

9th July 2018

There's something awesome about mountains in winter ❄️❄️❄️❄️

3rd July 2018

When was the last time you spent a whole day outside, drinking in the fresh air and exploring somewhere off the beaten track? Get those feet out from under your desk. Go on. Come with us for three months of wilderness adventure. You won't regret it!

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2nd July 2018

🎈Happy birthday to our founder Zach!🎈 You're a switched on dude with a cheeky grin and mountains of enthusiasm. Bring on another year of inspirational programs and good times 🤙

26th June 2018

The land of the long white cloud - where else?

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25th June 2018

This is Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park Argentina. Grab your puffer jacket and join our next mish south https://hubs.ly/H0cMhFn0

24th June 2018

Sunday chilling. How are you spending your day?

20th June 2018

Where else would you want to be on a bluebird day than Queenstown! Hike in the morning, BBQs and a beer at night. Bliss!

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