Pure Exploration focuses on meaningful experiential travel, immersing people in unique cultural environments, educating and inspiring them to reach goals, and encouraging personal development.
Through adventure and exploration, we want to help you develop mental fortitude, internal confidence and external wellbeing. You’ll head home a more confident, happy you, ready to tackle whatever life has in store for you.
the pure way | our approach
Pure Exploration programs are 75-90 day residential programs based in the fantastic playground that is the Otago lakes region, set into the stunning Southern Alps, and on the doorstep of NZ’s most remote untamed wilderness wonderland of the Fiordland National Park.
We offer Adventure Travel & Tourism programs designed for all young travellers seeking a constructive and developmental stepping stone into independent travel, the adventure tourism industry, or the next chapter in their life.
We combine a range of travel, adventure, social, environmental, cultural and community experiences into one seamless program, and add in education, personal development, and adventure tourism job training.
Our philosophy runs deep throughout all of our programs. Our action-packed itineraries encompass all of our developmental and educational ideas. We aim to provide an immense array of experiences, activities and environments within an adventure travel context that focuses on building social and community relationships and an ever expanding level of independence and responsibility for yourself and others.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT & LEADERSHIP - “CONFIDENCE TO PLAY, TO WORK, and TO RELATE.”
Leadership starts with you!
Resilience, empathy, interpersonal skills, communication, and motivation are the beginnings of the new inspired, confident, team playing you.
With the fun, practical learn by doing, seeing and feeling approach of Pure Exploration we take you out of your comfort zone and challenge you. Challenge you to manage emotions and stress, strive for doing more than you ever thought you could, to embrace diversity and interact with those around you.
Our program focuses on a structured to unstructured approach, giving you all the help and support that you will need at the start and then allowing you to take the reigns, taking control of yourself, your group, and eventually your adventure! Once you have finished the program you will be ready to be unleashed upon the world, organised, confident and efficient, ready to take charge of future travels, job roles and education.
The travel & adventure experiences Pure Exploration offers, teach you to reflect, receive feedback, and apply the skills you have learned to any situation. Growing and developing like never before and leading yourselves and others. These are skills that transfer back into stronger relationships, family life, personal direction, and work or study.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE - “I TRAVEL THEREFORE I EMBRACE DIVERSITY.”
We are partners with the NZ Department of Conservation, and support existing ecological-environmental initiatives as a part of our contribution to NZ’s unique natural environments and wildlife.
These projects also give you the opportunity to actively participate in meaningful environmental projects in unique and remote locations, which can be highly rewarding and a rich learning experience.
From the cultural opportunities of traveling with local liaisons and students to spending extended time with families who call your destination home, you will develop a new, deeper understanding of the world while on a Pure Exploration Adventure.
ADVENTURE TRAVEL - “ADVENTURE ISN’T SOMETHING YOU GO ON. IT’S SOMETHING YOU TAKE.”
From insider knowledge on secret spots, to camping in tents at beautiful camping areas and spending time exploring new trails or scenic natural environments, you will be experiencing adventure travel in New Zealand at its best.
To undertake an adventure is to enter the unknown, to extend beyond your comfortable surroundings, to try, taste, feel, sense, and experience new things.
This requires for us to get away from cities, hotels, tour buses, and touristic attractions: away from the people, places, and languages that we are used to.
We avoid daily itineraries to allow you to indulge in spontaneity and the element of the unknown; to embrace the uncertainty, highs, lows and diversity that only true adventure can provide.
WILDERNESS & OUTDOORS EXPERIENCES - "It's not the mountain we conquer but ourselves."
From Kayaks, Bikes, Buses to your Feet, you will explore inspiring natural environments in NZ's incredible pure wilderness throughout your amazing adventure.
You will go camping in incredible spots, experience wilderness huts, unique cultural lodges and, for some, even snow caves!
Adventure sports like abseiling and rock climbing can be awesome ways for you to learn about yourself and the natural environment, whilst being exciting and exhilarating too!