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Becoming a better you | The power of spending more time outdoors

Here at Pure Exploration we are all about self-love, taking time to focus on yourself, developing skills and working through challenges.

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Why should you visit New Zealand?

My upbringing in Colorado ensured a fierce love for snow and all the ways to slide down it, a desire to spend most my time outside, and a refusal to sit in an office working the traditional 9 to 5 spirit-crushing job.

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Highlights from the NZ Bush

Highlights from the bush module from the 2018 March intake of our Queenstown (New Zealand) Adventure Guide Program.

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From Man to Mountain Goat - | Pure Exploration VLOG:8 | Ethan: Week 8

8 weeks down and we come to the end of the training phase, finishing on a high with another awesome week of rock climbing!

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How fit do you need to be to come on a Pure Ex program?

With a willingness to push yourself and a moderate fitness level you will be able to take the most from one of our courses!

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Multisport Week | Pure Exploration VLOG:7 | Ethan: Week 7

Ethan Kaandorp is one of the interns taking part in the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Internship in New Zealand in March 2018.

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A day in the life with Pure Ex

When you're on a Pure Ex course we remove the hassle of accommodation by housing all the interns together.

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Becoming one with the Rock | Pure Exploration Vlog 6 | Ethan: Week 6

Ethan Kaandorp is one of the interns taking part in the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Internship in New Zealand in March 2018.

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Gillespie Pass Loop | Vlog 5 | Ethan: Week 4 & 5

VLOG#5: We're back!This vlog we cover a few days of anchor building in Wanaka before heading back into the beech forest of Mount Aspiring National Park.

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Alumni Update - Dana Ester living it up in Florida!

And as if I didn't have enough to look forward to, I've also accepted a seasonal position in the Fall back in California, doing wilderness field trips for a company called Naturalists at Large.

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Going Bush | Vlog 4 | Ethan: Week 3

VLOG#4:Things are kicked into high gear for the second bush/hiking module, as we head into Mount Aspiring National Park for a 3 day adventure.

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Summing up the Adventure Guide Internship in Queenstown!

We were lucky enough to have Michel Affkerbach join us in New Zealand for the September intake of the Adventure Guide Internship in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Roped up in Wanaka | Vlog 3 | Ethan: Week 2 Wrap-up

VLOG#3: We spend the week in Wanaka, New Zealand's rock climbing mecca.

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Tramping, Camping, and Compasses | Vlog 2 | Ethan: Week 1 Wrap-up

VLOG#2: The Pure Ex gang jumps headfirst into the first week of training.

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Arrival Weekend | VLog 1 | Ethan

VLOG#1: Meet the new crew for the March intake of adventure guiding program, Pure Exploration, which commenced this weekend in Queenstown NZ.

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IVOR LEVIN - LEAD GUIDE EXTRAORDINAIRE

For Queen and Country, Ivor summits 6000-meter peaks, dangles from ropes, and conquers white water.

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A Truly International Program

What's it like to live and train with people from around the world in a foreign country?

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Adventure Guide Intern Update - Assessments, Graduation, & Work Placement

The latest update from Kaylee Pickett, one of our adventure guide interns based in Queenstown:

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Adventure Guide Intern Update - Work Experience & PHEC

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to practically use the skills and knowledge we have gained through our training thus far.

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Adventure Guide Intern Update - Technical Training & Road Trips!

The latest update from Kaylee Pickett, one of our adventure guide interns based in Queenstown:

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Adventure Guide Intern Update - Mid-course - Cyril Delteil

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Adventure Guide Intern update - Orientation & Rock Climbing

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Why New Zealand is the best place for adventure travel

One of our upcoming Adventure Guide Interns, Kaylee Pickett, has been loving her time NZ.

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3 sure-fire ways a semester abroad will improve your life

It’s not difficult to make the argument to go abroad.

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Long haul travel hacks

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Sustainability in Overseas Community Projects

The concept of volunteering overseas is one that has grown in popularity in recent years, as has the profile of international development as a discipline.

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Epic Outdoor Kiwi Adventure – Travel, Train and Earn!

The fire crackles away happily on the soft pebbled beach and as the sun drops behind the stunning New Zealand high country mountains that surround you, you huddle in closer to your new mates and laugh about the days’ activities.

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The Summer break you hadn’t thought of...yet!

Sure, university summer breaks in Spain and Thailand are fun!

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10 Reasons You Should Take a GAP Year

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New Cave Tagged for Addition

Pure Exploration loves using adventure, nature and outdoor sport as opportunities to build our participants self leadership.

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German Bloggers' Visit NZ!

Four German travel bloggers have discovered that a winter adventure in New Zealand offers so much more than snow and skiing, after visiting in June.

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We're Coming To You Soon!

Any Students from Germany interested in Work and Travel; Adventure Travel; International Programmes; English language or just having fun?

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Development Activities & University Admission

recent research undertaken in the UK has identified an increasing role in 'soft skill' development, and extra-curricular activities, in the admissions to university and the likelihood of success in studies.

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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

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!

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 ❄️❄️❄️❄️

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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!

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?

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!

19th June 2018

This bunch of legends left us a month ago.. we miss you! Some of them are still in Queenstown working, some continuing their global adventures, some headed off home. Keep in touch team 🤙

17th June 2018

Planning on heading out to New Zealand for our awesome Adventure Guide Internship? Worried about if your fitness is up to scratch? Ethan talks us through a good plan of attack

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You'll see this with your very own eyes on our Adventure Guide Internship in Patagonia. Dreamy AF. Learn more about our Patagonian adventure here: https://hubs.ly/H0cGpkL0

15th June 2018

No filters required. Winter in NZ is fresh and foookin beautiful.

11th June 2018

Yes we are kiwis, so I know we are biased. But for real - its time to come check out New Zealand!

8th June 2018

Our adventure guide program in Africa isn’t your usual African jeep safari experience. We go deeper into the mountains and jungles, beyond the tourist route to small game reserves and savannahs focused on sustainability. You’ll be surfing at J-Bay and horse trekking the Drakensburg range, viewing the big-5 but also so many other deadly and fascinating animals. If you're into animals, this outdoor adventure is for you! https://bit.ly/2sCc52A

6th June 2018

Ain't no mountain high enough...

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Pure Exploration is not just another tour. We provide an immersive cultural and natural experience, shaped and driven by a goal - adventure guide qualifications. Founder, Zach, breaks down what we provide and how Pure Exploration is right for your next journey.

29th May 2018

It was -4 in Queenstown this morning. We are dreaming of Central America and balmy beach days!! (but secretly also excited about skiing haha)

27th May 2018

Dreamy days in NZ

25th May 2018

Learning about how to lead others comes from experience. During our programs participants get the chance to lead their group, to learn how to maximise individual's talents and achieve as a team. These are lessons that stand true both in the outdoors and any job/team/family in life.

24th May 2018

Hanging out with miniature turtles. What else would you do when visiting Costa Rica?

23rd May 2018

You know things are getting serious when the fake blood starts making an appearance. We're spending this week doing a prehospital emergency care course and running some wild scenarios. I think the neighbours are getting worried....