Fiords and mountaintops - More hiking in NZ

As the Adventure Guide Program progresses, alongside the curriculum, the nature of the hikes and climbs the groups get progressively more complex too. As the group reaches the middle of their program, we sent them with their lovely instructor to the stunning Fiordland National Park to experience the Kepler Track, one of New Zealand's iconic Great Walks.

Check out Ken's summary of their amazing week down south here...

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Here's my favourite pic - our team heading across a small alpine snow saddle after summiting Mt. Luxmore on our 2nd hike module. I snapped this photo just before heading over myself. We got whipped with 70Kmh winds on the summit. It was awesome! I wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the world.

 

We finally mastered the art of packing twelve peoples packs into the boot. It took 6 weeks to get this far!

We started our week by driving four hours to Fiordland National Park. I think we blasted 90’s music the whole way. Everyone was in high spirits and we were all excited to hit the trail.

 

The main focus of the week was to work on navigation skills, working off compass bearings and map coordinates. I think we all sharpened our skills, and I certainly became more confident navigating and leading a group into the back-country. We had 63 km ahead of us...

 

Day two my team and I  spent climbing further into the alpie of the Kepler Mountains. Obviously the views only got better the higher we climbed.

It’s crazy hw small you feel up there and how absolutely massive the landscape really is. I felt so humbled to be there and to be sharing it with my team. Our instructor, Kerie was a legend and lead us up without a hitch and shared with us a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding mountains and the Maori culture.

 

 

It was cool to see what the team was made of and to be pushed a little bit. On our third day we got dumped on. The rain wouldn't let up, I couldn't really take my camera out without risking water damage. We were taught about weather patterns and reading the clouds in alpine terrain.

I felt like a kid in a candy shop ( for lack of a better expression ) being up there on the ridge. I was surrounded with endless mountain beauty, trekking and exploring with my team. As a photographer it's hard to find a more perfect place to be. Our backcountry “huts” are more like backcountry hotels!

 

 

The team had their first summit together. I loved being up there with those guys, to see the struggle on their faces but joy a few seconds later once they caught an eye of a nearby peak that they happen to be higher than.

 

Despite the iffy weather we ended the week with an amazing cruize through the Milford Sound. It was a great place for the team to take much needed break and take in the sights, myself included.



 

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As you can see, the Adventure Guide Program really gets you in the thick of the wilderness, with an amazing team and a knowledgeable and inspiring instructor. Whether you are looking for a break from your everyday life or are keen to get into the outdoors fulltime, Pure Exploration is an awesome, effective way of helping you better yourself. Find out more by firing through your details below and we can send you some detailed info about our programs :)

 

 

 

 

 

 


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25th March 2019

Time to meet the team! This is John. He is one of our Program Instructors, currently leading a group completing the Adventure Guide Program in Queenstown, New Zealand. John grew up enjoying the outdoors of Florida. Having joined the military when he turned 18, he soon began traveling and seeing the world, thus instilling in him a passion for travel. In the military as a JTAC, he was responsible for directing the action of combat aircraft. He received training not only in his core job skills but also navigation, survival, and bushcraft. After the military, he moved to Bend, Oregon to pursue his helicopter pilots license. Climbing in the countless places available to him in Central Oregon, he soon developed a passion for the sport as well as a deeper appreciation for the outdoors. John is a legend with a heart of gold, and an even bigger appetite - for food and for the outdoors! It's awesome having him on our team

24th March 2019

Enjoying the long warm days of Autumn in New Zealand with a week in the glorious surrounds of Mt Cook National Park.

20th March 2019

Adventure Guide Program crew meeting some key adventure tourism industry employers from around New Zealand tonight at our networking event. It's so great to be able to make these connections and get CVs straight into the key recruiters hands.

19th March 2019

Step away from the desk job and join us for a few months of outdoor fun. Go on...

17th March 2019

Orientation week in New Zealand is a chance to settle in, get to know your new team mates and explore this new land which will become home for the next 12 weeks.

14th March 2019

What types of people come on our programs? People from all over the globe join us for adventure travel missions. Generally we see people who are between 19 - 32 years old - taking a break before college, taking a break for getting into the workplace, taking a break from their work desk! It's all about immersing yourself in the outdoors, forgetting the pressures of everyday and enjoying feeling fit, healthy and renews by visiting new places. Join the crew!

12th March 2019

A good spot for reflection (and a cup of tea) after a big week exploring the New Zealand back country.

10th March 2019

It's time to get the hiking backpack out of the cupboard and buy a ticket abroad. Go on....

8th March 2019

Our adventure travel programs are all about living life to the full, getting away from your work desk, putting down that phone and refreshing your soul. Fresh air, fascinating cultures, like minded mates, learning new skills. Join the crew and take some time to focus on you!

8th March 2019

When your thousands of kms from home, if you're lucky, you'll find another kind of oddball/amazing family to call your own.

7th March 2019

Happy #internationalwomensday ! Women lead the way in so many ways. We are proud to offer young women from around the world the chance to gain confidence in themselves and their skills. Bring on the future!

6th March 2019

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5th March 2019

New kiwi maaaaaaaaates... 🐑🐑🐑

5th March 2019

A huge welcome to the newest crew to join us for an Adventure Guide Program. Enjoy your awesome Orientation Week, then it's business time!

3rd March 2019

Outdoor climbing is a bit scary and can take you a bit to get your head around. But like anything else that pushes you out of your comfort zone, the elation felt with nailing it is unreal! Would you be game to hang from a 20 metre rock face?

1st March 2019

From ultra-light bivvy bags, moisture wicking tops and merino bottoms, to polarized sunglasses, flint firelighters and seam-sealed jackets ... gear nerds are our kinds of people.

1st March 2019

Hailing from: The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden, USA, Australia, Greece, Poland and Canada!!! Introducing the March Adventure guide crew on their first day in Queenstown 🙌 Welcome team we are so stoked to have you here!

26th February 2019

We love seeing the pics roll in from our Adventure Guide Programs. Good times speak for themselves, don't they!

13th February 2019

Nor'west skies are red, Guide ropes are blue, Coffee brewed over campfire black Means a great day ahead its true... Happy V day team, hope its filled with things that put a smile on your dial! 🥰

11th February 2019

The next great crew of explorers hit the kiwi shores and begin their adventures. Welcome team! 🤴👸

10th February 2019

Sunday lake hangs to combat the steamy NZ summer

9th February 2019

Some of the cute locals you'll meet when on our Adventure Guide Program in Patagonia! Find out more about this program here.. https://bit.ly/2DlIb8i

7th February 2019

When you think of New Zealand, do you think of spectacular mile high mountains with cascading waterfalls, deep ancient rainforests filled with stunning native birdsong and wild deer? You're right, you know. We go here on our NZ Adventure Guide Program. It's pretty rad, to say the least.