Epic Outdoor Kiwi Adventure – Travel, Train and Earn!

Destination Queenstown
Rock Climbing Arawata 7

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. Who had the best banter while scaling a 100ft rock face? Who nailed the guiding challenge high on the ridge amongst the soaring birds? Your camp spot is not in any guidebooks, there’s just you and your crew - you feel a million miles from your everyday life and all the stresses that come with it. Tomorrow you’ll be leading a hiking expedition that you’ve planned yourself into the deep bush of Fiordland, to demonstrate your ability to lead a team into the wilderness and show you’ve got your skills on lock - as next week you start your sweet new job as a Kayak guide on Lake Wakatipu.

 

If this sounds like your kind of adventure then you’ll be stoked to know that you could be on that very beach in the next 12 months, with a new outdoor guiding qualification under your belt and a job lined up in Queenstown – legendary for being the adventure capital of the world. It would be a trip you’d never regret.

 

More and more people are taking the chance to have a GAP year/ Overseas Experience (O.E or whatever you want to call it), before leaping into University or the workforce. And lets be honest, most people who are finishing high school/college have no idea what they want to do next. There are so many options now for choices of study, its all pretty overwhelming.

 

The idea of a year off before launching into University or work is a tempting one – travel to some far off place, chill out, explore some new beaches/mountains, meet heaps of new people and have no worries about studying for a while. And it’s a great idea.

 

This is why the popularity of travel-work-train programs such as Pure Exploration’s Adventure Guide Program are skyrocketing. Not only do you get the chance to enjoy a year off before diving into your next level of study, but you also have a once in a lifetime chance to explore New Zealand in a way you never could as a tourist. For 90 days you‘ll join locals hiking, climbing, kayaking, camping and partying, not to mention gaining world-recognised NZOIA Leadership adventure tourism qualifications.  And you’ll have a real real job offer in the industry lined up for you by Pure Exploration as soon as you’ve wrapped it up. You’ll head home a more confident, happy you, ready to crack into your study, or perhaps a changed person read to launch a fulfilling life as an adventure guide and tour the globe!

 

Choosing an option like the Adventure Guide Program means all the hard stuff is taken care of. This is an all-inclusive adventure that offers you a hassle-free way to travel around NZ, get some industry adventure tourism guiding qualifications, meet people, accommodation and food supplied, with work placements for all those who pass their certifications and are eager to earn!

 

To learn more about Pure Exploration’s leading Adventure Guide Program, click here.


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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.

7th February 2019

Yesterday was our national holiday in New Zealand, called Waitangi Day. Goes without saying that the AGP crew spent the day doing typical kiwi things, like doing bombs off bridges into the river and eating fish and chips. Chur bro.

6th February 2019

Rocking their way through the weekend in beautiful Wanaka, the AGP crew are getting into their first climbing module! @ Wanaka, New Zealand

4th February 2019

Navigation 101, which way is north, team?

31st January 2019

Lads on tour...

29th January 2019

If there was an emergency near you, would you actually be able to help? We get feedback from participants every program that they felt our Pre-hospital Emergency Care qualification (PHEC) was a super constructive and valuable part of their time with us - not only for those looking to feel prepared for outdoor careers, but for gaining confidence in First Aid to a strong level for everyday life. Ken, our current ambassador, takes us through the group's experience of PHEC here...https://bit.ly/2RiYnfA

28th January 2019

Essential hiking training begins, exploring our local back yard. What does your classroom look like?

28th January 2019

The staff and program alumni talk us through their reasons for making Pure Ex part of their journey.

25th January 2019

What are you up to this June? Come join the crew in New Zealand and experience the golden sand beaches and rugged mountains of the Nelson region! Find out more here..https://bit.ly/2FVYH1L

24th January 2019

Touchdown in New Zealand for the January intake of the Adventure Guide Program and so far, so amazing!

18th January 2019

Adventure Guide Program team bonding underway. So cool seeing people at the start of a 12 week journey, knowing so much awesomeness awaits them!

18th January 2019

We are very excited and proud to be annouced as one of the top 3 overall gap year providers for the 2018 @gooverseas Community Choice Awards! We work in an industry of amazing organisations that all work hard to provide young people with life changing experiences, so to be given a nod as one of the most exciting is really amazing for us. Thanks to you all! 🙏

18th January 2019

Dang, what an exceptionally attractive bunch of humans. Huge welcome to the new crew who have touched down in Queenstown for the summer edition of the Adventure Guide Program. Bring on the good times team!

13th January 2019

What are the 10 Best Gap Year destinations for 2019? Go Overseas give the low down on the new hotspots that need to be on your bucket list! https://www.gooverseas.com/blog/best-places-gap-year

12th January 2019

The pics don't lie, grins for days on the Pure Ex AGP!

10th January 2019

Want to know where in the world you could travel with Pure Exploration? Click here to see! https://bit.ly/2Faqhsm

7th January 2019

Yeaaaaah team 💪

6th January 2019

Whilst in Patagonia on our Adventure Guide Program, as well as hiking, climbing and sea kayaking, you'll also get the chance to experience rural Patagonian life, with a farm-stay at a working cattle ranch. South American Gauchos (the equivalent to US cowboys) are expert stock herders that move their cattle on horseback, and are animal experts and local legends. You’ll love this authentic mountain experience with locals! Find out more here https://bit.ly/2R9skDA

31st December 2018

Happy New Year!! What are you going to do this year that really excites you? It's time to push the boat out people!

28th December 2018

One of the highlights of the Adventure Guide Program is the week based in the legendary NZ adventure region, Mt Cook. Home of the highest mountain in the country, this area is synonomous with rock and ice climbing, hiking, mountaineering, ski touring and general outdoor bad-assness. Not for the faint-hearted, you need solid training and systems in place to explore this area, which is subject to strong winds, sub-zero temperatures, avalanches and rockfall. For those who have the right skills however, this place is adventure nirvana! Check out Ken's update on their time at Mt Cook here...https://bit.ly/2GBiR3d

24th December 2018

In New Zealand, Christmas and New Year's is all about Summer BBQ's, long afternoons by the lake or sea drinking cold beers and eating fresh seafood. It's roots reggae music, campfires, good friends and loads of laughs. Whatever Christmas looks like in your family, we hope its a good one ✨