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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17th December 2018

This is Richard, he is our Program and Operations Manager. As well as being a slick operator who will ensure your time on program is amazing, he also is an extremely experienced Bungy jumper and yorkshire pudding expert 💪

11th December 2018

Ken's back! It's time for the Adventure Guide Program crew to get their boots on and experience the New Zealand back country. An unseasonal Spring snowfall added some drama to the week, but certainly made for some scenic hikes! Read more here https://bit.ly/2UyEkML

7th December 2018

Wondering if the Adventure Guide Program is for you? Let's ask someone who has been on the program, the Watford wanderer, London's finest son and newly found fan of NZ, Ethan.

5th December 2018

Nelson, on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand, has crystal clear water, golden sand beaches, beautiful native bush and epic rock to climb. It's home to our June intakes of the Adventure Guide Program here. It's a dreamy as adventurers holiday destination, no matter the season!

2nd December 2018

On Saturday we said farewell to the two groups who have just completed their Adventure Guide Program assessments in NZ. Its been a big last few weeks and everyone has done so well getting through client days and assessment! We are so proud of you all and can't wait to hear what you all get up to next. Its been a busy but amazing 3 months having 30+ people in NZ travelling with us, we are looking forward to our own team debrief and discussing how to nail 2019! First, some Christmas bubbles to celebrate 🍾🥂

29th November 2018

We've loved having the amazing Keri Wingnut as one of our inspiring guides for this intake of Adventure Guides in New Zealand. Here are some of her top picks of the last three months out in the wilderness with the team.

24th November 2018

The night sky in New Zealand is 🥇

18th November 2018

Springtime in New Zealand...?

18th November 2018

Rob Roy Glacier trek with some awesome clients. As the program comes to an end our teams are heading up half and full day treks and climbs with real clients from the Queenstown area. Putting all their guiding skills to the test.

17th November 2018

Over the last two weeks, our Adventure Guide groups have been learning all about swift water safety. How cold water affects your ability to move and react, how to understand moving rivers, identify safe zones and areas to avoid. And how to rescue people in dangerous situations. All great stuff to make you a more useful and confident outdoor hiker/swimmer/kayaker/friend!

15th November 2018

Guiding is easy when you have awesome clients!!

15th November 2018

A good crew, a roaring campfire and a few good stories to tell. When was the last time you had an awesome outdoor adventure?

14th November 2018

When the students become the teachers. Here's Rosie keeping a watchful eye on her clients as they belay each other up hero wall. Well done guys! As part of the Adventure Guide Program, students spend some of their final weeks practising what they've learned with real clients. It's a fantastic point of realisation to be able to see really how much has been learned along the way, and how much confidence they've gained in the outdoors. Whether they go on into outdoor careers or not, this confidence in themselves and in the outdoors is the biggest thing they can take away.

13th November 2018

Throwing back to a beautiful walk along a windy ridge on the Kepler track. Epic views!

12th November 2018

Putting all their training into practice, the mountain goats up at Rob Roy Glacier in Wanaka today leading real clients on a day hike. Love your work!

11th November 2018

Team three visits Wanaka Search and Rescue with Paul Rogers. Getting a run down on how a rescue is planned and operated.

9th November 2018

Catching the alpineglow on Aoraki Mt Cook

9th November 2018

Catching the alpineglow on Aoraki Mt. Cook.

8th November 2018

The adventures never end. Throwing back to the teams first multi-pitch climbs together in Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park. The views never disappoint, and something about being strapped to a mountain 120 meters off the ground gets your blood flowing. All other distractions fade, and nothing else matters but the moment you're in right then.

7th November 2018

Scanning the wall for their next climb, gear in hand.

6th November 2018

Rob Roy Glacier Track with the team. Beautiful day with a buncha goof balls.

5th November 2018

Taking a little walk on the west coast to break up a busy week of guiding.

2nd November 2018

Hey Mom! Just messaging from the middle of a 100ft cliff face in New Zealand....

1st November 2018

Little Rosie and sloth man Sam cruise up the corner arette on lower Kai wall in Wanaka yesterday. These guys are total crushers!

31st October 2018

Having a play at Castle Hill.