Exploring beautiful New Zealand

New Zealand is renowned for its varied landscape, beautiful at every turn. Our Adventure Guide Program participants had a chance to explore this week with a classic road trip around the South Island. Ken, our ambassador extraordinaire was on the case to give us the lowdown...


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Week 8 was one big epic road trip around the South Island. We started in Queenstown and headed to the West Coast. The goal of this week was to take the guiding responsibilities off the instructors and shift this role to us. We split up into groups of 2 or 3 and planned an entire day for the rest of the team. Each guiding team would cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, get the crew from point A to point B, guide them through a hike or interpretation day and facilitate the team just as if we were clients on a paid job.

We spent the first night at Lake Peringa on the West Coast. I set my tent up only a few feet from the lake shore and snapped this photo of my tent that night. The next shot, is the incredible mirror lake I woke up to. The third shot is 4 hours later on the summit of Alex Knob at 1,303 meters and our hike destination for the day. It’s days like that that really stick with you.



Here's some shots of my crew walking down back through the clouds after after our epic summit.


On my day I took the crew through Arthurs Pass. One of my favorite places in New Zealand.  I took them to Devils Punchbowl waterfall and then to Castle Hill. I had traveled here by myself a few years back and was super keen to share it with the group. Castle Hill is one of the most stunning and unique landscapes I have ever seen and it really had an impact on me. I love the opportunity to take them all there.



Castle Hill is known to have some of the South Islands climbing and bouldering. It was great see the crew to hop on some boulders and have a play around.




It was another epic day of exploring with the crew and sharing in everyone's excitement. For some of them, their first time truly bouldering.


We finished the week with some relaxed day hikes and local interpretation. Each team did really well leading. Each day starts at the crack of dawn, prepping breakfast for everyone, driving, guiding and cooking lunch and dinner. The night doesn't end until a debrief is had and a hand over to the next days team is complete. We finally climbed into our tents at around 8 or 9 each night. Long days, but packed with new knowledge and fulfillment.

The team and I got a nice day off to break up the training and went for a mountain bike around the hills of Wanaka with our head guide Ivor. After a long week it was nice to have a change of activity. The team crushed it.



It's pretty crazy how much we pack into each of our weeks, how much we do and see. We managed to drive 1,217 Kilometers that week. Along with hiking, bouldering, exploring and interpretations each day. It’s going to be hard to go back to real life after all this is over.


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Ken's loving New Zealand, we are really enjoying getting his updates and seeing firsthand how the group is developing, not only with their technical skills and confidence, but also as a team. These guys are a tight crew with friendships that we know will last well beyond their time here.

If you are looking for an experience like Ken's, then please do get in touch! We can email you a detailed itinerary about this program or one of our others. We'd love to share an epic adventure with you!


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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 ✨