Introducing Canyoning to the Adventure Guide Program from January 2020!

We are stoked to announce the newest addition to our Adventure Guide Program – canyoning! Pure Exploration are now offering participants the opportunity to undertake canyoning training with NZOIA certifications and get real-life work experience as a Canyon Leader.

Although we love it, we understand that rock climbing isn’t for everybody. Over the years we’ve received numerous requests for other ‘strands’ to be introduced into the Adventure Guide Program. We’ve explored different activity options and as a result have decided to introduce a water-based training for participants to experience alongside the bush module.

Abseiling 2 Canyoning New Zealand Kawarau Canyon

So, what does this mean? Previously our programs have consisted of rock (climbing) and bush (hiking), and weeks of appropriate training have alternated for all participants to get the opportunity to grasp the skills required, improve techniques and learn how to lead the activity – preparing them for the world of Adventure Guiding post program. From January 2020, we will be giving participants the opportunity to choose between rock climbing and canyoning, to alternate with the bush module.

If participants decide to choose canyoning on the Adventure Guide Program they will be taught the sport of canyoning, commercial safety standards and guidelines. The training will include technical competence, the environment, group management, leadership and instruction. Upon completion participants will be qualified with an NZOIA Canyon Leader qualification and will be able to assist on a commercial canyoning trip! During your twelve weeks in Queenstown you will get to experience 3 different canyon locations in Queenstown and the Mt Aspiring National park - a UNESCO world heritage area and strikingly beautiful place, well suited for canyoning.

Canyoning will consist of four different modules and at the end of your training you will undertake numerous client days, taking Queenstown locals and tourists out to experience canyoning – lead by you! The modules build on each other from week to week and you can expect to learn about equipment, understand weather limitations (and implications), acquire practical skills, safety management, leadership and group management.

Group fun shot Canyoning New Zealand Black Spur Canyon

So, what is so awesome about canyoning? We ask local canyoning expert Julz to give us the lowdown on why she and her husband Ross (who will be leading the canyoning training) love the sport!

“Canyoning is an incredible sport due to all the different elements that bring it together – in all its worldly goodness! The exploring, the technical skills needed, the locations and basically, just owning the moment as you launch yourself off an exposed ledge. You get to experience the jungle of New Zealand, the deepest, rawest and most authentic parts of the South Island that few tourists get to experience. You’ll find New Zealand canyons standing tall, with heaps of massive abseils through crystal clear green and blue glacial waters. For some people, canyoning can be a personal challenge and this is something that’s celebrated and encouraged – it could be the water or height aspect, or possibly something else that gets your heart racing! You feel completely exposed to heights as you step out over the edge, taking the moment to digest the thought that you’re about to descend your drop into the glistening, beckoning water pool below. The beauty of the canyons in New Zealand is something you never get used to; all the unique features carved into the rock by the pushing waters. Canyoning is a real art and those who spend time in the canyons feel it connects them with nature even more so.”

Are you keen to find out more? Great! Flick us a message here for further information about the Adventure Guide Program. Canyoning is available to all those who sign up for New Zealand intakes from January 2020.

Abseiling 11 Canyoning New Zealand Black Spur Canyon


Tell me more...

Facebook facebook

2020-01-23

6 weeks climbing in Thailand? Sign me up! Spend this June and July gaining epic new skills, getting qualified as a climbing guide, keeping fit and exploring paradise... does it get any better?

2020-01-20

Following on from the success of the Expedition Leader Program we asked one of our keen and incredible alumni, Chloe, to share her stories and give you guys some further insight into what this three month program (which explores Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru, China, Thailand, Laos and Nepal) is like in reality! It's a windy day in Canada, so apologies for the background noise, but every word Chloe spoke came across so authentically that we thought it didn't need redoing, it was perfect as it was! Thank you for your ongoing support Chloe, we love following your adventures - you guys can follow her too on Instagram; 📷 @chloslife2go

2020-01-17

Welcome to our January Adventure Guide Program team! Hailing from all around the world we have an awesome bunch joining us from the UK, France, America, Australia, Germany, Hungary, Netherlands, Chile, Ireland and Canada as they hike, climb and canyon around some of the most dramatic and beautiful terrain the South Island has to offer! Keep checking back here and make sure you're following our Instagram account @pureexplorationnz to hear about their latest adventures live from Queenstown, NZ!! 🤙

2020-01-13

Did you know we have an Adventure Guide Program in Patagonia, in the deep south of Argentina? Our first ever program in this region kicked off in November last year, with another one scheduled to embark on their journey of adventure in only a few weeks. Andrea, from Canada, took some time out to share a blog she's written on what every day life is like on program based out of El Chalten, the expectations she had, discoveries they've made and the skills she's learnt and sharpened along the way. If you're curious as to what the heck you actually do on a Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Program in Patagonia, this could very well be what you're looking for.

2020-01-10

The new year (and new decade!) symbolises new beginnings. As our Queenstown programs wrapped up at the end of last year and our graduates are now contemplating their 'next steps', whilst still processing their journey of development, we thought it would be the perfect time to share the below. Liz, who graduated from our Adventure Guide Program in December, reflects on her 12 weeks spent on the program and the learning's that have unfolded, the memories she's made and the lessons that will remain. And what's next for Liz? She's landed herself a job working for our sister company, Pacific Discovery, as a Program Instructor for 10 weeks. Liz will be joining the pool of Pure Exploration Graduates who have gone on to lead overseas programs and we couldn't be any more thrilled for her!

2020-01-08

Australia is in a state of emergency as they are currently experiencing one of the worst natural disasters in Australian history, as rampant bush fires spread fiercely throughout parts of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. We are truly in awe of the strength our Australian neighbours have shown over the last few months as they have demonstrated true resilience and perseverance as they battle the flames. The Australian Fire Service and those voluntarily joining the firefighting efforts have shown bravery in its purest form, they are truly inspiring and deserve tremendous recognition for their efforts. Amongst the news of devastation, losses and heartbreak there are powerful and positive stories of love, community, generosity and hope, which are touching the hearts of many all around the world. We aren’t discounting the sadness of the bush-fires that Australia is experiencing, but we thought we’d use our social platforms to share some of the positive news stories that are being shared that are sometimes overlooked in the media. - Australia has received support from all around the world as firefighters, military support and even teams of wildlife specialists have flocked to assist with the crisis. New Zealand sent firefighters, military and helicopters to support the Australian Defence Force. The US deployed a team of 100 firefighters, with a further 200 volunteer firefighters joining the efforts from the US and Canada. Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Fiji have also offered military support, with Vanuatu pledging $250,000AUD to assist the Rural Fire Service. - Members of the public have been donating money from all around the world to help the Australian bush-fire crisis. Comedian Celeste Barber set up a fundraiser that to date has raised $47 million AUD for The Trustee for NSW Rural Fire Service and Brigades. Phenomenal amounts of money have been donated by the masses all around the world. - Animal Rescue Collective has been inundated with offers to make bat wraps, koala mittens and animal beds from keen crafters for wildlife rescue centres. - Emergency accommodation has been provided by residents all around Australia, with strangers opening their homes to families who have found themselves homeless in the wake of fires. New organisation Find A Bed Australia received offers of accommodation from more than 3000 people in only four days. - There has also been a remarkable amount of financial donations from Australian businesses, and celebrities from all around the world. This list could go on and on with heart warming stories that we've heard, and no doubt there are many, many more. Australia, our thoughts and prayers are with you, and it would seem the whole world are behind you too. 🌍💕🙏 If you'd like to donate and provide financial support during this crisis here are some organisations and fundraisers that may help. Australian Red Cross, GIVIT - Goods For Good Causes, The Salvation Army Australia, NSW Rural Fire Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES, CFA (Country Fire Authority)

2019-12-25

And just like that... it was Christmas 2019! To all our Pure Exploration family, friends, followers, supporters and everyone else - we wish you an awesome festive break full of adventure, exploration and good times! 🎅🤶🎄⭐✈

2019-12-20

A massive congratulations to "Team Kevin", who were our final Adventure Guide Program intake for 2020. We're so incredibly proud of you guys; you tackled everything we threw at you, smashed through your assessments and had some pretty incredible banter 😆 We loved watching you grow into a close, loving family over the 12 weeks. Good luck with everything, we're looking forward to following your future adventures!

2019-12-19

As you may already know, our first ever Patagonia Adventure Guide Program is in month two of three, with ten awesome humans on the ground in Argentina as they hike and climb the incredible terrain the region has to offer. It's always a nail biting time as we want to make sure the team is having the best experience possible in this new Pure Ex territory. Therefore we were truly stoked to have the below feedback in our inbox this morning 😍 "I can genuinely say that the program has exceeded my expectations so far! El Chalten is an amazing village where hiking and climbing is easily accessible. The group setting is pretty sweet too... i definitely enjoy cooking and sharing meals with the gang every night! I am excited to celebrate christmas with this new family :) Rosey is an amazing instructor... She is very laid back but still so organized and efficient!!! I really enjoy that she takes her role to heart... she is always around and available for any questions we might have. She also has so much valuable insight for the development of both hard and soft skills... I see her as a inspiring role model and mentor for this great new career change! I am very grateful that i get the chance to live this adventure abroad with Pure Exploration. I really feel like I am living an authentic Patagonian experience and getting the most i can from the area. I am excited to use this program as a launch pad for travelling and working abroad!" We get the warm and fuzzies whenever we get feedback about the program, and especially when it's about our awesome instructors who are out in the field leading. Thanks Andrea, we're pumped to hear you're having a great time and we're super grateful for the update! 🙏😊🗻🧗‍♀️ P.s This is Andrea jumping off an iceberg by the Huemul Trek. Pretty sweet eh 🤙

2019-12-11

New program announcement! Introducing our brand new 33 day Service Learning Leadership Program, kicking off in Cambodia this July! Are you interested in learning how you can maximise the impact you have when volunteering in developing countries? Would you like to become a valuable contributor and not just a volunteer tourist? Do you want to genuinely learn about communities and then apply best practices so you can most effectively create positive change? This program will introduce you to the tools needed to succeed in the service learning space. We're excited to share this program with you, as it's something we're deeply passionate about. If you'd like further information please visit the website link below, or flick us a message! https://www.pureexploration.nz/service-learning-leadership-program/

2019-12-09

Did you know we have a 6 week Adventure Guide Program for those of you who are unable to sign up for a full 12 week program? Kicking off on 17th January 2020, we still have a few spaces left for those looking to immerse themselves in hiking, climbing, exploring and frankly, solid good times 👌 Plus you'll walk away with your Pre Hospital Emergency Care and SWIFT water rescue training and certification! Check out the link below for more info 😆 https://www.pureexploration.nz/adventure-guide-programs/adventure-guide-6week/

2019-11-27

We'd love to share another great blog from our AGP participant, Liz! Hiking can be hard, something mother nature doesn't provide pristine weather conditions and sometimes we feel our motivation levels drop abruptly as a result. Do these challenges mean you can't or shouldn't continue? Absolutely not. Are you the first person ever to feel these frustrations and feelings of defeat? We guarantee you aren't. Are the feelings of accomplishment, perseverance and adaptability heightened once you succeed? You know it. We are true believers of "the view is always worth the climb". Liz speaks to this as she eloquently tells her story, hiking through the 'wet and soggy' in New Zealand, whilst on our Adventure Guide Program. Enjoy!

2019-11-24

*Last shoutout in 2019, promise!* Living in Queenstown and keen to experience some of the best climbing and hiking that New Zealand has to offer? Do you have a spare day over the next couple of weeks and keen to get involved in an epic day mission? Flick us a message, we have our last 2019 AGP undertaking their client and assessment days and need awesome human beings to join them! Please email the team here: instructors@pureexploration.com. Cheers!

2019-11-24

Fairly new to hiking and looking for some great tips as to how you can prepare to tackle some of the more challenging trails? Check out this brilliant blog from Guided Walks New Zealand!

2019-11-22

Did you know we tend to internally recruit graduates from our Adventure Guide Program and Expedition Leader Program, placing them as Program Instructors with our sister company? We currently have three Pure Exploration graduates leading gap year semester programs overseas in Nepal and Tibet, South East Asia and New Zealand and Australia! Nothing makes us prouder than seeing our Pure Ex family grow and succeed!

2019-11-21

We are thrilled to have 5 of our recent Adventure Guide Program graduates join the Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. based up in Waitomo as Adventure Cave Guides for this summer season! They'll be joining Shannon, pictured below, from Canada who joined the team earlier this year upon graduating! Are you interested in the AGP and keen to hear more about employment opportunities post program? Flick us a message, we'd love to tell you more!

2019-11-20

Heard about our Adventure Guide Program in Patagonia but wasn't sure what to expect? Welcome to our AGP team, joining us from all around the world! Sweden, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Germany, France and Mexico!

2019-11-13

Living in Queenstown and keen to experience some of the best climbing and hiking that New Zealand has to offer? Do you have a spare day over the next couple of weeks and want to come join us on an epic day mission? Flick us through a message to instructors@pureexploration.com! See info attached 😆🤙

2019-10-24

We love that our program participants join us from all different walks of life (no punn intended), and really enjoy hearing about the experiences that have been had - both mental and physical - on program! It's our pleasure to share Liz's story with you all, her journey from a "complete beginner" at climbing, to the end goal of being an NZOIA qualified climbing guide! Thank you for the inspiration, Liz Lucas Coaching!