Why New Zealand is the best place for adventure travel

One of our upcoming Adventure Guide Interns, Kaylee Pickett, has been loving her time NZ. We thought we'd let her explain why New Zealand is an epic place for adventure travel. 


About Me 

I studied Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism at Colorado State University, a program which emphasizes the ‘do what you love’ mentality by educating students on sustainability, resource management, tourism enterprise, and, of course, getting after it.

My upbringing in Colorado ensured a fierce love for snow and all the ways to slide down it, a desire to spend most my time outside, and a refusal to sit in an office working the traditional 9 to 5 spirit-crushing job. My educational pursuits got me half the way, but my decision to do my internship in New Zealand has surely sealed my fate as a professional dirtbag living in paradise. 


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Before NZ

I’ve moved around quite a bit in the last few years, starting with a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain during my junior year of high school (16 years old), then on to Washington state, Utah, and back to Colorado to finish my undergrad.

I set my sights on New Zealand and the universe carried me to the outdoor recreation mecca: Queenstown. I interviewed with several companies on both the North and South islands of New Zealand, and although they all offered something unique and interesting, none could compete with both the company I chose and the location.


For those of us who love snowboarding, rock climbing, and hiking, or pretty much anything to do with the outdoors, I think New Zealand is always in the back of our minds as the place.

Queenstown, in one word, is paradise. Nestled next to the largest fresh water body of water I’ve ever seen and tucked between some of the steepest peaks on the southern hemisphere, QT provides on all cylinders. The Remarkables and Coronet Peak are quite close and deliver awesome on- and off-piste terrain as well as a community of skiers unique to such a small town. City centre, adorable, clean, and safe, is a collection of delicious restaurants, high-adrenaline tour operators, retail shops, and lots and lots of bars. The population in town is a collection of locals, those here long term, skiers here for the season, and tourists. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone not stoked out of their mind to be here; the atmosphere in town is unlike any place I’ve ever been.


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In New Zealand 

I’ve lived and worked in Queenstown for two months now, and it just keeps getting better. The world opens up when you say yes – yes to a storm-chasing road trip, yes to jumping in the lake during winter, yes to a night out with the people in your hostel, yes to any opportunity that comes your way!


New Zealand truly has something for everyone. The North Island has beaches, surfing, and the largest city in the country. The South Island bodes tons of resort and backcountry skiing, insane places like Fiordland National Park, and a laid-back vibe only Kiwis can provide.

Anyone looking to do an internship abroad can rest assured that New Zealand will not only meet, but exceed, any and all expectations. Gain valuable work experience in an English-speaking country that’s home to endless outdoor opportunities, wildly interesting people from around the world, and the chance learn what it’s like to live and work abroad.


Join us!

If you have a passion for the outdoors, the time has come for you to get on a plane and join us in NZ. With tourism the biggest driver of the kiwi economy, adventure tourism looks set to continue to grow.


You can check out the range of internships and programs available with Pure Exploration here.


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18th March 2018

Another new location for us, and one hell of a program that will be launching this month. Anyone know where this is??

15th March 2018

Let's check in again with Ethan and our Adventure Guide Interns in Queenstown, as they wrap up their first week with Pure Ex! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItmABkh9QHc

14th March 2018

We've got some suuuuper exciting news to announce in the next week. New courses, new locations, new countries even! Keep following to find out more. In the meantime, we're just gonna go ahead and leave this pic here.....

11th March 2018

Such an awesome pic of our final group for 2017. On top of a mountain, with their instructor Ivor Levin. Grins all round, all passed their exams, loving their time in NZ. Life is good!

9th March 2018

The first overnight trip did not disappointed! On top of the Remarkables, not a soul or track in sight, clear skies above and an evening hike up a nearby mountain for the sunset. Time for a few rest days before getting into some rock climbing next week!

8th March 2018

Last week we welcomed the next bunch of legends joining us in Queenstown for the Adventure Guide Internship. Ethan Kaandorp is going to be keeping us all up to date with what the crew are up to. Check out his Vlog of his time in NZ so far! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFtxMUbgK68&feature=youtu.be

7th March 2018

Discussing the plan for today's hike - assessing the terrain and weather outlook with the team

7th March 2018

Learning to navigate with map and compass in Skippers Canyon. Tomorrow we head for the hills!

5th March 2018

Absolutely stunning pic of our hometown from up Ben Lomond Peak by the talented @oliverward. Magic. #repost@queenstownnz

4th March 2018

Nailing down those climbing skills in stunning Wanaka, some exciting river crossing adventures, a couple of epic hiking trips... it's all kicking off in Michel's 3rd VLOG! Check it out here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GQfRqk-h4E

1st March 2018

The new Adventure Guide crew are here! Looking forward to getting to know you all! Ethan and Ethan yet to come...

28th February 2018

How are your fire lighting skills? Andrew showing us how it's done.

25th February 2018

Awww team. Such legends. Check out this wee overview video from Michel who took part in the September 2017 Adventure Guide Internship. We miss you guys already! If you want to learn more about this course, click here to check out an itinerary https://goo.gl/LLZmpD

24th February 2018

It's your turn to cook. You're camping out this week, and with the team you budgeted your money wisely to make sure you have good nutritious and tasty meals to keep you going. What would be your go-to meal?

22nd February 2018

22 February, 50 cm of snow. Queenstown never ceases to amaze! 😻 #summersnow

21st February 2018

For Queen and Country, Ivor summits 6,000-meter peaks, dangles from ropes, and conquers white water. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ivor Levin - Pure Exploration's impressive lead guide, chief technician and all round legend. Click here to learn more about Pure Ex's main man: https://goo.gl/PMzm6B

20th February 2018

When what's on your back is your home...

19th February 2018

Hard to beat scenery like this.. unless of course you grab a body board, some fins, and rip down the K river's class 3 rapids! #seriousfun #riverboarding

18th February 2018

It's time to catch up with Michel again for his second Vlog - VLOG #2 - as he talks us through his first week in New Zealand, all about the intern house and what they've been up to! https://goo.gl/nZ7MQZ

17th February 2018

It's been a summer to remember here in New Zealand. Hot days, blue skies for months on end, long warm nights, campfires, road trips, beers by the ocean, BBQ's with friends, swims in remote alpine lakes. If you're sitting on your couch with a blanket keeping warm from a bitter Northern Hemisphere winter, just let that sink in.... 😉

15th February 2018

What's it like to live and train with people from around the world in a foreign country? Awesome is what it is. And hilarious. Get an insight into what life is life living with a new crew on other side of the world for three months from Kaylee, 2017's chief Adventure Guide Intern blogger. https://goo.gl/ofEU9D

14th February 2018

Wildflowers, much better than a bunch from the florist. Happy Valentine's Day folks!

13th February 2018

Looks like New Zealand is delivering on its promises for these grinning folk!

10th February 2018

"To my parents, First off, thanks for your support - I could not have done this without you. Second, don't worry I've been safe the whole time in NZ. I know you worry about me dangling off the sides of cliffs and riverboarding down rapids, but I've been surrounded by experienced guides the whole time that focused a lot of their energy into teaching me personal safety out in the elements. Finally, I want you to know that this investment has been worth it. I haven't been wasting my time - and there is a plethora of advice I can take into real-world applications. And New Zealand was amazing!"

8th February 2018

Meanwhile, down the road from our interns in Queenstown, this guy trains up for his next #missionimpossible ....