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 January 2018

Good buddies and lots of stoke on the trail! #optoutside

18th January 2018

Kaylee is better than any tour guide! Learning some top tips about Lake Wakatipu on Orientation week

17th January 2018

Start making steps towards your dream life in New Zealand today. Every cent counts ✌️ https://www.backpackerguide.nz/15-ways-cut-expenses-can-afford-travel/

16th January 2018

Road trippin' with my two favorite allies Fully loaded we got snacks and supplies It's time to leave this town it's time to steal away Let's go get lost anywhere (outside) the U.S.A. Let's go get lost, let's go get lost....

13th January 2018

Would you be confident enough to set up your own kit and wander over the edge of a cliff like Kaylee does here? Our course will give you the skills and confidence, no matter the height!

12th January 2018

Annnnd paddle! A uniquely kiwi experience with the inspiring Waka Abel Tasman team.

11th January 2018

Endless good times in NZ!

8th January 2018

Emergency medical care, rescue, and managing critical incidents are fundamental to guiding. Our Critical Incident Management module is a practical and experiential week focused on helping you gain the skills and confidence needed to deal with any scenario.

7th January 2018

Before you come to New Zealand, this is probably the type of thing you'd expect to see. You're right!

5th January 2018

Our New Year resolution is to spend more nights under skies like this! What's yours?

31st December 2017

2018.... Let's go! Be bold this year... make it one to remember!!

30th December 2017

Where will you be exploring in 2018? Have you taken some time to think about what you'd like to achieve in the next 12 months? No-one but you has the power or motivation to change your course in life. Don't be afraid to take a chance!

30th December 2017

Not a bad spot to call home for the evening, in the heart of Mt Aspiring National Park. Not another person for miles around!

26th December 2017

Kaylee leading a team to beautiful Rob Roy Glacier on one of our training days. Living the dream!

24th December 2017

It's been a big year for us at Pure Exploration - and its so nice to sit back at Christmas and be grateful for it all. Merry Christmas to all our interns and their families, to friends and loved ones and to everyone who follows us! Here's to a relaxing holiday season and an action-packed life-changing revitalising 2018! 🍾🍷🍹🎇🎄🎈🎉

24th December 2017

Just another scenic lunch spot

23rd December 2017

Practising river rescues in the Shotover river. Save him Cyril!

21st December 2017

Travelling is all about making new friends!

20th December 2017

Another day, another unreal climbing spot.

19th December 2017

Oh mannn this video makes me want to go to New Zealand!! Wait.. I live here.. ha! What's your excuse? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Pvo2x_F64

18th December 2017

Have you experienced winter in the Southern Hemisphere? Our Winter Academy is perfect for those looking to explore some of NZ's finest shredding spots, fine tune their riding and nab their back country avalanche and safety qualifications. Get the full itinerary here https://goo.gl/rq5Pfb

17th December 2017

Whether you are a #lotr fan or not, the home of #Eisengard is actually an unreal place called Paradise near Glenorchy. You gotta get here!

13th December 2017

And just like that, 3 months of training is over and the crew has passed their NZOIA Rock, Abseil, and Bush Leader awards! #adventureguideinternship #worktravelnz

11th December 2017

Current adventure guide intern Cyril talks us through his experience so far! Learn more about this program here http://bit.ly/2Acu2HW