Wrapping it up - my time in NZ on the Adventure Guide Program

It's time to say our farewells to the group of legends that joined us in New Zealand for the Adventure Guide Program for the last few months of 2018. It's always crazy how at the beginning, 3 months feels like forever. In the middle, it starts to sink in how great it is to have the freedom and fun of a life spent in the outdoors, and the fitness and health benefits that come along with it. By the end of the last month, the days are racing past and it seems hard to imagine life any other way.

It's been an absolute pleasure having Ken our ambassador tell his story through images, videos and writing. Its been super fun having him and the other team members join us this year and we can't wait to see where they all end up! Hearing Alumni updates is the best. For now, let's hear Ken sign off before his next adventure...



In my three and a half months shooting for Pure Exploration I’ve been exposed to, trekked and climbed through some of New Zealand’s most gorgeous landscapes. As a photographer this place somewhat makes my job a bit easier. I have never been one to play into the whole selfie game, however always being behind the camera I found myself adapting during this assignment because it wasn’t just the landscapes that I'll remember.

It will be spending time with people like this...


In places like this.


Sometimes my fingers are too frozen to flip the camera around and accidental selfies happen..

Pretty soon after my first few weeks on assignment, I became a selfie king. First I’d snap a few of the whole crew and then flip the camera and grab a few with myself and them as well. Not to long after that, the crew just began to expect it from me during our group photo sessions. They’d say “ Hang on, hang on, Ken’s gotta do his selfie now.” And it was true, they were right. I wanted to get a selfie with them, not only as part of the crew but because the experience we all had together during this course and the places we went together was truly unique and I didn’t want to just be remembered as that guy behind the camera again. I wanted to put a face to it this time.




From family dinners, to van camping, Snowy day treks to alpine saddles, we were always together. I’m not saying that living with 12 people is a breeze by any stretch of the imagination, but I wouldn’t have it any other way on a program like this. You really do become family, and team work becomes second nature. Everyone has a strength that they bring to the table  and we all play to those. Even if the only thing you contribute is making everyone laugh until they pee, that is just as valuable as anything else.




I owe a lot to these guys, Even if they don’t know it yet. I’ve learned so much from each one of them and have shared and experienced something new with each of them, that those memories and experiences wont soon be forgotten. If I can pass anything on to the next intakes and to those to come on the program after me is that, you could be looking at something like a sunrise over Mt. Cook, and don’t get be wrong it’s absolutely beautiful...




...But it will be better when you have people like this around to see it with you, every single time.




And that is the beauty of this program and everything that the directors have put together for you. Is that you are thrown into the challenging back countries of New Zealand, or find yourself 120 meters up a wall with four of your mates attached to the same anchor, or shivering around a wood stove trying to dry your soaking wet clothes and your doing with with like minded, adventurous people like yourselves. It’s hard to find something quite like it.




With the program now over, and looking back on the entire thing, I am so happy that I had the opportunity to shoot for a company like Pure Exploration and learn as much as I did. Since graduation I have worked as a glacier guide as an instructor at a climbing gym, and am in the process of training to test up to get my New Zealand Mountain Guide Association qualifications. I might even find myself lead guiding later this year. The opportunities just keep coming.

And with that, I'll leave you with this.


 Always follow your passion, and never stop exploring.

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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 ✨