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Adventure Guide Program - 6 weeks, Queenstown NZ

Hike, Rock, First Aid + Swift water rescue


6 Weeks


New Zealand


This is the shorter version of our Adventure Guide program, for those that don't have a full 12 weeks to spare.
You will complete 2 weeks of Bush training, 2 weeks of Rock training, PHEC First Aid + Swift Water rescue! All jam-packed into 42 days based in the stunning resort town of Queenstown, NZ! This is a perfect program for those looking to experience the best that New Zealand has to offer, in a shorter amount of time and at a lower cost than our full 12 week program.


17 Jan - 27 Feb


16 Sep - 28 Oct



While this is an Adventure Guide program, it's not all about the outdoors and outdoor pursuits. There will be sightseeing and touring; personal development; community and social events; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration.  


Whether you are looking for a glimpse into what the Adventure tourism industry could offer, or just an awesome educational opportunity to live in one of the most amazing places on earth, the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Program is an epic, constructive, and rewarding way to spend 6 weeks in New Zealand! 


You’ll love arriving into Queenstown – it’s a great place for hiking mountains, swimming in lakes and rivers, pub crawls, live music, locals food and drink specials, frisbee golf and fireside chats. Queenstown is filled with an exciting mix of backpackers, ski seasonnaires, outdoor enthusiasts and local legends.


  • 6 weeks shared accomodation
  • 6 weeks food allowance
  • PHEC First Aid
  • SWIFT water rescue certification
  • All climbing equipment, program related transport & travel
  • Qualified & experienced technical instructors


  • English Language Fluency
  • Be 18-35 years old at time of commencement
  • Moderate fitness is recommended. All professional development and training is provided
  • Have a passion for travel, adventure, & tourism
  • A desire to accept challenges, a thirst for knowledge, a love of outdoor activities or for our natural environment
  • Be a social team player that enjoys helping others discover adventure!

Note spaces on this program are limited



Katherine's reflection of the Adventure Guide Program

Katherine, Colorado USA

"I walked away with some really good friends, and some great skills that I anticipated learning, and some that I didn't anticipate learning!"

Curtis summarises his Adventure Guide Program experience


I found Pure Ex, through a facebook ad. I took a shot at signing up and 100% do not regret. I was apart of the Sept 2018 Adventure guide program. Where i met 12 new friends and tackle the beauty of New Zealand, South Island. Recommend to anyone whose looking for something new and exciting. If you're a nature lover any of these programs are calling your name!

Stacy's time in New Zealand

Stacy, Michigan USA

If you love the outdoors and being active, traveling and furthering yourself, I reckon the Adventure Program through Pure Exploration is for you! I really enjoyed the chance to experience New Zealand like a local and not a tourist and having the chance to get off the beaten path. The instructors were awesome, knowledgable and very legit! I look back at where I started, what I accomplished, and where I am now within that 3 months and it is crazy!


A diverse and exciting program designed to keep everyone interested and busy throughout their stay, balancing plenty of action, learning, social and free time.

Day 1: Orientation

Orientation is a bit like your first week at college. You will get to know the local area, get to know your program mates, and really absorb the plan for your Expedition.

Day 2 - 4: The Routeburn Track

We are stepping straight into arguably New Zealand's most well-known Tramp (hike). This three-day hike will ease you into multi-day hiking. We are hoping to include the extra climb to the Conical above the Mackenzie shelter. This stop-off point offers incredible views down the valley over to Milford Sound. After this hike we will get the chance to cruise on Milford Sound as it's not one to be missed!



If you enjoy your time on program and would like to extend to the 12 week, you can always reach out to your Program Advisor to explore this option further. 

Other Pure Ex Programs
We have a number of exciting programs in a range of countries that you may be keen to experience. These include:

Expedition Leader Program - For those keen to push their skills in high alpine regions, and begin to specialise in altitude and advanced technical hiking. A global course that finishes in the Himalayas.

Adventure Guide Program, Patagonia - Perfect for those looking to develop hiking and climbing skills further, in the Patagonia region.



This is a sample itinerary. Modules may occur in a different order due to weather conditions or scheduling requirements