WHY QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND?
Our Queenstown Adventure Guide Program offers you an epic 12 weeks immersed in some of the most impressive landscapes in the world. Nestled deep in the south island of New Zealand, Queenstown is a great place to both call home and use as your base whilst you explore neighbouring UNESCO world heritage sites and beyond. Itineraries are fluid, however, AGP participants can expect to hike and climb their way around Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park; home to Australasia’s highest mountain, Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park; home to world-famous Milford Sound. And yes, all these places are even more spectacular than what you can imagine.
Queenstown is renowned for so much more than being drenched in natural beauty, it's also a vibrant hub of activity, offering an impressive collection of adrenaline-pumping activities such as bungy jumping and skydiving. It’s got a heap of places offering good food and even better beer, and most importantly a diverse community of friendly kiwis, travellers turned locals and other backpackers – all searching for a good time.
The added bonus of choosing a program based in New Zealand is that we offer NZOIA qualifications, which are recognised globally throughout the industry. NZOIA is the professional body in NZ for outdoor instructors and guides, and those who have trained within this framework are known to have performed at a high standard. In addition, for many nationalities, you can also apply for a working holiday visa (WHV) for New Zealand, which means you have the opportunity to extend your trip to work and earn some money post-program. You’re responsible for organising your own visa, but if this sounds of interest we do recommend you explore this option and our team will be able to provide some general guidance. We have even incorporated a networking event into our syllabus so you have the opportunity to meet some local employers whilst on the Queenstown AGP.
WHO IS THIS PROGRAM FOR?
This outdoor adventure course is suitable for anyone who wants to embark on a career to become a global outdoor guide, or simply to challenge their own understanding of what it means to take on the wild. Gain skills you'll use your whole life as a hiker, climber and lover of exploring untouched regions. Bring on the adventures!