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Adventure Guide Program - Queenstown, NZ



12 Weeks


New Zealand


Our Adventure Guide Program (AGP) has been operating out of Queenstown since Pure Exploration’s inception. It’s home to some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery and is the ultimate destination for adrenaline-pumping activities. From technical skills to emergency safety and group dynamics, this comprehensive course will give you 100% confidence to navigate, hike, climb and guide in the outdoors.


17 Jan - 9 Apr


11 Sep - 3 Dec


15 Jan - 7 April


You will have the opportunity to gain guiding qualifications, industry experience and key outdoor skills in this awesome three month adventure in the stunning South Island of New Zealand. New Zealand is on every adventure traveller’s bucket list, with its awe-inspiring mountains, empty beaches and vast landscapes, providing the ultimate classroom for outdoor adventure and personal growth whilst making some pretty awesome lifelong memories. The jewel in the crown is Queenstown, and that’s where Pure Exploration was born, and where our New Zealand Adventure Guide Program (AGP) is based. The AGP offers so much more than just outdoors training and relevant qualifications, however they are an incredibly important part of the program for many of our students.


This twelve week program is broken down into different key areas that focus on building your repertoire of skills and broadening your outdoors experiences. Your time will be split between intensive practical and theoretical training, you’ll also be trained to a standard that is recognised globally.


  • Month 1: Nailing the fundamental skills
  • Month 2: Focus on building those practical skills, AND First Aid Training
  • Month 3: Industry networking events and assessments



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!



  • 12-week adventure tourism training and qualification program based in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • 12 weeks accommodation
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel
  • Qualified & experienced technical instructors
  • Opportunity to be assessed to 2 x NZ Outdoor instructor association leader qualifications (hiking + rock climbing)
  • Pure Exploration Certificate of Adventure Guiding
  • Advanced Outdoor First Aid
  • Outdoor River Rescue and Intro to Packrafting
  • Employer networking opportunities


  • Be fluent in English

  • 18 - 35 years old at the time of program start
  • Moderate fitness level is highly recommended (for both your own benefit and the benefit of your team)
  • Have a passion for travel, adventure & tourism
  • A desire to accept challenges, a thirst for knowledge, a love of outdoor activities and for our natural environment
  • Be a social team player who enjoys helping others discover adventure
  • A confident swimmer

Do you want to know more?

We have answered the most frequently asked questions in the FAQ SectionIf you still have any other questions, feel free to fill in this form and one of our program advisors will be in touch.


AGP Queenstown 2022

Lauren, Geoff and Nina

What was the highlight of the program? Hear more from Lauren, Geoff and Nina here.


Enrolment is open, so the next step would be to check current availability here and then apply.