WHAT IS AN ADVENTURE GUIDE PROGRAM?
An Adventure Guide Program is the first step in your dream of becoming an outdoor adventure guide. Your time on this 12-week course will be split between practical and theoretical training, while you explore the Nelson area and gain world-recognized hiking qualifications and rock climbing certifications!
This program gains participants the following guiding qualifications:
- NZOIA Bush Leader qualification
- NZOIA Rock Leader qualification
- Pure Exploration Certificate of Guiding
- Pre-hospital Emergency Care Certification (PHEC)
- Swift Water Rescue Safety Level 1 Certificate
Don't have 12 weeks to spare? Check out our 6-week Queenstown option!
WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAM?
Our New Zealand Adventure Guide Program offers you an epic 12 weeks in some of the most impressive landscapes in the world. You will hike and climb your way through Nelson Lakes, Kahurangi National Park and even Abel Tasman! But while this is an Adventure Guide Program, it's not all about the outdoors and outdoor pursuits. There will be cultural activities and exchange; sightseeing and touring; personal development; community and social events; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration.
Whether you are looking for a stepping stone into the adventure tourism career pathway as a guide, or just an awesome educational opportunity to live in one of the most amazing places on earth, the Adventure Guide Program is an epic and rewarding way to spend 3 months in New Zealand!
Explore New Zealand's sunniest location as you travel the coastline from Nelson to the Abel Tasman National Park, and experience a Waka Journey and traditional Maori meal and activities. This epic coastline features pristine golden beaches, crystal-clear water, native bush and great mountains to climb.
You might even spot some blue penguins, dolphins or fur seals on your hikes or hire a kayak to get a closer look at them. From scenic strolls by the waterfront to a multi-day adventure along one of New Zealand's Great Walks in Abel Tasman, this region has it all, making it a perfect place for your outdoor adventure!
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!