Terms and Conditions

Booking Terms, Conditions & Liability Release 

Contained herein are the Booking Terms, Conditions & Liability Release for EDA Limited, a New Zealand Registered Company, trading as, and referred to herein, as Pure Exploration.

Payment Schedule & Booking Conditions

Prices in our booklets and website are correct at the time of publishing.

Pure Exploration reserves the right to alter these prices at any time. The price of your program is guaranteed when you have paid your deposit. Prices for departures beyond current season’s programs are indicative only.

All program participants must acknowledge acceptance of the Liability Release and complete a Medical Form. Which will be forwarded to you upon payment of your deposit.

Upon receiving you’re booking and confirming space on the program of your choice. We will send you a dossier of pre-travel information covering gear to bring, health & vaccinations, travel insurance, climate, spending money, cultural tips, and a list of recommended books and films.

If the program date you request is already full we will offer you an alternative date, alternative program, or a full refund of your deposit.

The final payment covering balance of program cost, optional nights and single supplement is due 60 days before program departure, unless late booking. Bank transfer, cheque, Master Card or Visa accepted.

Bookings accepted less than 60 days prior to departure can be secured with the deposit; full payment must then reach us within a further 14 days.

If the balance is not received by the specified date. We reserve the right to cancel your booking and your deposit may be forfeited.


If you decide to cancel your program, the following fees apply at the time (prior to departure) we receive written notice of your cancellation: More than 91 days before departure - loss of deposit: 31 to 90 days before departure - 50% of program cost, 0 to 30 days before departure - 100% of program cost.

If you fail to join the program, join after its departure or leave prior to, its completion, Pure Exploration reserves the right to set the amount of refund (if any). Such terms are adopted in a similar form throughout the travel industry. They are usually covered by your trip cancellation/travel insurance, provided the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of the policy.

If we cancel a program

Pure Exploration reserves the right to cancel any program if sign-up is inadequate to make the program economically feasible for us to operate. If this happens, we give a full refund of program cost paid. However, Pure Exploration is not responsible for additional expenses incurred by you, in preparing for the trip (e.g. non-refundable air tickets. gear or medical expenses). If a program is under-booked we will inform you before final payment is due.

Guaranteed Work Placement add on 

Positions are available as a paid add-on to your course fee, paid in full along with your full course fee. Ideally, everyone who is interested in a work placement at the completion of the course, who has passed their relevant assessments, will be placed with one of our partnered companies. Employment in Queenstown can be quite competitive, however, so in the event a work placement cannot be arranged, you will be refunded the add-on amount in full. We will do everything we can to get you placed with one of our partnered companies, but ultimately the industry and labor market conditions will dictate whether we can successfully do this or not.

We will assist you wherever possible in obtaining employment post course, on the conditions that you have passed your relevant assessments, hold a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand, and have demonstrated a good attitude. 

Liability Release

All program participants must complete a Booking Form (submitted with deposit), and accept the Liability Release. By advancing deposit to Pure Exploration. The depositor thereby agrees to be bound by the booking conditions & payment schedule.

Medical Considerations

Pure Exploration is not a medical facility and therefore is unable to accept any responsibility regarding medical advice, medications or inoculations that you or your doctor deem necessary for your safe participation. Pure Exploration assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care. By accepting this liability release you give permission for Pure Exploration instructors, guides, agents, leaders or staff to provide any medical treatment they deem appropriate to sustain, preserve or prevent loss of life.


Travel insurance is compulsory for all program participants. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, rescue services, emergency repatriation and personal liability. We also recommend it covers cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. The policy must cover the activities being undertaken, such as rock climbing, canyoning, trekking above 3000m, kayaking, dependent on your specific program and inclusions.


By participating in a Pure Exploration program, you assume certain obligations to Pure Exploration and the other program members. It is your responsibility to:

  • Understand the conditions implied in the itinerary and trip suitability description.Select a program that is appropriate to your interests and abilities.
  • Prepare for the program by familiarizing yourself with the itinerary and program dossier. Bring appropriate gear and clothing as recommended by Pure Exploration.
  • Follow considerate standards of personal hygiene to reduce risk of contracting diseases.Follow considerate social behavior with other program participants and respect their habits.
  • Act in an appropriate and courteous manner befitting the customs of countries you visit.
  • Complete the program itinerary as scheduled (or as adjusted by your program leader as necessary).
  • Respect the countries we visit by using environmentally safe products, staying on established routes of travel and not littering.
You are aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. Your program leader will do their utmost to ensure that any problems are solved for the benefit of the group. Signing this Liability Release Form signifies your acceptance or the leader's authority to make decisions affecting the group or individuals. For instance, he/she may require an individual to leave the group if he/she believes that a person s health is at risk, if an illegal act is committed, or their behavior becomes detrimental to the safety, enjoyment and well-being of the group. Should the leader take such action, that person would not be entitled to any refund. Similarly, a participant leaving a program en-route, will not be entitled to any refund. Under these circumstances Pure Exploration reserves the right to set the amount of refund (if any).

Pure Exploration will not accept responsibility or liability for any program participant who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited.

You acknowledge that travel on a Pure Exploration program requires a degree or flexibility, and understand that the route, accommodation, and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. We reserve the right to make reasonable changes to the itinerary where deemed advisable for the comfort and well-being of program members. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to you if the reason for any alteration is outside the control of Pure Exploration.

You acknowledge that Pure Exploration contracts with a network of companies, government agencies and individuals to assist in the running of its programs. To the best of Pure Explorations knowledge these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However Pure Exploration will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay, or irregularity that may occur due to the behavior of these third parties.

Any air travel that is part of any program is subject to the conditions as stipulated by the airline concerned and liability is limited in accordance with International Convention.

No employee, servant or agent of Pure Exploration has authority to vary these conditions.

The terms and conditions of all agreements made with Pure Exploration shall be subject to, and governed by, New Zealand law. You agree New Zealand will be the forum for resolution of any dispute related to your participation in this program.

If a dispute arises, you will try to resolve it directly with Pure Exploration. If you cannot resolve the dispute you agree to go to mediation first. You will agree the mediator with Pure Exploration within 10 days of notification of the dispute. If a mediator is not agreed or appointed, you and Pure Exploration agree to participate in arbitration under the Arbitration Act 1996 (NZ).

The terms of this agreement shall serve as a release and assumption of risk binding on your heirs, Executor, administrator, and all members of your family.

You understand that travelling with Pure Exploration may involve risks (and rewards) above and beyond those encountered on a more conventional holiday, and that you are undertaking an adventure program with inherent dangers. You understand that you are traveling to geographical areas where, among other things, the standard of accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, cleanliness, medical facilities, telecommunications and infrastructure development may not be of the standard you are used to at home or would find on a conventional holiday. You have read and understood the itinerary and suitability for this program you are undertaking and have provided details of any pre-existing medical conditions. You have read and understood the adventurous activity specific descriptions and risk disclosures. You accept these risks and obligations and you fully assume the risks of travel. You release Pure Exploration from any liabilities connected to these risks to the maximum extent permitted by law.

I understand that this is a release of liability and a contract between me and EDA Limited, trading as Pure Exploration, and/or Its contracted program operators or affiliated organisations, and I accept this agreement of my own free will. If any part of this agreement is deemed unenforceable, all other parts shall remain in full force and effect.

Please contact us with any questions. 


EDA Limited (New Zealand) Trading as Pure Exploration
Unit 54, 159 Gorge Rd
Queenstown, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 442 0735