A diverse and exciting program designed to keep everyone interested and busy throughout their stay, balancing plenty of action, learning, social and free time.
WEEKS 1 - 4: CORE SKILLS
Get to know your program mates and your base camp – the stunning adventure capital of the world, Queenstown! Spend a few days getting familiar with the local area, learn local customs and culture, do a bit of administration, and fully absorb exactly what you’ll get up to over the next 12 weeks.
Introduction to Adventure Skills & Leadership
Time for an introduction to the disciplines that will become your bread and butter for the next eight weeks. You'll get an in-depth briefing and training on hiking, guiding and climbing/biking/canyoning, giving you the core skills needed for the training ahead. Not to mention exploring some stunning local sights along the way!
You’ll begin developing technical skills in rope systems, rock climbing, and bush walking. We’ll build on your existing knowledge of equipment, weather, and nutrition, then introduce you to essential training in group management, risk analysis, and leadership.
WEEKS 5 – 8: GET TECHNICAL
Become an Expert
After getting loads of practice in the bush and on the rock, choose a strand to continue developing your abilities in the outdoors.
In groups of 8, you’ll receive training to satisfy NZOIA leader qualifications in:
- Sea / Flat Water Kayaking
- Mountain Biking, or
WEEKS 9 – 12: WORK EXPERIENCE & ASSESSMENT
Complete your training with two safety certificates
- 40-hour Pre-Hospital Emergency Care
- Swift Water Rescue
Then jump right into guiding!
You’ll be placed with various employers over these final weeks to satisfy log book requirements, giving each of you a minimum of 5 client days as lead or assistant guides in bush walking and in your chosen strand.
Finally, crunch time! Buckle down and consolidate your learning in preparation for your NZOIA assessments.
Each week will include*
- 4 days of Technical Training
- 1 day of Self-Directed Learning
- 1 day for Classroom Learning
- 1 day for Admin or as Free Day
*The order of days will change each week and as your training progresses. This is simply a general outline.
ADD ON – SELF-LED EXPEDITION
Able to stick around a bit after your assessments? Grab your gear & your program mates and put your skills to the final test on a fully self-planned and self-led expedition!
Travel up the South Island to a dreamy NZ location like the Abel Tasman National Park (or wherever takes your fancy) for some off-track bush walking, climbing, kayaking, or whatever gets your heart pounding! We’ll provide all the gear you’ll need and you can put all your learning into action!
Paid add-ons -
Guaranteed* work placement position - NZD$1500
If you pass your assessments, and have demonstrated a great attitude and potential for guiding, this is when we support your preparation and assist you in being placed into your paid work!
Self Led Expedition - NZD$1875 - Choose a location, plan and lead your own expedition! Put all your new outdoor guiding skills to use for a self led 2 week adventure including transport, equipment, meals and accommodation. Chat to us for more details.
This is a sample itinerary. Modules may occur in a different order due to weather conditions or scheduling requirements
*Guaranteed work placement positions are available as a paid add-on to your course fee, paid in full along with your course fee. 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. You will be placed with one of our partner companies.