Adventure Tourism Internship

Industry training and Internship placement in Queenstown


60 Days


New Zealand


The DREAM Internship. Industry. Destination. Value.

This internship has been created to enable you to complete your academic internship in style OR to help you nab that dream job in Queenstown.


23 May 2018


13 June 2018


This internship not only includes work experience, but it also preps you with ALL the skills you'll need to succeed in the industry and get those pay checks rolling in! The three week Kiwi Immersion Tour will teach you the in's and out's of life in NZ, how to manage customers, work booking systems, promote programs and much more. You'll bungy, you'll jet-boat, you'll luge, you'll experience ALL the best Queenstown adventure activities so you can help encourage others to do the same! That's right, doing a bungy is actually part of your training. Yeow!



We know Queenstown is the ultimate place to visit in NZ for travellers. It's tough finding employment, extremely competitive, and industry-skill specific. We have worked with local tourism operators to put together a program that not only helps people get a foot in the door to a great adventure tourism job in Queenstown, but also helps provide knowledgeable and competent employees to local companies. 

The real value in our internship is our NZ Immersion Tour, in which you'll travel the South Island learning about the culture, history, geography, tourism and natural resources. You'll also get specific sales and marketing training to help you gain the on-the-job operational skills required, and you'll get to experience all the best Queenstown adventure activities, so you can explain and encourage others to try them. This all happens before your work experience starts, making you the ultimate kiwi tourism expert right from your first day! 


Queenstown - KIWI MAGIC

Getting into the Adventure Tourism industry in Queenstown is bucket-list stuff for many travellers. It’s a great place for hiking up and skiing down mountains, swimming in lakes and rivers, live music, locals food and drink specials, frisbee golf and fireside chats.  Queenstown is filled with an exciting mix of backpackers, ski seasonnaires, outdoor enthusiasts and local legends. It's criminally beautiful in every season - you’ll feel the vibe when you hit town, everyone is pumped to be here and make the most of it! 


  • 12 day South Island Kiwi Immersion Tour
  • 7 day Queenstown Adventure Passport - including a bungy, jet boat trips, zip lining, hiking and much more
  • 3 day industry specific sales & marketing training
  • 5 - 24 week Internship
  • Visa Support, 24/7 Support, Professional Development, Networking & Social Activities
  • Accommodation for 4 weeks


  • English Language Fluency
  • Be 20 years or older at time of commencement
  • No prior experience is required, all professional development and training is provided
  • Have a passion for travel, adventure, & tourism
  • A desire to work in a dynamic, young, and fast paced team environment

Note spaces on this program are extremely limited, as work placements are held with tourism operators for limited staff numbers. 

Kiwi Immersion Tour

  • Orientation

    Arrive into Christchurch for networking, professional development and NZ orientation. Then embark on your Immersion Tour of the South Island!

  • Kaikoura

    Whale Watching Mecca!

  • Blenheim

    Explore vineyards and micro breweries as you enter the sunshine coast of the South Island.

  • Nelson

    The Famous Abel Tasman National Park. Sun, sand, surf and native forest awaits!

  • Wild West Coast

    Rugged beaches, Glaciers, Forest and Wildlife galore in this isolated and remote region of NZ!

  • Queenstown

    You new home, in NZs adrenaline resort!

  • Milford Sound

    Rudyard Kiplings 8th Wonder of the world! An NZ "must do".

  • Catlins Coast

    Penguins, Sea Lions, Dolphins, Surfing and Stunning Scenery await!

  • Moeraki Boulders

    driving up the East Coast from the bottom of NZ! explore scenic coast line and famous landmarks like to unique Moeraki Boulders.

  • Queenstown

    Queenstown summer aerial view of town Base Camp. Our Picturesque International Resort



A structured internship that prepares interns for life working for a tourism operator in Queenstown. 


Airport reception, bridging cultures workshop, networking and New Zealand orientation. 

Adventure & Cultural Immersion Tour (12 days)

12 day South Island sightseeing and adventure tour, exploring industry themes such as culture, history, geography, tourism and natural resources. All great things to help your background knowledge for working in NZ.

Queenstown Intensive Familiarization (7 Days)

The best way to promote any activity is from having personal experience, right? So this week is all about learning about adventure tourism in Queenstown. It will be bursting with epic activities, as you bungy, jet-boat, zip-line, hike & bike your way around the stuff that makes Queenstown so legendary. With over $3,000 worth of fun in one week, this may just be the most fun 'study' module of your life!

Sales, Marketing & Customer Service Intensive Program (3 Days)

All aspects of sales, marketing & customer service skills will be covered for application to everyday NZ inbound adventure tourism sector requirements. Knowledge of booking systems and job requirements will set you miles ahead of other job hunters.

Internship & Practical Experience (5-20 Weeks)

You'll work in a Travel and Activities Booking Agency, and as a Marketing Assistant for one of Queenstown's thriving Adventure Tourism operators. This real on the job experience will look great on your CV, you'll gain confidence in your new skills and experience life in the industry.

Transfer & Wrap-Up (1 Day)

Guided reflection on your experience,  goal setting and discussions on transference back into normal life. Farewell and team goodbyes.


If your work experience goes well and you've demonstrated a great attitude and potential, it is very likely you will be asked to stay on in your employment. Queenstown is a busy place and it takes time to find and train good staff, so it will be up to you whether you can prove yourself a keeper! 



This is a sample itinerary. Modules may occur in a different order due to weather conditions or scheduling requirements