The focus of all our programmes at WIO is to achieve positive personal and social outcomes for those involved. This is achieved through the creation of a positive learning environment and participants taking part in a range of challenges (physical, mental and emotional).

> Leadership

> Teamwork

> Positive Attitude

> Self Management

> Thinking Skills

> Communication

> Willingness to Learn

> Resilience

Our Core Development Objectives

The core personal and social development objectives that underpin all of our programmes:

  • Increasing willingness to learn
  • Understanding and assuming personal responsibility
  • Developing belief in self and increasing confidence
  • Developing a positive attitude
  • Recognising and developing potential
  • Developing resilience skills (coping with challenge & change)
  • Developing positive communication skills

Talk to us about your desired outcomes

By talking to groups from the outset we can match activities to goals and maximise the benefit of the learning journey with us. It is always best to discuss what it is you are hoping to achieve from your time at WIO - this information will be used to design a programme specific to the needs identified.

If you are interested in making a booking, start by filling in a Booking Enquiry Form and we will get in touch soon!


The activities on our programmes target personal and social development whilst engaging with adventure, environment and cultural learning platforms. This is a taste of some of the activities available on our programmes – they provide a great platform for learning, are challenging and fun!

abseiling outdoors programme


Available on-site and off site this low-impact, challenging activity is available to a wide range of ages.

camping on outdoor programmes


Enjoy a campsite in the bush, or pitch your tents on site at our base.

caving exploration nelson


Access amazing caves not open to the public. Suits a range of ages with all equipment provided for a safe & fun adventure!

safely coasteering the Abel Tasman


Coasteering ventures along the rocky coast of local beaches for a fun, adventurous group activity with equipment provided.

Child on the Flying Kiore at Whenua Iti Outdoors Education Centre

Flying Kiore

Get hoisted into the air by your team, for a safe and rewarding thrill. Suited to younger children.

adventure based learning on high ropes

High Ropes

Located on-site, a range of courses and levels make this a challenge for everyone!

kayaking in nelson lakes national park on a secondary programme


From fun beach skills in sit-in-tops to multi-day adventures, this activity builds  your skills & confidence on the water.

Whenua Iti Manaaki Tapoi

Mau Rākau & Haka

Develop basic mau rākau and haka skills and learn the significance to Māori culture in a supportive setting.

mountain biking in Kaiteriteri on adventure learning programme

Mountain Biking

Try biking off-road on specialised tracks, learn skills for riding and challenge yourself. 

School child orienteering


Navigate a course using a map and compass either onsite or offsite. Suitable for all ages.

abseiling outdoors education activity

Rock Climbing

An awesome personal challege, learn climbing techniques, and safely support your friends. 

senior journey tramping Nelson Lakes


Tramping takes you to our stunning national parks, builds confidence & amazing friendships.

trapeze and high ropes


Trust and encouragement are needed to jump at height on our on-site trapeze!  Also known as the Leap of Faith.

Whenua Iti Waka Ama Journey

Waka Ama

Encourage team work on the water while understanding more about Te Ao Māori.


Qualified Instructors

You're in safe hands. Our friendly & highly professional instructors are all industry qualified for a wide range of activities.


NZQA Qualified and NCEA Aligned

We are NZQA accredited, can offer NCEA Level 1-3 assessments and all programmes align with the NZ Curriculum key competencies.


Safety Accredited

We put safety first. We are a registered provider of Adventure Activities with Worksafe NZ, and are Safety audit certified with OutdoorsMark.

Programmes at Whenua Iti Outdoors

Leadership Exploration

By Bree Arnott | December 2, 2019

This course is for Year 8 students with a focus on developing students’ independence and leadership skills. Growing young leaders at Whenua Iti Outdoors centres around a relationship-based kaupapa to encourage participation and connection. Our educators will mentor participants, assisting them in their development of essential personal and social skills and competencies that transfer to […]

tramping, Kahurangi National Park

Senior Journey

By Bree Arnott | December 2, 2019

Let your tamariki go on a journey of discovery with our Senior Journey holiday programme, to explore the outdoors and discover their potential. The Senior Journey adventure holiday programme allows tamariki to step up into an expedition format and build their resilience and teamwork skills while exploring spectacular local environments. The outcome of completing a […]

Environmental Journey

By Bree Arnott | September 28, 2020

Join us on a fun & rewarding environmental journey from the mountains to the sea – perfect if working towards your Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Venture into one of our stunning local national parks or surrounds, such as the Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes or Abel Tasman to contribute to local community conservation work, while experiencing […]

Want to find out more about a programme or have a question for us? Talk to one of our friendly team - we're happy to help.