Duke of Edinburgh's Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award inspires youth achievement and is open to anyone aged 14-24. The Award has three levels and participants complete four sections at each level: Voluntary Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project. You can also choose to complete your Kākāriki Journey which has an environmental focus. We can help you take part in this exciting Award in a variety of ways.

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Achieving the Award with us at Whenua Iti Outdoors

We are an Open Award Centre which means you can achieve the award under our umbrella. All the information you need including how to enrol can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award website. We have monthly meetings for participants to meet each other and get support with all aspects of the Award.

Adventurous Journey Training and Assessment

You can complete your Adventurous Journey practice and/or qualifier and Gold Residential through Whenua Iti Outdoors no matter where you are registered to achieve the Award. We have a wide variety of options at Bronze, Silver and Gold. Activities can include tramping, kayaking, caving, bush survival and mountain biking in any of our stunning, local National Parks. Check out our Outcomes & Activities page to get an idea of the possibilities.

Your Trades Academy Programme Can Count Too!

If you are enrolled with us on one of our Trades Academy Programmmes, you may be able to count aspects of your programme towards the Award. Just ask one of your instructors or contact us to find out more.

Achieving the Kākāriki Journey

We encourage you to sign up for the Kākāriki Journey as part of your Award. This gives your Award an environmental focus and can be applied to all levels. WIO can help achieve your Residential Project component, and we can provide ideas for your Skills & Service too. If you are interested in finding out more you can contact us .

Running the Award for your School or Group

Whenua Iti Outdoors is the Hub Leader for the top half of Te Waipounamu / the South Island which means we support other organisations delivering the Award. If you think the Award is a good option for your school or group, contact us for more information and support. We can provide tailored Adventurous Journeys and Residential experiences for your whole group or individuals who may have missed out on the group experience.

* If you are an individual you may be able to join a Whenua Iti Outdoors Holiday Programme or link with another group – contact us for more details.

*For those outside the region we can organise Nelson airport pick up & drop offs.

*Once you arrive at WIO we provide all transport.

*Please note our tailored Award programmes need a minimum of 6 participants to run.

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Bronze Award

You can complete your Bronze Adventurous Journey practice & qualifier by enrolling on one of our existing Journey Programmes that run in school holidays, or if there are a group of you, consider creating your own journey with a tailored option.

Course Options:

Adventurous Journey

Senior Journey (14-16yrs)

Tailored Programme

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Silver Award

You can complete your Silver Adventurous Journey (practice or qualifier) on one of our existing Journey Programmes that run in school holidays, or if there are a group of you, consider creating your own journey with a tailored option.

Course Options:

Adventurous Journey

Senior Journey (14-16yrs)

Tailored Programme

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Gold Award

You can complete your Gold Adventurous Journey (practice or qualifier) or your Residential project on a Senior Journey Programme, or you can complete both on Adventure Skills Development. If there are a group of you, consider creating your own journey with a tailored option.

Course Options:

Adventurous Journey 

Senior Journey (16yrs)

Adventure Skills Development (16-18yrs)

Tailored Programme

"Courses are highly relevant and well planned, with activities designed with students’ safety in mind. The professional staff and ongoing nature of reflective practices help ensure the courses meet stakeholder needs."

- NZQA External Evaluation Report, 2019

Whenua Iti Outdoors Programme Options

Tailored Programme – Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

If you have a group of 6 or more Whenua Iti Outdoors (WIO) can tailor a programme to help you achieve your Adventurous Journey or Gold Residential components of the…

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14-18+yrs
Format to be negotiated
Format to be negotiated
  • Adventure
tramping, Kahurangi National Park

Senior Journey

Let your tamariki go on a journey of discovery with our Senior Jouney holiday programme, to explore the outdoors and discover their potential. The Senior Journey adventure holiday programme allows…

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14 - 16 yrs
Expedition Format
5 days / 4 nights
  • Adventure
  • Environment

Junior Journey

Let your tamariki go on a Journey of discovery, to explore the outdoors and discover their potential. The Junior Journey heads to the outdoor sweet spots of our region, designed…

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11 - 13 yr olds
Multi-day adventure
4 days / 3 nights
  • Adventure
  • Environment

Adventurous Journey – Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Join Whenua Iti Outdoors to complete part of your Adventurous Journey Award component on an unforgettable 4 day / 3 night excursion. Venture into one of our stunning local national…

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14-18+yrs
Expedition format. Includes overnights.
3 nights / 4 days
  • Adventure

Adventure Skills Development

Develop your outdoor adventure skills on this holiday programme – experience a variety of disciplines while on group outdoor expeditions. Participants have the added opportunity of completing 15 Level 3…

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16 - 18 year old's | Open to International students enrolled in a NZ Secondary School.
A series of 3 x 3 day expeditions
9 days / 8 nights
  • Adventure

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.