Secondary School Programmes

Whenua Iti Outdoors is here to support schools in the education of rangatahi.  We provide unique experiential learning programmes that complement and enhance classroom learning.  Programmes can be tailored towards specific outcomes, the focus can vary between leadership goals, social development, technical skills, career development or may have a NCEA support focus.

Working together with schools we are able to help your rangatahi through Experiential Education to experience success, learn and grow.

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Tailored Programmes

We specialise in creating programmes to meet the needs of a particular group and can build Level 1-3 NCEA assessments into these programmes. Find out more >

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

We can assist students in achieving their Duke of Edinburgh's Award practice and qualifier, and have information for any student who is interested in achieving the award.  Find out more >

Trades Academy Programmes

Whenua Iti Outdoors in conjunction with Top of the South Trades Academy (TOTSTA) and West Coast Trades Academy (WCTA) deliver a range of programmes to Year 11 -13 students. Find out more >

Holiday Programmes

We offer programmes during the school holidays to secondary students, some of which can also include NCEA assessments. This is a great way to get the most out of the school holidays! Find out more >

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Qualified Instructors

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

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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.

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Safety Accredited

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

All Secondary School Programmes

Environmental Journey

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…

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14-18+yrs
Expedition format. Includes overnights.
4 nights / 5 days
  • 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

Predator Control & Conservation (Level 3)

If you enjoy being outside, being active and learning in a hands-on, practical way, then come and join our efforts to protect New Zealand’s unique biodiversity! The Level 3 Predator…

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Year 12-13 Students
Block course format (includes overnights)
Four one-week blocks (Mon-Thurs)
  • Environment
  • Trades
International students in Abel Tasman with Manaaki Tāpoi

Tailored Programmes – International

We can create a unique experiential learning programme for international groups that can be designed to meet your desired outcomes using a mix of cultural, environmental or outdoors-based activities. At…

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All ages
Day, multi-day and overnight programme options avaialable
Tailored to your group
  • Adventure
  • Environment
  • Cultural
  • Health & Wellbeing

Tailored Programmes – Secondary Schools

We can create a unique experiential learning programme that will be designed to meet your goals. Allow your rangatahi to access the benefits of an organised, adventurous and engaging Experiential…

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Year 9 - 13
Format to be negotiated
Format to be negotiated
  • Adventure
  • Cultural
  • Environment

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
native bush and adventure therapy

Adventure Therapy

Support through Adventure Therapy at Whenua Iti Outdoors. Adventure Therapy programmes are a proven, life changing intervention based on a clinical approach used by field therapists. Our Adventure Therapy Programme…

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Ages 13 - 16
1 on 1 counselling support over 3 months built around an intensive 5 day wilderness therapy programme
5 day wilderness programme + support
  • Adventure
  • Health & Wellbeing

First Aid Courses

First Aid skills are key life and work skills that are transferable across a range of career pathways. Whenua Iti Outdoors provides a range of First Aid courses for secondary…

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Year 11 - 13 Students
To be negotiated
Single to multi-day options
  • Adventure

Environmental Science (Level 3)

The Environmental Science programme is designed to bring science to life through a series of field-based, environmental investigations. The programme focus is on developing an understanding of environmental science and…

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Year 12-13 Students
Block course format (includes overnights)
Four one-week blocks (Mon-Thurs)
  • Environment
  • Trades
  • Cultural

Service Industry Internship (Level 3)

The Service Industry Internship programme is designed for students who are looking to gain essential employment skills for the transition from school to the world of work. Students whilst working…

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Year 12-13 Students
Residential block course (includes overnights)
Four one-week blocks (Mon-Thurs)
  • Tourism
  • Trades

Tourism Operations (Level 3)

Students get to really experience tourism through the lens of clients, local tourism business owners and as an employee. You will visit a range of tourism operators, understand the different…

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Year 12-13 students
Residential block course (includes overnights)
Four one-week blocks (Mon-Thurs)
  • Tourism
  • Trades

Manaaki Tāpoi Advanced (Level 3)

The Manaaki Tāpoi Advanced programme will strengthen participant’s understanding both of the uniqueness of Māori culture as well as the interconnectedness of Te Ao Māori.  The course builds on the…

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Year 12 - 13 Students
Residential block course (includes overnights)
Four one-week blocks (Monday-Thursday)
  • Cultural
  • Tourism
  • Trades

Manaaki Tāpoi Introduction (Level 2)

Course Aim The Manaaki Tāpoi course celebrates the importance of Cultural (indigenous) Tourism. Learning will focus on key elements of Māori culture and how they are interpreted in cultural tourism…

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Year 12-13 Students
Residential block course (includes overnights)
Four one-week blocks (Mon - Thurs)
  • Cultural
  • Tourism
  • Trades

Adventure Tourism Leadership (L3)

Take your existing outdoors skills to the next level. Build your confidence in outdoor leadership through this challenging and rewarding course. Course Aim Students will build on their existing outdoor…

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Year 13 students
Residential block course (includes overnights)
Four one-week blocks (Mon-Thurs)
  • Adventure
  • Tourism
  • Trades

Adventure Tourism Leadership (L2)

Build on a love of the outdoors by learning technical and practical outdoor skills in a team environment. Course Aim The Adventure Tourism Leadership – Level 2 programme provides students…

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Year 12-13 students
Residential block course format (includes overnights)
Four one-week blocks (Mon-Thurs)
  • Adventure
  • Tourism
  • Trades

Civil Defence Emergency Response (Level 3)

Experience simulated emergency exercises and gain essential rope skills & techniques used in emergency outdoors situations. Course Aim To provide participants with the practical skills and knowledge to be able…

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Year 13 students
Residential block course (includes overnights)
Four one-week blocks (Mon-Thurs)
  • Trades
  • Adventure
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Senior Journey

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…

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

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

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

Waka Ama Journey

The Waka Ama Journey programme has been designed to increase student’s self-confidence, cultural connection, and develop a strong sense of belonging. The programme will identify individual student’s strengths and build…

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Years 9 - 11
Multi-day programme
4 days / 3 nights
  • Cultural
  • Adventure

Uniformed Services (Level 2)

Find out first hand what it’s really like to be a paramedic, a police officer and a firefighter! Course Aim: To provide students with the opportunity to explore career pathways…

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Year 12-13 students
Residential block format (includes overnights)
Four one-week blocks (Mon-Thurs)
  • Trades

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