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 includes preparation for time in the wilderness with time to get to know one another, time together in the wilderness and follow-up support after the wilderness experience. The programme uses a personal approach to focus on finding solutions, developing inner strength and resilience to motivate participants and help them work through issues.

When immersed in nature and away from distractions, people are able to reconnect with a sense of who they are. A major goal is to help students understand their basic needs, discover their core values, and learn to meet their needs in ways that honors their values. The programme is experiential, students are active members of the treatment team to assist their investment in the therapeutic process. A Field Therapist oversees the programme team for each student.  Other team members may include the family, student, field guides, and support staff.

I was on the very first pilot of the adventure therapy course that took place in the Cobb valley and those 11 days in nature reconnecting with myself and others without distraction changed my life completely. I can’t thank Whenua Iti enough for what they did for me.

– Adventure Therapy Student

Further resources

To understand more about Adventure Therapy, and the growing recognition that a connection with nature is an integral part of wellbeing, read our Beginner’s Guide to Adventure Therapy.

Key Components:

  • Adventure
  • Health & Wellbeing

Open to:

Ages 13 - 16


5 day wilderness programme + support


1 on 1 counselling support over 3 months built around an intensive 5 day wilderness therapy programme


Whenua Iti Outdoors / Local National Parks & Wilderness Areas


Subsidised places are available through the application process


Pre-programme support starts October 2020.
Wilderness Therapy Programme dates: 30 Nov – 4 Dec

Please get in touch to register your interest:


During their time in the wilderness, participants will establish a base camp to which they will frequently return. Outdoor activities such as bush craft and tramping are used to encourage self care and provide a platform for motivation and goal setting.


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.

Other programmes at whenua iti outdoors

Child on the Flying Kiore at Whenua Iti Outdoors Education Centre

Go Wild

The Go Wild programme is designed for our younger adventurers and involves 5 days of action fun and outdoor exploration. Let your kids experience a safe yet fun series of…

Find Out More...

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…

Find Out More...

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…

Find Out More...

Find out more about Whenua Iti Outdoors and how we can tailor an experience to suite your group