Adventurous Journey – Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Join Whenua Iti Outdoors to complete part of your Adventurous Journey Award component on an unforgettable adventure.

Venture into one of our stunning local national parks or surrounds, such as the Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes or Abel Tasman on a journey that you help plan! This journey will enable you to complete a Silver Practice or Qualifier, or for those enrolled in the Bronze Award, you will be able to complete both your Practice AND your Qualifier. This is true for the Kākāriki Journey as well.

Plan your Journey

You get to be involved in planning your journey with us and plan your trip while supported by our qualified and experienced instructors. If you are a small group* (less than 6), you will need to enrol individually and let us know the members of your group to assist in planning. We will develop a journey together to meet the needs of all the participants – that’s half the fun! Your journey will include cooking in the outdoors, bush survival, bush skills and navigation, with a plan for different options to suit the season and weather for your journey. We provide all transport, activities, outdoor gear and qualified instructors.

If you are a group of 6 or more we recommend you contact us for a tailored programme. You will then be able to design a journey with your instructors that could include other activities such as mountain biking, sea kayaking, rock climbing and caving for any level of your Award. Check out our Outcomes & Activities page to get an idea of the possibilities.

More Information

To find out more about completing your Award through Whenua Iti Outdoors head to our Duke of Edinburgh’s Page or check out our latest adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

Whenua Iti Outdoors is the Hub Leader for the top half of Te Waipounamu / the South Island – as Hub Leaders we can support your school or organisation to set up an Award Unit. Contact us for more information or support.

Further resources

To find out more about the award head to 

Key Components:

  • Adventure

Open to:



5 Days/4 Nights


Expedition format. Includes overnights.


Local National Parks & surrounds


$400 pp** – for Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast participants
$750 pp** – for all other regions of NZ
$950 pp** – Inteational students

Additional Costs If Required:

$50 pp – for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award admin fee
$50 pp – return airport transfers (set times)


2024 Dates: To be confirmed

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*:Age ranges can vary for some intakes please enquire.

**:The difference in cost pp is due to region-specific funding

Cost Includes: Transport within programme, food, equipment, tuition, adventures, DOE Award admin and fun!
For students outside of the Nelson region, airport transfers are available.
An additional transport cost of $50 per person applies.


  • Duke of Edinburgh


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.

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