Aotearoa Adventure

Explore stunning national parks & wilderness locations in Te Tauihu (Top of the South Island) while undertaking 5 days of adventuring.

Take part in adventurous experiences that are not only fun but also challenging and rewarding.  Leave with a deeper appreciation of the environments of Te Tauihu.

The outcome of completing an Aotearoa Adventure is a great sense of achievement, increased confidence and the gift of a memorable experience that will be shared with new friends made along the way. You will not only discover more remote places but also your inner adventurer!

The programme will include a mix of activities that could include sea kayaking, tramping, caving, rock-climbing, abseiling, camping, navigation skills, stand-up paddle-boarding.  Activities are subject to the season, weather conditions and other logistical factors. Further programme detail is provided on enrolment.

This is an ExpedNZ Programme. 100% profit from this programme goes towards a fund that supports community focused programming.

This programme is for you if:

  • You love being in the outdoors
  • You want to build your adventure knowledge & skills
  • You’re keen to explore new wilderness environments to connect with nature
  • OR are simply keen to inject adventure into your holiday!

Learning Objectives

  • 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 and change)
  • Developing positive communication skills

You will leave this course with a bunch of new friends and on an adventure buzz! Check out our latest adventures on Facebook and Instagram.

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Further resources

| Holiday & Award Programmes | Download our brochure

| Safety First | Find out more about our safety policies

| FAQs | Find answers to most commonly asked questions

| Gear Lists | Go to our Downloads page to find a generic gear list

| Experiential Learning | Find out more about the philosophy that underpins our programmes

Key Components:

  • Adventure
  • Nature Connection

Open to:

15 - 18 year old's


4 nights / 5 days


Overnight expedition


Local national parks & surrounding wilderness locations



$750 pp – for local NZ participants
$950 pp – International students

Additional Costs If Required:

$50 pp – return airport transfers (set times)


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 A good level of fitness is recommended for this programme
Cost includes all transport ex Nelson, food, equipment, tuition, adventures and fun!

Payment plans are available, please ask.
*Airport pick up/drop off can be coordinated for those from out of the region.  The flight will need to arrive prior to 9.00am on the morning of the programme start date.


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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