Environmental Journey

Join us on a fun & rewarding environmental journey from the mountains to the sea – perfect if working towards your Kākāriki Journey.

Venture into one of our stunning local national parks or surrounds, such as the Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes or Abel Tasman to contribute to local community conservation work, while experiencing the unique wilderness landscapes of Te Tau Ihu! Connect with local groups such as Project Janzoon in the Abel Tasman National Park, protect our native species with the Takaka Hill Biodiversity Group, or help plant wetlands with the Marahau Halo Group while overnighting in the national park. This experience is perfect for anyone looking to complete their Gold Residential project or Adventurous Journey for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, including Kākāriki Journey participants.

What to expect

Whenua Iti Outdoors has 35 years of experience working with young people in the outdoors. You will be led by our qualified and experienced instructors and you will be walking with packs, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. The journey will be planned to suit the season & weather forecast. Once you arrive to base, we provide all transport, activities, outdoor gear and qualified instructors. We will supply gear lists when you enrol and any further information you require. If you are completing your Gold Residential Project you can only have one other person on the journey that you know. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more answers.

More Information

To find out more about completing your Award through Whenua Iti Outdoors head to our Duke of Edinburgh’s Page.

There is an additional cost of $50 to cover Award administration and you must be enrolled in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award before you go on a programme – we can help get you started with this, please contact us.

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 www.dofehillary.org.nz 

Key Components:

  • Adventure
  • Environment

Open to:



3 nights / 4 days


Expedition format. Includes overnights.


Local National Parks & surrounds


$735 pp*
Additional Costs If Required:
$50 pp – for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award admin fee
$50 pp – return airport transfers (set times)


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Cost includes: Food, equipment, tuition, adventures and fun!
Payment plans are available.



  • 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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