Kaitiaki Leadership (L3)

Connect to nature while developing your outdoor adventure skills in our local national parks, learning about conservation & biodiversity management to protect these taonga.

Participants have the opportunity of completing 13 Level 3 NCEA credits on this programme.

The Kaitiaki Leadership Programme will build your adventure skills and conservation knowledge, from both Western and te āo Māori perspectives, across 9 days of multi-activity expeditions. Activities can vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. There will also be the opportunity to contribute to existing conservation projects. A focus of this programme will be on conservation, including predator trapping and control.

The course will provide you with skills required for active conservation work that could include bushcraft, tramping skills, cooking in the outdoors & navigation. You will explore the wilderness of Te Tauihu – Top of the South Island, a perfect platform to build up your conservation awareness and understanding of kaitiakitanga principles in environmental management of these sites.


Unit NoTitleLevelCreditsVersion
29338Prepare and use traps to control rural pest animals3102
9681Contribute within a team or group which has an objective338

Learning Objectives

Students will have the opportunity to achieve academic learning objectives that contribute to their National Certificate of Education Achievement (NCEA) and develop crucial personal and social development skills.

Personal and Social Development Objectives:

Personal and social skills are transferable to any chosen career pathway and are considered essential skills by employers.

  • 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.

Other Programmes:

Interested in earning NCEA credits outside the classroom? We offer a range of fully funded Trades Academy Programmes during the school terms.

Further resources

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

Key Components:

  • Adventure
  • Nature Connection
  • Environment

Open to:

16 - 18 year old's

NCEA Level:
13 credits at Level 3


9 days / 8 nights


Overnight expedition format


Local National Parks


FREE for local students*
*Funding is available to students from the Top of the South and West Coast partner schools.

$2200* pp (out of region students)

Additional Costs If Required:
$50 pp – airport transfer fee


Dates to be confirmed


*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.


  • NCEA


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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