Rangatahi Leadership Programmes

Whenua Iti Outdoors offer a range of leadership opportunities that build a connection to the whenua (land), tangata (people) and to te taiao (the environment) through outdoor experiences that will challenge students in a safe & supportive setting.

Each course promotes physical & mental wellbeing through experiential learning opportunities that build confidence, leadership & essential employability skills. Some courses offer NCEA credits at Level 2 or Level 3.

Hear what some of our students have to say about our programmes.

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Adventure Leadership

This provides youth the opportunity to explore the outdoors & build independent adventure skills. Focus on a mix of two outdoor disciplines while you have a great experience meeting new people and exploring the beautiful outdoor environments of Te Tau Ihu.

Ages: 16 - 18 yrs
Duration: 7 nights / 8 days
Earn L2 NCEA credits

Adventure Skills Development

Develop outdoor adventure skills while experiencing a variety of activities on group outdoor expeditions, with the added opportunity of completing 15 Level 3 NCEA credits. You will build trust, confidence and teamwork through a variety of awesome challenges!

Ages: 16 - 18 yrs
Duration: 8 nights / 9 days
Earn L3 NCEA credits

Kaitiaki Leadership

Adventure across the three local national parks, experiencing a range of adventure activities on 3 x 3-day expeditions, keeping a lens on conservation, biodiversity management with the opportunity to contribute to active conservation projects. You will come away with a deeper connection and understanding of te taio (the environment).

Ages: 16 - 18 yrs
Duration: 8 nights / 9 days
Earn L3 NCEA credits

Aotearoa Calling

Aotearoa Calling is a leadership programme designed to build a connection to the whenua (land), tangata (people) and to te taiao (the environment) to be able to lead with empathy & knowledge. Throughout a series of adventurous activities you will hear the stories of this land and gain a deeper appreciation for its rich culture & biodiversity, learning to understand your potential as future leaders and kaitiaki of this land.

Ages: 15 - 17 yrs
Duration: 9 nights / 10 days


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.

Our Secondary School Programmes

Read about all the programmes on offer to Secondary Schools including all Trades Academy programmes, Specialty Programmes and Holiday Programmes.

Benefits of Experiential Learning

The Trades Academy programmes focus on learning in a practical, hands-on environment. The true benefits of this style of learning lie beyond the immediate academic results.

Want to find out more about a programme or have a question for us? Talk to one of our friendly team - we're happy to help.