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 programme consists of four 1-week blocks based around each outdoor discipline: sea kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and caving. Students can enrol on one or all of the options. Each block will build confidence and skills for the outdoors in a fun team setting.

Ages: 16 - 18 yrs
Duration: 3 nights / 4 days (each block)
Earn L2 NCEA credits

Kaitiaki Leadership

Develop a deeper understanding of conservation and the skills needed for active biodiversity management. Head out on overnight expeditions, learn about conservation & biodiversity management and contribute to local 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

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


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.

Trades Programmes

During the school year we run the Trades Programmes. Students from local schools can apply to have these programmes fully funded. Each course provides NCEA credits, and is packed with experiential learning opportunities to build confidence, leadership & essential employability skills.

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.