• New Zealand
    • Queenstown
12 - 52 weeks
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Program Details

Backpacking Bird Watching Camping Hiking Mountain Climbing Remote Exploring Rock Climbing Sightseeing
Camper Van Hostel Tent
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Age Min.
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Price Details
Program price includes technical equipment (ropes, tents, camping equipment, belay equipment etc), transportation during program days, highly skilled local instructors, and all fees for camping/hiking trails that you complete during program days.
What's Included
Activities Some Activities Equipment Some Equipment Park Fees Some Park Fees Tour Guide Transportation
What's Included (Extra)

Highly skilled instructors, and technical equipment for rock climbing and hiking.

What's Not Included
Accommodation Airfare Domestic Airfare Meals SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Apr 11, 2024
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About Program

This 28-week program is an accelerated, practical immersion course, which offers a unique pathway from training to employment in the outdoor industry. It offers an unparalleled combination of training, qualifications and mentored transition from practitioner to leader, and then to instructor, with quality outdoor industry experience.

If you are looking to become an experienced and qualified outdoor guide or instructor, this is the perfect program for you. You will learn the fundamentals and technicalities of hiking and rock climbing as well as customer service skills to be able to become an outdoor guide. You will be trained by Pure Explorations' experienced instructors and make your way through training, shadow instructing and NZOIA Assessments.

You will come out of the program with your NZOIA Bush 1 and NZOIA Rock 1 qualifications (industry-recognised), and you will have an extensive logbook and experience to excel in the outdoor industry.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

We are committed to fostering a more diverse and inclusive organisation, and we recognise that this requires time, effort, and resources. We welcome everyone and anyone to our Pure Exploration Programs including students, staff, local guides and external stakeholders.

LGBTQIA+ Support

All of our Pure Exploration programs are LGBTQIA+ friendly. We provide an open and non-judgemental space for students to explore who they are and to take their initial steps into the outdoor adventure world. We welcome everyone and anyone to our Pure Exploration Programs including students, staff, local guides and external stakeholders.

Neurodivergent Support

We welcome everyone and anyone to our Pure Exploration Programs including students, staff, local guides and external stakeholders.



Sustainability is one of the four core components of each Pure Exploration program, where we provide students with the environment to learn about local environmental issues, how to travel sustainably and have them think deeply about their impact and what they can do in their daily lives to affect change.

Ethical Impact

We make a conscious decision to partner with suppliers who are passionate about our students' participation and involvement with them being of a positive benefit to the community. We want our presence to enable positive, sustainable growth for our partners and this mantra is ingrained in the fabric of our programs.

Program Highlights

  • Based in Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Gain NZOIA Rock 1 and NZOIA Bush 1 Qualifications
  • Train with Highly Qualified Instructors
  • Co-instruct on Our Other Pure Exploration Programs
  • Explore The South Island of New Zealand

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Our 12-week New Zealand Adventure Guide Program is suitable for those who are looking to get into rock climbing, hiking and the outdoors. You will spend your time learning the fundamentals of guiding while exploring the South Island with our program instructors. It is the perfect blend of adventure travel and outdoor education. Explore the Southern Alps, hike famous trails and learn rock climbing techniques with the other program participants.

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