The Ultimate Outdoor Travel and train program!

From technical skills to emergency safety and group dynamics, this comprehensive course will prep you with all the skills needed to pass your guiding qualifications and feel confident to guide groups.


  • Twelve weeks intensive practical and theoretical training
  • World-recognised guiding qualifications: NZOIA Bush Leader and NZOIA Rock Climbing OR NZOIA Canyoning Leader, as well as Pre Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC) and Swift Water Rescue training certifications
  • Opportunity to meet recruiting managers from adventure tourism companies in Queenstown at our networking event we host in month three of the program

This 12 week program is broken into 3 x 1 month modules that focus on different key areas to build your repertoire of skills and experience. Your time will be split between intensive practical and theoretical training, gaining world-recognised guiding qualifications, plus industry experience in the adventure tourism industry. All this will give you the best entry into the outdoor industry possible, or simply an advanced skill set for becoming a more confident outdoor adventurer.

While this is an Adventure Guide Program, it's not all about the outdoors and outdoor pursuits. There will be cultural activities and exchange; sightseeing and touring; personal development; community and social events; free time and plenty of opportunity for exploration.  

Whether you are looking for a stepping stone into the adventure tourism career pathway as a guide, or just an awesome educational opportunity to live in the most amazing places on earth, the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Program is an epic, constructive, and rewarding way to spend 3 months in New Zealand! 

You’ll love arriving into Queenstown – it’s a great place for hiking mountains, swimming in lakes and rivers, pub crawls, live music, locals food and drink specials, frisbee golf and fireside chats. Queenstown is filled with an exciting mix of backpackers, ski seasonnaires, outdoor enthusiasts and local legends.

If you’re heading to Nelson, a lovely chilled small town beach culture awaits you, reggae music, sunshine, golden sand beaches and friendly faces!