Program Details

The Adventure Guide Internship was constructed as a stepping stone into the adventure tourism industry, but also is the perfect semester abroad/career break option - offering adventure, qualifications and a job offer all in one.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Program Type:
Intern Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Year Round
Work Types:
Sciences & Environment

Program Overview

Program Description:


The ultimate outdoor travel, train & work internship

Over twelve weeks of adventure and travel, you’ll find yourself on the top of the highest peaks, meandering down enormous glacier-driven river valleys, exploring new golden sand beaches by kayak, hanging from enormous rock faces with your new mates supporting you all the way.  New Zealand’s diverse and spectacular outdoors will be your classroom, with lessons on leadership, new outdoor skills and strategies to help in every area of life.

You’ll also complete world-recognised outdoor adventure guiding certifications and gain a front line adventure tourism job offer in legendary Queenstown!


  • 12 week adventure tourism training + work experience
  • Work experience placement in the adventure tourism industry in Queenstown, NZ
  • 3 month paid work placement opportunities
  • All meals & accommodation during training and work experience
  • Qualified & epxerienced technical instructors
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel provided
  • NZ Certificate of Outdoor Recreation Leader (Rock Climbing, Hiking or Mountain Biking)
  • Pre-hospital Emergency Care Qualification
  • Qualification resources, registration and assessment included

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What makes Pure Exploration different?

Finding a job when you are travelling overseas is tough. It's competitive and often skill specific. We've worked closely with adventure tourism operators in New Zealand to develop a range of programs that not only help outdoors-focused people get a foot in the door to a great adventure tourism job in Queenstown, but also provide knowledgeable and competent employees to local companies. We believe we are just everyday Kiwis, helping people to have extraordinary experiences. 

Setting Description:
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. You’ll feel the vibe when you hit town, everyone is pumped to be here and make the most of it!
From 6,900 USD.

Additional Program Information

A passion for the outdoors and average fitness level.
Scholarships Description:
Some partial scholarships are available , please get in touch with the team at Pure Exploration to discuss further.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 8 Reviews

  • If You Like The Outdoors...

    If you like the outdoors, being active, traveling and furthering yourself, then I reckon the Adventure Guide Program through Pure Exploration NZ is for you! I really enjoyed the experience of seeing New Zealand as a local and gingo off the beaten path,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • AGP Pure Exploration

    I went to pure exploration without any real experience in outdoor adventure but they provided a fully immersive 3 months training which provided me with a lot of new skills and knowledge, bringing me to a place where I now feel ready to be a leader. It

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Excelent experience
    What a great experience! Chance to learn from world class guides and climbers. After 3 months with Pure Ex, I got whole new perspective about outdoor world, bunch of new skills, and for sure improvement as a person!
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Adventure and explore
    Had an amazing time with Pure Ex! It was incredible to live in Queenstown for three months and spend most of my time on top of mountains or dangling on the edge of steep cliffs.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Great opportunity for every outdoor enthusiast!

    As I applied for this program I had no idea what I want to do in my life, but I wanted to get more into Rock Climbing and Outdoor Sports in general. Also, New Zealand was on my bucket list for years, so I couldn’t help myself and cancelled the job I

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Absolutely amazing 3 months in NZ!

    After studying Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism at uni and doing an internship learning about the business side of a guiding and tour operating company, I wanted to check out the other side of the industry to see if I could hack it as a guide.

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An amazing New Zealand experience

    I got to spend 12 weeks traveling New Zealand and trying out new activities. while I have been here I have gone from a beginner to lead climbing on intermediate routes in stunning scenery, I have hiked several trails and seen glaciers, waterfalls, and

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Ultimate NZ Training Course!

    I chose this program as something to help me gain entry into the outdoor education and guiding industry, and I could not have been more thrilled about how things worked out here. I learned so many new skills that are going to help me secure jobs in an

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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