Program Details

The Adventure Guide Program 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 real world work experience all in one.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Program Type:
Intern Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Summer, Year Round
Work Types:
Sciences & Environment

Program Overview

Program Description:

Head to New Zealand for 12 weeks of adventure travel to rival any other. Whether you are looking for a foot in the door to an adventure tourism career or the ultimate adventure holiday, this program will perfect your outdoor survival skills, surround you with awesome like-minded travellers and showcase the most unreal New Zealand back country locations.

The Adventure Guide Program  - so what's it all about?

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 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, real world industry work experience and gain invaluable networking connections to help get you into the dream job.

Our New Zealand program, based in Queenstown specialises in hiking, climbing, riverboarding and canyoning.

Program Highlights
* 12 week adventure tourism training and qualification program based in Queenstown, New Zealand
* 12 weeks accommodation and 8 weeks meals (the last 4 weeks self-catered)
* All technical equipment, program related transport & travel
* 2 x NZ Outdoor instructor association leader qualifications (hiking + rock climbing) 
* Extensive First Aid training
* Swift Water Rescue Certificate
* Modules on guiding and leadership skills, critical incident management & technical skills

"If you love the outdoors and being active, traveling and furthering yourself, I reckon the Adventure Program through Pure Exploration is for you! I really enjoyed the opportunities of experiencing New Zealand like a local and not a tourist and having the chance to get off the beaten path. The instructors were awesome, knowledgable and very legit! I look back at where I started, what I accomplished, and where I am now within that 3 months and it is crazy!" Stacy, US, March 2018

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 8,500 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.