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.
Location:
Queenstown, New Zealand
Program Type:
Intern Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Term:
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!
Cost:
From 8,500 USD.

Additional Program Information

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

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

4.8

Based on 10 Reviews

  • Discover the new you!
    5.0
    08/23/18

    When you arrive on day one and take you first steps into the Pure Ex house, little do you know what you're stepping into. Maybe you were excited by the itinerary, or the chance to see places of the world seldom seen, but never did you expect to be walking

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Amazing!!!
    5.0
    08/20/18

    I had such an awesome time with Pure ex on there adventure guide program! the passion and knowledge of the instructors are second to none and the number of skills and abilities you learn over the 3 months in unreal whilst having fun at the same time! If

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • If You Like The Outdoors...
    4.0
    06/21/18

    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
    5.0
    05/31/18

    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
    5.0
    05/30/18
    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
    5.0
    05/30/18
    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!
    5.0
    12/20/17

    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!
    5.0
    12/18/17

    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
    4.0
    12/14/17

    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!
    5.0
    12/14/17

    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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