Pure Exploration: Adventure Guide Program – Nelson, New Zealand


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Destinations: New Zealand
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Program Length: Semester, Quarter, Other
    • Start Month: January, September
    • Category: Outdoor Adventure
    • Selective: No
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
    • Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms
    • Minimum Cost: $10,000 - $20,000
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    If this part of New Zealand isn't well known to you, be prepared to be blown away. Famous for being the area that receives the most sunshine in NZ, Nelson is an oasis of golden beaches, fruit orchards, craft beer brewing and relaxed locals. Combined with the country's top climbing areas and breathtaking mountains, Nelson is hard to beat, particularly if you are a warm-weather person!

    This 12 week program in Nelson is broken down into different key areas that focus on building 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 Nelson; a small artisan community with amazing farmers market, local fresh produce, craft beer, art galleries and laid back ocean vibes... not to mention epic climbing!

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