Take the first step towards working in the outdoor adventure and tourism industry. Gain skills in rock climbing, abseiling, whitewater and sea kayaking, and bush craft. Gain leadership experience and learn about kaitiakitanga and sustainability. Increase your self-confidence as part of a team and pursue personal growth.

Whether you are keen beginner or already have some outdoor skills our low field tutor to student ratios means we are able to progress at your level (breaking it down if it’s all new or technically up-skilling and challenging you further).

To complement the practical pursuits we will spend some time in the classroom studying risk management, leadership, meteorology, kaitiakitanga, outdoor first aid, pursuit theory, trip planning, anatomy, physiology.

You will also have the opportunity to put what you have learned into practice by developing leadership experience leading others in a variety of outdoor settings.

Bush –  develop navigation skills to take you from marked trails and into un-tracked terrain. Plan and undertake multi-day tramping trips, including river crossings, camp craft and survival skills.

Whitewater kayaking – develop the skills to become an independent kayaker on grade 2 whitewater, including rolling and river rescue techniques.

Sea kayaking – develop the skills to become an independent sea kayaker in a range of ocean environments, including rescue techniques and marine navigation.

Rock climbing – develop the skills to become and independent lead climber at sport crags and build top rope anchors.

Kaitiakitanga and Sustainability – develop knowledge of and apply environmental sustainability practices and understand the unique position of mana whenua.

Personal performance and well being – develop the knowledge and applied skills to manage yourself and peers safely and demonstrate sustainable practices in a variety of outdoor activities and settings.

Outdoor Adventure Leadership – develop leadership experience through leading others in a range of outdoor activities in a variety of settings.

Graduates are capable of moving into the adventure tourism or education sector in a variety of entry level trainee roles. Examples include adventure and ecotourism guiding, education outside the classroom, community health and recreation programming and youth development programmes.

Entry criteria

All students are required to have a reasonable level of fitness, and evidence of suitability based on an interview, health screening, safety check under the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2015 and referee reports, as well as the below if applicable:

Under 20 years

60 credits NCEA Level 1 as well as the above criteria

International IELTS

Minimum IELTS 5.5 (with no band lower than 5.0) or equivalent


Further study options

Students can apply to enrol in the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) at WelTec.

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