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Adventure Gap Year starting in New Zealand

Traditionally a Gap Year is time taken away from education - either between school and university (college), or immediately after university. A period of time out can be valuable at any stage and age - to gain life skills and broaden your horizons. Your New Zealand gap year programme can provide an opportunity to step out, get into adventure education, enjoy new experiences, challenge yourself, explore through outdoor adventures, travel or chase a dream.

In our Gap Year Adventure Course we have created a structured opportunity for you to take 'time-out', learn career skills in outdoor education and expand your leadership experience while exploring the world and yourself. We use adventure-based environments to support personal growth and development. Participants learn through your involvement in adventure activities - whether as a student or as a leader of others.

Here's how our uniquely New Zealand Gap Year experience works:

12 weeks Adventure training + 3 months minimum Work in NZ or Overseas + Travel (open ended)

12 weeks Adventure training

Intensive Christchurch based training programme that focuses on developing your Interpersonal Skills, Leadership Skills and Technical Skills

After the 12 week course you will receive:

  • Certificate of Adventure Leadership
  • Outdoor First Aid Certificate
  • Risk Management Certificate
  • High Ropes Course Assistant facilitator certification
  • NZOIA Abseil Leader Award

3 months or more Work in New Zealand or Overseas

Paid employment opportunities in New Zealand and overseas will help you to consolidate your skills and develop further your Independence, Responsibility and Confidence


Explore the world, equipped with new found resourcefulness and increased independence. Now you have the opportunity to see a bit more of the world. Maybe hook up with some of your new found friends, buy an old car and hit the road. A great chance to experience some more adventure and utilise the resourcefulness, independence and decision making skills that you have acquired over the previous months.

Course dates:
Summer Programme 2017: 
February 7th - May 5th 2017

Selection is based on:

  • Likelihood of completion
  • Ability to work with others;
  • Reasonable level of fitness - must have have participated in a minimum of 10 sessions of recreational activity in the past year
  • Confidence in water and ability to swim 25m
  • Suitability for employment instructing others in adventure activity
  • Basic workplace first aid certificate (valid for one year from start of programme)


Tuition fee NZ$ 6,850 for International students, excluding accommodation and food

Included in the price: All instruction, specialist equipment, on course travel, accommodation on trips out of Christchurch and reporting of course credits.


Adventure Gap Year starting in New Zealand