Aotearoa Adventure

5 Day Adventure Program | 15 - 18 yrs | NZ $950

This program offers a special opportunity for students to experience adventurous activities in the unique landscapes of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Explore remote wilderness areas and local National Parks, while taking part in different adventurous activities such as kayaking, hiking, caving and camping.

Nau mai, Haere Mai - Welcome to Aotearoa - New Zealand. Experience and learn about Aotearoa through this unique, immersive adventure program designed with international students in mind. You will be supported by the experienced and friendly team from ExpedNZ/Whenua Iti Outdoors to make the most of the learning and adventurous opportunities that await.

Program Outline

Each program is unique. We design our programs to be flexible to adapt to the weather and learning opportunities as they arise. The programme will include a mix of activities that could include sea kayaking, tramping, caving, rock-climbing, abseiling, camping, navigation skills, stand-up paddle-boarding. The information below will give you an idea of what can be included in the program, but is not a set itinerary. This will be finalized closer to the time of the program.

kayak abel tasman national park

Adventure Abel Tasman

Head into the renowned Abel Tasman National Park to venture deeper into the heart of the park.

  • Explore underground limestone caves – a challenging and rewarding experience
  • Hike of kayak through sections of the Abel Tasman Track.
  • Learn navigation and bush skills as you camp under a blanket of stars on clear sky nights.
duke of edinburgh's award nelson adventurous journey

Adventure Kahurangi

Prepare for a mountain adventure with a trip across our high ropes adventure course at base, before entering the diverse and wild Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand’s second largest national park.

  • Enjoy panoramic views from the top of Tu Ao Wharepapa (Mt Arthur) or other peaks of our local mountain range
  • Experience the native forest and learn about the glaciated marble outcrops and limestone landscapes
Nelson Lakes adventure program

Adventure Nelson Lakes

Hike or kayak sections of the beautiful alpine and lake district with stunning peaks and clear waters.

  • Venture by kayak across the lake –
    an early start will reward you with stunning lake reflections
  • On a journey by land, hike along bush-clad trails to reach waterfalls, rivers and alpine tops in clear conditions.
student roped up to begin abseil

Adventure Golden Bay

Explore the varied and beautiful landscapes in the Golden Bay region, the northern-most end of the Abel Tasman National Park, while taking part in a range of activities.

  • Climb or abseil the limestone cliffs
  • Hike along bush tracks to reach stunning caves or waterfalls.
  • Paddleboard one of the many tidal inlets of the region
  • Visit the sacred Te Waikoropupū Springs

Program Inclusions

The cost of your program includes all planned learning activities, field trips, accommodation, food (which you cook for yourself), specialist outdoor equipment and transport within the program.

Transport to Nelson is not included in the progam cost, flights or other transport is to be arranged separately by the student with suitable support from your NZ school and / or guardian. We can provide transport from Nelson airport if required (additional $50 transfer fee).


Visit our FAQs page for any further questions you may have. Please contact us if there is something we haven't answered for you.

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ODENZ & EXPEDNZ in partnership

ExpedNZ programs offer world-class outdoor experiential educational experiences.

Access to specifically designed programs

International students from ODENZ schools have privileged access to three different , 10-day ExpedNZ programs during their stay in New Zealand.  ExpedNZ offers an immersive orientation program on students' arrival to New Zealand, and further exploration and adventure focused options during school breaks.

Empowering Personal Growth

Our programs are empowering for young people. We provide students with an opportunity to improve their physical and mental wellbeing within an adventure-based setting. Programs are designed to promote personal growth through challenge and to inspire students confidence to take on the challenges of tomorrow.

Discover new ways of thinking

At ExpedNZ we firmly believe in nurturing our natural environments and celebrating our cultural diversity. In all 3 of the 10-day programs we connect students with New Zealand's diverse wilderness areas and look to the past, to the knowledge of tangata whenua (NZ indigenous culture) to help guide and inform future decisions.  Students will discover new ways of thinking, be challenged physically and be inspired to strive for a better, more connected and healthier future.

For more information about New Zealand and the benefits of ExpedNZ programs
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About ExpedNZ

Experienced Educators

ExpedNZ is the international division of Whenua Iti Outdoors, a New Zealand based not for profit education organisation with over 35 years of experience delivering impactful experiential education programs in the outdoors.

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Learning Philosophy

ExpedNZ is founded on the belief that experiential learning best prepares students for our changing world, weaving culture, adventure and nature connection experiences throughout carefully designed programs that result in lasting personal growth.

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Safety Comes First

Students enjoy the benefits of ExpedNZ nationally recognised education and safety accreditation.  ExpedNZ educators are expert facilitators, fully trained with outdoor industry qualifications and experience.

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