The focus of all our programmes at WIO is to achieve positive personal and social outcomes for those involved. This is achieved through the creation of a positive learning environment and participants taking part in a range of challenges (physical, mental and emotional).

> Leadership

> Teamwork

> Positive Attitude

> Self Management

> Thinking Skills

> Communication

> Willingness to Learn

> Resilience

Our Core Development Objectives

The core personal and social development objectives that underpin all of our programmes:

  • Increasing willingness to learn
  • Understanding and assuming personal responsibility
  • Developing belief in self and increasing confidence
  • Developing a positive attitude
  • Recognising and developing potential
  • Developing resilience skills (coping with challenge & change)
  • Developing positive communication skills

Talk to us about your desired outcomes

By talking to groups from the outset we can match activities to goals and maximise the benefit of the learning journey with us. It is always best to discuss what it is you are hoping to achieve from your time at WIO - this information will be used to design a programme specific to the needs identified.

If you are interested in making a booking, start by filling in a Booking Enquiry Form and we will get in touch soon!


The activities on our programmes target personal and social development whilst engaging with adventure, environment and cultural learning platforms. This is a taste of some of the activities available on our programmes – they provide a great platform for learning, are challenging and fun!

abseiling outdoors programme


Available on-site and off site this low-impact, challenging activity is available to a wide range of ages.

camping on outdoor programmes


Enjoy a campsite in the bush, or pitch your tents on site at our base.

caving exploration nelson


Access amazing caves not open to the public. Suits a range of ages with all equipment provided for a safe & fun adventure!

safely coasteering the Abel Tasman


Coasteering ventures along the rocky coast of local beaches for a fun, adventurous group activity with equipment provided.

Child on the Flying Kiore at Whenua Iti Outdoors Education Centre

Flying Kiore

Get hoisted into the air by your team, for a safe and rewarding thrill. Suited to younger children.

adventure based learning on high ropes

High Ropes

Located on-site, a range of courses and levels make this a challenge for everyone!


From fun beach skills in sit-in-tops to multi-day adventures, this activity builds  your skills & confidence on the water.

Mau Rākau & Haka

Develop basic mau rākau and haka skills and learn the significance to Māori culture in a supportive setting.

mountain biking in Kaiteriteri on adventure learning programme

Mountain Biking

Try biking off-road on specialised tracks, learn skills for riding and challenge yourself. 


Navigate a course using a map and compass either onsite or offsite. Suitable for all ages.

abseiling outdoors education activity

Rock Climbing

An awesome personal challege, learn climbing techniques, and safely support your friends. 

senior journey tramping Nelson Lakes


Tramping takes you to our stunning national parks, builds confidence & amazing friendships.

trapeze and high ropes


Trust and encouragement are needed to jump at height on our on-site trapeze!  Also known as the Leap of Faith.

Whenua Iti Waka Ama Journey

Waka Ama

Encourage team work on the water while understanding more about Te Ao Māori.

Qualified Educators

You're in safe hands. Our friendly & highly professional educators are expert facilitators, fully trained with recognised outdoor industry qualifications and experience.

Accredited Providers

We are accredited with the NZ Qualifications Authority and all programs align with the NZ Curriculum key competencies.

Safety Comes First

We are a registered provider of Adventure Activities with Worksafe NZ, and are Safety audit certified with OutdoorsMark.

Programmes at Whenua Iti Outdoors

Civil Defence Emergency Response (Level 3)

By Bree Arnott | December 3, 2019

Experience simulated emergency exercises and gain essential rope skills & techniques used in emergency outdoors situations. Course Aim To provide participants with the practical skills and knowledge to be able to contribute in outdoor emergency situations. Participants will have the opportunity to experience simulated emergency exercises and gain essential rope skills important in emergency situations. […]

Service Industry Internship (Level 3)

By Bree Arnott | December 3, 2019

The Service Industry Internship programme is designed for students who are looking to gain essential employment skills for the transition from school to the world of work. Students whilst working for a professional service operator will learn about unique local tourism attractions and practice key skills required for the service industry. Entry Requirements The Service […]

Uniformed Services (Level 2)

By Bree Arnott | August 27, 2019

Find out first hand what it’s really like to be a paramedic, a police officer and a firefighter! Course Aim: To provide students with the opportunity to explore career pathways within a range of uniformed services, these include Search and Rescue Services, Emergency Services, and Civil Defence Services.  Students will have the opportunity to experience […]

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