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Adventure New Zealand

Backcountry living skills and outdoor leadership in an international context.

Trip Dates: May 4th, 2024 - May 21st, 2024

The 2024 trip is full. Please complete the Interest Form below to receive information on the 2025 trip once it's available!

2024 Trip Cost: $6,200

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This 6 credit learning opportunity will take you to the South Island of New Zealand for backpacking, sea kayaking, visits to cities and interaction with local Maori culture. Join Adventure WV to learn backcountry living skills, outdoor leadership and immerse yourself in the unique cultures of New Zealand. No outdoor experience is required, though a moderate level of fitness is important. All technical equipment is provided. Potential participants should note that May in New Zealand is fall. Much like in WV, fall weather can be unpredictable—sunny, warm, raining, cold, snowing! We will help you pack and plan so you are comfortable…but know this is not a summertime program.

The total cost of the 2024 program is $6,200.  2025 costs are TBD.

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Program Includes

  • Undergraduate/graduate academic credits awarded through West Virginia University
  • International Airfare (round trip)
  • Lodging and most food during the scheduled in-country portion of the program. Instructors will tell you in advance which meals you'll be responsible for.
  • All adventure-based activities, including the use of available equipment, such as backpacks and sleeping bags, through the Adventure West Virginia Program
  • All scheduled educational, adventure, and cultural activities and transportation in the country
  • Travel Insurance
  • Special course materials, including books, multi-media, online tools and experiential fees

Additional Costs

  • You will need to plan for travel-related expenses such as obtaining a passport (convenient passport processing available through WVU's Passport Acceptance Facility), visa fee (NZeTA), and some personal gear. 

Essential Eligibility

Previous years' itinerary highlights include:
  • 3-day backpacking trip on New Zealand’s most popular Great Walk – The Routeburn Track
  • 3-days sea kayaking the Abel Tasman National Park
  • Maori cultural program in Motueka
  • Experiencing the food & art scene in Nelson by bike
  • Touring Queenstown and Nelson

Please contact our office for more information:
Phone: 304.293.5221 | email: