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Adventure New Zealand

Backcountry living skills and outdoor leadership in an international context.

Trip Dates: TBD - Summer 2023

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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 tribes. 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.

*Please note that ice climbing has been removed from the program even though it is in the video*

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Estimated program cost: TBD ~ $5,300

Priority application deadline: This is a rolling application and applicants are generally accepted on a first-come, first-served basis once open.

This is a popular program that fills quickly every year!

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Estimated Date: While it's not been confirmed, we hope to offer this program next in May of 2023. Please check back!

Previous years itinerary highlights include:

  • 5-day backpacking trip on New Zealand’s most popular Great Walk – The Routeburn Track
  • 4-days sea kayaking the Abel Tasman National Park
  • Maori cultural program in Motueka
  • Touring Queenstown and Nelson