About Outward Bound

Outward Bound, located in the Marlborough Sounds, helps you reach your full potential through challenge in the outdoors. Our classrooms are the mountains, bush and waterways of this beautiful corner of New Zealand.

Outward Bound recognise Te Ātiawa as tangata whenua of Anakiwa, and together we value the diverse history of this special location. People of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds are welcome at Outward Bound.

Manaaki Whenua, Manaaki Tangata, Haere Whakamua: Care for the land, Care for the people, Go forward.

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What is Outward Bound?

All Outward Bound courses are designed on these principles:

Learning through Experience - learn by doing! Learn more about yourself and others from challenge, success and failure, self reflection and feedback. All activities are designed to promote learning that can be transferred to home and work.

Adventure and Challenge - Our courses are based on real adventure. You will have experiences that are physically, mentally and emotionally challenging. We will push your limits and help you conquer your fears!

Physical Activities in the Outdoors - All activities involve situations where there are real consequences. Our highly skilled instructors deliver our courses, which will include activities such as: Sailing, Kayaking, High ropes, Rock climbing, Solo experience, Tramping, Physical training. You don’t need previous outdoors experience to participate.

Safe and Supportive Environment - Clearly maintained boundaries which ensure physical and emotional safety. Supportive relationships and culture. See safety below for more information.

After Outward Bound my life took a completely different turn. I now believe I can choose and make my own destiny.

 

Jonelle Douglas

Jonelle Douglas
McKenzie Watch 551

Location

Where is Anakiwa?

Outward Bound New Zealand is located at Anakiwa, Marlborough. Anakiwa is at the top of the South Island and is nestled at the edge of Queen Charlotte Sound. We'll meet you at the Interislander Ferry terminal in Picton at the start of your course, and drop you back at the end.

You'll need to book your own travel to and from Picton.

Our courses start and finish at 12.30pm at the Picton Ferry Terminal (except Navigator, which finishes at 4:00pm).


How do I get to Picton?

There are several ways to get to Picton:

  • Air New Zealand to Blenheim (shuttle to Picton).
  • Sounds Air from Wellington to Picton (free shuttle to Picton).
  • Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton.
  • By train to Picton within the South Island.
  • By bus to Picton or Wellington.

You need to organise your return journey before arriving at Picton (you won't have time to do this once you've started your course)

For flights, allow one hour from your scheduled course end time to ensure you do not miss your flight.

Anakiwa

What's it really like?

There is no one way to easily describe an Outward Bound course, as the experience is unique to everyone who attends. This can make Outward Bound seem a little mysterious, especially as we don’t hand out a timetable for our courses. Without these boundaries and expectations, participants are able to ‘live in the moment’ and take each adventure as it comes – providing a richer outcome for participants.

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Here's a taster of what you can expect:

  • You’ll kick off each day very early in the morning
  • You’ll have maximum 14 participants in your group (watch) of similar age and 2 or 3 instructors.
  • You will have to hand your devices/technology in the moment you arrive.
  • You will experience a wide range of outdoor activities – kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, tramping, high-ropes.
  • You'll be asked to give everything a go - it's worth it!

Health and Safety

All our courses take place in Marlborough Sounds as they provide an amazing outdoor classroom! Our students are placed in unfamiliar settings where there are real consequences, providing an opportunity to learn through experience. We have a comprehensive and rigorous safety programme and strive to deliver quality courses in a safe and supportive environment.

How we manage risk

We have our own dedicated Safety Manager plus an External Safety Advisory Committee that includes independent outdoor industry experts. We have a regular program of external safety audits in place this includes Outdoorsmark Safety audit certification. Outward Bound International carries out its own audits of the New Zealand program every four years. It currently rates our safety program as 'exemplary'. 

Instructors are integral to safety. We select only the best for the job. We look for people who have the right combination of skills, experience and abilities. On top of their existing experience our instructors are required to complete a rigorous six month training and induction programme.

To ensure the safety of participants our Duty Manager regularly monitors weather warnings from the Met Service and communicates these to relevant staff. Potential weather problems are identified in advance and activities are adjusted accordingly.