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Congratulations, great to see your finding out how to book on a course! Find out all you need to know below. Remember, our enrolments team are here to help, either give us a call on 0800 688 927, or email us at  Read our terms and conditions.

How do I book?

  1. Visit the course page of your choice, select the date that is right for and press the 'booking' button.  You'll will be required to pay a $500 deposit to secure your place.
  2. Your booking will be received by one of the OB Enrolments Team. Within 1-3 working days you will receive contact from Outward Bound to proceed with booking.
  3. One of our Enrolments Advisors will call you for a 10 minute conversation to discuss the course.
  4. Once you have spoken to an Enrolments Advisor, an enrolment pack containing all the necessary paperwork (enrolment form, gear list, travel infomation, medical form) will be posted/emailed out
  5. You are required to complete the registration form by the specified date and send to Outward Bound.
  6. Complete your medical form (no earlier than 3 months prior to your course) and settle the remaining balance of payment.
  7. Your medical form will be approved (pending the information received) and you will receive a letter in the post to advise that you have been accepted.
  8. Book your travel and arrange your gear!

Enrolment Forms

To attend an Outward Bound course you must complete an enrolment form. There are different forms depending on the course:

General Courses

If you are going on a Mind Body Soul, Classic, Masters, Discovery, Aspire, Activate, Horizons or No Limits course please complete a Standard OB enrolment form. This form is able to be completed online, however on completion you must print, sign and post, email or fax to us - as it does not allow changes to be saved. Please ensure you complete all FOUR pages. If you have not booked on a course yet you can either send in the form with your deposit or book online from the course page.

Download: Standard Outward Bound Enrolment Form

Professional Courses

If you are attending a Navigator or Compass course or if your employer is paying for you, complete a Professional enrolment form. This form is able to be completed online, however on completion, as it does not allow changes to be saved, you must print, sign and post, email or fax to us. Please ensure you complete all FOUR pages. If you are on a custom designed programme your enrolment will be sent to you by your Programme Manager.

Download: Business Enrolment Form

Medical Form

All participants on courses at Outward Bound are required to complete an Outward Bound medical form with a doctor. The medical is only to ensure that any conditions that may prevent safe completion of the course are identified. The medical is due 8 weeks before your course starts and is valid for 90 days. If your form is completed too early you will be asked to get your doctor to re-sign your form. The medical is completed at your expense and usually costs in the region of $30-70.

The medical form will be sent out with your registration/enrolment letter, advising the dates for completion. Your completed medical will be assessed by our nurse. Final acceptance to Outward Bound is subject to approval by your doctor and our nurse.

Please contact if you require a copy of our medical form

Travel, Fitness & Gear


All courses start and finish at the Interislander ferry terminal in Picton. This is serviced by ferry, bus, train and plane. The nearest airports are Blenheim or Picton and we can provide you with details on how to be transferred to the Ferry Terminal - it is very easy. Participants are responsible for their own travel. When you are enrolled we will send you more information or you can open the information below.

Download: Travel Information

Gear and clothing

Outward Bound will provide you with all specialist gear required for your course (this includes tents, sleeping bags, tramping packs, sleeping mats, lifejackets and helmets). Once you enrol we will send you a comprehensive list of all the gear you need to bring to your course or you can open the list above.

Items such as mobile phones and music devices may be brought with you as you travel, but we will store them securely while you are on your course.

Download: Gear List

How fit do I need to be?

Courses involve physical challenge. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy your course right from Day 1. You need to be able to particpate in a full day's physical activity and be able to comfortably run three kilometres in under 25 minutes. There will be water activities, so you need to be comfortable in water, but lifejackets will be always be available.

Courses for those with varying abilities and some custom design courses have different fitness requirements.

Download: Prepare for OB - health and fitness

International Students

If you are NOT a New Zealand, Pacific Island or Australian citizen, OR a New Zealand resident (citizenship and residency are two different things), then you are generally deemed to be an international student under the New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

You need to have a medium to good grasp of English to understand instructions and therefore ensure your own, and others safety on the course.   Once you are enrolled you will need to provide the following eight weeks prior to your course start:

  1. Your completed medical form
  2. Payment of your course fees.

There is an additional charge for international students of $880NZD for 21 day courses and $370NZD for 8 day courses. Our advertised rates are subsidised and Outward Bound (a non-profit organisation) sources funding for the shortfall of this rate for all New Zealand citizens/residents. Unfortunately we cannot offer this subsidy to international students. These fees do not apply to New Zealand, Australian and Pacific Island residents.   Please read the international student terms and conditions.


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