For ages 18-26 - 21 days - 12 courses a year


Learn to make life choices with confidence on the original Outward Bound experience. This is your opportunity to reflect, discover what is important to you and determine your future direction.  You’ll find yourself as an individual as well as finding your place in a team. Push your boundaries, make new mates, and unlock the potential you’ve always had in you.

Our courses are designed to be mentally, emotionally, and physically challenging for the average participant. Activities occur in all weather conditions and can include off-track tramping, camping outside (sometimes alone), whitewater and surf kayaking, running, sailing, swimming, rockclimbing and high-ropes

Want to know what the Classic is like from a participant's point of view? Read our Classic course case study.  

I walked away from Outward Bound with inner and outer strength. I felt like I could take on the world and nothing could stop me.

samantha garrett

Sammy Jane Garrett

Hillary Watch Classic 559


Open the photo gallery and get a feel for what you can experience.


Find out what the unique setting in and around Anakiwa is like for these activities.

Anakiwa, Queen Charlotte Sound

Frequently Asked Questions

Here's a selection of common questions & answers.
Please get in touch if you need any other info or help.

How fit do I need to be for a course?

The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it! You must be able to comfortably run 3km in under 25 minutes, plus complete a full day's physical activity.

There are varying fitness requirements for these courses:

Discovery/Navigator/Compass: Fast walk or run 3km in under 25 minutes

Aspire: Walk a minimum of 2kms and five flights of stairs (walking sticks ok).

Check out our guide to getting fit and healthy for OB. 

lisa healy


Relationship Manager

What activities will I do?

You’ll experience a range of activities while on your course, kayaking, sailing, ropes course, rock climbing and tramping.

  • On the water - kayaking, sailing, canoeing
  • Up high - ropes course, rock climbing, abseiling,
  • In the bush - tramping, solo, camping
  • For your community - service projects, environmental
  • For you - goal setting, values, running
Catherine Kircher


Operations Manager

What will be the ages of others in my group?

Depending on which course you choose, it will be a mix of ages either 16 - 18 (MBS), 18 - 26 (Classic) or 27+ years.

There will be up to 14 people in your group and you will have two Outward Bound instructors leading you through
the activities. Our watches are mixed gender (unless specified).

Jayde Meach


Business Development Manager

Do I need to be able to swim?

You don't need to be a flash swimmer, but you need to be comfortable in water.

That means getting your head underwater.  We have lifejackets available at all times.

Alyssa Boobyer


Relationship Manager

Bookings & fees

Check out the availability for this course, when it’s running, and what it’ll cost.

Have you thought about these other courses?

Aoraki Bound

Experience a 12 day hikoi (journey) from Anakiwa to the base of Mt Aoraki (Cook) after spending 8 days at Outward Bound. Course details

  • Adult courses, Community courses
  • For ages 19+
  • Duration 20 days
  • 2 courses a year

Southern Cross

A 21-day award-winning programme supporting young Aucklanders to explore their cultural identity. Course details

  • Community courses
  • For ages 18-26
  • Duration 21 days
  • 1 course a year

You are here:

  1. Home
  2. Course
  3. Classic

Get in touch