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

Classic course

When there are no set steps left to take, the Classic course gives you the focus and perspective to decide on your future direction.

In fact, 1 in 4 Classic participants told us their course motivated them to find work or start a new career.

The Classic is the original and iconic Outward Bound experience, a perfect balance of adventure and reflection. You’ll take time to consider your personal values and work out what’s important.

You’ll find a sense of belonging, leaving Anakiwa with new connections and with a better understanding of yourself and your relationship to the wider world .

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


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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.

What will others in my group be like?

Like you, everyone in your group - or Watch - will be aged 18-26. Your watchmates will come from all over NZ and beyond and from a range of social and cultural backgrounds.

You'll spend almost all of your time within your watch and as a result, many watchmates leave Outward Bound as life-long friends.

Simone Harris


Administration Support Officer

How fit should I be for the course?

The fitter you are, the more you will get out of your course. For our standard 8 or 21 day courses, you will need to be able to run 3km in under 25 minutes and complete a full day of activities.

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

krishan kumar


Enrolments Advisor

Does a 21-day course provide credit for Duke of Edinburgh award?

Yes our courses meet or exceed the requirements for Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award (DoE) at the Gold level.

This includes:

  • Residential Section (5 days 4 nights away from home)
  • Adventurous Journey Training
  • Adventurous Journey Practices

Learn more here.



Enrolments Coordinator

Bookings & fees

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

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  • Duration 20 days
  • 2 courses a year

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  • Duration 21 days
  • 1 course a year

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