For ages 27+ - 21 days - 5 courses a year


The complete, in-depth Outward Bound experience.  Put life on hold while you face new challenges, re-define your comfort zone and take time to figure out ‘what’s next’.  Share life experiences with others in your group, while learning to build and sustain effective relationships within a supportive environment all in the beautiful Marlborough environment of the sea, rivers, native bush and mountains. 


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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).

For information on how to get fit for Outward Bound you can open this document Get Fit & Smokefree

Yorana Aug 2014


Enrolments Advisor

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

Do I need outdoors experience?

You don't need any prior experience, we provide a supportive environment.

We provide a supportive environment, each watch has two allocated instructors for the entirety of your course.  You just need to be willing to give the activities a go.  The more you get involved, the more you will get out of your course. 



Business Courses Manager

Is Outward Bound safe?

We have a rigorous safety programme that includes a dedicated safety manager, external safety committee and audits.

We also monitor weather regularly and adjust activities accordingly. We are OutdoorsMark certified. OutdoorsMark is a systems audit for operational safety policies, procedures and practices.

Simon Graney

Simon Graney

Safety 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?


Ready for a fresh perspective? This compact and challenging course will enable you to have some time out, reflect and push your limits. Course details

  • Adult courses
  • For ages 27-45
  • Duration 8 days
  • 5 - 10 courses per year

Low Impact Adult – Aspire

A low impact version of our 8 day Discovery course, suitable for people with a mild physical impairment. Course details

  • Disability courses
  • For ages 27+
  • Duration 8 days
  • 2 courses a year

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