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. 

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.

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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.

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

Do I need experience in the outdoors?

No, you don't need to have any experience of outdoor activities or spending time in the wild.

You simply need to be willing to give the activities a go.  The more you get involved, the more you will get out of your course. 

Jayde Meach


Business Development 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

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

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