Why Outward Bound?


Outward Bound, located in the Marlborough Sounds, helps you reach your full potential through challenge in the outdoors.  Our classrooms are the mountains, bush and waterways of this special part of New Zealand. We welcome people of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds to our school at Anakiwa. 

We're also a not-for-profit Trust, established to help create better people, better communities and a better world. As a charitable organisation, we strive to ensure everyone can access an Outward Bound course, regardless of their financial circumstances. 

Watch our promotional video here. 


What is Outward Bound?

All Outward Bound courses are designed on these principles:

Learning through Experience - learn by doing! Learn more about yourself and others from challenge, success and failure, self reflection and feedback. All activities are designed to promote learning that can be transferred to home and work.

Adventure and Challenge - Our courses are based on real adventure. You will have experiences that are physically, mentally and emotionally challenging. We will push your limits and help you conquer your fears!

Physical Activities in the Outdoors - All activities involve situations where there are real consequences. Our highly skilled instructors deliver our courses, which will include activities such as: Sailing, Kayaking, High ropes, Rock climbing, Solo experience, Tramping, Physical training. You don’t need previous outdoors experience to participate.

Safe and Supportive Environment - Clearly maintained boundaries which ensure physical and emotional safety. Supportive relationships and culture. See safety below for more information.

What's it really like?

Moored boats at the iconic Anakiwa jetty.

There is no one way to easily describe an Outward Bound course, as the experience is unique to everyone who attends. This can make Outward Bound seem a little mysterious, especially as we don’t hand out a timetable for our courses. Without these boundaries and expectations, participants are able to ‘live in the moment’ and take each adventure as it comes – providing a richer outcome for participants.

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However, there are some pretty standard things to expect while you’re in Anakiwa.

  • You’ll kick of each day very early in the morning
  • You’ll have maximum 14 participants in your group (watch) of similar age and 2 -3 instructors.
  • You will have to hand your devices/technology in the moment you arrive.
  • You will experience a wide range of outdoor activities – kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, tramping, high-ropes.
  • To have the best experience possible - be willing to give everything a go.



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