The School at Anakiwa


Established in 1962, Outward Bound still operates from its original location, Anakiwa, in the Marlborough Sounds.

The School

Anakiwa (near Picton) is one of the most perfectly situated outdoor education spots in the world. The natural timbered buildings merge gracefully into the curve of the bay and are backed by native bush. A long jetty stretches to where the school's small fleet of cutters are at anchor. The rock climbing wall is tucked behind the school and offers spectacular views across the Grove Arm. 

The classrooms of the school are the native bush, mountains, rivers and seaways of the Marlborough Sounds.  Students can expect to traverse the Marlborough region tramping, sailing and kayaking while on a course.

Around 2,000 students visit Outward Bound each year to take on the challenge of finding their true potential.

Watch houses line the curve of the Foundation Pathway.


Where is Anakiwa?

Outward Bound New Zealand is located at Anakiwa, Marlborough. Anakiwa is at the top of the South Island and is nestled at the edge of Queen Charlotte Sound. We'll meet you at the Interislander Ferry terminal in Picton at the start of your course, and drop you back at the end.

You'll need to book your own travel to and from Picton. 

Our courses start and finish at 12.30pm at the Picton Ferry Terminal. The exception is our Navigator Leadership Development programme, which starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 4:00pm.

How do I get to Picton?

There are several ways to get to Picton:

  • Air New Zealand to Blenheim (shuttle to Picton).
  • Sounds Air from Wellington to Picton (free shuttle to Picton).
  • Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton.
  • By train to Picton within the South Island.
  • By bus to Picton or Wellington.

You need to organise your return journey before arriving at Picton (you won't have time to do this once you've started your course)

For flights, allow one hour from your scheduled course end time to ensure you do not miss your flight.

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