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 regarded as the most perfectly situated Outward Bound school 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.

2,000 students visit Outward Bound each year, with the school able to take 150 students at a time.  Outward Bound is divided into 10 watch houses that house 14 students during a course.   

Watch houses line the curve of the Foundation Pathway.


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 (you'll step off our jetty at 173° 55' 14.44" and 41° 15' 51.09"). We'll pick you up from Picton and drop you back at the end of the course.

For all courses, you must book your own travel to and from Picton. We will meet you at the Interislander Ferry Terminal in Picton.

All courses (apart from customised programmes and the Navigator programme) start and finish at 12.30pm at the Picton Ferry Terminal.

The Navigator Leadership Development programme starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 4:00pm. If you are flying, you need to book return flights from 5:20pm onwards and no earlier.

How do I get to Anakiwa?

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.
  • Please have your transport home arranged before you arrive.

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

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