About 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 beautiful corner of New Zealand.

Outward Bound  is a non-profit organisation - our aim is to help create better people, better communities, and a better world. People of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds are welcome at Outward Bound.

Check out our video to see what our courses are all about.

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 ensure physical and emotional safety. Supportive relationships and culture.

After Outward Bound my life took a completely different turn. I now believe I can choose and make my own destiny.


The Outward Bound Journey


Outward Bound is not a destination it’s a journey. Like every rewarding journey it’s full of challenges.

The experience of trying new things and being challenged builds confidence, resilience and helps develop new skills and behaviours.

Our research has shown that this has a positive and lasting effect on the lives of our participants.

To help explain this journey we've made a short video - click the play button and have a look! 


Where is Anakiwa?

Outward Bound New Zealand is located at Anakiwa, nestled on the shores of Queen Charlotte Sound at the top of the South Island. We recognise Te Ātiawa as tangata whenua of Anakiwa, and together we value the diverse history of this special location. 

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 (except Navigator, which 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.

What's it really like?

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.

Check out what our past students think about us

Here's a taster of what you can expect:

  • You’ll kick off each day very early in the morning
  • You’ll have maximum 14 participants in your group (watch) of similar age and 2 or 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.
  • You'll be asked to give everything a go - it's worth it!

 Classic Course student Courtney Durr shares her Outward Bound experience.

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