Outward Bound New Zealand is committed to offering our life-changing programmes to all young people, regardless of their ability to contribute to course costs.

We believe in our courses and at Outward Bound we want to make them available to as many people as possible. If the cost of a course is beyond your financial means, you may be eligible for a scholarship.

Ka Mahi Scholarship

Who is eligible for a Ka Mahi Scholarship?

Recipients of the Ka Mahi Scholarship must be aged 18-26 years

Scholarships may be available to anyone who identifies with one or more of the following statements: 

  • I am actively involved in volunteering in my community
  • I have come through one of Outward Bound’s Community Partner organisations
  • I am actively helping in my community and/or championing diversity by working with a minority or disadvantaged group
  • I am experiencing a challenge (e.g. financial, emotional)


About the Ka Mahi Scholarship programme

Ka Mahi! Great Work!

OBNZ’s Ka Mahi Scholarship programme is supported by a variety of individuals, organisations and foundations. The programme makes participation on our Classic course possible for youth who come from less advantaged socio-economic and/or cultural backgrounds and those actively volunteering in their community.

Over the past 60 years, support from our generous donors has provided the opportunity for hundreds of under-resourced youth to realise their full potential. 

A full list of our supporters can be found here.

The programme is guided by the principle that every young person should be able to access the opportunity to experience adventure and challenge, develop character and compassion, and learn leadership skills and service ethics, regardless of financial ability.

Ka Mahi Scholarships are only available for students on 21 day Classic courses.

Which courses receive funding?

The majority of our scholarship funding is available for our 21 day Classic course only.

We have a limited amount of funding available for Mind Body Soul, Masters, and Discovery courses. This funding is allocated on a case by case basis.

Please contact our Enrolments team directly on 0800 688 927 or

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Financial Support

The average amount OBNZ can provide through scholarship support ranges between 20-70% of a full course fee. The funding amount is directly based on the level of need and the motivation to attend demonstrated by the student’s application and our donors’ designations. Our enrolments team determine how much we can offer after reviewing each application on an individual basis.

Fundraising Stories

Danielle's Fundraising Initiative

Danielle's Fundraising Initiative

After receiving a scholarship to attend Outward Bound, Danielle asked her community to help cover the remaining portion of her course fee and travel costs. Through Danielle's initiative and the generosity of her community, she was able to get to Outward Bound. Read more

Here are just a few of our awesome Community Partner organisations:

Have a question? Get in touch with the team!

We know forms and criteria can be confusing. If you have any questions, jump on the phone and give us a call on 0800 688 927. We’re here to help!