Our 60th Celebration - Outward Bound

Our 60th Celebration

News from Anakiwa

On the 1st of September 1962, Governor-General Lord Cobham opened the Outward Bound New Zealand school. 60 years on, we were delighted to share this special milestone with our alumni at our anniversary celebration event in Anakiwa.

On Saturday 24th of September, we invited our alumni back to the school in Anakiwa for a day of reconnection and celebration.

We were thrilled that over 150 alumni and supporters made the journey back to Tōtaranui where over 70,000 people have experienced their very own life-changing Outward Bound course.

The school was open for guided tours to show how we've evolved over sixty years and how we've maintained the quintessential OB experience for those taking part in the present-day.

The day was loaded with nostalgia-inducing activities, a solo-themed lunch (complete with flapjack of course), and lots of story sharing, reminiscing, and reconnecting with Anakiwa where so many of you still hold fond memories to this day.

Celebrations were topped off with a ceremonial birthday cake cutting by Course 1 alumni Forrest McDougall and Marg Robinson who was a member of our first female course in 1973. 

"I would like to thank all the staff of Outward Bound at Anakiwa for a very memorable 60th Anniversary Celebration. It was an honour to cut the cake with Marg. With the courses now including different sections of ability, Outward Bound has encompassed societies and reinforces the words TO SERVE TO STRIVE AND NOT TO YIELD. Once again thank you all. Kindest regards, Forrest McDougall

Our sincere thanks to all who attended and contributed to the wonderful celebration. Here is a video recap from the day: