OB alumni Harsha Guntakala hitchhiked the length of NZ with 5 others to raise funds for mental health. Together they raised nearly $60k! He shares how OB inspired him to fundraise for this important cause.
Sid's Tribute to Cobham 678
Classic alumni Sid Malhi from Auckland blew us away with her ‘tribute to Cobham 678’ video. If you’ve done a Classic course – this is going to bring back all the feels.
Sadness at the passing of our Patron Sir David Levene
It is with a huge amount of sadness that we share the news that our Patron Sir David Levene has passed away, aged 92.
Inspiring Alumni - Kimberley Wallace
We catch up with alumni Billy Wallace whose life choices have been defined by her 21 day OB journey in 1995. Home for Billy is currently on Macquarie Island where she works for the Australian Antarctic Division as a Survival Training Instructor.
Inspiring Alumni - Arthur Tompkins
Arthur Tompkins clearly doesn’t do things by halves: a district court judge, art crime specialist and eight-time Coast to Coast competitor, it's no surprise that he has also completed three OB courses over 40 years!
PLUS EST EN VOUS – There is more in you
How do you describe what ‘there is more in you’ means to someone who has never heard of Outward Bound? Explaining to family and friends what it means and indeed what an OB course is even about, can be hard. Enter 18 yr old Jacob Gates, Batten 673.
Inspiring Alumni - Tyler and Jim Hireme
For the Hireme whānau of Bay of Plenty, attending Outward Bound is part of their family kaupapa, so much so that koro James has a plaque he hands down to his mokopuna. We talk to James and his grandson Tyler.
Celebrating over 60 years of commitment to OB
Ever wondered who makes sure there are extra socks, boots, thermals and raincoats available to students who don’t own those items? Or who is responsible for all the washing at OB? Or who came up with the ingenious idea for our poo plant?
Adapted Courses Funding Appeal
OBNZ needs to raise $24,809 to be able to run two new courses for disabled young people. The great news is that all donations will be MATCHED thanks to several generous donors. Every dollar you give will be DOUBLED to help disabled young people.
Learning to Lead
Nine years ago Wellington’s Gareth Jeune was scaling cliff faces, traversing ranges and jumping into the cold waters of Tōtaranui / Queen Charlotte Sound on his Outward Bound BETA course.
What makes a great 70th birthday present? An Outward Bound course, of course! Read Bob's first hand account from when he first discovered he was going to OB, to when he completed his 8 days in Anakiwa. Read more
We recently opened the much anticipated Levene Lodge staff accommodation! Named after our patron Sir David Levene and blessed by Te Ātiawa, the lodge has been sustainably designed to house our instructors and have a light footprint. Read more
First year university student Dima Alsheikh recently completed an Outward Bound ‘Southern Cross’ course; her experience was so profound she is passing the baton on to her younger siblings in the hope they too will discover there is 'more in them'. Read more
Our Hiringa schools course has been offered to Year 12 students in the Auckland region since 2013. In 2019, a second Hiringa course was added. Read how these courses have had a positive impact on the lives of these 28 students. Read more
"Being at Outward Bound showed me how happy I can be. I came back more confident and found what I’m capable of." Paige's journey to Outward Bound wasn't easy. But she is now excited about the future and unlocking her potential since completing her course. Read more