Activate Leaps & Bounds - Outward Bound

Activate Leaps & Bounds

13-16 Years + Parent/Caregiver Duration 8 days

An 8-day course for teens aged 13-16 years (at High School) with a physical disability, and their parent or caregiver. The maximum group of seven pairs will learn about themselves and each other in a supportive environment. You and your teen will develop trust and respect and a more meaningful relationship. Experience working in partnership as part of a wider team.

Bookings & Fees

Sunday 6-Sunday 13 October 2024

Please contact us for more information - see below for contact details.



You'll take on eight days of outdoor adventure together, spending your time at the school in Anakiwa, and out amongst the bush, mountains and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Activities can include camping, sea journeys, water challenges, and height activities.

Not only will you be working with each other, you'll team up alongside up to five other caregiver & teen duos and three expert instructors, all bringing their own mix of stories and personalities!



Leaps & Bounds is the ultimate bonding experience. You'll learn more about each other and your relationship, as you problem-solve and overcome challenges together.

Key outcomes include:

  • Develop an understanding of each other’s strengths and capabilities
  • Gain trust, respect, and a more meaningful connection with each other
  • Experience working in a partnership and as part of a wider team
  • Push your own self-imposed boundaries and support your significant other as they push theirs
  • A better understanding and appreciation for the outdoors.


The course will have three fully qualified instructors and will operate within the standard safety policy of Outward Bound. Student wellbeing is our priority.

Students will have shared accommodation in their watch-house but separate (male/female) bathrooms while in the school.

We require all participants at Outward Bound to complete a medical, which is valid for three months from the date of the doctor visit and must be valid for the duration of the course.



All participants must be:

  • Able to communicate clearly and have no intellectual disability
  • Able to participate in a full day of physical activity with rest breaks
  • Comfortable in and around the water, including having head under – lifejackets available
  • Able to meet general Outward Bound screening guidelines
  • Willing to give things ago 

Disabled participants must

  • Have had at least a 1-year adaptation period since becoming a disabled person

Caregivers/parents must be:

  • Able to walk/run 3km in 30 minutes
  • Able to support the personal care of their teen
  • Willing to fully participate in all aspects of the course

Wheelchair users must be:

  • Using a manual wheelchair (electric wheelchairs are not suitable for a course)
  • Able to transfer from the ground to their wheelchair
  • Be under 85kg

NB: Due to technical equipment requirements, the course can take a maximum of two wheelchair users, two participants using crutches/frames and one participant who is blind or visually impaired. Participants could include those with both congenital and acquired physical disabilities eg. muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, amputations, arthritis.


What you'll need

When you come to Outward Bound, there are items that you will need to bring with you and items that we will supply. As for the things that you need to bring - we encourage you to borrow as many items as you can, or buy second hand!

Check out our course gear list for a full run down and some hot tips on what to bring and what not to.

Gear List


Meet our adapted team

Leonie King (she/her) -  Hoa Kanorau | Diversity & Inclusion Partner 

Kia ora, I have spent my adult life providing opportunities for people to discover their potential through sharing experiences in the outdoors. After study in New Zealand, some overseas adventures and raising three children, I was lucky enough to join the team at Outward Bound New Zealand. 

To me Outward Bound is all about empowering people, allowing individuals to find their own voice, connect with our beautiful environment and connect with others. I love that I can be the starting point for someone’s Outward Bound journey.


Stef Waldon-Gibbons (she/her) - Kaimātai Whakauru | Enrolments Specialist

Kia ora, Being outside in nature is my happy place and have spent most of my life tramping, kayaking, rock climbing and teaching others in the outdoor environment.  I attended an Outward Bound course as a young person and I found the experience defining for me in my direction in life. I was inspired to study and work in various outdoor instructing roles before beginning my role as Kaiako – Outward Bound Instructor in Anakiwa where I worked for over 5 years.

Now in my role as an enrolment specialist for adapted courses, I have the privilege of supporting and empowering people in their journey to attending their own Outward Bound course. Having experienced all sides of the Outward Bound journey, I hope to help individuals feel ready and supported to take up the amazing experience and challenge their course will bring.

Contact Leonie and Stef via

Leonie King


Stef Waldon-Gibbons


Trax seal of approval

Outward Bound New Zealand is proud to display the Trax Seal of Approval - New Zealand’s benchmark of Adaptive Adventure Travel & Inclusive Tourism.

As an approved inclusive operator, we are committed to working with our students to tailor adventures to their abilities. To find out more about the inclusive tourism movement in New Zealand, head to

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