For Ages 18+ Duration 8 days

Activate is an adapted course to enable those aged 18+ with a physical disability to experience the challenge and adventure of an Outward Bound course. It is an opportunity to show yourself what you are truly capable of achieving. Break your preconceptions of your physical limitations and test your boundaries.

During your 8 day course you’ll build the confidence to challenge yourself, a philosophy you can then transfer into everyday life. Return home with the courage and determination to achieve whatever goals you set for yourself.

Activate is an adapted course to enable those aged 18+ with a physical disability to experience the challenge and adventure of an Outward Bound course. Past participants have included those with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, arthritis and amputees. See our FAQs below on the conditions for course entry.

I have taken away a stronger belief in my abilities and greater determination to achieve in my chosen career.

Samuel Tate

Bookings & Fees

3-10 February 2022 || Funding is available, please contact us to book this course.


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



Kia ora, I grew up in Upper Hutt, Wellington, swimming in the Hutt River and collecting blackberries. After study in New Zealand, some overseas adventures and raising 3 children, I was lucky enough to find a role with Outward Bound New Zealand. 

I worked in the fundraising team for 2 years before more recently (in what I think is the best job at OB) moving to the role of Adapted Course Manager.

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

You can get in touch with Caroline on email:

or phone (04) 282 1090.

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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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Some of our commonly asked questions answered...

Activate can cater for a range of physical disabilities. It’s best to call us so we can make sure Activate is right for you.

All participants should be able to independently manage their personal care, transfers and medication. You should be able to communicate verbally and have no intellectual disability. Activate participants must be able to attend without a carer and have experience of spending time away from home.

The course will be run by 3 of our expert Outward Bound instructors who are there to make sure the environment is as safe and supportive as possible. There will also be 3 support workers who have completed their own Outward Bound course in the past who are there to help you out.
The other members in your group will become like your family at Outward Bound, you will all be there to support each other through the ups and downs of the course.

There is full funding available for Work and Income clients, which includes travel to and from the course. If you're not a WINZ client, get in touch - we can help you raise your course fee!

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