For ages 18-26 Duration 21 days

The Classic course is the original and iconic Outward Bound experience, a perfect balance of adventure and reflection. You’ll take time to consider your personal values and work out what’s important. You’ll find a sense of belonging, leaving Anakiwa with new connections and with a better understanding of yourself and your relationship to the wider world.

Bookings & Fees

'Fully booked' indicates that our waitlists for each course are full

3 Feb 2021 – 23 Feb 2021

$4,435 (incl. GST)

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3 Mar 2021 – 23 Mar 2021

$4,435 (incl. GST)

Fully booked

9 May 2021 – 29 May 2021

$4,349 (incl. GST)

Limited places left

6 Jun 2021 – 26 Jun 2021

$4,349 (incl. GST)

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2 Aug 2021 – 22 Aug 2021

$4,349 (incl. GST)

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30 Aug 2021 – 19 Sep 2021

$4,349 (incl. GST)

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5 Nov 2021 – 25 Nov 2021

$4,349 (incl. GST)

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2 Dec 2021 – 22 Dec 2021

$4,435 (incl. GST)

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6 Jan 2022 – 26 Jan 2022

$4,435 (incl. GST)

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Due to rising costs, prices are increasing by 2% on summer courses effective from 1 May 2019. 



We don't like to give too much away at Outward Bound, in fact we take pride in throwing you a few curve balls! What we can tell you is that over 21 days you'll experience bush expeditions, water challenges, sea voyages and height activities in stunning scenery. You’ll spend your time between the school in Anakiwa, and the bush, mountains and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Reflection sessions will allow you to consider the importance of your actions in these situations and relate the lessons back to your everyday life.

On top of that, you’ll swim, get muddy, laugh, chill, explore, problem solve, and have an all-round epic time with 13 other new friends and your two instructors.







All activities on our courses are designed to build transferable skills and attitudes.

The Classic course focuses on helping young adults build focus and perspective to decide on your future direction, at an age where change and decision making is really starting to come in to play.

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Positive impact on life

Key outcomes of the Classic course are:

  •  New confidence to make fast and effective decisions
  •  Experience of leading and influencing
  •  Increased resilience and determination
  •  A calmer attitude and approach when under pressure
  •  Better relationship-building and communication skills
  •  A collaborative and team-based approach to challenges
  • Appreciation of diversity and the value of others around you
  • A better ability to deal with change



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



Some of our commonly asked questions answered...

We keep you well fed with healthy and delicious food. This includes all meals and snacks.

Make sure you tell us about any dietary requirements when you enrol. If you request a particular diet we ask that you please consume the meals that have been specially prepared for you.

We can cater for vegetarians and vegans, for halal and kosher diets, and for gluten or dairy free diets. We may also be able to accommodate some other restrictions or specific allergies, but not all – for example we can’t do 100% peanut-free (or most other life-threatening allergies), paleo, low-carb, whole-food only diets. As we regularly use wheat flour in our kitchen we are unable to guarantee no traces of gluten. We are also unable to provide facilities for you to cook your own food.

In some cases we will suggest bringing your own snacks for when out on expeditions.

We strongly recommend that you do not start any new diet for your Outward Bound course. We also recommend against any optional diet that restricts your choices or energy intake – a course is busy and physically demanding, not the best time to cut down your fuel options!

The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it! You must be able to comfortably run 3km in under 25 minutes, plus complete a full day's physical activity.

There are varying fitness requirements for these courses:

Discovery/Professional/Leaps and Bounds: Fast walk or run 3km in under 25 minutes

Aspire: Walk a minimum of 2kms and five flights of stairs (walking sticks ok).

Check out our guide to getting fit and healthy for OB.

Depending on which course you choose, your group will be a mix of ages. Your watchmates will come from all over NZ, from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Many find life-long friends at Outward Bound.

There will be up to 14 people in your group and you will have two Outward Bound instructors leading you through the activities. Our watches are mixed gender (unless specified).

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Course Stories

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