For Ages 27+ Duration 8 days

Discovery is the short, sharp Outward Bound experience for ages 27+. Take this unique opportunity to step away from work, technology and family commitments, and work on rediscovering yourself and your values.

It’s very easy to limit yourself for a whole bunch of reasons, as you get older. I was surprised that after 8 short but tough days, I had an experience that is now ingrained within my decision-making processes.

Outward Bound reminded me to use each moment productively, do things that matter and are positive, and keep asking the question about what matters to you and the community. In other words don’t stop growing – keep pushing yourself in a healthy way.



Bookings & Fees

We are currently unable to take bookings from people living outside of New Zealand until further notice. 

2 Mar 2022 – 9 Mar 2022

$2,850 (incl. GST)

Limited places left

15 Mar 2022 – 22 Mar 2022

$2,850 (incl. GST)

Spaces available

10 May 2022 – 17 May 2022

$2,850 (incl. GST)

Spaces available

23 May 2022 – 30 May 2022

$2,850 (incl. GST)

Spaces available

5 Nov 2022 – 12 Nov 2022

$2,850 (incl. GST)

Spaces available

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This compact course is high energy with little downtime but still perfectly balanced for those looking for physical challenge and seeking a reflective experience. Like a condensed version of our 21 day course, Discovery will challenge any self imposed limitations of your capabilities through a series of outdoor and personal reflection challenges. Over the eight day programme, you'll take on bush, water and height activities, utilising the bush, mountains and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds.







Key outcomes of the Discovery course are:

  • Revitalize and re-energize in the great outdoors
  • Take time away from the pressures of work, family and technology to de-stress and refresh
  • Revisit and reflect on yourself and your values
  • Challenge your self imposed limitations and push yourself beyond what you thought possible
  • Focus on your goals and return home prepared to tackle them

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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...

If you're looking for the complete Outward Bound experience, our 21 day Masters course is the one for you.

Many of our 8 day participants leave wishing they had more time at Anakiwa. Find out more about the Masters course.

We understand it can be difficult to balance your commitments with a course. Try involving and engaging your employer in your Outward Bound programme. Explain what you'll get out of it and how your effectiveness at work should also improve.

For inspiration on how to manage taking time out of work, watch David's story.

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.

No, you don't need to have any experience of outdoor activities or spending time outdoors.

You simply need to be willing to give the activities a go. The more you get involved, the more you will get out of your course.

View all our Frequently Asked Questions

Course Stories

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Want to know what the Discovery course is like from a participant’s point of view?

James wanted to spend time reflecting on himself and what’s important to him - building his own destiny.

Read James' story

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