For ages 14-15 Duration 7 days

For young people ready for adventure, our Explorer course for 14-15 year olds is the ideal start to life’s great journey. This seven day programme is designed to give you the skills – and friendships – to help you find a clear path for growth.

The feeling of mud on your skin, the cold water on your face, the hot sun on your back, the butterflies in your stomach, will never leave me and will forever be in my memories, with each and every experience helping to make me a better, stronger and more confident human being.

- Nicolas Jarvie



Bookings & Fees

Price and available dates below

22 Apr 2019 – 28 Apr 2019

$2,495 (pp incl GST)

Spaces available

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Our Explorer course is seven days filled with new adventures and outdoor challenges. Activities can include tramping, camping, sea journeys, water challenges, and height activities. Spending your time at the school in Anakiwa, and out amongst the bush, mountains and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. You'll be part of a close knit crew of 13 other eager explorers, and two energetic instructors, all ready for fun and adventure!



Explorer is chance for early teens to experience genuine adventure. 

Key outcomes include:

  • Make friends and have fun
  • Develop self-awareness and self-identity
  • Increase confidence and motivation
  • Experience success as a member of a team and develop team skills
  • Develop an appreciation for the outdoors




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...

Letter writing is a great way to keep in touch during your course.

Your friends and family are welcome to send you letters as well. You can find Outward Bounds Anakiwa postal address here.

We will ask you to hand your mobile phone in at the start of your course so you can make the most of your experience and not get distracted. You can use our phone to make and receive calls in an emergency.

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).

View all our Frequently Asked Questions

Course Stories

Hear from people who completed a similar course
Want to know what Outward Bound is like from a participant’s point of view?

Courtney captured and shared her epic adventure on video.

Watch now on YouTube

Break the Barrier

Whatever your personal barrier, we'll give you all the advice you need to begin your adventure.

Ollie worked on his fitness, diet and lifestyle to get to OB. Find out how.

Rosie raised her course fee through fundraising. Check out her story.

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