For Ages 18+ Duration 8 days

Take your independence to the next level with an adapted 8 day Horizons course, adapted for those with intellectual disabilities.

You’ll be placed in a team of 12 others with a range of intellectual disabilities, working together as a team and supporting one another to overcome the week’s challenges.

Horizons has given my daughter such a valuable growth in achievement, self-esteem and belief in her abilities.

Bookings & Fees

15-22 Aug 2022 || 16-23 Feb 2023 || 17-24 May 2023

Please contact Leonie King for more information - see below for contact details.


About the course

Horizons is an adapted course, so whilst you’ll experience all the adventure of an Outward Bound course, there will be more rest breaks and more support available from three Outward Bound instructors and two support workers.

From sailing to high ropes, you’ll try all sorts of new activities, ensuring you return home with the motivation to try out new experiences and test your boundaries.

Horizons is ideal for those aged 18+ with an intellectual disability. Past participants have included those with Down Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, and Williams Syndrome. See our FAQs below for conditions on course participation.

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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


Meet Leonie, OB's Adapted Course 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 step into the Adapted Course Partner role 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.

You can get in touch with Leonie on email: lking@outwardbound.co.nz or phone: (04) 282 1090.



Some of our commonly asked questions answered...

Horizons can cater to people with a range of intellectual disabilities, including some mental health conditions and neurodiversity. It’s best to call us so we can make sure the course is right for you.

All participants should be able to independently manage their personal care and medication. You should be able to communicate clearly and understand safety instructions. Horizons participants must be able to attend without a carer and have experience of spending time away from home.

You will need to be able to take part in a full day of activities, including up to a full day of walking, and be comfortable in and around the water.

The days can be quite busy at Outward Bound as there is a lot to fit in. You will start early each morning with some exercise and a dip in the water before heading off for the day's activities. There will be rest breaks on this course, and life jackets are available at all times if you want one.

The course will be run by 2 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 2 support workers who have completed their own Outward Bound course in the past who are there to help you out. Please be aware that Outward Bound is not a respite care facility.

There is full funding available for Work and Income clients and others eligible for MSD funding - including travel to and from the course.

Funding may be available for those not eligible for MSD or WINZ funding. Get in touch with us to see if you are eligible.

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