For ages 18+ Duration 8 days

Our Insight course is for those with a visual impairment – supported by The Blind Foundation. Participants will spend time discovering themselves and their values, challenging ingrained limitations of what is possible, and form lifelong friendships along the way. 

Our courses are designed to be mentally, emotionally, and physically challenging. Activities occur in all weather conditions and can include off-track tramping, camping outside (sometimes alone), whitewater and sea kayaking, running, sailing, swimming, rock climbing and high-ropes.

This high energy course is perfectly balanced for those looking for physical challenge and those seeking a reflective experience. And you don’t need to be young to attend. Our oldest clients to participate so far have been in their 80’s! 

Participants will be pushed to their limits and challenged in a whole new way. Together with their team they’ll experience a range of adventurous activities developing confidence and courage, in some of the most amazing places in New Zealand. The experience of a life time.

I am now feeling more like the confident person I was before I developed this eye condition. It has made me look at people, especially those with disabilities, in a whole new light.


 The one major point that I took away was that this was not just an 8 day experience. This was an awakening



Bookings & Fees

This course is funded by the Blind Foundation - see below for enquiry details.


Course Information

Applications must be made directly with the Blind Foundation.

Course criteria:

  • 18 years or above at course start
  •  Can participate in a full day's activities; including walking for a full day
  •  Be comfortable in water and getting your head under water. Life jackets are available
  • Can attend without your carer or guide dog. You can bring a personal cane
  • Have experience away from home and can work in a team environment

Course fee: This course is funded by the Blind Foundation. Travel expenses to and from Picton are not included.


To apply or enquire, please email Trent Francis or phone Trent on 09 355 6886.


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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Some of our commonly asked questions answered...

You're responsible for getting yourself to the Picton Interislander ferry terminal by 12.30pm on your course start day.

You'll need to organise your journey to and from Picton but there are plenty of ways to get there - ferry, bus, train or fly. The best choice will depend on where you are traveling from!

You will be dropped back at the terminal by 12.30pm on the last day of your course (except for Professional course participants). For further information check out our Travel Information page here.

Please do not book your travel until you have completed our 3 step enrolment process.

We’ll send you a gear list telling you what you need to bring once your enrolment is confirmed.

Outward Bound provides all specialist gear like tents, sleeping bags, tramping packs, life jackets and helmets, and we even have warm and waterproof clothing to borrow too. We recommend you bring your own hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes that you have broken in prior to the course. This will reduce the risk of blisters and sprained ankles. See your local outdoor store for advice on boot or walking shoe selection. We do have boots available for use at Outward Bound, but you will be much more comfortable if you can bring your own. You can download our Short Courses Gear List or our 8 and 21 Day Courses Gear List.

Outward Bound is the leading outdoor learning and development provider. We aspire to make our programmes as genuinely adventurous as possible in order for participants to gain maximum benefit.

To support this aspiration, we have robust systems of safety and risk management in place. From internal and external safety audits to a dedicated advisory committee, we believe we have the right measures in place to assure the safety of your group.

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