Parkinsons - UPBEAT

For Ages 18+ Duration 7 days

UPBEAT is a seven day course for people who have early-onset Parkinson's and their partner or carer. This is your opportunity to get outdoors and have your own Outward Bound experience in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and renew your zest for life!

This course is suitable for people with early-onset Parkinsons. To safely and fully participate in the course you must be able to participate in a full day’s activities (with rest breaks), comfortable in water and getting your head underwater (wearing a life jacket), independent in all personal cares and finally able to work well with others in a team environment.

I found the course life changing. Everyone in life has troubles and I now think I am doing OK. I am not disabled and I am still living and able to enjoy myself. On the Outward Bound course I had fun, and with or without Parkinsons having fun is what is important in life.



Bookings & Fees



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: or phone: (04) 282 1090.


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...

You can choose to attend independently or with your partner of carer.

Two Outward Bound instructors will be with your group for the entire course through all activities. Two Parkinson's New Zealand staff members will also be in attendance as support workers.

Yes! Whatever your financial circumstances we can support you to fundraise.

If you’re willing to put in some effort, we’ll be here to back you all the way. Check out our funding page, or call us on 0800 688 927 for more info.

You don't need to be a flash swimmer, but you need to be comfortable in water.

That means getting your head underwater. We have lifejackets available at all times.

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