Travel Information

Outward Bound New Zealand is located at Anakiwa in the Queen Charlotte Sounds at the top of the South Island. We'll meet you at the Interislander Ferry terminal in Picton at the start of your course, and drop you back at the end.

You'll need to organise your journey to and from Picton but there are plenty of ways to get there!

Arrival and Departure

Outward Bound will meet you at the baggage claim area of the Picton Interislander Ferry Terminal on the ground floor. Just look out for the Outward Bound signs and check in with our staff, who will be wearing branded clothing.

If you are delayed call us on 0800 688 927. We will call your next of kin if you do not arrive.

Remember to eat a good sized lunch before your course begins.

On the final day of your course, Outward Bound will drop you off at the Interislander Ferry Terminal for you to make your way home.

Course start time:

12.30pm* at Interislander Ferry Terminal, Picton

*11.30am for Professional courses

Don't stress if your ferry is scheduled to arrive in Picton at 12.30pm - this is perfect!

Course end time:

12.30pm* at Interislander Ferry Terminal, Picton

*3pm for Professional courses

Booking your Travel

By Air:

The closest airports are Blenheim and Picton. Flights to the course must arrive before 12pm (11am for Professional courses) and return flights should depart after 2pm (4pm for Professional courses) to allow time for your connection.

Book your flight to Blenheim with Air New Zealand at, or to Picton with Sounds Air at Marlborough Shuttles (0800 203 027, offers a shuttle service from Blenheim to the ferry terminal. 

By Ferry:

Your ferry to the course must arrive in Picton at 12.30pm at the latest (11.30am for Professional courses) and your return ferry must depart after 1pm (3.30pm for Professional courses). 

Don't stress if your ferry is scheduled to arrive in Picton at 12.30pm - this is perfect!


By Train:

South Island: Your transport to the course must arrive before 12.30pm (11.30am for Professional courses) and your return transport must depart after 12.30pm (3pm for Professional courses) at the end of the course. An overnight stay in Christchurch is usually required if traveling from the West Coast or South of Christchurch.

North Island (to connect with ferry): take a train or bus to Wellington. An overnight stay in Wellington is usually required to arrive at your course on time, or take an overnight bus. Book your bus with or your train with

By Car:

There is no parking available at Outward Bound. If you wish to drive, there is long term parking available close to the Interislander terminal in Picton. More information on parking in Picton can be found on the Marlborough District Council website.

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

Interislander Discount

Use promo code Outward1 in your online ferry booking ( to receive a 10% discount off the best available fare.* Confirmation of your course to be shown on request at check-in. Foot passengers only.

* Promo code may not apply in peak travel seasons. Promo code can only be used when booking on the Interislander website or through the Interislander call centre. The code is not valid for use at travel agencies or i-SITEs. All other Interislander Terms & Conditions still apply.


Discounted Accommodation in Picton

There is a range of accommodation on offer in Picton if you need to overnight there before or after your course.

Tombstone Backpackers

Our friends at Tombstone Backpackers in Picton offer a 10% discount to all OBNZ students when they book direct with them via their website, email or phone – just show proof that you are a course participant when checking in and mention this when making your booking - the discount is applied at check-in.

Tombstone offers a large range of rooms with everything from a self-contained apartment to bunk rooms and prices to suit all budgets. As part of your booking, you'll enjoy breakfast, WIFI, an outdoor spa, bicycles, off street parking and a pickup/dropoff service free of charge.

Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers

Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers offer a 10% discount to all OBNZ students and travelling family members. Simply let them know you're attending an OB course when you book via their website, email or phone.

They have shared dorm rooms and private rooms, all include free WIFI, breakfast and free on-site parking.

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Tombstone Backpackers


Piwaka lodge

Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers

Keeping in touch during your course

Letters are the best way of keeping in touch whilst at Anakiwa:
Outward Bound School
Private Bag 403
Picton 7250

Anakiwa also has a phone number for emergencies:
Call +64 3 520 8290

Please remember you will be unable to keep in phone or email contact during your course.