Professional development for current and aspiring leaders of all ages and skill levels

Why choose outward bound for professional development?

In Anakiwa, we choose challenge over comfort; commitment over chit chat; outdoor splendor over stuffiness; how to think over what to think. We let you embrace the unknown, look risk in the eye and back yourself to succeed.

We are forging a new generation of leaders with resilience, adaptability, confidence and self awareness that the business world now needs.

Developed and delivered by expert instructors and facilitators, we deliver real changes, in real time, in real situations for application to real business challenges. This is professional learning that lasts a lifetime.

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Real situations with real consequences.

Learn to inspire, empower, coach and collaborate through a series of experiential challenges, with the mountains, bush and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds as your classroom.

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Through integrating the same unique learning outcomes we’ve delivered since 1962 with experts in professional development, students will emerge with the resilience, adaptability, confidence and self awareness needed in an epic leader.

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Your facilitator will help you maximise the impact of your course learnings and assist you in embedding these skills back in your workplace through collaboration with course peers and your Manager.


Our Expert Facilitators

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Greig's style is engaging and highly inspirational. His focus is on participants not just knowing key skills, but solidifying the best attitudes and approaches for high performance.     
Greig is also the lead guide for a 40-day wilderness-based leadership programme, the author of three books on wilderness values and hunting adventures, and writes for NZ Wilderness Magazine and NZ Hunter (as hunter-philosopher!)

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Tania’s areas of expertise include team development and group facilitation, leadership development, individual skills coaching, workplace problem solving, strategic HR consultancy, design and development of HR frameworks, employment relations and change management. She's the cream of the crop when it comes to facilitating goal setting, problem solving and team building. Tania says “a passion area of mine is about helping the different generations in the workplace value each other and work effectively together for more productive outcomes.”

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Vic comes to Outward Bound with extensive experience facilitating leadership, coaching and mentoring workshops. One of his bigger projects has been working with the NZ Police, developing experiential learning experiences and introducing stress management. Vic is a keen sportsman who has impressively competed in Masters Games, Coast to Coast and Coromandel Classic. And he's not showing any signs of slowing down living by the motto, "you age because you stop playing."

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Kathy joined our facilitation team in 2016, she describes the job as a lifelong ambition achieved! Professionally Kathy is a highly qualified executive coach and leadership trainer with over 25 years experience. She owned and operated a successful leadership consultancy company in the Channel Islands for 17 years before selling up and moving back home to Wellington in 2015. Past students have described Kathy as insightful and knowledgeable with a huge sense of fun. Kathy is a keen tramper and loves an adventure especially if it involves travelling to far flung parts of the world. As an ocean rower, she has first hand experience of how physical endurance and building resilience can change your thinking and your life.

Professional courses


For current and aspiring leaders of the business world

Duration 5 days

Learn in our world, how to lead in yours.

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Women in Leadership

For current and aspiring female leaders

Duration 5 days

A high impact professional development programme, specially tailored for current or aspiring female leaders.

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For those seeking clarity and mindfulness

Duration 8 days

Wellbeing takes traditional mindfulness practices and blends them with the classic elements of an Outward Bound experience. This course will leave you more present, relaxed and aware of who you are.

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Custom Design

For organisations developing their needs

Duration to suit your needs

We work in partnership with you to design a programme specific to your business needs.

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