What your course fee covers

Outward Bound New Zealand is a social profit organisation. Our courses foster resilience, compassion, service and self-awareness in individuals with the aim to realise our vision of Better People, Better Communities, Better World. A registered charity, our courses are run at cost, not profit.

So what exactly does your course fee cover?

  • All meals and snacks, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options for all students
  • Two highly trained instructors whose competence is verified in all areas of course delivery: whitewater kayaking, sailing, driving launches, rock climbing, high ropes, bush, first aid, facilitating group processes
  • Transport – water taxi, passenger trucks, launches
  • Accommodation – our main base provides bunkhouse accommodation for 154 students and we have three satellite camps located around the Marlborough region
  • Equipment – Sailing cutters, kayaks, waka ama, tents, packs, sleeping bags, clothing, wetsuits, safety equipment including helmets, life jackets, booties, harnesses, ropes, rescue equipment for specialised activities
  • Curriculum resources, quality assurance programme and our programme evaluation system
  • Maintenance of all our delivery buildings
  • Compliance & Insurance – all our activities involve risk management. As an outdoor education and commercial food / accommodation provider we are required to meet rigorous compliance responsibilities. Similarly insurance and liability cover are part of our overheads
  • Pre-course and on-course support – personal and medical screening, onsite medical advice, course reflection materials


Many of our courses are subsidised by the Outward Bound Trust Foundation which is made possible by generous New Zealanders who support OBNZ. Every full-fee paying student ensures that these funds can be better utilised for young New Zealanders who do not have the means to fund their own course.

Key Contributors

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  • The Sutherland Self Help Trust icon
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  • Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust icon
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Business Partners

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