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Adventure New Zealand

Backcountry living skills and outdoor leadership in an international context.

This 6 credit learning opportunity will take you to the South Island of New Zealand for backpacking, sea kayaking, visits to cities, and interaction with local Maori tribes. Join Adventure WV to learn backcountry living skills, outdoor leadership, and immerse yourself in the unique cultures of New Zealand. No outdoor experience required. All technical equipment is provided. Potential participants should note that May in New Zealand is Fall. Much like in WV Fall weather can be unpredictable—sunny, warm, raining, cold, snowing! We will help you pack and plan so you are comfortable…but know this is not a summertime program.

*Please note that Ice Climbing has been removed from the 2018 program even though it is in the video*

2018 Program Application Now Available:

Priority application deadline: February 1st, 2018.  This is a popular program that fills quickly every year!  

2018 Program Dates: May 5-21, 2018 - 6 Credits

Itinerary highlights include:

  • 5-day backpacking trip on New Zealand’s most popular Great Walk – The Routeburn Track
  • 4-days sea kayaking the Abel Tasman National Park
  • Maori cultural program in Motueka
  • Touring Queenstown and Nelson

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2018 Interest Form

Please contact Assistant Director Marion Holmes for more information:
Phone: 304.293.8503 email:

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