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Outward Bound



Our regional winners get to experience the awesome 16 – day BETA course, which provides New Zealand’s most promising specialist trade apprentices the opportunity to participate in the life changing experience of an Outward Bound course at Anakiwa in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

This unique experience supports young industry leaders to become self-aware, build confidence and resilience and improve problem solving, communication and teamwork skills. These skills are vital in today's and tomorrow’s competitive training and employment market. 

The course takes all the physical and mental challenge of a traditional Outward Bound course, ensuring that what is learnt on course can be easily applied back on the tools and at home.


Every day is a fun, challenging and valuable adventure with activities including:

  • Coasteering
  • Waka ama
  • Camping
  • Sailing
  • Tramping
  • High ropes
  • Kayaking
  • Rock climbing

Not enough info? Click here to check out the Outward Bound Brochure, or watch the video below from the 2021 Outward Bound Experience! 



 Apprentice of the Year winners at Outward Bound


Hamish Ward

Attended June 2016

"Physically the biggest challenge was the kayaking, as I'm not particularly fond of being stuck under water. Mentally it was working with all different sorts of people at different stages of their lives and careers. It gave me a bit of a wake up call as to how I was treating some people and to be more inclusive going forward. Yes, OB affected my career pathway.


Beforehand I was solely focused on my career, giving not much though to how my drive was affecting wife/friends etc, so afterwards have been thinking a lot more about how to manage my time better to get the most out of life. Lasting memories; sailing. I sailed a lot as a child, and hadn't done it in years. I forgot how much I enjoyed the crew aspect of sailing. I enjoyed the being an integral part of a team on the boat.


I suppose one thing from OB in regards to community and the work life balance etc, is that my wife and I chose to move out of CHCH to a rural community, as you just don't get that community type of feel in cities. We wanted to be part of something bigger than ourselves, and now I give back to the community as I volunteer in the local fire brigade."



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Principal Partner Carters

Event Partner BCITO