Over our 30 years of operation, we have learnt a trick or two about what it takes to run fun, safe and adventurous programmes.

Our training programmes offer teachers, scouts/guides leaders and youth/community workers the opportunity to gain professional development that will maximise the outdoor adventure and education you offer in our communities.

We provide both scheduled training opportunities for individuals to sign up to, as well as group bookings where we can tailor the training to maximise learning outcomes to meet your specific group’s needs.

We have senior staff who are qualified to train and assess people for their NZOIA and Skills Active Outdoor Recreation leader level qualifications in Bush, Kayak, Sea Kayak, Rock and Abseil. In addition we can offer technical or theoretical training in risk management, river crossings and swift water awareness, bush and alpine environments.

We have worked with:
  • Police: Search and rescue
  • Civil Aviation Authority: Accident Investigators
  • Secondary School teachers: Outdoor Education
  • Duke of Edinburgh: Award Leaders
  • Girl Guides: Leaders
  • Waiperira Trust: Youth workers
  • Residential camps: Activity Leaders
  • Clubs: Leaders and volunteers


Each year Adventure Specialties Trust offers internships positions for a lucky few.

Do you want to work with youth in the great outdoors?

Are you passionate about outdoor adventure? 

Have a desire to see young people grow and develop into the best they can be?

Maybe an internship at Adventure Specialties Trust is right for you!
This internship is designed to equip people who are wanting to take their career in the direction of adventure therapy and youth development through outdoor adventure. You will get a National Certificate in Youthwork through Praxis training establishment and lots of practical outdoor training that will head you in the direction of NZOIA and NZQA outdoor leadership awards.

Applications are now closed for our 2021 Internship programme.

Ready for the journey?
Let’s connect and get you started.

The best gift anyone can receive is to believe in themselves and who they are.
Auckland (head office)

Physical: 1/4 Winston Place, Henderson, Waitakere City 

Postal:  PO Box 45152, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland 0651

Phone: 09 837 6033 


Physical: 23 Leeds Street, Phillipstown, Christchurch 8011

Postal:  PO Box 7354, Sydenham, Christchurch 8240 

Phone: 03 348 4547