Adventure Tourism and Guiding
Level 5

Adventure Tourism and Guiding (Level 5)

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  • Locations and dates


    31 January 2022
  • Study options

    Full-time and part-time study options available

  • Length

    40 weeks full-time including 6 weeks of study breaks

  • Total credits


  • Fees


    Compulsory Student Services Fee also applies ($240 for fulltime students).
    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection. View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Can you see yourself guiding visitors in adventure activities in New Zealand's beautiful wilderness?

With this programme, you’ll work closely with adventure operators to gain experience in the adventure tourism industry.

As an Adventure Tourism student, you will call the diverse wilderness areas of the Top of the South (and sometimes beyond) your classroom.

NMIT has conveniently located a short distance from three awesome National Parks (Kahurangi, Abel Tasman, and Nelson Lakes). While there are a number of classes on campus, you will also often be out and about hiking, rafting, rock climbing, sea-kayaking, skiing, snowboarding or canyoning.

Programme structure

The programme is structured into 15-credit courses that can be studied full time (part-time in block courses). A combination of on-campus classes and overnight trips are required.

We get started early in the year, to make the most of the summer weather! Our courses are applied and practical in nature. You can expect at least 80% of your learning to take place in the outdoors.

First year

To complete this Diploma, most of our students pathway from the Certificate in Adventure Tourism and Guiding - click here to apply for your first year of study on the Certificate, and then you can pathway onto the Diploma in your second year.

If you believe you have the relevant skills and experience to pathway directly into the Diploma, please email our Adventure Tourism team directly by to discuss your options. Please note that entry directly onto this programme will require you to present evidence demonstrating you have the skills and knowledge that correspond to the learning in the Certificate programme.

Second year

This 120 credit Diploma is the second year of study for most students. Building upon the skills you gain in your first year, graduates from this Diploma can obtain industry tickets in most disciplines, for a career as a professional Adventure Tourism guide.

Key information for students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements Learn more

Minimum age: 16 years Applicants under 20 years of age: - A minimum of 48 credits NCEA at level 2 across 4 subjects (at least 12 credits in one subject), or - New Zealand Certificate in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 4), or - Demonstrated equivalent skills and knowledge. Applicants aged 20 years or above: No academic qualifications are required. Evidence to support an applicant's ability to successfully undertake the programme with a reasonable likelihood of success may be requested. All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those applicants whose first language is not English should have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall Academic score of at least 5.5 (with at least 5.0 in each band) issued within the last two years, or a qualification considered to be equivalent to the above. For details regarding equivalence and internationally recognised English proficiency outcomes, refer to the NZQA Table of Internationally Recognised English Proficiency Outcomes for International Students. Other requirements: - Applicants submit a CV and attend an interview with the Coordinating Tutor - Advanced technical skills - as listed within technical skills marking schedules for certificate - Applicants are required to supply two referee reports that attest to their suitability for study on the programme. The following criteria are examples of desirable attributes: - Genuine interest in people and the tourism industry - Commitment to service - Openness to and an interest in other cultures - The ability to communicate freely - Applicants are required to sign a declaration as to whether they have any convictions against the Law (apart from minor traffic convictions). On a case to case basis applicants might be asked to give permission for a police check. - In order to comply with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children's Act, 2014 and Child Protection

Detailed requirements
More information about entry to this qualification

Duration Learn more

1 Year

Tuition fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees Learn more $8,368 $8,368
Government tuition subsidy Learn more $11,461 $11,461
TOTAL Learn more $19,829 $19,829
Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information Learn more StudyLink

Student success Learn more

Successful course completions 70%

National Graduate Outcomes Learn more

3 years after completion
Median earnings Learn more $33,036
Earnings range Learn more $23,830 - $41,054
In employment Learn more 61%
In further study Learn more 32%
On a benefit Learn more 3%

Note: All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Learn more about Key Information for Students








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