Adventure Tourism and Guiding
Level 5

Adventure Tourism and Guiding (Level 5)

  • Fees Free eligible programme

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  • Locations and dates

    Nelson:

    4 February 2020
    1 February 2021
  • Study options

    Full-time and part-time study options available

  • Length

    40 weeks including 6 weeks of study breaks

  • Total credits

    120

  • Fees

    $8,288 plus $240 Student Services Levy

    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

    NZ3766 - New Zealand Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education (Multi-skilled) (Level 5)

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.


Please note: This programme will replace the current Diploma in Adventure Tourism. The second year of this new Diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education will be offered from February 2020 (the first year will run in 2019, and pathway into the second year in 2020). If you are currently enrolled on the Certificate in Adventure Tourism and have yet to enroll on the second year of the current Diploma in Adventure Tourism for 2019, please click here.

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