Adventure Tourism and Guiding
Level 5

Adventure Tourism and Guiding (Level 5)

  • We are evolving

    From 2023, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of
    Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. See more here.

  • Locations and dates


    20 February 2023
  • Study options

    Full-time and part-time study options available

  • Length

    40 weeks full-time including 6 weeks of study breaks

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $8,496 plus $240 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    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


Learn adventure tourism in one of the best outdoor playgrounds in the world and have an exciting career guiding throughout New Zealand and overseas.

The diverse wilderness areas of the Top of the South (Te Tau Ihu) and beyond will become your stunning outdoor classroom. NMIT's Nelson's Campus is located just a short distance from three awesome national parks, rivers, ski fields and caves, and are renowned throughout the world by adventurers. 

Working closely with local adventure operators, you will gain the skills and experience to enter and work in the adventure tourism industry.

You will develop your skills in the following disciplines:

  • Whitewater rafting
  • Sea and whitewater kayaking
  • Hiking, tramping & bushwalking
  • Snowboarding or skiing
  • Rock climbing
  • Canyoning

Programme structure

The programme is structured into eight 15-credit courses and is best studied full-time. A part-time block course option is also available. A combination of on-campus classes and overnight trips make up this mostly practical programme.

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

First year

Pathway from the Certificate in Adventure Tourism and Guiding (Level 4)(external link) and complete the Diploma in Adventure Tourism and Guiding (Level 5) in your second year.

If you believe you have the relevant skills and experience to pathway directly into the Level 5 Diploma, please email our Adventure Tourism team directly 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

Build upon the skills gained in your first year and go on to obtain industry tickets in most of the outdoor disciplines taught once you have graduated. You'll have everything you need to be begin your career as a professional Adventure Tourism guide.








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