New Zealand Instructor Course

Credit: Nick Garrett

New Zealand Instructor Course

Become a wilderness educator with NOLS. The New Zealand Instructor Course will build on the technical outdoor and leadership skills you already have during a 21-day hiking expedition. During the course, you will have opportunities to fine-tune your teaching skills through an in-depth examination of the NOLS curriculum. *Only those with the permanent legal right to work in New Zealand are eligible. 

Learn more about the New Zealand instructor course here.

Applications for the 2019 instructor course are now open

Applications close on June 15, 2019.

First round of offers will be made July 12, 2019.




Stay tuned for upcoming course dates.


All course information at a glance


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Equipment Deposit



23 days

Minimum Age

21 yrs.


Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Letter of Recommendation


Aniseed Valley, New Zealand

Fly in/out

Nelson, New Zealand

Skills learned


Additional Details


A NZ$500 equipment deposit is required to confirm a place once offered, refundable on course completion.


Permanent legal right to work in New Zealand. Current wilderness medicine or remote first aid certification with at least 72 hours of instruction. NOLS NZ will offer wilderness first aid recertification courses and an upgrade course for those with a current PHEC immediately preceding the instructor course. Basic adult CPR certificate with 4 hours of instruction. Minimum age is 21 years.