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Aoraki Bound

Aoraki is the sacred mountain of Ngāi Tahu and the tallest in Aotearoa.

“Ekea kā tiritiri o te moana…
Ascend to the heights of your aspirations”

The place of Aoraki in Ngāi Tahu culture is significant; the mountain is a symbol of our mana (prestige and character) and as a people we look to its lofty heights with respect and for inspiration. Aoraki Bound a 20-day cultural and personal development programme draws on this relationship to help build the leaders of tomorrow.

What is Aoraki Bound?

Aoraki Bound is a 20-day cultural and personal journey, developed and delivered by Outward Bound and Ngāi Tahu. It includes the physical/task-orientated/intense group focus of Outward Bound, as well as the cultural components of Kāi Tahu reo, haka, waiata, kōrero, pōwhiri, wāhi tapu/tohu whenua.

Explore our land and stories, from Anakiwa (near Picton) to Arahura, finishing at the feet of our maunga tupuna, Aoraki.

We welcome applications from those with a genuine desire to learn more about Ngāi Tahutanga, who are open to challenging themselves.

Aoraki Bound documentary

Watch this 30 minute Aoraki Bound documentary and discover more about how this three week journey could change your life.

Join Aoraki Bound

If you are interested in joining Aoraki Bound, or if you have whānau who might benefit from this hīkoi, we would love to hear from you.

To express your interest in Aoraki Bound please follow this link and complete the form.

At this link you will find the course dates, course fees, and the steps to enrolment.

Recruitment for Aoraki Bound begins in August.  So please follow the link above and complete the form.  And our team will be in touch with you in August (via phone or email), to further your enrolment on Aoraki Bound 2019 or Aoraki Bound 2020.

We welcome applications from those who have

  • A genuine desire to learn more about Ngāi Tahutanga
  • A good level of fitness (able to comfortably run 3km in under 25 minutes and walk a full day, on inclined terrain, with a pack)
  • Able to correctly pronounce Māori vowels
  • Able to pass a medical which has been approved by your doctor
  • You must be Smokefree for the entire course, and be confident in the water

Supporting Whānau to attend Aoraki Bound

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Genesis and BNZ, there is some funding available.  Further information on fees can be found via the on-line form, and will be discussed in detail during your Aoraki Bound Enrolment.

You can also keep an eye on our Facebook page for information, competitions and reminders!