Adventurous Journey

For Adventurous Journeys in NZ you are on the right page - if you want to do your Journey overseas then please go here

For NZ trips we have a list of tramps that meet DOEHA time/distance requirements to help you plan your journey.

Download PDF of NZ routes 2014 update (590kb) The contents of the list changes from time to time so please check the latest version on here before planning your trip.

IF A TRAMP IS ON THE LIST IT DOES NOT MEAN WE GUARRANTEE THE STATE OF THE TRACK, YOU MUST MAKE YOUR OWN ENQUIRIES AND CHECKS TO ASCERTAIN THE CURRENT TRACK CONDITIONS.

If you are planning a cycle trip you may find the National Cycle Trail website handy

The Programme

The aim of this Section is to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.

This Section focuses on your development as an individual and the way you work as part of a group, not just overcoming the physical demands of the venture.

Ventures are done with a purpose and undertaken on foot, by cycle, on horseback, in canoes or boats without motorised assistance.

Your Adventurous Journey Section should provide you with opportunities to:

  • demonstrate enterprise
  • work as a member of a team
  • respond to a challenge
  • develop self-reliance
  • develop leadership skills
  • recognise the needs and strengths of others
  • make decisions and accept the consequences
  • plan and execute a task
  • reflect on a personal performance
  • enjoy and appreciate the outdoors

There are three types of qualifying venture

  • Expedition - an outdoor journey with a purpose
  • Exploration - still outdoors but involving some research or exploration rather than just a point to point journey
  • Other Adventurous Projects (Gold only) - where the challenge is outside the bounds of either of the other two types

The process

  1. Training - all participants need to cover the preliminary training no matter what the venture is
  2. Practice Journey - all participants need to undertake the appropriate number of practice journeys
  3. Qualifying Journey - the qualifying venture. See the table below for requirements

Requirements

There are between 4 - 7 participants for each venture plus an assessor/shadow party.

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Duration

2 days 1 night

3 days 2 nights

4 days 3 nights

Planned activity

minimum 6 hours daily

minimum 7 hours daily

minimum 8 hours daily

Suggested Minimum Distances

for a group of average fitness on moderate terrain

Walking

20  km

40 km

65 km

Cycling

120km sealed roads
80km unsealed roads

210km sealed roads
140km unsealed roads

330km sealed roads
220km unsealed roads

Horseriding

50km

100km

160km

Rowing
Canoeing

at least 4 hours daily

at least 5 hours daily

at least 6 hours daily

Sailing

12 hours planned
activity over the 2 days

21 hours planned
activity over the 3 days

32 hours planned
activity over the 4 days

Please also refer to The Award Handbook, the Exploration Guide and the Adventurous Journey Training Manuals.

Have a look at a list of possible Adventurous Journeys around New Zealand  (Please note that for Gold Qualifying expeditions you still need to apply for an approval number even if you are doing an expedition from this list).

 

 

Completing a Qualifying Expedition in New Zealand

If you are doing your Award in another country but are interested in completing your qualifying expedition here in New Zealand you need to know the following information:

  • June - September is the New Zealand winter - it gets cold! You may encounter snow, swollen rivers or avalanches.
  • We ask that you participate in and complete Gold level expedition training and practice journeys before doing a qualifying journey here in New Zealand - even if you have already completed them in your own country. The New Zealand geography and climate is different to other countries and has little respect for those who are unprepared.
  • The Award Programme in New Zealand does not organise Adventurous Journey groups. However it may be possible for us to link you up with an Award Unit that may be able to help you depending on which part of New Zealand you are wanting to explore.

Check out our Adventurous Journey Guide (pdf 319kb) for overseas visitors

See also the list of accredited outdoor providers

 

For further information please contact us:

E-mail: info@dofehillary.org.nz
Phone: +64 04 568 4091

The following websites will give you some basic information about New Zealand weather, expedition supplies, tracks etc.

Please view the below link and document for details on outdoor incidents and reporting:
National Incident Database

Incident Severity Scale (96kb pfd)

NID Outdoor Education Recreation Incident Report Form (71kb MS Word)


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