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New Zealand Adventure
Queenstown, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design Best Fit Majors: Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Adventure, Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 6 Faculty Leader: Coy Belknap, Greg Corio
Program Description:


New Zealand Adventure
NZThe mountains, forests and coast of NZ are perfect for facilitating a 6 credit learning opportunity focused on leadership and skills acquisition in the context of adventure programming.  Adventure programming is a growing industry, one that is branching out in both application and populations served.  WVU has seen a growth in the application of adventure programming throughout the past decade.  Various programs and departments across the institution utilize and/or instruct adventure activities.  With the growth of this industry comes an increased student interest, both in the participant role, as well as that of professional practitioner.  New Zealand serves as an ideal site.  The country is a leader in the industry of adventure.  In scholarship as well as practice, New Zealand has contributed much to the field of adventure programming.

Adventure New Zealand is designed to meet students on both interest levels, that of participant, as well as aspiring instructor.  This 6 credit course will provide a theoretical and applied study of wilderness leadership in an international context.  Participants will study relevant leadership theory, critical wilderness skills, and international programming concepts.  The program will culminate in a student led “final” in which the instructors step back to observe the students put their new knowledge and skills to the test.


City: Queenstown

Country: New Zealand

Population: 28,224

Information: Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shore of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. The surrounding Central Otago region is known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards, and for adventure sports. In winter, there's backcountry skiing and the country’s highest vertical drops. Summer brings paragliding, mountain biking and bungee-jumping (Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge is among the sport's original sites).

Places of Interest:
Milford Sound
Lake Wakatipu
Skippers Canyon


RPTR 255 - Adventure New Zealand - 6 credits



Greg Corio and Coy Belknap



Total program cost: $4,900
* Includes: 6 WVU Course Credits
* Round Trip Airfare
* Lodging and Transportation
* Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance
* Programmatic Activities and Excursions


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

Useful Links:
How to Apply for a US Passport

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/05/2018 05/21/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.