Adventure, our Specialty

Welcome to the International Adventure Leadership School IALS offers one of the most unique ways to truly experience and enjoy all that New Zealand has to offer. IALS exists as an arm of the Pure Exploration Adventure Guide Training Program, and is dedicated to being a learning centre for those who are seeking professional development in the outdoors. Our goal is to provide a space for those seeking continuing education in the outdoor industry to have a place to explore their passions, sharpen their skills, and in turn teach others who are excited by and interested in the outdoors. All of this instruction happens under the guidance of our experienced program leaders and alongside passionate and knowledgeable peers. Visit our About Us page to read more about who we are and all that we offer.

Adventure is Our Specialty, and the Outdoors is Our Playground. Check out all our options for exploration, learning, and kiwi experiences in the South Island. Please contact us with any questions or for more information so we can make your experience as memorable and exciting as possible!
We are an educational institution based in Queenstown, New Zealand dedicated to exploration, safety, and adventure.

Activities & Expeditions

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Expedition Learning Center

Our unique expedition centre is nestled at the base of the Remarkables range along the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

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Queenstown Tours

If you’re visiting the South Island, make time to check out beautiful Queenstown!

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Full Day Rock Climbing Queenstown

Previous climbing experience not necessary!

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Routeburn Track Day Hike

The Routeburn Track is one of New Zealand's nine 'Great Walks', which have been set apart from others due to their incredible scenery.

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Half Day Rock Climbing Queenstown

Previous climbing experience not necessary!

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Rob Roy Glacier Hike

Our tour begins by taking us along the Crown Range Alpine Road, the highest main road in all of New Zealand at 1,121 meters, offering impressive views of the lowlands below and toward Central Otago.

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Remarkables Ridge Day Hike

Come see beautiful Lake Wakatipu from above at the top of the Remarkables range!


Multi-Day Experience

Are you interested in pursuing more than one day of guided tours in and around Queenstown?

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Custom Tours

Faculty-led tours, school groups, academic interest group or special interest groups - we aim to provide safe, professional and friendly serviced tours with plenty of local knowledge.


Full Day Rock Climbing Wanaka

Previous climbing experience not necessary!

Pre-Hospital Emergency Care

Taught through Peak Safety LTD. 

Swift Water Rescue Course

The Swift Water Rescue (SWR) course is a brief but effective course designed to equip you to understand basic principles of river safety and rescue.

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Avalanche Awareness Course

The Avalanche Awareness course is a brief introductory course to avalanche awareness, safety, and emergency management principles.

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Industry Training Courses

We offer select courses for those looking to develop a specific skills set, or for those looking to feel more equipped in the outdoors.


Specialty Training Courses

We offer courses for those looking to develop specific skills in the outdoors.

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Intro to Rock Climbing

Interested in learning to rock climb, but never known where to start?

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Transition to Lead Climbing

Ready to take the next step in your climbing career and learn to lead climb?

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Introduction to Bushcraft

This course is designed to give you the essential skills to navigate the New Zealand wilderness safely (as well as backcountry all over the world!).

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Introduction to Essential Skills

This course is designed to give you a primer in basic skills to navigate the New Zealand wilderness safely.

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