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The Queenstown region offers an excellent environment for outdoor recreation.

During winter (term three), students can make the most of our alpine setting and learn to ski or snowboard under the guidance of professional instructors at nearby ski areas. In the warmer months, students learn skills in outdoor survival and caring for the environment at our memorable backcountry camps. International students often contribute in leadership roles for our junior camps.

We offer a unique, nationally recognised National Certificate Outdoor Education Programme in Year 12 and 13. Students gain qualifications and experience in snow camping, mountain safety, kayaking, rock-climbing and outdoor first aid. A skills and aptitude assessment is a prerequisite as this is a challenging, life-changing course.

Another unique programme at Wakatipu High School is the New Zealand Alpine Sports Academy. This is a high-level training option for elite athletes in sports and disciplines including; ski racing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tennis. Athletes train during the morning or midday and attend catch-up lessons later in the day. This programme is open to international athletes; note that extra fees may be incurred.

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