Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Adventurous Journey Section

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award offers young people an amazing opportunity for personal growth and development, gaining life-skills, and creating life-long friendships.

What We Offer

Bigfoot Adventures offer the Adventurous Journey components to Aotearoa New Zealand and International participants! If you are registered for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award within your school or club or other award centre, and are looking for a fun and interactive way of achieving each award, then we can help you.

With sweet new skills and knowledge, you can go straight from the couch to the bush – or kayaking or mountain biking! Bigfoot Adventures can give you the practical know-how to get out and experience the great outdoors. Bigfoot Adventures is the first adventurous journey provider for The Award in Aotearoa New Zealand to offer Mountain Biking as an option to choose from at Silver or Gold award levels.

Take full advantage of our unique and exhilarating experiences to not only develop yourself, but also to meet new mates and tackle whatever life has to throw at you.  Our qualified and experienced outdoor instructors can help guide you down the right track on a journey of discovery and high adventure.

We are Department of Conservation approved, and practice strict Leave No Trace and Sustainability principles. We hold long term concessions to operate across the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand, and can arrange further concessions to run your trip anywhere in Aotearoa New Zealand, at any time!

Department of Conservation Approved

Bronze Award: you will gain an introduction to the great outdoors and build a solid foundation for future adventures.  Learn new skills and test them out in the real world.  Roll up your sleeves and don’t be afraid to get a little muddy! We will take you on adventures to regional parks within Auckland, and further afield to experience all that our native bush has to offer!

Silver Award: Take what you’ve learned at Bronze and push it to the next level.  Experience breath-taking panoramic views, cross streams and if you’re lucky, hang out under the stars! Give Kayaking a go, or go one step further, and have a shot at a Mountain Biking journey! We take our trampers to one of the Hauraki Gulf islands and to the fantastic Kauaeranga Valley, our kayakers to the stunning Mahurangi Harbour and the beautiful and serene Lake Tarawera, and our mountain bikers to Rotorua and Murupara on journeys that will blow your mind and leave you feeling an incredible sense of achievement.

Gold Award: This is the culmination of all your hard work, persistence and dedication.  Take on the role of leadership and responsibility, plan missions and strike out on your own adventure. Go Big or Go Home in this final adventurous journey, to capture and test everything that has lead you to this point! At Gold, you could choose to experience the true Aotearoa New Zealand bush and go wild, anywhere across NZ. You could go mountain biking on a adventure down the West Coast of the South Island, or tramp deep into native bush, testing your route finding and navigational skills on Mt Taranaki – or go crazy and commit to our amazing seven day Kayak adventure that will take you all the way across the Hauraki Gulf in an epic 100km+ paddle, to complete both practice and qualifying all in one go!


If this sounds like a bit of you, keep an eye on the Bigfoot Adventures website and Facebook page for Adventurous Journey dates, happenings and loads of other sweet action!

If you are interested in embarking on this life changing journey Book-now-button

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