Further Information & FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I register for the Award?

Go to Do the Award and follow the instructions relevant to you.

Where can I see the scheduled events for this year?

Go to the Events Calendar

How do I book onto a Bigfoot Adventures event?

Follow this Website Booking Guide to book and pay for your event online.

Why can’t I see my school’s events?

We need to verify you as a student from that school for you to then be able to see your school specific dates. Until then, you will only be able to see our public event dates.  See the Website Booking Guide  for instructions to create a myBigfoot profile.

What if I get stuck or have questions that are not answered here?

Email the DOE Coordinator at with details of your problem.

How much do the events cost?

Check out the individual Bronze, Silver and Gold pages for the standard prices. For school prices, make sure you have created your profile and been verified, then you can click on the school event to see the price.

Do I have to do the training?

Yes, all the components of the level are compulsory and you need to do the events in this order: Training – Practice Journey – Qualifying Journey

Is the training overnight?

No, the training is held in a classroom setting and you go home at night.

Are the journeys overnight?

Yes, the journeys all involve at least one night of camping. Check out the individual Bronze, Silver and Gold pages for more information.

What food should I bring?

You will learn all about tramping food in your training, and take home a booklet with notes. If you get stuck check out this DOE Nutrition Food Resource for some ideas to help you choose and pack your food.

What equipment do I need to bring?

Have a look at the Duke of Ed Journey Gear list for compulsory gear and other suggestions.

Can I hire gear from you?

Yes, have a look at our Gear Hire List. It is best to hire and pay for your gear hire at the time of booking. If you have already booked but didn’t add gear hire, email the DOE coordinator at with your requirements.

Do you hire tramping boots?

No – but Living Simply in Newmarket does. Here are their details:


Phone: (09) 524 7957

Address: level 1, 255 Broadway, Newmarket (up escalator)

Useful links

Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award website

NZ Mountain Safety Council- tips and tricks

Department of Conservation

First Training- Learn more about first aid and the outdoors