About ExpedNZ

ExpedNZ is the international division of Whenua Iti Outdoors, a New Zealand based not-for-profit education organisation with over 35 years of experience delivering impactful experiential education programs in the outdoors.

ExpedNZ is founded on the belief that experiential learning best prepares students for our changing world, weaving culture, adventure and nature connection experiences throughout carefully designed programs that result in lasting personal growth.

Are you looking to connect your students with an authentic and immersive experiential learning experience, that will connect them with nature and forever enhance their world view? 

Our Team

Meet the friendly team of educators, office staff and management behind the experiential education programs at ExpedNZ.

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Whenua Iti Foundation

100% of revenue from ExpedNZ programs is given to the Whenua Iti Foundation. Find out why it was established and how the money is used for good in our community.

> meet our board

Our Partners

At ExpedNZ we partner with like-minded education-focused organisations from around the globe and believe in building lasting relationships.

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Our Approach

We design meaningful experiential education programs using the diverse and inspiring wilderness of Aotearoa New Zealand as a platform for personal growth.

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Find out more about what to expect on an ExpedNZ program by watching our video.

Our Story

Whenua Iti Outdoors was founded by Hazel Nash, with the first course running in 1985. Hazel had a vision to operate outdoor programmes that would support holistic learning in the local community. She gifted her "little piece of land" which became the site of Whenua Iti, where we still are today. Although the programmes we deliver have changed over the years, the kaupapa (purpose) which was first established remains at the core of all we do.

ExpedNZ is launched

After 35 years of experience in delivering meaningful experiential education programs within New Zealand, and with growing interest from overseas groups, ExpedNZ was conceptualised in 2016. We saw the potential for overseas groups to experience and connect with our unique cultural & natural environments and share their learning across the globe. After all, we are global citizens and all share this world together. There is a Māori proverb that we often use to express this sentiment:

He waka eke noa - We are all in this together.

A chance to give back

100% of profit generated by ExpedNZ programs goes back to the community through the Whenua Iti Foundation. The foundation has been established to support wellbeing in our youth through access to adventure-based learning programs delivered by our parent not-for-profit organisation, Whenua Iti Outdoors.

Mihi (Greeting)

A mihi is a traditional Māori way to greet, acknowledge, pay tribute and give thanks.  It offers the opportunity to express heritage (or whakapapa), which links to the environment, to place and to people.

Ngā Mihi Mahana

Ko Tū-Ao-Wharepapa te maunga rangatira
Ko Pukeone te puke whakaruruhau
Ko Motueka te awa whakahirahira
Ko Riuwaka te puna waiora
Ko Te Tai Aorere te moana
Ko Ngāti Rārua me Te Atiawa ngā iwi mana whenua
Ko Te Āwhina te marae
Ko Moutere te whenua
Ko Whenua Iti te wānanga
Ko Hazel Nash te kaiwhakau

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Warm Greetings

Mt Arthur is the esteemed mountain
Mt Campbell is the hill that shelters
Motueka is the special, important river
Riuwaka is the spring of healing waters
Tasman Bay is the sea
Ngāti Rārua and Te Atiawa are the iwi of this land
Te Āwhina is the meeting house
Moutere is the land
Whenua Iti is the place of learning
Hazel Nash is the founder

Greetings and acknowledgements to you all.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

Our Programs

Our programs are carefully designed to weave culture, adventure and nature connection experiences that result in lasting personal growth. Find out more about the programs we have available.

Sustainable & Ethical

At ExpedNZ we strive towards a sustainable & ethical approach to all facets of the organisation. Find out ways to offset your carbon footprint while on a journey with us.