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Sustainable Tourism Leadership Programme

This programme has been created for professionals currently working in the tourism industry who are looking to increase their knowledge and capabilities in the following four main areas;

  • Sustainability in the tourism industry
  • Eco-tourism fundamentals
  • Adventure tourism fundamentals
  • Leadership in tourism


The Sustainable Tourism Leadership programme is a 14 day ‘travelling’ programme across the South Island of New Zealand. Visiting and actively engaging with a variety of tourism operations and professionals in some of the most iconic locations of New Zealand Tourism. These locations are many and varied and we include visits to famous locations such as the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura. The locations range from the high mountains of the Southern Alps where we visit the alpine parrot species ‘Kea’ to the oceans of the Pacific where we explore the town of Kaikoura and its indigenous tourism industry created around the ‘whales’ that frequent the vibrant marine habitats.

Each of these learning areas target specific topics within the tourism industry and will use a combination of lectures, real time case studies/site visits and outdoor activities to reinforce learnings.


At the forefront in developing workable and sustainable tourism models and behaviours the importance of quality, informed and entpreneurial leadership is fundamental. One could ask ‘if the industry is not led wisely and honestly, can it utlimately be sustainable?’ This is across the spectrum; economically, socially, culturally and environmentally.
During the programme we will explore and analyse a range of core leadership and management models and take participants on a personal journey through a range of key attributes required in developing oneself into an adaptable leader. This includes:

  • Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self Direction
  • Social and Cross Cultural Skills
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Accountability

On retreats, SP will utilise the innovative’ Leadership Development Experience’ (LDEx) framework developed by our team in New Zealand.


  • 8-21 April
  • 13-26 May
  • 12-25 August
  • 9-22 September
  • 11-24 November
  • 2-15 December

(additional dates can be organised on a needs basis)


DAY 1 Arrive Christchurch airport (am) preferably Induction & Canterbury Museum visit
NIGHT 1 Christchurch
DAY 2 Tranz Alpine train To Arthurs Pass Morning: Scenic train journey
Afternoon: Hiking in Arthurs Pass National Park
NIGHT 2 – 4 Arthurs Pass Area
DAY 3 Cave Stream and Castle hill site visits Lectures & case studies
DAY 4 Arthurs Pass National Park Briefing and preparation for LDEx
(Leadership Development Experience)
DAY 5 – 7 Leadership Development Experience (LDEx) Various South Island locations
Night 7 – 9 Greymouth
DAY 8 Greymouth Lectures & case studies & relax day
DAY 9 Paparoa National Park – Punakaiki Site visits & Case Studies;
– Punakaiki, Department of Conservation Park Management
– Voluntourism
– Conservation Volunteers
DAY 10 Westland National Park; Franz Josef Glacier Case Studies; Ngai Tahu Tourism;
Franz Josef Glacier guides, Franz Josef Glacier Hotpools;
NIGHT 10 Franz Josef Glacier
DAY 11 Westland National Park; Franz Josef Glacier Case Study: West Coast Wildlife Centre
NIGHT 11 Greymouth
DAY 12 Hanmer Springs Hanmer Springs hot pools
NIGHT 12 Kaikoura
DAY 12 – 13 Kaikoura Case Study: whale watch Kaikoura
NIGHT 13 Christchurch
DAY 14 Christchurch for lectures and debriefing Fly out/return home


The Leadership Development Experience (LDEx) is a high level professional development programme, 3 days in duration, which sees participants first learning the relevant skills for a wilderness journey and then executing it involving different modes of travel on water and land. By use of LDEx, adventurous activities and workshops, personal outcomes are openly discussed and analysed. This analytical, reflective approach allows participants to ‘make sense’ of their transformation and see where valuable evolutions to their worldview. LDEx is facilitated by qualified outdoor leaders with experience in leadership and team development and includes multiple opportunities for self-reflection and peer feedback.

“It might be the next biggest discovery or the next best way to do things but if you don’t try, you’re not going to know.” – LDEx participant


Contact us to receive a quote
A minimum of 5 participants is required to run the programme.
For a very detailed document on this programme including learning outcomes and curriculum please click here.

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