Climbing Instruction

In New Zealand there are many firms and individuals offering climbing training and instruction, however not all of them are experienced, competent and qualified.

 Important: If you would like to learn to climb, we recommend you receive instruction from an instructor with an appropriate NZOIA qualification.. 

New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Organisation (NZOIA)

The New Zealand Outdoor Instructorís Association was established in 1986,to provide a nationally recognised assessment scheme for outdoor instructors. The scheme is performance based, reflecting the minimum requirements for a person to lead or instruct others in a given environment and situation. Presently NZOIA administers a nationally recognised award scheme for bush, alpine, abseiling,rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, caving, and sailing (through NZYF).

NZOIA provides leadership and support to our members by:


Promoting the highest standards of conduct, safety & instruction


Providing quality information and services in a cost effective way


Strengthening relationships within the wider outdoor community

 Their objectives are to:

bulletRetain and grow a professional membership
bulletPromote and safeguard standards of professional practice
bulletProvide sequential training and assessment for outdoor leaders
bulletRepresent the interests of membership by fostering
relationships within the outdoor community
bulletBe actively involved in the enjoyment and conservation of
our environment

NZOIA also facilitates training opportunities to:

bulletHelp individuals experience the standard for a particular
outdoor activity.
bulletUpdate their skills and knowledge.
bulletEvaluate themselves against the current industry standards.

If you would like more information about NZOIA, visit their web site at:


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