Adventure Tourism

Course Outline

As the iconic Adventure Tourism Industry expands globally, so does the need for skilled and qualified managers. QRC's Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management focuses on the operational and risk elements of running a successful and safe activity.

The key area of learning is focused on what is required to manage a business whose products provide thrills for those participating in an experiential activity. The industry exposure provided to students is unique given the location of Queenstown and the volume of activities in the region.

QRC creates ambassadors and work-force capability for this growth sector by being the only provider for Adventure Tourism Management in the Southern Hemisphere.

Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management

Level: 6
Length: 21 months
Intakes: January, April, July, October

By cultivating a world class learning environment, QRC integrates both the practical and the theory to train the Adventure Tourism leaders of tomorrow. Blending the key aspects of; service quality, operational intelligence, professionalism, cultural intelligence, visitor experience, product development, business development, event planning, risk management and sustainability throughout its papers.

During their paid internship, students put the programme theory into practice, establish connections and prepare themselves for a career in the exciting world of Adventure Tourism.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have the opportunity to work with small businesses through to multinational adventure tourism companies. The Diploma prepares them for the tourism, eco-tourism and adventure tourism sectors. After graduating they can specialise in operations management, marketing, sales, human resources, finance, training, business development and event planning.

On course completion, students will have the skills, knowledge and attitude required to work in a team leadership role, with the potential to advance through to a management role and the knowledge to establish their own business ventures.

I can't think of a better place to learn Adventure Tourism Management then the adventure capital of the world! The teachers are all industry experts, they have so much knowledge and experience to share in the classroom. I chose QRC because it gave me the opportunity to learn about something I am genuinely interested in. The small class sizes mean that teachers can take the time to give each student the attention we need."

Levi Prier (Adventure Tourism Management Diploma)

Paper Title


Year One – Term One

Tourism Fundamentals


Information Technology


Business Research & Communications


Cultural Intelligence


Customer Service Management


Comprehensive First Aid


Tourism Operations


Year One – Term Two

Business Accounting & Analysis




Adventure Tourism & Interpretation


Adventure Tourism & Event Planning


Operation & Risk Management


Industry Placement – minimum 900 hours

Industry Internship


Industry Internship


Year Two – Term Five

Business Development




Consumer Behaviour and Destination Management


Sustainable Tourism Development


Tourism Futures


Year Two – Term Six



Human Resources Management




Managerial Accounting


Sales & Marketing


Capstone - Tourism Strategy Simulation


Programme at a glance

21 Months – QRC Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management
Graduates are awarded the New Zealand Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management (Level 6)

Term 1 & Term 2

Industry Immersion, 
Theory & Practical

Term 3 & Term 4

Paid Industry Training (900 hrs min)

Term 5 & Term 6

Adventure Tourism
& Business Management

Pathways to Further Study

Otago University, New Zealand
Bachelor of Commerce – 2 years further study
Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major) - 2.5 year further study

International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS), Australia
Bachelor of Business Management – 1 year further study
Bachelor of Tourism Management – 1 year further study

Thompson Rivers University (TRU), Canada
Bachelor of Tourism Management - 2 years further study

Course Structure

The Diploma Programme consists of 2 terms (11 weeks each) on Campus, followed by a minimum 900 hour internship, culminating with a final 2 terms on Campus.

The Diploma focuses on ensuring students are competent with industry integrated models of service quality, operational intelligence, professionalism, cultural intelligence, visitor experience, product & business development, event planning, risk management and sustainability.

  • Industry Familiarisation visits. Students will visit leading adventure tourism businesses in the Southern Lakes region
  • The Explorer Programme is designed to unearth an individual's inner strength and leadership potential. The experienced guides lead a selection of challenges in one of the most beautiful and inspiring settings in New Zealand
  • Pre-Hospital Emergency Care

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be granted where your prior study or work experience is considered to be equivalent to all the learning outcomes for a particular QRC paper.