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DoE Bronze Qualifying Journey

Duration: Two days / one night

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award Bronze Qualifying Adventurous Journey.

An introduction to adventure and discovery in the great outdoors, Bronze level is about working as a team and developing an understanding of expedition preparation and planning.

The final stage in the Bronze level, the qualifying journey is an overnight event. Using the skills and knowledge gained from the Bronze training session and Bronze practice journey, you’ll set off with your team to complete your first expedition. You’re responsible for turning up with the right equipment and the right attitude to complete a challenging overnight tramp. Your Social Nature Movement instructor will be there to support you and offer guidance. But you and your team need to be as independent as possible.

Where necessary, two levels can be on the same journey, provided each participant meets the minimum requirement for the higher Award level. All practice and qualifying journeys at all levels should be on tracks that have not been used for a previous journey.

14+ years old

Pre-requisites:  Bronze Practice

Dates and locations: You choose

Transport mode: Tramp, Kayak, SuP or Packrafting

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze Expedition Section should provide opportunities to:

• Plan and execute an adventurous journey - requiring attention to detail and organisational ability.
• Demonstrate enterprise and imagination – by the group organising their own adventurous journey.
• Work as a member of a team - all adventurous journeys are a group effort.
• Respond to a challenge - either planned or unforeseen.
• Develop self-reliance - through carrying out an unaccompanied adventurous journey.
• Develop leadership skills - members of the group have opportunities to take a leading role during different aspects of the adventurous journey.
• Recognise the needs and strengths of others - all are involved in mutual support to ensure the success of the adventurous  journey.
• Make decisions and accept the consequences – the group makes real decisions affecting their well-being.
• Reflect on personal performance - through reviewing progress during Bronze training and at the end of the Bronze Qualifying Journey.
• Enjoy and appreciate the environment – developing an awareness of the areas visited and issues affecting the environment.

Other Duke of Edinburgh bronze award Adventurous Journeys

Occasionally, a significant expedition or exploration involving extra innovation, creativity and challenge may take place. In such circumstances, the advice and agreement of a Group’s or Unit’s Operating Authority is required to proceed. The only additional stipulation is that all participants must be aged 18 or over. It is also the case that significant Adventurous Journeys - such as scaling a Himalayan peak - would require the advice and assistance, usually at cost, of an external provider such as a reliable expedition company.

Social Nature Movement provides Adventurous Journeys by Tramping, Sea Kayaking, Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding and Packrafting.

If tramping, journeys must be on formed tracks and those tracks should be in-line with the Department of Conservations (DoC) Walking track categories: Bronze = ‘easy’, Silver = ‘ intermediate’, Gold = ‘advanced’. ‘expert’ at SNM's and DoE's discretion.

Examples of Bronze DoE explorations and expeditions

• Exploring the natural world: glaciation, erosion, geology, coastal
studies, river valleys, plant studies, bird studies or animal studies,
insect studies
• Exploring historic land use: prehistoric man, historical periods
• Exploring human impact: visitor pressure in national parks,
pollution monitoring, surveys of numbers of walkers in remote areas
• Carrying out health surveys or health education in remote areas
• Completing a demanding journey by foot, cycle or canoe/ kayak
• Investigating group dynamics in challenging conditions
• Kayaking the entire navigable stretch of a river

• Extensive sail across an ocean
• Climbing an Alpine, Himalayan or other high mountainous peak
• Cycling from one end of a country to another or from coast to coast


How to sign off completed Bronze DoE Adventurous Journeys using ORB

Firstly access the Online Record Book (ORB), here

Then, follow the sign-off information, here


Apply for NCEA credits while doing your Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

BRONZE AWARD - NZQA Unit Standards (US) Level 1
• Wellbeing – 3 credits (496, v.10)
• Generic CV Building – 2 credits (504, v.8)
• Be interviewed for an informal, one to one, face to face interview – 2 credits (1293, v.7)
• Communicating as part of a team with a routine task – 2 credits (3503, v.6)
• Creating a Presentation – 3 credits (5946, v.8)

Check out our booking tab, click the book now button or fill an enquiry here.

Duration: Two days / one night



The qualifying component is up to the participants to plan and lead. The duration will not change, but it is the location, activity and specific itinerary that changes based on what they want to do.

Whenever you want! We just need 4+ participants, then we can go at a date of your choosing!

SNM staff carry cellphones and emergency communication devices where it is often (but not always) possible to connect.

We select the best staff for the job based on their skills, knolwedge and experiences. They will be an SNM staff member or we will bring in support from equally competent contractors. Sometimes we also bring in (semi)celebrity guests!

Yes! It is becoming a popular option. There are pro's and con's to both, but combining them means a longer immersion in nature, half the amount of logistics and you get it over and done with in one go.

SNM offers tramping, sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and packrafting.

Clothing and Equipment list for the Duke of Edinburgh Award


  • Wind and Waterproof Jacket
  • Wind and Waterproof Pants (Autumn/Winter only)
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal (polypropylene) shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper (x1 Summer, x2 Autumn)
  • Alternative insulation jumper x1 (wool, down, synthetic) (add this if Winter)
  • Thermal bottom leggings (polypropylene),
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves


  • Camp shoes (jandals / crocs)
  • Closed-toe footwear (trail runners / boots)
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle (1L+)
  • Head torch
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner (not critical)
  • Sleeping mat (can be hired $15/day)
  • Cooker and fuel (can be hired $10/day)
  • Tent (can be hired $20/day)
  • Matches/lighter
  • Cutlery and crockery
  • Watch (not critical)
  • Knife / multi tool / swiss army knife
  • Walking poles (not critical)
  • Day pack / mission bag
  • Waterproof pack liner (can be a large black rubbish bag)
  • Pack rain cover (not critical)
  • Backpack (50-75L) to put all of the above in
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