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DoE Silver Qualifying Journey

Duration: Three days / two nights

Armed with the DofE knowledge and skills you gained from your Bronze Duke of Ed award, Silver pushes your adventurous spirit further by encouraging discovery that deepens the connection to yourself, your teammates, and the great outdoors.

The final Duke of Edinburgh stage in the Silver award, the qualifying journey is a three-day, two-night adventure in New Zealand. This DoE expedition is your chance to step it up and show that you can survive and thrive in New Zealand’s great outdoors. So, using everything you’ve learnt so far with Duke of Ed, you and your team will lead the way as you explore a different New Zealand region. From the get-go, it will be up to you to steer this adventurous journey of discovery. Your Social Nature Movement instructor will be there to offer guidance. But this adventurous journey should be as student-led as possible.

Welcome to the final part of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey section and congratulations on completing the Bronze level! Now that you have fundamental DoE knowledge, skills and experiences in the New Zealand outdoors, SNM will help you take the next step in preparing for full outdoor independence. Push it to the next level with us by building on DoE learning developed during The Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze Adventurous Journey with all new challenges and novel NZ places to explore. Plan your next DoE adventurous journey so it is unforgettable! Participants at Silver level are well on their way to achieving with another adventure just waiting around their corner with Social Nature Movement.

15+ years old

Pre-requisites:  Silver Practice

Dates and locations: You choose

Transport mode: Kayak, SuP or Packrafting extra $100

The Silver DofE Expedition Section should provide opportunities to:

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

Other Silver DoE Adventurous Journeys

Occasionally, a significant silver 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 Silver DofE 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

Where necessary, two DoE 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 DoE levels should be on tracks that have not been used for a previous journey.

How to sign off completed Silver DofE 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 Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award

SILVER AWARD - NZQA Unit Standards Level 2
• Produce a personal targeted CV – 2 credits (4252, v.8)
• Manage own learning in a programme – 3 credits (7118, v.6)
• Apply a problem-solving method – 3 credits (7123, v.7)
• Communicate in a team or group – 3 credits (9677, v.10)
• Complete a work experience placement – 3 credits (10780, v.5)
• Participate in an informal meeting – 3 credits (10791, v.5)

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

Duration: Three days / two nights



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!

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.

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!

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


  • Compass
  • 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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