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Diploma in Adventure Tourism Management (Lv. 6)

This course is available


Level of Study



21 months

Next start date

Expected Apr 2024


QRC Queenstown


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 skilled workforce capability for this growth sector by being the only provider of Adventure Tourism Management in the southern hemisphere.

By cultivating a world-class learning environment, QRC integrates both practical and 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 theory into practice, create industry connections and prepare themselves for a career in the exciting world of Adventure Tourism.

Pathways to Further Study

Otago University, New Zealand

Bachelor of Commerce – 1 ½ year further study
Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major) – 2 ½ years further study

Thompson Rivers University, Canada

Bachelor of Tourism Management – 2 years further study

International College of Management, Sydney, Australia

Bachelor of Business – 7 months further study
Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) – 7 months further study
Bachelor of Business (Marketing) – 7 months further study
Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) – 7 months further study
Bachelor of Business (International Tourism) – 7 months further study
Bachelor of Event Management – 7 months further study
Bachelor of Hospitality Management – 7 months further study

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.

Career Opportunities

Graduates have the opportunity to work with small businesses through to multi-national 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, eco-tourism, 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.

Entry criteria

To be eligible for entry, applicants must have met the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age at course commencement
  • Completion of NCEA Level 2 (48 Level 2 or above credits across 4 subjects which must contain 8 literacy credits (including 4 reading & 4 writing credits). Numeracy – 10 credits at level 1 or above) or equivalent.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each band and 6.0 in speaking.

Pearsons Test (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score below 42

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