Applications are open now for the March 2021 intake

If you are a passionate talented New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and are 15 to 18 years old, register on the website to kick start your future.

  • Tell us as much as you can about yourself. Make your application stands out from the crowd
  • Write and upload a personal letter of why you should be part of our mentoring programme
  • Provide pictures and/or videos of your work and/or achievements e.g. links to 'YouTube' or presentations you have done. The more information you upload the better for our selectors to review you

The Hyundai NZ Pinnacle Programme has an open ended application process. We view every application but only have one intake of fifteen per year into Stage One. The Pinnacle Programme Manager will contact you via email or phone if you’ve been accepted.

Stage 1 - Self Discovery

Applications are open now for the March 2021 intake

Spirit of Adventure

“You walk off after 10 days with a whole new family, an amazing story to tell the world, and a new found confidence to face whatever life throws your way.” - Lily O’Brien

Spirit of Adventure is a 10 day, once in a lifetime experience on one of New Zealand's most famous sailing ships. With a team of 39 other teens from around the country, you will develop your leadership, self-confidence and quite literally leap, climb, swim and sail straight out of your comfort zone. Spirit gives students the opportunity to take a break from the typical learning environment and gain a unique new skill set that you can only find while lost at sea.

Stage 2 - Personal Development

Applications for the April 2021 intake open in early March 2021

Outward Bound

"Challenge is a funny thing. It’s how you find out who someone really is. It reveals more about a person than any Google search could possibly conjure." - Nathan Limm

We firmly believe that Outward Bound can be summed up in the quote: "struggle and criticism are prerequisites for greatness. That is the law of this universe and no one escapes it" (Richard Williams). Throughout this incredible bonding period with the great outdoors, you struggle. From the 6am run, to the top of your mountainous tramp. Yet you’re still pushing, and your mates are pushing too. That’s the great thing- you struggle together. You struggle towards a common goal. The goal of ‘greatness’. That is what is so special about Outward Bound. Arrive a nervous stranger. Leave a limitless champion.

Stage 3 - Mentoring and Guidance

Applicannts will be invited to apply September 2021 intake in late August 2021

Kai Waho

"Kai Waho is a unique and special place to learn and grow. The knowledgeable and compassionate guidance I received from everyone during my time at kai Waho has blessed me with memories and life lessons that I will treasure for a lifetime." - Kate Cregoe

Kai Waho is a spiritual and educational journey that takes place in the picturesque wilderness of Tamau Pā. A magnificently wild and unique part of Taupo’s eastern rim. Its sub-alpine forest of which is divided by the Ripia River is the perfect setting to revive the mind, body and soul and reflect on one's values, goals and place in the world. It is a place to learn through compassionate guidance about sustainability and the responsibility of being our countries Ngāti Tuwharetoa kaitiaki (caretakers). It is also a place to celebrate and learn about Māori kai (food) hākari (feast), tradition and culture.


Tailor your final six months working with mentors, networks or courses to enhance your talents, work on improvement areas or refine and execute your business plan.


Connect and Mentor

After graduating the programme the opportunity is there for graduates to give back to the programme by inspiring young applicants, mentoring, selecting or being a Pinnacle champion.



As part of the Pinnacle family, you are officially part of a wide network of Pinnacle Alumni – be it graduated Alumni or wider Alumni. As Alumni you will be invited to exclusive networking events, opportunities to connect and tap into inspiring leaders, workshops and resources. The Pinnacle Programme with the support of Hyundai New Zealand are growing New Zealand’s next leaders and you can be part of the journey.

Do you think you have what it takes? Apply for the Pinnacle Programme now!