Applications are now open for the next selection in March 2022.

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 Hyundai NZ Pinnacle Programme has an open-ended application process. We view every application but only have one intake of up to twenty per year into Stage One. The Pinnacle Programme Manager will contact you via email or phone if you’ve been shortlisted, successful or unsuccessful.

Stage 1 - Self Discovery

Spirit of Adventure

"I don't regret doing the Spirit of Adventure. I walked on being shy and reserved. I walked off feeling empowered and inspired." - Ondre Hapuku-Lambert

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 at sea.

Stage 2 - Personal Development

Outward Bound

"Outward Bound was an unexpectedly transformative experience. It simultaneously humbles you, fatigues you, challenges you, builds you up, inspires and empowers you. I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity and my time there, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone, regardless of their circumstances." - Ben Mollison

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

Kai Waho

“Kai Waho was an enlightening experience where we truly got to discover who we are and the person we aspire to be. The insightful guidance from our mentors, enriched within the unique and nourishing environment, allowed us to take a moment to pause and reflect on our journey, to then further refine the person we aspire to be.“ - Georgia Brooks

Kai Waho is a spiritual and educational journey that takes place in the picturesque wilderness of Tamau Pā. A magnificently wild landscape east of lake Taupo. 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 caring for the environment. A Kai Waho whakatauki (proverb) Manākitia te whenua, Mana koe e manaki. Look after the land it will look after you.


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

"The Pinnacle family is a community of inspiring people working on making our impact on New Zealand and the world. The supportive environment and enthusiasm from everyone creates an incredible place to learn and grow together." - Jenni Palmer

After graduating from 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.



"I am extremely grateful for being part of the Pinnacle alumni because I have the opportunity to give back to the programme, which helped my career excel". - Elijah Taylor

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!