About this camp

For a life changing experience with friendly people, a deep cultural history, elite educational links, spectacular scenery and many exciting outdoor adventures – there is so much to see and do with our neighbours to the East! 

The OutBeyond New Zealand South Island Discovery Camp is a journey through the adventure capital of New Zealand, as well as learning about their long and deep history with their country through Maori Culture. Participants will spend days on the world renowned slopes skiing and snowboarding, exploring idyllic the mountain and river networks as well as being immersed in the traditional culture and practices of the Maori people. 

Our program gives student participants a real opportunity to take on responsibility that develops independence through active ownership of their camp experience. It provides them with safe and simulated leadership experiences that are student-led, outcomes focused and teacher-guided. From the very beginning of the program, students will take on key roles and responsibilities that carry through the entire duration of the program, on a role-rotation sequence, facilitated and guided by our highly trained and qualified staff. 

Please note, this program is suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold practice and qualifying journeys.

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Itinerary

Program Planning. Pre-departure workshop Day 0

OutBeyond Facilitators will meet with the student group 4 weeks before the group is booked to travel. This will assist students, parents and staff with planning and preparing for their camp program. It’s also the time when students are given ownership and responsibility of their camp program and meet the OutBeyond staff and teachers who will be travelling with the group.

Fly to NZ - Start Exploring! Day 1

Departing from Melbourne Airport, the group will travel to the adventure capital, Queenstown. The team will use the day to plan and prepare for their upcoming journey, having a light day before they launch into the adventure activities Queenstown is famous for.

Ski the Remarkables Day 2

Less than 1 hour from the centre of Queenstown, The Remarkables Ski fields are among the best in New Zealand for skiers and boarders of any level. Professional instructors for the team and tailored classes will give them the best chance of learning (or progressing) their skills on the slopes.

Ski the Remarkables #2 Day 3

Back at the Remarkables Ski Fields, our team will be building on their skills from the previous day’s mountain experience. Joined again by our professional instructors, the team have the opportunity to move up to a more advanced lesson. Great opportunity for the team to push their new skill even further and help each other improve.

West Coast via Wanaka Day 4

The team will depart Queenstown and head North to Wanaka before turning West to the coast. Winding their way through varying environments like river-cut canyons, snow capped peaks, enormous lakes and finally through the temperate forest to the Western Beaches. This journey highlights how diverse the landscapes and environments are on the South Island.

Whataroa Valley River Exploration Day 5

Whataroa Valley may be easy but the team will quickly see how remote it feels. It is a place they can feel like they are in a Valley that has not been set foot in before. Here is the location for the hit film “Hunt For the Wilderpeople” and is an incredible environment for exploration.

Maori Cultural Immersion Day 6

Maori culture is steeped in tradition and presents a deep understanding and respect of the land they have inhabited generations. The team has an amazing opportunity to immerse themselves, meet with local community and learn some traditional skills.

Climbing Castle Hill Day 7

Exploring Central South Island will see the group enter a totally unique environment. Here they will take part in some team building activities as well as an amazing climbing and abseiling experience. This is a great chance for the team to push themselves and each other, celebrating the improvements together. Stay the night in the foothills of Mt. Hutt for an incredible stargazing opportunity.

Trekking at Lake Tekapo Day 8

Trekking or “Tramping” is a huge part of exploring New Zealand and the Hooker Valley Walk in the Lake Tekapo region will be the team’s next adventure. Working as a team, developing their navigation skills and taking in the surrounding environment is all part of the experience in Lake Tekapo before Free-camping lakeside for the night.

Return to the Adventure Capital - Queenstown Day 9

After a sunrise walk along Lake Pukaki, the team will make their way back to Queenstown for their final night in New Zealand. Once settled in, the team will get their adventure fill with the Downhill Luge Experience at Bob’s Peak. For their final night, the team will have the chance to present and share some of their experiences during their time in New Zealand. A video and photo presentation of Student-captured Content will be on display and shared as a souvenir of their time with OutBeyond.

Goodbye for now, NZ! Day 10

The group will prepare for departure, not before they are given the chance to get one last adventure fill. The Nevis Swing is among the biggest bungy and canyon swings in the whole world and the bravest of the group will have an optional trip out to the site, where they can make the drop made by thousands of willing thrill-seekers each year. Departing Queenstown, the team will catch the evening flight to Melbourne and depart what has been an amazing OutBeyond program.

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New Zealand is the ultimate outdoor playground. Participants will be immersed in traditional culture, history and mix with local students while taking part in the best of the South Island’s adventure activities.

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