Activities

Flights

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Kayaking

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Stargazing and Astronomy

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Waterfall Walks

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Canoeing

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Coastal Exploration

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Tramping and Trekking

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Accommodation

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Introduction

Kia Ora. Nau mai, haere mai welcome.

Climb aboard the outdoor journey of a lifetime. OutBeyond New Zealand is running another incredible program during the school holidays.

Join our team, a bunch of friendly Kiwis, professional instructors, cultural specialists and outdoor adventurers as we journey through the North Island of New Zealand - Aotearoa.

This 11 day New Zealand North Island Discovery Holiday camp is one of OutBeyond New Zealand’s flagship student leadership programs.

This camp is open to both Australian and New Zealand school students aged between 11 and 17 years old*

During this camp program, participants will undertake 2 key educational elements. The first being an easy but adventurous 3-day paddle and camping expedition (adventurous journey eligible) through a landscape of remote hills and valleys on the magical Whanganui Journey. Experiencing the scenic beauty, history and cultural significance of the winding Whanganui River in the south-west of the North Island.

The second educational element will be an exploration of the country, as students discover the most beautiful and scenic natural wonders of the North Island, experiencing the rivers, lakes and oceans, as well as being immersed in the culture and oral traditions of the Maori (Tangata Whenua).

Supported and backed by our Wellington Office (NZ Team), this program is designed with student wellbeing and welfare as the core focus. Through the outcomes-focused itinerary, students will learn more about themselves and one another, and experience massive character growth!

This camp is Duke of Edinburgh Award Eligible for both the Adventurous Journey and the Residential Project for Individual or groups of students.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is your refund policy?

Our refund policy is detailed in our terms and conditions of booking. Please refer to our Holiday Camp Terms & Conditions for more information.

How will I be able to contact my Child?

Want to get in touch? No problems, just give the assigned program coordinator a call and they will happily pass on any message or put your child/student on the phone. As said above in section 5, campers will have set times in which they can contact you. We do try and limit communication as a way of having our campers build on their independence but we of course are happy to have a plan in place on your advice if needed.

How do I know my child will be safe?

Camper safety and wellbeing is our number one priority. As mentioned above, we work with thousands of Australian school students every year. OutBeyond is an accredited outdoor education and travel provider endorsed by the Australian Federal Government’s Austrade Future Unlimited License to deliver international education experiences to students. Our program locations, venues and activities undergo regular safety and risk assessment prior, during and after the successful delivery of camp. We have taken all reasonable measures to ensure that we adhere to the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic.).

Can my child/student bring their mobile phone?

Yes. We want you to be able to stay in touch with your child/student and enjoy their journey too which is available through our staff on the ground who you will have direct access to via phone. At the end of each day, campers will have 'allocated phone time' which is usually in the evening for no more than half an hour. Phones will be kept safe and stored by OB staff during the day. Students that want to take photos can use the team cameras.

OutBeyond reserves the right to remove phones from campers when it is interfering with camp activities and quality group engagement.

Please note: Parents and Carers will be given the direct contact details of the program coordination staff to contact our friendly team members at any time.

What does my child need to bring?

A full camper equipment list will be provided upon receiving your booking confirmation. The items on the camper equipment list are similar to most other camps that your child/student has attended.

OutBeyond will provide all camping, outdoor and activity equipment such as; Tents, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, safety equipment, etc. Campers are welcome to bring their own personal outdoor/camp/travel equipment, we just ask that is of suitable standard for our outdoor adventures.

Click here to see a "sample camper equipment list".

What kinds of qualifications do your staff have?

We work with thousands of students every year, running school camps for Australian schools. With that responsibility we must adhere to strict guidelines and regulations set by the relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Education, Department of Education, IATA and the Adventure Activity Standards. Minimum staff qualifications are listed below:

  • Teaching Degree (Bachelor of Education)
  • Outdoor Education (Cert 3 in Outdoor Recreation)
  • Wilderness First Aid
  • Working with Children Check and National Police Clearance
  • Minimum 2 years experience in educating children
  • OutBeyond student wellbeing and outdoor leadership certification
  • For a full list of staff qualifications please contact us directly.

What are your staff ratios and supervision policies?

As set by the Department of Education and in conjunction with the AAS guidelines, OutBeyond assumes duty of care for the entirety of the program.

Our staff ratios are maintained at a minimum of 1:7 students to adults.

Students are under constant supervision by our program staff and never left unaccompanied during program activities.

How much personal spending money will my child need?

Unless you want them to bring an expensive souvenir home, not much. Ultimately it’s your choice how much you’d like to give your camper - OutBeyond recommends around $5 - $10 per day.

Can I hear from other parents who have sent their children on your camps?

Yes, of course, search our website for parents feedback, or give us a call and we will gladly put you in touch.

Can I hear from other parents who have sent their children on your camps?

Head over to our volunteer page or book a family adventure with us!

Where will the be staying overnight?

Just like our School Camps, we only use accredited group accommodation facilities that have undergone additional in-house risk assessment by our schools program operational planning team. These centres have dormitory style rooms.

For International Programs (CHINA) we also utilise 4* hotel accommodation where appropriate.

Our accommodation policy is to allocate rooms by gender, manage the proximity between rooms and group students into appropriate age levels.

Are you equipped to handle my child’s medical requirements?

OutBeyond has an inclusive model for all camper medical requirements, however we are limited in some instances in the service we can provide for some high-dependency medical and physical requirements. We do our very best to tailor experiences if needed, a conversation with our Operations staff will be required in these instances. For all medical requirements, you must fully disclose your camper’s medical requirements and provide our team with your medical management plan, medication and any other items we may need in order for our staff to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience.

What are the general ages of other students that attend?

The program allows for students aged between 11 years old and 17 years old to attend. The most common age range is between 13 - 15 years old.

Students that are slightly older, aged 16 - 17 are normally attending our program to complete their Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - which means they have to meet a few set criteria and make the most out of their program to complete their award component.

Parents are encouraged to discuss their child's age and needs with our staff. In some circumstances, students aged 10 years old* may attend, pending their experience with travel, school camps and parent permission and advice.

Can you cater to my child’s dietary needs?

Great question. We are glad you asked. Yes, of course we deal with varied dietary requirements / restrictions and enjoy supporting and providing parents and students with peace of mind. Food is one of the most important factors of camp enjoyment.

Just notify us of the dietary requirements and we will ensure that they are met.

What kind of food will they eat?

We are passionate about healthy eating and positive nutrition for children. We have adopted the principles of the Healthy Eating Association. We believe in food provenance and educating children on where their food comes from. Local produce and eating local has many broader community benefits.

Students will eat 3 meals per day, with plenty of fresh snacks for morning and afternoon tea.

I am from interstate or another country, does my child have to fly from Melbourne for these programs?

Yes, Melbourne Airport is the departing Airport for the camper group. However, please ask our friendly team members if we can accommodate your needs further.

Does my child need vaccinations?

When travelling to third-world countries, vaccinations are a personal choice. We recommend researching the smart traveller Australian Government website when considering vaccinations for your child/students.

Can my child travel first class? What are the transportation arrangements?

Only if you are happy to book out the front of the entire plane so that other students can also travel first class, then the answer is Yes. :)

I am from interstate or another country, does my child have to depart onboard the flight from Melbourne Airport for these programs?

Yes, Melbourne Airport is the departing Airport for the camper group. However, please ask our friendly team members if we can accommodate your needs further.

Does my child need travel insurance?

Yes, travel insurance is a requirement of attending an OutBeyond program Internationally.

We work with our own preferred travel insurance provider which is linked to DFAT and smart traveller.

Our planning team can assist you with your campers personal travel insurance requirements.

Alternatively, some parents opt to use their own preferred supplier of travel insurance.

Can I meet my child in country?

Yes, you can, however only after the program ends. We will arrange a collection point which is typically at the departure airport and of course we cannot allow students to remain unattended at any point if this was to be arranged. Please note that this will not result in a price reduction as the prices are fixed.

What happens if my child/student is overseas on camp, and they get sick?

All OutBeyond programs destinations have 24-hour emergency backup support staff in place, with Doctors and nurses on call to handle any and all medical concerns. We are never too far from medical assistance and remain within 1 hour of definitive care (ie. Under 1 hour from Medical Support) If your camper falls sick, our staff will manage the situation, providing care and support, as well as a call home to inform you of the situation and next steps.

Every team also carries an extensive First Aid and Medical Kit to enable thorough management of medical symptoms that may arise whilst travelling. Leaders all hold Wilderness First Aid Qualifications, and both Leaders and Teachers are trained on the contents of the medical kits and how to deal with sickness while overseas.

Does my child need vaccinations?

No, not for New Zealand, however vaccinations are a personal choice. We recommend researching the Smart Traveller Australian Government website when considering vaccinations for your child/students.

Can I meet my child in New Zealand?

Yes, you can, however only after the program ends. We will arrange a collection point which is typically at the departure airport.

Will my child need a visa?

If you are an Australian Citizen, No. If you are outside Australia, please check with your relevant countries’ authority if you are required to obtain a VISA. To travel between Australia and New Zealand you do need a passport.

How much does it cost?

Our New Zealand Camps are $2,900.00 AUD per camper

Want to book more than 1 place? Special rates are available for group bookings of 6 campers and above. Enquire directly about group discounts

Returning camper? No worries, we've got a special 5% discount for you. Give us a call to redeem your Promo Code.

What is included in the cost of this program?

  1. Return airfares
  2. All food, accommodation and transport for the duration of the trip.
  3. Adventure activities unique to each destination.
  4. These may include hiking, skiing/snowboarding, cycling, rafting, snorkelling, camping, community service and more!
  5. Refer to the Program Itinerary for more information.
  6. Support and guidance in the lead up to departure.
  7. 24-hour emergency backup and support from our Australian-based Operations Team and from local staff overseas, for the duration of the trip.

Do we have a staff member that can speak the local language?

Yes, we speak Kiwi. Fush and Chups!

Itinerary

Itinerary

Arrive in Auckland, Visit the Heart of the City - Arrive in NZ! Day 1

We arrive in Auckland and hit the streets in the heart of the city. There's plenty to see and do right in the heart of Auckland, and students will visit the iconic Queen Street, as their first activity for the camp begins. Introduction into the layout of the CBD grid in preparation for the next few days activities in Auckland.

Harbour Cruise to Mt. Rangitoto and Summit Walk - Hike and Explore! Day 2

Waking up to an authentic Auckland cafe breakfast, absorbing the local food culture, the students will spend the day culturally immersed in this incredible city and the greater Auckland landscape. We’ll be travelling across the emerald waters of the Waitemata Harbour towards the Hauraki Gulf, visiting Rangitoto Island for a summit walk. Upon returning to Auckland, we’ll begin our Amazing Race across the CBD, visiting iconic sites and passing a rugby ball with the locals before finishing the day a top of Mt. Eden, as the sun goes down.

Coastal Exploration and Surf School Lessons - Stand up! Day 3

Traveling to the West coast towards a surf town called Raglan, students will be staying at a wilderness eco-camp, that looks out over the ocean. We’ll spend the afternoon learning to surf in the surf school with friendly, fun and experienced instructors. We’ll finish up and set up our tents for the night, camping out under Mt. Karioi, beneath the stars.

Conservation and Maori Cultural Activities - Local Seafood Day 4

Today we’ll be met by local iwi representatives to learn about the Maori culture of the region. Students will take part in fun, hands on activities as they are given the cultural immersion opportunity of a lifetime. We’ll head down to the estuary and look for kai moana (seafood). If we’re lucky, we’ll be sampling some local seafood. After returning to camp, we’ll pick seasonal vegetables and ingredients from the kitchen-garden to help prepare our evening meal, before reflecting on our day by the campfire, keeping in line with oral traditions learnt earlier in the day.

Explore Underground Cave Systems at Waitomo - Adventures in the Earth! Day 5

We’ll visit an incredible waterfall, learning about the importance of looking after papatuanuku (mother earth) before exploring underground cave systems in Waitomo with trained professionals. We’ll suit up in warm waterproof gear before climbing underground and journeying through the glow-worm lit caves, splashing in shallow waters, and climbing between incredible rock formations. We’ll finish the day at the starting point for our Canoeing journey as participants will repack for the 3-day river expedition of a lifetime.

Expedition Journey Begins – Canoeing Whakahoro to John Coull Hut (1 of 3 days) Day 6

Waking up early and packed, we’ll begin our river journey in Whakahoro – the scenic middle reaches of the river, featuring numerous waterfalls after heavy rain. Past Mangapapa Campsite, we’ll take a long loop around the Kirikiriroa peninsula, pass the Tarepokiore (whirlpool) rapid and then the large overhang known as Tamatea’s Cave. Otaihanga Reach leads you to your overnight stop at John Coull Hut and Campsite.

Canoeing – John Coull Hut to Tīeke Kāinga (2 of 3 days) Day 7

On the second day of our river journey, we’ll follow the river as it meanders through bush-covered hills, passing the mouths of the Tangarakau and Whangamomona rivers where they join the Whanganui. Perched high above the river, Mangawaiiti is where we will stop for lunch. We’ll continue downstream past the Mangapurua Landing, gateway to the Bridge to Nowhere, on our way to Tīeke Kāinga. Here we will learn about the history of Tīeke and the tikanga (protocol) of the marae.

Canoeing – Tīeke Kāinga to Pipiriki (3 of 3 days) Day 8

On the final day, we will pass through the scenic gorge of the Manganui o te Ao River where it enters the Whanganui after its journey from the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. The Ngaporo and Autapu rapids can provide plenty of excitement and perhaps a cool dip on a hot day. we’ll pass through more exotic trees and farmland before finally reaching the end of your journey at Pipiriki village. We will end the night with a dip in the Hot springs in Lake Taupo.

Outdoor Trails and Maori Culture Experience - Authentic NZ! Day 9

Waking up at Lake Taupo, we’ll visit the famous Huka falls lookout trail, where NZ’s longest river, the Waikato, is slammed into a narrow chasm, making a dramatic 11m drop into a surging crystal-blue pool at 220,000 litres per second. Continuing on to Rotorua, we’ll be welcomed by the local iwi into an authentic Maori cultural experience, spending the night on a Marae and eating traditional Maori kai (food) such as a Hangi.

Travel Back to Auckland via Famous Movie Sets - Lord of the Rings? Day 10

After a traditional breakfast in Rotorua, we’ll depart for Auckland - but not before stopping off in Matamata to visit the iconic movie set of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. We’ll go behind the scenes here for a private educational and hands-on experience. After lunch we’ll continue to Auckland, where we will be sharing our final presentation night dinner.

Last Day in Auckland Before Returning Home - Farewell NZ Day 11

We’ll be leaving New Zealand today, but not before we experience some local food and shopping culture one last time. Students will get the opportunity to buy some gifts or souvenirs to take home with them before boarding the plane home at Auckland airport.

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What they say...

The OB team were very accommodating, friendly and welcoming. We felt safe and the activities were awesome! Thanks
Lina
Xu
International Student
Snowboarding was epic fun! The instructors were helpful and patient. They looked out for us and ensured that we were confident to Ski for the day
Alice
Wilson
Year 10 Melbourne Student
Duke of Ed
The flight was shorter than I thought, it was my first trip to New Zealand, and when we approached landing, the views were so memorable.
Mikey
Year 7 Student from Melbourne
It's great theat OutBeyond can help individual students complete their Duke of Ed, some schools struggle to organise the camps, and you guys are an alternative option during the school holidays
Penny
Parent
I really enjoyed the duke of ed camp. The leaders were very friendly and helpful. They let me take on leadership roles within the group, and I got to meet other International students
Elaine
Duke of Ed Students
My daughter really, really enjoyed the camp program. She loved the exploration theme of the camp and can't wait for the next one!
Kelly
Hill
Parent

New Zealand North Island Discovery Camp

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