Primary School Programmes

Whenua Iti Outdoors offers a wide range of programmes that build in elements of adventurous, cultural and environmental learning into each experience. We enjoy working with schools to enhance the learning of their tamariki, incorporating the needs of the group and any classroom goals.

Our vision is to inspire positive change through our experiential learning programmes, using challenging, fun & engaging activities in the outdoors as our platform.

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PLD Training for Schools

Through the local Kahui Ako you are able to book a day of professional learning to improve cultural competency within the classroom. Delivered by our Kaupapa Māori kaiako who will help continue your journey to an understanding of te ao Māori and how to involve these perspectives in your school. Contact your local Kahui Ako to book.

Nature Connection Resources

We have created a page just for kaiako to support the delivery of the nature connection activities in a classroom setting, or for home-schooling. They are packed with helpful tips, extension activities and resources to support classroom learning.
> View Kaiako Resources

2024 PROGRAMME OPTIONS

Whenua Day

For students in Years 5 - 8 this programme builds an intentional connection to the natural world through play, nature-connection activities, exploration and observation based on site at Whenua Iti.

> Email us to book
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MEA & MOA Programmes

Thanks to continued funding from NBS and the Jobs for Nature Fund we are able to run these day programmes in 2023 in Term 3. Limited days are available for group school bookings. Read more about the programmes:

> Mini Environmental Adventure
> Mini Outdoor Adventure

School Camps

The beautiful Whenua Iti grounds make for a great school camp location! With facilities on site for catering, facilitation from our experienced instructors and access to wilderness locations close by we have your school camp sorted!

> Nature Exploration Camp Information

Lots of activities to choose from!

We have a great range of activities on offer that can be built into day programmes, multi-day programmes and even school camps! We provide all the specialist outdoor equipment as well as any personal gear for those that don’t have their own. Read more about our Outcomes & Activities.

Safety First

All the safety and regulatory requirements have been sorted. We are certified as a registered provider of outdoor activities. Read more about how we put Safety First.

Qualified & Experienced Educators

All programmes are delivered by our friendly and professional educators, who are highly trained and experienced facilitators with a passion for designing and delivering worldclass experiential learning programmes. Find out more about the benefits of Experiential Learning.

Facilities & Support

We can take care of group logistics, provide organisational support and even organise food! Or, you can choose to self-cater if you prefer. Find out more about our Our Facilities.

Learn more about how we work together with schools to create unique learning opportunities.

"Thank you so much for pushing me out of my comfort zone and giving me the ability to trust in myself to do the right thing and that it will turn out ok."

- Student

All Primary School Programmes

West Coast Journey

Let your tamariki go on a journey of discovery with our West Coast Journey holiday programme, to explore the outdoors and discover their potential. The West Coast Journey adventure holiday…

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11 - 13 yrs & 14 - 16 yrs
Expedition Format
4 days / 3 nights
  • Adventure
  • Environment

WIO Challenges Day

Spend the day on site at Whenua Iti to take on both individual and team challenges such as the flying kiore, obstacle course or the high ropes! A great day…

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Years 5-8
Day programme
10am - 2pm (or by negotiation)
  • Adventure

Beach Skills Day

Take your students to our local beach for a practical and fun outdoors experience to build their beach safety knowledge, skills and safe practices when heading to the beach. Programme…

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Years 5-8
Day programme
10am - 2pm (or by negotiation)
  • Environment
  • Nature Connection
  • Health & Wellbeing
school kids on outdoor camp

School Exploration Camp

A 3 day nature exploration camp package for Primary School students. We have designed this camp to be full of fun outdoors and nature connection activities to maximise learning opportunities…

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Year 5 - 8 students
Residential Camp
3 days / 2 nights
  • Adventure
  • Environment

Māwhera Adventurers

The Māwhera Adventurers programme is designed for young adventurers and involves 2 days of action, nature immersion and outdoor exploration for tamariki from the Greymouth Region. Whilst exploring, Māwhera adventurers…

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9 - 12 yrs from the Greymouth Region
2 days of day-programmes
2 days (9am - 3pm)
  • Adventure
  • Environment
  • Nature Connection

Kawatiri Adventurers

Tamariki will have the chance to explore the outdoors with experienced instructors from Whenua Iti Outdoors, to build confidence and connect to nature while having fun at different wilderness locations….

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12-14 yr olds
Day programmes
2 days (9am - 3pm)
  • Adventure
  • Environment
  • Nature Connection

Rā Ora Programme (Wellbeing Day)

The Rā Ora (Wellbeing Day) Programme has been created to provide tamariki a fun day of active recreation and outside play, encouraging positive health & wellbeing. Programme Overview Tamariki will…

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Years 4-8
Day programme / Multi day programmes
9.30am - 2.20pm (or by negotiation)
  • Environment
  • Nature Connection
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Cultural

Tamariki Tiaki

Designed to build more meaningful connections to our local environment, the Tamariki Tiaki Programme will extend students’ experiences of the natural world through exploration, discovery, restoration and cultural understanding. Programme…

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Years 5-8
Day programme / Multi day programmes
9.30am - 2pm
  • Environment
  • Nature Connection
  • Health & Wellbeing

Kaitiaki Kids

The Kaitiaki Kids holiday programme is designed as a stepping stone for intermediate-aged adventurers towards our fully residential (overnight) journey programmes. Kaitiaki Kids will explore the natural world around them…

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10 -12 yr olds
Day-programmes
5 days (9am - 3pm)
  • Adventure
  • Environment
  • Nature Connection

MEA – Mini Environmental Adventure

Designed for younger adventurers, the Mini Environmental Adventure Programme will extend student’s experiences of the natural world through exploration, play, asking questions and discussions. Programme Overview Students will go on…

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Years 1-4
Day programme
9.30am - 2pm
  • Environment
  • Nature Connection

MOA – Mini Outdoor Adventure

Designed for younger adventurers, the Mini Outdoor Adventure programme helps to develop student’s self-confidence, resilience and team work skills. Programme Overview Make the outdoors your classroom for the day! Tamariki…

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Years 1-4
Day Programme
9.30am - 2pm
  • Adventure
Chilldren learning swimming survival skills

Co-Designed Programme – Primary

We can create a unique experiential learning programme that will be designed to meet your goals. Get your students out the classroom for an organised, adventurous and engaging programme!  As…

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Year 1 - 8
Day, multi-day or overnight programmes available
To be negotiated
  • Adventure
  • Cultural
  • Environment

Leadership Exploration

This course is for Year 8 students with a focus on developing students’ independence and environmental leadership skills. Growing young leaders at Whenua Iti Outdoors centres around a relationship-based kaupapa…

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Year 8 Students
9.30am - 2.30pm
4 days
  • Adventure
  • Environment
  • Nature Connection
raft building at Kaiteriteri Beach

Go Wild (in Nature!)

The Go Wild programme is designed for our younger adventurers and involves 5 days of action, nature immersion and outdoor exploration. Whilst exploring, Go Wild adventurers will go on a…

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7 - 10 yr olds
A week of day-programmes
5 days (9am - 3pm)
  • Adventure
  • Environment
  • Nature Connection

Junior Journey

Let your tamariki go on a Journey of discovery, to explore the outdoors and discover their potential. The Junior Journey heads to the outdoor sweet spots of our region, designed…

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11 - 13 yr olds
Multi-day adventure
4 days / 3 nights
  • Adventure
  • Environment

Primary School Programmes

Download our programme for full course descriptions for LEOTC programmes, options for school camps & Holiday programmes.

What is Experiential Learning?

Find out a little more about the educational philosophy that underpins the programmes we deliver at Whenua Iti Outdoors.

Want to find out more about a programme or have a question for us? Talk to one of our friendly team - we're happy to help.