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.

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

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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.

Nature Connection Programmes

Whenua Iti Outdoors, in partnership with local iwi and conservation groups, has developed the Kaimahi for Nature Connection (KFNC) Project which seeks to provide nature connection experiences to as many tamariki & rangatahi in schools, iwi and community groups as possible in the Top of the South, within the Kotahitanga mō te Taiao Alliance regions.

"Courses are highly relevant and well planned, with activities designed with students’ safety in mind. The professional staff and ongoing nature of reflective practices help ensure the courses meet stakeholder needs."

- NZQA External Evaluation Report, 2019

"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

Primary School Programmes

Kaitiaki Kids

The Kaitiaki Kids holiday programme is designed as a stepping stone for intermediate-aged adventurers towards our fully residential (overnight) journey programmes. The Kaitaiki Kids programme incorporates a single overnight adventure…

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11 -12 yr olds
Mix of day-programmes & one overnight
5 days (9am - 3pm) and one overnight (Thurs 15th)
  • Adventure
  • Environment
  • Nature Connection
school kids on outdoor camp

Adventure Camp

A 4 day adventure-based camp package for Primary School students. We have picked out the best combination of adventure activities to maximise the fun learning opportunities for your tamariki. Let…

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Year 4-8 students
Residential Camp
4 days / 3 nights
  • Adventure
  • Environment

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. Please note: WIO has Covid19 safety procedures in place that align…

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

Tailored Programmes – Primary Schools

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 Experiential Learning…

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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 leadership skills. Growing young leaders at Whenua Iti Outdoors centres around a relationship-based kaupapa to…

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Year 8 Students
9.30am - 2.30pm
4 days
  • Adventure
adventure based learning activities as part of experiential learning

Learning Experiences Outside the Classroom (LEOTC)

As a well-established provider of Experiential Learning we offer quality learning in a challenging, yet safe, education setting. Tamariki get to work together as a team, develop their confidence and…

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Years 1 - 8
Day or multi-day programmes
Typically 10am - 2pm during term time
  • Adventure
  • Environment
  • Cultural
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.