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 learn new skills through a wide range of adventure, cultural and environmental activities.

Our LEOTC courses have been specifically designed to align with the New Zealand Curriculum and associated Key Competencies. Each course has been developed in consultation with teachers, and is endorsed by the Ministry of Education (MOE).    

Our experienced educators adjust the level of learning and degree of responsibility given to students for each course. We encourage teachers to work with us in the design process, to provide course learning objectives allowing alignment to be created with classroom and group learning goals.

We ask teachers to accompany students as part of their experience. This not only assists with group management, it ensures learning aligns with classroom teaching and has the benefit of giving teachers the opportunity to build rapport and strengthen their relationships with students in an environment outside of the classroom.

To maximise students learning opportunities an LEOTC course can be built into your school camp. Check out our Primary School Camp page for more information.

Adventure Based Courses

These courses provide your tamariki with the chance to practice personal & group skills in a challenging outdoor setting. Go to Further Resources for full course outlines.

  • Adventure Based Learning (ABL)
  • High Ropes & Trapeze
  • Climbing & Abseiling
  • Caving
  • Beach Skills
  • Coasteering
  • Mini Outdoor Adventurers (Year 1-4 only)

Environmental Courses

These courses provide tamariki with an understanding and appreciation for our unique natural environment, while exploring their responsibilities as kaitiaki of natural resources. Go to Further Resources for full course outlines.

  • Environmental Education – Marine
  • Environmental Education – Land-based
  • Mini Environmental Adventurers (Year 1-4 only)

Cultural Courses

These courses aim to provide students with an understanding and an appreciation for the cultural heritage of Aotearoa, and what it means to be kaitiaki of our cultural heritage. Go to Further Resources for full course outlines.

  • Haka and Mau Rākau workshops
  • Tuia – Aotearoa, Our Heritage, Our Future

Instructors were commonly described as ‘exceptional’ in all of the interviews undertaken for this evaluation.  Stakeholders highly value the instructors for their ability to convey information to learners

– NZQA External Evaluation Report

Further resources

| Primary School Programmes | Download our programme brochure for full course details

| Experiential Learning | Find out more about the philosophy that underpins our programmes

| Outcomes & Activities | view the range of activities and associated learning outcomes

| Safety First | Find out more about our safety policies

| Our Facilities | Check out our site and facilities

| Gear Lists | Go to our Downloads page to find a generic gear list

FAQs | Find answers to most commonly asked questions


Key Components:

  • Adventure
  • Environment
  • Cultural

Open to:

Years 1 - 8


Typically 10am - 2pm during term time


Day or multi-day programmes


On-site and off-site locations depending on the course activity


From $5 – $35 per student with LEOTC subsidy.

Subsidised places are subject to availability. Please enquire early.


Offered during term time.
Complete our Booking Enquiry Form


Subsidised by the Ministry of Education


Qualified Instructors

You're in safe hands. Our friendly & highly professional instructors are all industry qualified for a wide range of activities.


NZQA Qualified and NCEA Aligned

We are NZQA accredited, can offer NCEA Level 1-3 assessments and all programmes align with the NZ Curriculum key competencies.


Safety Accredited

We put safety first. We are a registered provider of Adventure Activities with Worksafe NZ, and are Safety audit certified with OutdoorsMark.

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