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 for your tamariki. The Whenua Iti team will take care of camp logistics, minimising school organisation load and giving teachers more time to connect with students.

Outline of Activities

Set up camp & tackle a series of exciting WIO challenges on site such as flying kiore and trapeze, take part in our fun Adventure Based Learning (ABL) games to test your teamwork, be transported to Kaiteretere for a day of coastal exploration while rock-pooling, building waka and paddleboarding or sit on top kayaking and learn about the rhythms of the moana and tides. Tamariki will also explore local ngahere, with shelter-building and key survival learnings woven into fun activities while learning about the world of Tanemahuta. All activities are facilitated by our experienced team of educators. View Example Programme Schedule.

Experiential Learning

The learning that is possible on a Whenua Iti Outdoors camp sets us apart, we offer access to a range of activities and all of our programmes have an education focus. Through experiential learning, a positive learning environment and challenge, students naturally work towards some or all of the following personal and social development outcomes:

  • Increasing willingness to learn
  • Understanding and assuming personal responsibility
  • Developing believe in self and increasing confidence
  • Developing a positive attitude
  • Recongnising and developing potential
  • Developing resilience sills (coping with challenge and change)
  • Developing positive communication skills

Why Choose Whenua Iti Outdoors?

  • Camps are facilitated by our experienced & qualified outdoor educators, allowing teachers to focus on building relationships with their class and maximising the experience for students.
  • Whenua Iti Outdoors is a registered and Safety Accredited provider. Camp safety and programme planning is taken care of. Find out more on our Safety First page.
  • All specialist equipment provided. If needed we can also offer personal gear to students such as sleeping equipment to remove barriers to students participation.
  • Our beautiful & expansive grounds are perfect for school camps. There are kitchen facilities if you choose to self-cater or let Whenua Iti Outdoors provide food and menus at an extra cost. View Facitilities Page.
  • The adventure-based learning students engage in helps improve self-awareness, confidence, leadership & teamwork which they take home and back into the classroom.

For bookings, please complete our Primary Booking Enquiry Form.

Please note: Whenua Iti Outdoors operates in line with Ministry of Education COVID-19 guidelines. For our full policy, please see our Safety Page, or request a copy via email. The order and type of activities may change due to weather or other safety reasons.  Our educator team will communicate any changes with the teacher in charge.

Teacher  Voice:

“Our students loved their their three-day camp at the end of last year. You have great facilities and staff and these together make it a great, safe but challenging place to take students into the outdoors.”

“The team aspect that is encouraged in each group as they work through the different activities.”

“Students being self reliant, taking on new responsibilities, working as a team and learning new skills.”

Further resources

| 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

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



Key Components:

  • Adventure
  • Environment

Open to:

Year 5 - 8 students


3 days / 2 nights


Residential Camp


Camping at Whenua Iti Outdoors


$312* per participant
*Based on the minimum group size of 24. This rate is for self-catering.
(subsidies may be applied if available)

Food can be supplied* at $70pp
*WIO supplies food and menus, school group prepares and cooks food.


2023 Available during Term 4.

For bookings, please complete our Primary Booking Enquiry Form.



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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