Discovery Challenge

This popular 2-week adventure is designed specifically for home-schooled students aged 14 – 18 years.

Each year Hillary Outdoors welcomes students on an adventure of learning and discovery! The Discovery Challenge Programme brings together home-schooled students at our island classroom – Aotea Great Barrier Island or alpine classroom – Tongariro. Students work together in teams, discover new passions, adventure in the outdoors, and even gain unit standards if they wish.

Further information regarding the Discovery Challenge Programme is also available below

Tongariro booklet

Aotea Great Barrier booklet

Offered on varying dates each year – check dates on the right for the next Discovery Challenge Programme or contact us for more information.

“Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I’m so grateful for being able to have such an amazing adventure! I am a shy introvert and was so thrilled to have been able to open up and be myself in such a safe environment, challenging myself and helping me to become more confident in myself and others. I’ve learnt so much about this wonderful country we live in and how to work in a team. I’m so thankful for being able to go on such an amazing trip ,it has been one of the best weeks of my life and one I won’t ever forget! Forever grateful.”

– Discovery Challenge student

Since 1972, Hillary Outdoors has worked on the philosophy that all youth, regardless of their finances or ability, should have equal opportunity to enhance their lives through outdoor education.

The Hillary Step Scholarship (HSS) programme helps make that happen for rangatahi and subsequently whānau and hapori by awarding Scholarships to help cover the cost of Hillary Outdoors programmes.

Thanks to our incredible community of Funders, we have overcome financial inequities and empowered thousands of rangatahi from across Aotearoa to have life changing experiences through outdoor and adventure education.

For more information about the Hillary Step Scholarship programme and other funding opportunities, check out our Funding Information Pack for schools, groups, organisations and individuals.

Note: You must have a confirmed booking with Hillary Outdoors to be eligible for a HSS.

Upon enrolling into your programme, our bookings team will communicate directly with you regarding your transport from Auckland Airport to our Aotea Great Barrier Island Centre.

Please note you need to arrange your transport from your current location to and from Auckland Airport.  Our team will handle the rest.

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