Otahuhu College Testimonial

“The Hillary Outdoors Centre was an extraordinary experience. It was a first hands-on experience for many of us, and of course without pain there’s no gain. One of the highlights of the week for me was crawling and scrambling through nooks and crannies of a cave with a fresh river running through it. This pushed me because the team couldn’t go on with the trail if I didn’t go through.”


Otahuhu College


Hamilton West Testimonial

“Many of the students overcame personal challenges to meet the camp requirements and the combined efforts of the supportive staff, robust and well-organised programme, and brilliant setting helped achieve this.”

Keith O’Donnell

Deputy Principal

Hamilton West School


Birkenhead College Testimonial

“Hillary Outdoors is one of the highlights of the year for our students and it gives them a valuable opportunity to try new activities, challenge themselves, cement and create new friendships and experience New Zealand beyond Auckland.”

David Alderman

HOD Physical Education

Birkenhead College


Rotorua Boys’ Testimonial

“We were all able to develop our leadership skills further and work through problems as a developing group. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The activities that we did were amongst some of the most challenging and life changing things we have ever done and may ever do!”

Ryan Beamish, Deputy Head Boy

Rotorua Boys’ High School


Whangarei Intermediate School experience

Take a look at what Whangarei Intermediate School got up to during their time at the Great Barrier Island Centre earlier this year…

Whangarei Intermediate School


Massey High School Testimonial

For some of our students this experience was their first trip out of West Auckland, thus making what they did and learned that much more valuable to them…their time with Hillary Outdoors is such a platform for building resilience, gaining new knowledge and setting future goals…For one of our students, a sense of confidence and passion for outdoor education was sparked. She has not stopped talking about her week away, and has started researching the qualifications she can gain over the next few years to pursue a career in Outdoor Education. Prior to his camp, this student had exceptional leadership potential, but was at-risk of not even returning to school next year. She now intends to pursue the academic goals necessary to achieve success as an instructor and inspire others in a similar way. As a teacher it is a fantastic moment when a student finds their potential right before your eyes. We are so grateful to Hillary Outdoors and our funders for allowing opportunities like this to trigger passion for achievement, success and life in our students.

Laura Swan

Gifted and Talented Programme Co-ordinator

Massey High School


Auckland Cricket Testimonial

While being challenged on a physical and mental level, we were put through various team activities which required leadership skills, effective communication and trust from your team mates. This one week presented challenges which forced each individual outside of their comfort zones, while depending on fellow team mates for support. This is particularly important in relation to cricket as we face situations where we experience both good and bad days. The team building skills we have gained over this week will help us support each other through the challenges that we face in every day cricket. We strive for the best as a team, but we also understand that our losses are a learning experience, not only for the individual in question, but also for the team as a whole.
Jeet Raval
Mondiale Auckland Aces and NZ ‘A’ player 2015-16


Chilton Saint James School testimonial

“Another key benefit that we value from Hillary Outdoors is the emphasis they place on environmental awareness and care”

Jude Tungatt
EOTC co-ordinator
Chilton Saint James School


Chilton Saint James School testimonial

“We like the way that students who may not always stand out at school can come into their own in this different environment…The girls definitely learn a lot about themselves and what they are capable of as well as learning more about their peer group. The memories they forge on this trip endure for many years.”

Gemma Lowther
Year 12 form teacher
Chilton Saint James School


Melville High School student testimonial

Overall it was easily the BEST EVER TIME OF MY LIFE! Keelin Tahere, student, Melville High School


Tongariro School testimonial

Over the week the students are at OPC it is amazing to watch the team work develop where students took on chores and supported one another, this was another huge benefit of the students being on the OPC course.Nik Lewis, Year 9 and 10 Dean, Tongariro School, supported by Genesis Energy


Hastings Boys High School testimonial

The students were able to grow in experience and gain valuable leadership skills. They all returned as far better leaders. Without your help this would have been impossible for us to achieve.Graeme Barrett, Deputy Principal, Hastings Boys’ High School, supported by First Light Foundation


James Cook High School student testimonial

It felt like we were strangers when we arrived, but when we left we were like a family

Chanel Tuato, student, James Cook High School, supported by Auckland Council


Royal Road School testimonial

It is not putting it too strongly to say that the experience the children have at this camp is literally life changing The Year 7 children who went last year are showing greatly increased confidence and maturity this year, and the Year 8 students who attended have really been set up for success at High School

Wayne Leighton, Principal,
Royal Road School, Supported by ASB Community Trust


Events testimonials

…because Hillary Outdoors events are designed for effective team work that I have seen all students make strides with their confidence and inter-personal skills.
Nigel Rowland, teacher
Trident High School


Events testimonials

…There are no other events (and I’ve been to many!) which offer a challenge like these do, build team spirit, teach students the value of social responsibility, all the while learning about the incredible environment we are privileged to live in and the importance of taking care of it!… The events are life changing, every student I have taken to an event identifies it as the highlight of their high school years!
Jenny Bloom, teacher
Thames High School


Melville High School student testimonial

We would recommend this trip to anyone because it really is a golden moment of your high school lives. Great Barrier is a memory that is unforgettable in every single way

Alyssa Year, student
Melville High School


Melville High School student testimonial

“…On a personal note, it made me realise that I would like to pursue a career path in outdoor employment, so for me this trip was a huge eye opener for what I would like to achieve in life”
Shy Heu, student
Melville High School


Hillcrest High School testimonial

“We are extremely pleased with the programme and we are thrilled with the personal and educational outcomes that have been generated.  The  returned students underwent  an intensive  five weeks of outdoor activities incorporating coasteering, high rope course, sailing, sea kayaking, tramping, steep creeking, fishing, snorkelling, gardening, yoga, surf kayaking and adventure based learning activities” (and about the students’ presentation at conclusion of programme)…”we were truly impressed by the visual and articulate manner in which they communicated the experience and the impact on their lives”.

Hans Uivel, Teacher in Charge, Hillcrest High School


BMW Group New Zealand

“The OPC Staff were really professional and the 4 day event was extremely well organised. Everyone had a wonderful time”

BMW Group New Zealand