Hillary Outdoors Kinloch Development

Hillary Outdoors Kinloch

Education for Sustainability – A Community Initiative

Hillary Outdoors aims to help young people reach their full potential…providing an enormous benefit to themselves and others around them, including their communities. We are now reaching our capacity in both Centres and therefore recognise that in order to grow as an organisation, we need to expand our operations into additional facilities.

In early 2017 we were contacted by the Henry Hall Trust, which wanted to utilise its land in Kinloch to ‘make a difference’ to young people. After careful consideration, the Trust selected Hillary Outdoors to partner in establishing an additional Outdoor Education Centre that would benefit youth, particularly those local to the Taupo region and their communities.

Hillary Outdoors is currently pursuing a resource consent application. We are also in the process of involving the Kinloch community in discussions about its aims in Kinloch and role the organisation plays in the growth and development of young people.

Hillary Outdoors Kinloch

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What Will the Development Entail?

The Kinloch site, located at 261 Kinloch Road, is around 7.4ha and will accommodate up to six dorm rooms, a communal building, a classroom, a utility shed and an entrance waharoa (gateway). The dwellings will be ecologically friendly and fit within the landscape with minimised environmental effects.

The Centre will facilitate up to 75 students and staff during the week, which allows for our longer (2-5 week) programmes to be run alongside our 5-day programmes as well as provide the opportunity to cater for groups to hire part of the facilities during weekends.

In all of our programmes there will be a strong focus on the cultural landscape and sense of community. We aim to be a Centre that the Kinloch community can take pride in being involved with; continuing the values and purpose of Hillary Outdoors for more to enjoy and benefit from for many years to come.

 Key Facts

  • New Outdoor Education proposed for Kinloch
  • Purpose built facilities at 261 Kinloch Road
  • Our goal is to help youth reach their full potential through outdoor education, with particular emphasis on benefiting local community and extending the Hillary Outdoors experience to a wider and younger audience
  • Dwellings will be ecologically friendly and fit within the landscape with minimised environmental effects
  • This Centre will also allow our programmes to focus more on sustainability and environmental education
  • Currently in the planning phase and hoping to receive resource consent in late 2018


The Kinloch site is located at 261 Kinloch Road, as shown on the map below:

Click here to contact us about the Kinloch Centre development