Holiday Programmes

Get away, keep busy during school holidays

Looking for a fun, action-packed challenge in the great outdoors during the holidays for 14 -18 year olds? Hillary Outdoors runs two different holiday programmes with a different focus depending on age and level of challenge required.

The Holiday Action Challenge is a 5-day programme where the emphasis is on teamwork and fun. It is ideally suited to anyone 14-18 years old that is attending a Hillary Outdoors Centre for the first time. The Hillary Leadership Programme is a 7-day more challenging programme, better suited to 16-18 year olds. This is the ideal course for prefects, sports captains, school council members and students entering the workforce as the course uses the outdoors as a medium for exploring leadership theory, skills and related issues. The programme culminates with a double overnight expedition. Either of these programmes meet the requirements for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award Gold Residential programme.

You’ll visit some amazing places, meet new people, and have a great time doing it! With both programmes, you don’t need to be into sport or the outdoors, the main thing you need is a willingness to “have a go”. The programme does involve physical activity each day so a moderate fitness level will help you make the most of the programme.

Have a look at the Activities page to get an idea of what activities you may get to participate in.

Please note that programmes require a minimum number to be able to run. If the scheduled dates don’t suit, get a group together and book your own tailor made course by getting in touch with us.



Hillary Outdoors Duke of Edinburgh_Adventurous Journey

Hillary Outdoors Tongariro

Holiday Action Challenge/Duke of Ed Gold Residential

Dates Centre Cost Per Person (excl. travel) Apply 
6-11 Oct 2019 Tongariro $440  APPLY NOW!
15-20 Dec 2019 Tongariro $440  APPLY NOW!
14-19 April 2020 Tongariro $440 APPLY NOW!
6-10 July 2020 Tongariro $440  APPLY NOW!
5-9 Oct 2020 Tongariro $440  APPLY NOW!

Hillary Leadership Programme

Dates Centre Cost Per Person (excl. travel)  Apply
8-15 Dec 2019 Tongariro $660 APPLY NOW!


Hillary Outdoors Great Barrier Island

Holiday Action Challenge / Duke of Ed Gold Residential

Dates Centre Cost Per Person (excl. travel) Apply
7-11 Oct 2019 GBI $440 APPLY NOW!
20-24 April 2020 GBI $440 APPLY NOW!
6-10 July 2020 GBI $440 APPLY NOW!