Holiday Programmes

Hillary Outdoors is an accredited outdoor provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award offered at both Tongariro and Aotea – Great Barrier Island centres during the school holidays.

Designed for 14 – 18 year old’s and offered at our Tongariro or Great Barrier Island Centres (depending on dates), our school holiday programmes offer fun, action-packed challenges in the great outdoors. Each programme has a different focus depending on student age and level of challenge required and will involve physical activity each day so a moderate fitness level will help you make the most of the programme. But you don’t need to be into sport or the outdoors, the main thing you need is a willingness to “have a go”. 

5-day Holiday Action Challenge

The Holiday Action Challenge is a 5-day programme with an emphasis on building interpersonal skills while having fun. It is for students aged between 14-18 years who are keen to meet new people and try new experiences. Our instructors will work with the students to select activities that meet group and personal goals and to push them to their level of challenge. The groups will progress from doing day trips at the start of the week to doing an overnight expedition at the end of the week as a final challenge.

7-day Hillary Leadership Programme

The Hillary Leadership Programme is a 7-day programme for 16-18 year olds. This programme is great for (but not limited to) student 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. 

These programmes meet the requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award – Gold Residential! Find out more

Find lots more information, including gear lists here: Tongariro Student BookletGreat Barrier Island Student BookletTongariro Accompanying Adult Booklet.