Give your school holidays a reboot - and get away, keep busy, have fun!

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

Gear list and more...

Find lots more information including gear lists here: Tongariro Student Booklet, or Aotea-Great Barrier Island Student Booklet.
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Holiday Action Challenge at Tongariro

9-14 January 2022 – Enrolments now closed.

25-30 April 2022

17-22 July 2022

2-7 October 2022

11-16 December 2022

Hillary Leadership at Tongariro

9-16 January 2022 – Enrolments now closed.

11-18 December 2022


  • Holiday Action at Tongariro Per student $805
  • Hillary Leadership at Tongariro Per student $845


Tongariro National Park, New Zealand