At Hillary Outdoors, our number one priority is safety. With safety in mind, we are proud to announce our new partnership with Renault New Zealand!

At Hillary Outdoors, our number one priority is safety. With safety in mind, we are proud to announce our new partnership with Renault New Zealand, a 100% Kiwi owned company who is helping upgrade our fleet to newer vehicles. Renault New Zealand are now proudly our Official Vehicle Partner.

Students about to head out on a learning adventure at Hillary Outdoors Tongariro, thanks to Renault New Zealand for getting them to the mountain safely.
Why Hillary Outdoors chose Renault
Renault Master Minibus

When looking to upgrade our fleet, the Renault Master Minibus stood out for its practicality and levels of comfort. The team at Renault were willing to work with Hillary Outdoors and our somewhat unconventional demands on the vehicles; climbing snowy roads and daily commutes down pothole-filled roads to get thousands of rangatahi to incredible adventure destinations safely! All while carrying loads of gear and towing trailers.

The Master Minibus combines great value for money with high levels of driver and passenger comfort. With 30,000kms service intervals and great fuel efficiency, we have significantly reduced operating costs with the Master Minibus.

With its spacious and practical cabin and its many safety features, the all-new Renault Master Minibus is due to arrive in New Zealand later this year. The 12-seater Master Minibus’ safety equipment includes Electronic Stability Control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Hill Start Assist, Grip X-Tend, driver and passenger front airbags, reverse parking sensors and a reversing camera. Upon its arrival, we intend to add this new model to our fleet.

Hillary Outdoors Tongariro students about to snowshoe in the Tongariro National Park. Photo by Hugo Verhagen.
Renault Koleos

Renault have replaced our Safety vehicle at Hillary Outdoors Tongariro with the 2021 Koleos 4WD. This new SUV provides the power and off-road capability to that we require to ensure the safety of our students, no matter the terrain.

The advanced emergency braking, blind spot warning system, and the 2000kg braked towing capacity of the 2021 Koleos provides the needed safety systems in the event of an emergency.

Renault New Zealand General Manager, Sam Waller, says “Our partnership with Hillary Outdoors is a wonderful chance to support young people throughout New Zealand. We are pleased to help transport students comfortably and safely to their adventure locations in the Master Minibus and with the Koleos as the safety vehicle.”

About our partnership

Hillary Outdoors and Renault New Zealand started to work together in 2019 to increase the safety and reliability of the on-road operation at Hillary Outdoors Tongariro. While working with Renault New Zealand we realised how much they love supporting young New Zealanders.

Through our partnership, Renault have helped Hillary Outdoors to launch the Through My Lens programme. Through the participants’ lens, students explore visual journalism to record, analyse, reflect, and share their outdoor learning journey – that inspires others to get outside, gain lived experience, and learn through adventure.

As part of the nationwide partnership, Renault dealers across New Zealand are proud to support the Hillary Outdoors Adopt A School – Kotahitanga Scholarship Programme. The Kotahitanga Programme is based on the Māori philosophy that we are stronger together and united we can positively empower young people through adventure. Through this support Renault will directly enable young kiwis to go on a Hillary Outdoors adventure, ensuring that finances are not a barrier.

With 1 in 5 children in New Zealand living in poverty, growth and connection through an outdoor education experience that is designed for lasting positive development, can mean the difference between a young person struggling or a young person thriving.

Hillary Campbell, Chief Executive of Hillary Outdoors says “the support that Renault is offering is invaluable, allowing us to transport students across all types of terrain in a safe manner. Renault’s support will also enable more rangatahi to grow through adventure and connect through participation, regardless of their finances or ability.”

Students at Hillary Outdoors Tongariro on a snowshoeing adventure in the recent snow brought on by the polar blast. Photo by Hugo Verhagen.