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Schools and Students

School holiday camps for kids and teenagers in New Zealand

Camps for Primary Schools, Intermediate Schools, Secondary Schools and Composite Schools.

School camps are a traditional part of the fabric of school life in Aotearoa.

School camp is often a rite-of-passage for a lot of schools and some people have a strong feeling around ‘this is the way it’s always done and it’s a rite of passage for our kids and if it’s not done in that way they’re missing out’.

If your kids get bored in the holidays or if you need to work, then have a look at our pick of active overnight holiday camps in Auckland for kids and teenagers. New Zealand has lots of fun school holiday camps on offer where they get to learn lots of new things, make some new friends and they won’t get bored. Choose from surfing, paddle boarding, horse riding and more different types of holiday camps.


SNM's co-design Approach with Schools Camping

We empower teachers to have the knowledge and skills themselves, while SNM support and maximise the experience teachers bring with them. This fresh approach to school camps involves curriculum enrichment, real-world learning and building connections and relationships. There is always a need for external providers to contribute support with expertise and practical knowledge that schools themselves don’t have, but this co-design beats the old-school ‘cookie-cutter’ approach.


Enriched school camp learning

Pre-camp games result in happy campers. By being well prepared for camp, children learn skills they can take beyond that environment.

Educational Camps and School Camps in New Zealand are designed to help both youth and adults master a range of skills such as social interaction, leadership, team work, goal setting, and outdoor techniques, as well as providing a relaxing environment away from hectic day-to-day life.


Powerful learning opportunities

Whether your goals are to develop broad motor skills, social skills and responsibility for the environment or to address specific unit standards for senior students, the facilities and opportunities at Hunua Falls Camp support powerful learning experiences.

Outdoor education forms a key part of the New Zealand Curriculum. Values, key competencies and achievement objectives from specific learning areas, such as Health and Physical Education, can be effectively learned and assessed through well-planned camping experiences.

School camp is one of the most memorable parts of growing up. Getting out of school to experience challenges they never face in daily life will grow your kids' confidence, teamwork, and relationships in ways that just aren't possible inside the classroom. SNM is the perfect place to spend your next school camp. Our experienced staff will help facilitate a camp that will be remembered by your students for years to come.


SNM School Holiday experiences

When you book with SNM, we will help you organise every detail of your next camp. Our bookings team will walk you through the booking process and help create a programme tailored to your school's needs.

With SNM camps for schools, kids are guaranteed an enriching outdoor education experience. Our school camps are ideal for school groups. We provide high quality outdoor education experiences to children from primary through to secondary school age.

Options include single day, overnight and multiple day camps. Support for funding applications also available, please advise at time of enquiry if you would like further information about this.

SNM camps for schools are designed to meet the needs of your group, and we can accommodate all levels of fitness and physical ability. You’ll have a dedicated host for the length of your stay and we can also offer catering, as we believe healthy, wholesome meals are a key part of successful camps for schools.

We know how important it is that your children are in safe hands, so all SNM camps meet the criteria of the OutdoorsMark external audit scheme.


Check out our booking tab, click the book now button or fill an enquiry here.

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Contact team SNM for a bespoke school camp experience from short local one day camps to multi-day further afield multi-modal diverse activity camps.

We come to you and your location. If you have a site in mind, we will set it up. If not, we can help plan everything for you.

The more time we have to plan a school camp the better. Contact us and we will help

Check out the Social Nature Movement website; we obviously have a lot on offer. Plenty of land, water and snow-based activities and adventures including all the classics like tramping, climbing, kayaking and adventure based learning (ABL) with much much more...

Yes, with AdventureMark. You can verify that on their website and the WorkSafe NZ Adventure Activities Register.

Mostly, we select the best staff for the job based on their skills, knolwedge and experiences. They will be an SNM staff member or we will bring in support from equally competent contractors. Sometimes we also bring in (semi)celebrity guests!

They are linked to our audits and safety mangement systems. We often operate on the conservative side of numbers; either reducing group sizes or bringing in extra instructors

This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:


  • Thermal bottom leggings,
  • Underwear,
  • Shorts
  • Pants
  • Swimwear
  • Socks
  • Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
  • Fleece jumper x1
  • Woolen jumper x1
  • Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm beanie
  • Neck warmer / scarf
  • Warm gloves


  • Jandals
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal medication
  • Water bottle,
  • Head torch,
  • Toiletries.
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Backpack to put all of the above in

Because we are staying overnight, should you choose not to be accommodated and fed by us, here is what you will need:


  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Inflatable mattress
  • Tent


  • Cooker
  • Fuel / gas
  • Lighter / matches
  • Pot / frying pan
  • Cutlery
  • Crockery


All of the above is available to rent / hire or buy

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