Outdoor Education School Camps in New Zealand provide immersive experiences for students, blending adventure, nature, and education. Set amidst the country’s breathtaking landscapes, these camps offer activities like hiking, kayaking, and cultural learning. Students develop teamwork, resilience, and environmental stewardship while creating lasting memories. These camps foster personal growth, leadership skills, and a deep appreciation for New Zealand’s natural beauty
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School holiday camps for kids and teenagers in New Zealand
Better outdoor providers in the Auckland region providing 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’.
Auckland School Camp Health and Safety
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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 campground support with expertise and practical knowledge that schools themselves don’t have, but this co-design beats the old-academy ‘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.
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.
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 department's needs.
With SNM camps for schools, kids are guaranteed an enriching outdoor education experience. Our school camps are ideal for faculty groups. We provide high quality outdoor education experiences to children from primary through to secondary schooling 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.
School Camp venues NZ
School camp venues in New Zealand offer a wide range of options for educational and adventurous camping ground experiences. From pristine forests and lakes to breathtaking mountains and coastlines, these venues provide a stunning backdrop for students to engage in outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, and rock climbing. These school camp venues often have well-equipped facilities, including accommodation, food, toilets, showers and cooking facilities, ensuring a comfortable stay. With knowledgeable instructors and guides, students can learn about New Zealand's unique flora, fauna, and indigenous culture. These venues create memorable experiences that promote personal growth, teamwork, and a deeper connection with nature.
School Camp locations NZ
School camp locations in New Zealand offer diverse and picturesque settings for immersive learning experiences. From the lush rainforests of the West Coast to the stunning lakes of the South Island and the geothermal wonders of the North Island, the country's landscapes provide ample opportunities for outdoor education. School camp locations like Tongariro National Park, Abel Tasman National Park, and Queenstown offer a range of activities such as tramping, water sports, and adventure challenges. With their unique natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, these encampment locations not only facilitate personal development and teamwork but also foster a deep appreciation for New Zealand's natural wonders.
School Camp providers NZ
School camp providers in New Zealand offer comprehensive services to facilitate engaging and educational experiences for students. These providers specialize in designing and organizing school camps, ensuring safety, logistics, and curriculum alignment. School camp providers offer a range of programs tailored to different age groups and learning objectives, incorporating activities such as outdoor adventures, environmental education, and team-building exercises. Social Nature Movement has established reputations for their expertise and commitment to quality outdoor education. By partnering with school camp providers, institutes can provide students with transformative camp experiences that promote personal growth, resilience, and lifelong learning.
School Camp activities NZ
School camp activities in New Zealand encompass a wide array of thrilling and educational experiences. Students can partake in outdoor adventures like hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and camping, taking advantage of the country's stunning landscapes. School camp activities include cultural activities offering insights into Maori traditions, including performances, weaving, and traditional cooking. Environmental education activities focus on sustainability, conservation, and exploring unique ecosystems. Team-building challenges foster cooperation, leadership, and problem-solving skills through schooled camp activities. Adventure activities such as ziplining, bungee jumping, and white-water rafting provide exhilarating experiences. These diverse school camp activities not only promote physical fitness but also encourage personal development, environmental awareness, and a lifelong love for outdoor pursuits because everyone loves a good campfire.
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Outdoor Education School Camps examples
Year 7 Camp
Year 7 School Camps in New Zealand provide an exciting and enriching experience for students transitioning into intermediate school. These camps aim to build resilience, teamwork, and independence. Students participate in a range of activities such as outdoor adventures, team challenges, and environmental education. They may explore scenic locations like national parks, coastal areas, or cultural sites, engaging in activities like hiking, kayaking, and learning about indigenous culture. Year 7 School Camps create a supportive environment for students to develop new friendships, discover their strengths, and gain confidence in navigating the challenges of adolescence, all while enjoying the beauty of New Zealand's natural and cultural heritage.
Year 8 Camp
Year 8 School Camps in New Zealand offer transformative experiences for students as they near the end of their primary school journey. These camps focus on personal growth, leadership development, and fostering strong interpersonal skills. Students engage in adventurous activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and team-building challenges. Cultural immersion may include learning about Maori traditions, arts, and language. Environmental education fosters an appreciation for sustainability and conservation. Year 8 School Camps provide a supportive environment for students to build resilience, independence, and self-confidence, preparing them for the transition to secondary school while creating lifelong memories and friendships.
Year 9 Camp
Year 9 School Camps in New Zealand offer a pivotal experience for students entering their first year of secondary school. These camps focus on personal development, team building, and expanding horizons. Students engage in challenging outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and high ropes courses, fostering resilience and teamwork. Cultural immersion may involve learning about the diverse cultural heritage of New Zealand, including Maori and Pacific Island cultures. Year 9 School Camps also provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, self-confidence, and a sense of responsibility. These camps serve as a bridge between primary and secondary school, fostering growth, independence, and a smooth transition to the next academic phase.
Year 10 Camp
Year 10 School Camps in New Zealand offer students a valuable opportunity for personal growth, leadership development, and academic exploration. These camps often focus on building resilience, problem-solving skills, and fostering independence. Students engage in challenging outdoor activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and water sports. Academic components may include field studies, scientific experiments, or cultural studies. Year 10 School Camps aim to broaden students' horizons, deepen their understanding of subjects, and cultivate a sense of adventure. By providing a supportive environment for self-discovery and learning, these camps prepare students for the rigors of senior secondary education while creating lasting memories and friendships.
Year 11 Camp
Year 11 School Camps in New Zealand offer students an enriching experience as they progress through their secondary education. These camps focus on personal development, academic growth, and career exploration. Students engage in outdoor activities that promote teamwork, problem-solving, and resilience. Academic components may include subject-specific workshops, hands-on experiments, or career-focused sessions. Year 11 School Camps aim to enhance students' skills, knowledge, and confidence, preparing them for the challenges of senior secondary years and future pathways. These camps provide a supportive environment for students to explore their interests, develop essential skills, and make informed decisions about their academic and career aspirations.
Year 12 Camp
Year 12 School Camps in New Zealand offer a valuable opportunity for students to deepen their academic pursuits, personal growth, and career exploration. These camps often focus on subject-specific workshops, research projects, and industry visits to provide real-world experiences and practical knowledge. Students engage in activities that promote critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership. Year 12 School Camps aim to enhance students' understanding of their chosen subjects, develop essential skills for higher education, and inspire career aspirations. These camps provide a supportive environment for students to explore their passions, gain confidence, and make informed decisions about their future academic and professional pathways.
Year 13 Camp
Year 13 School Camps in New Zealand serve as a culmination of secondary education, providing students with opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and preparation for future endeavors. These camps often focus on career exploration, university readiness, and community engagement. Students engage in activities such as internships, workshops, and community service projects to deepen their understanding of their desired fields and foster social responsibility. Year 13 School Camps aim to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to navigate their transition into higher education or the workforce. These camps provide a supportive environment for students to reflect, celebrate their achievements, and embark on their next chapter with clarity and purpose.
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
Yes there are summer camps in NZ with Social Nature Movement all year round.
The age you have to be to camp in NZ depends on the providers teaching objectives and the participants learning outcomes
School camp venues around Auckland range from:
Martins Bay Holiday Park
Ōrewa Beach Holiday Park
Whangateau Holiday Park
Ātiu Creek campground
Barn Paddock (Karamatura Farm) campground
Ashby Beachfront Campground
Blackberry Flats Campground
Ōmana Clifftop Campground
Karamatura Valley Campground
Lower Mangatawhiri Campground
Mita Bay Campground
Pae o te Rangi campground
Poukaraka Flats campground
Sullivan's Bay campground
Te Haruhi Bay campground
Te Muri Beach campground
Christian Youth Camps Ngaruawahia
Camp Bentzon Kawau Island
Houghtons Bush Camp
Hunua Falls Camp
Peter Snell Youth Village
Port Waikato School Camp
Willow Park Christian Camp
Foster resilience: Students acquire and demonstrate coping strategies to adapt to individual and group challenges.
Promote a positive mindset: Students engage in constructive interactions with one another and cultivate abilities to foster lifelong physical activity.
Enhance physical literacy skills: Students undergo increased movement and social skills, while fostering personal self-assurance and knowledge through participation in personalized camp programs.
Establish objectives: Students exhibit initiative in setting and accomplishing personal and group goals.
Embrace healthy choices: Students comprehend how making wholesome choices contributes to their own physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Cultivate self-reliance: Students assume responsibility for their own actions and well-being.
Leadership prospects: Students encounter chances to influence and promote positive group behavior.
Promote inclusivity: Students demonstrate inclusiveness and respect for others, embrace diversity, and contribute to their camp community.
Resolve challenges: Students honor differing viewpoints and collaborate to achieve desired outcomes.
Collaborate effectively: Students work collectively with their peers, utilizing effective communication skills to foster trust among group members.
Forge connections with others: Students cultivate positive relationships with others, establish new friendships, and strengthen existing ones.
Assess self-risk: Through structured and unstructured activities, Students develop the ability to identify potential hazards and take appropriate measures to control or manage the risk.
Establish a connection with the natural world: Through interaction with natural environments, Students develop positive bonds with the natural world.
Comprehend the natural world: By exploring our unique camp surroundings, Students nurture curiosity to learn and explore the interrelationships between living and non-living entities.
Understand sustainability: Students grasp the impact of human activity on our environment and gain knowledge of individual actions to preserve it.
Promote environmental care: Students take responsibility to protect and further enhance the environment through their actions.