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Send your kids on a holiday adventure


Camp spaces can fill up on popular programmes. Make sure your kids don't miss out these school holidays.

School holiday camps

The camp experience is a hard one to put into words. It’s about the bonding between people. It’s about spending the week in a different environment. It’s about final night campfire. It’s about experiencing an entirely new culture and world that you helped create. It is like no other experience in the world, and here at the Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre we strive to help every camper leave having that experience.

Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre offers a tiered pricing system for our holiday camp programmes. This allows your family to choose the price that works best for you. Traditionally, we have only offered a heavily subsidised rate to ensure access to all. This rate does not cover ongoing development of camp, upkeep, or cover the full cost of running the camp programmes. We are continuing to offer this heavily subsidised rate and now include other options for your consideration.

Bookings are essential as we need to know who is attending on a daily basis. Payments can be made via internet banking. Please contact the YMCA providing the service for registration. All of our programmes are CYF approved to operating OSCAR standards. For you, this means your child participates in a nationally approved programme, and, should your family qualify, enables you to receive a Work and Income subsidy.

April 18 Info

Dates for Camps

Week 1 – 16-20 April
Week 2 – No Camp as Anzac day falls in the middle, Our Holiday Programmes are coming to camp this week on day visits, click here  to find out which HP sites are coming to camp. Please note if you wish to register for week one of camp you can do so the usual way using the link above. If you wish to register for the HP in week two you need to go through our HP store and can do so by clicking here

Camps Available each week

Pioneers Day Camp 5-7s*
Explorers Day Camp 8-9s*
Explorers Residential Camp 8-9s
Discovers Residential Camp 10-12s
Adventurers Residential Camp 13-15s


School holiday fun at Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre

We have four exciting programmes on offer for kids and youth these holidays. Read below to find out more about each programme and book online today.

Pioneers Day Camp for 5-7 year olds

At YMCA Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre we understand that it’s tough for our youngest campers to be away from home (and for their parents) so that’s why we offer a programme that gives our youngest campers the ‘camp experience’ without the hassle of staying over. We will even pick up and drop off our young pioneers from two easy locations in Lower Hutt and Wellington City each day. A great introductory outdoor education experience for 5-7 year olds!

Explorers Day Camp & Residential Camp for 8-9 year olds

The Explorers Day Programme offers our younger campers a chance to experience the excitement of outdoor education in a safe and caring environment. Outdoor activities could include Kayaking, shelter building, orienteering, or a picnic trip to Kaitoke Regional Park. The Explorers day programme offers parents the option of having the kids stay in their own bed each night or to stay over on the Explorers Residential Camp. The daily programme will stay this same for those campers on the day programme or staying overnight. Daily transport each way is included in the cost to and from two convenient locations in Lower Hutt and Wellington City.

Discoverers Residential Camp for 10-12 year olds

The Discoverers programme offers kids a chance to meet and hang out with campers of a similar age. The focus of the week is on outdoor activities which could include abseiling, kayaking, super fox & giant swing. Learning how to do these cool activities is a fantastic way to be active and develop skills to prepare kids for New Zealand’s great outdoors.

Adventurers Residential Camp for 13-15 year olds

The Adventurers programme is all about discovering yourself through positive group and outdoor experience. Enjoy a week of activities which could include mountain biking, high ropes, surf kayaking, air rifles or bush walking. Campers are encouraged to take leadership roles within the group and take ownership of their camp programme.

Everything is Included


Free optional transport to and from camp from various locations around Wellington.

Fully Trained Staff

All staff are Police checked and fully trained in first aid, behaviour management and programme delivery


Cabin style accommodation in bunks. Campers can request to be in the same cabin as friends. Cabins are separated by gender.


All activities and special equipment included


Nutritious meals are included during the stay and dietary requirements are catered for.

Leader in Training Programme

Our leaders in training program is designed to give you confidence and gain skills. Complete modules during each camp you attend. Make new friends and be part of our camp culture. If you are aged 16 years+ then this is the perfect opportunity for you to shadow a leader during your stay at camp and learn from the best.

To apply as a leader in training/volunteer please email your cover letter and CV to camp@ymcawellington.org.nz

Important information for parents

- What your camper should bring to Y-Camp

- Terms & Conditions

- Tiered Pricing Information

- OSCAR Outdoor Education Policies & Procedures

For more information about these camps, get in touch!

YMCA Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre

Contact Us


04 526 7338

184 Marchant Road Upper Hutt


Head Office Support Centre

04 568 3252

PO Box 30247, Lower Hutt 5010