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at Kaitoke Outdoor Education Centre

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.



The Pioneers programme offers our younger campers a chance to experience the excitement of outdoor education in a safe and caring environment.  Outdoor activities may include kayaking, shelter building, orienteering, or a picnic trip to Kaitoke Regional Park. Being in the youngest group at camp definitely has its benefits! Higher staff ratio ensures every pioneer enjoys a fun and safe camp experience.

Ages: 7 -9
Prices: From $280 per week
Dates: To be confirmed.


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 may include abseiling, kayaking, super fox and giant swing. Learning how to do these cool activities is a fantastic way to be active and develop some skills to prepare kids for New Zealand’s great outdoors.

Ages: 10 – 12
Prices: From $280 per week
Dates: To be confirmed.


The Adventurers programme is all about discovering yourself through positive group and outdoor experience. Enjoy a week of activities which may include mountain biking, high ropes, kayaking, air rifles or bush walking.

Ages: 13 – 15
Prices: From $280 per week
Dates: To be confirmed.


An Explorers programme is all about living in the outdoors. Walking, biking and paddling are your modes of transportation, wilderness camp sites and huts your accommodation. Participants will get to experience two separate journey expeditions around the Greater Wellington region. Many of our expeditions can qualify for Duke of Edinburgh adventurous journeys.

Ages:  13-15 & 16-18
Prices: From $290 per week
Dates: To be confirmed.

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

Scholarship Programme

up to 75% of camp fees for children on an application basis.


YMCA believes that no family should be excluded from our services because of cost. To make sure every young

person has access to outdoor education experiences, YMCA offers a scholarship programme which could subsidise

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