Holiday Camps

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.

Pioneers Day Camp

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 Residential & Day Camp

The Explorers Day Programme offers our campers ages 8 – 9 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.

Discoverers Residential Camp

The Discoverers programme offers kids aged 10 – 12 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.

Specialist Camp

Every holiday we run a specialist camp. Stayed tuned to find out what our next one is!