Patron: Lady June Hillary


The participation in a wide range of activities is designed to provide unique challenges and a chance to develop skills not usually associated with normal curricula and sporting activities. However in many cases the activities and resources available can enhance and include national curriculum subject areas. For more detail on many of the activities see the Information Pack or contact the Manager by email on

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On Site:


There is easy access to many tramping tracks in the Kaimais (see links and documents) where bush craft, map reading, environmental studies, camping and other aspects can be enjoyed.


        In 2004 an 18m x12m activity centre was opened. It provides a work space out of the rain and wind for teaching a variety of outdoor skills and games, and it features a climbing wall where the focus is on teaching the skills and safety disciplines of rock climbing.


The activity centre is in great demand especially for the climbing wall and early booking is advised. Ball games are to be played with soft balls and only clean soft soled shoes are to be worn and no food or drink is allowed.


Climbing wall and archery activities (in groups of 10 supervised by the Manager or other approved instructors) are charged for separately and in addition.


Archery is a skill where different disciplines and hand– eye coordination is required. Orienteering, a nature trail and many other activities can be arranged in conjunction with the Manager (see more detail under fees and charges). A new Challenge course similar to a low ropes course was completed in early 2012, and provides a new resource for challenging individual physical activities, initiative and team work. See photo under GALLERY.


On site activities can include but are not restricted to the following:-

Outdoor Education

Stream studies

Initiative Tests

Bush Craft

Nature Trail

Personal Challenge

School Camps


Self Discovery

Camping and Bivvying

Map Reading



Bush Regeneration



Survival skills


•  Indoor climbing wall #

• Archery#

Outdoor Challenge Course

 Must be carried out with the Manager or other AOEC approved instructor.


Off site: (within a 40 minute drive)

Please see the LINKS sub page under Activities for the website addresses of some of  these.


The Centre is also a good base from which to explore different features of the Western Bay of Plenty such as kiwifruit and avocado orchard tours, Port of Tauranga,  TePuna Quarry Gardens, Matakana Island, fishing and kayaking in the harbour or the Wairoa river. Some schools tramp in from the Waikato over the Kaimai ranges past the Wairere Falls, and have their supplies brought in by car, a tramp of about 7 hours. Below is a list of possibilities, but it is not exhaustive.

Horse Riding


Quarry rehabilitation


Abseiling and rock climbing

Fishing- fresh water and sea

Forest restoration

Katikati Haiku and Bird walk

Kayaking at Waimarino see links

Rock Pool studies

Farm/Orchard tours

Katikati murals


Marine studies

Steam train rides

Mountain biking


Wetland and estuary studies

Gold mining history