From Schools to Corporate groups, we've got your 
next retreat covered! 

SCHOOL GROUPS

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We love to partner with schools and see students extend their learning and personal development. We bring the curriculum alive through our activities, programmes and adventure pursuits.

The key factor is to embrace our core competencies which we want every student to take away with them; communication, cooperation, collaboration, challenge and confidence. Through our programmes students develop improved motor skills, and we see enhanced self-esteem, increased self-worth, confidence and a sense of
self-satisfaction. 

We offer a variety of options to suit your needs so whether you are a small group or want to bring the whole school; whether you would like to do everything yourself or let us handle the stress of catering & programming; we are here to help.
All our programming staff are fully qualified and importantly, experienced in running our adventure pursuits, and EOTC programme. Our volunteers come to us for eight months to share with your students their passion for the outdoors. They are a mixture of oversea volunteer and local instructors who are passionate about the outdoors and working cross culturally.

CHURCH CAMPS

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Camp is an awesome place and has the power to impact lives radically and at the same time your experience with God can grow incredibly. It can be a place of challenge and change lives to become more Christ like.

By spending time together this strengthens your group relationships and as iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend (proverbs 27:17). It is a great place to share an adventure with people who matter to you and want the best for you.

Whether your group has 25 or 120 people, or even a larger groups, or maybe you are looking for a venue for your day-retreat, or a weekend, or even longer, we are the place for you. If you want a real camp experience, and not go glamping then our park like environment is for you. We have two awesome site at Waipara Adventure Centre on the banks of Waipara River and another at Birch Hill Lodge nestled into the Mount Richardson – Mount Thomas range.

Whatever your need, how about having a chat with us?

YOUTH GROUP

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We are a unique campsite that provide facilities and experiences where you and your youth group can have fun and adventure filled activities,

With the option of utilising our catered or self-catered service, you can chose to come and run your own programme or use our fully qualified staff to run a wide range of adventure activities. We are licensed to operate rock climbing and abseiling anywhere in Canterbury or at our Centre at Waipara and we are OutdoorsMark approved.

Our aim is to give you a memorable experience whether by choosing to run your own programme, using our services or simply using our accommodation. The choice is yours so why don’t you contact us for your next youth group camp as we can guarantee you have a truly memorable time.

TRAINING COURSE

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This year we have experienced massive changes in Health and Safety. The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 has come upon us and many clubs, organisations, churches, youth groups etc. are struggling to make sense of it all.

This course will be based on unit standard 451 Managing Risk for an Outdoor Recreation Activity and unit standard 13377 Identify and manage hazards and risk in relation to a recreation activity and environment. The goal is equipping volunteer, youth group leaders, Boys Brigade, Girls Brigade, Scouts, and Guides etc. to learn about creating a safe place to take those in their charge into the great outdoor safely. The course is designed to be a combination of lectures, scenarios, and peer learning. It is anticipated that WorkSafe NZ will give an overview of how the HSWA 2015 will impact on us.

Date: To be advised

Venue: Either Waipara Adventure Centre or Birch Hill Lodge.

Cost: $88.00 cover accommodation, Food and equipment. (Subsidised by COGS)

COMMUNITY GROUPS

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With its quiet tranquil peaceful location on the banks of the Waipara River and the combination of comfortable rustic and affordable accommodation Waipara Adventure Centre is the ideal place for your next community group’s camp. 

Or you may like to be close to the mountains and enjoy beautiful scenery, great walks, or simply sock up the atmosphere of our Birch Hill Lodge.

At Waipara Adventure Centre full catering is provided or you may choose to self-cater. Our park like environment gives plenty of space to kick back and relax or roam, or you may chose an adventure package, or you could be looking for a venue to hold your own camp, retreat or conference. Whatever your need, our facilities give you plenty of scope to choose from.

Our camps are owned and operated by the Sure & Stedfast Development Trust trading as Waipara Adventure Centre and is not-for-profit, which means all income received go back into developing programmes, maintenance, and ongoing improvements to our adventure Centre and Birch Hill Lodge. Birch Hill Lodge is the gateway to Mount Richardson and Mount Thomas forest reserve and has many exciting walks, outdoor experience I.e. tube rafting Ashley Gorge, Mountain biking, tramping etc. Why not contact us about what we can offer.

We can design your camp, function or programme, or you may choose to do your own thing, or a combination of both. You may want to use our qualified instructors to run a birthday party, team building, adventure day, or maybe something more adventurous off site. We are registered under OutdoorsMark and WorkSafe NZ to operated rock climbing and abseiling anywhere in Canterbury, and our high ropes course based at our centre.

There are many attractions within a stone’s throw of Waipara Adventure Centre and two exciting walks are; Tiromoana Bush Track and Mount Cass Walkway, or you may like to ride the Weka Pass railway to Waikari, or bike the vineyard trail. Whatever you are seeking I am sure you will find it with us.

CORPORATE GROUPS

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Would like your team to communicate more clearly? Gain skills they can bring back to work? See each other in a new way? Then enhance your meeting or retreat with the addition of our Leadership and Team Development programs.

Involvement is the key to gaining interest and generating feedback and discussion. We can design strategies that will involve your whole group—no sitting and just listening. This is experiential learning. We give participants a common frame of reference to discuss each topic and relate it back to the workplace or organization.

We cater to your needs as a company, get in touch with us to discuss your personalised corporate getaway.

Don't see your group on this list? 
Not a problem, we can tailor a camp specifically to your needs.