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Year 9 and 10 residential programmes


Learn to work as a team, while exploring Manaakitanga and Whanaungatanga. Students also learn how to be guardians of our land – Kaitiakitanga – while building personal skills in the outdoors. Both three and five-day residential camps are available. Activities involve rafting, high ropes, adventure based learning (ABL), team challenges, bush skills and navigation, camping out overnight, rock climbing and abseiling.


Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award (14-24 years old)


TOPEC is a Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award unit. We provide training and life-changing experiences for all four sections that make up the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards: skill, sport, community service and adventurous journey. A great way to meet like-minded youth from the region, develop essential life skills and have a great time along the way. Journeys are run during school holiday breaks and weekends. Or, get enough mates together and your school might let you come during the week.

Year 11 to 13 NCEA

Unit Standards (day tramps, navigation, survival, rock climbing, abseiling, high ropes, low ropes, team building, rafting, caving, climbing) and PE Achievement Standard (risk, physical performance, leadership) assessment incorporating outdoor pursuit skill development and risk management. Students become work-ready, more adaptable and confident through learning self-management, personal limits, and communication and cooperation skills.

TOPEC can customise a course to work for your rangatahi.
Block courses, one day per week for the term or year and/or a combination, we are innovative and can work within school timetables. We can be part of, or all of your Outdoor Education department.



Work-ready training with a focus on developing youth into confident, strong and communicative leaders 

for their schools, community and future work place.



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