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YMCA Hawke's Bay deliver outdoor education programmes for all types of groups in the Bay.  The team at the YMCA are passionate about developing young people and aim to offer an experience to transform young peoples lives.  We believe every person should have the opportunity to be in the outdoors and learn about the great New Zealand wilderness.

Through all our programmes we seek to see people develop and learn new skills. Our activities are designed to be

          SAFE                   FUN                     EDUCATIONAL

We have programmes and initiatives for everyone, no matter what their background or ability. Our aim is to help young people push their boundaries, grow in confidence and discover capabilities they didn’t know they had.

SAFETY is always our first concern on our activities.

Our qualified and friendly staff are highly experienced in working with people of all ages and skill levels. All are First Aid certified, Police Vetted and attend regular training programmes to keep their skills current.

We are listed under Adventurous Activity Providers on Worksafe’s list. We are audited under these regulations by AdventureMark

When our activities are remote, our instructors will carry radio contact, Spot satellite messengers or Personal Locator Beacon’s. When on multiday activities we also carry satellite 


YMCA Hawke's Bay organise school camps for primary, intermediate and secondary schools in a variety of locations. We can deliver an outdoor camp tailor made to your group. Overnight camps are our speciality, these can be in a variety of locations across Hawkes Bay or further afield.

We can tailor make your programme to whatever you would like. Whether that is organising your entire camp or just one aspect. We can take all the hassle out of planning your camp. Unsure of what activities to do? Just ask us, we can work with you to come up with activities to suit your objectives. Not sure where to go? Haven’t booked yet? No worries we can book you in and liaise directly with the camp!

We can arrange:

Safety Management

Activities - A full range of engaging and value driven activities are available that aim to achieve the specific learning outcomes set out by the school. These run from 1 hour to half day and full day durations. We provide our own well-maintained equipment for all activities.

Documentation - Activity Management Plans, Risk Management, Site Management Plans, Medical Forms, Emergency Contacts, Timetables (when required), Activity Gear Lists, Camp Gear List

EOTC Activities

If you don’t want to travel or do an overnight option – we offer a service which brings the outdoors directly to your school grounds or a local domain. We will come to you and set up a rotation of activities in the outdoors. This allows for a large number of children to experience new activities over a period of one to five days.

Leadership Days and Camps

Our instructors will design a camp, day or half day of activities and teaching on leadership for your students.

Year 7 Leadership Day

The adventure leadership day is an innovative program designed especially for Year 7 students. Based on over two decades of work in the United States, students will experience and learn to develop their ability to:
- Work effectively in a team
- Communicate with greater effectiveness
- Solve problems in a group setting
- Evaluate the effects of their behaviours
- Learn about the effects of the people who surround them

Based on a concentrated three hour session, this can be extended to use a full school day if required. Group size can be up to a full class, all materials are provided by us. The sessions do need a dedicated hall or two rooms with clearer floor area.

The Year 7 Leadership day is focussed to enable the school to benefit from the changes before you promote the students up to high school.

Location: In school or while at camp.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

YMCA Hawke's Bay are an Accredited Activity Provider for Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Award Expeditions and Exploration, including Residential Projects.

Get in contact for more information on how we could help you or your group earn their Awards.

NZQA Units

YMCA Hawke's Bay is accredited to assess and deliver NZQA unit standards. We will work with you to complete NZQA unit/Achievement Standards in a number of activities.

We provide qualified staff that can assist teachers with training and assessing students in their chosen field.

We are able to deliver units in the following areas:

- Abseiling
- Adventure Based Learning
- High Ropes
- Low Ropes
- Mountain Biking
- Rock Climbing
- Tramping


Phone: 06 878 3027