Holiday Programmes

Programme Overview

The 5 day Holiday Action Challenge and the 7 day Summit Leadership are aimed at giving 14 – 18 year olds an opportunity to get away during the school holidays and have an exciting, full on, and action-packed experience in the outdoors.

You’ll visit some amazing places, meet new people, and have a great time doing it! The Holiday Action Challenge is loaded with good times and adventure.

You don’t need to be into sport or the outdoors, the main thing you need is a willingness to “have a go”. The programme does involve physical activity each day so a moderate fitness level will help you make the most of the programme.

The Holiday Action Challenge and Marine Holiday Action Challenge courses qualify for the residential component of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Young New Zealander’s Challenge.

Possible activities on an Adventure Challenge course include:
OPC Tongariro Caving, kayaking, tramping, canoeing, abseiling, rock-climbing, high ropes course, mountain ascents, overnight expeditions and heaps more!

OPC Great Barrier Sea kayaking, sailing, rock-climbing, coasteering, abseiling, snorkelling, tramping, steep creeking, overnight expeditions and heaps more!

5-Day Holiday Action Challenge

Dates Centre Cost (excl. Travel)
28 Sep – 03 Oct 2014* Tongariro $650 per person
14-19 Dec 2014 Tongariro $650 per person
14-19 Dec 2014 GBI $650 per person
11-16 Jan 2015 Tongariro $650 per person
12-17 Apr 2015 Tongariro $650 per person
5-10 Jul 2015* Tongariro $650 per person
27 Sep-2 Oct 2015* Tongariro $650 per person
13-18 Dec 2015 Tongariro $650 per person

*Add $65-$82 for a Snow day

7-Day Summit Leadership

Dates Centre Cost (excl. Travel)
14-21 Dec 2014 Tongariro $900 per person
12-19 Apr 2015 Tongariro $900 per person
13-20 Dec 2015 GBI $900 per person

This course focuses on team development and leadership and is specifically designed for young people aged 16-18 years who wish to develop as leaders and may already hold or will soon hold a leadership role within their school or community.

OPC has a ‘Challenge by Choice’ philosophy; participants will not be forced to do activities, rather they will be placed in a supportive environment and encouraged to give new things a try.  This philosophy also teaches positive team building skills as it is both the instructor and the participants who encourage their team members to take up the challenge they are facing.

All courses are residential and include OPC instruction, meals from arrival dinner to departure day lunch, accommodation from the night before the course starts to the night before the course ends, all technical equipment and any personal gear you may need to borrow (e.g. over-trousers, boots etc).  Participants arrive the night before the course commencement date.  Return travel to either Centre is not included in the OPC course fee.  We are able to provide a pick up/dropoff service from and to the Turangi or National Park bus stations – this is an extra fee of $18.00 each way.  For Great Barrier Island, we will coordinate your return travel.

To enrol on a course, please complete the youth application form below and return it to OPC, together with full payment.  Once received we will reply with further information.

We require a minimum number for our holiday courses to run; we will contact you four weeks before the start date to advise if your course will be going ahead.

For more details contact Tongariro: or Great Barrier:

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