Outdoor Education is an integral part of our junior students’ learning. It fits within the Health and Physical Education area of the NZ Curriculum and is a compulsory part of our school programme.
The students are actively encouraged to participate in all the activities to the best of their ability. There is a focus on team building and working well in small groups. The Riccarton High School camps are run by experienced Outdoor Education instructors.
Riccarton High School is fortunate to own an outdoor education centre. Kokiri Lodge is situated in Westland, just off the main road between Stillwater and Lake Brunner – about 30km from Greymouth and 8km from Stillwater.
There is vehicle access to the door and the Trans-Alpine train stops on demand 300m away.
The Lodge is on a high terrace of the Arnold River in a rural setting surrounded by farmland and native bush.
The Omato Forest, the old gold mining area of Māori Gully and the Arnold River can be reached easily on foot.
Within easy driving distance are Lake Brunner, the Arnold Dam and walkway, the gold mining areas of the Moonlight, all parts of the Grey Valley, the Paparoa National Park, the Croesus Track and other interesting historic sites.
The programme contains a host of fun games which demand and develop group cooperation, and adventure based learning activities such as high ropes, orienteering and the famous mud walk, that build confidence. There are also physical and theatrical events and the challenge of abseiling into a glow-worm cave system.
- fully equipped kitchen/dining room – commercial stove/oven, refrigerator, freezer, dining facilities for 40 people
- three bathrooms
- boys’ and girls’ bunk rooms, each with 20 mattresses
- additional accommodation for up to 10 people
- electric heating plus cosy woodburner
- four hectares of land with open spaces, trees, a firepit and a flat area for tents if required
2018 classes and dates
10TN: 13 -16 February
10JQ: 20 – 23 February
10BE: 27 February -2 March
10BU: 6 – 9 March
10MK: 13 – 16 March
10CD: 20 – 23 March
10PT: 26 -29 March
10PW: 3 – 6 April
10EA: 10 – 13 April
9CN: 1 – 4 May
9RD: 8 – 11 May
9HN: 15-18 May
9BT: 22 – 25 May
9HW: 29 May – 1 June
9MH: 5 – 8 June
9VP: 12 – 15 June
9GD: 19 – 22 June
9NS: 26 – 29 June
The lodge is available for hire and is an ideal venue for many activities:
- school groups – subject field trips, form class camp, outdoor education experiences, etc.
- community groups
- corporate training
- family holidays
For more information about hiring Kokiri Lodge, please contact Christine McEntee on 348 5073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org