Orohaki Outdoor Education Centre

Riccarton High School is very fortunate to have its own outdoor education facility at Birch Hill in North Canterbury.

Year 9 and 10 students engage in a programme that provides the opportunity to develop self-confidence, team and leadership skills in an outdoor education setting that is facilitated by specialists.

The programme is a compulsory part of the school curriculum and it serves us well in helping to develop well-rounded individuals. Often, our graduates refer to the outdoor education experience as the highlight of their time at Riccarton High School.

This property includes a main lodge with open plan kitchen, dining and living facilities, and 3 bunkrooms that sleep 39 people, along with staff bedrooms that sleep 5.

The property includes 1.3 hectares of land, ⅓ of this in protected native bush, and borders Department of Conservation land. Blowhard Track (suitable for walking or mountain biking) is right at the gate, and a short drive away are the Mt Thomas walking tracks, or the Ashley River.


Check out Whanau Class UHW doing the Mannequin Challange at our outdoor education facility!