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Youth development through adventure

Our Mission

Bringing the great outdoors within reach of countless young people.

As an approved open award center for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award across New Zealand, our trust is devoted to bolstering participation in the award and breaking down barriers that keep young individuals from embracing nature's wonders.

Through targeted programs and generous financial support, we fulfill our core purpose: empowering young minds with educational and character building experiences.

We nurture personal responsibility, well-being, community engagement, leadership development, and a deep sense of stewardship for our nation and the natural world.

Join us for your Duke Of Edinburgh‘s Hillary Award. Undertake your Duke of Ed training or qualifying camp in one of our stunning locations through out the North Island.

Escape into the great outdoors with us!

Our Current Impact

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Our Supporters

We are only able to open the great outdoors up to a diverse range of students thanks to the generous donations of our supporters.

Youth development charitable trust New Zealand
Our Purpose

Developing Youth

Our Trust holds the key to transforming young lives and equipping them for the future.

The prestigious Duke of Ed award program empowers participants to embrace challenges; honing vital skills that benefit both themselves and their communities.

Get Involved

How to partner with us

If helping youth in our community aged 14-24 to reach their full potential is something you are interested in, please ask us about our sponsorship packages.

Youth development charitable trust New Zealand

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award

Escape – Adventurous Journeys provides The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award.

Complete your Bronze, Silver or Gold award in either Rotorua, Tongariro National Park or the wider North island.

What our DoE campers say!

Rated 5-Stars on Google
Kaitlyn Lamb
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Awesome experience with awesome leaders!! Beautiful scenic places which I would never have been able to go to if I just went with my own family. The leaders are also very knowledgeable
Charlotte Hall
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Had such a fantastic time with these guys! Stress-free and such good company, the guides were so professional and accommodating to the whole group. Can't wait for the next one!
Jessica Lamb
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I love doing my Duke Of Edinburgh camps with Escape Adventurous Journeys because we always go to stunning places to camp. On top of this the leaders are always very friendly and have a ton of knowledge which they share with us to help us become more confident in the outdoors. I've done my bronze, silver and gold camps with them and highly recommend them.
Safety, fun, learning and adventure.

As part of our commitment to education and safety, we also provide outdoor training courses to all ages and groups in the areas of navigation, river crossing and rope and harness safety (Forestry).

Our passionate team is made up of secondary school outdoor education teachers, Outdoor adventure guides and Rotorua Urban search and rescue team members.