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Holiday Programme / Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award

Conservation Camp – Holiday Programme

5 Days Rotorua

Spend your holidays on an exciting and rewarding environmental adventurous journey!

This five day environmental camp is based in Rotorua and includes five action-packed days where you will enjoy a mix of conservation activities along with adventurous expeditions. You will work alongside some local Rotorua community groups that are doing incredible work in protecting the natural environment, as well as helping people to be able to enjoy it to its fullest.

We will be working alongside Wingspan, which supports wild populations directly by releasing captive bred falcons and rehabilitating injured wild birds. Through research and advocacy, Wingspan also supports long-term sustainable conservation action by identifying the reasons for the decline in wild populations and promoting action to reverse. We will also work with Lake Tarawera Rat Control, and Rotorua Trails Trust.

As part of the camp you will also get to take part in some fantastic local activities such as the zipline Canopy Tours and camping at hot Water beach on Lake Tarawera where you can enjoy the natural hot springs.


Gold Residential Project

This camp can count towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award as your Gold Residential Project

The Residential Award is an additional section at Gold level and is an opportunity to use many of the skills developed during the overall Award experience such as teamwork and leadership. This involves spending five consecutive days and four nights in a residential setting where you are working towards a common purpose.

To find out more about completing your Award through Escape adventurous Journeys head to our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award page.



  • Day 1 - Pick Up from Airport or Rotorua Information Centre / Set up camp at Blue Lake Top 10 / Arrive at Wingspan for conservation project day
  • Day 2 - Breakfast / Lunch provided - Travel to Canopy Tours participate in zipline activity am and conservation project in afternoon with Canopy tours
  • Day 3 -Breakfast / Lunch provided - Work alongside Lake Tarawera Land Care on their current conservation project.
  • Day 4 - Breakfast / Lunch provided - Tarawera Trail - work alongside Tarawera pest control and Escape AJ in our own conservation project on the tarawera trail – camp at hot water beach.
  • Day 5 - Breakfast / Lunch provided - Tarawera Trail - work alongside Tarawera v control and Escape AJ in our own conservation project on the tarawera trail. Transport back to airport or information centre.


  • Camping accommodation provided
  • Breakfast and Lunch Provided ( dinner out with group at own cost)
  • Transport as required
  • Qualified Instructor / Assessor - small groups 1-10
  • Equipment provided if required - Packs / Tents / Cookers / Jackets
  • Team Building and Leadership skills
  • Environmental Stewardship
$800 per person

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Note: There are participant restrictions to run this trip.
Maximum: 50