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Outdoor Education - Taurewa Camp

Avondale College is fortunate in being able to offer to its students the opportunity to attend Taurewa, the school's Outdoor Education camp.

Taurewa Camp is situated on the edge of the Tongariro National Park, on State Highway 47 between National Park and Turangi.

Students are able to participate in a great variety of outdoor activities including tramping, caving, rafting on the Tongariro River, rock-climbing, kayaking, ropes course and many others depending on the form level.

The camp programme involves Years 10, 12 and 13. Each form class in Year 10 spends a week at the camp, accompanied by teachers and parents.

Accommodation is in heated two to six bedroom cabins, with excellent kitchen, hall, dining and other facilities. Students experience and enjoy physical and mental challenges not available to them in an urban environment. Their time at camp fosters personal development and support of others.

To find out more about Taurewa, please follow the links in the left menu or below:

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Related Links > TAUREWA Information Brochure

Information for Year 10 Camps


It is an expectation of Avondale College that all Year 10 students attend the Taurewa Outdoor Education Camp with their home room.  Taurewa is located on the northern side of Tongariro National Park and you will have the opportunity to be adventurous and challenged. You can mountain bike in Term 2 and ski in the winter in Term 3.  Depending on the weather you will also do a variety of activities like caving, hot pools and explore some of the National Parks’ hidden trails and breath-taking views.  As well you get to create one of the most memorable moments in your lives, forge  friendships and strengthen the ones you have.

Year 10’s home rooms will be assigned camps partway through Term 1, but students can start to make payment now to ensure they can come on camp.  Please make payment by internet banking or to the Uniform shop.

Contact for further payment information.

Booking Information

Taurewa Camp is available for hire by groups in the school holidays and on the weeks that the site is not being used by Avondale College. For a full list of pricing options, please follow the link below. 

Related Links > Taurewa Booking Prices

Taurewa Book by Barry Gough

Avondale College is excited to announce the publication of 'Taurewa: The Story of a Timber-Milling Town" by former Avondale College teacher, Barry Gough. Printed on the occasion of the school's 65th Reunion, the book is gives fascinating insight into the rise and fall of the timber-milling town, and the establishment of the campsite there as the base for Avondale College's outdoor adventures.

To obtain your copy, please contact  Only $25.

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