Discovery Challenge

For home school students (aged 15-18 years)


Great Barrier Island


  • 2 – 15 Feb 2020


Join us for a 2 week experience of a life time.Face new challenges, develop new skills, build long lasting friendships and discover new passions through this programme designed specifically for students who are home schooled.

The remote wilderness, friendly community and experienced team at Hillary Outdoors combine to provide this residential wilderness experience that you’ll never forget. Our limited access to technology with unsurpassable access to the environment, create the ideal backdrop for a programme full of learning and discovery.

Customised for home school students:

  • Students take part in teams of 10, enabling them to foster a strong team culture and build long lasting friendships
  • Each team is accompanied by an experienced and enthusiastic Hillary Outdoors instructor, who will encourage, challenge and support each individual throughout the programme
  • Each team has input into their programme, helping to select activities which interest and challenge them. This means each programme is tailored to meet the needs of the students
  • The programme includes the opportunity to undertake two level 2 unit standards, for those wanting to add to their record of achievement or get a head start on level 2
  • Pastoral care is provided outside of activity time . This staff member will help students capture and transfer their learning through evening sessions and activities. They are also available 24/7 if participants should have any other needs

For more information about how the programme works and the features, download this leaflet.

Take a look at some testimonials from South Canterbury Home Educators and what their students had to say about participating in a 5 day programme.

Costs and Travel:

$1,760 inc GST per student. This includes all meals, accommodation, activities, instruction, technical equipment, transport from Auckland and all on island transport. Travel will be arranged for participants from Auckland Airport.

Apply today:

Apply by clicking on the button below to register your interest. After you have submitted the online form, one of our team will be in touch to let you know more about the programme and what you will need to provide to complete the application process.

Any questions, please get in touch here.



Needing help for your home schooling journey:


Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started


Information on getting an exemption

This link is motivational:

Exemption Form online: