"My kids just finished a couple of days this week and absolutely loved it. Hands down the best holiday programme they’ve ever been on they reckon. They both came home exhausted and extremely happy. Will definitely be sending them again". 

"The coaches are really nice mum... they were full of awesome stories and adventures".  

Kids Outdoors - Mangawhai


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 Kia ora koutou, welcome to the “Kids Outdoors - Mangawhai” School Holiday Programme. Please read the following information carefully before completing your booking by clicking on the “Sign up” link here: or at the bottom of the page. 

Please feel free to contact me @ if you have any further questions.


                                                                              Cheers – Emma Kirner (Safe Outdoors NZ)

Introduction / Terms & Conditions

“Kids Outdoors” is a School Holiday Programme for 5 yr olds and up based at the Mangawhai Activity Zone “MAZ”. The focus is on providing creative and adventurous (but low risk) activites which promote environmental awareness and personal growth. We also believe strongly in the beneftis of child-led free play (also known as Inquiry based education), so keep our daily plan flexible. Set activities may include:

- Restoration projects – planting / weeding / pest control etc

- Flora & Fauna education.

- Crafting projects (harakeke etc)

- Bushcraft skills – shelter building, map reading / orienteering.

- Adventure Based Learning (ABL) – team building / leadership games & activities.

- Environmental Ed – Sustainable practices, kaitiakitanga, waste reduction, bush / beach clean.

- Additional fun activities may include: swimming, etc.

- Self directed learning / free (supervised) play time.

  Dates: Sorry Not Open during Term 1 / April Holidays                      


Key times

The official programme runs from 9.30am - 3.30pm. Supervised play is available before & after these times (see below) A typical day may progress as follows:

9- 9.30am:              Kids meet at MAZ playground (supervised free play)   

9.30 - 10.30am:      Intro games & morning tea               

10.30 –         Activity slot #1  (usually bush or beach based)

12 – 1.30pm:            Lunch (supervised free play + activity slot #2 at MAZ) 

1.30 – 3pm:              Activity slot #3 (bush or beach based)

3 - 3.30pm:              Programme ends (Supervised free play & parent pick up)                        

3.30 - 4.30pm:        Supervised play @ MAZ (by arrangement (@ $20 / hr).


Drop off

Participants should be dropped off at the Mangawhai Activity Zone (MAZ) Playground at 191 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads (see map below) unless rough weather has forced an alternative venue (see below). We will be there and available to supervise participants in the playground from 8.30am until the programme officially starts at 9.30am. Please let us know when you arrive so that we can sign your child in.

Pick up 

We will be back at MAZ at 3.30pm at the lastest. The programme officially ends at 3.30pm, after which participants will be supervised in the playground ready for pick up. After 4pm a fee of $20 / hr (or $5 per 15 mins) / per person will apply. Please complete the relevant section of the Sign up form if you require this service and make sure you let us know that you have collected your child (so that we can sign them out).

What to bring (including food)

Involvement in this programme requires the participants to be comfortable out and about in (most) weather. It also requires them to carry their bag everywhere we go. On days with rain forecast, participants should expect to get a bit wet, so please pack some warm / waterproof clothing if required (as below):

  • Rain jacket· 
  • Warm jersey (fleece etc)· 
  • T shirt & Thermal layer if it’s cold
  • Swimming outfit & Towel (if hot)
  • Shorts / pants
  • Solid footwear (Beach shoes are perfect, Jandals are not).
  • Sun hat / sunscreen
  • Water bottle (full)
  • Full change of clothes if your little one is likely to need it.
  • Food – healthy / filling kai with minimal plastic packaging. 
  • Solid backpack to put it all in.
  • Medication / asthma inhaler / Epi Pen etc.

Locations & Swimming

The majority of the day will be spent within easy walking distance of MAZ. Most days we will likely venture into the bush areas in behind MAZ.

Whenever possible we would love to take the group down to the end of Heather Street for a swim. This will depend on weather conditions / tide as well as the group's ability to listen and energy levels etc during the activities prior. 

Please note: 

  • A beach trip will require the group to cross the main road. This will be facilitated carefully to ensure everyone remains safe.
  • We will NOT be swimming down the Northern end (Pontoon area) of Picnic Bay due to the strong currents in this area.
  • More information  regarding the safety set up is available upon request.


We operate under a general ratio of 1 : 8 (Instructor : Participant). However this ratio may be reduced in situations we identify as requiring more staff. An example of this is Swimming, where a minimum ratio of 1 : 6 (kids in the water) will be followed.


Minimum numbers

Kids Outdoors runs on a minimum number of 8 participants. In the unlikely event that this number is not reached within 24 hours of the booked day, then parents will be contacted to negotiate alternative options / solutions which suit them. The first alternative priority is that their booking will be changed to a different date. 


Participants will generally spend the day as one group, however they may be split into smaller groups according to their age bracket or interest areas.  Siblings / friends can choose to be in the same group, just bare in mind that the activities will be presented slightly differently for each age level. All groups will operate in similar areas throughout most of the day.

Rough Weather alternative

The nature of this Holiday Programme means that we are subject to weather conditions. With specialist tarpaulins / marquees as well as some existing shelter available at MAZ, we should be good to go in most weather. In the event that it is too wet for the programme to operate safely at MAZ then the programme will take place at:

A): (Location to be advised closer to the time)

A decision will be made by 8pm the evening before. If an alternative site is to be used, a message updating the drop off location will be sent to the email address you provide and will also be placed on the Kids Outdoors - Mangawhai facebook page by 9pm. If you receive no such message then assume normal drop off location. No refunds will be provided due to venue change.

Accidents / Emergencies

Safe Outdoors NZ is commited to providing a safe service. In the unlikely event that an accident or emergency occurs, Safe Outdoors Staff will follow the Safety Action Plan (SAP) or Emergency Action Plan (EAP). Further information is available upon request.


Due to the nature of the programme, it's activities and location(s), it is vital for participant safety that everyone follows the rules and listens to instructions. Below is a list of rules we will give the participants (just the most important ones - not exhaustive), please take time to talk about these with your child(ren) before taking part.

  • When an Instructor is talking to the group, please stop talking, look and listen.
  • Most activities involve some risk, if people are not listening or following instructions, then we will either have to remove that person or stop the activity for safety reasons.
  • Take care of each other and yourself.
  • Be positive & smile!!


Email:             kidsoutmangawhai 

* Phone number on confirmation email


As we limit the number of paying participants to 24 per day, full payment needs to be made in order to confirm your child’s place on the programme. Reservation requests can be made by emailing with details of when payment will be made. If a reservation is approved, it will be held open for approx 24 hours unless alternative arrangements have been made.

In the unlikely event that your payment is received after the requested day is full, then this payment can either be refunded, or allocated to an alternative day (providing there is space).

ANZ account:  You will find the Safe Outdoors NZ Ltd account number at the bottom of the sign up form. Please include the code: "MANG" followed by your last name.

Cancellation Policy:

We can offer a full refund of payment within TEN days of the booked programme. Sorry but after this time there will be no refund available. This is to give us enough time to fill the position and book instructors etc. In special circumstances (e.g: last minute sickness) we may be able to transfer your booking to another day as long as there is space. 

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