Welcome To "Nature'sCool - Huanui"

Kia ora kou tou, welcome to the “Nature'sCool - Huanui” School Holiday Programme. This is a joint venture between Safe Outdoors NZ Ltd and Huanui College.

Please read the following information carefully before completing your booking by clicking on the “Sign up” link here: https://forms.gle/d85cVpb1hWhiGCwu6 or at the bottom of the page. Please feel free to contact me @ safeoutdoorsnz@gmail.com if you have any further questions.  My cell phone number is at the bottom of the Booking confirmation Form                                                                             

                                                Cheers – Luke Kirner (Safe Outdoors NZ)


“Nature'sCool-Huanui” is a School Holiday Programme for 7 yr olds * and up based on Huanui College's extensive  rural property in Glenbervie.  (see map below).

*We may be able to accept children who are a little younger  than 7 if their older (responsible) sibling is also taking part as a paying participant. This decision is at the discretion of  Safe Outdoors NZ Ltd - please complete the appropriate section of the sign up  form.

The focus is on providing creative and adventurous (but low risk) outdoor activities which promote environmental awareness and personal growth. We also believe strongly in the benefits of child-led free play (also known as Inquiry based education), so keep our daily plan flexible. Set activities may include:


  • Flora & Fauna education.
  • Crafting projects (harakeke etc)
  • Bushcraft skills – shelter building, fire lighting & cooking, map reading etc.
  • Adventure Based Learning (ABL) – team building / leadership games & activities.
  • Environmental Ed – Sustainable practices, kaitiakitanga, waste reduction.
  • Stream clean.
  • Self directed learning / free (supervised) play time.
  • Games & Fun activities.
  • Gym games if (very) wet - Basketball. Badminton, Volleyball, Uni Hockey etc
  • Visiting Farm Animals on site.


Terms & Conditions

Term 3/ October Holiday Dates:

Cost:  $45 pp

Wk 1: Mon 30th Sept   Tues 1st Oct   Wed 2nd   Thurs 3rd    Fri 4th  

Wk 2:  Mon 7th Oct    Tuesday 8th     Wed 9th    Thurs 10th    

Key times 

The programme officially runs from 9am - 3.15pm. However supervised play is available from 8.30am at both Huanui College and Mair Park Playground (see Town Shuttle details). 

Late Pick Up

The Programme finishes at 3.15pm but we will provide (free) supervision until 3.45pm. After 3.45pm the following fees will apply at both Huanui College and Mair Park Playground.

  • 3.45pm - 4pm       =    $7.50 pp
  • 4 - 4.15pm             =     $15 pp
  • 4.15 - 4.30pm        =     $22.50 pp (Huanui Pick up only)

Note:  If late pick up is required, please complete the  appropriate'Late Pick Up' section of the Sign Up Form and pre-pay the fee. Late Pick up is available from Mair Park Playground until 4.15pm.

Town Shuttle

The Huanui College Van will run a shuttle service from Mair Park Playground and is available  at an extra cost of $5 pp for a return trip. The Van can fit 10 kids + driver, so it will be the first 10 signed up and paid who will secure a seat. Otherwise Huanui College is a short (4km) drive from Tikipunga. (see map below).

The Van will be at Mair Park Playground at 8.30am, and will leave at 8.45am. The Van will arrive back at Mair Park Playground at around 3.30pm and will leave at 3.45pm unless a late pick up has been arranged (same fees as above) & don't worry if you run late as we won't leave your kids unsupervised - you will however be asked to pay the late pick up fee. Please ensure you and your child are there on time and ticked off our list before you leave in the morning and again when leaving at the end of the day. If you are running late please ring Luke.   


A typical day may progress as follows:

  • 8.30am:                     Supervision available at Huanui College 
  • 8.30 - 8.45am:          Town shuttle picks up kids from Mair            Park Playground.
  • 9 - 10.30am:               Intro games /  Morning Tea (please provide your own)           
  • 10.30 – 12.30pm:      Activity slot #1  
  • 12.30 – 1.30pm:         Lunch (supervised free play in bush location) 
  • 1.30 – 3.15pm:           Activity slot #2 
  • 3.15 - 3.30pm:                 Programme ends (Supervised play & parent pick up)    
  • 3.30 - 3.45pm:             Shuttle Van drops kids off at Mair Park Playground.                    
  • 3.45 - 4.15pm:              Supervised play @ Huanui College / Mair Park Playground  (@ $15 / half hour pp).

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
  • Shorts / pants
  • Solid footwear / Gumboots (No Jandals thanks).
  • Sun hat / sunscreen
  • Water bottle (full)
  • Full change of warm clothes.
  • Food – HEAPS of healthy / filling kai with minimal plastic packaging. 
  • Solid backpack to put it all in.
  • Medication / asthma inhaler / Epi Pen etc (please complete relevant sections of Sign Up Form).


Additional Information


We operate under a general ratio of 2 : 16 (Instructors: Participants) when operating activities in an outdoor setting. However this ratio may increase to 1:10 or even slightly higher at times when the Van is providing a shuttle. In these circumstances the participants will be in a state of "free supervised play" within a reduced / pre-determined boundary.

Minimum numbers

Nature'sCool - Huanui 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 and quality participant clothing we should be good to go in most weather. In the event that it is too wet for the programme to operate safely / enjoyably outside then we will head inside the Huanui College Gym and/or cooking room.

Accidents / Emergencies

Safe Outdoors NZ is committed 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!!

In the unlikely event that a child is unable to maintain their own safety, or the safety of those around them, then parents will be called to discuss the situation. Safe Outdoors NZ reserves the right to remove such participants from the programme if deemed necessary. 


Email:        safeoutdoorsnz@gmail.com * Phone number on confirmation email  


As we limit the number of paying participants to 16 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  safeoutdoorsnz@gmail.com 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: "Hua" followed by your last name. 

Cancellation Policy:

We can offer a full refund of payment within One week 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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