OUTside the classroom

With such an incredible area on our doorstep, it is no wonder we have an excellent outdoor education programme, providing the students at Mahurangi College many opportunities to learn the importance of group co-operation and self-reliance, all in our backyard. The aim is to challenge students to take risks, be brave, determined and adventurous and to link their learning about the world around them while experiencing New Zealand’s beautiful outdoors.

All students in Year 7 to 10 are offered opportunities to participate in outdoor education camps and trips, as well as take part in activities such as sailing, canoeing, snorkelling, abseiling, tramping, bush craft and much more. In the senior school, Year 13 students start
the year with a challenging outdoor education camp which encourages leadership, self-esteem, working cooperatively and is a highlight of the year.

The school provides the opportunity to become involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Various other activities, camps and field trips are organised as an important part of learning programmes in different subject areas. 


In 2019 our students had the incredible opportunity to experience China. As part of this trip students visited the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, Qin Terracotta Warriors, Shanghai, the Shaolin Temple, the carvings of Buddha at Longmen, the ancient town Tongli and Yangshuo and Gulin!


Join us for a 12 day journey through the tropical paradise of Borneo! Share the adventure of a lifetime with friends—all while giving back. An Antipodeans tour inspires all kinds of things. They also allow you to give back to a local community, through a rewarding project you get involved with, wonder through one of the oldest rainforests in the world, spend time in the beautiful Orangutan Sanctuaries and meander your way through the bustling markets for some shopping!


All our Year 7 students have the opportunity to enjoy team building and confidence activities at Moir's Point Camp in Mangawhai. Activities include kayaking, water slide, volleyball, archery, air rifle shooting, obstacle course and a day at Mangawhai Beach with Surf Lifesaving Northland. Year 7 Camp is generally held in week 3/4 of Term 1.


During week one of Term 2, our Year 8 students attend their annual camp. In 2019 a brand new location was sourced; Camp Adair in the Hunua Ranges. All Year 8 students spend three days of adventure and fun at the same time. The focus of the camp is putting our PRIDE values into action. Highlights include the high ropes, the Burma trail and making rafts. Each day and night is packed full of challenging activities and learning opportunities.


During the last week of the school year our Year 9 students camp at Karangahake Gorge. They enjoy five days of abseiling, bush craft, bivouacking, tramping and rafting.


During the first week of the new school year our annual Year 13 camp to Great Barrier Island is held. Each day involves a tramp varying from 5 to 9 hours duration from campsite to campsite, included is a rest day to undertake their peer support training. Students come away with a new found respect for themselves, each other and this beautiful wilderness located right at our back door.


A life changing 10 day voyage on the Spirit of Adventure. Opens once a year to 16-18 year olds. A small amount of financial assistance can be arranged through the school and the Spirit organisation. 



Duke Of Edinburgh offers students the opportunity to step outside their comfort zones and overcome physical and mental challenges. Students work on learning a new skill, participating in a sport, providing community service and training and taking part in an adventurous journey. This is runs from Term 2 to 4. 

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Contact: David Macleod - Principal | Postal: PO Box 64, Warkworth 0941, Physical: Woodcocks Road, Warkworth 0910 | Phone: 09 425 8039 | Email: admin@mahurangi.school.nz