Discover the Heart

of the Southern Alps

Arthur’s Pass Outdoor Education Centre is an outdoor and environmental education centre for primary and secondary school students, providing experiential learning through engaging, effective and enjoyable outdoor activities and well cared for accommodation.

Set in the heart of the 113,000-hectare Arthur’s Pass National Park, this natural alpine environment serves as our classroom for all our learning experiences. Two hours from Christchurch, access by road or add extra value to your learning experience by using the Trans Alpine.

Governed and operated by the YMCA Christchurch, we believe by fostering appreciation of the natural world and history of the Arthur’s Pass area, we hope to create positive attitudes towards New Zealand’s natural environment with outdoor experiences designed around your students needs.

Why come to Arthur’s Pass

The Arthur’s Pass Outdoor Education Centre is a truly unique setting. The village itself was founded after the discovery of a route connecting the east to the west coast, used initially to accommodate the expansion related to the gold boom in the 1860’s. The pass holds a host of historic interests to explore, ranging from the timeworn seasonal Maori migration route to the tracks of the primary European exploration of interior New Zealand.

If you drive in either direction there are vastly different ecosystem’s to explore; from the lush temperate rainforests of the west coast to the dry open riverbeds of the Canterbury plains, we have it all at our fingertips.

Our goal is to make learning an interactive and immersive experience that will stay with the students for years to come.


Educational Experiences

Place Based Education

Experience the unique area that is Arthur’s Pass National Park. Also, our programmes tie into many of the local community projects.

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Active Citizenship

Through engaging programming, we aim for students to actively want to engage with the world around them outside of your time here.

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Unique Ecosystems

In close proximity in either direction, we have a vast array of different environments. We are situated between two of Department of Conservation’s Super Education Sites.

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Learning you can take back to the Classroom

We can adapt programmes to incorporate your curriculum or look at linking the learning gained here on camp with initiatives in your area.

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Please visit for full programme information
P 03 318 9249 E

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