Holiday Programme


Experience Camp!

New Zealanders are known around the world for our resilience, our ‘can do’ attitude and our skills in outdoor environments. The YMCA believes this hype, but also knows that young people need opportunities to develop these capabilities – we are not born with them. The outdoor camping tradition where children must learn to cope with new people, new environments, new challenges without the comfort of familiar adults and surroundings has long been considered a safe and memorable place to build self confidence, self esteem and self determination.

We also know that parents and caregivers need to trust that their children will be kept physically, emotionally and spiritually safe – and this trust is hard earned. Our focus on all our residential camps is pastoral care first and foremost, because if children and young people do not feel safe they cannot develop the other stuff. Our camps are designed to be a place where children and young people can make friends, have fun, be adventurous and most importantly, go home with positive memories, happy stories and new skills. We look forward to meeting your son or daughter at a YMCA camp!

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Y Camp

at Wainui Park

Y Camp is a very popular five-day residential school holiday camp. From the age of 7 years, children can come and participate in the vast array of fun activities led by our outstanding experienced and qualified instructors. Y Camp Express has the same fun-filled activities, packed into a three-day camp.

A strong focus is on social interaction and as the children grow into teenagers, leadership development and goal setting is incorporated into the programmes. Regular camps run through the school holidays.

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Y Camp – January, April, October



9–10 year olds
As this is the first opportunity for campers to be away from home for five nights, this programme is designed around building independence and resilience while enjoying a mixture of our onsite and local activities.


11–12 year olds
The focus of this programme is on building social interactions and skill development while having fun in a mixture of onsite and local activities.


13–14 year olds
This programme is designed to meet the needs of the teenaged youth. The focus is on communication, responsibility, decision making and challenging oneself while having fun in a mixture of onsite and local activities.


15-16 year olds
This programme is designed around goal setting, developing leadership skills and reflection. We have a maximum of nine participants to enable us to provide campers with a wide range of outdoor pursuits and journeys onsite and offsite.


Sandhoppers Camp

7–9 year olds
Sandhoppers is a shorter 3 day introductory residential camp with lots of opportunities to participate in many fun activities while making new friends.


5-day residential
Y Camp $350

5-day residential
Orca Camp $350

3-day residential
Y Camp Express

3-day residential Sandhoppers Camp$260


Children are dropped off at the Bishopdale YMCA, and will then be transported by coach to Wainui Park.



Winter Camps – July


Winter Camp

10-12 year olds
This three night camp includes a range of our onsite activities such as high ropes and search & rescue, as well as a day hike and an offsite trip to the Alpaca Farm.
Enjoy staying in the warm Wainui Heights with a smaller number of campers. It’s a great opportunity to get off technology, make new friends and have fun!

Winter Camp Costs

4 day residential camp

Parents Handbook & Gear List – Winter Camp


Drop off and pick up at the City YMCA (transported provided between Wainui Park and the City YMCA)

Cooking Camp

11–13 year olds
A two night camp for those with a passion for food! Spend a busy couple of days learning how to cook meals and delicious treats, while staying in the comfort of Wainui Heights. The camp will culminate in a Family Feast on Saturday where campers will be able to invite up to 3 family members or friends to share a meal they have prepared, then take them home after clean up!

Cooking Camp Costs

3 day residential camp

Parents Handbook & Gear List – Cooking Camp


Drop off at the City YMCA (transported provided to Wainui Park, pick up required at Wainui Park on the last day of camp)



Volunteer Leader Opportunities

16 years+
Volunteering is a great way to gain hands on experience and show future employers that you are willing to get stuck in and serve others.

Leaders work alongside our qualified instructors and are responsible for supervising the campers. They will work with one age group for the week and have the opportunity to participate in the activities.

Prerequisites for Y Camp leaders are:

  • You must be 16 years+
  • Available to attend our training day (this is compulsory and takes place the day before each camp)
  • Be responsible
  • Be enthusiastic!

To find our more about volunteering at camp please contact Gemma





Alpine Camps

at Arthur’s Pass

We are now running a series of new residential school holiday camps out of our YMCA Outdoor Education Centre at Arthur’s Pass.

Young people can come to learn outdoor living and survival skills, while having heaps of fun with their peers, in a unique alpine environment. Led by experienced instructors, the main focus is learning and adapting to your environment, working as part of a team, and developing connections and friendships with others.

Since these programmes are designed for small groups of only up to 18, we are able to provide unique experiences that allow the participants to have lots of hands on fun and make close connections with others on the camp.

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Camps & Fees

Prepare for action packed adventure! Across our range of different camps, our activities may include orienteering, team building, river crossing, shelter building, sensory trail, day hike, overnight camp out (in tents), as well as various evening activities. Don’t worry about weather affecting the camp, because we have heaps of wet weather gear and alternative activities up our sleeves to keep your children entertained!

Alpine Adventure

9-15 years
Learn outdoor skills, environmental education, and experience a first introduction to having an expedition. Activities may include hiking, river crossing techniques, shelter building orienteering etc.

Winter Explore

9-13 years
An introduction to winter in the mountains! Get the opportunity to go on the Tranz Alpine train, have a fun ski day at Porter’s, learn about the area, seek out the snow and participate in fun outdoor activities!



5-day residential camps
Alpine Adventure$400

Winter Explore$500

Camps include all activities, accommodation and meals – the camps are NOT WINZ or MSD subsidised


Alpine Adventure

19-23 Dec 2021
9-13 years
10-14 January 2022
11-15 years
April 2022
9-15 years
October 2022
9-15 years

Winter Explore

July 2022
9-13 years





Ski Camp

Every winter the Christchurch YMCA runs two residential ski camps for 9-15 year olds. These camps are a great way to gain skills and confidence in skiing and snowboarding and make new friends! We have highly qualified and talented instructors who lead ski camp and work alongside the equally skilled staff on the skifields.

In 2021 both week one and week two camps will be based at the Lodge at Mt Hutt Bunkhouse (exclusive use) and skiing at Mt Hutt. Departing on Sunday afternoon and returning late Friday afternoon, allows for maximum time on the mountain!

Both of these weeks cater to all skills and abilities, and includes transportation, accommodation, food, lift passes, & 2 compulsory lessons on Day 1 & 2.

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YMCA Ski Camp


Fees & Details

Ski Camp Costs

5-night residential Ski Camp based at Mt Hutt Bunkhouse
(exclusive use of Lodge)
Sunday 11 – Friday 16 July 2021



5-night residential Ski Camp based at Mt Hutt Bunkhouse
(exclusive use of Lodge)
Sunday 18 – Friday 23 July 2021


Ski Camps are NOT WINZ or MSD subsidised




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