EASTER WILDERNESS 2017
13 to 17 April
Year 10 to 13 Students
Sponsored by Current (currentchurch.nz)
- Mt. Biking the Mangapurua track
- Canoeing the Whanganui River
- Hiking the Bridge to Nowhere and the Tongariro Crossing
- Camping in the NZ bush
- Lessons and devotions on THE BIG PICTURE of life and where I fit.
- The goal? Get outdoors…have fun…meet new people…challenge ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually.
Day 1 - Thursday, April 13th
4pm drive from Papamoa to Raetihi Holiday Park. Stop for dinner on the way. 3.5 hours
Stay at Raetihi Holiday Park
Day 2 - Thursday, April 14th
8am shuttle bus to start of Mangapurua Trail
Ride Mangapurua Trail (34 kilometre bike ride)
4pm Picked up at Mangapurua Landing by Bridge to Nowhere Jet boat
5pm Camp at Bridge to Nowhere Lodge campground
Day 3 - Thursday, April 15th
Hiking Bridge to Nowhere trails
Day 4 - Thursday, April 16th
Canoe 21km from Bridge to Nowhere to Pipiriki
Shuttle back to Raetihi. Pick up vehicles. Drive to Whakapapa Village
Camping at Whakapapa Village
Day 5 - Thursday, April 17th
7:30am leave to start Tongariro Crossing
Approx 3pm leave Tongariro, drive to Papamoa.
Arrive home approx 6pm.
To Bring List:
- sleeping bags
- rain gear
- personal plate, bowl, cutlery, cup
- water bottle
- hat and gloves for Tongariro Crossing
- bug spray
- Bible if you have one
- sandals/jandals for campground wear
- hiking shoes with good grip soles
- plastic rubbish bag for dirty/wet clothes
- small day backpack
- money for McDonalds dinner Thursday evening
- You can bring your own Mt. Bike helmet or use the rental company’s.
** If you were contacted to bring a TENT or MOUNTAIN BIKE please include.
Please note: This is not a backpacking trip, our gear will be shuttled for us. You will only need a daypack to carry snacks, water etc. with you while we are biking, hiking and canoeing. Items like sleeping bags, pillows and tents will be fine in seperate strong plastic bag(s).
Cost: The cost for this camp is over $400. However, thanks to generous support from individuals and churches who desire to make this kind of camp affordable, the cost per student has dropped to $100.
Registration & Payment Deadline: 7 April
(Please note if you have not paid by this date your place will be available to the next person on waiting list)
Payment by online transfer: 03-1750-0273678-000 - include your name
Payment by check to: South Pacific Christian Fellowship
Easter Wilderness Camp will be chaperoned by adults from Current and from Christ’s Church of Effingham, (Illinois, USA).
We will be canoeing 21km of the Whanganui River, one of NZ’s Great Walks!
“The Bridge to Nowhere Track (Mangapurua Track) is an incredible ride that includes a huge range of track styles, stunning scenery and untouched New Zealand bush. It's one of the best 'adventure rides' on the North Island and a must for all mountain biking enthusiasts.” (NZ by Bike)
The Tongariro Crossing is rated NZ’s best one day hike!
Note: This event will be capped at 25 students.
** Once registered we will email you a consent form to sign and return prior to 13 April**
All consent forms can be mailed to:
43A Twin Oak Avenue, Papamoa 3118
Or email scanned registration form to: firstname.lastname@example.org