“Now I see the secret of making the best persons, it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth”. – Walt Whitman

Outdoor Education is full of valuable shared experiences: gaining practical outdoor skills, working cooperatively in group activities and enjoying trips beyond the classroom.


Nelson has some of the most accessible and outstanding wilderness in New Zealand.


The Nayland Outdoor Education teachers take students from years 9 to 13 to the many amazing outdoor adventures in our backyard. They commit time outside the regular school hours to give students exciting experiences that teach students how to organise themselves and their equipment.


The department is well equipped with sea kayaks, rock climbing kit, camping, tramping and navigation tools.


The skills our NZOIA qualified teaching staff have mean that we can offer a number of outdoor pursuits: whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, orienteering, tramping, alpine climbing and adventure-based learning activities. You do not have to be an outdoor expert, we will keep you safe and happy as you learn to explore and be a part of the outdoor education team.


We like to think of it as a journey on the 7 Cs:

  • Confidence & Competence
  • Communication & Cooperation
  • Challenge & Choice
  • Commitment


For more information contact Ashley Whitehead (ashley.whitehead@nayland.school.nz).


Nayland College Outdoor Education