Enjoy New Zealand’s spectacular natural environment, experience challenge, have fun, relieve stress and experience that unique feeling of relaxation that comes after a challenging activity. Your time with us is sure to be memorable! Peel Forest Outdoor Centre aims to develop people's potential through outdoor education and adventure. Our activities take place within a context of environmental awareness: members of staff are passionate about adventure and passionate about the environment. PFOC is within easy driving distance of many major Canterbury cities and towns, maximising the time you spend in the outdoors rather than traveling.

Outdoor activities are a great vehicle for team building and education: You learn while you do.

Peel Forest Outdoor Centre can run a range of different expeditions for schools, groups and individuals. These can be focused on enjoying our awesome environment, learning new skills or gaining unit standards. Some popular expeditions that we offer include: 


  • 3-5 day Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park
  • 5 day Three Passes Arthurs Pass National Park
  • 4 day Lake Sumner circumnavigation


  • 2 day Waimakariri Gorge Grade 2
  • 3 day Upper Grey River Grade 3
  • 5 day Clarence River Grade 2


  • Overnight snowcaving Craigieburn Range/Mt Dobson
  • 3-5 day snowshoeing Te Kahui Kaupeka Conservation Park
  • 3-5 day mountaineering skills Upper Rangitata Valley

The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award has seen a resurgence of interest in the past few years. We are proud to be approved providers of the training and assessment for the Expedition phase of the award and also providers of the Residential Course component for the Gold Award. Please contact us for assistance with your expedition training, training expeditions and final expeditions. The Adventurous Journey section consists of 3 components:

  • Training
  • Practice Tramp
  • Qualifier Expedition

What can you do to get started? Candidates must be registered with the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme. If you aren't but would like to be. Click Here to find out how

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Our Accommodation

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