Officially now Autumn, the beginning of March remain warm and sunny here at Peel Forest & we are very busy running our outdoor programs. However Easter holidays are just round the corner & we’ve put together our Peel Forest Holiday Program – April 15th – 28th April. Details can be found under Schools header : http://peelforestoutdoors.org.nz/peel-forest-holiday-program-2

Be in quick as these days activities are limited spaces. Contact Julie on 03 696 3832 or 027 262 6049 or info@peelforestoutdoors.org.nz for a registration form .

15th February

Summers finally here and we at the centre are gearing up for one of our biggest summer yet! Looking forward to meeting everyone booked on a course or activity in the next couple of months.

We hosted another Duke of Edinburgh course in January – more courses are scheduled for March & April. Check out our calendar or give us a call if you’d like to join in

We also hosted Recreate NZ camp last month – check out the rafting photos. The team had a great time staying at the Eco Lodge and a talent evening was held…we’re still waiting for the YouTube of one of our instructors Paddy singing Britney Spears…watch this space !

Recreate NZ camp

As a charitable trust, we relie on very generous funders & sponsors to assist us in running our courses and activities. The Southern Trust very kindly help fund our Program and Safety Manager role and from all of us here at the centre – Thank you !

Eco Lodge update – thanks to everyone who has kindly donated towards the upgrades via Givealittle, in person or privately. We are very humbled by everyone generosity. We would like to thank in particular the Alterno Foundation for the amazing donation for the water supply. We are so excited to be able to beginning the work shortly on the water upgrade – thank you again.


29th January

A huge THANK YOU to Air Rescue and Community Services for their very generous funding of two Garmin Inreach explorers!

These vital pieces of equipment can send and receive messages, navigate a route, track and share the journey, great for our teams out on adventures and our HQ team

Many, many thanks again to Air Rescue & Community services for the funding.

Thery were purchased from Kathmandu Ashburton



21st January – Eco Lodge upgrades

We hope you all had a wonderful break over the Christmas and New Year holidays with family & friends and feel refreshed for the new year.

After 25 years of providing accommodation for schools, community groups & public in our QEII covenant site, our awesome Eco Lodge is in need of some upgrades:

Water Supply Upgrade:

With more erratic weather systems our historic water supply has been become unusable. We are looking to install a rainwater harvesting system with upgraded storage capacity and filtration systems.

Kitchen Facility Upgrade

The Eco Lodge kitchen was originally intended for a small group of students living on site for conservation courses. With an increase in school groups and larger numbers we are needing to adapt our kitchen to suit. This would include a gas oven, large low energy refrigeration unit and upgraded wetback system.

Alternative Energy Backup:

A generator with auto starting capacity to allow future protection of our battery bank by avoiding battery storage being run too low.

These projects take a lot of money so we have set up a give-a-little page to help us raise the funds so we can start the projects as soon as possible and continue to provide low cost accommodation to support our outdoor courses :


Any donation is truly appreciated from all of us here at the outdoor centre 👍👍

A reminder that we are running Peel Forest Holiday Programs- Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th January 2019. There will be 4 activity days aimed at students & families. These are sure to be a great day out for all & proving popular already. Don’t miss out, please see the holiday program information under the Schools tab on the main menu flyer and registration forms or contact Julie at the centre on info@peelforestoutdoors.org.nz, 03 696 3832 or 027 262 6049

As always, we are indebted to our wonderful funders & sponsors who continue to support the centre:

Air Rescue Services Limited,  Estate S A Hensley Charitable  Trust, Pub Charity, Sargood Trust, The Southern Trust, Trust Aoraki, W Toomey Charitable Trust, Community Trust Mid &South Canterbury, North End Motors Geraldine, Kumho Tyres, Woodleys Transport& Contracting, Ashley Electronics.