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Eddy Out Programme

The name ‘Eddy Out’ refers to paddling a river. We often pull into the calm water on the side for a breather. Eddy Out, take on a new challenge, lead a team, be part of a team, complete a journey you may not think possible.


$1799 inc gst

This programme includes seven days and seven nights of adventure including a multi-day journey.



Start and finish at the Peel Forest Outdoors Centre base located 20 minutes outside of Geraldine, South Canterbury.



(Exact timings to be confirmed alongside public bus schedule)

Arrive: by approximately 5:30pm on day 1

Finish: by approximately 12pm on the final day


The Eddy Out Programme is designed to:


  • to push your comfort zone
  • to participate in and lead a team
  • to consider your strengths as part of a group
  • to be the best version of yourself


  • through various outdoor pursuits as lead by experienced instructors
  • through sharing knowledge, stories and histories about our natural world


  • to try new ways of being, communicating and interacting with others
  • to solve problems in creative and new ways
  • to respect the natural world by visiting incredible wild places
  • to continue to find ways to challenge, educate and spark inspiration in your life

Programme Overview

Our exact programme outline is dependant on the group, weather and conditions, meaning every course is unique!

The course cost covers all transportation, use of outdoor gear described and food for the duration of the programme.

 Check out our course schedule below or download all of the information.


To register through Peel Forest Outdoor Centre you must:

  • Be between 16-18 years old
  • Demonstrate a genuine desire to participate in the programme through a short personal essay (under 400 words)

A maximum of 12 applicants may be accepted for each intake.

Duke of Edinburgh

This course meets all The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award requirements for a Gold Residential programme. 

We may also be able to count portions of the trip towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold practice Adventurous Journey.

Are you from Otago?

The Otago Masonic Trust has generously provided funding for Otago-based students for the cost of running this programme once a year since its conception in 2022.  Accepted participants only pay a $100 fee.

The sponsored course takes place in December, right before the end of school term each year.

You can find more information about applying and the different criteria through the Otago Masonic Charitable Trust on their website.

Look at some of our participants in action!

Course Schedule

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Gear List

We will be spending lots of time outside exposed to all elements. Come prepared for the weather and the season knowing that we may be adventuring into unsheltered terrain and cold temperatures at night. All students will have their gear checked before departing for any outdoor activity.

Any gear highlighted can be provided to you when you arrive if you do not have your own. Please make sure you have everything on the gear list as described that is not highlighted as we cannot provide those items.


  • Waterproof jacket and over trousers
  • 2x thermal tops
  • 2x thermal bottoms
  • Active shorts/pants
  • Active quick drying shirts (no cotton)
  • Togs
  • Towel
  • 2x fleece jerseys
  • Fleece, polypro or woollen socks
  • Warm woollen/fleece beanie and gloves
  • Sturdy tramping boots (winter compulsory) or trainers
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag + lightweight or inflatable pillow
  • Personal toiletries and medication
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle (minimum 3L capacity total)
  • Compass
  • Reusable hard plastic container to store lunches (Sistema or similar)

Gear that will be supplied

  • Any and all technical equipment required for an activity
  • Emergency shelters and communication devices
  • All food 

Optional Gear:

  • Camera
  • Tramping poles
  • Puffer jacket
  • Gaiters (winter compulsory)
  • Extra comfy cabin clothes and shoes
  • Foam mat or inflatable sleeping mat
  • 65L tramping pack
  • Pack liner (big rubbish bags work well)
  • Lightweight tramping tent
  • Lightweight bowl/plate and utensils

Other activities

We aim to provide opportunities for all to experience, learn and grow. Our safe, affordable, and quality outdoor and environmental programmes are designed to educate, challenge and inspire.