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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve compiled this list of frequently asked questions to provide some quick answers to queries. If you still can’t find what you need, just get in touch!

General FAQs

Life is full of hazards, when adventuring and learning in the outdoors we are choosing to go place where there are hazards that, for many, are outside of the norm. 

Safety is our number one priority. This starts with the Peel Forest Outdoor Centre’s team culture. We pride ourselves in allowing for open discussion and at any time if anyone feels unsafe or if something is happing in an unsafe, they are encouraged to speak up. For more information see our Health and Safety page.

Our operating season is year-round for activities and the Lodge!

However, we only have our full staff team around from September-April/May. Over winter, we can still offer all of our land-based programmes, but with limited capacity or requiring a bit of extra time to find additional instructors in advance.

We provide all the technical gear. But we do need you to come dressed for the day and with a few items such as lunch. You can find a full gear list on your course page.

For the Eco Lodge and Cabins, you’ll need:

  • Pillows
  • Sheets and bedding or sleeping bag
  • Towels
  • A method of taking away all of your rubbish/waste/recycling


We provide:

  • Hand towels
  • Cleaning cloths
  • Cleaning products
  • Bin bags


More information on what you need can be found on the accommodation page.

Lots – check out our skills programmes or get in touch to plan and organise a specialised programme for your team or business.

No, but we fool a lot of people into thinking we are with the way our office looks! Check out our story.

Unfortunately we don’t have any DOC maps or flyers to give out and DOC doesn’t have an office in Peel Forest anymore!

Head a couple of kms past our centre to Te Wanahu Flat or the DOC website for the most up-to-date maps and information on walking tracks.

DOC runs all bookings for the Peel Forest campsite and Clarke Flat, which are adjacent to our property. They have shutdown period from May-mid-October.

We also offer camping, but it must be booked alongside one of our accommodation options.

Yes – we have hosted weddings, business events, family reunions and much more. We can’t offer catering, but we have some great recommendations!

Get in touch with what you need, and we can plan out your event.


We don’t typically offer catering for our school/group camps or public courses.

On multi-day or journey-based camps where an adult supervisor is not attending with the group, we provide food to be cooked by the students while our instructors supervise. Every moment is a teachable one at Peel Forest Outdoor Centre, and that includes learning how to cook!

Visit our Schools and Groups page and Activities for information on booking on behalf of a group. When you’re ready, you can submit a booking request. 

The quoting process is described in depth in our Terms and Conditions.

Yes – Although most of our holiday programmes are limited to 8 years and up. We love working with young ones and can offer programmes to groups as young as 4 years old. 

Get in touch to see what we can do.

We would love to chat. You can bring your crew to us, or we can look at a programme in a location close to where you are located. We also offer a selection of holiday programmes ourselves.

Duke of Edinburgh Adventurous Journey FAQs

No. The online training is just an additional way to prepare and is not compulsory. We will complete all necessary training in-person before/during your practice journey.

Our recommended online training provider is Peak Performance Solutions. It is an external provider, so any issues with using the online training platform must be directed toward Peak Performance.

It’s up to you! However, we have some suggestions if you are really stuck.

Breakfast (whilst at Cabins):

  • Porridge
  • Fruit + muesli
  • Scrambled eggs + spinach
  • Shake-up bottle pancakes

Dinners (whilst at Cabins):

  • Pasta with red sauce and mince/veges
  • Couscous/gnocchi with pesto and chicken/veges
  • Curry + rice/naan with meat/veges

Breakfast (whilst on journey):

  • Porridge + fruit
  • Oats and peanut butter

Dinner (whilst on journey):

  • Soup packets + roll
  • Backcountry/Radex/or any other brand of dehydrated meals
  • Burrito with beans, cheese and taco seasoning


  • Sandwiches, wraps or pita pockets with your favourite fillings


  • Cheese/salami and crackers
  • Fruit
  • Muesli bars
  • Bliss balls
  • Pretzels/popcorn
  • Nuts

Emergency meals (you should have at least one handy at all times):

  • Ramen noodles
  • Miso soup and dehydrated veggies
  • Spare dehydrated meal
If you are attending with others you know, you may coordinate meals together if you wish. If you don’t know the other participants and you would like to coordinate meals with them, just ask us and we can get you in touch with other participants who are interested. Otherwise, it’s up to you to cater all meals and snacks for yourself.
  • Make sure you have lots of good nutrients in each meal to keep up your energy for the week
  • Pack just a little more than you would usually eat and make sure to bring an extra meal just in case – it’s hungry work tramping!
  • Don’t plan to eat dehydrated meals for the whole week. You’ll get sick of it and there is no need to pack lightweight/expensive meals for nights at the Cabins.
  • Pack food you know you already like to eat and experiment with cooking it yourself before you arrive, so you know how it will taste and how much effort it requires

If the piece of equipment you’re unsure about is highlighted in grey on the gear list, we can provide it when you arrive if your gear is unsuitable.
If it is a compulsory item that is not highlighted, reach out to us and we might be able to help you decide if you need to buy a different piece of equipment before your journey. See more details about tramping boots specifically below.

Nope! We’ll help get you the right gear when you arrive.

If it is not a winter trip and you do not already own tramping boots, then no. Just bring a sturdy pair of worn-in trainers. This is not the time to break-in new boots as they are likely to cause foot pain and blisters. However, you might want to consider buying a pair of tramping boots and wearing them in before your next journey or especially a winter trip.

If this is a winter tramping trip, then you should own a pair and they should already be worn in before the start of the trip.

If you are bringing tents with you amongst a group, it is up to you to decide your preferred sleeping arrangement. However, we will separate tents by gender.

The tents that we can supply are 2-person, so you will likely be sharing a tent with someone regardless.