TARANAKI OUTDOOR PURSUITS & EDUCATION CENTRE
The Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre is a 5 day course / camp experience, run Monday to Friday through the school year.
This course is offered to all Year 10 students as the basis of the Outdoor Education programme at Hawera High School. Our Year 13 and12 Outdoor Recreation Courses (pictured above) also spends a week at TOPEC gaining credits towards their course.
TSB TOPEC has been in operation since 1986 and has provided valuable learning experiences to over one thousand Taranaki students each year since then. The Centre aims to "provide challenging outdoor experiences for the Secondary School pupils of Taranaki".
The site is ideal as it is within easy travelling distance of a good variety of suitable environments for outdoor activities, i.e. snow, bush, river and sea. The distance from the main roads give it an atmosphere of relative isolation and tranquillity. The Centre is located 8km south of New Plymouth, sited in parkland by the Meeting of the Waters (Waiwakaiho River). Studnets learn to:
SKILLS & TECHNIQUES
Be taught the specific skills and techniques of activities, which, depending on the season, may include: orienteering, abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, sailing, navigation, mountaineering, coasternering, caving (travel to Awakino), tramping and bush craft.
RESPECT & CONFIDENCE
Develop personal qualities of respect, responsibility, confidence, self esteem, cooperation and concern for the welfare of others.
HEIGHTENED APPRECIATION FOR OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Develop an appreciation of, and a heightened concern for, the natural environment.
A feature of the TOPEC course is an overnight campout, which is generally held on the Thursday night. This may include building and sleeping in a snow cave, tramping to one of the many huts on the mountain, tenting or bivouacking in the bush or on the beach, kayaking expedition and tenting on the riverbank.