2021 Autumn Pony Camp

  • 10.30am Monday 19th April - 2:30pm Friday 23rd April 2021
  • Girls in School Years 8 to 11 during 2021
  • $280 if using a CYC Pony OR $220 if you bring your own horse

About this Camp

Here at CYC we love all things equine and we want to share this love with you – develop riding skills, do cool activities on your horses and make new friends.

This Pony Camp will teach the basics of horse care and horseback riding through many fun activities.

Camp Features

Daily activities will include: safety around horses, grooming, tacking, leading horses, and horseback riding. The girls will learn respect and responsibility through hands on care while learning about all aspects of horses.

Each camper is assigned their own horse to ride and care for the entire week. This “ownership” opportunity makes the riding experience more rewarding and introduces campers to the responsibilities and joys of having their own horse.

 

Important to know before enrolling

  • This very popular camp is limited to 18 spaces
  • Our horse and pony camps are enrolled on the basis of riding ability (rather than first enrolled first in). This is because we only have so many horses suited to each rider ability level so can take only so many beginner riders, only so many intermediate riders and only so many experienced riders.
 

2021 Boys and Girls Autumn Camp

  • 10.30am Monday 19th April - 2:30pm Friday 23rd April 2021
  • Boys and Girls in School Years 5 - 8 in 2021
  • $190 (Discounts may apply at enrolment time)

Another exciting new camp has been added to our CYC Calendar.

Check out our brand new combined Boys and Girls Autumn Camp for school years 5 to 8. 

About this Camp

Come along and join our CYC style amazing race.

Each day you will discover a new destination as you race to complete challenges 

The world is waiting… GO! 

Camp Features

Here is some of the features that you might get to experience at this camp

Archery Tag​​

Disc Golf​

Mountain Boarding​

GeoCaching​

Rifle Shooting​

Archery​

Zip Lining​

2021 Cycle Tour Camp

  • 10:30am Monday 11th January - 2:30pm Friday 15th January 2021
  • Co-Ed School Years 9 to 13 in 2021
  • $280 (includes transport to and from location and main meals) (discounts may apply)

About this cycle camp

We are reinventing an old favourite. With the resurgence of cycle trails popping up over Otago we thought it might be time to bring back the CYC Cycle Tour Camp. 

This camp is planned to take in sections of the Clutha Goild trail between Roxborough and Lawerence followed by some more local rides near Waihola

It will take in some stunning central Otago scenery and be a great time to catch up with some old friends. 

This camp will require a good level of fitness. 

2021 Horse Trek Camp

  • 10:30am Monday 4th January - 4pm Thursday 7th January 2021
  • Girls in school years 10 to 13 during 2021
  • $280 with a CYC horse (discounts may apply)
  • $220 if you bring your own suitable horse (discounts may apply)

About this Camp

Lush green hills…

Cool fresh forests…

Rolling sand dunes and crisp salt air….

What’s the one thing that could make these beautiful vistas better?

       Taking them in from the back our your favourite four legged friend of course!

Important to know before enrolling

  • This very popular camp is limited to 12 spaces
  • Our horse and pony camps are enrolled on the basis of riding ability (rather than first enrolled first in). This is because we only have so many horses suited to each rider ability level so can take only so many beginner riders, only so many intermediate riders and only so many experienced riders.

2020 Back Country Tramping Camp

  • 10am Friday 11th Dec - 8pm Tuesday 15th Dec 20
  • Co-Ed School Years 11 - 13​
  • $280 (includes transport to and from location and main meals)

About this tramping camp

This backcountry tramping trip takes us along the spectacular yet rugged South Coast Tramping track in the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island. We head into the remote reaches of Fiordland National Park.

The amazing thing about this tramp is there are no hills – just lot’s and lot’s of mud and roots!

We are heading to the same location that the Junior Tramping Camp is heading but don’t be fooled into thinking it will be a “dawdle in the park”:

  • The distances are bigger
  • The track is rougher in places
  • It’s a extra day!

However we will still tramp along golden beaches (which often includes seeing Hectors Dolphins close to shore), and old bush tramways which are dead flat (but also sometimes quite muddy!)

We walk still cross all the wooden viaducts including the Percy Burn Viaduct (the tallest wooden viaduct in the Southern Hemisphere).

To finish the tramp off on the last day we get to travel on the Wairaurahiri Jet for 90 minutes up the Wairaurahiri River and across Lake Hauroko ( NZ’s deepest lake at 632m and the 17th-deepest of the world’s 5 million lakes). The Wairaurahiri River is also known as “New Zealand’s longest waterfall” as it drops 200m in its 27km length.

Location

We are tramping “as much as we can fit” of the South Coast Track near Tuatapere in Southland.

The actual tramping track takes us along the southern boundary of Fiordland National Park along the rugged coastline of the Southern Ocean.

Itinerary

Our intended plan is:

  • Friday 11th December
    We travel from Waihola to Lake Hauroko to catch the Wairaurahiri Jet for our ride down to the Wairaurahiri river from the Lake Hauroko road end. The boat ride lasts 90 minutes and is one of the most spectacular jet boat trips in the world as we drop around 200 metres of altitude over 34kms of Grade 3 rapids. This river is the fastest-flowing navigable river in New Zealand and is a breath-taking ride! We stay in the Wairaurahiri Hut.
  • Saturday 12th December
    Start tramping early we head to the Waitutu Hut (6 hours, 13km) where we will stay the night. The forest we travel through on this leg of our trip is some of the most spectacular in the country. The bird song is astounding as we are greeted with Kaka, Tui and Bellbird song. Once we’ve arrived at the Waitutu Hut In the afternoon we will explore the surrounding area.
  • Sunday 4th October
    A big day trip to Westies Hut at Prices Harbour. This crazy hut is built in sea cave and is on my bucket list to visit. We then return the same way back to Waitutu Hut for another night (10 hours, 24km).
  • Monday 5th October
    Tramp back to Wairaurahiri Hut for a late lunch / afternoon tea and then on through to the Percy Burn Viaduct Hut. (7 hours, 20km). We sleep the night next to the Percy Burn Viaduct that is 36m high and 125m long.
  • Tuesday 6th October
    Our final day has us tramping past Port Craig through to the Rarakau road end. Past beaches featuring hectors dolphins and gemstones. (8 hours, 26km)

CYC Waihola Tramping Camps Feature...

Backcountry Huts and Tents

We will be staying in public DOC back-country huts* in the remote wilderness - these huts give us some shelter but are often cold meaning warm clothing is a must. But the scenery is oh....so amazing!

* we also take tents just in case there is no room for us in the huts

Fun and Games

With no power or cellphone coverage*, we have plenty of time to play cool games like "The Most Awesome Game in the World" and make our own fun in the wilderness.


* we have a satellite communicator for emergencies

Good Food

Tramping is all about walking, good company and eating food. Lots of snacks to build up your energy for tramping

Testimonials from previous tramping camps...

"I really really loved the tramp up the Huxley valley - it was so fun. I so wish I was able to go again!"
Anon
2012 Tramping Camp Camper
"It was my first tramp and I had no idea what I was doing but that tramping trip down the South Coast was one of my best memories as a teenager. Now I'm in my twenties I'm still doing lots of tramping"
Anon
2013 Tramping Camp Camper
"I just wanted to thank you very much for the tramp in the Hollyford. [My daughter] loved it and she has been talking about it a lot since ... [she] came back further encouraged spiritually"
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Parent

Essentials to know before you enroll...

These are essentials to know before you enrol in this tramping camp:

  • You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 20km each day on the flat. You can start building fitness now by going for increasingly long walks each week.
  • You will need to carry all your own gear and food in a tramping pack. We will not carry your food, clothes or even your hairbrush for you. As an group tramping camp we will also be carrying shared equipment which you will need to carry your share of.
  • There are some essential gear requirements for tramping. These include the following non-negotiable items to keep you warm and safe in the wilderness:
    • Good boots with ankle support
    • Warm Sleeping Bag (not a “cheap warehouse one”) – ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IT IS RATED TO -10oC or greater 
    • Waterproof rain jacket (not a “nylon parka”)
    • Good thermal layers (base, mid and top)
    • Waterproof dry bags or pack liner
  •  Our leadership consists of leaders with a combined total of over 100 years tramping experience in the wilderness.

2020 Junior Tramping Camp

  • 1.00pm 2nd October - 8pm 6th October 2020
  • Co-Ed School Years 7 - 10
  • $280 (includes transport to and from location and main meals)

About this tramping camp

This tramping trip takes us along the spectacular yet rugged South Coast Tramping track in the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island. We head into the remote reaches of Fiordland National Park.

The amazing thing about this tramp is there is no hills. We tramp along golden beaches (which often includes seeing Hectors Dolphins close to shore), and old bush tramways which are dead flat (but also sometimes quite muddy!)

We walk across several large wooden viaducts including the Percy Burn Viaduct (the tallest wooden viaduct in the Southern Hemisphere).

To finish the tramp off on the last day we get to travel on the Wairaurahiri Jet for 90 minutes up the Wairaurahiri River and across Lake Hauroko ( NZ’s deepest lake at 632m and the 17th-deepest of the world’s 5 million lakes). The Wairaurahiri River is also known as “New Zealand’s longest waterfall” as it drops 200m in its 27km length.

Location

We are tramping the first part of the South Coast Track near Tuatapere in Southland.

The actual tramping track takes us along the southern boundary of Fiordland National Park along the rugged coastline of the Southern Ocean.

Itinerary

Our intended plan is:

  • Friday 2nd October
    We travel to Riverton to stay overnight at a crib ready for an early start the next morning.
  • Saturday 3rd October
    Start tramping early from Rarakau carpark to Port Craig Hut (7 hours, 20km) where we will stay the night. It’s easy tramping along a beach and bush track. In fact this is actually day 1 of the Humpridge track. Each time I have tramped this route I have seen dolphins.
  • Sunday 4th October
    We tramp from Port Craig Hut through to Wairaurahiri Hut (6 hours, 16km). This is the day we cross at 4 large wooden viaducts. The Percy Burn is 36m high and 125m long. The tramping this day is along an old bush tramway and is completely flat for nearly the whole day only dropping down 2 river terraces as we near the hut.
  • Monday 5th October
    A day trip towards the Waitutu Hut (we probably won’t get to this hut however). The forest we travel through on our day trip is some of the most spectacular in the country. The bird song is astounding as we are greeted with Kaka, Tui and Bellbird song. We will try to find the old live deer capture pens on the ruggedest beach you’ve ever seen. There is no land between these beaches and Antarctica.
  • Tuesday 6th October
    We explore the Wairaurahiri river mouth and beach before meeting the Wairaurahiri Jet for our ride to the Lake Hauroko road end – the boat ride lasts 90 minutes and is one of the most spectacular jet boat trips in the world as we climb around 200 metres of altitude over 34kms of Grade 3 rapids. This river is the fastest-flowing navigable river in New Zealand ​and is a breath-taking ride!

CYC Waihola Tramping Camps Feature...

Backcountry Huts and Tents

We will be staying in public DOC back-country huts* in the remote wilderness - these huts give us some shelter but are often cold meaning warm clothing is a must. But the scenery is oh....so amazing!

* we also take tents just in case there is no room for us in the huts

Fun and Games

With no power or cellphone coverage*, we have plenty of time to play cool games like "The Most Awesome Game in the World" and make our own fun in the wilderness.


* we have a satellite communicator for emergencies

Good Food

Tramping is all about walking, good company and eating food. Lots of snacks to build up your energy for tramping

Testimonials from previous tramping camps...

"The tramping camp down the Hollyford [in 2019] was one of the best CYC camps I've ever been on."
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Camper
"It was my first tramp and I had no idea what I was doing but that tramping trip down the South Coast was one of my best memories as a teenager. Now I'm in my twenties I'm still doing lots of tramping"
Anon
2013 Tramping Camp Camper
"I just wanted to thank you very much for the tramp in the Hollyford. [My daughter] loved it and she has been talking about it a lot since ... [she] came back further encouraged spiritually"
Anon
2019 Junior Tramping Camp Parent

Essentials to know before you enroll...

These are essentials to know before you enrol in this tramping camp:

  • You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 20km each day on the flat. You can start building fitness now by going for increasingly long walks each week.
  • You will need to carry all your own gear and food in a tramping pack. We will not carry your food, clothes or even your hairbrush for you. As an group tramping camp we will also be carrying shared equipment which you will need to carry your share of.
  • There are some essential gear requirements for tramping. These include the following non-negotiable items to keep you warm and safe in the wilderness:
    • Good boots with ankle support
    • Warm Sleeping Bag (not a “cheap warehouse one”) – ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IT IS RATED TO -10oC or greater 
    • Waterproof rain jacket (not a “nylon parka”)
    • Good thermal layers (base, mid and top)
    • Waterproof dry bags or pack liner
  •  Our leadership consists of leaders with a combined total of over 100 years tramping experience in the wilderness.

2020 Family Camp

Cancellation (20th March 2020):

It is with much regret that the CYC Waihola Council of Management have decided to cancel this year’s family camp. 
 
Given the increasing spread of Covid-19 and the Government’s announcement yesterday that mass gatherings of more than 100 people inside are banned, our Council of Management believed it prudent and wise to cancel rather than modify the camp format.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

Romans 8:38-39 

Please note:

  • All attendees at our Family Camp must register online for catering and health/safety purposes.
  • Unfortunately our on-site accommodation is now full – however you can register for the waiting list.

About this Camp

  • 4.30pm Monday 20th April - 1:30pm Friday 24th April 2020
  • All ages families and adults (teenagers and children must be registered with a family during the week under supervision of an adult)
  • Attendance by donation

CYC Waihola Family Camp is a camp of fellowship, teaching, discussion, great fun, good food and above all getting closer to God through His Holy Scriptures.

The camp is for all families, couples and individuals that desire to dig deeper into the historic faith of the Scriptures. CYC Waihola puts together this camp believing that the Bible is fully inspired by God and is the final authority on all matters of the Christian faith.

The Family Camp committee expects all those at camp to attend all meetings, fully support the camp programme and happily observe the posted camp rules. You will also be expected to assist with camp duties where possible.

Camp Speakers

Here are some of the speakers we have lined up to speak this year….

Alfie Orr

Bio:
Alfie Orr was born in Northern Ireland and came to NZ when he was 21. After marrying his wife Elsie, they went to live in Ireland. At present he is the pastor of South City Reformed Baptist Church in South Auckland. The church started as a church plant about five and a half years ago. He has also pastored churches in both New Zealand and Northern Ireland for over forty years. They have four children and now have eight grandchildren.

Topic:
‘Christ and His Care for His Church.’  Studies in the book of Revelation; chapters 1 to 5.

John Van Rij

Bio:
John and his wife Alex have lived in Invercargill since 2016 serving at the Grace Presbyterian Church there. John and Alex were married in Auckland, and soon after went to the States to study at Covenant theological Seminary in St Louis. 

Topic:
Kept for Judgement or Kept for Christ?
Very often we can imagine that the the greatest hinderances to the Gospel in our Country come from outside the church. When we read our bibles however, it appears that internal faithlessness of God’s people is as often as much of a problem as any external attacks. The book of Jude addresses these problems with a description of faithlessness within the church that we are prone to today as much as ever. We will be studying this short letter together, and thinking about how we might contend for the faith in our current time.

Trevor Webb

Bio:
Trevor and Mary both became Christians at Lincoln University and were married in 1974. They are blessed with four daughters and four grandchildren. Trevor has been a ruling elder for over forty years in the Christchurch GPC congregation and they are now members of Grace Bible Church, Dunedin. Trevor has a passion to unfold the relevance of the Old Testament Scriptures.

Topic:
How God kept the Jews through Captivity to Messiah. The 400-year period between the Testaments are often called ‘The Silent Years’. That is because there is no record of this period in Bible history. However, this does not mean that God was not at work! The talks will consider how God preserved his people in Babylon, Egypt and Judea. As in the Old Testament, there were times when God’s people flourished and times where they degenerated. There were heroes of the faith and corrupters of godliness. We will see how prophecy was being fulfilled and how the world was being prepared for the Gospel.

Jason Pickard

Bio:
Jason and Sarah have been married from twelve, almost thirteen, years and are the proud parents of Natalie, John, and Annabelle. Jason attended Westminster Theological Seminary and served in pastoral ministry in the Presbyterian Church in America for seven and a half years before coming to do doctoral work at the University of Otago in January 2018.

Topic:
Athanasius and the Arian Controversy/Council of Nicaea

Mervyn Marshall

Bio:
Mervyn Marshall is a long-serving member of the CYC Waihola Council of Management and an elder of the Grace Presbyterian Church in Gore. 

Topic:
Two talks with one on the Scottish Covenanters Donald Cargill and James Renwick and the other talk on John G. Paton – a missionary to the New Herbides

Other Features of Family Camp 2020

Here are the other features of Family Camp this year.

Good Food

Amazing food is a well known feature of our family camps each year.

Children's Program

This year Hamish Smith is running our children's programme. It is for age 5 to School Year 6.

Teenage Program

This year Heidi Aarsen is running our teenager's programme. It is for School Year 7-11 only.

Afternoon Activities

Flying Fox, ArcheryTag and a Treasure Hunt will all feature this year at Family Camp.

2 Awesome movies

This year we also be screening in the afternoon 2 incredible Christian films:









Online Registration

All those attending Family Camp (even as day visitors or just for meals) must register online here:

2020 Mid Winter Tramping Camp

  • 4pm Friday 29th May - 4pm Monday 1st June 2020 (Queen's Birthday Weekend)
  • Co-Ed School Years 9 - 13 (must have reasonable fitness)
  • $180 (includes transport to and from location and main meals)

About this tramp

This new tramping camp for 2020 opens up our regular leaders winter tramp for campers to attend as well. It's great to get away into the hills in the winter. The air is crisper and the crowds are few.

This is the camp for those with good physical fitness and want to give back-country tramping a go in the winter..

This tramp will involve tramping on established tramping tracks to stay in huts.

Location / Itinerary​

We'll be heading in the mighty Greenstone Valley on the boundary of Fiordland and Mt Aspiring National Park near Queenstown.

We'll be tramping about 18km each day and staying in the Mid Greenstone Hut (which is a private hut we've booked for ourselves).

The plan is as follows:

  • Friday: Travel to Queenstown and stay the night
  • Saturday: Tramp into Mid Greenstone Hut from the Kinloch end
  • Sunday: Day walk to McKellar Hut near Lake McKellar and possibly a side trip up Steele Creek
  • Monday: Walk back to the cars at Kinloch

Tramping Camp Features

Backcountry Huts

We will be staying in huts in the winter - this means warm clothing is a must. But the scenery is oh....so amazing!

Fun and Games

With no no power or cellphone coverage, we have plenty of time to play cool games like "The Most Awesome Game in the World" and make our own fun in the wilderness.

Good Food

Tramping is all about walking, good company and eating food. Lots of snacks to build up your energy for tramping

Essentials to know before you enrol

These are essentials to know before you enrol in this tramping camp:

  • You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 12km each day. You can start building fitness now by going for increasingly long walks each week.
  • You will need to carry all your own gear and food in a tramping pack. We will not carry your food, clothes or even your hairbrush for you. As an group tramping camp we will also be carrying shared equipment which you will need to carry your share of.
  • There are some essential gear requirements for tramping (especially in the winter). These include the following non-negotiable items to keep you warm and safe in the wilderness:
    • Good boots with ankle support
    • Warm Sleeping Bag (not a “cheap warehouse one”) – ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL IT IS RATED TO -10oC or greater 
    • Waterproof rain jacket (not a “nylon parka”)
    • Good thermal layers (base, mid and top)
    • Waterproof dry bags or pack liner
  •  Our leadership consists of leaders with a combined total of over 100 years tramping experience in the wilderness.

2020 Boys Winter Camp

  • 10.30am Monday 13th July - 2:30pm Friday 17th July 2020
  • Boys in school years 5 to 8 in 2020
  • $190 (Discounts may apply)

About this Camp

Are you faster than a speeding train?

Have the Archery skills of Hawk-Eye?

Can you lift more then the Hulk?

Then this is the camp for you…

Come along and hone your Superhero skills through our speciality training facilities plus unlock the truth of who the ultimate Superhero of all time is… 

Camp Features

Here is some of the features that you might get to experience at this camp…

ArcheryTag

Bubble Soccer

Disc Golf

Zipline

Archery

Air Rifles

Mountain Boards

2020 Girls Winter Camp

  • 10.30am Monday 6th July - 2:30pm Friday 10th July 2020
  • Girls in School Years 5 to 8 in 2020
  • $190 (Discounts may apply)

About this Camp

Come running and racing, dancing and chasing and leaping to CYC Waihola this winter for the BEST CAMP EVER!

 

We may read a book
Or maybe two or three
We could add a few new paintings to our galleries 
We could play guitar and knit
And cook and basically
Just wonder when will this camp begin?
 
Then after lunch it could be puzzles and darts and baking
Paper mache, a bit of ballet and chess
Pottery and ventriloquy, candle making
Then we’ll stretch, maybe sketch, take a climb
Sew a dress??????
 
Come and discover our Winter Tangled camp and all the fun that is to be had making new friends and learning some new skills, plus many of our traditional CYC Activities

Camp Features

Here is some of the features that you might get to experience at this camp…

ArcheryTag

Bubble Soccer

Disc Golf

Zipline

Archery

Air Rifles

Mountain Boards