2022 Backcountry Tramping Camp

About this tramping camp

Our backcountry tramping camp is for older teenagers that have a bit more stamina. This year we head into the Mt Aspiring Wilderness up the Wikin River Valley near Lake Wanaka.

As an older teenage tramping camp you will need to have reasonable level of fitness (so start training now) and will need to carry all your own food and gear with you as you tramp.

Lake Crucible
Map of our tramping location

Location

We are tramping up the Wilkin River Valley into Mt Aspiring National Park. We will be staying in Siberia Hut in the midst of the mountains. 

We will be casually tramping on average 20km each day to a booked DoC hut along a tramping track. 

Over the four days of the tramp we will jetboat across the Makarora River, tramp up the stunning Wilkin River Valley to Siberia Hut. Take day trips to the beatitful and secludded Lake Crucible and tramp up to the Gillespie Pass with amazing mountain views of Mt Awful … so called because it fills one full of awe!

Itinerary

Coming soon…

Upper Siberia Valley

Our Tramping Camps Feature...

Backcountry Huts

We will be staying in a booked DoC backcountry hut we have spaces booked in.

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
Daises on the way to Lake Crucible

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.
View of the Siberia Valley from Gillespie Pass

2023 Horse Trek Camp

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.

2022 Spring Co-Ed Camp

Come along and join us in the October school holidays for a EPIC week! Discovery the mysteries and adventures as we travel to a time of knights, castles, quests at our Camelot themed camp. This is a co-ed intermediate camp that is action packed with fun. It is a great way to meet new friends and be part of the CYC family for the week.

Epic things you'll find at camp

From Zipline, Archery and Air rifles to mountain boarding and archery tagging there are going to be so many awesome activities at this camp. You will also experience YUMMY food, lots of laughter, encouraging talks and lots of team building and team challenges that will fit into the mystery of Camelot – you can only experience the adventure if you come along, see you there…

2022 Junior Tramping Camp

This camp is full!

When? Monday the 3rd of October 2022 – Thursday 6th of October 2022

Where?  We will be tramping the stunning Hollyford track

Who?  Boys and Girls in school years 7 – 10

Cost? $280 pp (CYC Sponsorship is available)

The Hollyford Track

We are heading into northern Fiordland National Park to tramp part of the Hollyford Track through to the stunning Lake Alabaster.
The track takes us along floor of an ancient glacial valley that once stretched from the Southern Alps all the way to the Tasman sea.
The track itself travels along a beautiful formed track and as it follows the valley floor there are no major mountains to climb – in
fact the highest point on the track is 180 metres above sea level (Little Homer Saddle) . The track takes us right into the midst of
the Southern Alps and snow capped peaks without really gaining much altitude above sea level.
We will be staying in public DOC huts (and tenting if there is a lack of space in the huts), this means there maybe members of the
public sharing the spaces we are using.

Essentials you need to know before

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

  • You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 10km 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.

Some camp features

Previous 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

2022 Autumn Pony Camp

About this Camp

Here at CYC we love all things equine and we want to share this love with you –

This Pony Camp is for riders with intermediate riding skills and will be a time of fun and friendship on horseback and off.

Camp Features

For this camp we will be heading off site to a local Milton Farm where we will go on treks each day as well as many other cool horsing around activities. 

Campers will be staying in a wool shed so will be a real Kiwiana experience

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.
 

2022 Hunting Camp

CAMP IS FULL – Please enroll for the waiting list!

About this Camp

This incredibly popular camp only has 10 spaces per year so get in fast to secure yours

Come bag yourself a goat, rabbit, pig or even a deer at this speciality hunting camp.

Camp Features

This camp is run on a high country farm in East Otago.

Come and experience the outdoors during a week of hunting

Cook your own meals, sleep in a wool shed AND develop your huntings skills !!!

ESSENTIALS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ENROL

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

  • You will need good fitness and be able to walk at least 12 km each day
  • You will be lead throughout the week by experienced hunters 
  • You will experience a range of farm life during your stay on this high country farm

2022 Summer Pony Camp

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 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 in 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.

2022 Horse Trek Camp

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.

2022 Boys Summer Camp

About this Camp

 
An ancient land awaits you, filled with castles and Kings

Who will be your king? The King of Kings

Come along and not only enjoy our traditional CYC activities but join in on some awesome Clash of the Clans themed games and activities… 

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

2022 Adventure Camp

CANCELLED

Unfortunately, we have regrettably decided to cancel the Adventure Camp over Waitangi Weekend. 

 
This weekend long camp had a large component of off-site activities organised using outside contractors (e.g. scuba diving, museum visits, pools, etc.). All these external providers have elected to enforce vaccine passes so it would be impossible to visit them without all campers and leaders being double vaccinated which was a large unknown. 
 

A full refund or credit will be provided to those campers that have already paid their deposit or in full for camp.