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Hillary Outdoors

Private Training Establishment

Hillary Outdoors is a not-for-profit charitable trust that strives to develop people’s potential through outdoor education and adventure. We are a fully operational Outdoor Education Centre, primarily hosting students from schools throughout New Zealand. This differentiates us from other tertiary course providers, as we are able to design our programmes around the real needs of the industry and expose tertiary students to the realities of life as an outdoor instructor. Tertiary courses are offered to those wanting to train towards careers in the outdoor industry. There are both certificate and diploma courses available, based at the Hillary Outdoors Tongariro Centre, amongst some of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural scenery.

Contact Hillary Outdoors
Physical address

Access Rd SH47
3353 Tongariro National Park
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  • Number of students: 20
  • Number of international students: 2
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • Diploma
  • Certificate IV

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • Career guidance
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus
The Ruapehu region is defined by the three volcanoes that stand sentinel over a landscape of tussocked desert, rivers, lakes and thermal springs.

Today the volcanoes are part of the Tongariro World Heritage Park, New Zealand’s first national park. The centerpiece is the snow-capped Mount Ruapehu with, alongside, the two smaller cones of Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro. For skiers and snowboarders, Ruapehu is the site of two of the North Island’s best skifields.

Snow pursuits aside, there are many other outdoor and adventure activities in the region. For mountain bikers, there’s the famous 42 Traverse. The area is popular with hunters and, for trout fishers, the small tributary rivers provide excellent if challenging sport. And then there’s hiking. For sheer scenic incredibility, you must walk the Tongariro Crossing. This one-day hike takes you from alpine meadow to mountain summit across a surreal landscape of craters, coloured lakes and volcanic rock.

There is plenty of accommodation in the towns around the area with everything from the basic backpacker’s hostels to boutique lodges and the Edwardian grandeur of the Chateau on the slopes of Ruapehu.
Main centres: 



National Park, Ohakune, Raetihi, Taumarunui, Waiouru, Whakapapa Village

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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