Ski and Snowboard Camps

About the Camps

Snow Camps run during the winter and spring school holidays. Three days full skiing or snowboarding PLUS one day black water rafting. We make sure that we are on Whakapapa or Turoa ski fields skiing or snowboarding at every opportunity. We drive the group down on Monday morning and spend Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday skiing and boarding. We return to Auckland on Friday stopping at Waitomo on the way for a great black-water caving experience. We only resort to other additional activities on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, if the mountain is closed.

Supervision and Age

Ages range from 10-16 years. We can take children out side of these ages under certain conditions. Camps are structured into two age groups being 10-13 and 14-16 as there are separate requirements and supervisory roles for these ages. Parents are welcome to attend either for the whole camp or for a couple of nights ...come along its fun!

  • Supervision at the accommodation is a minimum of 1 Adult to 10 children.
  • Beginners Ski area, including Happy Valley, Meads Wall and Alpine Meadows. 1 Adult to 10 children.
  • Upper Mountain for children with sufficient but minimal experience, the ratio will be 1 Adult to 6 children
  • Upper Mountain where the experience is sufficient, then children will be paired off and liaise with supervisors 3 times during the course of the day.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation will be at the Ruapehu Camp Kakahi, unless otherwise notified. Groups will be divided into age groups and male and female. All meals whilst we are at the lodge are provided. Children will be expected to help. Monday lunch and Friday dinner is not included as we are in transit. Stops for these meal breaks are made at Subway and it is suggested that children have a small amount of change for lunch on the way to the mountains, and evening meal on the way back to Auckland. Whilst they do not need money for snacks (very expensive), up the mountain, the kids usually cant resist.

Wet-weather Activities

Should the mountain be closed, then alternate activities will be organised. These activities include; Indoor climbing wall, rafting-Turangi, canoeing-Whanganui or Turangi, Tokaau hot pools & hungi, bush walks-Tongariro or Mountain Biking-Fishers Track. These activities are included in the camp fee.

NZ School Holiday Dates 2010

Summer Holiday: 17th December - 27 January 2009/2010

Autumn Holiday: 2nd April - 18th April 2010
Winter Holiday: 3rd July - 18th July 2010
Spring Holiday: 25th September 10th October 2010
Summer Holiday: 15th December 1st February 2010/2011

Ski and Snowboard camps run during the Winter and Spring School Holidays.

During the Summer and Autumn School Holidays, Adrift runs Sand and Surf Camps. link to the Sand and Surf Camp page

Auckland pick-up and drop-off point is MacDonalds, Green lane.
Pick up Monday 8.00 am 
Drop off Friday 7:00 pm

Price, Equipment and Booking Contact

Ski and Snowboard Camp $750 pp

Included in the price; Return transport for Auckland, meals, accommodation, lower mountain ski lift passes, ski hire, Waitomo caves black-water rafting, and Adrift supervision. If required, the alternative wet-weather activities are also included.

There are additional but optional costs for snowboards and snow clothing as set out below.

Snow-board Hire: $50
Ski jacket and pants: $75
Upper mountain ski-lift pass: $50 

We take the group to get their hire gear for the mountain on Monday afternoon.


If your child has their own skis, board, or lift pass, then please let us know as a discount will apply to the camp fee.


To obtain the booking form, gear list, and the daily itinerary for the Ski & Snowboard Camps, please Contact Us