Education Outside The Classroom
At Sonshine Ranch we pride ourselves on developing and offering high quality EOTC that enhances your classroom programme and provides a diverse range of outdoor education experiences.
Outdoor Education provides a unique opportunity for students to be taken out of their everyday routines and placed in an atmosphere where they can be challenged to grow.
Sonshine Ranch is a registered Adventure Activity Operator (AAO) with Worksafe NZ. The regulations aim to enhance professionalism and ensure consistent good practice across the OOA sector. (pursuant to Regulation 6(1) of the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2016.)
Listed below are the most popular EOTC programmes for schools visiting Sonshine Ranch.
A typical day will include two or three rotations around the Ranch activities.
For students in year 3 & 4, the horse riding session includes vaulting and a pony ride. Students remain in the enclosed arena for the entire session.
For year 5 and above, the riding session involves approx 10 minutes riding in the arena followed by a 10 min trek around the loop track.
Arrival time: 9:30am
Departure time: 2pm
Option 1 – Suitable for groups up to a maximum of 65 students
Horse Riding & Small Animals
Flying Fox & Rope Swing
Climbing Tower & Tunnels or Archery
Prices – Option 1
12-24 students – $54 each
25-49 students – $42 each
50-65 students – $38 each
Option 2 – Larger groups up to 100 students
Climbing Tower & Tunnels
Flying Fox & Rope Swing
Prices – Option 2
12-24 students – $40 each
25-49 students – $35 each
50-65 students – $32 each
66-100 students – $28 each
***Alternative programmes can be arranged by contacting the office.
Overnight/Bush Camp experience + Activities
We have accommodation for up to 35 students + adult helpers using bush huts/bivouacs and bush camp facilities. We run a program that incorporates most of the activities by day and in the evening the children prepare and cook their dinner over an open fire. We also arrange fun and exciting night games which may include a glow worm walk. There will also be a “Ranch Talk” debriefing the day which includes a Bible-based story or Christian ethics.
Activities may include: Horse riding, kayaking, archery, climbing tower, tunnels, camp fire building, flying fox, giant rope swing, small animals & water slide
Bush Camp Facility Overnight Prices
For two days and one night, including dinner, breakfast, lunch (except for the first day) and activities:
12-24 students $130 per person
25-35 students $115 per person
Adult helpers $30 per person
School Camp and Cabin Accommodation is available. Please enquire