Corporate Wilderness Challenge

We are very excited to offer our corporate partners the chance to experience a small taster of what our Project K students do first hand. 

Join us on our very first Corporate Wilderness Challenge based on the beautiful Great Barrier Island. You will be able to see exactly where the first cohort of  Project K Community students completed their 3 week Wilderness Adventure.

Show your support of the young people in our programmes by entering a team of six for this epic team building adventure get away and explore one of the beauties of Tamaki Makaurau!

Overview of Events

  • Day One
  • Day Two
  • Day Three

Day One

Day One (Thursday 7th April 2022):

Your team will be ferried across to Great Barrier Island on Thursday evening to meet fellow competitors and join us for dinner with Sir Graeme.

Day Two

Day Two (Friday 8th April 2022):

Game day! Teams will be put head to head in five 60 minute “outdoor challenges” where they will be scored for their achievements in the activities.  Following the challenges, we will have a final dinner and a prize giving together.

Day Three

Day Three (Saturday 9th April 2022):

You will be given the option to embark on a sunrise walk before returning home again on Saturday Morning.

Early Bird Special

Sign up for our Corporate Wilderness Adventure between the 9th September and 1st December 2021 and receive 10% off with this exclusive early bird offer.

Early bird Price: $6,750 per team + GST (6 people included)

Your package includes:
•  Return ferry from Sandspit ferry terminal to Great Barrier Island via chartered ferry
•  Accommodation x2 nights
•  All meals included
•  Thursday evening function with Sir Graeme Dingle
•  All day challenges head to head against other teams
•  Friday evening dinner and prizegiving

* Optional Friday evening activities such as star gazing or natural hot pools, may incur an additional charge

Your support will go towards Graeme Dingle Foundation’s mahi in making Aotearoa the best place to be young.

Corporate Wilderness Registration - Great Barrier

  • Please enter the number of team members who will be attending the Corporate Wildnerness Adventure.

The inspiration behind our new event

We have been successfully delivering Project K for over 25 years in Aotearoa. This programme was originally developed in 1995 after consulting with leading educationalists, youth workers, parents and communities.

Project K is a 14 month mentoring programme that is designed for at risk year 10 students. It involves three parts; a 3 week Wilderness Adventure, a community challenge and a mentor to help them throughout the 14 months.

We know that the outdoors can improve both our mental and physical well being . We are very proud of the research done into the wilderness component of Project K to show the positive effects it has had on our rangatahi.

Our research has shown that:
•  The Wilderness Adventure promotes responsibility, interpersonal skills, competence, connection, confidence and caring.
•  Participants that took part in the Wilderness Adventure developed a more positive attitude and increased gratitude.


Located on the northern end of Great Barrier Island, in Karaka Bay, is Orama Aotea. This picturesque lodge is where you will be staying for the duration of the Corporate  Wilderness event.

Roughly 250 acres of land, excellent facilities and friendly staff, it is the perfect place for you and your group to enjoy three days of friendly competition and team building.

Click here to learn more about the history of the incredible Orama Aotea

Frequently asked questions

How many people can we have in our team?
Teams are made up of 6 people. If you have more than 6 people, feel free to enter two teams. A bit of friendly inter office competition won’t go to waste. Need an extra person to make up the numbers, feel free to request one of the awesome Dingle team to join you!

Where will we be staying?
The Hillary Outdoors centre has excellent accommodation right onsite. Competitors will be split into rooms set up for twin share for sleeping for the duration of the Corporate  Wilderness Challenge (special requests for single rooms may incur an additional charge).

Can we take photos?
Of course! The more photos of this incredible team building event the better! However, we will have a photographer joining us, so feel free to use our images post event. If you  would prefer that your picture isn’t taken, please let us know prior to the event.

Do I have to organise transport for my team?
The transport to and from Great Barrier island is included in this early bird special. However, you will need to organise your own transport to and from the ferry terminal at  Sandspit.

Would you like to get in touch?

We look forward to seeing you at our Corporate Wilderness Challenge in 2022!

Any questions, or to register your team email or call Monique.

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project k students in kayaks
Project K students in kayaks
Project K students climbing up a hill
Project K students in the snow