Aroha Kids – Nature Based School Holiday Programme

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Connecting Kids with Nature – Albany based school holiday programme

With Aroha school holiday programme, children (tamariki) step out of technology and into the raw world of nature & the natural environment, in the 19 acres of Kawai Purapura’s mature bushland and gardens. Here at Kawai Purapura, we value the enrichment that comes from understanding and appreciating nature. We hope to share this passion for nature by encouraging your children to discover it with us! We are surrounded by native NZ bush and gardens but only minutes from the Albany Mall and motorway links providing you with a convenient drop off and pick up location .

Exploring Nature sometimes involves being a little muddy and even getting small bruises or scrapes that can occur when discovering one’s adventurous side. Safety always comes first with us, but when children are given the freedom to fall and pick themselves up, their minds, bodies, and characters become stronger.

The intention of Aroha Kids is to create a safe environment for your children to play freely, activating their inner creativity and spirited side. We utilize a flexible framework designed to give your children the opportunity to explore. They can be their whimsical and joyful selves, utilizing arts & crafts, exploring music, dance & drama, as well as gaining cultural knowledge, celebrating nature & life, and much more. At Aroha Kids, we encourage children to develop their virtues & skills, with the purpose of giving children the tools and skills that they can use for a lifetime. We hope to build longlasting memories of each other and connections with nature.

About the programme

Aroha Kids runs during most school holidays. You can book in for one-day, several days, 1 week or 2 week. The Daily Programme runs from 9.00am – 3.00pm for our future generations aged 5 – 13 years. We are based at 14 Mills Lane, Abany, Auckland.

We urge that all parents equip their children with good wet weather gear for those rainy days that may come out the blue. Our programme will carry on during all weather conditions, unless there are severe weather warnings. At Aroha Kids we understand that life can throw a curve ball at any given time, providing us with the opportunity to turn a rainy day into a day of excitement and new perspectives.

BOOKINGS please email

Bookings and Prices

$50 Day ticket

$200 One week ticket*

$360 Two week ticket*

$525 Three week ticket*

*Every extra child in the same family is half price. Discount only applies to week tickets, not day tickets.

To book your child / children into the programme please email us at fill in the parental consent form below.
If you have any questions, please contact


Programme Details

Programme Dates

  • Running again in July Holidays, please email your expression of interest so that we have an idea of numbers.

What each child needs to bring
Their own morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, plenty of water to drink & a refillable bottle, warm clothes, raincoat, gumboots, walking shoes for in the bush, a spare change of clothes, any medication needed, swimming gear, sunblock, and sun hat.

You are welcome to make an appointment to look around if you haven’t been to Kawai Purapura before. Please contact our Aroha Coordinator:

“An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.” – David Attenborough

Aroha Kids intends on introducing tamariki to nature through curiosity. By exploring nature, children are encouraged to be independent, which builds confidence. We hope that your children can develop their sense of respect and responsibility for Earth during this programme.

Daily Activities

At Aroha we create a unique programme, with different nature-based activities. Here are some examples of activites that could be included in the programme:

  • Bush and stream exploration
  • Kids yoga and story yoga
  • Breathing techniques
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Scavenger hunts in the forest
  • Nature arts and crafts
  • Waiata
  • Making bush huts
  • Permaculture and learn about growing veggies
  • Campfire gathering and guitar songs
  • Dance movement
  • Drumming workshop
  • Swimming pool activities (summer only)

Nature’s Playground

Once part of a greater forest, Kawai Purapura is now the sole remaining large tract of 19 acres of mature bush land within the Albany area, creating a special haven for kids to connect with nature in a safe, supervised and fun environment.

Fun & Play

Our childhood experiences could be considered the most important and influential ones we go through in our lifetimes. At Aroha Kids, your kids will be exposed to nature, art, yoga, mindfulness, and other new skills in a Fun and Playful way!


Respect for the environment is one the highest values of Kawai Purapura. We encourage kids to explore the bush and streams without disturbing the native animals and trees, giving a sense of harmony with nature. Kids will learn about permaculture and how to grow veggies.

Being Outdoors

Our activities not only create fun moments, but also provide them with an opportunity to discover, be curious, and learn from the environment. The lessons kids learn at Kawai Purapura will help guide them and their adventures outdoors and in life.