Aroha Kids – School Holiday Programme

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In the age of technology…

A nature-based children’s programme is going against the grain, sending students on bush walks rather than leaving them cooped up inside on digital devices. Kawai Purapura Director Jenny Cottingham says nature-based learning should be available to every child in the country. A bunch of Auckland kids ditched the screens and gone bush for the holidays. They shared their highlights with Te Kāea: “You get to learn about nature and all the living creatures in nature,” says one. Another enjoys “making huts and getting all the sticks that are big and giant and carrying them because they are heavy.” Programme co-ordinator Disha Sanjanwala says, “They love going to the bush so they’ll just throw their iPads to the side and say ‘ok, let’s go!‘”

Connecting Kids with Nature

Are you a nature lover and see the benefit of disconnecting from the world of technology to engage in the nurturing care of the environment? Are you a working parent or just someone during this coming school holidays that wants to impart this passion for nature onto your children fully appreciating what Mother Nature has provided to us in abundance?

We need to emphasize our exceptional , streams, fields, gardens, and opportunities to discover some stream and bush wildlife

There will be another School Holiday Programme for your little ones to introduce them into a new setting to learn, thrive, grow, explore, and play within Kawai Purapura’s 19-acre natural environment bush. One-day, several days, 1 week or 2 week tickets available! Daily Programme from 9.00am – 3.00pm for our future generation aged 5 – 10 years.

About the programme

At Aroha, our intention is to create a safe environment for your children to play freely activating their innate creativity and spirited side. We will be utilizing a flexible framework designed around giving your children a release from the instructions found in the normal construct of a school classroom. They can be their whimsical and joyful selves celebrating nature, living and breathing a healthy lifestyle from a young age, utilizing arts & crafts, frolicking with music, dance & drama, gaining cultural knowledge, and much more. We keep your little cherubs engaged, smiling and laughing all day long!

At Aroha we believe in connecting kids with Nature. At times this involves getting just a little bit muddy with perhaps the odd small bruise or scrapes that occurs with discovering their adventurous side. We will always keep your children within safe parameters ensuring that no harm comes to them. We believe that to grow strong in mind, body, and character, even children must be provided with the freedom to fall and pick themselves up again.

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 us at any given time, providing us with the opportunity to turn a rainy dreary day into a day of excitement and a new perspective to play with.

Bookings and Prices

$50 Day ticket

$200 One week ticket*

$360 Two weeks ticket*

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

Purchase your ticket online and fill in the parental consent form below.
If you have any questions, please contact


Programme Details

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, sun hat.

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

Why connecting Kids with Nature?

The term nature deficit disorder has been given to the phenomenon of children spending less time in nature and more time using devices, watching TV, etc. This has been found to increase the likelihood of depression, anxiety and attention deficit disorder and other problems. If we want to support our children to grow into healthy, happy and productive young adults, we need to balance screen time with opportunities to play in nature. There is increasing research that shows that children who spend time in nature have amazing benefits. Some of the tremendous gains that have been found through research are:
• Great improvement in physical and emotional health
• Improved academic performance and concentration
• More imagination and creativity
• Coping better with stress and adversity in life
• Reduction or elimination of bullying
• Improvement in the development of independence and autonomy
• Builds confidence
• Greater development of respect and responsibility for the earth.

Daily Activities

At Aroha we create a unique programme, with different nature-based activities, here are some examples:

  • Bush and stream exploration
  • Kids yoga
  • Games
  • Nature treasure hunt in the forest
  • Waiata
  • Making bush huts
  • Exploring the stream and finding eels
  • Discover bush wildlife
  • Permaculture and learn about growing veggies
  • Campfire gathering and guitar songs
  • Nature art outdoor games
  • 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 surrounding 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. We actively expose your kids to nature, art, other children, beautiful places, loving and caring moments, learning new skills in a Fun and Playful way!


Respect for the environment is one the highest values of Kawai Purapura. We love to encourage kids to explore the bush and streams in a non-invasive way, learn about permaculture, growing veggies, native animals and trees and a sense of being within nature.

Being Outdoors

Our activities are not only creating fun moments in which kids are entertained, but are also providing them with an opportunity to discover, be curious, and receive education from the natural environment, teaching them life lessons that they will not learn from being indoors.