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Whaia e koe ki te iti kahurangi; ki te tuohu koe, me maunga teitei

Seek the treasure you value most dearly: if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain

Come to TSB TOPEC and experience, fun, adventure and real challenge. As our Whakatauki explains - the things that mean the most to us are those that we have had to work hard for and that have really challenged us.

Start ticking things off that bucket list now, get off the couch, leave the computer, cell phone and everyday life and get into the Outdoors. At TSB TOPEC we are committed to helping people reconnect with the world/ We do this in the best way possible - through real challenging experiences.

At TSB TOPEC we like to think that we offer activities, training and learning opportunities that allow you to make the most of your skills and ambitions or simply have a great, fun time. Our staff are amongst the most experienced, committed and competent outdoor enthusiasts you could ever hope to meet and it is their unique talents combined with the our facilities and specialist equipment that make a visit to TSB TOPEC so special.

Whether you want a residential course, a holiday in the outdoors, an update on the weather and river and climbing conditions, a chat or a qualification that could help you in your work you will find it here at the Taranaki Outdoor Pursuit Centre.

TSB TOPEC is managed by the TOPEC Trust and is a registered charity, set up by Taranaki Schools and Service groups specifically to run the centre.

TSB TOPEC is situated on the banks of the Waiwhakaiho River, in bush reserve, some 10 kilometres from New Plymouth and is uniquely located to make the best of the sea, surf, rivers, bush and mountain.

An integral part of the philosophy promoted at TSB TOPEC - include the concepts of:

  • Manaakitanga - behavior that acknowledges the mana of others as having equal or greater importance than ones own
  • Whanaungatanga - the 'glue' that connects people to each other, shared experience, values, a sense of belonging, strengthen each member of the group
  • Kaitiakitanga - the protection and preservation of the gifts of our ancestors for future generations, or guardianship of the environment caring for self, others and the environment.

TSB TOPEC - It's a pretty special place - Come and check us out !


Dear Steve,

I am writing on behalf of Maintenance Support Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Ohakea, to convey our gratitude to you and your staff at TSB Topec for accommodating our Squadron for three consecutive weeks of adventurous activities.

...Your staff members were very knowledgeable and experienced in their areas of expertise, and interacted extremely well with the various group members. As well as providing professional guidance, your staff also continuously monitored and adapted the activities to cater for the different skill levels of our personnel. This delivered an adventure training package that was both enjoyable and challenging.

...Once again, thank you to you and your staff for coordinating and delivering to our Squadron fun and challenging activities that definitely got us out of our comfort zone. This has given us valuable new experiences which will be remembered and recommended for years to come.

Yours sincerely

Composites Research, Development and Training Cell
Maintenance Support Squadron
RNZAF Ohakea

Squadron Leader
Officer Commanding
Maintenance Support Squadron
RNZAF Ohakea

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