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Adult Adventure

Exciting, breathtaking, invigorating, eye-opening, enlightening. Words can’t begin to explain the appeal of our action-packed, fun-filled multi-activity courses.

Whether you stay for a weekend or a full five days you’re sure to have the time of your life trying out a variety of adventure sports including rock climbing, abseiling, rafting, kayaking, caving, orienteering and mountain walking. You’ll have a chance to feel what it’s like to plunge through foaming rapids in a raft, abseil effortlessly down a cliff face, learn the graceful art of caving and work against the clock as you search for hidden markers using only a finely detailed map and compass.

But don’t worry, you’ll always have one of our expert instructors keeping a careful eye on your progress and you’ll never be more than a short drive away from a hot shower and the welcome comfort of our lodge.

Join us on the adventure of a lifetime. Who knows, it may even be the start of a new pastime.

Adult Adventure – Adventure racing skills

If you are a keen runner, triathlete, cyclist or gym goer, you will have heard about adventure racing. So what's stopping you getting involved? Nothing at all.

All you need is a solid foundation in basic outdoor skills and you'll soon be tearing around the mountains on your first adventure race. This fast moving active week covers it all - navigation, kayak paddling skills, abseiling and climbing techique, and ultra-lightweight camping . You'll even learn how to cope if it all goes wrong covering improvised first aid, white water safety and rescue, and improvised equipment repairs. You'll leave with tips and tricks helping you to race faster, further and safer.

Adult Adventure – Multisport kayaking training

Thinking about competing in the Coast to Coast or other similar races? At TOPEC we are able to introduce you to white water kayaking and self rescue techniques. Learn techniques in short boats on flat water before progressing to moving water. Gain confidence with out qualified staff to paddle longer multisport boats in grade 2 rivers.

Adult Adventure – kayaking

For paddlers TOPEC couldn't be in a better place. We're surrounded by all kinds of water, from the fast flowing rivers and still, picturesque lakes, to the rolling surf and tidal streams of the Taranaki coast.

That’s not all. We've our own section of grade II rapids and a river at the bottom of the garden.

As far as the gear's concerned, we make sure all the equipment you use on your course is modern and well maintained without adding a penny to the cost of the courses. But the real secret of our success lies in the passion of our coaches.
Each and every one of our kayak coaches is an enthusiast - they just love to paddle and it's their love for the sport that makes them want to introduce others to it.

So if you'd like to learn to paddle, improve your technique quickly, or just get out there and soak up some of Taranaki's finest water, pick a course from our kayaking and canoe programme and give us a call.

Adult Adventure – Weekend warriors

If you've never tried any of the increasingly popular 'adventure sports' this is a perfect way to have a go. A fast moving weekend takes you on a whirlwind tour of canoeing, orienteering, climbing/abseiling and skiing. It's fast, fun and exciting and you'll always be in safe hands with some of the best outdoor instructors in NZ keeping an eye on you.
We supply all the necessary technical equipment so all you need to bring with you on this week designed specifically for families with children (8 yrs or over) is enthusiasm.

Adult Adventure – Rafting

TOPEC is the only commercial rafting operation in Taranaki. We are audited annually by Maritime Safety NZ to ensure that we meet industry standards. Rafting through the Taranaki Countryside learning of local history and culture and experiencing rapids of grade 2 / 3 mean that rafting is a great activity for a group of mates or as a family. Within safety levels, you are able to guide your own raft to make the experience a real fun learning experience for you and your crew mates.

Adult Adventure – Caving

A short drive from TOPEC to Mahoenui is required to experience the wonderful underground playground. For many people Caving is an experience like no other. Crawling through the mud, spotting strange and wonderful rock formations, seeing the size of some of the Eels and turning the lights off are some of the highlights you might experience. Caves can be selected to meet your requirements from generally walk through to tight and squeezy. This is an activity that will keep you talking for days, weeks and years to come.

Adult Adventure -  Rock climbing

This course gives you the chance to learn all of the basic climbing skills in a practical and safe way under the direct supervision of our expert instructors and guides. You will cover basic ropework, equipment selection and most importantly get the chance to climb some of the North Islands' classic routes. Bouldering, top-roping, single pitch - we guarantee you will do lots of climbing!
Learn basic skills at or around TOPEC before venturing North to Wharepapa crags.

Adult Education – Touching Stone

Designed specifically for the growing number of people who climb regularly on an indoor wall and are not sure how to develop their skills to help them climb confidently outside at the crag.

The course is structured to help you become self sufficient as quickly as possible, covering anchor selection and construction, rope handling, abseiling and self protection along with a host of other skills unique to outdoor climbing.
You'll discover how to use guide books, and understand the complexities of access and crag etiquette as well as picking up tips on equipment selection, training techniques.
After this course you should leave ready to take to the outdoor crag with confidence and enthusiasm.

Useful Information

Participants must be 8 or above.

Instructors will assume full responsibility for the groups during sessions. The visiting group leaders are responsible for supervision after 4,30 pm. E.g. in the evenings and overnight.

  • All specialist equipment is provided.
  • All those rafting, kayaking, river sledging / bugging, body boarding , canoeing must be water confident.
  • You are welcome to hire extra gear from our equipment store.
  • Overseas visitors must make sure the group can communicate in English.
  • For special needs groups, alternate arrangements may be necessary, please phone to discuss your requirements before booking.
  • All our instructors are appropriately qualified and experienced.
  • All sessions are entirely weather dependent. Every effort will be made to accommodate your booking but should conditions be such that we cannot run your session we will offer an alternative activity.
  • Taranaki Outdoor Pursuits and Education Centre is a registered charity
  • To ensure the wellbeing of the group every ten young people must be accompanied by an adult leader or supervisor at all times.
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