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Please feel free to download the TSB TOPEC brochure or contact us if you wish us to post you one.

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Main Lodge

  • Comfortably seats 30 people in lounge area.
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Whiteboard
  • Heated with a log burner
  • Wheel chair access ramp
  • Commercial Kitchen
  • Easy 'double-door' access to bring in equipment or display stands.
  • Can be booked for lectures, slideshows, presentations, product launches and other family events.
  • Broadband connection facility available

Eco Leadership Lodge

A high spec accommodation block - sleeping up to 15 adults based on sustainability principles. The main two storey structure utilises recycled shipping containers that have been refurbished an adapted to provide a contemporary, functional, cosy and environmentally friendly accommodation area. Lighting is provided by solar energy which is a feature of the communal living space, construction and cabinetry materials have been recycled where possible, hot water by lpg.

The central area is a great place to unwind at the end of a long day or can be used as an area for data displays and presentations.

The building is a model for sustainable living in the 21st century.

Eco Leadership Lodge
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Commercial Kitchen


  • self catering or semi catering for large groups
  • 2 large commercial grade ovens with hobs
  • Commercial toaster
  • Commercial dishwasher
  • 2 fridges and chest freezer for your use
  • Microwave

Davidson lodge

  • Comfortably seats 30 people with desks.
  • Large Data screen
  • Digital TV
  • DVD player
  • Whiteboard
  • Heated
  • Wheel chair access ramp
  • Kitchenette
  • Easy 'double-door' access to bring in equipment or display stands.
  • Separate meeting room
  • Can be booked for lectures, slideshows, presentations, product launches and other events.
  • broadband connection facility available


Climbing wall

  • 3 walls vertical, overhanging and an abseil wall
  • Access to purpose built high ropes elements from trap door.
  • Problems changed regularly routes vary to suit different abilities ensuring maximum variety.
  • 10m high tower equipped with top ropes and the option to lead routes.
  • Sun shade area with picnic table
  • Bouldering line
  • Climbing with TOPEC approved supervisor only
  • Free entry for residential students (on any course)

High ropes Course ( Native Course )

  • Situated in stand of Native trees onsite.
  • Purpose built facility.
  • High ropes course consists of three circuit challenges with flying fox descent 3 wire bridge, flying kiwi, high traverse, centipede, dangling duo and others under construction.

Low ropes Course

  • Low ropes consists of circuits and separate elements.
  • Ideal for any age.
  • Encourages communication and teamwork.
  • Available to hire for visiting groups with TOPEC instructor.


Tail race

  • Stream way from Power station that is articially controlled.
  • 200m long
  • Grade 2 play hole
  • Adjacent picnic area
  • Vehicle access along full length
  • Easy access onto Waiwhakaiho river ( grade 2/3 )
  • Large eddy to practice your rolling or for flat water / slow moving water group sessions
  • Dedicated kayaks or sit on top kayaks are provided for your use
  • Excellent venue for river safety education
  • Tunnels for black water experience
  • Great for introduction to rafting

Waiwhakaiho River

  • Our river Waiwhakaiho borders our campus
  • Ideal for coaching all kinds of paddling skills
  • Home to a variety of wildlife
  • Runs as a grade II / III white water trip that runs through the city of New Plymouth to the Sea
  • An inspirational setting for any kind of outdoor experience.

Swimming Hole

  • An inspirational setting for any kind of outdoor experience.
  • Swimming hole on the Waiwhakaiho river close to TOPEC
  • Supervised by accompanying adults
  • A great way to end a hot day of activities

TOPEC Bridge - will not offered until further notice.

  • The bridge borders the TOPEC campus and crosses the Waiwhakaiho River
  • Ideal place for the memorable TOPEC Bridge Swing
  • A venue for abseiling
  • Caving ladder climbing is practiced here
  • Open to the public
  • All weather access to the DOC Scenic reserve

Didymo Cleaning Station

  • Open to the public within working day or if pre organised
  • Taranaki Regional Council Sponsored water blaster
  • Free information available on request

Scenic Reserve

  • Acres of dense, beautiful bush right on our doorstep
  • Packed with paths and scenic walks for all residents to enjoy
  • Several permanent orienteering courses
  • Site of natural and historic interest
  • Ideal for team development exercises and navigation skills coaching
  • Scene of the infamous mud run!!!!

In course Transport

  • Fleet of 3, twelve-seater minibuses all equipped with tow bar
  • 1 Kayak Trailer
  • 1 Box trailer
  • 2 flat deck raft trailers
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