Welcome to TOPEC

TSB TOPEC is operating – please see our Operating Under COVID-19 guidelines.

We also have a new Adventure Bites initiative. Check it out.


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

At TSB TOPEC we are committed to helping people connect with the outdoors. We provide activities, training and educational opportunities that allow for individuals and groups to challenge themselves and develop new skills.

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TSB TOPEC runs a Level 3 NZ Certificate in Outdoor Experiences and the NZ Certificate in Outdoor Leadership Level 4 that are both great opportunities to work, study and train in Taranaki towards a relevant qualification. Both courses are for school leavers or a part-time option while still at school or working. TSB TOPEC offers a flexible approach to your future. The Level 4 Outdoor Leadership course can also be combined with WITT study towards a Diploma in Business or as a pathway to a Bachelor of Applied Management. You could set up your own adventure tourism business in Taranaki.

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An integral part of the philosophy promoted at TSB TOPEC is our kaupapa:


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

Our staff are amongst the most experienced, committed, and competent outdoor enthusiasts. The location, facilities, and specialist equipment here at TSB TOPEC allow for us to provide experiences that exceed expectations.

School courses created to meet classroom-needs, residential courses, NCEA credit courses, the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and myriad outdoor pursuit qualifications are just some of the offerings available at TSB TOPEC. There are also options for hiring of facilities.

Our centre is located on the banks of the Waiwhakaiho River, just outside of New Plymouth, and is situated in an area that allows us to make the most of the sea, rivers, bush and our mounga.