Summer Holiday Programmes 2015

Over five days, Challenge 2000 staff, volunteers and young people explored various parts of Wellington while enjoying the lovely weather and activities we planned for holiday programmes. Our goal was to not only have fun but connect young people in to what the greater Wellington region has to offer.

Day one saw everyone at ASB Sports Centre having fun competing in netball and floorball in the morning. After a nice lunch up by Mt Victoria lookout, we returned to try our hand at indoor soccer and basketball.


Sports 2

Sports 3


Day two we all journeyed around to Days Bay in Eastbourne, quite a few of our young people had never been before, and when there we separated into two groups. One group went to The Days Bay Boat Shed where they donned a  life jacket and headed out onto the water in a kayak with one of the instructors and Challenge 2000 staff. The other group went across the road to the park where we played different games like touch or volleyball. After lunch the groups changed over and those who had been kayaking in the morning had the option of continuing to swim with supervision if they wished. It was a great day and one of the young people’s favourites over the holiday programmes.





Day three we went along to the Aquatic Centre at Te Rauparaha Arena in Porirua and then played sports in Johnsonville. Our young people got to play games and splash about in the pool before we went back to Challenge 2000 for lunch and then sports.

Battle hill

Day Four we all piled into vans and cars and made our way to Battle Hill in Pauatahanui. We were put into five groups and in the morning took turns at each of the five activities; stretcher making, tent erecting and dismantling, camp story creating, observation walk and shelter building. After a yummy BBQ lunch, the groups shared their camp stories and then all went for a walk up Battle Hill to end the day on a high!



Group Photo - Battle Hill


Day five – our last day – was our Wellington City Scavenger Hunt. The teams made their way to Parliament to start, then the railway station and then to different destinations along the Queen’s Wharf waterfront, with the final destination at Waitangi Park. Stops included a rock climbing task at Fergs Kayaks, as well as a kayaking task around the lagoon. The young people had fun searching for answers to clues and doing various activities over the day. The weather was spectacular and a really good way to end our Holiday Activity Days in Wellington.

Waterfront Lunch moment

We would like to thank all the young people, our volunteers, sponsors and supports for such a great Summer Holiday Programme! Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming holiday programmes throughout the year.

Holiday Programmes

We have had awesome school holiday programmes where we have played games and sports, or done activities or had a drivers licence programme. Our recent holiday programmes saw 44 participants over two days meet at St Joseph’s in Mt Victoria in the morning, where we had games and lunch before going to ASB Stadium to play sports. Here’s what two of the participants had to share:

“The holiday programme was really good, better than I actually thought it would be. We first sat down and introduced ourselves and played some games to start getting to know each other. We then stopped and shared lunch together which really helped get to know other people more.” Y.A

“On our way to ASB stadium, we got to socialise more and it was fun playing games in the car, like Spotto. As soon as we started playing sports, you could see that everyone was happy and having fun. Over the two days we got to play Ki‑o‑rahi, indoor soccer, basketball, dodge ball and volleyball. At the end of the day it was all very fun and we all got on really well. We made heaps of new friends and it was good getting out of the house and doing something different. Overall, it was a great experience and we all enjoyed it. I will definitely be doing it again!” L.A

The main feedback we got from the young people was that they wanted to have activities in both weeks of the holidays, SO, currently we are in the process of planning our next holiday programmes, so keep you eye out for more information as we secure dates and confirm details! We would love to have more young people come along, they are great days of getting to meet new people and having lots of fun!

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