Learning & Achievement

Outdoor Programme

Outdoor Programme

Dunstan High School has a renowned Outdoor Education Programme from Years 11 - 13, and activities include rock-climbing, Nordic skiing, snow-caving, overnight tramping, mountain biking, navigation and bush-tramping and many more.

Mt Aspiring Lodge

Tititea Outdoor Education Centre is based in the East Matukituki Valley on the outskirts of Mt Aspiring National Park. The old Mt Aspiring homestead was offered to the school in 1969 when the Aspinall family moved to their new homestead at Glenfinnan. Since then, the facility is administered by a trust consisting of school representatives and the Aspinall family.

The facility is arguably unique in New Zealand. Unlike many Outdoor Education Centres, Tititea has been built, maintained and redeveloped by the Aspinall family, staff, parents, the community and students. Its has a personal touch to it that continues to draw commitment and visits from many ex-students. For most, a certain magic happens there that is indefinable, and this magic draws people back to the stunning beauty, flourishing fauna and flora, birdlife and opportunities to explore the valleys and mountains in all weathers. 

Year 10 students take part in a five-day camp based at Tititea which introduces them to adventure activities, teamwork and develops their confidence as a class. Leadership training for Year 12 students is also offered at the end of each school year.