The Institute of Awesome
The Institute of Awesome
Karioi Lodge | New Zealand | Official Site

A place of wonder and energy set on the foot of a mountain, in ancient bush by the Tasman Sea.

We’re a not-for-profit enviro-tech lodge and education centre with the goal to make the world a much better place through education and a bit of technology.

What’s to do at the Institute?


School enviro-tech camps

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Corporate retreats and off-sites

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Stay with us and help us change the world

Our programmes are focussed on enviro-tech education, so whether you are a corporate team having an off-site retreat, a school on a camp, a teacher on professional development, a community group or an individual passionate about serving the environment then by staying at the Institute of Awesome you will be helping change the world.

Corporate and community group retreats

Have a recharging break in nature and every offsite contributes to our educational “Secret Projects”. Your team can roll up their sleeves and build things for kids to learn from. For every night you stay, each of your team sponsors two kids on camp.

School camps

Have a school camp with an enviro-tech twist. We blend outdoor education with STEAM learning by engaging the kids on a “Secret Project” where they can help solve a community problem in the environment with science and technology. You will be helping a community somewhere and you can take your learnings back to your school to repeat the projects there too!

Private accommodation

At times during the year the lodge is open for independent travellers to stay. Stay at the lodge and learn about our programmes or enjoy our facilities and the 100 acres of mature bush with walks, and activities. Or just chillax on our decks listening to the bird-song.


Amenities at the Institute of Awesome

Nature, inspiration, good people and comfort. 

The institute is located at the world famous Karioi Lodge in Raglan, New Zealand. We cater for a wide range of groups wanting to experience the magic of Mount Karioi, the tranquil bush and the recharge of the west coast.

Our lodge can cater for groups of up to 80 in a mix of accommodation styles including private rooms, bunks rooms, cabins and a private house.

  • The Lodge Hall caters for dining and group meetings with a lounge and AV equipment

  • Two shared kitchens offer ovens, cooktops, refrigerators and food storage, pots, pans and cooking utensils

  • The large Hangar Workshop is a space for events and activities, and is home to our maker space workshops

  • An outdoor stage and amphitheatre with the backdrop of the sea

  • Bush walks for all levels of hiker

  • Large coin operated washers and dryers

  • Free wifi all over the camp

  • BBQs galore to grill up a storm

  • Fire pit and seats to share your epic tales of the day around

  • A sauna to ease your muscles

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 Industry, come and give back

Every retreat night you stay sponsors two kids on camp.

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Come and have your next leadership offsite at the Institute. You will be taken through leadership development with a unique twist as you will help design the next project for kids to come and learn about environmental technology while solving a real-world problem.

You will be involved in the planning, designing and building of the project. We can customise your experience to include accommodation at the lodge, all meals, entertainment, guest speakers and facilitation.

Each retreat booked sponsors a group of schools to come stay and work on building the project too. You help kids have a life changing educational experience they would not otherwise have.

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 Enviro-tech Youth Camps

The Huntly Karioi Trust initially built the lodge in 1974 as a school camp. Years later and it still retains the essential characteristics that make it an awesome outdoor camp experience. In 2019 the camp was “re-booted” as an enviro-tech camp, blending the old school camp experience with technology learning. Send your school or community group to stay at the lodge and work on enviro-tech projects in the centre, the 100 acres of bush on the property and in the natural beauty of the Raglan surrounds.

The camp can cater for groups of up to 80 at a time, with two camps per week. We offer fully catered and self catered options. Each camp will work on a Secret Project, solving a community mystery or problem.

Advanced bookings are a must especially over the spring and summer season.


 Follow our story on our blog - We Bought A Camp.