Enviro-tech lodge and education centre

Established in 2010 by technology entrepreneur Vaughan Fergusson and social change maker Zoe Timbrell, the Institute of Awesome is an enviro-tech lodge and education centre set on 100 acres of native bush, in Whale Bay, Raglan. We host those who want to help change the world through innovation, leadership and technology.


School enviro-tech camps

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We are “re-booting” an old outdoor education camp as an enviro-tech education centre. A place where kids and communities can reconnect with the natural environment and learn how to use technology to protect and enhance it.

At the Institute we work on secret projects that change the world.

With the help of industry we design engaging & practical projects for schools and groups to run that helps their community and solves environmental issues.

Corporate retreats and off-sites

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Our environment is vital to our future wellbeing, our tūrangawaewae – where we live, learn, work and play. It is our home, our identity and very much the foundation of our culture and traditions.

Embracing modern and traditional methods from tangata whenua, we connect to be a part of, not apart from the environment.

The centre is forever evolving and being “rebuilt” as a modern learning and research centre with the help of everyone who visits and with the help of industry supplied resident experts, equipment and know-how.


Read our manifesto to find out why we care so much about what we do and how you can help.