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Save the world with enviro-tech camps

At the Institute we have a plan to change the world for good. We host schools who want to help with our mission. We think that through innovation, leadership and a wee bit of technology we can invent the world we want to live in. Just watch!

The camp, originally Karioi Lodge, was established in 1974 by a group of Huntly school teachers wanting to inspire kids with outdoor education. We are continuing the legacy and have transformed the camp into an enviro-tech camp.

We have workshops for groups where we teach technology skills with an environmental context. Growing food, generating electricity, tracking pests, measuring the health of our environment. These activities are available for any school group who wants to get outdoors but still learn technology skills at the same time.

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.

Our amenities

Main lodge hall

The Lodge Hall caters as the dining hall and evening hangout. With a two large kitchens offering ovens, cooktops, refrigerators and food storage, pots, pans and cooking utensils. The main hall has a large wrap-around deck overlooking the bush and ocean. Multiple BBQs with supplied gas are available too.



We offer a mix of rooms to suit what ever ratio of kids to adults you need. Private king or double rooms are available as well as 4 per room bunk rooms. Heaters, fresh clean linen, pillows and blankets are supplied in all of the rooms.

Rooms can be configured in the three formats below.

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Some dorm rooms have sea views, most have beautiful bush and mountain views. All rooms are in close proximity to shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Most rooms have hammocks and sunny decks outside for relaxing on.

Hot water showers and toilets are in close proximity to all rooms. There are two bathroom blocks including 3 showers in each (male and female blocks) and two private bathroom units with shower and toilet available for all guests.

Other amenities

  • 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, perfect for an end of camp production

  • 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

  • We have permaculture gardens producing free-range eggs and organic vegetables and fruit

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



There is plenty to do while staying at The Institute of Awesome. Get out and explore. Learn a little or just have some fun. Our team can help with any adventure and can also tailor packages to suit groups or individuals. Just let us know what you are up for, and we will do the rest. Easy as.


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.