Kahu Youth Programmes

Check out the programmes we have in place for you. We’ve got a wide range of activities and programmes throughout the year, appealing to your interests as well as others.

Many of our programmes run every week, providing consistency and something to look forward to. They include drop-in activities, regular after school events and extra-special one-off events.

The following is an outline of some of our regular events, but feel free to ask for more information about these and others we have planned!

Adventure Clubs

When: 3:30-5:30pm term time

Kahu Youths Adventure Clubs are one of our longest running programs. The programs aim is helping to foster new friendships, build self esteem, try new activities, and learn how to operate as a team all while having fun. At the end of each term the groups combine for one large activity.

There are 4 clubs available:

1. Tui’s are on Mondays and are NOT gender specific (Omnigender).

2. Hoiho’s are on Wednesdays and are a Girls Club.

3. Piwakawaka’s are on Thursdays and are a Boys Club.

4. Kaka’s are on Fridays and are a Boys Club.

The activities include; rock climbing, futsal, swimming, movie making, paint ball, sailing, kayaking, cooking, group cinema trips, games days, biking, arts and crafts and youth led activities.

Sign up for 10 weeks of fun activities!.

Talk to us about enrolling for these sessions.

Drop-in Sessions

When: Fridays 6-10pm, Saturdays 3-10pm. Throughout the year.

Evening social gatherings, used as a ‘check in’ and to offer young people a place to hang out away from home. The young people are encouraged to take ownership of the Youth club at these times, deciding how each night is going to run.

We cook a shared meal which is served around 7:30 pm both nights, and have all the facilities available for the young people to use. These include music, board games and cards, our pool and table tennis tables, basketball hoops, a half pipe, art equipment, three computers with internet access, consoles, darts, books, a TV and DVD player, a sewing machine and loads more.

We ask for a donation for these sessions.

Hawea Flat Drop In’s

When: Fridays 6:00-9:00pm term time

Set up in 2017 by volunteers Sarah and Dave Millwater, the Hawea Youth Club runs every Friday during term time from 6 – 9pm in the Hawea flat hall.

Different to our Wānaka based club, the hall allows ball games, inline skating and a variety of team games.

Dinner is always available, and like Wānaka there is a room with couches if the youth simply want to chill out.

The Hawea Youth are involved in deciding activities and have a real sense of ownership of the evening.

Talk to us about getting involved.


When: Regular meet ups

Korimako is an adventure club for additional needs students in the Upper Clutha community! This venture is run alongside M!NT and we provide fun ways to engage in the community,

The club hosts a variety of activities such as trips to Puzzling World, BBQ in the park, Trips to the National Toy Museum and much more. We have many students from the community who come along as volunteers, and is a fantastic way to engage young people with the additional needs community, in a fun, social way.

Getting out and about and interacting with the good folks in Upper Clutha is our focus. We also eat plenty of yummy food together while out on adventures, and are sure to have a laugh on the way!

Talk to us if you are interested.

Youth Council

When: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30pm

Meeting on every Tuesday after school at the Crib, this is a group of young people aged 11 – 18 who work together to identify needs for local young people and both organize and promote healthy fun activities for young people. Formed in late 2015, they are now working towards attending community board meetings and submitting to local council on issues facing the youth of the Upper Clutha region.

Talk to us if you are interested.

Youth vs Wild

When: Thursdays 3:30pm-6:00pm during term 1

A six week program loosely influenced by the television show ‘Man vs Wild’. Each week focuses on a certain aspect of wild survival, from fire making and ‘hobo cookery’ through to raft building, navigation, survival first aid, fishing and shelter building.

The program finishes of with a two day camp led by the young people to use all the new skills they have acquired. This hugely popular course always fills up quickly.

Talk to us about getting involved.


When: Wednesdays, 4- 5:30pm term time

On Wednesdays afterschool Hustle meets 8 weeks per term. The programme focuses on getting youth moving, encouraging physical activity and play. The youth will try a variety of sports and activities that may include disc golf, pitch and putt, mountain biking, paddle boarding, karate, trampolining and even zorbing. Hustle is a non-competitive environment and costs $75 per term.

Talk to us if your are interested or sign up today.


When: Mondays, 3:30-5:00pm term time

Grounded meets 8 weeks a term on Mondays at the Crib where our Environmental Guardians (youth) explore opportunities and create tangible environmental change through activities and projects. Facilitated by experts in education and environmental studies our facilitators will encourage Environmental Guardians to explore focus areas of environmental issues that have meaning to them such as; native biodiversity, water quality, air quality, plastic waste and climate change. Environmental Guardians will create their own project as well as regularly collaborate with other local groups, such as Wai Wanaka, giving youth exposure to the latest initiatives as well as unique and rewarding experiences. Cost is $35 per term.

Talk to us about getting involved by emailing info@kahuyouthtrust.org.