Terms 1 and 4 (Summer)

Venture Group is the name of Christ's College's outdoors, tramping and mountain-pursuits group. It operates as a summer sport option, with a commitment to exploring the backcountry of Canterbury (and sometimes beyond). Re-established in 2020 after at least a decade of inactivity, the group consists of boys who have a love of the outdoors and have a desire to challenge themselves, push their limits and learn new skills.

The programme is built around weekly day hikes (Saturdays) in Terms 1 and 4 and mid-week fitness and trip-planning sessions. It also merges nicely with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, as Venture Group members can come on overnight or multi-day trips and explore more remote mountain regions.

Adventurous trips are interspersed with closer-to-home activities (during periods of heavy academic loads) such as indoor climbing and rogaining in the Port Hills.

Master-in-Charge: Dr Tom Hawkins – email hidden; JavaScript is required
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Weekly day hikes (Saturdays), mid-week fitness and trip-planning sessions


Highlights in recent seasons have included:

  • Trekking onto the Cameron Glacier
  • Watching the sunrise over Kaikoura from Mt Fyffe
  • Exploring the upper reaches of the Waimakariri headwaters to the Main Divide of the Alps
  • Summiting Avalanche Peak
  • Trekking through snow above Castle Hill in mid-summer

Venture Group Staff

Staff Tom Hawkins 1283 SQ

Dr Tom Hawkins