Top Outdoor Spot Competition
Our popular Top Outdoor Spot Competition will be back again in 2019 with great prizes for students and schools. We will announce details of the 2019 competition in Term 1 2019.
In the meantime, read about some of our previous winners:
- Wellsford girl wins Top Outdoor Spot prize
- 2018: Children in Rotorua, Wellsford and Nelson win Top Outdoor Spot Competition
- 2017: Top Outdoor Spot winners
Part of the Commission’s job is letting people know how to behave responsibly and respectfully in the outdoors. We know that the way people behave is easier to establish than to change, so working with school-age children can have a big impact.
The Commission has a range of New Zealand curriculum-based education resources on our website which teachers can use to help students understand responsible outdoor behaviour.
To help instil this in children, we also promote a love and respect for the outdoors. The Top Outdoor Spot competition, held annually, invites children from around New Zealand to share their favourite outdoor place.
The competition runs throughout terms 1 and 2 and encourages school children to send in a photo, drawing or short poem/story of their favourite outdoor spot and what makes it special for the chance to win. The top three entries in each category - Best Photo, Best Drawing and Best Description - will win a prize pack for themselves and their school.
Who can enter?
Any student enrolled in a New Zealand school is eligible to win the Top Outdoor Spot competition.
While this competition is targeted at years 4-8, teachers may wish to encourage younger or older students to participate.
2018 prizes and sponsors
- First prize for the best drawing, photo and description was an Osprey Daylite Plus daypack (with a lifetime guarantee) filled with a drink bottle, a micro-fibre towel, an emergency blanket, a pair of Skellerup Red Band gumboots, a pair of merino snow socks, and a book, Up the River – Explore and Discover New Zealand’s Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands, published by Potton & Burton.
- Second prize was an Osprey Daylite Plus daypack, a pair of Skellerup Red Band gumboots and a copy of Up the River published by Potton & Burton.
- And third prize was a drink bottle, a micro fibre towel, an emergency blanket, a pair of Skellerup Red Band gumboots, a pair of merino snow socks, and a copy of Up the River published by Potton & Burton.
- Meanwhile, the school of each student who won received a $300 voucher for a school day trip to a nearby outdoor walk or trail plus advice from a local Walking Access Commission regional field advisor.
- They also got a book – Great Walks of New Zealand published by Potton & Burton, and sunscreen from the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
- The schools of the students who come second and third also received a copy of Great Walks of New Zealand.