• How does Venture actually work?

  • Phase 1

    31st December - 6th January

    The first half of Illuminate 2019 is known as Phase One - or the Expeditions.

    You'll spend the first night on site in Kaiwaka, getting to know your fellow Venturers and getting organised for departing for your expeditions the next day!
    Want to extend an existing passion? Or keen to try something completely new?


    Some Expeditions may even help you earn a recognised qualification, or complete parts of the Venturer Award Scheme. You can be sure that each Expedition will showcase the best of the North Island, with plenty of adrenaline, touring, scenery and fun.

    Check out the Expeditions page for full details, where you'll find an adventure for every taste and budget.


    After selecting your preferred Phase One adventure, you will be split into Expedition Units: groups of 9 Venturers (a mix of age, nationality and gender) and one lucky Leader, and then you head off together into 5 days of adventure!

  • Phase 2

    6th January - 11th January

    With the Phase One Expeditions completed, everyone returns to the Venture Site in Kaiwaka for Phase Two.

    Imagine 1000+ teenagers in one place, sparking with enthusiasm as they vent their energy through an extensive range of on-site activities, off-site adventures, and evening events. Above all, Phase Two provides five days of choice for you to choose how to spend your time. It can be as adventurous (or not!) as you like, with as many activities (or time to socialize!) as you wish. The hardest part will be fitting it all in!


    On-site Activities
    The Venture site will be bursting with activities that you simply rock up and try for as long as you like, as many times as you like. Almost all are included in your Venture fee, and those that are not are at mates-rates.

    Some of the on-site activities in the past have included: (take a deep breath!) canoeing and kayaking, rockclimbing and abseiling, aerial crate stacking, construction and destruction zones, archery, swimming and watersports, challenge valley and horizontal bungy (phew!)

    The social hub will be sparking with pool tables, table tennis and arcade games to challenge your mates with.

    The Rover Cafe will be a hot-spot, serving up your favourite snacks all day and night to make sure you have fire in the belly.

    In 2013, a local radio station came on-site to broadcast nationally, with Venturers playing announcer and DJ all day, every day!


    You can do as little or as much as you like - plenty of time to drop in and try something adventurous, as well as spending time hanging with old friends and new.


    Off-site Activities
    More details will be coming soon from the Programme Team, but rest assured there will be plenty of choice (and pricing options).


    Night Activities
    Ventures are famous for being non-stop, and Illuminate 2019 will be no different! The action continues each day long after the mighty sun has set, with awesome night entertainment to keep things burning deep into the night. Live bands and DJs and a variety of themed nights are in store to make sure your five nights on Phase Two are on fire.

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