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Top Outdoor Spot competition

6 July | Closes

 The Top Outdoor Spot competition has returned for 2018!

Running throughout terms 1 and 2, the competition encourages New Zealand school children to send in a photo or drawing of their favourite outdoor spot and a short description about 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.

All photos, drawings and descriptions sent in between 29 January 2018 and the end of the day on 6 July 2018 will be in to win.


For teachers: incorporating the competition into classroom lessons

Access to the outdoors has long been a part of the New Zealand way of life, and many students will have enjoyed time with friends and family at beaches, rivers, farms, camping grounds and other outdoor spots during the holiday period.

The annual Top Outdoor Spot competition is a great way to encourage students to think about somewhere that is special to them and to submit a contribution to the gallery featuring a photo or drawing and short descriptive paragraph.

For more information about the Both Sides of the Fence website and information about the New Zealand curriculum learning areas it supports, visit the Teachers' Space.


The New Zealand Walking Access Commission has created the Both Sides of the Fence online resource to assist teachers and students in exploring the theme of responsible use of the outdoors. It also introduces schools to the work of the Commission, and the Outdoor Access Code.

Students can use the outdoor education resources on this site to learn about responsible access to the outdoors and explore the perspectives of others.

Teachers can use the teacher resources to create lesson plans and support education outside the classroom (EOTC) activities.

While this resource is targeted at years 4–8, teachers may wish to use the site with younger or older students.

Separate resources have been developed to support use of the site with teachers of students in years 1-3 (see left hand menu).

For teachers new to this site, check out the starter guide.




New Zealand Walking Access Commission


12:00am Mon 29 January, 2018 - 11:59pm Fri 6 July, 2018