Program Overview

This program emanates childhood days past. A traditional TimberNook program where young children have unique play experiences that challenge their mind and body in beautiful natural settings, followed by hours of play. They’ll be doing everything from building dams to alter the flow of water to creating clever castles in the woods. And so much more! Programs may vary based on location.
Barefoot and Buckets - TimberNook Wellington
Program Details:

We have combined our two favourite TimberNook Summer Experiences from our ‘Barefoot and Buckets’ and our ‘Sensory Adventures’ curriculum to provide your tamariki with the ultimate Summer Experience.  We will be doing everything creating a water run that stretches the length of the woods to enjoying mud experiences and sledding in foam! There will also be plenty of time for free play, cooking over an open fire, and games in the wild. This program is sure to challenge the mind, while fully engaging the body and senses at the same time.

In addition to our TimberNook experience your Tamariki will also enjoy hours of play in our creek, and form fast friendships as together they experience epic adventures through the Regional Park to our waterfall, clamber up and over our new rope wall, then splash over several rivers as they make their way to the boundary bridge to spy on and feed our resident eels.  Each day is concluded around the fire circle as we gather to share about experiences, sing and cook over the fire.

Tamariki will get wet and muddy during their TimberNook experiences and the New Zealand weather is variable:

Please bring to TimberNook:

  • Large lunch and plenty of snacks and a water bottle
  • Three full changes of clothes including non-cotton layers of wool or polypro.
  • A warm jacket
  • Swimming clothes and a towel (rash tops and board shorts/wetsuit or togs)
  • Sunscreen and bug spray if you prefer your own
  • Shoes suitable for getting wet and a spare pair to go home in.  Gumboots do tend to fill with water and wet gumboots do rub on bare legs, river shoes or an old pair of trainers are suitable for crossing rivers and playing in the creek if your tamariki are not inclined to wear bare feet.
  • A large bag for transporting wet items home

Facilities: TimberNook Wellington site has a Woolshed Classroom available for shelter when required, drinking water is available to refill bottles, the toilets are flushable and hand-washing is available.

Our location in the Regional Park is out of cell phone reception and GPS frequently sends new families to a different location.  TimberNook Wellington is located at the very end of Stratton Street in Normandale, park your vehicle in the top carpark and walk one minute down the Old Coach track to arrive at the Woolshed Classroom.

Transport:  May be available from the Eastbourne and Lower Hutt War Memorial Libraries to Timbernook and back for an additional cost.  Places are limited!   Please text Lisa Lily on 02102416770 with your child’s full name, the Timbernook program name, and the dates that you are requesting transport for, as well as the location for drop off and pick up.

Departs Eastbourne Library 8.30 am

Departs Lower Hutt War Memorial traffic dependant 8.45 am

Arrives Lower Hutt War Memorial traffic dependant  3.45 pm

Arrives Eastbourne Library traffic dependant  4 pm

TimberNook Wellington provides a staff member free of charge to support your tamariki on the shuttle or in TimberNook’s own vehicles.  The fixed daily charge for the shuttle service is $15 per child.  If your booking is transport dependant please book early.  Children under 7 years of age require a half booster.  You will receive text confirmation and an invoice for the service two weeks prior to program commencement.

TimberNook Wellington

Barefoot and Buckets – TimberNook Wellington

Jan 21 - Nov 23

Times: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Ages: 4 - 10


Timbernook Certified Provider

Dr Kelly Mouat

Email or call 021-027-4173 with questions and inquiries.

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