Backyard camping
Image: A Studholme


Star gaze, tell stories, watch the sunrise, and earn your Kiwi Guardians medal.

Let's go camping – at home! You can do this in a tent on the lawn, under the stars, or sleeping out on the porch or deck. You can even camp inside if the weather is too wet and wild. Build your own hut out of sheets and chairs. 

Don't forget to check the weather before your backyard camping adventure.

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An adventure for the whānau

Camping at home is a great adventure for the whole whānau. Here are some fun activities. 

  • Star gaze under the milky way – can you see a shooting star? Can you spot the Southern Cross constellation or Matariki?
  • Tell stories in the dark.
  • Watch the sunset or sunrise.
  • Listen to the dawn chorus – how many different birds can you hear?

Discover your nature

Sit still for 5 minutes outside. Listen carefully and try to identify the sounds of nature. Close your eyes, then make a list or draw the sounds you hear, such as birds, insects, wind in the trees, or people noises. What else can you hear?

Do this exercise at night and again in the morning. Are the sounds different?

Explore the night sky

Try the Explore the night sky activity – you can make you own star wheel to identify constellations.

Claim your Kiwi Guardians Curious Camper medal

Complete the claim form to tell us about your activity, and we'll send you a medal. Each Kiwi Guardians action has a different medal – see how many you can collect.

Share what you did

The team at Toyota Kiwi Guardians would love to hear about what you did. Send us an email, or share something online using #KiwiGuardians, so we can share it with others. Visit Kiwi Guardians on Facebook.

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