Holiday Program

for Autistic Kids and Young People

At a glance:

We run a holiday program for autistic kids and teens in the first week of every school holidays at venues like the Campbell Street Kindergarten, Karori for our under 12 program and our over 12’s at Te Aka, Wellington East Girls, Mt Vic.

We always run the program in the first week of every school holidays, except Summer when it is the first 2 weeks of Jan, to help families plan in advance their holiday schedules.

When: Monday – Friday

Time: 9-1pm except our Thursday “long day” 9-3pm

Carer Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2, depending on level of support required

Who is it for: School aged children on the Autistic spectrum

Cost: $50 per day + activity fee where appropriate.

COST NOTE: You must be a financial member of the AIT ($69 per year) to join the Holiday Program. You can usually claim your holiday program fees through Whaikaha’s Carer Support funding or Individualised funding. We can also accept OSCAR subsidies.


Whatever your kids are into, we are open to giving it a try. In the past we have facilitated: Swimming, bush walks, train/bus rides, hanging at the kindy, beach day (weather dependent), Te Papa, Movie day, Botanical Gardens, dancing, swimming


We run the program at two venues separated by age. (5-11, 12+)

  • The younger kids are normally at Karori Kindergarten
  • The teenagers venue is normally Te Aka at Wellington East Girls or Miramar Central School

Who it is for

We cater for all autistic kids and young people and are experienced with all manner of behaviours. We are a strength based holiday program so it’s worth talking to us about your child, warts and all if needed, with our Holiday Program coordinators Stephen and Pete before your child joins us for a day at the program. The more we understand about your child, the more we can help them enjoy the experience and stay safe!

Next Steps

We need a full profile of your child and a meeting or a comprehensive phone call with our HP Manager, Stephen. We invite new kids to come for 2 days to start with, so we can get to know them and ascertain how best to care for them. As the spectrum is wide reaching in terms of needs, in order to keep everyone safe and enjoying the program, this is a much needed part of our process.

If you are interested in joining us for the next program, email Stephen to arrange a time to call. He will figure out which days would be best for your trial and what activities will be the best too.

We are extremely popular but we will work really hard to make something work.

Please email Stephen at

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