Beyond the craggy cliff overhangs of the high country Skippers Canyon, near Queenstown, lies the vast and beautiful Branches Station.
For over 50 years hundreds of youngsters from Wakatipu High School, about to take a critical first step towards adulthood have first undertaken a life-changing personal journey of discovery - an unbroken, relentless 8-day camp under canvas, fending for themselves, with few facilities, far from civilisation or family and with little contact from the outside world.
Tough physical, mental and emotional challenges are thrust their way.
They emerge as heroes, victorious, the challenges met and overcome, unique common bonds created that will be shared for life.
This is Branches Camp.