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Visiting Programme 

A visit to Hillary House is a special experience.  People find inspiration on seeing our storyboards and engaging with a growing archive of books, documents, photos and memorabilia. Currently our Visiting Programme is focused upon school leaders and senior citizens.

School Leaders
Student leaders


Bring your student leaders to visit us at Hillary House.  Many students are keen to know more about Sir Edmund Hillary and in learning of his legacy they become motivated about their own leadership potential.  See Stories

School leaders and youth development organisations visit Hillary House for workshops where they learn about Sir Ed's life and work, talk about leadership and consider their goals and dreams.

Workshops are currently facilitated by education consultants Bernadette Phillips and Robin Houlker who is also the Chair of our Trust.  Both Bernadette and Robin have considerable expertise in leadership training and development with both adults and young people. 

Group size

The Hillary House seminar room has capacity for 35 people and other rooms in the House enable break out spaces for workshops.  


Student leader workshops are free for decile 5 and below schools and there is a charge for school leader groups from decile 6 and above.


School leader visits are arranged individually by contacting us.  To arrange your visit, indicate School Leaders visit in the subject line and email us at:

Senior citizens and community groups   
Senior citizens and community groups

Memories are rekindled when senior citizens visit us at Hillary House.  They enjoy coming to ‘the house that Ed built’ and have contributed photos and memorabilia to our archives.   We share a presentation about the journey of the House, followed by a tour of Hillary House and a cup of tea.  Our team can offer a 45-minute presentation at your club or village prior to a later group visit to Hillary House, if you wish.  


Our visitors to date have included groups from Probus, Rotary, Lions Club and retirement villages. See Stories

To arrange a visit for your group, email us at:

General Public
General public

We welcome visits to Hillary House from the public, however the House is managed by volunteer trustees and is open by arrangement only.  There is a nominal charge of $10 per head for a minimum group size of 15 people.  Please note for health and safety reasons we have a maximum group size of  35 visitors at any one time, which ensures comfortable movement around the house.

To arrange a visit email us at:

For upcoming Open Days see our Events page

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