About Waitawheta Camp

Bring your group to Waitawheta Camp where you'll enjoy learning about the outdoors (and yourselves) in an environment made for adventure!

Our camp is ideal for schools, sports groups, recreation groups, family reunions, weddings, staff training and conferences.

Located in rural Waitawheta near the town of Waihi, the camp is close to large areas of native New Zealand bush and rivers, including one of New Zealand's top ten natural attractions - the Karangahake Gorge and the Hauraki Rail Trail.

Outdoor adventure activities

Whether it's tramping, cycling, kayaking, abseiling, exploring gold-mining heritage sites or travelling on the vintage rail train, there's so much to do in and around the camp.

We are only 15 minutes drive from Waihi Beach, with pristine white sand beaches and coastal walkways. We have Kayaks for hire at the camp.

There are fresh water swimming holes in the rivers close to the camp and at Dickeys Flat.

Affordable accommodation for all group sizes

We keep down the costs of camp hire by ensuring each group thoroughly cleans the camp prior to departure.

Can we have the camp to ourselves during our stay?

Absolutely! The camp will be yours alone during your stay as we only hire to one group at a time.

How many can be catered for?

We can cater for 113 people, with 2 bunkroom dorms, 8 private bunkrooms, a large dining and kitchen area, a historical hall, toilets and showers, and space for tents and campers.

Affordable Wedding & Function Venue

A natural setting with established grounds in a beautiful location central to Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton with a fully equipped catering kitchen, a large hall and dining area with accommodation for 100 people.

For local services please visit: www.weddingsandfunctionsnz.com

Suppliers we recommend:

Affordable Functions: www.affordablefunctions.co.nz

Marquee Hire: www.makeyourdayevents.co.nz

Stretch Tents BOP: www.facebook.com/stretchtentsBOP

Camp History

Waitawheta camp is on the grounds of the original Waitawheta School. The school closed in December 1973, and the school building itself is now the Waihi Beach Play Center. In 1975 the old Waihi East School buildings were moved on-site and the Waitawheta Camp was established.

Waitawheta Camp is a non-profit Incorporated Society, administered by a committee of volunteers and resident managers.