Shakespear Lodge

Shakespear Lodge


We are now at COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown. YMCA Shakespear Lodge is currently closed. Please see our COVID-19 page for more details

School Holiday Camps

Registrations for our Spring 2021 Camps OPEN NOW!

Your home of YMCA holiday programmes, school camps, group accommodation, conferences and team building

Shakespear Lodge has over 30 years’ experience in the outdoor education and group accommodation industry – we have the knowledge and know-how to offer outstanding outdoor education experiences for people of all ages and abilities. With its direct access to one of Auckland’s finest regional parks and sweeping views across the Hauraki Gulf, Shakespear Lodge is ideally placed to provide outdoor education and adventure experiences to a diverse range of groups.

School camps, community groups, family groups and corporate team building events from Auckland and beyond will find everything they need for their outdoor education experience – accommodation, facilities and, most importantly, fun.

We don’t just cater for school camps, community and corporate groups; we also deliver YMCA holiday programmes. Shakespear Lodge’s extensive outdoor activities will keep your youngsters out of mischief over the school holidays!

Contact Us

1503 Whangaparaoa Road,
Shakespear Regional Park
Army Bay

0800 004 058


Adventure Activity Operator Registered through OutdoorsMark

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Operating Hours

Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5:00pm
Sat - Sun CLOSED
Public Holidays CLOSED

Due to the nature of camp life the office is not always staffed. Please accept out apologies in advance if you have to leave a message and wait for us to call you back.
Operating Hours
Year round for booked groups.

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Camp Services & Facilities at a Glance


We provide group accommodation for groups of 20 to 84 people in cabin/dorm style accommodation - sleeping between 4 and 11 people.

Rooms are located in the original Shakespear homestead and additional cabins located in an adjacent building.

Outdoor Activities

Delivered by fully trained staff, Shakespear Lodge offers a range of outdoor activities from land based adventures like mountain boarding, archery or climbing to coastal and sea activities such as kayaking, sailing and Coastguard's safe boating programme and much more.

Spaces For Hire

A range of spaces from the dinning room, recreation hall (with AV equipment available) or 'the barn' and multiple wide open spaces collectively cater to your needs.

Tailored Programmes

Shakespear Lodge recognises the needs of every group are different and can tailor our programme to the unique requirements of the cutomer from weddings to corporate events, school groups and more.

Catering Services

We have an excellent catering service available which can be adapted to the individual needs of your group - our community menu is approved as a healthy camp menu by a registered dietitian. For those groups wanting more choice our corporate menu offers higher quality meal options.

Our kitchen has an ‘A grade’ food safety grade from the council and is fully equipped with a wide range of appliances, utensils, cutlery, crockery, tea towels and cleaning materials.

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Latest News

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Finding time for whānau at Family Camp

Work. Finances. Chores. School routines. With the pressures of daily life it’s little wonder so many Kiwi families struggle to spend quality time together, and the numbers prove it.

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Young camper finds a new love for life

Daniel remembers his first week at camp like it was yesterday.  “I was scared and afraid that I wouldn’t be good at anything and I remember picking up the bow and arrow, it was so much bigger than me” and with a smile on his face, he realised how silly he’d been, he says, “but as I pulled and released each arrow, over and over again, it felt really good…. I was pretty good at this” with a smirk on his face. 

That experience was the first of many challenges for Daniel as he quickly learned that camp would require meeting new people, listening to and following camp leader instructions and giving every activity a go.  On one occasion, the rest of the camp kids were challenged to a wall climb which Daniel recalls as one of his hardest days at camp.  “I was climbing the wall and as I reached the overhang I wanted to give up” he says, and with a glum look in his eyes followed by a victorious tone he continues, “I was really tired but I kept going and when I got to the top I was so happy.”

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YMCA kids dive into boating education

According to Statistics New Zealand, sixty-five percent of Kiwis live near the coast, and New Zealand has 15,000 kilometres of it.  Sadly, Drownbase and Water Safe New Zealand report that as of 2 February, nineteen people have drowned already this year, indicating that the need for education around water and our coastlines is greater than ever.

In a bid to reduce drowning rates, find out how YMCA has partnered with Coastguard Boating Education to deliver education to 165 youngsters.

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Make An Enquiry

Find out how Shakespear Lodge can help you with your next camp, team building exercise or event.