Only 50 minutes outside Auckland, Shakespear Lodge offers schools both residential and day camps. Beautiful Shakespear Regional Park – just on the school camp’s doorstep – has farmland, bush and safe beaches, while YMCA Auckland offers a wide range of outdoor and adventure activities to enhance your EOTC programme at Shakespear Lodge.
We all have fond memories of going on school camp, and it’s no wonder - school camps in New Zealand are such an important part of our schooling tradition. Modern life has its pressures that can make school camps a challenge to organise, but with over 30 years’ experience of running YMCA school camps, Shakespear Lodge knows what works. We can help you to facilitate your school camp to make it an enjoyable and enriching experience your students will remember.
In our beautiful surroundings and with so many adventure activities, you and your students can look forward to a fun and rewarding school camp at Shakespear Lodge.
Shakespear Lodge currently offers the following school camps:
Residential school camps of three to five days, staying at Shakespear Lodge.
Day programmes for schools who prefer to stay locally, or to bring their students for a day of outdoor and adventure activities.
Residential school camps or activity programmes for groups staying at the Te Haruhi Camp Ground (run by the Auckland Council) in Shakespear Regional Park.
Our activities are run with the philosophy of: education first; when you have learnt how to be successful, fun and enjoyment will follow. Many participants have chosen to take an activity further having laid the foundations while taking part in an activity led by YMCA Shakespear Lodge staff.
YMCA Shakespear Lodge is committed to providing the safest outdoor activities we can. As part of this commitment for the last nine years we have had our activity safety management system audited and certified through the OutdoorsMark accreditation scheme.
Planning a camp can be a daunting task. For the staff at YMCA Shakespear Lodge, programme design and development is a part of daily life. We have many years of experience with groups of all descriptions, so if we can help in any way, please do let us know.
Our water based activities include Kayaking, Sailing, Raft Building, Coasteering and Coastguard’s Safe Boating Programme
Our land based activities include Air Rifle Shooting, Archery, Bush Craft, Bush Cooking, Climbing, Initiative Exercises, Mountain Boarding, Mountain Biking, Orienteering, UHF Radios, Tramp to Camp and Sanctuary Discovery (led by SOSSI)
We have an excellent catering service available. Our school’s menu is approved as a Health Camp Menu by a New Zealand Registered Dietitian and can be adapted to the individual needs of your group, for example to cater for those with specific dietary requirements
Any group wishing to stay at the camp during the week are required to have our catering service. This allows you to enjoy camp, without the stress of providing the meals for your group.
Our kitchen has an ‘A grade certificate of registration’ from the council and is fully equipped with a wide range of appliances, utensils, tea towels and cleaning materials - sufficant cutlery and crockery is provided for everyone staying.
Shakespear Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 84 people.
The main homestead has seven rooms which sleep between five and eight people. There are a further four dormitory rooms in an adjacent building, sleeping between eight and eleven people.
The lodge has two internal bathrooms, with shower, toilet and wash room facilities and a large ablution block alongside the Lodge provides separate facilities for male and female guests.
There is a drying room your group can use, located under the lodge.
Whilst at the lodge, there are a number of buildings available for your use. The recreation hall is suitable for gathering everyone together for quiet activities and the barn is great for sports and games.
Find out how the Shakespear Lodge team can create a tailor made programme based on your unique needs