School Holiday Camps

Due to the Covid-19 Lock Down for 4 weeks and the expectations that school holidays will be moved to fall within this lock down period Our Easter School Holiday Programmes have been cancelled.

Auckland Holiday Camps for Kids

Glow worm walks, kayaking, high ropes, raft building and mountain boarding are just a few of the activities kids can take part in at our school holiday camps in Auckland.

Each day is action packed, and there are heaps of opportunities to make friends and do stuff that your child has never done before.

We have YMCA camps in two locations, our beautiful YMCA Camp Adair in Hunua, and YMCA Shakespear Lodge in Whangaparaoa.

YMCA Camp Adair is loaded with activities, from the high ropes course, to the thrilling mudslide. YMCA Shakespear Lodge is a little more water focused with sailing, kayaking and water safety, as well as climbing, bush cooking, archery and heaps more.

For more information about these camps, please get in touch!

Why YMCA Outdoors

WINZ Subsidies are available for eligible families

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Programmes We Offer

Jump Outdoors

For campers aged 6 to 8 years old

The Jump Outdoors camp offers our younger campers a chance experience the exciting outdoors in a safe and caring environment. Outdoor activities could include some New Zealand classics like climbing, high ropes, bush skills, confidence and team building activities or archery. Group games and hanging out with children of a similar age makes this camp the perfect way to start your outdoors journey, making new friends and be active along the way.

Hosted by:

YMCA Camp Adair

Discover Outdoors

For campers aged 9 to 11 years old

The Discover Outdoors camp offers kids a chance to meet and hang out with campers of a similar age. The focus of the week is on outdoor activities. Our two camps offer a range of activities - Camp Adair's focus is on high ropes activities; Shakespear Lodge is on water activities. Both sites also have a wide range of other activities which include climbing, kayaking, raft building, archery and team bonding activities as well as group games and crafts. Learning how to do these cool activities is a fantastic way to be active and develop some skills to prepare kids for New Zealand’s great outdoors.

Hosted by:

YMCA Camp Adair and YMCA Shakespear Lodge

Explore Outdoors

For campers aged 12 to 14 years old

The Explore Outdoors camp is about making and hanging out with friends of a similar age with similar interests, while getting stuck into some cool outdoor activities. Campers get to design their own programme with activities early in the week providing the skills for an outdoor mission later in the week - high adventures at Camp Adair or coastal exploration at Shaksepear Lodge are examples of these from previous camps.

Hosted by:

YMCA Camp Adair and YMCA Shakespear Lodge

Outdoor Blast - DAY Programme

For campers aged 6 to 14 years old

The Outdoors Blast DAY camp offers local families to our Camps the chance for their camper to experience all the cool activities we have on offer. Book in for one day or the whole week and get to take part in a wide range of activities from high ropes (at Camp Adair) or water activities (at Shakespear Lodge). Both sites also have a wide range of other activities which include climbing, kayaking, raft building, archery and team bonding activities as well as group games and crafts.

NB Transport and food are not included.

Programme runs Monday to Friday. Arrival between 8am and 9am. Pick up by 5:30pm.

Hosted by:

YMCA Camp Adair and YMCA Shakespear Lodge

Everything Is Included


Free optional transport to and from Camp from various locations around Auckland.

NB: Not provided for day programme campers


Cabin style accommodation in bunks. Campers can request to be in the same cabin as friends. Cabins are separated by gender.

YMCA staff are in cabins next to the campers - on duty overnight if needed.


Nutritious meals are included during the stay and dietary requirements are catered for.

NB: Not provided for day programme campers

Fully Trained Staff

All staff are Police checked and fully trained in first aid, behaviour management and programme delivery.


A wide range of 'Challenge by Choice' activities with any specialty equipment included.

Holiday Camps Are Available At Two Unique Facilities In The Auckland Region


YMCA Shakespear Lodge

1503 Whangaparaoa Rd, Army Bay, Whangaparaoa

09-424 7111

October Programme

Fee Assistance

YMCA believe that no family should be excluded from our services because of cost. To make sure every kiwi has access to camping experiences YMCA offers fee assistance and will subsidise up to 75% of camp fees for children on an application basis.