Visit New Zealand’s first Health Camp, providing children in need with sunshine, exercise, good food, and sea air. See how were they cared for, housed, taught, and fed.
From the 1930s, health camps and their fund-raising health stamps became part of every New Zealander’s awareness. What happened there? Did the selected child residents love or loathe their stay at camp? At New Zealand’s first permanent camp at Ōtaki Beach (1932–2018), you can explore the facilities and relive their experience.
Image: The interior of the Rotunda at Ōtaki Children’s Health Camp, a huge tent-like dormitory originally built at Rotorua in 1916 for an army hospital.
Booking is required. Email email@example.com to book.
Location: Located at the end of Health Camp Road, Ōtaki Beach. Drive through memorial gates to the main building.
Duration: Two hours, including refreshments, talk and tour
Cost: $10 includes a year’s membership of Friends of Ōtaki Rotunda