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GirlGuiding NZ has a range of Guiding Centres across the country available to visit. You are welcome to book these properties for accommodation.

Guiding centres to visit

GirlGuiding New Zealand has a range of Guiding centers across the country that can be hired out at reasonable prices. Click on the links below to view the properties:


Trefoil Park

Northland’s camp site, 14 km south of Kaikohe on the Mangakahia Road

More than 80 hectares of native bush and river valley, Trefoil Park is an idyllic spot for really getting away and making an adventure for girls of any age.

There is a large flat area for camping and activities near the buildings. A separate, stand-alone ablution block is available nearby. A stream runs through the property with good swimming holes throughout the valley. The Dorothy West hut is an ideal venue for indoor training and activities.

Fern Haven, a marae-style sleeping area, has an attached ablution block, which includes a disabled shower and toilet facility. The attached covered deck is a pleasant area for dining.

Kitchen facilities include an electric wall oven, gas cookers, fridge freezers, cooking utensils, pots and pans.

For more information: or to make a booking please contact Barbara Woodcock, 09 423 8806 or


45 Stanmore Bay Road, Whangaparaoa

It overlooks Polkinghorne Bay, Whangaparaoa Peninsula, just 45 minutes north of Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Raroa has one large hall, one smaller hall, one room, fully equipped kitchen and campground.


  • Within easy walking distance to the shopping centre and medical facilities
  • Telephone on site
  • On the bus route
  • Off street parking
  • Wheelchair access to shower and toilet facilities

Places within 30 minutes walking of Raroa

  • Three safe beaches for swimming and boating
  • Reserves with large grassy games area and children’s play equipment
  • Hibiscus Coast Leisure Centre includes a heated indoor swimming pool
  • Tenpin bowling

For booking and further information: contact Barbara Hamer 09+ 424 2840 (a/h) or email

North Shore


Camp site, meeting hall, training facility
Auburn Street Reserve, Takapuna, North Shore

This modern, attractive, recently refurbished building in a quiet, sunny and private location in central Takapuna, is available for hire at reasonable rates.

It is an excellent facility for camps, trainings, large and small group meetings, regular or one off weekend, daytime or evening events, craft/exercise/hobby classes etc.

There is a large hall, two seminar rooms or the entire building is available for hire. It has a large modern kitchen which includes: electric oven with five gas hobs, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, complete with cutlery, crockery, pots, pans, serving bowls and utensils.

There is a minimum charge for GirlGuiding NZ camps.

For more information and bookings:
Email -



Auckland Region’s Guiding Home
Corner of Kauri Loop Road and West Coast Road, Oratia, Waitakere City

Otimai is a wonderful camping and residential facility for Guiding groups of all ages to use. The price is affordable and the accommmodation is extremely comfortable. All camping equipment is available on site.

Facilities include:

  • Sleeps up to 40 people, shared and single accommodation
  • Fully equipped kitchen and dining area (resident caterer available)
  • Large meeting area with open fireplace
  • Special needs facilities
  • Souvenir shop
  • Confidence course
  • Outdoor chapel in the bush
  • BBQ area
  • Large outdoor areas among 10 acres of native bush.

It is usually available for week day usage for sports teams, community groups, corporate groups and retreats. Please pass this information on.

To make a booking or find out more information please email  or phone 09 814 9992.

For more info: view website


Taha Wahia/Woodside

Property_TahaWahia.jpg68 Everglade Drive, Manukau

  • Situated by the Southern Motorway off and on Ramps
  • 5 minutes Manukau City Shopping Centre
  • 5 minutes to Rainbows End Fun Park
  • 20 minutes to Auckland International and Domestic Airports
  • 15 minutes to Sylvia Park and Botany Town Centre for shopping, movies and Ice Skating.
  • 20 – 30 minutes to Downtown Auckland

Taha Wahia Woodside has the following facilities:

  • Kitchen: Hot water heater, dish washer, oven, microwave, fridge and small freezer. Plates - cutlery can be supplied at a cost.
  • Boardroom: Board room table and chairs. Cleaning equipment stored in cupboard.
  • Upstairs 2 Rooms: (carpeted)
  • Toilets: 3 downstairs, one with mobility access upstairs
  • Showers: 2 Upstairs
  • Mattresses: Limited number available on request
  • Table and Chairs: For 180 People
  • A Security firm checks the building twice during the night.

Email for bookings and inquiries to:

Camp Rutherford


Whitford, Auckland

Largely due to the foresight of the then Auckland Provincial Commissioner, Mrs. Audrey Rutherford, a ten acre block of coastal land was purchased in 1964.

A garage was erected on the top site and a six foot wide track was cut to give access to the Rangitoto Field. In 1969 an open air chapel was built in the bush area. A second garage was erected on the top site in 1976 and was named Lee Lodge after Fae Lee who was the first Guider in charge of the property. Over the years both garages have been lined and extended – the original garage becoming the kitchen, dining and activity area, and Lee Lodge now sleeps twenty-two.

More recently a third garage has also been installed and extended, providing storage for tents and equipment and a covered activity area. There is also a permanent fire place and shelter. Rangitoto Field has a small equipment shed, a fire place and shelter so is ideal for basic camping.

About 1987 when Camp Rutherford became part of the new Manukau Region two paths were cut through the bush area. These paths are now called the Ranger Valley Path and the Pohutukawa Trail. For many years the rangers removed privet and planted native trees near the Ranger Valley. This project developed into large working bees of Guiding people, families and friends, and we now have native trees around our boundaries and in the bush.

In 2002 a path/boardwalk was built from the Rangitoto Field through our wetland to the beach.

Email for bookings and inquiries to:


HardyHardy Training Centre

Hungerford Crescent, Hamilton (next to Hamilton Gardens)

  • Centrally located in Hamilton
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Dishwasher
  • Toilets and showers
  • Wheelchair access

Hire rates:

  • For information on hire rates and for further information please view the flyer for here

For bookings and enquiries: contact Annette Mudford

Bay of Plenty

OtawaOtawa Lodge

We have been notified that Otawa Lodge is not available for hire as at 6 March 2014.

Manoeka Road, Te Puke
-approx. 1 hour from Rotorua and Whakatane, 1 1/2 hours from Hamilton and 2 hours from Taupo.

View the Otawa Lodge Brochure.

Otawa Lodge is situated at the top end of Manoeka Road Te Puke, set in lovely native bush with delightful streams to explore and enjoy.

  • total accommodation capacity is 32 (16 bunks upstairs, six beds downstairs and a small chalet outside which sleeps three. There are also extra mattresses available)
  • outdoor area available for tents
  • large well-equipped kitchen & dining room area which opens out onto a deck for outdoor living (includes two fridges, freezer, two ovens and microwave)
  • large lounge with a solid fuel heater
  • toilet block with showers—a Marshall heater needs to be lit to heat the hot water (plenty of firewood in store for lighting the heater)
  • small area for camping plus barbecue
  • wooden tables and forms (plus extra plastic tables) that can be taken outside on to the deck for crafts or meals
  • lovely outdoor chapel, a place for peace and meditation or listen to the native birds. At night you can search the banks around the bush chapel for twinkling glow worms
  • outdoor obstacle course which is always popular with the children
  • streams to play in and bush tracks to walk (one leading up to the old Te Puke Dam site)
  • close to other places of interest for day trips e.g. Kiwi 360 & the beautiful Mount Maunganui beaches
  • ideal for small weddings, church groups, and social and club retreats.

For more information and bookings:
Contact Carole Lindsay
07 578 9579

Directions: If you are travelling from Tauranga, turn right into Manoeka Road. If you are travelling through TePuke town, turn left into Te Puke Quarry Road and then left into Manoeka Road.


Whakaipo Bay

Whakaipo Bay 01The campsite is 15 minutes from Taupo township.

The lease with the Department of Conservation stipulates that the site is for outdoor education for school/youth groups only up to and including secondary school age children. It is not to be run for financial gain.

Whakaipo Bay 02Whakaipo Bay 03The camp has:

  • A Nissan Hut with gas commercial oven, two gas fridge/freezers, gas califont for hot water over 2 sinks, 4 burner gas bbq and an indoor Fisher fire. All gas and firewood is inclusive in charges.
  • A separate building houses 4 showers heated by a chippie fire and one flush loo for adults/leaders.
  • Equipment room with pots/pans and cooking equipment.
  • There is no electricity but the camp has been wired for users to supply their own generator.
  • Mezzanine floor with approximately 40 mattresses (sleep indoors marae style )
  • Large refectory tables and stools for indoor eating plus benches etc., for food preparation.
  • 2.58 hectares is fenced for camping. ( our lease with Department of Conservation stipulates ) The site is for school/youth groups only for outdoor education up to and including secondary school age children, not to be run for financial gain. ( exact wording from document which we adhere to) Charges are $7.00 per person per day, $100.00 bond on confirmation of required dates. Bond form sent out to interested parties.
  • Two separate ablution blocks both with disabled toilets facilities plus 2 outdoor bbq's situated in separate parts of the site.

Bond form and enquiries to or Taupo 07 3785 235.

Hawke’s Bay


28km from NapierOmatua Complex, Hawkes Bay

Omatua is 28km from Napier and 38km from Hastings, within reach of the array of Hawkes Bay tourist attractions.

The venue is suitable for conferences, seminars, retreats, weddings, well used by school and youth groups as well as guiding holidays and training weekends.

The original Omatua, meaning “First Home” was one of the oldest homesteads in Hawkes Bay, built in 1861. The Absolom family gifted the property to Girl Guides of Hawkes Bay in 1961.

In 1979 the original homestead needed to be replaced and a modern complex was built, including meeting rooms, accommodation, re developed picturesque gardens and a camping area, giving Omatua a new beginning.

Omatua provides modern roomy facilities in an attractive, peaceful country setting of 6 acres, with a safe river along one boundary. Accommodation is available for up to 60 people.

Adjacent to the building complex are three level camping areas serviced with toilets, camp fire area and cold water taps.

Riddell Lodge
The main hall is ideal for indoor activities requiring a large clear space, or seating for a very large group. Flags and banners from Provincial and Regional events, decorate the walls.

Downstairs facilities include a small kitchen, three side rooms, two toilets, one accessible by wheelchair, and shower. Two upstairs rooms are ideal for smaller break out/ discussion groups.

Mary von Dadelszen house

Opened in 1982, Mary von Dadelszen house has a modern, fully equipped kitchen and spacious dining room overlooking the river, with an enclosed fire place, and seating for up to 60.

Hutchinson Wing
A supervisor’s room with two beds, en suite plus adjoining room suitable for a sick bay.


  • Omatua’s own gardens, easy river access, and the surrounding countryside in the heart of Hawke’s Bay means there are plenty of activities for visiting groups to enjoy.
  • The Omatua Trail around the complex, comments on history of Omatua.
  • Orienteering – there are four courses permanently set out on Absolom property.
  • River study – trout, Koura, and eels are caught in the Mangaone River. Ideal for swimming and water challenges – making rafts, river safety etc
  • Camp/cook outs
  • Tui, bell bird, kereru, fantail, and other native birds frequent the garden, especially when the bright pink cherry blossom is in bloom.
  • Visits to local schools, dairy and cattle breeding farms, gardens, and wineries can be arranged.
  • Within walking distance, is a private cemetery – notable Hawkes Bay families, and dignitaries.
  • Rissington School with pool, and play area
  • “Weka” owned by Scouts, is upstream, across a swing bridge.

More distant places of interest where transport will be required.

  • Balls Clearing – remnant of virgin podocarp forest surrounding a natural clearing. Ideal for flora and fauna study. View native bats in evening.
  • William Hartree Memorial reserve – belongs to the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society.
  • Hutchinson Scenic Reserve and Domain - short walking tracks through mature native trees.
  • Puketitri Museum – Lemons Trust Museum has unique collection of machinery.
  • Mangatutu Hot water springs.
  • Kaweka mountain ranges for more adventurous tramping.

Information & Bookings: GirlGuiding NZ Hawkes Bay Omatua Complex, 1866 Puketitiri Road, Rissington, RD4, Napier 4184

View the Omatua website.


Property006Ivy Cottage

Alfred Road, RD Egmont Village, Taranaki

Taranaki Brownies have been enjoying Pack Holidays at Ivy Cottage, Guides Taranaki’s Holiday Home, since 1965.

The cottage, which is on farmland about 11km from New Plymouth was owned by Mr Baker but Ivy Gyde, the enthusiastic Brownie Leader, suggested that New Plymouth Division buy it. Fund raising began and 650 pounds ($1300) saw the cottage bought in 1966.

It was named Ivy Cottage in honour of Ivy Gyde whose foresight saw the project through. Ivy attended over 100 Pack Holidays Property007either as the Leader or ‘The Tester’. Over the years, all Guiding groups from Pippins to Trefoil have holidayed there.

The cottage was first altered in 1967 to add a bunkroom and in 2000 the Taranaki Regional Executive, who now were responsible for the Cottage, completed a $75,000 renovation and alteration to add more bunkrooms, refresh and insulate the building and also add a large shed to include archive storage.

We encourage other community groups such as sports, church, and social groups to use the cottage, and out of towners love to stay at this low cost venue which can sleep up to 25 people. Guiding friends and families from other regions use the cottage as a base, especially for Taranaki festivals such as Womad, Arts Festival and International Entertainment at the Bowl of Brooklands.

Click here to view the Ivy Cottage Brochure.



Pickwick 01192 Great North Road, Wanganui

Pickwick is a GirlGuiding NZ Property situated five minutes drive from the heart of the Wanganui City Centre.

Pickwick provides two accommodation options:

  • Pickwick campsite – 3 ½ acres of land, dotted with mature trees, and ideal area for summer camping.
  • Carver Cottage – indoor accommodation for 21 people.

Pickwick 02Pickwick Campsite offers:

  • Sheltered land for erecting tents, toilet block with 3 flushing toilets, equipment shed, with tents and camping equipment for use by GirlGuiding NZ groups, lots of space for wide games, camp fires and fun under the sun and stars!
  • Within walking distance of Virginia Lake with numerous other activities within a short drive.
  • Carver Cottage has accommodation for 21 people in 4 separate bedrooms (1 x 6, 3 x 5).
  • The cottage has it’s own wheelchair access bathroom with a toilet and shower. There is under-cover access to the ablution block containing 2 further toilets and 2 gas heated showers.
  • There is a well equipped kitchen including an oven with a stove top, electric frying pans and microwave.
  • There is also 1 fridge and 1 fridge/freezer, crockery and cutlery for 30 people as well as toasters, pots and pans, bowls, knives etc.
  • Carver Cottage is smoke-free. Guests staying in the cottage may smoke on the deck only. Ashtrays are kept on the top shelf in the pantry.
  • There is an open plan Dining Room and Lounge area, heated by a large Kent log fire.

Pickwick is located at 192 Great North Road, Wanganui. Travel past Virginia Lake, up the hill towards New Plymouth and Pickwick is on the right, before you leave town (just past the Oasis Motel on the left).

There is a GirlGuiding logo signpost by the entrance to the property.

Download the Pickwick Brochure - PDF



Silverstream Road, Crofton Downs, Wellington

Huntleigh is fifteen minutes from central Wellington and provides a surprisingly varied outdoor space including seven hectares of native bush. Parts of the bush are pre-settlement and the whole area is a conservation site. Leigh Hunt gifted land to the Guides and others in the1950s. He had a vision of well graded tracks, cabins made of beech logs and bathing pools. This is not quite the reality of today – the tracks are easier to walk down than up, accommodation is in tent or marae style in the building and the only pools would be a result of small dams in the stream. Despite this we are sure that Leigh Hunt’s would be pleased to see that his gift has been preserved for future generations.

The Guide Centre incorporates a carpeted main room which can be divided to create a smaller meeting room; a second meeting room and kitchen in the upstairs area. Downstairs are store rooms, toilets and showers. The venue can comfortably accommodate 30 people indoors (although smaller groups find it more comfortable). The grounds include a challenge course (low ropes). Visitors from out of town (including a number of school groups) find the proximity to the city provides ample opportunity for a varied programme.

For more information contact



129 Lee Valley Road, Brightwater, Nelson

Paretai is situated in the Lee Valley approximately 25 minutes drive from Nelson.

Paretai Lodge offers:

  • Bunk style dormitories – sleep 28, 2 bedrooms sleep 3 people, 1 bedroom sleeps 2 people
  • Recreation/dining area
  • Fully equipped commercial kitchen which includes a dishwasher, instant hot water boiler, turbo fan oven, fridge and freezer, and crockery and cutlery.
  • Six round and six standard trestle tables
  • 50 padded chairs
  • Paraplegic access and facilities
  • Phone available
  • Recreation field and river access

Holland Field offers

  • Flat grassed camping area suitable for tents and recreation
  • Shelter building with open fire place (fire permit required). BYO wood supply.
  • Hot water zip, fridge/freezer
  • Two caravan power points
  • Shower/toilet facilities available.
  • BBQ pits (fire permit required).
  • River access
  • Day groups/overnight camping welcomed.

For bookings and further information please contact Margaret 03 547 5036 to leave a message.



Cracroft Guiding Centre

publicity photo.jpgPeaceful park like surroundings on the edge of Christchurch City in the suburb of Cashmere, Cracroft has the Cashmere Stream bordering the 1.4 ha property.

Cracroft Guiding Centre is just 8 km from the heart of Christchurch at the foot of the Cashmere hills. It is nestled amongst 1.4 ha of fabulous stately grounds with established trees, forests and lawns. Some of the trees were planted in 1854 by John Cracroft Wilson.

The Cashmere Stream meanders past the length of the grounds to join with the Heathcote river just outside the gate. In 1958 the house and property were left in the care of the Girl Guide Association. The Guides added the meeting room in the 1980’s and named it after the then Canterbury Girl Guide Commissioner, Edna Hanafin.

The former historic “Cracroft House” used to dominate the property as you entered, however due to earthquake damage this has been deconstructed with the only part of the building remaining being the meeting room and toilets, this now also accommodates the Cracroft Office. The centre also hosts “The Barn” which has a large hall, kitchen and dining hall and accommodation facilities, following the Canterbury Earthquakes The Barn is unavailable for hire while our National Office Staff work from there having been displaced from their Armagh Street premises.

A warden lives on site for the day to day running of this wonderful property.

Onsite Outdoor Activities

Orienteering, kayaking, camping, abseiling, obstacle course and rope swings to name a few. Find out more on the below website.

Edna Hanafin Meeting Room

EHR PHOTO.jpgAvailable for hire for both GirlGuiding and the Community during evenings, weekdays and weekends.

This room is suitable for groups of up to 25 - 30 max depending on use.

  • Kitchenette (microwave, urn)
  • Tea making facilities
  • White board
  • Projector screen
  • Catering available

Suitable for trainings, craft groups, seminars, conference and meetings.

Inspections and enquiries welcome.

Phone for pricing, availability and bookings.

Trevena Wilson – Cracroft Warden
151 Cashmere Road, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022
Ph: 03 337 0836

For more info: view website

Kimihia Camp site

Johns Road, Christchurch

Kimihia 01Kimihia – To seek out or to search for

Kimihia is a fabulous place for camping. Suitable for tenting and outdoor activities it is accessed through the “The Groynes” in Johns Rd, Belfast.

This property is private away from public view. It is a large open space with trees and a small stream bordering the area.


  • Ablution block with Toilets and basins
  • A ram providing fresh water
  • Several fire pits for cooking and campfires
  • Concrete block shelter with fire place

The place to go when you feel like “roughing it” when really civilization is literally just around the corner.

What activities can you do at Kimihia:

  • kayaking in the Groynes River
  • feeding the ducks and other birdlife
  • fabulous playgrounds
  • stalking and tracking
  • pioneering skills
  • plan a picnic
  • hire the big games from Cracroft
  • walks
  • day events… The options are endless!

Phone for pricing, availability and bookings.

Trevena Wilson – Cracroft Warden
151 Cashmere Road, Cashmere, Christchurch 8022
Ph: 03 337 0836

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Sidey Outdoor Centre

Waikouaiti 01Waikouaiti

As well as being suitable for all Guiding occasions, this complex is suitable for school groups, youth organisations, sports groups, weddings, family reunions and disabled groups.

Camping and the outdoors:

  • Initiative course activities
  • Outside toilets
  • Water available on camping sites
  • Concrete campfire pad

Waikouaiti 02There is also a special sheltered and enclosed area for Brownies and Pippins with wooden seating and concrete critters.

Facilities available:

  • Sleeps 52 – 5 rooms of 8 bunks and 3 studio rooms (4 beds each)
  • Dining – seats 60 indoors with a courtyard available also
  • Kitchen – equipment includes a dishwasher, fridge, freezer, two electric ranges, walk-in pantry, microwave Lounge – fireplace Laundry – washing machine

Whiteboards and noticeboards are available as well as TV plugs.

For booking information contact Janette at 03 4763 640.