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Mārahau Outdoor Education Camp is sited in a very attractive New Zealand seashore bay directly across the road from wide, safe, golden beaches and a sheltered inlet. The camp can accommodate up to 69 people with very reasonable charges. It is surrounded by native and exotic forests, farmlets, hills, streams & wetlands as well as the Abel Tasman National park.

The camp provides social, physical and academic challenges from a prime site. Tenting, kayaking, swimming, wading,  yachting, walks, hikes, native bush, estuary, streams, cockles, a track or low tide walk to Tinline and Coquille Bay, or a picnic at Apple Tree Bay. There are also lots of local activities e.g. Old MacDonald’s Farm, Water Taxi trips, Ngarua Caves on the Takaka Hill, Glow Worms, Pa site, Paddle Boarding and Waka Ama.

The camp is available to:

  • All Registered Schools which are primary, intermediate or area schools in the education district of Nelson/ Marlborough/Buller/ Westland during the school terms.
  • Private groups are also able to book the camp during the school holidays.

Preference is given to:  Registered Schools as above for the school term weeks and can include weekends if arranged in the original booking. School weeks usually run from Monday morning to Friday noon 12pm.

General Conditions for use of the camp:

  • The camp must not be used to hold weddings, parties, and birthday functions etc without prior approval from the trust.
  • NO Dogs or pets allowed in the camp at any time.
  • Conserve water, especially hot water.
  • Turn off unneeded lights.
  • Conserve cockles – take only what you can use at camp on that day and return any shells to the low tide mark.
  • In case of unreported damage or the non-cleaning of the Camp by users, the Trust shall contact and charge the users controlling authority for work required.
  •  Users will have to meet reasonable cost for damage to Trust property occurring during your camp.

The Trust may withdraw the right of any group to use the Camp at any time.


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