Historical Yet Comfortable

The Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp facilities were originally constructed as an Artillery Camp in WWII, serving as barracks for the 6-inch battery personnel and as the overall headquarters and administrative centre for the island. Listed as an A1 Historical site, the buildings are still preserved in their original design; however upgrading and maintenance make it a more comfortable facility than that which our war veterans would have experienced.

The Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp is wheel chair friendly and we welcome people with special needs and have the facilities, equipment and skills to deal with most requirements. However please let us know at the time of booking so that we may adequately prepare for this.

As well as the three separate accommodation areas (for more details Accommodation), the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp has an array of other facilities for you to make use of. (see Maps for a map depicting the layout of camp).

Drying Room; Fitted with racks and clothes line, this room backs onto the generator shed allowing the hot air from the radiator to be utilised as a means to dry those wet and muddy clothes at the end of the day.

Gym/ Hall; Very similar to a high school gym but without the court markings or hoops at each end, this space is the largest room in camp. For all those aspiring rock climbers it contains an indoor bouldering cave and has two small raised platforms that can be set up as stages. This is an ideal place for concerts, dances, presentations and wet weather activities.

Resource Room; A long classroom set up, it was once used as a lab and now contains our small library of books that have been collected over the years. Furnished with tables and benches for your convenience, this room even still has the sinks, making it an ideal location for arts and crafts. The Resource Room can be utilised for anything from small lectures to team building games, the potential is enormous. Only your imagination can limit the uses for this space.

Sports Courts; Located at the bottom of camp this area is a space that can be used by everyone. With two basketball hoops, volleyball net, soccer goals and all the line markings for each there is no limit to the games and fun to be had here.

Grass Fields; Again another area that can be used for sports, team building activities and even outdoor lectures.

Museum; Information ranging from the history to the environment of the two islands can be found within the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp museum. It is not only a learning centre but also an ideal space for holding small cosy workshops or wet weather activities.

Audio-Visual Room; The AV room adjoins the museum and can seat up to 30. Set up with a TV, DVD player and yes we still have a VHS; you can bring your own movies or watch some of ours, including a historical documentary on the Guns of Motutapu.

Laundry; There is a commercial washing machine and dryer on site. Each machine operates using 3 x NZ$ 1.00 coins and change can be issued by a MOEC staff member (this expense can also be added to your invoice should you find yourself short). Laundry powder is also available for sale at $2.00 per for a packet with two washes worth.

Propagation Shed, Glass House and Shade House; This facility was donated by the Rotary Club of Newmarket and can house up to 6000 seedlings at any one time. In the past it has contributed to the re-vegetation programme on the island and has been an integral part of the environmental and conservation studies for visiting groups. The facility is currently inactive and under review. We hope that in the future we will be able to provide not only learning opportunities to our clients but also valuable assistance to the island planting plan in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and Motutapu Restoration Trust.

BBQ's; Guests of the Motutapu Outdoor Education Camp are able to utilise a gas powered BBQ free of charge.

We have a number of white boards (however we have no spare pens so please bring your own!), a projector screen- both wall mounted and on a stand, pins, ice cream containers, old newspaper etc. Should you need any of these things please ask and we will find them and move them to the appropriate location prior to your arrival.