Ōtaki Children’s Health Camp Guided Tour

Ōtaki Children’s Health Camp Guided Tour

The Otaki Children’s Health Camp was opened in 1932 as the first permanent children’s health camp in New Zealand and the buildings and site have been accorded an A1 classification by Heritage New Zealand.

The New Zealand health camp movement arose from growing concern about children’s health and welfare in the early twentieth century. There was a new awareness that many children were missing out on fresh air, sunshine and healthy food. This was the first permanent Children’s Health Camp, opening in 1932.

The tours will include a brief presentation on the history of the facility, a guided tour through the key spaces including the handsome rotunda building and a debrief over tea and coffee.

Each tour is limited to 10 people.


Booking is required. Contact anthonydreaver@gmail.com or 04 904 9970 to book

Location: 29 Health Camp Road, Ōtaki Beach (From Tasman Street, take a left into Health Camp Road. Go through gates and meet at the Office Reception)

Cost: $10 per person which will include a year’s membership of the Friends of the Ōtaki Rotunda.

Contact: anthonydreaver@gmail.com, 04 904 9970

Duration: Each tour will last one hour

Accessibility: Bring suitable footwear

Friends of the Ōtaki Rotunda

The Friends of the Ōtaki Rotunda conserve for posterity the Rotunda building, which was once part of the Otaki Children’s Health Camp, because of its heritage significance as both an architecturally distinctive building, and as the site of a socially significant institution, the Otaki Children’s Health Camp.

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