Tour of Otaki Children’s Health Camp

Tour of Otaki Children’s Health Camp

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 Otaki Beach (1932–2018), you can explore the facilities and relive their experience.

Image: The interior of the Rotunda at Otaki Children’s Health Camp, a huge tent-like dormitory originally built at Rotorua in1916 for an army hospital.


Booking is required. Email anthonydreavernz@gmail.com to book.

Location: Located at the end of Health Camp Road, Otaki 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 Otaki Rotunda

Friends of Otaki Rotunda

This tour is organised by Friends of Otaki Rotunda [https://www.otakirotunda.org.nz], a voluntary Trust formed to support the restoration of the Rotunda and its re-use by the public .

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