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School Camps


Our location is ideal for creating challenges!

Our goal is for Bethany Park to become a place where students are challenged, encouraged and inspired. We invite you to visit us or call if you would like to discuss any of these options further.

In 1966 the Strawbridge family donated the original piece of land, now ‘creatively’ known as Camp One to the Church of Christ for the benefit of youth and the community in the Nelson region. We have been welcoming schools and community groups ever since. The location is ideal for the challenge of the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park or kayaking on the high seas of the Abel Tasman National Park… or just enjoying our famous 60 metre water slide! We have bunkhouse accommodation and teacher cottages, with catering and non-catering options available.


One of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand

Our aim at Bethany Park is to offer quality of experience for school groups in one of the most beautiful locations in New Zealand. There is something unique that takes place when we slow down and breathe in nature. Exploring the outdoors in an environment like Bethany Park has changed many lives over the past fifty six years and we are committed to offering schools a place that creates space for young people to explore, expand and be excited about life beyond their phone!

We work in partnership with local businesses and community groups to develop and inspire New Zealand children for the good of our nation and a strong and purposeful future. One local company excelling in providing a first-class outdoor cultural educational experience is Waka Abel Tasman, with their new school programme, 

If you choose to use Bethany Park as your camp, we will do our very best to make your stay and experience one not easily forgotten…for all the right reasons!

Outdoor Education School Groups

We are a perfect location for winter adventures for your Outdoor Education students! With 15 kilometres of awesome mountain biking in the adjacent Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park (KMBP), and sea kayaking and walking in the Abel Tasman National Park at our doorstep, you need travel no further. Our Group Camp is available from March through November.



Get wet and muddy on our 60m waterslide, without doubt a hit at any age, even in winter! It is located on Camp One which is our Groups camp, bordering the KMBP. We have bunkhouses sleeping up to 74, with catering or self-catering options available.



Or go bush at CAMP WILD. We have over 33 hectares of established native bush, with creeks and ponds and over the hill from the main camp is an area dubbed ‘Camp Wild’. We have an open fire pit and flat areas for tents, where groups can camp, enjoying the ‘wilderness’ without having to travel miles!

jumping biker


Mountain biking at its best with three of New Zealand’s great tracks are at our doorstep. The trails are great in winter, less tourists just locals and pukekos, calm seas and lonely mountain tracks. Check out the Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park – 15 kilometres of purpose built mountain bike tracks. Half an hour drive away is the Rameka Track on the Takaka Hill and 45 minutes to the start of the 43 km Dun Mountain Trail – see Kayaks can be hired from any one of the five kayak companies in Kaiteriteri or Marahau taking your students into the Abel Tasman National Park.

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We can recommend outdoor adventure companies who can provide activities for your students, introducing them to possible career paths as well as providing challenges, cultural activities and team building skills. In particular, Waka Abel Tasman has developed an excellent school group programme .Other activities include Kaiteriteri Kayaks, Abel Tasman Canyons (1 October-30 April) and Abel Tasman EcoTours.

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