Holiday Camps at Shakespear Lodge

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Send your kids on a new adventure this school holidays!

What are you doing these holidays? If you’re looking for something different, something exciting, something unforgettable, then you need to check out Shakespear Lodge camp!

We offer a variety of options for kids of all ages and abilities, from day camps to overnight camps, from centre-based programmes to outdoor experiences. You’ll have the chance to interact with nature, make friends, have fun, be adventurous, and most importantly, go home with positive stories and new skills.

The Y (formerly known as YMCA) Shakespear Lodge offers a range of holiday camp options for 6 - 14 year-olds during the school holidays and have both day and overnight options to suit any family.

The camp programme includes epic activities like orienteering, raft-building, kayaking, sports, arts and crafts. Children get to experience independence, meet new friends, develop confidence, and other skills such as teamwork and communication.

This holiday’s greatest adventure

Join our Holiday Outdoor Adventure Programme this July and embark on an action-packed journey through nature's wonders! With day and night options, you can choose the adventure perfect for you and your kids. Pick up/drop off options available.

Day Camps

With The Y's Day Camps, you can drop your kid off during their break and go about work as normal.

Give your child a school holidays they'll love with The Y’s Day camps. Your child will make friends, interact with caring adults, and enjoy fun in the outdoors. Day camps with The Y are led by experienced staff and offers nearly all the benefits of overnight camp – new outdoor experiences, skill–building and lasting friendships – in beautiful, breath-taking outdoor settings, while allowing campers to return home each afternoon.

Day camps give kids a holiday getaway and offer parents a break from day-care. Kids scoot off to camp for the day, make new friends, learn new skills, and get home in time for dinner. Our Y Outdoors team understands that it’s tough for some of our campers to be away from home (and for their parents) so that’s why we offer a programme that gives campers the ‘camp experience’ without the hassle of staying over.

Overnight Camps

The Y overnight camp experiences can stretch from one night to a whole week and are led by a dedicated team of staff who ensure campers enjoy outdoor adventures and build new friendships that last a lifetime.

Overnight camps offer total immersion that allows campers to build strong friendships and a sense of community. This is the quintessential camp experience: at overnight camp, your child will play spotlight, tell ghost stories, and fall asleep to the sound of moreporks in the skies. And they will gather - and help create - memories to last a lifetime. The Y sleepaway camps are where kids can dare, discover, and dream.

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A safe haven for your kids' next holiday camp experience

  • The Y Shakespear Lodge is Qualworx Audited and Certified - for Climbing, and Kayaking
  • All our staff is police checked and fully trained to deliver our programmes
  • The Y is Aotearoa’s first and only accredited organisation through the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF). We are proud to lead the children’s workforce as a child-safe organisation. Find out more
  • WINZ Subsidies are available for eligible families
  • MSD Audited & Accredited

Key Info


1503 Whangaparaoa Road, Shakespear Regional Park
Army Bay, Whangaparaoa

Contact Details

Phone: 09 424 7111

Residential Camps for 2024:

Jump Outdoors (6 to 7-year-olds)


Monday 8 - Wednesday 10 July

Monday 7 - Wednesday 9 October

Discover Outdoors (8 to 11-year-olds)

Explore Outdoors (12 to 14-year-olds)


Monday 8 - Friday 12 July

Monday 7 - Friday 11 October

Blast Outdoors Day Camp 2024:

Blast Outdoors (7 to 14-year-olds)


Tuesday 9 - Thursday 11 July

Tuesday 8 - Thursday 10 October

Drop off children between 8:15am - 8:45am.

Pick up children between 5pm - 5.30pm.

Dates & Pricing

Upcoming Residential Camps:

Jump Outdoors (6 to 7-year-olds)

Monday 8 - Wednesday 10 July

Explore Outdoors (12 to 14-year-olds)

Monday 8 - Friday 12 July

Blast Outdoors (7 to 14-year-olds)

Tuesday 9 - Thursday 11 July

Pricing TBC



Paying for Camps

How do I select my price?

Choosing whichever tier works for your family requires no paperwork and in no way influences the experience children receive. Simply choose the rate that is appropriate for your family.

We can also tweak your price if you can afford a little more but the tiers do not fit - please contact the camp office.

Need extra Support to pay for Camp?

As YMCA is an MSD-approved provider, eligible families can apply to WINZ for an OSCAR Subsidy. Please contact WINZ to see what you are eligible for.

If you receive MOH Career Support days you can use these to pay for camp - you need 5 full days to cover the whole programme or we can split the payment up - please contact the camp office for details.

Are you supported by Oranga Tamariki, Foster Hope, Barnardos...?

The Y works with these and similar agencies to assist children to attend our camps. Please contact your caseworker to discuss how they can support you to come to camp.

Our holiday camps include


Dorm style accommodation. Campers can request to be in the same room as friends.

The Y staff are in cabins next to the campers - on duty overnight if needed.


Nutritious meals are included in the programme and dietary requirements can be catered for.


A wide range of 'Challenge by Choice' activities with any specialty equipment included.


Transport options to and from camp - from two central Auckland locations.

Or make your own way to and from camp.

Start of Camp - Drop Off Times (Monday)

Drop off at Camp - arriving between 8:45 am, and 9:30 am. Bus from The Y Mt Albert departs at 8 am; Bus From The Y North Shore departs at 9 am

​End of Camp - Pick Up Times (Friday)

Pick up from Camp - by 3:30 pm. Bus back to The Y North Shore - arriving at 4:15 pm; Bus back to The Y Mt Albert - arriving at 4:45 pm

(Traffic Permitting)

Booking Information for first-time bookers

Secure online booking

Our online booking system makes registering for camp a simple process. Once registered on AimyPlus - follow the booking instructions to select your programme, your price, and the transport options available.

Remember your login details so you can book for future programmes and make changes to current bookings.

For family bookings

Set up an account for your family and register. If you already have an AimyPlus account, you can use those login details - ensure to check and update your details.

For funded bookings

If you're supporting a family, set up an account for them - so each family has its own account. If they already have an AimyPlus account, they can use those login details. You can include your contact details on their booking, and we will be in touch with you to arrange payment.

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