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What is Ōtaki Summer Camp?

Ōtaki Summer Camp is a political summer camp aimed at people aged 17 – 30 years old. It’s a chance to hear and discuss interesting ideas, meet and get to know others who care, and explore local mountains, forests and rivers with experienced guides.

The camp will be welcoming, fun, and safe – and we have deliberately kept the price as low as possible.

Read more: About Ōtaki Summer Camp

HOW MUCH IS IT? AND What if I can't afford IT?

The cost to attend (including all food and accommodation) is $115 per person – but this is reduced to $95 if you pay before Christmas. 

We have tried to keep the price of tickets as low as possible, but realise that cost may still be a barrier to some.

For that reason, we have created a scholarship programme for anyone who requires financial assistance.

Each granted scholarship provides for the cost of a single ticket. Funds have been provided by a number of generous donors.

The number of people we can give scholarships to will depend on the availability of scholarship funds.

If you need help attending, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at Tell us a bit about yourself and why you would like to come to Ōtaki Summer Camp.

Read more here, soon: Scholarship information

May I come if I am under 17 or over 30?

Ōtaki Summer Camp is aimed at 17 to 30-year-olds. However, the age limit is flexible.

If you are a bit under or over the age range you can make a special application to attend. You will be able to do this on the registration form.

If you are 16 or younger, we want to make sure you are safe during the weekend. You will need permission from a parent or guardian to attend, and you will need to be at camp with an adult who is 21 or over and is responsible for you. (You will be asked to provide contact details of your guardian, and the adult responsible for you, on the registration form.)


Where is Ōtaki Summer Camp being held?

This year Summer Camp is in a new location: on an organic farm converted into a large, safe, fun camp complex, just outside of Ōtaki township.

What are the travel options for getting to the camp?


Closer to the time, those who are registered will be able to use our Facebook group to link up with people who have spare seats in their car and to let others know if you have a spot in your vehicle.


Intercity buses leave Wellington Central (from the railway station) and stop at Ōtaki throughout the day on Friday (and back on the Monday and Tuesday).

Likewise, Intercity runs services from other towns/cities in the North Island. 

We will have shuttles available to transport people from the bus station to the farm.


We do not recommend taking the train from Wellington as it only goes as far as Waikanae (south of Ōtaki) and requires you to change to a bus service from Waikanae to Ōtaki. It is more complicated.

There is also a train service called “Capital Connection” that goes between Wellington and Ōtaki but the timetable is not convenient for those travelling to camp.

When is camp?

It will be 18-21 January 2019 (Friday night to Monday). 

What do I need to bring?

In order for your time at Ōtaki Summer Camp to be comfortable, fun, and safe, we ask that you come prepared. We have prepared a list of what to bring.

Please remember you will need a suitable form of photo identification, such as a driver’s license or student ID, when you register at the beginning of the camp. Please contact us if you have any problem with this.

Read more: What to bring to Ōtaki Summer Camp

What are the accommodation options?

You can bring your own tent, or else sleep in shared marquees. We will have separate marquees for woman-identified, male-identified and non-binary folks, as well as a gender-neutral marquee.

If you can bring a tent, that will be best, as marquee space is limited.

You will need to bring everything you need to camp, including a sleeping bag, pillow and bedroll.

Read more: What to bring to Ōtaki Summer Camp

What should I bring for the outdoor trips?

We will have a range of outdoor trips that you can attend. These will include tramping, bushwalking and exploring streams and rivers.

Being in the bush and around rivers is safer and more enjoyable when you are well prepared.

Please bring outdoor shoes or boots that you don’t mind getting wet (it is important that shoes and boots are comfortable), a spare set of clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and wet, a raincoat, an extra warm top, togs, sunscreen, snacks, a water bottle and (if you have one) a small backpack (lined inside with a large plastic bag) to carry these things. Picnic lunches will be provided.

What safety measures are in place during camp?

The most important thing at the camp is that everyone feels welcome and safe.

There will be organisers in bright t-shirts around at all hours, so please ask for help at any time you have a question, concern or feel unsafe.

There will also be a mobile number you can call 24 hours a day.

There will also be people looking after the camping/sleeping areas.

Read more: Code of Conduct

What food is provided?

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided during the camp as part of the ticket price.

Tea, coffee, and water will be made available throughout.

We are able to provide vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free meals. If you have these or any other dietary requirements or preferences, please note those when you purchase your ticket, or by contacting us.

What is accessibility like?

The farm is flat and ramps are being provided.

Please contact us directly if you would like to discuss accessibility, including the outdoor activities.

We will do everything we can to make sure the camp works for everyone who wants to come.

Can I smoke at camp?

 There will be a designated smoking area.

If you subscribe to our mailing list, we will let you know when more information is available.

Can I drink alcohol at camp?

No. This is an alcohol-free event.

If you subscribe to our mailing list, we will let you know when more information is available.

May I consume illegal drugs at camp?

No. Anyone using them will be asked to leave.

Can I bring my dog to camp?
In general, dogs are not allowed at camp. Service dogs are welcome, but please mention this when you purchase your ticket.