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Winter Shake Up
2002

Date: Fri 31st May-Mon 3rd June. Queen's Birthday weekend.
Venue: Waharau Education Centre, set in Waharau Regional Park on the east side of the Hunua Ranges and on the left hand side of the Firth of Thames.
Cost: $35 per person for the 3 days/nights. (cheques payable to R. Holmes)

Details:
Probably less than an hour from Auckland.
The entrance to the Park is on the Pacific Coast Highway about 7kms north of Kaiaua. It is well signposted. Also 15 mins north of Miranda hotpools. The camp was built in 1983, can accomodate 80 in bunkrooms that have 10 beds per room. There's is hot showers etc. An equipped kitchen, a main dining area/hall and another lounge.There are bush walks, mountain bike tracks and the sea is about 2 mins away.

Arrive after noon Friday and leave Monday.
Please contact Rosie re childrens costs.

Report from Rosie's Scouting Trip to the Site:

The bedrooms are chalets in the grounds each divided into two bunk rooms, 10 bunks in each room. They are are bit bigger than Waihi Beach. One of the chalets has 2 smaller rooms (6 bunks) which allows there to be a staff room inbetween. It's houses a delapitated 3 piece suite. There is a large hall/dining room, heated by a wood burning fire and a very spacious kitchen at the other end of the hall.. It has an urn and a zip, a large range and a domestic type of stove. There is a walk in chiller, a large chest freezer and a tall fridge with a glass door, like the type shops keep their drinks in. There appears to be a lot of pots, pans, cutlery and crockery. I will take a microwave. This hall has a 2 metre deck. The ablution blocks are basic and the caretaker says the showers are good although they do share their power with the large stove! ie it has to be turned off at night to allow the water tanks to heat up. There is plenty of parking space and it is very private. After driving in to the Park and passing the visitors centre you see the road off to the right marked Outdoor Education Centre. Then you drive up its' own private road for about 300 metres to the Centre itself. There are tracks for bikers and trampers ranging from 25 mins to 3 hours within the Park. Maps are at the visitors centre.

There is a pizza cafe 6 kms away in Kaiaua. The young woman gave me a list of the pizzas $9, $12 and $14 and said if the order was large enough she would be able to deliver. There is a pub/liquor sales in Kaiaua, a dairy and a fish and chip shop too. Miranda is 20kms south (about 15 mins) It has a large hot water swimming pool and hotter spa pool. There is also an interesting and important centre for the study of migrating birds.

For further information contact Rosie Holmes:
rholmes@paradise.net.nz
07 868-7523
202 Fenton Street
Thames

NOTE: if paying by Cheque, make it payable to R. Holmes.

Here is a site describing Waharau Regional Park

To view photos from last years Winter Warm Up click here.