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Camp Sladdin

About Camp Sladdin
Camp Sladdin is located on an Auckland City reserve at the northern end of Clevedon Village and is a 15 minute drive east from Papakura City and the Southern Motorway. It is situated at the end of Thorp's Quarry Road, at the Northern end of Clevedon Village. The buildings sit on 3 acres of tree shaded land and is bordered on one side by a stream. A long wooden ramp provides access to the building for wheelchair users and a special toilet and shower is available for these people.
A walking track loops around an old quarry which is now covered in native bush. It is an excellent area for nature study as well as for adventure and fun. See the map below.
The main camping area is about 1 hectare in size and runs along the side of the stream with a small stand of trees providing shade. It is the grassed area just visible at the end of the drive shown in the photo. There are no facilities on the camping area. Campers must use the Camp Sladdin facilities about 150 mtrs away, or provide their own.
Booking the camp (see calendar link top left for available days)
Ring or email Lynette at chipsmck@xtra.co.nz or phone 09 267 4745  
The 2017 fees are:
$15.00 per night per person
$7.00 per night for outside camping
 - subject to change without notice.
A bond payment is required.
Bush Walks
A large native bush exists around the quarry.
The loop track provides access to an excellent area for the study of native plants and birds.
Allow up to 3 hours to walk the loop track 90% of which is through native bush. Amazing views from coast to coast once you reach the trig station and lookout deck.
The tracks are well formed with wooden steps on the steep sections. There is a large viewing platform at the top.
Plenty of scope to build bivouacs or play hide and seek and similar games.
 Two Halls 
There are two adjoining halls on the site.  They are connected via a foyer.
This hall is 18m x 6m with 3 bunkrooms off to the left.
This hall is often used as a dining room by user groups.
The kitchen is located through the door at the rear right of the hall.
 'JigSaw' Hall
This hall is 20m x 10m, It includes ten folding tables and thirty chairs, plus a number of long stools or forms.
Often used for training seminars and the like.
There are 2 bunk rooms off the right hand wall.
There is a wheel chair users toilet at the front left of this hall.
A ramp to both halls gives easy access for wheel chair users.
There are six bunkrooms that between them have 40 bunks (now only two high) and mattresses. There is plenty of room in one of the halls for stretchers if required (not supplied). One bunkroom has an ensuite with a shower and toilet. 
Toilets and Showers
Three hot and cold showers are located in the toilet block outside the kitchen. There is a wheel chair users toilet in the jigsaw hall.
Water is supplied from the roof and is supplemented by a spring on the quarry face. 10,000 litres in storage. Additional water can be purchased if needed.
Alarms: Smoke alarms are fitted in the bunkrooms.  
The kitchen has the following facilities
Commercial Gas hob – 6 burners (new 2012)
Commercial 4 shelf electric oven (new 2012)
One large refrigerator
One upright freezer
Zip over-bench water heater (new 2011)
40 litre water heater.
Large stainless steel bench for food preparation.
Three washing up sinks.
Campers are provided with a large covered area outside to wash personal utensils and plates.
All rubbish must be taken off site when you leave as there is no rubbish collection. You will need to bring your own rubbish bags. 
Local food supplies
Milk and bread can be ordered from the dairy in Clevedon Village during the week before the camp. The contact phone is 09 292 8769  
Camp Phone 09 292 9149
The camp phone is free to use for the local dialing area. There is a toll bar on the phone that will not permit distance calls.
All adventurous activities must be done in line with sound Risk Management practices and under the supervision of skilled and certified instructors for abseiling, rock climbing and the flying fox. For more details and costs ring Lynette on 09 267 4745
Who can use the camp
While the camp is used each week by the Clevedon Scout Group, it is available to all other community groups, particularly: Scouts, Guides, Church Groups, School Camps, Family Reunions, Sports Club training camps and for team building activities. 
Activities on site
Confidence course
Glow worms on the quarry track in the evenings
Eel fishing in the stream
Ride the flying fox over the stream (must be under adult supervision)
Climb the rocks in the old quarry
Walk the loop track (about 3 hours return)
Walk the summit track - great views (about 4 - 5 hrs return)
Here are a few of the many activities that are available within 20 - 30 minutes drive of the camp site:
  • Ardmore Airfield - a flight training field and home of the Warbirds
  • Canoeing & swimming at Duders Beach (6km)  or the Wairoa River (300m)
  • Canoeing along the Wairoa River about 300m away (tidal)
  • Hikes to Hunua Falls, Cosseys Creek
  • Colonial Woodturners workshop
  • Fly Fishing on the Wairoa river
  • Confidence course in Clevedon
  • Horse Riding at Sunshine Ranch
  • Mountain Bike track at Umupuia Regional Park
  • Rafting or canoeing on the Wairoa River (300m walk)
  • Swimming at Maraetai and Duders Beach (10km)
  • Visit the hot pools at Miranda (about 35 mins drive)
  • Rifle shooting at one of two rifle clubs
  • Visit the popular weekend Clevedon Farmers Market (1km)