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Gunn's Bush Christian Camp


Situated 50km south of Timaru and 10 minutes from Waimate, Gunns Bush Camp, nestled in 140 hectares of beautiful New Zealand forest, is ideally suited for schools, church groups, clubs, corporations for team building to families who want to simply "get away from it all".  

This is also a unique location for the celebrating of special occasions including weddings and birthdays.

Owners Brian and Margaret Rowe live on site and look forward to welcoming guests to their special place in the world.



Travelling south on State Highway One, at Makikihi turn right and follow signs.

Travelling north at yellow barn turn left into Waimate.  Turn right onto Queen Street , left onto Parsonage Road, past Waimate golf course following signs for Waimate Hunter Road/Gunns Bush Camp.  Or call into Information Centre and collect a map or download a location map from www.waimate.org.nz


Outdoor Centre

The camp has an abundance of grass fields for use in tenting and outdoor activities; enjoy the diversity this region has to offer with a two hour loop DOC track (at the back of the camp) taking walkers up the valley where you will find lovely specimens of native bush, including very old Totara trees.  Moss hanging from the trees gives the walkway a magical fairlyland look. Bellbirds, fantails, wax-eyes, woodpigeon and tui are easily spotted, and during early evening walks wallabies may be seen.

For those requiring a challenge Mt Studholme walkway starts/end just a short walking distance from the camp, this full day trek rewards walkers with amazing 360 degree views at the top.


Unique Function Venue

Gunn’s Bush camp is the ideal venue for special occasions with more and more people opting to hire the camp for weddings with guests staying overnight.  Personalised weddings can be conducted in a secluded native bush setting, while the main hall can be decorated befitting the occasion with seating for upto 120 people. 


Complex and Facilities

The complex is all under one roof and has disabled access to the buildings and facilities. 

      Complex includes:

·         Main Hall with log burner

·         Accommodation for 100 in two wings

·         Wash house – washing machine available at $2.00 per load

·         6 Caravan points

·         BBQ available for $5.00 per use

      Ablution facilities includes:  Segregated blocks each containing

·         4 toilet cubicles

·         4 shower cubicles

·         6 hand basins


      Mens block also includes


·         2 shaving points

·         2 urinals


      Kitchen Facilities include:


·         3 electric Ranges

·         Microwave

·         Zip – quick hot water

·         2 commercial toasters

·         Cooking equipment – pots, pans etc

·         Crockery and cutlery for 50

·         2 fridges

·         Chest freezer

·         Filtered water supply throughout





·         Foam rubber mattresses on all bunks

·         Electricity throughout

·         All fire wood supplied

·         Plenty of storage space

·         Disabled person access

·         A piano available on request

     Campers need to supply:

·         Pillow, sleeping bag, blankets etc.

·         Tea Towels

·         Toilet Paper

·         Rubbish to be taken away or a charge will apply.


Camp Charges:

Adults                     $16.00 per night

Children                 $12.00 per night (attending school)

Children under 5 free


Day Hire:               Minimum charge payable


Caravans and Campervans

Adults                   $16.00 per night includes power

Children               $12.00 per night



Adults                   $16.00 per night

Children               $12.00 per night


Wedding Venue Hire:    $800.00

Price includes full use of camp facilities from 3.00pm Friday to 3.00pm Sunday. Free accommodation for Bridal party. 

Accommodation for guests $14.00 per person per night.


For further information including availability contact owners:

Brian and Margaret Rowe

36 Gunns Bush Road, RD8, WAIMATE 7978.

Phone 03 689 8033

Email; gunnsbush@gmail.com


Conditions of Hire includes camp layout and *Application Form.

*Confirmation of dates to be obtained prior to sending Application Form