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Kia ora!

WELCOME to our place

We know Parua Bay Christian Youth Haven as a haven, an oasis; a place to belong, to be refreshed, to refocus, to connect with others and with our loving creator God. We hope you will love this beautiful place as much as we do!

Purchased with support of a local landowner, and built by a large group of volunteer families, HOLYground is owned and operated by Northland Evangelical Movement - an interdenominational charitable society with representatives from many different churches in Whangarei.


In 2014 we celebrated 50 years of children's Easter Camps at Parua Bay! Thousands of children have enjoyed new friendships, full tummies, fun activities, and learning more of our amazing God while at HOLYground. Many of these children have gone on to learn to lead, to teach, to worship, to organise, to cook, and even to serve on committee! We also run camps for youth including leadership training, discipleship, worship, arts, sports, and community service. We are committed to serving our community by continuing to offer low or no cost children's camps and youth leadership training, and by sharing our facility with other church, school, family and community groups. 


Why  stay at HOLYground?


  • Flexible group accommodation options - 83 beds, with mattresses for 120 sleeping overnight in the building. For groups larger than 120, bring your tents to use the space on the large field. Minimum nightly hire charges apply, and facility is hired as a whole rather than by the room.

  • Just 20 minutes from Whangarei central, yet feels a world away

  • Close to all the stunning walks and beaches the Whangarei Heads area has to offer

  • Safe tidal beach just across the road, suitable for kayaking, sailing, swimming, water skiing/biscuiting, baptisms and more

  • Large grassy field suitable for tents, sports and games and an epic waterslide

  • 10 minute walk to a wharf suitable for jumping, fishing and watching the sunrise

  • Carpeted dormitories with heat-pumps

  • Fully equipped kitchen with utensils/cutlery/crockery supplied

  • Upstairs bunk rooms with disability access

  • Multi-purpose hall and stage suitable for dining, meetings, concerts and dances

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