Take a look around...

HOLYground grounds
HOLYground grounds

Our field - perfect for capture the flag, soccer, rugby, volleyball, problem solving, team building, relays, small groups and tenting

Wharf times
Wharf times

The wharf is a special place - for swimming, for thinking, for prayer, for a quiet stroll, maybe catch a fish. No better place to catch a sunrise and be amazed afresh at the beauty of creation!

Sailing boats
Sailing boats

Sailing boats can be launched off the beach - Parua Bay is known as a sailing destination and hosts regular racing events

Our bay
Our bay

Sheltered gentle sloping beach right out in front of the camp at Parua Bay, Whangarei, NZ.

Jam Time
Jam Time

Take a guitar and a group of teenagers and watch as friendships are formed, musical talents explored and beautiful music made

The camp building
The camp building

HOLYground camp building a few years ago prior to a coat of paint!

'Ice Hockey'
'Ice Hockey'

ice hockey is a loved activity at our HOLYground Kids Camps!! (minus the ice but with all the slippery action)

Swinging High
Swinging High

Huge trees provide the perfect launching spot for a number of rope swings, always a favourite at HOLYground Kids Camps

Field Games
Field Games

Team work, friendships, challenges and fun during field games at a HOLYground Youth Camp

VolleyBall
VolleyBall

Traditional summer games like volleyball are always popular at HOLYground kids and youth camps

Indoor Games at HOLYground
Indoor Games at HOLYground

Our large multi-purpose hall at HOLYground has space for indoor games and get-to-know-yous

Dining Room
Dining Room

With folding tables and stackable chairs, the hall can be configured to your groups dining requirements

Bonfire
Bonfire

A roaring bonfire makes a true youth camp! Don't forget the marshmellows...

The Deck
The Deck

With a spacious wrap-around deck there is plenty of space to admire the view, the sports action on the field, or engage in deep conversation over a cup of tea during your camp

Kids Camp Challenge
Kids Camp Challenge

lining up in teams to wait for the next challenge at a HOLYground Kids Camp

Whats a camp without a guitar?
Whats a camp without a guitar?

We have a lot of musical talent in our leadership group, and we love to worship together

Camp Leaders
Camp Leaders

HOLYground camp leaders come from all sorts of schools, churches, backgrounds, cultures and each brings their giftings to share

Facing the Giants!
Facing the Giants!

Each HOLYground youth or kids camp has a theme.. this one was 'Giants and Grasshoppers'

The Panel
The Panel

Whats a camp without a concert? Above is the judging panel offering their feedback on a teams performance

Wharf Jump!
Wharf Jump!

Jumping off the Parua Bay Wharf at the end of the road is a much loved activity for our older leaders.. best avoided at low tide and be careful around the oysters

Big Questions
Big Questions

At HOLYground our emphasis is on building meaningful relationships between young and old, asking and answering the big questions, rather than just being entertained

Wharf Sunrise
Wharf Sunrise

Enjoying the beauty of Gods creation at the wharf - a perfect place for reflection, prayer and inspiration

Waterslide Fun
Waterslide Fun

Our super-slippery steep waterslide always has a queue during a HOLYground Kids Camp

Waterslide Action
Waterslide Action

Launch yourself down our super-slippery slide and see if you can reach the end of the mats!!

Dinner Challenge
Dinner Challenge

A few twists and turns always keep a HOLYground Youth Camp interesting - in this case, eat your dinner using any kitchen utensil as long as its not a knife/fork/spoon!

Easter Celebrations
Easter Celebrations

Easter Camps are our most long-standing Kids Camp. The programme varies each year.. in this case we were re-enacting the Palm Sunday celebrations.. just waiting for the donkey to arrive!

A New Dawn
A New Dawn

dawn of a new day down at the wharf.. what a glorious creation God has made!

The Crosses
The Crosses

The 3 crosses on the hill serve as a reminder of the reason HOLYground exists - Jesus died, and has risen!!

View from Manaia
View from Manaia

HOLYground is close by to all the walks and beaches the Whangarei Heads have to offer.. Late night or early morning climbs up Mt Manaia can be incorporated into a HOLYground Youth Camp

Leap of Faith!!
Leap of Faith!!

Jumping off the wharf at the end of the road into the beautiful Parua Bay is a favourite HOLYground Youth Camp activity.. just watch out for oyster cuts and avoid low tide

Another delicious meal
Another delicious meal

HOLYground Kids and Youth Camps rely on a small army of dedicated volunteer cooks to cater up ample delicious and nutricious meals to fuel the days action

Team Building Games
Team Building Games

There is heaps of space around the property to run team building activities from physical challenges, to scavenger hunts, photo competitions, spot-light, Go home stay home, burma trails, Animal Survival, ropes activities and more

Biscuiting
Biscuiting

At high tide, the beach in front of HOLYground is perfect for water sports including biscuiting, water skiing and wakeboarding... Our volunteers regularly contribute their boats and time to give HOLYground campers the ride of their lives

Baptisms
Baptisms

The bay in front of HOLYground is a popular place for our leaders to make a public declaration of faith by being baptised

Table Tennis
Table Tennis

Indoor games such as table tennis, cards, jigsaw puzzles and more keep our campers busy on a wet day at camp

Kayaking
Kayaking

The waters of Parua Bay are perfect for kayak expeditions either around the mangroves, to the wharf, or for the more intrepid over to the island at the mouth of the bay

HOLYground Building
HOLYground Building

The Parua Bay Christian Youth Haven is just that - a haven for young and old

Lining up for field games
Lining up for field games

Low cost, high enjoyment activities such as field games build relationships and fitness during HOLYground kids camps

Sunset at HOLYground
Sunset at HOLYground

Parua Bay is a truly beautiful haven to come away from the business of life and be restored

Community Service
Community Service

One of the things we value at HOLYground is encouraging our young people to connect with the community they are part of, and to realise they can make a contribution, We generally focus at least 1 youth camp per year on community service of some description.