Welcome To Camp Elsdon



Camp Elsdon is a friendly, family camp set in a peaceful native bush area overlooking Porirua Harbour.  Wake up to native birds singing in a rural setting within a city.


The Camp is located at the entrance to Colonial Knob Reserve which offers native bush walks/bike tracks (some energetic) to panoramic views of Porirua and its twin harbours, Wellington, Kapiti and the South Island.  It is also handy (1 km) to the local Porirua City centre, shopping and amenities and is 1.5 km from Porirua Railway Station.


We are close to State Highway 1 and 20 minutes (18km) from the Picton (Interislander and Blue Bridge) ferries.


We cater for casual or group bookings (20 to 90 plus).  Our facilities include a Lodge, dormitories, and campground with campervan and tent sites.  Other amenities include a laundry, dump station, field area, ample parking for buses and cars and resident donkey and miniature ponies who enjoy being fed.  We can also do pets by special arrangement.


Local attractions include Te Rauparaha Arena and Aquatic centre (with hydro slide/wave machine), Go Karts, ten pin bowling, and miniature golf at Pirates Cove.

Camp Elsdon is a member of:

Camp Elsdon is a charitable incorporated society administering what was known as Elsdon Methodist Youth Camp which began in 1954.  We are a simple and convenient low cost camp based on Christian principles with a keen “youth” camp tag.


The camp is open all year long and provides group, team, youth and casual accommodation and is used by school, church, sports, dance and community groups, and by individual families and overseas tourists.


Camp Elsdon occupies 5.5 hectares of DOC land located on the foothills of western Porirua and is surrounded by the native bush of the Porirua and Colonial Knob Scenic Reserves.  It is also a good base and allows for easy access to city, urban, rural, industrial, bush and coastal environments and is close to essential services.


LOCAL ATTRACTIONS:  Camp Elsdon is a 5 minute drive or easy 15 to 25 minute walk to the local Porirua City centre and other local attractions such as Te Rauparaha Arena and Aquatic centre (with hydro slide/wave machine), Pataka Museum, Go Karts, mini golf at Pirates Cove, and 5 minutes drive from Bowlands (ten pin bowling) and 10 minutes drive away from the NZ Police Museum and multi level confidence course at Adrenalin Forest.


Porirua City centre offers a full range of supermarkets and shopping malls at North City Plaza and The Mega Centre.  Local restaurants offer a range of cuisine as well as all main stream fast food outlets.  Movies are available at Reading Cinema in North City Plaza or 20 minutes drive away at the lovely Lighthouse Cinema beside Pauatahanui Inlet.


On Saturday mornings the Porirua Market opens at 5am – 10am in the city centre car park and offers tantalizing, freshly cooked Pacific, Asian and Maori foods as well as fresh fish, vegetables, flowers and other goodies.


DISTANCE TO WELLINGTON:  Wellington is easily accessible from Porirua City, which is 20 kilometres north of Wellington City on State Highway 1 which is the direct motorway link to Interislander and Blue Bridge ferry terminals for ferries travelling across Cook Strait to Picton in New Zealand’s South Island. The drive to Wellington usually takes 20 minutes. Porirua City also has a direct railway link into Wellington City.


FIND/CONTACT US:  Camp Elsdon is located on the western side of Porirua, tucked up into the edge of the Colonial Knob Reserve (behind the Elsdon Industrial area).


Access is via Prosser Street from Titahi Bay Road (see ‘Booking Inquiry’ page for map*). Coming from the North take the second off ramp after the Traffic Lights turn right at the main roundabout/interchange and follow the blue camp ground signs. From the South take the Porirua, Titahi Bay off ramp (onto the main roundabout/interchange) turn left and follow the blue camp ground signs.

Contact Information


The Manager

Camp Elsdon

18 Raiha Street


Porirua 5022

New Zealand



 +64 4 237 8987