Get away while feeling right at home.



You are always welcome at Waimanaaki

Waimanaaki offers the coastal beauty of Riversdale Beach, a range of fantastic activities, and comfortable, affordable accommodation and facilities.

It’s the perfect place for your next school camp, work retreat, church camp or family reunion!

For the past 3 years we have had an International Orientation camp at Waimanaaki with anything from 40-60 international students per year. Each year the camp has gone from strength to strength and we have received nothing but positive feedback from our students and staff about the venue and camp management. 

Nothing seems too much trouble for the staff at the camp and our students rave about the great food. We are already looking forward to our camp in 2021!

Simon Hodge

International Director

Hutt Valley High School

We stayed at Waimanaaki for a school choir camp and it was simply fantastic! Vanessa was an amazing host and nothing was too much trouble for her, she was very accommodating to say the least. Accommodation was clean and a good size. There was plenty of room for rehearsals and the grounds were great. The food was out of this world and we were very spoilt with homemade bread each day. Chef Nat went above and beyond and there was a variety of food served up each day. Thank you for everything, we are looking forward to coming back next year!

Chloe Sherman-Ball

Rathkeale/St.Matt's Choir, 2020

Ah, Waimanaaki- what can I say?

If you want a place where you can get away from it all and yet be where it’s all happening?

And you want a place where you feel relaxed and welcomed and are made to feel part of the family from the minute you make your enquiry, then Waimanaaki looking after you is just the place you need to have your next camp.

Our men from Life Church in Palmerston North have been using this venue since 2008 (except for their sabbatical year 2012) and we have never felt so well looked after at ease there is no doubt a very welcoming spirit at Waimanaaki.

We have enjoyed each time we have gone back watching the improvements and development of the facilities over the years and the heart of the folk who look after you

Facilities: a big tick YES
Activities in and around the camp: a big tick YES
The people who look after you at the camp: there is not a tick big enough to say YES!

We are looking forward to heading back in 2013!


Life Church Palmerston North

I organised an NZQA course, run by NZ Seafood Industry Training Organisation, for members of Kauhungunu Coastal Hapu Collective.

All the kai without exception was just awesome and everyone commented on how well fed they were and how welcoming you and the whanau were towards them.

The tutors were so impressed with the facilities and the hassle-free atmosphere. Most of the hui they hold are on marae and many don’t meet the health and safety conditions required, and toilet and sleeping conditions are not ideal so many times, they stay off-site at night. Being able to stay at Waimanaaki with all the whanau was good for them and of course, they just love your whanau and Riversdale.

Sue Taylor


T&T Consulting Limited

We used Waimanaaki during Easter 2008 for a whanau reunion for Kahutiaterangi Paku descendants. There were five generations and 128 registered. Many had travelled from Australia, South Island and various location in the North Island.

The facilities were ideal particularly for the purpose of catering for the various ages, from kaumatua to newborn babies. The accommodation options meant that kaumatua were able to use the lodge and/or the small cottages and whanau groups using the bunkrooms.

The hall and dining room were perfect for the activities held and the close proximity to the beach allowed activities to be conducted there as well. Having lifeguards on duty was ideal for the number of young ones that went swimming.

Without exception, everyone loved the time at Waimanaaki.

Sue Taylor


We are members of Christian Camping New Zealand, the Christian Camping Association of NZ.

Contact Us

Phone: 027 278 6208

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Postal Address


117 Ngaumutawa Rd

Masterton, 5810

Camp Address

2-10 Pinedale Crescent

Riversdale Beach

Masterton, 5872

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