Gunn's Bush 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.

The Dobson family live on site and look forward to welcoming guests to their special place in the world.


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

If travelling north at the yellow barn turn left towards and head 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.

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 - Weddings, Birthdays etc.

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.

The camp will be exclusively for your function.  Venue hire Friday 3pm to Sunday 3pm. Accommodation free for the bride and groom only while guests enjoy a discounted overnight rate.

We can supply flowers for your wedding including bridal bouquet, posies, corsages etc.

Prices for weddings, birthdays or overnight functions can be found at the bottom of the page along with booking form and conditions of hire.

Complex and Facilities

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

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

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

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


School Camps (week days only) and
Day Activities:

For prices refer to the bottom of the page

For further information including availability contact owners:

Stephen and Lisa Dobson
36 Gunns Bush Road, RD8, WAIMATE 7978.
P.  027 688 0945
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