Since the inception of the Teapot Summer School in 2001 the venue has been the Teapot Valley Christian Camp.
Located not far from Brightwater on the western edge of the Waimea Valley, the Camp offers plain but comfortable accommodation and plentiful, healthy food. The lovely setting is serene and peaceful with well-established trees and extensive grounds giving a sense of openness and calm.
For the most part the sleeping accommodation is in bunkrooms for 4 – 6 people. Each pair of rooms shares a bathroom. Generally rooms are allocated so they are not full. There is also a camping area (no powered sites) which some Teapotters take advantage of.
The Camp staff enjoy having our Summer School adults in residence as they say it allows them to make a wider variety of food than children’s groups find tolerable. Meals are taken in the communal dining room. Three hearty meals a day are provided as well as light refreshments at the mid-morning break and fruit in the afternoon break. The muffins and scones are so popular it is sometimes debatable what Summer School attendees enjoy more – the singing or the morning tea! All dietary requirements are catered for without fuss.
There is an unheated and very popular swimming pool which many Teapotters use. Some are inspired to do 40 lengths before breakfast, others simply muck about to cool off in the early afternoon break. A tennis court is also available and there is a big wooden maze. A giant chess board gets a work out on occasion. Other activities offered include abseiling, indoor rock climbing, flying fox, waterslide, down-hill carts, archery, shooting and an indoor gym with a sprung wooden floor. An 80+-year-old Sir David Willcocks was once seen availing himself of the waterslide!
In the heat of the Waimea Valley summer, the many large trees provide welcome shade for readers and snoozers during the breaks from rehearsal. There are also a couple of pianos available for those who want to do a bit of individual practice.
WIFI is available.
Teapotters’ comments about the Camp
- ‘A lovely, peaceful location to enjoy’
- ‘Great environment and camp with great staff making great food’
- ‘Wonderful food – I don’t have to cook nor do the dishes’