Ngaruwahia Christian Youth Camp

The past weekend we went to Ngaruawahia Christian Youth Camp organized by our Church. It’s a beautiful camp , with the woods on one side and plenty of activities for the children to try. we had a lovely heated cabin with bunk  beds to sleep in


and woke up to a lovely misty morning scene.



which later cleared up and we could see the beautiful woods and meadows on the hill.

My boys made friends pretty quickly and started playing Cricket.


Learnt the basics of football and Rugby from the bigger boys in the Church


Later A tried Kayaking and


and M went paddle boating.


Both of them tried Flying fox


hubby and I  took a walk in the woods


it was so beautiful! we could have sat there for hours


and stared at the  cattle grazing, the fan tail flitting from one branch to another near us


and the wild mother duck with her brood of ducklings…oh so protective, look at her cautious eyes ,keeping watch for her babies that walk rather oblivious to the dangers lurking around. This little scene really touched my heart. it always does!



we climbed up a hill and were greeted with this lovely view overlooking the camp building.  it was just the lovely place to sit and chat our hearts out, which we naturally did.

The red roof is where we had our church gathering,


games,  movies and  board games at night.






and dinner


On our  way back   we visited  the Hamilton Gardens

and walked through a couple  of  specially designed theme gardens


Before going to have a peek at the rose garden and calling it a day.


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