Venue & Facilities

Our History - Where we've been...

For more than 10 years Dance Camp Aotearoa was at the Omatua Guiding Centre, Hawke's Bay. The site held us well in a peaceful and attractive spot on the banks of a safely flowing river. However in recent years, it became increasingly confining to the development of camp, in particular to our offerings for teens and enough space for family camping.  

There have been many exhaustive searches for a new home for Dance Camp Aotearoa over the years, with further options still being considered.  Omatua suffered the raveges of two record-high floods in as many months, so we are unable to return there.   In the meantime, the TAUHARA CENTRE have generously opened their arms to hold us for 2019 and now also 2020.  Meanwhile, we continue to look for that new home...


Our Present Tauhara Retreat and Conference Centre, Acacia Bay, Taupō

Accomodation options are primarily camping (own equipment) or shared bunkrooms (containing 4-6 beds per room).

There are separate male/female and unisex shower and toilet facilitities.

In addition, Tauhara offers a limited number of self-contained options, available for an additional fee.  These will be allocated by a ballot process. If you are interested, please email Shelley (Camp Registrar) at for availability, pricing, and to register for the ballot.

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The founding of Tauhara Centre

In 1938, the Founders established a charitable trust in order to create a place for people to come together for community, learning, inspiration and personal growth, but it was not until the 1970s that the present site was developed, with the Centre buildings opening in 1977.  

It was founded to create a spiritual and educational centre which would draw together people of differing viewpoints and methods of working, but united in their search for truth and the establishment of goodwill and understanding in the world. Tauhara is a free association of people from throughout New Zealand and beyond, who come from all walks of life, all faiths, and who hold many diverse views.

Through coming together to share and learn, to give and receive, working physically, mentally and spiritually, they extend and add richness to the expression of Tauhara.

At the Tauhara Centre, we are welcoming and open to people from all different walks of life, all faiths, who hold many different views. By valuing openness and acceptance, we are creating a space for unity and community.

For an "Virtual flyover" of the Tauhara site, click on this link:


Our Future - where we're going to...

The Core Group continues to consult widely in the process of finding a new long-term home that will embrace us for the next 10+ years!  

We seek a site that is central to all (mid-North Island) has accommoation and camping options, lots of flat space, swimmable water, kitchen/dinning and ablution facilitiaties for 150-200 and affordable!   Let us know of any suggestions, recommendations, or assistance you can offer in this regard.