Join us for a week of family fun at our Orama summer family camp.

This will be a time to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some quality time with family doing some fun activities alongside times of reflection and fellowship with others.

Our summer camp is an all-inclusive event which gives you your sailing from Sandspit to the beautiful Great Barrier Island right to our front door.

You will enjoy delicious meals from our Italian chef Alex and his team, enjoy daily excursions to some of the most magnificent spots on the island and get to connect with other families amongst quality teaching and reflection.

Art projects, hikes, fishing, boat trips, games, camping, stargazing and many more new experiences await. Come and disconnect from our increasingly busy world into God’s beauty, put your watch away and adjust to summer on Barrier time.



27th December 2019 to 2nd January 2020

FRI 27th

4pm Check-in at Sandspit for ferry sailing

5pm Departure from Sandspit

8pm Arrival at Karaka Bay, Settling in

9.00pm Café supper for parents and getting to know each other

SAT 28th

8am-9am Breakfast

9:30am Introductions, Health and Safety

10am Café-style meet-up – getting to know each other

11am Free time activities, Projects

12pm Lunch

2pm Afternoon outing to Mabey’s Beach

Free time activities

6pm Dinner

Movie Night

SUN 29th

8am-9am Breakfast

10am Family trivia game, InterAct session

11am Free time activities, Projects

12pm Lunch

1.30pm Sports Rotation on lawn

3pm Afternoon Tea

Scavenger Hunt

6pm Dinner

Family Worship time

MON 30th

8am-9am Breakfast

10am InterAct session

11am Free time activities, Projects

12pm Lunch

2pm Walk to Glenfern Sanctuary

Free time activities

Family projects, craft, raft building

6pm Dinner


Camp-out at Garden Bay

TUE 31st

8am-9am Breakfast

10am Family Fellowship, InterAct session

11am Walk to BBQ bay for Beach Cook Out

12pm Cookout

2pm Photography Hunt

Fishing with Arnie

6pm Dinner

Parents treat - mystery location/kids program concurrent

WED 1st

8am-9am Cooked Breakfast

10am Wrap-up InterAct session

11am Free time activities, Projects

12pm Lunch

2pm Elective trip

6pm Dinner

Family Talent Show

Elective Soak Worship-Commitment Night

THU 2nd

8am-9am Breakfast

9.30am Lawn games, free time activities

11am Movie, Craft and Creation morning

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm Tidy up Camp

2:30pm Free time activities

4pm Collect take away dinner

6pm Departure from Karaka Bay

Excursion options

Hike HirakImata / Windy Canyon

Travel with your family and others as we discover the beautiful North Barrier landscape. We will pass beautiful Whangapoua Beach as we make our way up to Windy Canyon. We will then hike up the short walk to take in panoramic views of the forest and beaches of Great Barrier beneath us. You can then choose to continue on to Hirakimata (Mount Hobson), Great Barrier’s highest point, or make your way down to Whangapoua estuary to see take in the grandeur of the beach-line there.

Onewhero Beach

Hike straight out of Orama through farmland and regenerating bush to a 360 degree lookout with views of Katherine Bay, Port Abercrombie and Little Barrier Island. Continue on to the unspoilt Onewhero Bay with it’s 1000 year old pohutukawa trees and gentle lapping waters. Share a picnic with other families and play beach games.

Boat Trips

Make your way out of Karaka bay as we sail around the majestic outlying islands of Kaikoura, Motu Haku and beyond. Soak in the views of Little Barrier, the gannet colony. We will stop off for snorkeling stops,  swimming and sightseeing on the way.

Bird Sanctuary

Explore the amazing Glenfern Sanctuary and see birdlife that many people go their whole lives without seeing. Take a stroll to sunset rock or walk among undisturbed Kauri forest. Get a magnificent view on the bay as you walk the ridge line.

What you will experience


Summer on Great Barrier is an experience that will never leave you, pristine waters, untainted wildlife, and some of the clearest skies in the world.


Orama Oasis is a Christian Community that loves to express our dynamic and exciting faith to all who come through our doors, Your family will come as guests and leave as friends.


You will get to engage with relevant, honest and impacting teaching as we journey together in families through the highs and lows of today’s fast paced life.


Nobody comes to Orama without experiencing a change or touch of the divine. We know your family will engage with each other and encounter the loving, fun and hilarious sides to God as you holiday with us.

The details


27th January 2019 - 2nd January 2020


Orama Oasis, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand


Prices start at $500 per person and depend on your choice of accommodation options. Please see more details on the booking page.


Charter ferry sailing to and from Great Barrier Island departing Sandspit

Accommodation & food for 7 Days

An unforgettable family experience!

What to bring


Sun block

Insect repellent

Torch (ideally one for each family member)

Togs, goggles, snorkels, flippers etc for fun in the water

Sandals or similar for exploring the foreshore (beware oyster shells)

Hiking/walking shoes for scenic walks


Tents, sleeping bags, air mattress/stretchers etc (all meals, drinks, plates and utensils are provided so no need for cooking or eating gear)


Binoculars (if you have them) for star gazing

Surf and boogy boards

Fishing gear


Unplug and reconnect. Join us for a week of family fun from the 27th December at our summer family camp here at Orama. This will be a time get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spend some quality time with family doing some fun activities alongside times of reflection and fellowship with others.

A range of affordable options are available. Click here for more information.