About Us

 

Blue Skies is owned by the Scout Asso­ci­a­tion of New Zealand, it is run by an inde­pen­dent board and open to the com­mu­nity for group hire. Estab­lished in 1965 by Scouts to pro­vide camp­ing and train­ing facil­i­ties to Scouts and the Community.

 

The A-​frame; a dis­tinc­tive fea­ture on the Christchurch sky­line was con­structed in 1969, for the National Scout Jamboree.

 

Set in almost 7ha of flat park-​like grounds, its’ mul­ti­ple facil­i­ties allow for flex­i­bil­ity of use; mul­ti­ple groups, large ​groups, whole-​site hire and vary­ing lev­els of accom­mo­da­tion. Blue Skies can accom­mo­date up to 200 in beds, which vary from sin­gle ser­viced rooms to com­mu­nal bunk style accom­mo­da­tion, as well as hav­ing exten­sive areas for car­a­vans (lim­ited pow­ered sites) and tent­ing. Blue Skies is suit­able for church groups, school camps, train­ing and sem­i­nars, fam­ily reunions, retreats and sports teams.

 

Blue Skies is only 20 min­utes from Christchurch City and Air­port. It is within the Kaiapoi town­ship bound­aries, however has a dis­tinctly rural feel. Mul­ti­ple sized accom­mo­da­tion com­plexes; rang­ing from ser­viced con­fer­ence style, with sem­i­nar rooms through sin­gle twin and bunk rooms with large din­ing and hall areas to a com­mu­nal bunk facil­ities; pro­vide for all lev­els of accom­mo­da­tion and group needs. There is ade­quate onsite park­ing, bus turn arounds, pri­vacy, large grounds and onsite activ­i­ties. These are easy to man­age and inte­grate into any pro­gramme; includ­ing swim­ming pool, abseil­ing tower, chal­lenge activ­i­ties includ­ing the con­fi­dence course and ini­tia­tives.

 

Included onsite is the National Scout Museum, which can be opened with prior arrange­ment. Groups have the abil­ity to self-​cater using our fully equipped kitchens, or have Blue Skies take care of all your meals, with our deli­cious and nutri­tional menus, which are all ‘home­made’.

 

A Brief History

 

The site was pur­chased in 1965 and devel­oped over the years as a train­ing facil­ity. The Main Com­plex (Ron Moore Memo­r­ial Lodge) was con­structed in the late 1960’s in time for the 1969 5th National Scout Jam­boree which was held in Kaiapoi at Blue Skies.

 

Over the fol­low­ing years the swim­ming pool and grounds were devel­oped. The Dougall Love Con­fer­ence Cen­tre was built dur­ing the 1980’s. The Youth Lodge was con­structed in stages from 1995 – 2010, and the back pad­dock “Loffha­gen Field” was pur­chased in 1991. Today the facil­i­ties are still used by Scout­ing New Zealand as a train­ing facil­ity but are avail­able to all com­mu­nity organ­i­sa­tions, includ­ing Schools, Churches, Event organ­is­ers, Sports, Train­ing groups and Youth Groups. The Con­fer­ence Cen­tre is used by busi­nesses includ­ing Train­ing Organ­i­sa­tions and Gov­ern­ment Depart­ments, tak­ing advan­tage of our close prox­im­ity to Christchurch, util­is­ing our excel­lent facil­i­ties and grounds, ease of facil­i­ta­tion with all meals, and an abun­dance of activ­i­ties on site.

 

As part of the Con­fer­ence Cen­tre, The National Scout Museum was estab­lished dur­ing the 1980’s and offi­cially opened in 1994. It is open to the pub­lic on Sun­day after­noons between 1.00pm — 4.00pm and by prior arrange­ment is avail­able to groups and indi­vid­u­als at pre­arranged times. The Museum con­tains an exten­sive range of dis­plays from Scouting’s early begin­nings by Lord Baden Pow­ell in Eng­land 1907 through its devel­op­ment in New Zealand from 1908 to present day, cov­er­ing all aspects of Scout­ing.

 

His­tor­i­cal Gallery

Pages from an appeal book­let, seek­ing fund­ing for the build­ing of the Main Com­plex on the site (Mid 1960’s)

Aer­ial Pho­to­graph of the orig­i­nal Blue Skies Camp­ground, before pur­chased by Scout­ing Can­ter­bury NZ (Est early 1960’s)

A Blue Skies post­card (est early 1970’s)

 

An appeal brochure for the Con­fer­ence Cen­tre (1983)

 

A com­par­i­son photo look­ing at the Main Com­plex from the Abseil­ing Tower. First photo dated in the early 1990’s and the sec­ond in 2009. The A-​frame just vis­i­ble behind all the trees.

Youth Lodge Stage 1 com­pleted in August 1996 and the start of stage 2 (Units and bunkrooms) in Novem­ber 1997. The hall was then extended in May 2002, final bunkroom exten­sion com­pleted in Octo­ber 2005.

An R.N.Z.A.F. Iro­quois heli­copter dumps water from a mon­soon bucket into the Blue Skies pool dur­ing a Fire Brigade train­ing week­end held at Blue Skies in 1988.

Cub Day at Blue Skies (est early 1990’s)

12 Williams Street, Kaiapoi

Christchurch 7630

03 327 8007

manager@blueskies.org.nz