In 1959, the Mid Canterbury District Bible Group acquired a 12-hectare piece of land on Sawmill Road in Staveley, with the intention of establishing a permanent campsite for their annual camp. Construction on the campsite commenced in 1971 and has been recently updated. The camp continues to be managed by members of the local Church and community.
Today, Staveley Camp boasts complete facilities and can accommodate up to 90 people. The facilities have been maintained and upgraded over the years and fundraising is underway for earthquake strengthening of the buildings.
Camp and forest
Welcome to Staveley Camp, an enchanting haven nestled amidst the embrace of nature’s embrace. Step into a world where time stands still, and every breath is a gentle reminder of the serenity that surrounds you. Here, within the magical expanse of Staveley Camp, you’ll encounter a harmony of tranquility and adventure.
Staveley Camp Forest is a rare remaining remnant of native alluvial plain forest in the Mid-Canterbury foothills and as such is of significant ecological value. The forest covers 10 hectares and is located at the base of Mt Somers. The forest was degraded due to early grazing and exposure to exotic (non-native) plant species. However, efforts have been made to rehabilitate and rejuvenate the forest by removing weeds and invasive plant species such as ivy, cotoneaster, and sycamore
Our Mission & Approach
Our mission is to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of Staveley Camp and Forest, while providing safe, enjoyable, and educational outdoor opportunities for visitors of all ages.
To fulfill our mission, we will adopt the following approach:
- Environmental stewardship: We will be responsible stewards of the land with a commitment to working in an environmentally sustainable manner. We will work to maintain the natural forest, preserve natural habitats, and manage any adverse impact on the ecosystem.
- Visitor safety: We will take all reasonable measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of visitors to Staveley Camp and Forest. We will regularly monitor the condition of trails, and other facilities, and provide clear and concise safety information to visitors.
- Educational opportunities: We will provide visitors with opportunities to learn about the natural and cultural history of Staveley Camp and Forest. This will include educational programmes, research projects, and partnerships with schools and community groups.
- Partnerships and community engagement: We will work in partnership with local businesses, organisations, and community groups to promote sustainable tourism and economic development in the area. We will also engage with visitors and local residents to promote responsible use of the area and encourage volunteerism in support of conservation efforts.