Glendowie College Rowing has had the real pleasure of being regulars at Epworth camp over recent years. Epworth has great access to the Waikato River that enables just awesome hours and hours of training and is close enough to Karapiro to make it an ideal base to stay when we are competing at the many regattas during the season.
The camp is well equipped and a really great place for our tired squad, coaches and volunteer parents to sleep, eat, rest and recover during the camps and regattas. We are usually 70 people + and so the gym and pool are added bonuses for rowers looking to train or chill out. Most importantly though we love the staff – in particular, Ingrid is amazing and seems to always know how and what is needed – she is really flexible and has always done whatever she can to meet our needs and wants – we can’t rate her highly enough!! We feel very fortunate to be able to stay at Epworth which is just as well given the amount of time we need to spend away from home in the Waikato chasing our rowing goals!!
We have been holding our school camps at Epworth for 6 years. The camp is well run and all our students have an amazing experience. Epworth makes organisation so simple and easy. All safety measures are in place which is important for our school. The food is super tasty and our students and adults loved the range and quality. Communication between ourselves and Epworth is regular and they go above and beyond to make camp enjoyable for all involved. Epworth is a stunning setting and everything is close to hand. I would not hesitate in recommending Epworth to anyone wanting a dynamic, well run, high-quality camp in an amazing setting.
Epworth is the perfect location for our school Rowing group.
Its spacious grounds access directly to the water and ample storage space for our boats and equipment makes the transition to water activities quick and easy.
The kitchen facilities are perfect for large groups, with everything you need with lots of space & equipment in both the kitchen & dining areas. The large, walk-in the chiller is awesome.
Bunk rooms of varying sizes are perfect for groups of any size. They conveniently surround a courtyard, creating a socially cohesive environment. There are outdoor areas to sit, relax and play, BBQ and playground for younger kids. Ample parking, a campsite, an outdoor pool and quiet environment make Epworth a perfect choice.
Westlake Girls Rowing luckily calls Epworth their second home.
Camkada Judo Club has been using Epworth Retreat & Recreation Centre for their annual Judo Camp for several years now. We first started residential camps by hiring a Scout Hall along with our own Judo Club building, however, found this although a success to be extremely difficult to manage over 100 people.
We started exploring different venues and eventually decided on Epworth Retreat & Recreation Centre due to everything being on site, all of the accommodation/facilities fits our requirements perfectly, with the main hall being able to lay 211 sq metres of Judo mats for training is a great feature and as a break from the rigours of Judo training we harness everything on offer, Water Slide, Swimming Pool, items in the games shed, social area to catch up after the rigours of the day.
Catering is always ready at our requested times and any special dietary needs are met if, at all possible, the whole complex meets our requirements and every year the hospitality and help from the staff exceeded our expectations.
As a club and on a personal note we never have any hesitation in rebooking this facility.