Vegan Camp 2021

Our next Vegan Camp is scheduled 2-5 April 2021 which is Easter weekend.

Vegan Camp (Kaimanga Mutunga Wiki Aotearoa) is held biennially in the mountain village of Hanmer Springs, in New Zealand’s beautiful South Island. The aim of Vegan Camp is to build vegan community and to provide an opportunity for vegans to come together to relax, indulge, grow and play.

Delicious vegan meals will be provided and both group and independent activities will be scheduled so that you can get to meet or be reacquainted with other vegans, whilst also having your own space and chill out time. Accommodation options include motel units, cabins and camping in tents – something for every preference and budget.



Mexican Feast
Apple Crumble  and Ice Cream



Toast and spreads, Baked Beans (GF available)
Mushroom dish
Muesli and fresh fruit


Macaroni Cheese Bake with Vegetables
Quinoa Salad with green leafy vegetables.
Muffins and fruit


Not Butter Chicken  with Roasted Vegetables
Rice & Green Salad
Mango Cheesecake with Fruit topping and Coconut yoghurt



Scrambled Tofu
Sago Pudding
Muesli and fresh fruit
Toast & Spreads


Daal & Kofta
Salad & Coleslaw


Spanakopita with Mashed Potatoes
Cucumber Raita and Beetroot, Carrot & ginger salad
Layered fruit & Jelly custard pudding



Mushroom Dish
Quinoa Porridge
Toast & Spreads
Muesli and fresh fruit


Veg Patties with salad in buns

Meals will be communally shared at tables. Our chefs will prepare the menu and cook the food, with help from volunteers. Please bring some vegan baking and hand in on arrival. These will be shared at supper times.

Allergies and intolerances

Please tell us on the registration form if you have any allergies or intolerances we need to be aware of. We will cater for allergies and intolerances but not preferences. If you are not allergic or intolerant to a food, please don’t list it on your registration form as it does require extra effort and expense for the cooks to do alternatives. We are happy to help you if you need it though.

Please tell us on your registration form if you are a raw vegan. The majority of dishes in our menu are not raw and so if you are a raw vegan we will want to plan with you in advance so that Vegan Camp is accessible for you. We are happy to help you but again, if you are not a raw vegan normally, please don’t list it on your registration form. If your special diet requires expensive foods which are not covered by our budget, we will ask you to either bring them yourself or pay an additional cost.


Vegan Camp is open to all vegans. If you don’t know, the definition of vegan is someone who excludes all animal products from their diet.

If you’re not vegan you can still attend by going vegan for at least two weeks before the event or by accompanying with a vegan. We ask for everyone to behave respectfully towards each other.

Photos taken at Vegan Camp may be used by us to promote veganism. If you have objections to being in photos please let us know in advance.

This is a drug and smoke-free event.

Due to camp rules, dogs are not permitted (guide dogs ok).


Vegan Camp is a community event organised by volunteers. To make our stay easy for everyone, we ask that you:

–  be at meals on time
–  volunteer for three kitchen shifts – this will happen at the camp
–  wash up your own dishes after meals
–  if attending with children, to be responsible for your own child at all times
–  be present when there are whole group activities
–  clean up after yourself and your children and leave your room as you found it
–  help with the general clean up on departure day

If we have plenty of participants, parents of young children will be relieved of their shift duties.



– Bedding – (unless paid for linen)

– Torch and sunscreen

– Personal belongings

– Vegan baking to share

Activities will include:

Welcome and getting to know each other

Quiz Night

Ice Cream Eating competition

Easter Egg Hunt




Visit to Hot Pools

Cookery Demo


These are all optional and you are welcome to join in or do your own thing. At the start of the camp we will put up a timetable in which some time will be structured but also people can plan activities too. We will meet every morning to discuss.


Please contact us if you would like to offer a workshop. Previous suggestions for workshops have included:

1.    Get together for vegan parents – a chance to chat about parenting, kids, being vegan and parenting

2.    Vegan cream workshop – how to make vegan creamy foods such as yogurt, whipped cream, sour cream and cheese sauce (please bring a small – about 100ml – leak-proof container so you can take home a yogurt starter)


After breakfast each day there will be a brief meeting to organise those who wish to do an activity together. Hanmer Springs offers something for everyone. We will organise shuttles to drop you off or pick up in Hanmer village if you want to go there during the free time sessions to swim, walk, explore or shop. Otherwise it is a pleasant 2.5km walk to the village from the venue. During the free times, you might wish to do some of the following activities:

Walks – there are a variety of short and longer walks or varying difficulties. Some are suitable for children.

Swim in the pools – by going as a group we will receive a discount on the entry price

Massage – you must pre-book a treatment before you arrive at Hanmer Springs

Mountainbiking – bring your own bike or rent one there

Mini Golf – by going as a group we will receive a discount on the entry price

Shopping – Hanmer Springs has many boutique stores to buy clothes, gifts and arts and crafts.

Vegan Camp is especially welcoming to vegan families. The Hanmer Forest Camp venue is ideal for children. There is an excellent playground, a large grassy field for games, cabin rooms that can accommodate families of up to 6 people and lots of other kids to play with. We hope that child-free participants will offer to spend time with the children and play games with them; however it is important to remember you are responsible for the children you bring and that Vegan Camp is unable to provide child care. Parents may wish to share care (e.g. taking a group to the playground) and should work this out between them. If you can bring some toys and games for your child and other children to play with, that would be very welcome.

Please understand that children like everyone, are welcome at Vegan Camp, but everyone, including the children, feels happier and safer when there are clear boundaries and expectations of behaviour.


Parental guidelines

As parents are responsible at all times for their children, please ensure you keep to the following rules. Please ensure that:

  1. Your pre-schooler is never left without an adult caring for them who is directly responsible for them. Parents of older children must know where they are at any time.
  2. Your child cleans up any mess they make. This includes packing away toys etc as soon as they are finished with them.
  3. If your child hurts anyone you sort this with that person and if it is a child, you inform the parent what happened
  4. There is no throwing inside
  5. There is no hitting
  6. There is no booing or put downs
  7. Your child is not running wildly around and/or shrieking inside disturbing others
  8. Children under 10 years do not go into the kitchen at any time. If children need something from the kitchen, for safety reasons, they need to be outside the door whilst you fetch what they need.

These rules are so that everyone can have a safe and good time at Vegan Camp.  On your registration form we will ask parents to sign a form agreeing to keep to these rules, for everyone’s enjoyment.

Vegan Camp will be held at Hanmer Springs Forest Camp. Forest Camp has a range of accommodation options that should suit all budgets. Families will be staying in the cabins unless they are camping. We will be using the Big Kitchen for meals and social activities.

Accommodation options including rooms for singles, couples and families or groups of friends with shared bathrooms (or private bathrooms at no extra cost for Kiwiable/Hapai Access card holders). There are also two motel-unit type of studio flats available. Tents and camper vans can also be accommodated; however the sites are not powered. The shared bathrooms are modern and very clean.

Kiwiable/Hapai Access card holders are able to use the more private disabled toilets for no extra cost (email Costs will vary depending on the type of accommodation you require. For those who don’t wish to share a room, private rooms can be booked (for one or two people) when you register for Vegan Camp for an additional cost.

There are a limited number of double beds available, which are available on a first come basis. Please indicate on your registration form if you want a double bed. If you are not allocated one, it is because they were booked out before we received your registration. Please DO NOT book via or contact Hanmer Springs Forest Camp with your inquiries, email us instead.

We have reserved cabins in the Ensor Lodge. Ensor Lodge: is a modern block of cabins, with heating, which can accommodate between 3-6 people. They contain single bunk beds with a small number offering double beds also.

There are two self contained motel-type units attached to Abilities Lodge for anyone wanting a private bathroom and own kitchenette. These units have a queen bed and one has an additional bed settee. These are available on a first come basis. If another group is booked in the Abilities Lodge where these units are situated, motel users may hear sounds from the other users. However, the entrances are separate. It is possible to bring your own tent or camper van. Forest Camp offers 24 non-powered spacious sites. Please note that Vegan Camp is being held in autumn in the mountains and it could be cold if camping.

The Hanmer Springs Forest Camp has been designed with people with disabilities in mind. If you are a wheelchair user, please book an Ensor Lodge Cabin or a self contained unit. There is more information for wheelchair users below. Also go to the Hanmer Springs Forest Camp accessibility information page

For other disabilities, please let us know if there is anything we need to be aware of so that we can make it easier for you to attend. All of the family-style cabins in Ensor Lodge are well-suited for anyone using a wheelchair as they are an open-plan with a double bed and either one or two sets of bunks.

Accessing the Ensor Lodge is easy for people of all abilities as wide walkways and ramps lead up to the cabins. Attached to the Sequoia Wing is an accessible toilet/shower facility that is available to use for anyone that has a disability FREE of charge. Within the toilet/shower facilities there is a shower wheelchair in each facility available for use. The Big Kitchen where we will be having meals and activities is also wheelchair accessible. Please let us know at registration if you use a wheelchair or other disability so that we can ensure you are allocated a suitable room and have free access to the accessible toilets and showers.

The venue is Hanmer Forest Camp (run by the Hanmer Forest Springs Forest Camp Charitable Trust). The address is 243 Jollies Pass Road, Hanmer Springs (a 90 minute drive from Christchurch).

If you require a ride to Hanmer from Christchurch or from anywhere else, please try to organise this through the Facebook page or your own networks, as we may not able to co-ordinate car-pooling this year (we will try but we are very busy so cannot guarantee it). If you do find a ride with another attendee of Vegan Camp, please contribute $10 one way for petrol and give this directly to your driver.

You can also book a shuttle. Shuttles can be booked via Please remember it is Easter Weekend so you MUST book in advance. It will pay to check times before booking flights etc to be sure you can get a shuttle for the time you need as these operate at certain times only.

We can pick up from Hanmer (only if you pre-arrange it with us) if the shuttle won’t take you to Forest Camp.

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