Otago Youth Adventure Trust

Sutton is a farming settlement an hour northwest of Dunedin. In 1999 the Otago Youth Adventure Trust redeveloped an old school house (built in 1898 and closed in 1958) into an adventure camp. The area is best known for New Zealand's only inland salt lake, named Salt Lake.


Sutton provides accommodation for up to 26 people in the main complex with a hall. The main attractions are in the location with Department of Conservation reserve nearby, a salt lake and native bush all close at hand.




Mattress and pillows are provided.
You will need to bring bedding.
  • Hall Bunkroom Beds 6
    The hall is detached from the main house and has:

    1 Bunkroom with 6 beds


Closest medical centre is in Outram.
Please supply your own First Aid Kit.
  • Kitchen
    There is a spacious kitchen with two electric stoves and a microwave. All cooking equipment, utensils, crockery and cutlery are supplied.

    There is a fridge and a freezer for cold storage.

    The following ARE provided by the camp:
    · Detergent, tea towels
    · All cleaning materials, disinfectant, cloths
    · Buckets, brooms, mops
    · Toilet paper
    · Rubbish bags

    You will need to provide all your food requirements. The nearest store is at Middlemarch. They will take advanced orders for fresh supplies.

    A catered meal can be organised for a negotiated charge. (Contact the warden for information.)
    Rubbish bags are supplied
    Please take rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Dining room
    The dining room is adjacent to the kitchen.

    · 3 long tables
    · chairs
    · a notice board of local information
  • Lounge
    The separate lounge includes:
    · comfortable chairs
    · an open fire
    · double doors opening to a veranda
  • Hall
    The hall is separate from the main house. It has the following facilities

    · carpeted floor
    · table tennis table
    · piano
    · soft chairs
    · Indoor bowls
  • Bathrooms
    There are female and male bathrooms.

    Each Bathroom consists of
    · 2 showers
    · 2 toilets
    · 3 basins

    A disabled persons bathroom consists of
    · wet shower
    · basin
    · toilet
  • Laundry
    A modern washing machine, dryer and tub are available for use. You will need to provide your own washing powders.
  • Extra facilities
    Push button heating

    Easy mobility access for disabled persons

    Cot, baby bath, high chair

    Fenced grounds suitable for overnight tenting (Tents not supplied by the camp).

    For medical services:

    The closest Medical Centre is at
    · Outram Medical Centre Ph 03 464 3877

    · Middlemarch (Mon and Thurs mornings only)
    · On-call Nurse After 6pm: Ph 03 464 3877 (24 hr coverage)
    In an emergency please phone
    Emergency Services on 111


  • Confidence Course
    A small confidence course is on the camp site.
  • Activities near Sutton
    Taieri River - suitable for kayaks (not supplied by camp)

    Rock and Pillar Range - DOC walking tracks - Range from short walks to overnight tramp to DOC hut. A DOC pamphlet available at shop for $1.

    Macraes Gold Mine is a 45 minute drive away.

    Miners’ Cottages – relics of gold mining era. These are on private property but permission to visit is readily given.

    There is a small farm nearby that may be visited. It has a large range of animals, including alpacas, highland cattle, miniature horses, ostriches and many others. Please contact the warden for more details.

    Visit Naseby with Curling, Bush walks and mountain biking tracks. (Approx 40 min drive)

    Ranfurly is nearby and is a local Art-Deco architecture attraction. (Approx 40 min drive)

    Contact the warden for more information about any of the above activities.
  • Salt Lake
    Sutton Salt Lake - the only inland salt lake in New Zealand. The lake is home to many waterfowl, including the white-faced heron, black swan, paradise duck, mallard, New Zealand shoveller, pied oyster-catcher and southern black-backed gull.

  • Central Otago Rail Trail
    Cycle or walks parts of this very well known scenic trail. It begins 8 km from the Camp at Middlemarch.

    You can arrange hire of bikes through different companies in Middlemarch or bring your own bikes. Cycles can be transported to Hyde and the children cycle to Middlemarch (this is very slightly downhill). This route passes the Hyde Train Accident Memorial and there are numerous places to pick up tired children (or their parents).

Over the past 32 seasons over 19,000 people have successfully completed a variety of trips led by The Otago Youth Adventure Trust and Milton Rotary Tramping Club throughout Otago and Southland.
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