Camp Adair

Camp Adair - Aerial PhotographYMCA Camp Adair is located in Hunua, south of Auckland. It was first established in 1913 and encompasses over 100 acres, the camp was later purchased by the YMCA in 1938. The camp currently provides outdoor recreational facilities, including farmland and native bush. The historic School House located on the property can be hired for events and functions. Camp Adair is a popular location for camping trips for schools in the wider Auckland area and boasts a wide variety of outdoor activities including orienteering, wall climbing, archery, air rifle shooting, kayaking, along with a confidence course and mudslide. There are three self-contained villages on site; the Main Lodge, the Hugh Lambie village and the Graham Glaister village, each of which have campfire areas.

It is around these campfires that the legend of a tragic event which occurred at Camp Adair have been told to children for many years.

Camp Adair Urban Legend

The legend surrounding Camp Adair centers on the historic School House, which is often the center of gathering at the camp. Generations of children who have stayed at the camp have been told the tale of a group of children who while staying at the camp were murdered by their teacher in the School House building. The legend states that the murderous teacher, who is said to have had a fiery red beard, can be seen through lurking the windows of the school house late at night, waiting for his next victim…


Camp Adair - Caretakers Cottage
Often captioned as the “Camp Adair School House”, this building is in fact a caretakers cottage on the property. The actual School House is a much larger building which seats 45 people.
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Camp Adair - Entrance Sign
Entrance sign at Camp Adair in Hunua, Auckland.
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More information on YMCA Camp Adair can be found on the camp’s website.

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  1. hairy butt

    I went to this camp about 18 years ago and as kids we tried to call the spirits using the finger method, i actually belive it worked as my finger would move in directs by them selves as if some sort of force its hard to explain

    1. Samantha

      I just got Back from there three days ago with my school . A girl in the same cabin as me said she heard a piano playing at night as well , we all thought it was our music teacher but when we asked her she said she had fallen asleep straight after dinner time . The next day me and my friends did a scavenger hunt I think was called the orienteering activity , I’m not sure . one of our clues where on A tree right beside the school house , a girl I was with walked over to the house . We all didn’t believe in the stories the staff members were telling us but we all still decided to take a look . The house was locked up (obviously) you could tell that there was an attic but they got rid of it . It made us question as to why they got rid of it and what happened there . We all had to leave because one my friends said she could feel something there which made me more confused.

      1. Karen

        The old school house was moved down from Hunua School sometime in the late 1970’s or 1980’s. No one actually had lived in the house. It was the first school classrooms. It was built in 1875 or 6. There were never any murders in the School House/Classroom. I was taught in the classroom for a couple of years before it was moved. The attic was just the ceiling space, like most houses have nowadays. Camp Adair has lots of ghost stories, all of which are just Campfire stories, that grow like Pinocchio’s nose!!

  2. Aniese

    Omg we just went there today to drop off some stuff for my nephew whos caming there right now, and we drove past this school house. I honestly felt like something was watching me

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