El Rancho has proven to be a fantastic venue for our karate club to hold training camps. It’s great to find a facility where you don’t have to leave the grounds for the whole duration of the camp. The accommodation is extremely comfortable, kitchen and food great and the training area spacious. Our Karate training camps have been a huge success and we look forward to returning to El Rancho in the future.
GKR Karate, June 2018
Thank you for making our stay so easy and fun. We really appreciate that all your staff are approachable, professional and out to ensure our kids have a blast. You set a fine example and high expectations for what we expect elsewhere.
Child Cancer, January 2018
The food was AMAZING!!!! The Kitchen team were so easy to deal with and nothing was ever a hassle. We realise we as a group can be a chefs worst nightmare with all our specific requests. Every meal was delicious and nutritious.
Diabetes Youth Wellington, January 2018
6 + out of 5 for the food, it was fabulous! Especially after lots of exercise, our students really appreciated it.
NZ Institute of Sport, August 2017
I just really wanted to say a huge thank you to the El Rancho team for providing such an incredible environment for our first unSPOKEN WORD Youth Forum. All of our youth and leaders absolutely loved the space and all of the El Rancho staff!
The venue was so perfect for everything we needed and wanted to do and I've heard from multiple participants that, "there was a special wairua about the place that you could feel as soon as you drove through the gates".
Charlizza Harris, InOvation Trust, June 2017
It's such a lovely place and even though we couldn't camp because of the horrible weather, we nevertheless had a great time staying in one of the villas. The kids just loved it! I found the hostess very helpful and made everything so easy for us. We will be back again for sure.
Navin, March 2017
My family had a fantastic time. We stayed in Baker Lodge which we found well equipped and clean and spacious, the shower pressure was wonderful 😊our 13 year old had a blast enjoying the activities on site and meeting lots of kids, we barely saw him during the day. We loved the peace and quiet of the camp, the birds. We liked the fact that it is alcohol free makes it more appealing for families. The instructors and staff are friendly and accommodating and a credit to El Rancho.
Thank you once again for letting us stay in your little slice of heaven.
Cathy, December 2016
We had a great time at El Rancho; the feedback from our staff, students and parents has been very positive. The accommodation and facilities at El Rancho suited our needs well. This was the first time Redwood School have used your venue; your staff’s help, guidance and hosting were fantastic. There was also high praise for the food! Please pass on our thanks to your kitchen staff.
Redwood School 2016
Feedback was 'best camp ever'! Thanks for all your help and for being so flexible with our group. It was an amazing experience. We hope to hold a camp every second year, so will talk to you again soon!
Thanks so much
Kimi Ora School 2015
My daughter attended her Year 7 camp last week and with her dietary needs she was a little nervous as were us, her parents about mealtimes. We had received a reassuring email from the camp 2 weeks prior about providing for her coeliac diet, but had always provided most of her food, so it was a change not to do this. On her return, she was very happy about her meals and said she had more than enough food and did not feel 'singled out'. Thankyou so much to the El Rancho kitchen staff for being so helpful and understanding.....
Happy Parent 2015
Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality over the weekend! Your staff were so helpful, kind and polite. The young man who was on call for the weekend was awesome. He was relaxed yet thorough and nothing was too much trouble. Give him a pay rise!! Haha.
The kitchen staff were amazing too (especially the lovely Chef who was on in the mornings. What an absolute ray of sunshine and blessing she is!) We really enjoyed our interaction with all the staff and the food was fabulous. We felt as if you'd all gone to a special effort just for us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Storm Camp 2015
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to you all and the El Rancho team for all your amazing and excellent hosting always.
Thanks for loving and serving us so well that made PG’15 the best Purely Girls camp yet.
We thank God for you all and your ‘nothing impossible/can do anything for you’ big hearts.
Purely Girls 2015
Just wanted to say a big thank you for having us at your camp last weekend. We had a wonderful time!
Thank you too, to all the people who helped set up the rooms for us and made our jobs SO mush easier!
I am truly grateful for your ministry and wonderful attitudes.
Sam looked after us so well and is a real credit to you.
Thanks once again for making it a camp to remember
Thanks so much for your organisation so far, last weeks camp went without a hitch, weather was stunning and the activities we chose were fantastic. All parents commented on the great instructors at all activities and also how the camp ran so smoothly with so many other groups using it as well. Very impressed parents!!!!
We had an amazing time - my number one school camp so far!!!!!!
Kapanui School 2015