Papakura Military Camp

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Papakura Military Camp
Papakura North, New Zealand
Long Range Desert Group Memorial at Papakura camp
Long Range Desert Group Memorial at Papakura Camp
Cap Badge of the Special Air Service of New Zealand
Papakura Military Camp is located in New Zealand
Papakura Military Camp
Papakura Military Camp
Coordinates 37°02′59″S 174°56′39″E / 37.0497°S 174.9441°E / -37.0497; 174.9441
Type Army Camp
Site information
Owner New Zealand Defence Force
Controlled by Crest of the New Zealand Army.jpg New Zealand Army
Site history
Built 1939
Built by Sir William Stevenson
In use 1939–present
Garrison information
Occupants New Zealand Special Air Service

Papakura Military Camp is a New Zealand Army military camp located in the Auckland suburb of Papakura North, in northern New Zealand. It is the National Headquarters for the New Zealand Special Air Service.


The camp was established on the outskirts of the Papakura Town Centre in 1939 and built by the Stevenson family.[1] and remains an important army base for New Zealand.[2] It incorporates the New Zealand SAS training area and a local suburban area of army homes for personnel on Arimu Road and Russell Road in the same vicinity. Until recently, the majority of the homes have now been sold for private use, but the area still remains restricted as a Defence Area. In the early 2000s some land surrounding the camp was set aside for new housing developments by the Papakura District Council.


  1. ^ "Stevensons - Our History". 2013. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Papakura and the rural south-east". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 

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