Papakura Military Camp was established in 1939 and is situated in a semi-rural area near Papakura town centre. The camp is the base for New Zealand’s Special Air Services (SAS) and support services.
In 2016, a specialist training facility was opened – a sign of things to come for other parts of our Defence estate and facilities. The Battle Training Facility replaced a 30-year-old building that was no longer fit for a modern day New Zealand Defence Force.
The new facility, built to world class standards, will be used primarily by our SAS forces but can also be used by other government agencies with a security role including the NZ Police Special Tactics Group.
A number of new facilities have been built at Papakura since 2017, including visitor accommodation, Cycle of Training barracks, a hangar to house a new Special Operational Vehicle Fleet and a purpose-built hangar to house new Special Ops rigid hull inflatable boats. Work during 20/21 includes a Special Ops Training Centre and an Explosive Ordinance Facility.
A lot of work has been done to ensure other new capability buildings scheduled to start construction in 2018 will be stable on Papakura's peat soil, with foundations needing to be dug many metres down to bedrock to ensure secure foundations.
At the nearby Ardmore Training Area, a multi-purpose training and accommodation facility is planned to start construction in the early 2020s. This will enable units from outside of Auckland, including our international partners, to train there.