Photo Hunt | Lakewood Lodge


Our Photo Hunt is a great option for guests to get familiar with Lakewood Lodge’s grounds. It is a good team activity that brings out the leadership skills in everyone. The more competitive you and your team are, the more entertaining. Lakewood’s Photo Hunt is the perfect activity to become acquainted with the other players in the team if they aren’t already or to get more comfortable with one another.

To participate in the photo hunt, you will need multiple teams or groups of 2 or more, there is no limit on how many groups we can have. Each team will be given a list of things to do or subjects to take photos of. Each photo topic is located in a different location around the park, some as far away from the lodge as the letter box at the top of the driveway.

Kayaking on the Lodge’s manmade lake is our most popular option for school camps. For groups that are more confident or have had previous kayaking experience, there is the option to head out to the stream that runs along the edge of Lakewood Lodge, Whangape Stream, and explore Lake Whangape. While out on Lake Whangape you may get the chance to encounter some wild swans and geese. If you’re lucky, you may get the chance to see a small school of Koi-Carp in the Whangape Stream on your way up. Lakewood Lodge also offers the option of a half day kayaking session for the more competent kayakers which involves heading out for a 6 kilometre return trip to the island on Lake Whangape for a picnic lunch.

Before heading out on the water, our instructor will fit each individual with a buoyancy aid and run through a thorough safety briefing. This includes the correct way to hold your paddle, how to steer your kayak, and what will happen should you fall out or capsize your kayak. Once the entire group is in a kayak out on the water the instructor will ask the group to have a paddle around to assess the skill level. When everyone is confident in their kayak, the instructor will select a few games for the group to participate in.


The team’s photos will get judged on three different criteria:

Team involvement

Facial expressions, imagination, and originality

Background (Scenery and creativity of the surroundings)

Each team will go around the park with an instructor checking things off the list as they complete them. However, to make things a bit more difficult, the instructors cannot help or intervene. 

There are 20 different topics and/or things to do and take photos of. The only that always gives the best reaction and the funniest photos is “Someone sitting on the $50 Toilet”. The $50 Toilet is one of the Frisbee Golf holes. The Photos Hunt subjects range from “getting photos with two different instructors” or “a group photo with Kevin” to “using people in your group to make the word ‘Lakewood”.