Camping at Paynes Ford Because of its immediate proximity to the limestone crags of Paynes Ford (5 minutes walk to the nearest cliff), Hangdog is the perfect base for a day, week or even months long climbing holiday. We have an international reputation as a fun, relaxed and unique campsite with a focus on the healthy outdoors lifestyle.


Open: October – June.
**Please note: Hangdog is exclusively rock climbers only over the mid-December to mid-February and Easter periods**

Closed: July – September.
Facilities still available to school groups- please contact us for more info

If you arrive at camp and and the ‘Fully full man’ sign is up please respect that we are absolutely chocca and no amount of pleading or bribery will get you a space. This is especially pertinent for non-climbers.

Hangdog Scumbag Club

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For the 2016 – 2017 season, Hangdog’s pricing is getting a re-jig. Do not fear because we are introducing the Hangdog Scumbag Club! Members of the Scumbag Club receive reduced camping rates ($4 cheaper per night!), continued discounts on retail climbing equipment, and entrance to Valhalla upon their untimely passing.

The Scumbag Club is strictly for those who are coming to Hangdog for a dedicated climbing holiday and membership is not available for non-climbers. Its purpose is to retain cheap camping fees for our cherished long-duration scumbag clientele.

Membership is a one-off fee for a 12 month period. Proceeds of membership fees go to the Golden Bay climbing bolt fund (for the ongoing safety/ maintenance of the hundreds of routes we are all here to enjoy).

Hangdog management retains full discretion over membership qualification.


Regular rates:

Camping: $14.00 per night per person. Kids 12 and under are free.

Bunkhouse: $20.00 per night per person. Kids prices to be negotiated.

Student discounts available.


Scumbag Club rates:

Membership: $20.00 single, $30.00 for family (two adults, kids must be provided)
Membership valid for 12 months from purchase.

Camping: $10.00 per night per person. Kids 12 and under are free.

Bunkhouse: $16.00 per night per person. Kid prices to be negotiate.



(Including vans, car sleepers and tree-dwellers)Tents in the sun at Paynes Ford The camping is a mix of open grass and tree-sheltered terrain.

Facilities: Cook shelter, toilets, clean potable drinking water, hot shower, fridges (limited space).

Cook Shelter – handy for colder nights/ card games on wet weather days, but it’s pretty small and doesn’t fit the whole camp, so come prepared with a tarp- just in case.
*NOTE: Cooking facilities are NOT provided for campers. The cooking facilities in the Bunkhouse are for Bunkhouse patrons ONLY.

Other facilities include an awesome fire circle for cooking/ social entertainment, space for playing hacky, soccer, yoga etc, and there is a fantastic menagerie of speedy push bikes that are free for use to take to town and back.

Reservations: There are NO reservations for the camping. 90% of the year you are totally safe to turn up and pitch your tent. Mid December to late January can vary but you should have a back up option if you are planning on coming at this time. If you turn up and we are full, there are a couple of options we will be able to point you towards.


gay-carabiner-signCapacity: 11 to 14 people depending on how cosy folks want to get. Our cute wee bunkhouse (fondly known as the Gay Carabiner) has more comforts than a self-titled drifter can shake a cat at, and is a popular choice for school groups, families, and the glampers (glamerous campers) of the climbing world.

  • Facilities - Dormitory style accommodation with communal kitchen, two bunk rooms and a cosy sleeping loft, full bathroom facilities, gas hot water, a covered verandah, and a very marginal sounding piano.
  • Kitchen - Supplied cooking facilities, hot and cold water, a fridge/freezer and most basic facilities needed to cook, eat and clean up afterwards.
  • Sleeping - Please remember that this is set up dormitory style and there are no private quarters. Mattresses are provided, but bring your own bedding.
  • Sanitation - Toilet, gas hot water, shower, mirror… the works.

Reservations: We do take bookings for the Bunkhouse, and we recommend this for all times of the year.

Camp Culture

Hangdog is a community unto itself, a place where people from around the country (and the world) have come year after year to connect and interact with other climbers and travelers and to participate in the genuinely honest and friendly atmosphere that abides here. Retaining this special camp culture is simply a function of respect: respect your neighbor, the facilities and the space about you and please consider how your actions will affect these things.

Please :

  • Respect the camp’s honesty system- the world is a nicer place when cheating and swindling is removed.
  • When using facilities, always leave it how (or better than) you found it and always treat others as you’d like to be treated
  • There are many great nearby party spots (swimming holes, beaches, pubs) so if you’re up for a late night, please use them and let those who’d rather be sleeping… sleep.
  • If there is a problem, please tell management sooner rather than later.

Some Simple Rules


Bikes for town only sign

  • NO DOGS- We love the things but they make a real mess. This is non-negotiable.
  • MUSIC- Past dark/10pm there is to be NO electronic music in camp. Any base frequencies are really annoying to the neighbours- camp and local alike. Bust out the guitar, triangle or coconut and have a ho-down but please, keep it respectful.
  • SPEED LIMIT- This is to be kept to 5km per anum (really really friggin slow) as there is often children, other vehicles and vacant minded hippies around every corner.
  • ALCOHOL/ DRUGS- Basically do what you’re gonna do but keep it respectful. We do not condone the use of any drugs in Hangdog, and if substances start getting out of hand, steps will be taken. However, the camp is often the home of many a social evening and everyone is encouraged to have fun.

Thanks, and enjoy!!