Kiwi BaseCamp Renovation


  • Commercial building
  • 2-story multi-unit backpackers facility
  • Structural strengthening
  • Earthquake damage repair
  • Architect / Engineer – opus / Frontier Engineering

Project scope

The Kiwi BaseCamp required strengthening and multiple upgrades. The building dates back to the 1940s and was severely damaged by the 2011 earthquakes.

The repair and strengthening required the following:

  • Releveling the building by 150mm on one side of the building
  • New ring foundation
  • Relining 75% of all walls with bracing plywood
  • Fire doors were installed in all rooms
  • Brand new outdoor communal area
  • Strip drain / retaining wall to neighbor’s property
  • Sleep outbuildings upgrade
  • Installing 50 new piles – each pile was embedded in 1mx1mx1m holes
  • Upgrading sprinkler system
  • Handicap accessibility to the entire building: ramps, handrails, and bathrooms
  • Brand new Stainless steel kitchens upstairs and downstairs
  • Recladding with custom weatherboards
  • Custom Joinery, Fencing, Data, and security hard landscaping

The conclusion

As a result of our efforts, The Kiwi BaseCamp rankings improved to one of the top-rated back Packers in Christchurch and achieved a 100% NBS rating once we were finished. Another great project we look back on with much fondness as the challenges we faced was met with smart solutions that didn’t break the bank.

Media Release

Press release