Quinney’s Bush was started in 1961 by the late Ray Quinney, on a 9.8 ha area of the family farm comprising some open spaces, many overgrown areas and a variety of mature native trees adjacent to the Motupiko River, as a means to raise funds for a new vicarage at Tapawera. 

Camp fees were by donation and the facilities included basic homemade amusements, long drop toilets, no showers or other facilities and campers could basically do what they liked.

As well as managing a sheep and cattle farm, Ray continued with improvements such as more amusements, basic and rough toilet and shower blocks, many flying foxes, roundabouts and of course, the famous bag rides.

The camp increased in popularity over the years and over $200,000 was generated by donations, which was distributed to many different Christian organisations and charities. Quinney’s Bush was often full to capacity, however actual numbers were unknown as no booking in system or accurate camper register was maintained.