(Hamilton Junior Naturalist Club)
The Lodge provides accommodation for 95 people.
Telephone is available. Cell phone coverage in the area is not always achievable. There is a toll bar but toll calls can be made with a PIN provided by the custodians. Each call will be charged to the client plus a surcharge per call.
There is a well-equipped kitchen with two commercial stoves, toasters, a hot water heater, chest freezer, a walk-in coolroom and adjacent pantry. A separate covered vegetable preparation and washing up area is situated close to the main kitchen, with commercial dishwasher /steriliser.
All pots, plates, cups, cooking and eating utensils, etc, are provided. A large dining room seats up to 100 people. There is an adjacent lounge with large open fireplace, and a basement museum (currently being refurbished –scheduled completion February 2009) with adjacent classroom that also doubles as a games room.
You will need to bring all your consumables with you, or arrange for travelling staff to bring further supplies with them. Toilet paper, paper towels, detergent and all cleaning materials are included in the per capita cost.
A portable gas barbeque is available on request and there is plenty of space for outdoor eating. Two outdoor BBQ tables are provided.
There are two large dormitories, each sleeping 37, and four small adjacent rooms with 4 beds in each. These are ideal for staff, supervisors or children, or small family groups. In addition, there are two separate flats sleeping 5 and 6 each with own lounge and hot/cold water.
The large dining room and lounge with open fire, or the museum and classroom/resource area, can be used for lectures, project writing, study or just socialising. There is plenty of space for indoor activities should the weather be inclement.
Male and female ablutions are all central and indoors, both with efficient hot showers and flush toilets. Laundry facilities consist of a drying room and token operated commercial washing machine and dryer. Hot water is provided by electricity with a back-up from wood-burning heaters. We recommend that parties of more than 20 arrange for a supply of untreated firewood to ensure a plentiful supply of hot water for showers. Alternatively, wood for the boilers and lounge fires may be ordered from the custodian at time of booking (at additional cost). Only untreated firewood can be used at the lodge.
In addition, you will need to bring pillows and pillow cases, bedding, and your food and drink and tea towels. Catering can be arranged in some cases – check with the custodians at time of booking.
The custodian can advise you what else you will need.
Main sources of basic supplies is from Oparau Roadhouse on SH31. Some supplies will be available in Kawhia - (they have good fish and chips and ice creams!), The nearest supermarket is located in Otorohanga. Petrol is available at Oparau Roadhouse and in Kawhia. The Roadhouse is well stocked, licenced and has a cafe.
In the interests of protecting our wildlife, no pets are allowed.