Tararua Tramping Club
TTC Lodge Trips
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The Tararua Tramping often has what are known as lodge trips, where members stay at a lodge, and use it as a base for various trips and activities.
This page provides information on those lodges for both participants in the trips, such as how to get there, and for leaders, such as lodge contact and facility information. Of course of you help the keep it up to date it it will be better and even more useful.
Our own Tararua Lodge is a great place to go with many local activities, and an often used venue for lodge trips, particularly at New Year and Easter. Naturally it is open during the ski season (see our winter activities pages) for usage and booking information.
This is a great venue for club trips. The lodge was opened in 1978 to cater for the out door education needs primarily for children in the Manawatu. It is on the western side of the Ruahines 16 km east of Apiti which is about 60km from Fielding (near Palmerston North for the geographically misplaced)
The lodge has a carpeted central lounge, ablutions, a washing machine (cold water only), two large bunk rooms (sleeping about 20 each), 2 small bunkrooms (each 6) and a cottage (2 x 2). It has a well equiped kitchen with 2 stoves, instant hot water, microwave, fridge, deep freezer, kitchen utensils, crockery, cutlery and a barbeque outside. Also a drying room, games room (table tennis), and 6ha of grounds with large grassed areas and a botanical walk. Its a great venue to bring bikes to. Close by are tramping and walking opportunities, a limestone streamway with glowworms, and it is a great place to relax.
A camping complex developed to cater for many and varied groups. The camp is situated on the western slopes of the Ruahine Ranges, in the beautiful Pohangina Valley, overlooking the Totara Reserve and the Pohangina River with its bush walks and hills.
Kawhatau (shown on the map as Upper Kawhatau) is approx 14 km east of Mangaweka (where the aeroplane cafe is) .
Not a lodge trip, but a camping weekend on the Ruamahanga River between Carterton and Martinborough.