Ngatuhoa Lodge offers an outdoor adventure to suit everyone!
Lodge Activities

ACTIVITIES AT NGATUHOA LODGE

Glow worms & Night Sky Walks, 2 x Night Rope walks, Nature Trails, Day-long tramps to waterfalls, Plants and wildlife studies, Abseiling, Kayaking, Zip-lining, Confidence Course, Compass & Orienteering courses, Rifle range.

Swimming Hole

Swimming Hole

The swimming hole is in Ngatuhoa Stream, south of the lodge and is a favourite place to cool off. A Tarzan rope swing adds to the fun; children must be supervised.
Jumping hole

Jumping hole

About 200 metres further upstream is the jumping hole, a six-metre deep pool below a five-metre high bank for leaping off. An excellent confidence booster, jumpers must be supervised. Please check the pool for obstructions before jumping, especially after wet and windy weather.
Tubing & Rafting

Tubing & Rafting

Tubes and compresser are stored in the garage. The best place to enter the river for tubing is upstream of the swing bridge. Bamboo poles for constructing rafts are stored in the canoe shed.
Confidence course

Confidence course

A confidence course is a great and challenging activity for developing teamwork skills. It includes a scaling wall, balancing walk, seesaw, overhand walk, hanging planks, swing ropes over a water-filled pit etc. Children must be supervised.

INSTRUCTOR-LED ACTIVITIES

Ngatuhoa Lodge has a resident custodian and instructor, who is available to lead hikes and activities for school groups and provide bush craft, zip-line & abseiling instruction. The current custodian is Justin Van Haght, to contact him phone 07 2811356. best in the evenings when he is in. Otherwise email ngatuhoa@farmside.co.nz

Abseiling cliff

Abseiling cliff

This activity can only be used by trained operators. Within 200 metres of the lodge are two cliffs for teaching and practicing abseiling, from beginners to advanced. Only qualified instructors are permitted to take this activity.
Rifle Range

Rifle Range

Five hundred metres east of the lodge is a 25 metre rifle range - contact Mountain Safety Council for instructors. Procedures are posted at the range. All firearms must be locked in the gun cabinet at Ngatuhoa Lodge when not in use. Remember you are in a forest park and permits are required for all firearms. (Rim fire and spotlighting are not permitted under any circumstances!)
Compass Course & Orienteering

Compass Course & Orienteering

Available from the custodian/instructor, are 20 compasses and a mapped-out compass course, which can be used by teams of students. This exercise helps to learn the use of the ‘Silva' compass, setting, and following bearings. The custodian/instructor also holds maps of the area surrounding the lodge, which can be used to put map-reading skills into practice.
Kayaks

Kayaks

Kayaking is not an instructor led activity. Twelve kayaks, along with paddles and life-jackets, are available for all lodge users. These are to be used in the canal only. Please carry the kayaks to and from the canal bank as the plastic wears badly when dragged. Lifejackets must be worn at all times and children well supervised. Please return everything to the shed as you found it, hanging up lifejackets to dry out properly after use.
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