1967: Discussion started about starting up another Outward Bound School, a working party was formed led by Bill Kennedy, a site was chosen, then reality set in and the project was down scaled to an outdoor facility. The constitution was copied from the Lions Hut Waimana. Building commenced late 1967 under the direction of the late Vic Mansell, the framing timber (Redwood) came from logs felled on Laurie Singleton's farm TePuke, milled by Gil Roper at the Waimapu Mill (Yatton Park). The flooring was donated by the Hutt Timber Co. The three ply lining from a Rimu Log logged from the Opuiaki area by Jim Geraghty, pealed into plywood by our first patron J.J. Houthuzen of HT Houthuzen Plywood's factory at Gate Pa.First use was by Otumoetai Intermediate School in 1968, Teacher was Graham Wood ( on the committee to 2013.)
The Lodge initially had about 32 bunks, In the main dining room and two side rooms by the kitchen, with toilets inside(stoves are now where one toilet was and the other is now the pantry). The official opening of the lodge was done by John Ure Conservator of Forests NZ Forest Service 1968.(lease was at $1.00 per year).The lodge proved to be too small and the bunkroom extension was started soon after and completed by 1970, this extension was opened by David Field the then current Conservator of Forests.
The recreation hall was origionaly an old shed from Houthuzens plywood factory, the factory was being relocated to the Mount. The shed was dismantled and transported up to the lodge in sections then reassembled on site. At first the shed was used with a dirt floor, a working bee was organised to pour a concrete floor inside the old shed. Later it was decided to replace the old shed with a new building, The Lions Club of Otumoetai undertook this project, hence the sloping walls to make use of the existing floor.
The next project undertaken was the side bunkrooms, followed by the latest large project rebuilding the toilet block a very elegant amenity block. recently a improved sewrage treatment plant has been installed to overcome problems experienced with poor drainage in the field tiles.