This lodge is ideal for families and groups, and can also be used for the first night of a tramp into the Tararua Forest Park.

Accommodation overview


  • Vehicle


  • Sole
  • Shared


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Heating - wood
  • Kitchen - fully equipped
  • Lighting
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilet - flush


  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

About this lodge


Situated on a large grassy area surrounded by native forest. The lodge is ideal for families and groups.


  • Sleeps 28: 20 in the Bunk Room (separate bunks), 4 in the Kaka Room, 4 in the Kereru Room
  • Electric lighting
  • Electric stove, fridge, freezer
  • Microwave, toasters
  • Pots, pans, cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery
  • Zip hot water heater
  • Wood heating (fuel supplied) in dining / lounge area. Heat pump in bunk room.
  • Flush toilet
  • Hot showers

Getting there

Off SH2 onto Norfolk Rd, 2 km south of Masterton. This is signposted and there is a timber processing plant on the corner. The lodge is at the road end, 15 km from the turnoff. 


Shared occupancy

Bunk Room
$25 per bunk - Adult (18+)
$15 per bunk - Youth / Child (5 - 17 years)
Free of charge - Infant (0 - 4 years)

Sole occupancy

Kereru and Kaka Rooms
$80 - for each room

Entire lodge
$476 - during peak season (1 October - 30 April)
$381 - during off peak season (1 May - 30 September)


Camping in the proximity of the lodge is only available to guests who have booked a bunk or room and would prefer to camp, or to a group who have booked the entire lodge (sole occupancy) and have extra people they want to add to the booking.

Up to 17 campers can be booked. This allows for 45 guests in a group for any given booking – 28 in the lodge and 17 extra campers

Camping fees

$12 per Adult (18+)
$6 per Youth / Child (5 - 17 years)


Book Holdsworth Lodge online, or contact Whakaoriori / Masterton Office.

  • Full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • Group discount rate may apply. Contact the Masterton DOC office to enquire.
  • Cancellations must be made at least 10 days before the original occupancy date and within 48 hours of making the booking, otherwise a cancellation fee applies.
  • Transfers are not able to be made less than or equal to 2 days before the first night of stay.


Holdworth Lodge can be used for the first night of a tramp into the park. Large groups can take advantage of the extensive camping area around the lodge. There are a number of short walks and good fishing in the Atiwhakatu River year round and swimming in the summer.

Know before you go

  • Bedding is not supplied. Please bring your own sheets, blankets or sleeping bags and pillows.
  • Holdsworth Lodge and its facilities are only available to those with a confirmed lodge booking.
  • There is no parking at the lodge. Large groups: please arrange gear drop off with the caretaker. 
  • All vehicles must be parked in the public carpark.


Kapiti Wellington Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 4 384 7770
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   18 - 32 Manners Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 10420
The Terrace
Wellington 6143
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