IntroductionPohangina Base is a former DOC field centre nestled in native bush above the western bank of the Pohangina River. It has bookable bunkrooms, a communal living space and picturesque surroundings.
- Heating - wood
- Kitchen - fully equipped
- Shower - hot
- Toilet - flush
Situated on the western bank of the Pohangina River, the lodge provides an ideal base for day trips into the Ruahine Forest Park, or to explore the Kahikatea Walk or Totara Reserve.
There are picnic tables on the grounds and access to the Pohangina River is a 15 minute drive away via Piripiri bridge.
Note that the eastern boundary of the site is a high cliff; caution is required.
The open plan communal living area in the lodge features kitchen, a dining area and a lounge area, all warmed by a wood burner.
Bunkrooms are available for sole occupancy. In total, there are 17 beds in five bunkrooms (three external, two internal). To book the entire Base, note that the campsites would need to be booked as well.
The lodge is made up of a main building and a secondary, external building. Two rooms are available in the main building, and three in the secondary external building..
- Main building: Rooms with 6 bunks (#Rm1) and 2 bunks (#Rm2).
- Secondary building: Rooms with 2 bunks (#Rm3), 4 bunks (#Rm4) and 3 bunks (#Rm5).
Three unpowered sites are also available for camping. Campers do not have access to lodge facilities, but can access an outdoor tap and a flush toilet and two hot showers.
Learn more about camping at Pohangina Base.
- 5 bookable bunk rooms
- Wood burner with firewood provided
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
- Hot showers
- Flush toilets
- Camping sites (bookable)
- Mattresses are provided but you will need to take your own linen
- Electric oven/stove top
- Plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, cutlery, frypans, saucepans
- 6 seated dining table.
Fees are paid per room (not per person), based on $26 per available bed-space, as follows:
- 2-bed room: $52 per night
- 3-bed room: $78 per night
- 4-bed room: $104 per night
- 6-bed room: $156 per night
- whole complex: $357 per night (does not include campsite).
Bookings are required all year.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Pohangina Base is located on Pohangina Valley East Road, approximately 45 minutes drive from Palmerston North.
From Ashhurst, drive north along Pohangina Road, then turn right onto Pohangina Valley East Road. As you pass the Highland Youth Camp on your right, Pohangina Valley East Road veers off to the right. Stay on this road for approximately 12 km. Pohangina Base is located on the right approximately 1 km past Takapari Road.
The facilities are locked using combination padlocks; please refer to your email booking confirmation for the codes. If the codes are changed after your booking you will be emailed with the updated codes.
There is no cell phone reception on site.
If you will be arriving after dark, take a flashlight so you can see the locks and turn on the power.
Contact the Wellington Visitor Centre for information or help with bookings.