Located in Pohangina Valley area and Ruahine Forest Park in the Manawatu/Whanganui region
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 $25 per available bed-space, as follows:
- 2-bed room: $50 per night
- 3-bed room: $75 per night
- 4-bed room: $100 per night
- 6-bed room: $150 per night
- whole complex: $340 per night (does not include campsite).
Bookings are open for stays up to 30 June 2023.
Bookings for 1 July 2023 – 30 June 2024 will open in 2023. The opening date will be announced on this page in early April 2023.
All bookings operate on a first-come first-served basis. We do not operate waiting lists for bookings for future seasons, or currently booked-out facilities.
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 that can be tricky to operate. You must contact DOC to obtain current codes for locks before your stay, so you will need to allow time for this when planning and booking your visit.
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.
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Palmerston North 4410
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