An ideal base for schools, youth and educational groups, to enhance learning about the natural environment.
There are educational resources available, a nature study trail nearby and plenty of beach, estuary and bush walks.
The centre is available to other groups when not in use by schools. It is an ideal venue for sports groups, family reunions and celebrations.
The group booking the facilities has exclusive use during the booking period.
The education centre consists of two buildings: an amenities block and the Ngarata Homestead.
Be prepared to manage and remove your own rubbish.
You must remove all rubbish and recycling. The nearest transfer station is at 45 Scott Road, off Abel Tasman Drive, 40 minutes from Tōtaranui.
During peak season food scraps are collected daily from the campsite by staff for composting.
Nelson to Tōtaranui is about two and a half hours. Take SH6 south out of Nelson and turn onto SH60 (the Coastal Highway) once past Richmond. Follow SH60 over the Takaka Hill to Takaka.
From Takaka follow signs to Pohara and Tata Beach, which will lead you past the Abel Tasman Memorial and onto Tōtaranui. The last 12 km is a narrow, winding, unsealed road.
Camp gates are locked overnight. Opening times as follows.
There is a seasonal bus service, and daily water taxis from Kaiteriteri, Marahau and many of the beaches in the park. See commercial operators for Abel Tasman National Park.
Fees are charged per person per night or at the minimum charge, whichever charge is greater.
There is a minimum charge of $280 to use the lodge. School bookings are taken two years in advance.
There is a minimum charge of $450 to use the lodge. Private bookings are taken one year in advance.
Before you book: