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 Kākā Room, 4 in the Kererū 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 the 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
Adult (18 plus) $25 per bunk 
Youth /or Child (5 to 17 years) $15 per bunk 
Infant (0 to 4 years) free

Sole occupancy

Kererū and Kākā rooms
$80 for each room


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 plus)
$6 per youth or child (5 to 17 years)


2020/2021 bookings

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Bookings are required.

Book Holdsworth Lodge online.

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.


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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