Rangitoto Station Reserve has a house available for overnight accommodation. It sleeps up to 12 people on bunks and mattresses. It is well equipped with fridge and kitchen utensils. You need only bring food and bedding. From the house there are many walking tracks around the reserve and neighbouring areas, otherwise you can soak up the atmosphere on the verandah or inspect the nearby tree plantings.
- Use of the house is by donation – most give about $20 per adult per night. Please make your donation when returning the keys. After house expenses have been met, any excess is used for forest restoration. Please be generous! Return keys promptly as others may need them.
- The house has an electric stove, microwave, fridge/freezer, pots, pans, cutlery, plates, toaster. It sleeps about 12 on bunks and mattresses on the floor. Extra people should bring mattresses or camp. Bring slippers, your pillowslip and/or pillow, sleeping bag or bedding, and an extra rug is a good idea (it can snow!).
- Bring boots or gumboots (CLEANED before leaving home, to stop the spread of forest-invasive weeds), warm clothing and a parka.
- Turn on the power on the switchboard in the laundry. Turn the hot water on (opposite laundry). Turn everything off when you leave and check that windows and doors are securely locked, including the back garage door .
- Please do not wear outside shoes in the house. If wet, use the back entrance to the garage and leave boots in the garage.
- There is cleaning equipment in laundry and a vacuum cleaner in cupboard by back door. Take all rubbish out with you.
- Heating is by heat pump. The remote control for the heat pump is on a bracket by the light switches in the lounge. CAUTION: Do not leave the heat pump unattended if on. Whenever you are leaving the house, turn the heat pump off, using the remote control. Always use the remote control to turn the heat pump off BEFORE turning off the main power switch in the laundry.
- Keep vehicles to the house and woolshed area and the Ranginui Trig Rd.
- Don’t drive on the grassed areas. These are being restored and there are hazards.
- Report any breakages, malfunctions or requirements to Rosemary when you return the keys.
- We advise people to boil drinking water, although no ill-effects have been reported from drinking house water (it comes from a spring).
- The house is sometimes used as a base for an important kokako recovery programme. You may find workers there. Rosemary can tell you if others are likely to be there. Small groups may be asked to share the house.
No Smoking. No Animals. No Firearms.
At the southern end of Otorohanga on SH3 cross the Waipa River bridge then turn left under the railway overbridge into Otewa Road. Follow Otewa Rd for 20 km. At this point you cross the Toa Bridge. At the next intersection about 1 km past the bridge, turn right into Waimahora Road, as shown on the map below.
Then take the right fork in to Owawenga Road. At the end of Owawenga Road, leave the sign “Rangitoto Lands” and a private drive to a farm on your right. The road becomes more like a farm track and you will pass through several gates on private and DOC land.
Please leave gates as you find them.
This route is an unsealed back-country road, but negotiable by most 2WD vehicles with good ground clearance. Watch out for any loose rocks on the road, and for slippery patches in wet weather.
About 18km from the “Rangitoto Lands” sign, you reach our locked gate. Unlock it using the key you’ve been given. Note that the padlock is inside the metal gate-post.
This gate must be kept locked.
It’s about another 30 minutes drive to the house which is located on the left just after passing the woolshed.
IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST VISIT, PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ARRIVE IN DAYLIGHT
ENTRY TO THE RANGITOTO STATION RESERVE IS AT YOUR OWN RISK
The removal of the deer fencing has left many large and dangerous post holes. Please take care when walking and watch children. Keep vehicles to obvious roads as there are many plantings on grassed areas. Cars can usually drive along the Ranginui Trig Rd as far as the quarry. There are washouts on the Owawenga Track.
Contact: Trustee Rosemary Davison (07) 873 7354 / 027 451 1570
If Rosemary is unavailable, the alternative contact for house bookings is Andrew Hamilton 027 449 4714
EMERGENCY CONTACT: Reserve Manager Sharen Graham 027 611 2531