Rangitoto Station House:
- Use of the house is by donation – most people give about $30.00 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 3-bedroomed house is carpeted and has an electric stove. It sleeps 11 or 12 on bunks and mattresses on the floor. Others may sleep on the floor or camp on the lawn outside. The house is well-equipped with fridge/freezer, microwave, toaster, pots and pans, plates and cutlery, etc. You need bring only food and bedding. If sleeping on the bunks, bring a pillowslip and a sheet to protect the mattress. Leave mattresses on edge to air when not in use. In winter bring an extra rug, very warm clothing and good footwear (boots or gumboots).
- Power switches are outside and in the laundry. Hot water switch is in hot water cupboard. Turn everything off when you leave and check that windows and doors are securely locked, including 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.
No Smoking. No Animals. No Firearms. Entry at your own risk.
A key is required, obtained when booking.
Starting from State Highway 3, south of the Waipa River bridge on the south edge of Otorohanga, turn into Otewa Road under the rail bridge. Follow Otewa Road for 20 km, at which point you cross the Toa Bridge. At the next intersection turn right into Waimahora Valley Road. After approx 2 km turn right into Owawenga Road. Stay on that road and at the Y junction where there is a large wooden sign reading “Rangitoto Lands” take the left branch which progressively becomes a more minor gravel road, winding through a farm and into forest. It is very approximately 20 km from here to the locked gate where you will use the key you have been given to access private land and Rangitoto Station. This gate must be kept locked. The road can be rough in places but is negotiable by 2WD vehicles. Entry 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.
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EMERGENCY CONTACTS: Trustee Rosemary Davison (07) 873 7354 / 027 451 1570 & Honorary Ranger Ian Buchanan (07) 878 3126 / 027 240 4704