Information For Members staying at the Lodge
Mangarakau Swamp has a Lodge available for overnight accommodation by members of the Friends of Mangarakau.
From the Lodge 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 Lodge is by donation – most give about $10 – $20 per adult per night. After house expenses have been met, any excess is used for forest restoration. Please be generous!
The Lodge sleeps up to 16 people on beds, bunks and mattresses. There is a master bedroom and bathroom upstairs with a bunkroom and shower downstairs. The house is well-equipped with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge, toaster, pots and pans, plates and cutlery, etc. There is a wood burner for heating on cold nights. You only need to bring food and bedding.
Leave mattresses on edge to air when not in use. In winter bring an extra rug, very warm clothing and good waterproof footwear (boots or gumboots). There is also provision for larger groups at the adjacent Visitor Centre which was once the Community Hall. It sleeps 12 or more on mattresses on the floor. Others may camp on the lawn outside.
Power switches are downstairs. Hot water switch is in hot water cupboard. Turn everything off when you leave and check that windows and doors are securely locked, including ranchsliders.
Please do not wear outside shoes in the house. If wet, use the downstairs entrance and leave boots there.
There is cleaning equipment in the laundry. Please sweep before you leave and take all rubbish out with you.
Firewood is on the deck, more is undercover by the carpark. Woodburner: put on OPEN when opening door, switch to RUN to retain heat
No Smoking. No Animals.
If you wish to make a booking, use the email form on Contact page.