Ruapehu Lodge to be officially opened

19 Oct 2010

This Wednesday, the Governor-General, Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, and Paramount Chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Sir Tumu Te Heuheu will be officially opening our new Ruapehu lodge.

The newly re-built ruapehu eco- lodge

The newly re-built ruapehu eco- lodge

The mayor of the Ruapehu district, local iwi, regional councillors and members from all over the country will be attending the official opening.

The local iwi – Ngati Tuwharetoa– will bless the site

The original 32 bed lodge was destroyed by a fire almost exactly two years ago. The cause of the fire was never determined.

The lodge was first opened in August 1967 after the Wanganui branch in 1960 launched a fundraising appeal.

The idea for the lodge sprang from a successful Forest & Bird summer camp at Tongariro National Park in 1960, and the desire to have a permanent base from which members could enjoy forest and alpine walks and learn about native plants and animals.

Forest & Bird volunteers helped build, paint and furnish the 32-bed lodge which was opened in 1967.

The lodge was insured and although generous donations have helped to cover most of the shortfall, the cost of the re-build has not been met.

If you wish to donate to our Ruapehu Lodge Appeal, please contact Jolene Molloy on j.molloy@forestandbird.org.nz