Schools and groups

Overnight rates

People in school groups $12

Please check out our accommodation and facilities. Contact our custodian to discuss your requirements.

Onsite activities available

Our on-site activities are based around the theme of Working Together to Save the Forest and are run by experienced instructors who are passionate about the native bush environment surrounding the lodge.

The programme connects Year 1 to 10 students with nature via investigation, observation and participation. Our instructors work with teachers to tailor activities to meet each group’s requirements. We will explore the local bush environment and see how living things are suited to their particular habitat and how they have responded to environmental changes, both natural and human- induced.

Programmes can be one to four days long and include any of the following activities..

Bush study Explores forest plants using different senses and looks at the interconnectedness of this ecosystem.
Stream ecosystem Hands on activities in small groups, covering topics such as stream catchments, measuring water clarity, velocity, pH and temperature, stream invertebrates and plant observations skills.
Pest control Learn about current restoration practices in the reserve and monitor pests. Encourages concern for the environment  and action helps motivate future action towards positive environmental change.

Other activities you could include in your visit :

  • visit Kawhia’s hot water beach
  • Walking tours including visits to Maketu Marae and the pohutokawa “Tangi te Korowhiti”
  • Kawhia Museum
  • hunt for fossils at Puti Point
  • visit Taharoa beach and sandmining
  • Kawhia Harbour cruise.

Watch a clip on the Te Kauri experience for school groups.


Cost per student

1 day 2 days 3 days
1 class

(1 instructor)

$18 $26 $33
2 classes

(2 instructors)

$25 $32 $37

Please note our instructors are onsite 6 hours a day.