Sixtus Lodge Outdoor Education Centre

"...where urban children could get to know nature and experience the bush and the mountains..."

Sixtus Lodge is 80 kilometres north-east of Palmerston North, in the foothills of the Western Ruahine Ranges, where farmland gives way to native bush. The Outdoor Education Centre was established in 1977 and named after the late Les Sixtus, a local farmer, who generously donated six hectares of his land so that “urban children could get to know nature and experience the bush and the mountains”.


Although established as an outdoor education centre, all visitors are welcome—school camps, clubs, friends and family, youth, service, church or study groups, business teams and community organisations. Sixtus Lodge is managed by the Sixtus Lodge Trust Board

Sixtus Lodge can accommodate up to 51 people across its two buildings (Main Lodge & Toka Cottage). The Lodge is self-contained and self-catering. A booking gives sole occupancy of the property. 

Surrounding the Lodge buildings are attractive lawns, an arboretum of native trees, and a bush reserve with a number of walking tracks leading to a nearby creek. Find out more about Our Facilities.

Sixtus Lodge is very close to the Ruahine Forest Park and its stunning location makes it the ideal base for a wide range of outdoor activities and tramping.

Sixtus Lodge
318 Limestone Road via Table Flat Road
Āpiti 4774

For more information, contact:
Booking Secretary (Hamish): 
Phone: 021 238 3546

Additional Contacts (maintenance/emergency): Here.


Adults (general groups/individuals): $20 per person per night
Adults (with school groups): $10 per person per night
Children/students: $10 per person per night
Check-in time is 3pm (10am for school camps) unless otherwise arranged with the Booking Secretary.
Check-out time is 2pm (all groups). 

Bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance. Please note: our rates will increase from 1 January in 2023.
Visit our Bookings page for more information and to make your reservation!

Our Essential Guide!

Safety First @ Sixtus Lodge!
No Smoking. No Fires. No Pets.
No Firearms. No Fireworks.
Responsible Alcohol Use.
Follow current COVID-19 Guidelines.
Take all rubbish home.

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