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 built 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 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 can accommodate up to 51 people across its two buildings (Main Lodge and Toka Cottage). Find out more about Our Facilities.

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. 
The Lodge is well-equipped and provides comfortable accommodation for both large and small groups.

Bookings can be made up to 12 months in advance. Check-in time is 3pm unless otherwise arranged with the Booking Secretary. Please email bookings@sixtuslodge.co.nz if you need help with your booking. 

ABC of Sixtus Lodge

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Contact Us

Sixtus Lodge

318 Limestone Road via Table Flat Road

Apiti, Manawatu


To contact tenants staying at the Lodge, please phone (06) 328 4823.



The ABC of Sixtus Lodge
Memorial to Les Sixtus.

Sixtus Lodge is managed by the Sixtus Lodge Trust Board, PO Box 1987, Palmerston North 4440

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