For many years the Sixtus Lodge Trust Board has published “The ABC of Sixtus Lodge” – a free guidebook to the Lodge and local walks and attractions. Scroll down for the A-Z of latest information. You can pick up your own print copies of “The ABC of Sixtus Lodge” at the Lodge, or contact the email@example.com and we can post them to you!
Code: The unique code for the Sixtus Lodge exterior digital door lock will be sent, by text, to the Camp Organiser, three (3) days prior to the camp. If you have any questions or problems with the code, please contact the Booking Secretary (Hamish) on 021 238 3546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Once inside, you’ll find a bunch of keys hanging on a hook in the doorway between the pantry and the kitchen. These keys unlock other areas of the facility including the drying room and mop shed. The Trust Board recommends that the bunch of keys be returned to the hook when doors have been unlocked or locked.
Driving to the Lodge: It is advisable to have a full tank of petrol or diesel when travelling to the Lodge. There are fuel sales at Kimbolton and Apiti (but limited hours). The last five kilometres of Limestone Road to the Lodge is narrow and windy. It is important to keep left, as there are several blind corners. Watch for horses, from the local horse trekking business, and wandering stock.
Drying Room: The drying room (accessed through exterior door by the large barbecue) is provided for tenant use. The keys are in the Main Lodge. The drying room is very efficient – see the notice inside the room regarding its use. The heat pump is on a timer.
Iron Gates Gorge Walk: see Local Walks & Tramps
Outdoor Clothing and Footwear: Outdoor clothing e.g. tramping gear, parkas and footwear are not to be brought indoors but should be left in the breezeway, on the kitchen side of the Lodge.
NO Pets: Animals are not to be brought to the Lodge.
Phone Coverage: There is NO landline at the Lodge. Tenants need to provide their own cellphones. Coverage is adequate in the area (at the Lodge, it is better out in the grounds than inside the buildings).
Recreation: There is a large grass area surrounding the Lodge suitable for sports, games and other activities. Tenants will need to bring their own sports gear. Two volleyball poles and a net are provided, as well as a basketball ball hoop attached to a concrete block wall. There is a table tennis table in the Ngamoko Room. It is advisable to bring your own bats and balls. On the eastern side of the Main Building there is a Challenge Course with 9 team activities. A description of the course is in a green folder (kept in the lounge). A laminated copy (that can be taken outside) is in the mop shed. The equipment required (a tyre, ropes and small planks) is also stored in the mop shed, with larger planks kept beside the tool shed.
Red Rock: Outcrops of a red rock (red argillite) are found throughout the Ruahine Ranges. A good example of red rock formations can be seen 30 minutes upstream from where the Deerford Track crosses Coal Creek to become Knight’s Track. Allow two to three hours return from Sixtus Lodge. See Local Walks & Tracks
Septic Tank: The Lodge operates a septic tank. Use appropriate biodegradable detergents & cleaners. Flush only toilet paper. Bins are provided for sanitary products, wipes and/or disposable nappies. Please do not flush these items.
Toka Cottage: Tenants are free to use Toka Cottage. You will find the keys inside the Main Lodge when you arrive. Do ensure that it is cleaned, the windows latched shut, and the door locked when finally vacating. The hot water cylinder in Toka Cottage will need to be turned ON (small switch board on the wall opposite the cylinder) on arrival and OFF when you depart.