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Pohangina Base is a former DOC field centre nestled in native bush above the western bank of the Pohangina River. It has bookable bunk-rooms, communal living space and picturesque surroundings.


Accommodation overview


  • Vehicle


  • Sole
  • Shared


Bookings required


  • Heating - wood
  • Kitchen - fully equipped
  • Lighting
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilet - flush

About this accommodation

A bird's-eye view of the Pohangina River.
The Pohangina River, which flows just beyond the boundary of Pohangina Base

Situated on the western bank of the Pohangina River, the lodge provides an ideal base for day trips into the Ruahine Forest Park via Takapari Road or to explore the Kahikatea Walk or Totara Reserve.

There are picnic tables on the grounds and access to the Pohangina River is a 15 minute drive away, via Piripiri bridge.


  • 5 bookable bunk rooms
  • Wood burner with firewood provided
  • Electric oven and refrigerator 
  • Hot showers
  • Flush toilets
  • Camping sites
  • Mattresses are provided but you will need to take your own linen

Kitchen at Pohangina Base
A communal kitchen is one of facilities available to Pohangina Base visitors

The open plan communal living area features kitchen (with refrigerator and stove), a dining area and a lounge area, all warmed by a wood burner.

Bedroom with single and double bed
An example of the external bedrooms available for booking

Bunkrooms are available for sole occupancy. In total, there are 17 beds in five bunkrooms (three external, two internal).

Getting there

Pohangina Base is located on Pohangina Valley East Road, approximately 45 minutes drive from Palmerston North.

From Ashhurst, drive north along Pohangina Road, then turn right onto Pohangina Valley East Road. As you pass the Highland Youth Camp on your right, Pohangina Valley East Road veers off to the right. Stay on this road for approximately 12 km. Pohangina Base is located on the right approximately 1 km past Takapari Road


Fees are paid per room (not per person), based on $10 per available bed-space, as follows:

  • 2-bed room: $20 per night 
  • 3-bed room: $30 per night 
  • 4-bed room: $40 per night 
  • 6-bed room: $60 per night 


Book Pohangina Base online, or contact:

Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:   +64 6 350 9700
Address:   28 North Street
Palmerston North 4410
Full office details

Read the terms and conditions before you book.

Know before you go

You must ring the DOC Palmerston North office to obtain codes for locks during the week of your booking.

For bookings and information during weekends and public holidays, contact theWellington Visitor Centre.


Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
Phone:   +64 6 350 9700
Address:   28 North Street
Palmerston North 4410
Full office details
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