Waitutu Forest Lodge is situated at the base of Fiordland National Park - approximately 39.3 km in from Tuatapere on the south coast of Southland. With the Lodge sitting in the remote environment of the Waitutu Forest, access is from by an exhilarating Jet Boat ride from Lake Hauroko down the Wairaurahiri River, or a six minute Helicopter ride from Rarakau or a two day walk from Rarakau via Port Craig.
Waitutu Forest Lodge is a taonga (treasure) to the 1000 plus shareholders. With the land having been given back to Maori under the Landless Natives Act 1906, a Maori Incorporation was formed to enable Waitutu to be protected for future generations to come. The Lodge was built by some of the descendants of the various tupuna (ancestors) in early 2000 which has enabled people of Aotearoa and further afield to stay in an iconic Lodge and be immersed in a magical podocarp forest environment.
The Lodge therefore, offers a place to provide peace and tranquillity amongst some of the most pristine forest in the world today. It offers a place to wonder along the beach and explore the eco systems of the river, the forest, the land and the sea. Inside the Lodge, it can accommodate 21 people, has a fully equipped shared kitchen, bathroom with hot showers, bath and toilets, and two large eating areas with shared bench seating and tables.
Visiting Waitutu Forest Lodge offers guests a spiritual journey of discovery from the days when Maori first set foot on Waitutu grounds to what it has become today.
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