Te Kauri Lodge is New Zealand's first eco-educational centre, and is within two hours drive of Auckland and one hour from Hamilton. The Lodge has underpinned New Zealand's eco interface, forest protection and natural history education for 50 years. Just inland from Kawhia, the Lodge is surrounded by a blend of ancient and regrowth Tawa Podocarp forest in a rugged limestone landscape. Parts of the forest are hundreds of years old and include the famous stand of southern most Kauri. Also Rimu, Totara and an enormous diversity of native plants.
We need your help to become part of an inspired 300 year vision to revitalise and extend this facility for the use of future generations. The people who started this unique Lodge were optimistic visionaries. They had little money and much passion. So it comes as no real surprise that their successor's concept is to "recycle" and extend this entire Lodge as a new and exciting ecological venue. An elevated forest canopy walkway and "seedpod" treetop classroom will be outstanding new features.
The award winning design team of CGM Architects with GFA have designed the entire vibrant complex to be green star energy rated, generate its own power and use its waste system to nurture plants. This will provide a unique accommodation and learning experience with water and energy conservation equipment on display.
The revitalised Lodge promises to continue not only as a fantastic venue for teaching thousands of school children about their natural heritage, but also as a venue for adult groups from businesses and clubs to learn more about their environment, conservation and our native flora and fauna. With a wider range of high standard accommodation, the Lodge will be ideal for businesses wanting conference or retreat facilities, groups wanting diverse ecological training, or just to experience the amazing range of wilderness possibilties available. Bordering on 1100 hectares of DoC reserve with a range of tracks and trails, bluffs and caves centres from the Lodge, it is a hikers' heaven.
In addition, the range of eco-environmental buildings, being of cutting edge design, will be an ideal showcase for manufacturers and suppliers to display their products including power generation, water collection, eco building materials and self sufficiency. Construction of the Lodge will be on an updating blog so kids and interested parties can visit online as developments happen.
The Lodge is owned by the Hamilton Junior Naturalists Club (Junats), who celebrate 50 years of succesful operation this in 2010 and have introduced many thousands of children to our natural world, and continue to do so. The Te Kauri Waikuku Trust also coordinates a forest restoration and educational program at the Lodge that is used by numerous schools. For many children this is their first experience of our New Zealand bush. After a generous donation of land by local farmers Doug and Ngaire Anderson, the Lodge buildings were started over 45 years ago and still function as a conservation centre today - but this is in dire need of an upgrade.
You can help! This project offers an unequalied opportunity to be involved in something of inestimable and lasting value. We need to build a new "seedpod" treetop classroom, new accomodation, new services and "recycle" all possible old buildings as Lodge dining, lounges and completely updated accomodation. It is open for all to use, and with your help we can showcase it to promote your business and values, then teach your children and grandchildren about our national heritage. With thousands of visitors each year and within a two hour drive for over 50% of New Zealands population it is very accessible.
You can help us as a business, an organisation or an individual by grants, donations, or sponsorship. Your contributions can make this vision a reality creating a modern conservation showcase that you, your family and your business staff can use.