Alice Nash Memorial heritage Lodge & Track
Story behind the Lodge
In 2005 the old Heritage Lodge burned down. It had been built by the NZ Deerstalkers Asscociation, (NZDA), whose members were devastated at the loss.
It would cost $100,000 to replace and the insurance in no way covered that cost. When all seemed lost, a sponsor came forward - Hazel Nash, who was living overseas. Her late mother, Alice Nash (nee Carey) grew up in Rangiwahia Village loving the outdoors & tramping. Her parents were Jack & Amy Carey. She moved to Feilding when she married her husband Cliff (known as Jack) Nash. Alice introduced their 2 daughters to the great outdoors spending time tramping in the Rangiwahia & Apiti areas.
Alice left a considerable amount of money to her daughters to be donated to an outdoor project and the Nash girls decided to use the money to replace the Lodge. The NZDA would own the Lodge and be responsible for maintenance and the insurance. The only stipulation was the Lodge was to be named The Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Lodge
So with this amazing donation, generous local suppliers and the hard work of the Manawatu Branch of the NZDA Manawatu branch, the new Lodge was built in 2007 for all to enjoy. The Apiti community and local Manawatu businesses were also responsible for various donations.
Sunshine Homes were awarded the contract to build the Lodge. The No 3 Squadron at Ohakea Airbase agreed to supply an Iroquois Helicopter to airlift all the building products to the site as part of a training exercise. It took the helicopter 53 loads from the road end to the building site to complete the task. Interestingly, a similar helicopter was used to deliver stoat traps throughout the Ruahines in Dec. 2011
To get to Alice Nash Heritage Lodge travel north through Apiti to Table Flat Road. Continue up the road, until you come to Y junction. Take the left turn to Forest Park, Oroua Catchment. It is a narrow winding gravel road, so please take care and keep to your left.
At the top you come to a gate before arriving at the car park.
Your walk to the lodge is an easy hour’s walk, and is ideal for families. The lodge is a standard 8 bunk hut, with spectacular views.
The hut is run by the Manawatu branch of NZD, and is a great hut for families wanting a safe and easy back country hut experience.
A long-drop toilet, wood-fired heating and mattresses are available. You will need to take your own drinking water and food.
If you are planning to stay in the hut you will need to pre-pay the NZ Deer Stalkers Association of Manawatu.
You can either: