The Outpost was Mangarakau Primary School for 50+ years.  Today it is a group accommodation facility, a rarity in New Zealand.  

A well equipped kitchen with all cutlery, knifes, crockery, pots and pans are provided.  Oven, microwave, gas hobs and two fridge freezers.  Toasters, kettles, a big pantry for food storage, serving dishes, bowls, glass ware, food processor, blenders, plenty of bench space and a wide server window between kitchen and dining area, make food sharing ideal for big groups.

Large dinning and lounge hall with ample tables, chairs and comfy couches.

Toasty log fire!  Wood provided (season dependant).  

Salt water swimming pool (primary age).

Laundry includes washing machine, tub and clothes line.

Two hot gas run showers.

Three composting toilets. Please note the composting toilets are up a flight of 11 stairs.

Disabled facilities include toilet and shower at ground level available by prior arrangement.  

Ramp access.

Spacious grounds with plenty of room for tents and campers.


There is a guest phone for calls to NZ landlines.  Cellphone reception is patchy.

No EFTPOS or credit card facilities. Payment details will be advised at time of booking.

Bring everything you need for an enjoyable Kiwi camping holiday.

Food, beverages, bedding including sleeping bags/blankets, sunscreen, insect repellent, sports gear.

Soaps and detergents should be septic tank friendly. Help us by minimising the chemicals please. ‍‍‍

Bathroom Toilet‍‍‍ Laundry


All bunk rooms are provided with a mattress underlay, bottom sheet, pillow and pillow case.

NB: Bring your own clean sleeping bags/ bedding unless otherwise arranged.

The Piwakawaka room has a free standing queen bed, free standing single and 2 single bunk beds. The sunny room overlooks the native wetlands, the bush of Kahurangi National Park and towering lime stone cliffs.

The Kereru room has a free standing king futon, single, 2 single bunks and a sofa. The room overlooks native wetlands bird sanctuary and the bush of Kahurangi National Park.

Kotuku sleeps 9 including one double bed. Interior access to lounge. Exterior access to deck and bush views.

Ruru sleeps 8 including one double bed, interior access to lounge. Exterior access to bush.Private double cabin available upon request.‍‍‍

Lounge Kitchen ‍‍‍Bedroom