• Waitutu Lodge
  • Wairaurahiri River
  • wooden viaducts over the Francis Burn, the Edwin Burn, and the Percy Burn.

The Lodge

The Lodge provides 6 bedrooms with 21 beds, mattresses and pillows. The kitchen/dining room has gas cooking, all cooking utensils and crockery, and hot & cold running water. There are flush toilets, hot showers, bath, solar powered lighting, and an airing room. A walk-in chiller suitable for fish and game has been installed. Its use is subject to availability of fuel on-site, and a charge is made for its use.

The Lodge is managed by resident caretakers and is open year-round. Booking is recommended, to make sure there is a bed for you.


Check out the lodge video tour http://youtu.be/DDDilngzyHA

Introducing the Waitutu Lodge Caretakers

For the past few years the lodge has been maintained by a number of different volunteer caretakers. In February 2013 the Waitutu Lodge was happy to welcome back Pete and Rose Baldwin as permanent caretakers who originally looked after the lodge in 2011.

Their strong work ethic and kind personalities have brought a new sense of warmth to the Waitutu Lodge, both literal and figurative. The Waitutu Incorporation is grateful to have them staying permanently and we look forward to the years ahead.


The Waitutu land and Lodge is administered by the Waitutu Incorporation and comprises 5365.68125 acres of Maori Land, covered in dense virgin podocarp forest.  The land was issued under the Landless Natives Act 1906, as compensation for land taken by the Crown to sell to European settlers, and is known as SILNA land (South Island Landless Natives Act).


In 1972, the owners of 23 sections in the Waitutu area formed the Incorporation to administer the land as one block, and there are now approximately 850 owners.


In 1996, the Crown granted the Incorporation cutting rights over Beech production forest, in exchange for the conservation of the Waitutu forest.  The land and forest still remains in Maori ownership, and is managed in conjunction with the Fiordland National Park.

Things to Do

Wooden Viaduct
The Lodge is an ideal base for fishing, tramping and hunting (permits issued at the Lodge). Explore the virgin forest, wander along the beach, or just relax - away from it all.


Take the swingbridge over the Wairaurahiri River and enjoy a day-return walk to view the three wooden viaducts over the Francis Burn, the Edwin Burn, and the Percy Burn. The Percy Burn viaduct is 125m long and 36m high, and is the highest remaining wooden viaduct in the world. The viaducts were built for the logging tramway in the early 1920’s to carry the bush-locomotives over the Burns when timber on neighboring land was cut.


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Published Review

Click here to read the review from Queensland's "The Courier Mail".