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Orohaki Education Centre


Orohaki is a place where nature and learning come together. In its modern context Orohaki refers to Māori Reserves sited beneath Birch Hill in the Mount Thomas district. It is surrounded by native forest and located only 50 minutes drive north of Christchurch.

The property includes 1.3 hectares of land, a third of this is in protected beech forest and borders Māori Reserve Land. Blowhard Track (suitable for walking, mountain biking or horse trekking) is right at the gate, and a short drive away are the Mt Thomas walking tracks and the Ashley River.  


Orohaki Education Centre offers accommodation for up to 44 guests with a total of 6 different sleeping spaces. Camping on site

may be considered at an additional cost per person. 

The rooms consist of 40 bunk beds and 4 single beds. All beds have mattresses, but no linen so you will need to bring your own. We recommend a base sheet, sleeping bag and pillow, plus an extra blanket during winter. 

Modern facilities are provided, including a fully equipped kitchen providing everything you need for an overnight stay, heating to ensure you are kept warm, and plenty of outdoor space for games and activities.   

Orohaki Education Centre Main Living Area
Orohaki bunkroom
Orohaki Education Centre Amenities




Large electric oven with 5 burner gas hob

1x double refrigerator / 1x freezer

2x microwaves

Hot water auto boiler

Outside 6 burner BBQ (gas provided)

2 electric frypans & slow cookers

Tables & chairs to seat 45 people 

3 x bunkrooms (8 guests per room)

1 x large bunkroom (sleeps 16 guests)

2 x twin single share bedrooms (4 guests)

Total accommodation = 44 guests

Three bathrooms (7x toilets, 5x showers total)

One bathroom with paraplegic access 

Light commercial washing machine

Well water supply

Gas heated hot water

All bunkrooms have electric heating 

Wood burner in the kitchen & lounge area

(wood provided).


Orohaki Education Centre (formerly known as Birch Hill Lodge) is a 50 minute drive north of Christchurch. It is conveniently located 20 minutes from Oxford township and 30 minutes from Rangiora. All attractions are a short drive away including the Mount Thomas Conservation Area, the Ashley Gorge and Wooded Gully. 

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