Arapito Lodge is an accommodation facility that was specifically developed for workers in Greenplan’s forests, and is now managed by the Barton Family.  It was purpose built for use by small groups, and is an ideal location for a weekend retreat.


The accommodation comprises of three units: 

Lounge/Dining/Kitchen: The kitchen contains gas hobs, electric oven, two fridge/freezers and equipment for catering for up to 12 people.  You will need to supply your own food.

Large spacious lounge and dining room with comfortable space for up to 12 people. 

The lounge area has a wood burning fireplace.

Sleeping:  Six rooms, each containing 2 bunks with mattresses.  You will need to supply your own bedding.   

Toilet:  Showers and toilets.  Separate women’s toilet.  Separate changing and wet gear area. There is also an area of lawn and a large car parking area. 


The lodge is located on Mapara South Road, in the Aratoro Valley, 35kms south of Te Kuiti.  This is the location of 16 of Greenplan’s forest partnerships and is central to most Greenplan forests.  The lodge is on the adjacent to Arapito Partnership No.28.  It is also on the edge of the Mapara Reserve which is administered by the Department of Conservation, and is the location of its Kokako Recovery Program. Click here to visit the MAF Mapara Reserve webpage.


The lodge is available for use on a self-catering basis for $20 per person, per night.  Users need to supply their own bedding and food. Please see below for booking details. 


As well as giving Greenplan investors the opportunity to visit their forests the lodge is an ideal base for a number of other activities:

Bush walking and bird watching – the adjacent Mapara Reserve contains increasing numbers of Kokako and other native birds.  Public access tracks provide the opportunity to walk through this reserve from which virtually all pests have been excluded. 

Other tramping and walking opportunities include Pureora Forest – approximately 30 minutes drive, and Greenplan forests.

Mountain biking and skiing – there are good mountain biking opportunities in the immediate area as well as at Pureora Forest and Tongariro.  Being close to the State highway 4 means the lodge is a good option for people travelling to Ruapehu to ski. 

Visits to Waitomo Caves – the lodge is 45 minute drive from Waitomo Caves. 

Hunting and fishing – Greenplan encourages investors wanting to hunt deer, pigs, and goats on its properties - please see booking procedure below.

To gain access to a Greenplan forestry block you are required to have an access permit - please see booking procedure below. 

Booking Procedure

Arapito Lodge Accommodation:

Please contact Ethan Barton to arrange Arapito Lodge accommodation: 

He will give you detailed directions and if required arrange for you to be met and shown around the lodge on your arrival.

To arrange an access permit:

Please contact the Greenplan Forestry office:

To book access to a Greenplan Forestry block:

Please contact Cam Kendrick, Forest Manager, at GFM:

Investors wanting to arrange a forest visit:

Please contact the Greenplan Forestry office:

Please note that Greenplan’s safety management policy requires all visitors to arrange entry to forests prior to their visit.