A project to extensively upgrade Rotoiti Lodge Outdoor Education Centre at St Arnaud for the benefit of Top of the South school children.
Nelson / Tasman
The Rotoiti Lodge Outdoor Education Centre opened on 24 February 1968 thanks to the vision of a local police officer that youth should be able to experience personal growth by means of outdoor education in the Nelson Lakes National Park.
Since opening the lodge has hosted more than 120,000 school students from the Nelson-Tasman and Marlborough regions, as well as others from outside the Top of the South. The building has been well maintained but facilities such as the kitchen and main hall are showing signs of 50 years of wear and tear. It operates as a charitable trust and there are no surplus funds for anything other than basic maintenance. We think it deserves more than a facelift to ensure it remains a viable choice for schools to take students for a variety of outdoor education experiences.
Rotoiti Lodge was built with volunteer labour from service clubs and groups, including Rotary Clubs in Nelson and Marlborough. Members of the Rotary Club of Whakatu have been volunteering their time over the last few years to paint the lodge and have taken on this project to give the lodge a well-deserved upgrade. We’re being supported by other Rotary Clubs in Nelson-Tasman and Marlborough.
Many people have spent time as students at Rotoiti Lodge on school camps. Some will now have children or grandchildren of their own who may also make use of the lodge while at school in this region. We’re inviting all of them to help us ensure the lodge remains a viable option for today’s school groups by donating money to our fundraising appeal.
A Rotary International not-for-profit service organisation based in Nelson New Zealand, supporting a variety of local and international projects.
Funds will be used to install a commercial standard kitchen. Update the communal area with new furniture and audio visual equipment. Replace single glazed windows in the communal area with double glazing, including sliding doors. Build a deck with seating off the living area.
Russell has new wheels! 17 May 2019
Thanks to the assistance of Houston Motors and Mitsubishi NZ, Rotoiti Outdoor Education Centre has a brand new four wheel drive Triton to help lodge manager Russell Ferens get the job done. Tony Richards of Houston's came along to the breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Whakatu this morning at Trailways Hotel to formally hand over the keys to Russell. The vehicle is beautifully signwritten by The Sign Man with the lodge and Whakatu Rotary logos, and its other sponsor, The Lion Foundation. We think it looks pretty good and Russell certainly looked happy as he drove it off this morning, back on his way to St Arnaud. It's another great step in our Rotoiti Lodge Upgrade Project. Pictured is Russell and Tony with club president Brian McGurk (front) and Trevor Marshall (rear).