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We own two lodges, located in the Kauaeranga Valley and Piha

Michael Stead Memorial Lodge

The Lodge, in Coromandel Forest Park, in the Kauaeranga Valley, behind Thames, accommodates 24 people.

It has no mains electricity but solar power provides lighting. The cooking facility and new fridge are gas-powered. Showers and flush toilets are in an out-building. The Lodge is an ideal base for exploring the park, visiting old kauri dams and climbing The Pinnacles and Table Mountain.

It is available for hire by BB groups as well as by families and other organisations.

The Lodge was built by many volunteers and opened in 1976. It is named after Michael Stead, a Boy in the 2nd Auckland BB Company, who drowned in a canoeing accident on the Whanganui River in the 1960s.



Book the Michael Stead Memorial Lodge

To request a booking of the lodge, please fill out the form below. A booking manager will be in touch with more information around confriming your booking. Please request a booking at least 7 days before your trip to the lodge, this will give us time to get back to you.

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Nigel Hanlon Hut

Auckland Council has now informed us that they no longer sanction overnight stays in Nigel Hanlon Hut, so it can only be used as a base for day visits or picnics until some other arrangement is made. This is in response to recent severe flooding of the Glen Esk Valley.

52nd Auckland Company camp

In the 1970s

52nd Auckland Company camp - In the 1970s

Thousands of young people and families enjoyed it over those 67 years.

This small tramping/camping hut at Piha was built soon after The Boys’ Brigade in Auckland was given the right to have it in the Auckland Centennial Memorial Park in 1954. Situated by the stream, behind the Fire Station, it is a short walk to the beach at South Piha, and via Garden Road, to North Piha Beach, as well as to the Glen Esk Falls.

For 50 years the hut was used for small camps by local BB Companies all over Auckland. The photo shows a 52nd Auckland Company camp about 1970. The hut has 8 bunks, a simple kitchen with water, no electricity and was named in the 1990s after Nigel Hanlon, a Boy from the 56th Auckland Company killed in an accident.

The Auckland Centennial Memorial Park later came under the control of the Auckland Regional Council, and more recently the Auckland Council, with which the Trust has a lease agreement. Council recently upgraded the toilet facilities, major flooding in 2018 damaged them and Council has repaired them. The Trust and Auckland Council are trying to work out a long-term solution to this climate change problem.