Makoura Lodge, your all in one Conference Venue

 Makoura Lodge is your next venue for an overnight conference retreat or day conference. We are surrounded by stunning views, located one hours scenic drive into the countryside north from Palmerston North and two and a half hours from Wellington. Due to our secluded location and onsite accommodation, overnight retreats are our specialty. We can host up to 40 delegates. Your team will enjoy outstanding hospitality, delicious country cuisine and a range of team building activities making your next conference a memorable one.

Please download our conference portfolio for further information

Team Building & ACTIVITIES

Enhance team spirit or get some fresh country air by joining in a challenge of: mini highland games, sheep herding, hole in one golf, archery, a horse communications workshop, clay bird shooting or four wheel driving. We have 25 different team building options!….


Conference Rooms

Makoura Lodge offers exclusive use* for Conference groups. Enabling you to make use of the main lodge, upstairs McIntyre room or the outdoor garden area; utalising a variety of spaces and breakout rooms all helps keep the brain fresh and creative.



Makoura Lodges individual sleeping capacity is 18, and single shared is 40 delegates. Our range of accommodation comprises of: 2 double roomed spa suites, 4 studio suites, a Riverside cabin, a 3 bedroom cottage and a 5 bedroom homestead.


Overnight or Day Conference Packages

Download our conference portfolio for more information and pricing, or get in touch if you’ve got a special request.


I wanted to thank you for for hosting our group last week.
All the team had a fantastic 3 days and were so well looked after by yourself, Tess and Chris. Don’t underestimate how much effect that has on the success of the conference we were holding, and several of the the guys were commenting on ‘the best conference yet’. I’d like to claim it was the content I put together but I think the food, lodgings, and setting played the bigger part!

I’m sure we’ll see you again
— Garry Watt, Norwood, General Manager
I took our Management team of 8 here for a 2 day strategic planning and team building session. Good facilities with everything you need for a workshop. Great food and fantastic hospitality. A perfect hill country experience for international or big city visitors. Thanks Kim & Chris for going the extra mile to make our experience effortless and memorable.
— Matt Thomas, Petcare
A hearty thanks for the last three days.
Your location, surroundings and facilities are fantastic, but these are things you can’t have much control over. They were however, greatly enhanced by the things you can control – food, atmosphere, service etc.

The staff were outstanding for us, and made our time at the lodge productive, fun and thoroughly enjoyable.
We will be back.
— Stuart Marshall, General Manager Regulation, Powerco
“We enjoyed the luxury of being the only booking onsite. We felt right at home and were able to make the space our own for the duration of our stay.
— Sarah Pearce, Creative HQ, Wellintgton
“It was great staying at your place the last couple of days, it is a beautiful spot and you cared well for us, so thanks. See you later, no doubt.”
— Kevin McMullan, Field Manager, Downer Group New Zealand
Lovely open facility, warm, friendly, personable service. Took the time to know our names and engage with us. A memorable stay, food was excellent. Would easily come again.
— Darryl Purdy, UCOL CFO