Location

We love showing people around, but viewings and visits strictly by appointment only.

Old Forest School is about a 40 minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane at 795 Rotoehu Road, Pongakawa, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

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Easy directions to Old Forest School

From Tauranga/Mount:

The FAST option (about 10 minutes quicker than below), does have a $2 toll road though. You can pay the toll at www.tollroad.govt.nz within 5 days after you’ve used it.

  1. Head east on the Tauranga Eastern Link (the big new highway connecting Mount Maunganui and Paengaroa).
  2. When the Tauranga Eastern Link ends, at the Paengaroa roundabout, take the first exit on the left, heading towards Whakatane.
  3. You will go over a railway line and past the Te Puke golf course on your left.
  4. Turn right at Pongakawa Station Rd, (its the road after Pongakawa School Road on your right and Weallans Ground Spread on your left).
  5. Pongakawa Station Rd has a derelict old store on the corner.
  6. Old Forest School is approximately 13km from here.
  7. If you get to the BP you have just missed the turn off, back round you go…
  8. Pongakawa Station Rd ‘becomes’ Old Coach Rd and then Rotoehu Rd, so long as you keep to the median strip you will be fine.
  9. You will go over a one way bridge, head past lots of farms.
  10. You’ll pass an Old Forest School sign then go into the Rotoehu Forest.
  11. Look out for the fire station on your left, not far now…….we are on your left and have a sign out front and a blue letterbox.

The FREE option (about 10 minutes slower than above)

  1. Head out of Te Puke, go past the giant Kiwifruit and head towards Whakatane at the Paengaroa roundabout.
  2. You will go over a railway line and past the Te Puke golf course on your left.
  3. Turn right at Pongakawa Station Rd, (its the road after Pongakawa School Road on your right and Weallans Ground Spread on your left).
  4. Pongakawa Station Rd has a derelict old store on the corner.
  5. Old Forest School is approximately 13km from here.
  6. If you get to the BP you have just missed the turn off, back round you go…
  7. Pongakawa Station Rd ‘becomes’ Old Coach Rd and then Rotoehu Rd, so long as you keep to the median strip you will be fine.
  8. You will go over a one way bridge, head past lots of farms.
  9. You’ll pass an Old Forest School sign then go into the Rotoehu Forest.
  10. Look out for the fire station on your left, not far now…….we are on your left and have a sign out front and a blue letterbox.

From Rotorua:

The back road option…

  1. Head out on State Highway past Rotorua Airport going towards Okere Falls. Pass through Okere Falls and lake.
  2. Take Maniatutu Road on your right.
  3. This is a long road, a few kilometres of unsealed and a lot of sealed stretches.
  4. Pass Lichenstein Rd on left.
  5. Come to a fork in the road, Maniatutu Rd heads off to the left, you take Rotoehu Rd, to the right.
  6. Pass Koakokopu Rd on your left
  7. Come to another fork in the road. Pongakawa Valley Rd goes right, you continue on Rotoehu Rd which goes to the left.
  8. Pass Jensen Rd on your left and you will be back on sealed road.
  9. Pass Pukehangi Rd on your right.
  10. Pass Ewha Rd (forestry rd) on your right.
  11. We are only about 3-4 km away now. On the right hand side with a stand of old Poplar trees on the driveway. We have a sign out front and a blue letterbox.

The main road option..

  1. Head out on State Highway past Rotorua Airport going towards Okere Falls. Pass through Okere Falls continue on SH33. Just pasted Paengaroa take the third exit on the Tauranga Eastern Link.
  2. You will go over a railway line and past the Te Puke golf course on your left.
  3. Turn right at Pongakawa Station Rd, (its the road after Pongakawa School Road on your right and Weallans Ground Spread on your left).
  4. Pongakawa Station Rd has a derelict old store on the corner.
  5. Old Forest School is approximately 13km from here.
  6. If you get to the BP you have just missed the turn off, back round you go…
  7. Pongakawa Station Rd ‘becomes’ Old Coach Rd and then Rotoehu Rd, so long as you keep to the median strip you will be fine.
  8. You will go over a one way bridge, head past lots of farms.
  9. You’ll pass an Old Forest School sign then go into the Rotoehu Forest.
  10. Look out for the fire station on your left, not far now…….we are on your left and have a sign out front and a blue letterbox.

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