The Te Urewera Education Centre popularly known as the “Lions Hut” was opened 26th June 1966 by the Whakatane Lions Club.
Over the years the combined Lions Clubs of the Eastern Bay of Plenty and volunteers have maintained and developed the venue which has a total floor area of 290 square metres with accommodation for 40 people at any one time.
The Te Urewera Education Centre is principally used as an education facility to provide a healthy learning environment and recreation for people of all walks of life, especially the youth of New Zealand.
Many groups use the facility for bush craft, river crossing techniques, safe firearm instruction, natural history, cultural appreciation and environmental education.
The Lions Hut is used by various groups such as schools, community, various family and youth groups. The Lions Hut also serves as a Search and Rescue base when the need arises.