Josef Langer Charitable Trust

In memory of Josef Langer who desired to protect natural wildlife.

Josef Langer Charitable Trust New Zealand

Conservation - Education - Recreation​

The Josef Langer Charitable Trust  (JLCT) was formed as a result of a bequest from the estate of Josef Langer, a European immigrant to New Zealand who had worked as an electronics engineer for Air New Zealand. In 2005, The Josef Langer Charitable Trust was established to support conservation on Banks Peninsula, New Zealand.

The Josef Langer Charitable Trust has worked in conjunction with partner organisation Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust to secure 107 hectares at Le Bons Bay to be incorporated into the Langer Trust’s Panama Reserve. The reserve is owned by the Langer Trust and managed by Robin Burleigh.

Our Feature Services​

Conservation - Education - Recreation

The Josef Langer Charitable Trust has worked in conjunction with partner organisations and secured a total of  200 hectares at Le Bons Bay  into the Josef Langer Trust’s Panama Reserve.

Josef Langer Charitable Trust New Zealand - Walking Festival, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula (52)

Community Conservation In Action

The Wildside is a unique New Zealand example of Community Conservation in Action, where landowners are actively leading the way on private land towards the restoration of an entire ecosystem within a working landscape.



Ideal for School Groups, Family & Friends and Functions

Langer Lodge

Langer Lodge is located in the heart of the reserve and offers a comfortable accommodation service at a reasonable rate. The lodge  is self-contained and can sleep upto eight people indoors plus room for tents. The lodge provides cooking, BBQ, hot shower and heating facilities. There are plenty of walking tracks in the reserve. If you want to connect with nature and explore the natural biodiversity then Panama Reserve Lodge is the answer.

Panama Reserve Camping

A small family-friendly camping area has been established near Panama Road consisting of a flat and grassy area besides two streams with basic toilet and washing facilities. It is available to ‘single’ groups only by pre-arranged bookings. It is linked by walking tracks to the rest of the reserve including the peak and lodge. Both ‘Langer Lodge’ and Panama Stream Family Camp’ are available through bookings. Please contact us for bookings.

Walking Tracks

Spectacular Radial dike and lava dome on private reserve. Main track includes steep section. Shorter 30 min return option to peak. Avoid low cloud. Track features: Native bush, Summit, Sign posted, Road walking, Dogs allowed.​

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