The Youth Hostel – SADLY, NOW CLOSED

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“YHA Opoutere is a relaxing, old-fashioned and wonderfully sited hostel beside the estuary in a 1908 schoolhouse in mature grounds, with free kayaks and the chance for nocturnal glowworm spotting.” -Rough Guide To New Zealand

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THE YHA HAS ANNOUNCED THE CLOSURE OF OUR BELOVED HOSTEL! PLEASE GO TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE FOR “SAVE OPOUTERE YHA HOSTEL” TO GET INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED TO STOP THE CLOSURE.

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Opoutere’s Youth Hostel (YHA) is in a prime location with the most amazing views out over the Wharekawa harbour, the beach forest and the spit. Surrounded by mature native forest and majestic redwood trees the YHA is a great spot for birdwatching. Opoutere is home to a colony of kaka parrots and their unique whistles and squawks compete with the comical chatter from the resident grey herons. Another treat for YHA guests is an after-dinner glow worm walk, just around the corner.

The site is steeped in local history having served as the grounds for the Opoutere School during the early 1900’s. The original teacher’s house still stands, now housing the kitchen, lounge and some of the bunk rooms.

A large open plan bunk room occupies what used to be the old school house, it has a log burner to keep visitors toasty in the cooler months.

 Travellers come from around the world to stay at the YHA and they often make repeat pilgrimages back to the area, you never know who you’ll be sharing the bbq with!

Communal kitchen and bathroom facilities are kept spotless by Teresa, a lovely local who is also the friendly face behind the reception desk when you arrive.

During the winter months the hostel has limited operating hours.

Click here for more information and contact details.

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