YHA Opoutere


YHA Opoutere is an historic converted schoolhouse overlooking a sheltered estuary on the Coromandel Peninsula, two hours north of Tauranga. Set in bush and gardens with great views over the estuary and to the ocean, this homely Opoutere hostel offers peaceful and tranquil accommodation in a relaxed Coromandel hideaway. 

YHA Opoutere is clean and comfortable. The large kitchen is well-equipped with plenty of fridge space for all to share. Other facilities include plug-in insect repellent, free kayaks, trampoline, badminton and volleyball.

Relax and unwind in the unique and preserved environment that is Opoutere, a backpackers you won’t want to leave.


"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 



16km north of Whangamata, 4kms from SH25.


Go Kiwi from Thames (2.30pm daily) and Whangamata Taxis can drop off at the hostel but must be booked in advance.


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  • Bicycle Storage
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • VISA
  • Learn about the endangered Dotterel bird with their nesting ground at Opoutere.
  • Seafood lovers will love Opoutere with opportunities to go fishing or seafood gathering along the shore.
  • The calm waters of the Opoutere estuary are great for kayaking.
  • Opoutere is on the Coromandel Peninsula where there is a wealth of outdoors activities  in the native forests and along the pristine coastline.
  • Just hide out here in Opoutere for a while, your backpacking travels and tribulations can wait
  • Track (1 hour return walk) track starts by the hostel gate.
  • Fishing and swimming at the beach and estuary (during high tide time).
  • Prefct place for bird watchers with a wealth of native birdlife.


  • (Apr 12th - Dec 24th 2015) This major exhibition, proudly presented by the Whangarei Museum at Kiwi North, commemorates the centennial of World War 1 through the memories and stories of Northlanders. Audio and visual displays of actual war ... Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park
  • (May 8th - Apr 15th 2016) Come and experience fun and informal art classes that are suitable for total beginners. No natural talent required! Richard & Diana will take you step by step through their own unique process to teach you to draw ... Reyburn House Art Gallery
  • (Jul 23rd - May 31st 2016) An exhibition celebrating the extraordinary life of Joseph Gordon Coates. 17 October 2014 - 31 May 2016 The Kauri Museum invites you to take a step back in time and discover the story behind one of the makers of ... The Kauri Museum
  • (Sep 25th - Nov 27th) Intermediate Class every Friday night from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. If you have done Salsa before or if you want to improve and learn some new moves this class is for you In this course you will be challenged with complex ... My Movement Ltd
  • (Sep 25th - Nov 27th) Every Friday night from 8.30 till 9.30. So you have mastered the fundamentals of Salsa and are ready for a challenge? This class is primarily focused on team performance for show off around Northland...and beyond! My Movement Ltd
  • (Nov 27th - Dec 13th) This is going to be an opportunity to get out the glad rags and dress up folks. Come join us to experience some favourites and also some songs never seen on our stage. A show for young and old to enjoy. Make up a ... Octagon Theatre

YHA Opoutere now caters for groups.

Wake up to birdsong in this off-the-beaten-track spot nestled between the estuary and bush-clad hills. The converted schoolhouse sleeps 45 guests across 6 buildings. Your group can explore this Coromandel getaway by kayak or foot. The hostel offers free use of kayaks to explore the sheltered estuary. Guests can take a 15 minute walk to the beach or up the Maungarauwahine Pa Hill which is accessible from the hostel. Or let your group unwind with badminton and volleyball. 

The rooms are multi-share style accommodation and private rooms are available for tour leaders/teachers. The hostel provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation for education, sports and tour groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements before making a booking.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Opoutere can cater for up to 45 people across 10 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 12 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 5 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 1 twin and double room with ensuite facilities
  • 2 x 1 twin and double rooms
  • 1 x 2 double
  • 1 x 1 twin
The accommodation

Please note that due to the layout of rooms, groups of 20 or more must hire the whole hostel. Duplicate keys for all rooms allocated to your group can be provided to leaders.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 - 12 multi-share rooms. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in single, double or twin rooms. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. Please note that we have one private room with ensuite facilities and it is subject to availability.

Group Breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served upon request for $11 per person. It includes a choice of cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and spreads (butter, jam, honey and peanut butter), tea, coffee and fruit juice.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay.

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including: Whangamata surf lessons, Hot Water Beach ferry from Whitianga to Cooks Beach, Cathedral Cove Shuttle Service.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Opoutere direct 07 865 9072 or email opoutere@yha.co.nz or our national Groups Coordinator 0800 278 299.