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 canoes, 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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  • BBQ
  • 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.


  • The Great War 1914/18 - Northland Remembers (Oct 14th - Mar 5th 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 ...
  • Market (Oct 25th - Feb 1st 2015) The hall craft market is held every Saturday from 9am in the beautiful historical village of Mangonui. Come and enjoy the market with it's many talented stall holders. Find that special gift. Books for your weekend ...
  • Marua Community Hall Fundraising Trail Ride (Feb 1st - Feb 1st) Marua Hall Annual Fundraising Trail Ride When: Sunday 1st February 2015 Where: Jubilee Road, Marua, Whangarei (signposted on State Highway 1 from Hikurangi turnoff and Whananaki North/Opuawhanga turnoff) ...
  • Bay of Islands Farmers' Market (Dec 14th - Apr 5th 2015) Kerikeri Farmers' Market is a place where you can buy fresh food, grown or produced within a defined local region, direct from the grower or producer. Buy it fresh from their gate to your plate. Every Sunday ...
  • Collaboration in Colour (Jan 13th - Feb 1st) An exhibition at the Northland Society of Arts, Reyburn House Gallery, by a group of art enthusiasts who meet weekly in the Northland Society of Arts Reyburn House Studio. The group is currently untutored and was formed ...
  • Kai Iwi Lakes Open Day (Feb 1st - Feb 1st) A community open day on Sunday 1 February will give people a chance to appreciate what the Kai Iwi Lakes have to offer. The event is being organised by the Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust in conjunction with the ...

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