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 ...
  • Seaweek Pecha Kucha (Mar 4th - Mar 4th) ‘Rapid fire sea-themed entertainment’. 10 presenters, information and displays. Seaweek is a week-long celebration of our sea. Seaweek 2015 is from Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March. The theme is Look beneath ...
  • Drama Classes Wednesdays (Feb 4th - Apr 1st) Fun drama classes for Bream Bay kids. Small groups develop confidence and drama skills. Mime, poetry, role play, script work, improvisation and theatre games. For more info or to enroll please visit the website.
  • Free Computer Classes (Feb 4th - Mar 18th) The "Stepping Up" programme is now being proudly offered in Kerikeri. Classes are every Wednesday starting from the 4th February at 1pm-3pm at the Community Room, Procter Library, Kerikeri. The "Stepping Up" programme ...
  • "12" New Paintings by Bill Snider (Jan 30th - Mar 8th) An Exhibition of new mixed media paintings by Bill Snider. Bill's studio at home in Russell will also be open by appointment for the duration of this exhibition is on @ Kaan Zamaan.
  • Steve Lovett - Some People Who May (Not) Be Here (Feb 8th - Mar 4th) Steve Lovett Some People Who May (Not) Be Here Opening Reception Saturday February 7th 5.00pm - 7.00pm All welcome - come and meet the artist Some People Who May (Not) Be Here is made up from the collections of ...

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