YHA Opoutere


Please note: this hostel will close from 1 May to 5 June 2014.

From 6 June - 24 October, this hostel will be open on Fridays and Saturdays only .

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 backpacker accommodation in a relaxed Coromandel hideaway. 

The backpacker accommodation at YHA Opoutere hostel is clean and comfortable. The large kitchen is well-equipped with plenty of fridge space for all to share. Other YHA Opoutere hostel 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 that 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 all about the endangered Dotterel bird with their nesting ground at Opoutere.
  • Seafood lovers will love Opoutere with plentiful 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 great outdoors activities to do 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 (1hr walk back and forth) track starts by the hostel gate.
  • Fishing and swimming at the beach and estuary (during high tide time)
  • Perefct place for brid watchers with a wealth of native birdlife.


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YHA offers a range of accommodation to suit groups of all types. Find out how YHA can help your group with their accommodation, transport and activity needs.

Each hostel offers a range of accommodation options for your group. Please email our Customer Services team or phone freephone (within NZ) 0800 278 299.