YHA Ohakune

Description

YHA Ohakune Station Lodge is a 1906 historical villa located in the beautiful alpine town of Ohakune, adjacent to the world-renowned Tongariro National Park. A place for all seasons, the backpacker lodge is warm and inviting and is in close proximity to spectacular walks, ski fields and the mighty Whanganui River. YHA Ohakune backpacker hostel has been lovingly restored yet retains its unique and historical character.

Guests enjoy the use of extensive facilities including shared and private rooms, full kitchen amenities, two lounges, fireplace, central heating and a hot spa pool (in winter). We even have free WiFi up to 10GB for YHA members! YHA Ohakune offers a complete all year round experience in an affordable and stunning environment. 

In winter guests return from their day’s skiing or other seasonal activities to the warmth of a roaring fire and all the comforts of home. During the brilliant Central Plateau summers, the scene shifts to outdoor pursuits and the outdoor woodfire pizza oven is fired up. Guests can enjoy friendly games of cricket or simply relax on the verandas overlooking the peaceful native gardens, while taking in the views of Mt Ruapehu.

The hostel is on the doorstep of the ‘Mountains to Sea’ Cycleway and is situated at the start of the Ohakune ‘Old Coach Road’. YHA Ohakune can arrange your mountain bike rental and shuttles, have secure bike storage, washing facilities, and trail maps, making it doubly convenient to explore the local trails.

Please note that there is a two night minimum stay policy over the weekends during the ski season. For weekends, book direct with the hostel. (06) 385 8797

1.1.     Daily transport to the Tongariro Apline Crossing
2.2.     On-site mountain bike, ski and board rental and daily transport options to the Whanganui River
3.3.     Two comfortable lounges, central heating & wood burning fire, full kitchen amenities.
4.4.     Spa pool for warming up and relaxing after a day of adventure.
5.5.     Great outdoor area with wood fired pizza oven and spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu.

Special features

  • Daily transport to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Whanganui River (in summer)
  • Booking serivce for shuttles to popular cycle routes Old Coach Road, Ohakune Mountain Road, and the Bridge to Nowhere/Mangapurua Track
  • Spa pool for warming up and relaxing after a day of adventure
  • Great outdoor area with wood fired pizza oven and spectacular views of Mt Ruapehu
  • Guest lounge with cosy log fire, DVD collections and entertainment systems
  • Bike cleaning area, secure bike storage, and trail maps
  • Drying room
  • Trampoline
  • Pick-up service from bus terminals by appointment
  • Bookings for all activities including track transport

"Our 7th stay at this great hostel. Lovely owners who keep it really clean. Comfortable beds and lovely heated rooms. Nice relaxing vibe for families. Lovely warm fire in the dining room/ kitchen. Spa pool, trampoline and chickens are popular with the kids. Fantastic recycling and composting set up. Great location for Turoa ski field and shuttle service pick up Is just down the road. Nice restaurants nearby if you don't want to cook."
-TripAdvisor Review, 2017

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

Via SH1 from North/South and turn off onto SH49 or Via SH4 from North or South and turn off onto S49 
 
By Bus/Shuttle
•YHA OhAKUNE, Station Lodge is a NakedBus stop, making it hassle-free, and super-convenient! 
•       Intercity 
By Train

200m. The Northern Explorer, running alterative days from Auckland / Wellington 

From the Airport:

Parking

We have free off-street parking available for a large number of vehicles. We can also accommodate a 40 seater bus in our carpark - please drop us a line and let us know if you would like to arrange this.

From nearest airports by car

Rotorua - 2.5 hours. Follow SH5 heading to Taupo, SH1 to Turangi, from here you can either take SH1 via the Desert road to Waioura, then turn right onto SH 49  OR SH47 to National Park Village and then SH4 to Ohakune. 

Palmerston north - 2 hours by car. SH3 to Bulls, Then link up with SH1 to Waioura, turn left onto SH49 to Ohakune. 


By Bus/Shuttle
  • Intercity stops at these alternate stop locations, Outside Harvey World Travel, 27 Clyde street, OR Outside the Public toilets on Clyde Street, just down from the I-site.  Pick-up service from the bus terminals available by prior arrangement
  • NakedBus: YHA Ohakune, Station Lodge is a NakedBus Stop, making it hassle-free and super convenient. 

By Train

The Ohakune Railway station is located 200m from YHA Ohakune, Station Lodge is on Upper Thames Street. From the platform  head left along upper Thames Street, where you will see our signage

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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Bicycles Available
  • Book Exchange
  • Bus to Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Cot Available On Request
  • Drying Room
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Free WiFi (Limited)
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Games Available
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Herb Garden
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Hot Tub
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Ski Field Shuttle
  • Street Parking
  • Towel Hire
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV Room
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Woodfire Pizza Oven
The volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Areas, Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Tongariro, offer outdoor enthusiasts a playground of activities all within stones throw from YHA Ohakune, Station Lodge. 
•      The National Park is the snow sports mecca of the North, offering two ski fields, Turoa & Whakapapa and a club field on the Eastern slopes of the mountain - Tukino.
•      For trampers, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Lake Surprise  is a must!  The Ohakune Mountain Road also offers a variety of short and long walks, with a highlight being the  Waitonga Falls Track, Tongariro National Park’s highest accessible waterfall
•     We are lucky to have two Great Walks in the region, so be sure to checkout the Whanganui Journey and the Tongariro Northern Circuit
•     For mountain bikers, the Ohakune Old Coach Rd  &  the Mangapurua/Bridge to Nowhere Track should not be missed; you will not be disappointed!!  The Mountains to Sea cycleway also starts from Ohakune, which is an excellent multi day cycle.
•      Canoe or Jet Boat the Whanganui River, ( 3 & 5 day packages can be arranged from YHA Ohakune)
•      If you're a big fan of the Lord of the Rings  and The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey, then maybe you want to take in some of the filming locations; Middle Earth and Mount Doom.
•      You can fish all year round for trout in the mighty Tongariro River
•      Ohakune plays host to the annual “Ohakune Mardi Gras” festival, which kicks off the start of the ski season.
  • The volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Area), Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe, and Mt Tongariro offer outdoor enthusiasts a playground of activities all within stone's throw from YHA Ohakune Station Lodge.

  • The National Park is the snow sports mecca of the North offering two ski fields, Turoa and Whakapapa and a club field on the Eastern slopes of the mountain - Tukino.

  • For trampers, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Lake Surprise is a must! The Ohakune Mountain Road also offers a variety of short and long walks with a highlight being the Waitonga Falls Track, Tongariro National Park’s highest accessible waterfall.

  • There are two Great Walks in the region so be sure to explore the Whanganui Journey and the Tongariro Northern Circuit.

  • For mountain bikers, the Ohakune Old Coach Rd and the Mangapurua/Bridge to Nowhere Track should not be missed; you will not be disappointed! The Mountains to Sea cycleway also starts from Ohakune which is an excellent multi-day cycle.

  • Canoe or Jet Boat the Whanganui River. 3 and 5 day packages can be arranged at YHA Ohakune

  • If you're a big fan of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey, then visit some of the filming locations - Middle Earth and Mount Doom.

  • You can fish all year round for trout in the mighty Tongariro River.

  • Ohakune plays host to the annual “Ohakune Mardi Gras” festival which kicks off the start of the ski season.

Events

  • (Dec 16th - Feb 12th 2018) Beautiful Marks is a new exhibition by Taupō Art Connection. 31 artists showcase a fascinating interpretation of 'marks' in a diverse collection of artwork from abstract to representational, painting to sculpture, ... Taupo Museum
  • (Jan 3rd - Jan 31st) Join Taupo Art Connection artists who are exhibiting in the 'Beautiful Marks' exhibition as they show you how they create their artwork. From stone and pumice carving, printmaking and water-colours, it is always ... Taupo Museum
  • (Dec 23rd - Jan 29th 2018) This exhibition showcases reproductions of 17 posters originally designed and painted on brown paper by Treve Price, a resident of Taupō from 1945 to 1967. Treve produced the posters for various events which were ... Taupo Museum
  • (Jan 26th - Jan 26th) MotoTT is sure to cater for your level of comfort…whether it’s your first time on the track or you’ve done a few track days before. On the circuit with other entrants that care as much about their vehicles and ... Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park
  • (Dec 29th - Jan 26th 2018) Back by popular demand, the Friday Food Market at Wairakei Resort. Immerse yourself in the taste of Mexico, Spain, Asian Fusion, Kiwiana and delicious deserts while enjoying the live cooking and music playing in a ... Wairakei Resort
  • (Jan 27th - Jan 28th) Quality antique fair presented by The Antique Fair Charitable Trust TACT (proudly supporting Hospice). All items for sale including quality antique furniture, vintage tools, quality china, linen, crystal, art, glass & ... Great Lake Centre

Book the exclusive use of YHA Ohakune Station Lodge for hosting large groups providing an outstanding setting for family reunions, school groups, weddings, corporate functions, weekend escapes and other memorable special occasions.

Guests enjoy the exclusive use of extensive facilities including shared and private rooms, full kitchen amenities, two lounges, fireplace, central heating and a hot outdoor spa pool.  We offer a complete all year round experience in an affordable and stunning environment. 

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Ohakune can cater for up to 46 people across 11 rooms in the lodge, and we also offer private, self contained 1 bedroom apartments and luxury 2 bedroom chalets.

Room types available are:

  • 2 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 7 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 2 x double rooms
  • 1 x Double with ensuite facilities
  • 3 x 1 Bedroom Apartments – Completely self contained with kitchenette  and ensuites
  • 3 x 2 Bedroom Chalets – Sleeping up to 6 people each, completely self contained, full kitchen, gas fire place, private spa pool.
The accommodation

YHA Ohakune sleeps 46 people, plus the 1 Bedroom Apartments and Chalets are avaiable for more privacy. The hostel has 5 bathrooms, 2 lounges and kitchen facililities.

In winter, guests return from their day of skiing or other seasonal activities to the warmth of a roaring fire and all the comforts of home. During the brilliant Central Plateau summers the scene shifts to outdoor pursuits with barbecues, friendly games of cricket, or simply relaxing on the verandas overlooking the peaceful native gardens all the while taking in the breathtaking views of Mt Ruapehu.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 or 6 bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities. 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 with private or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities in the main hostel building.

Group Breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served in our group kitchen 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 offers 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: Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overland trains, Intercity coach travel and local shuttle services.

Ski and Board and Mountain Bike rental discounts are available for groups staying with us.