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.


  • Artisans Fair (Sep 28th - Apr 21st 2014) The Artisans Fairs are a wonderful market showcasing the arts and crafts from throughout Northland hosted in the Whangarei Town Basin on the Victoria Canopy Bridge. Arts, Crafts, Live Music, gourmet food, Community and ...
  • New Zealand Juggling Festival 2014 (Apr 18th - Apr 21st) About New Zealand juggling festival: Date and Venue are all set to go for the 22nd New Zealand Circus Festival 2014! Since the early 1990s the festival has been held all over New Zealand, involving local and ...
  • Art Journaling Workshop (Mar 31st - Apr 28th) This workshop is aimed at making a regular practice of self expression and exploration in a supportive women only group. We will meet each Monday at the Scallop Room in the Quarry with a theme to focus us and permission ...
  • Family Fun Filled Easter Weekend (Apr 17th - Apr 21st) Join us at 35 Degrees South & Alongside this Easter for lots of fun for all the family! The kids start their holidays on Thursday 17th and we start off with delicious Hot Cross Buns available from Thursday until ...
  • The Goldfields Printmakers 'Borders and Crossings' (Apr 16th - May 25th) The Goldfields Printmakers 'Borders and Crossings' April 16th - May 25th Please join contributing artists, James Pasakos and Anne Langdon, for the exhibition opening on Wednesday April 16th from 5.00pm - 7.00pm. ...
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds School Holiday Activities April/May (Apr 21st - May 2nd) Monday 21 April 12 – 1pm Easter Egg Hunt Tuesday 22 April 12 – 1pm Flax Weaving Wednesday 23 April 12 – 1pm 1840's Games Thursday 24 April 12 – 1pm Learning Kapa Haka and Poi Monday 28 April 12 – ...

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.