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 badminton, volleyball, table tennis, and outdoor games.

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 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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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • 2GB Free WiFi Every Day
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Book Exchange
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Food Storage
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Locker Storage
  • Street Parking
  • 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
  • Opoutere Beach Track (1 hour return walk) starts by the hostel gate
  • Fishing and swimming at the beach and estuary (during high tide time)
  • Perfect place for bird watchers with a wealth of native birdlife


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