Coromandel, North Island

YHA Opoutere

YHA Opoutere

YHA Opoutere is a historic converted schoolhouse overlooking a sheltered estuary with views of the ocean on the Coromandel Peninsula. Set in bush and gardens this homely hostel offers peaceful and tranquil budget accommodation in a relaxed Coromandel hideaway. Accommodation includes shared rooms, a family room with double and two single beds, and a family cabin with double and two single beds, ensuite bathroom and verandah. Hostel facilities include a full kitchen, lounge, TV room, pool table, laundry, internet and extras such as free kayak hire, free spades for playing on the beach, badminton, volleyball and a trampoline.

Special features at YHA Opoutere that your family will love:

  • The stunning and unique location of this backpacker hostel: pristine New Zealand nature at its very best.
  • Free kayaks for exploring the Wharekawa Harbour and free spades for digging up your own private hot pool at Hot Water Beach.
  • Chilling out in the Coromandel sunshine while playing badminton or volleyball or jumping on the trampoline!
  • All the necessary backpacker facilities you could need: comfortable accommodation, spacious kitchen and internet access.
About Opoutere

Welcome to the hidden beauty that is Opoutere, on the Coromandel Peninsula in the North Island. Opoutere is one of the last remaining undeveloped coastal areas on the Coromandel Peninsula yet is still close to main centres – just a two-hour drive from Auckland, Tauranga and Hamilton.

The Opoutere estuary mouth is host to a nesting ground of major significance – The Wharekawa Wildlife Refuge - home of the Dotterel Bird Recovery Programme. A Department of Conservation (DOC) ranger is on site between September and February.  You can learn all about this endangered species while staying at the YHA Opoutere backpacker hostel.

There are plenty of bush walks nearby as well as surfing or swimming along the deserted beach and canoeing in the Wharekawa estuary and Pacific Ocean. Opoutere is also an excellent spot to eat some delicious kaimoana (food from the sea): fishing, surfcasting, seafood & shellfish gathering (pipi and cockles) are all popular activities. In December the glorious New Zealand ‘Christmas Tree’, the Pohutukawa, turns the Opoutere coastline red – a gorgeous contrast against the blue of the New Zealand ocean and sky.

Come to the Coromandel to relax and breathe in the beauty that is Opoutere.

Top activities to do while staying in Opoutere

  • 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.
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Our favourite destinations…

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New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.